|This past Tuesday, April 7th, over 100 guests gathered to celebrate El Museo's upcoming Gala and meet Patricia Underwood, the official Gala Milliner, where guests were able to design their gala veils and view and purchase a selection of designs. The gala kick off party was held at the home of El Museo's Gala Chairs, Maria Eugenia Maury and William Haseltine.
|The El Museo 2015 Gala has a cinematic theme, inspired by one of the museum's current exhibition on the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Ladies are asked to dress in black and white with gloves and veils.
The Gala will be held on Thursday, May 14th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. This year's honorees are: Eugenio López Alonso, Founder and President of Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Yolanda Santos, from our Board of Trustees, and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Time Warner Inc.
|Guests at the kick off party included: Gabriel Alonso-Mendoza, Jacob Alvarez, Carolina Alvarez-Mathies, Cheryl Anhava, Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Camila Arria, Manuela Arria-Maury, Ana Cristina Atencio, Tony Bechara, Gaily and John Beinecke, Henry L. Boulton, Karina Correa-Maury, Jamie Diamond, Karla Farach, Ambassador Sandra Fuentes Berain Villenave, Rhonda Garelick, Jessica Garza-Bueron, Francisco X. Gonzalez and Jeannette M. Baez, Evelyn Gutierrez-Subramaniam, Erika Harrsch, Maria Eugenia Maury and William Haseltine, Michael Heller, Victoria Heller, Warren James, Nicholas Kilner, Rachel Lee-Holland, Norma Lujan, Annabelle Mariaca, Alberto Mariaca, Mary McFadden, Annie La and Jeffrey Mercado, Jerald Miller, Christine Miller Martin and Christian Mürrle, Arturo O'Farrill, Cristina Pineda & Christian Tonatiuh González, Ms. Candy Pratts Price, Camila Rachmanis, Tracey and Phillip Riese, Faanya Rose, Ms. Irina Movmyga Serrano and Mr. Andres Serrano, Mr. Ray Smith, Esmeralda Spinola and Emilio Pedroni, Carmen Ana Unanue, Patricia Underwood, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Maria C. Wirth, Sabrina Wirth-Sokolik and Lisa Yom.|
| On March 31st, Tusk.org held its 25th Anniversary Gala at Guastavino's on 59th Street. For the past quarter century, Tusk has been a leading organization in wild life conservation efforts. Tusk provides hope to the people of Africa by funding projects in eighteen countries that work to combine conservation, education and job creation so that wildlife and land become a renewable resource for local communities. HRH The Duke of Cambridge serves as the Royal Patron for Tusk.
|18-year-old Jack Jones was honored with the Tusk Young Conservationist Award for his environmental work with Tusk and also for his children's book "Chizi's Tale," a story about an orphaned black rhino and the family that cares for him. The book raises awareness and inspires action in children and adults alike. "Chizi's Tale" will be released June 1, 2015 with 100% of the author proceeds going toward Tusk's goals and initiatives.
The host of the evening was former CNN anchor, Zain Verjee, and special guest speakers included New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, and Amy Dickman, Director of the Ruaha Carnivore Project.
|The NYC Mission Society raised nearly $600,000 at its annual Champions for Children gala on April 1st. The benefit supported the Mission Society's programs and services that help youth and families in our city's most underserved communities to break the cycle of poverty and achieve success.
This year, the NYC Mission Society honored two Champions for Children: Colbert Narcisse, Managing Director and Global Head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley; and Hollis Russell, Partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP.
|"We were thrilled to honor these two extraordinary individuals whose philanthropic efforts have made a significant impact on the lives of so many," said gala Chair Jean Shafiroff. "We are deeply indebted to all those who have given countless hours and endless energy to planning this gala, because in the end, we all recognize the need for more people to step forward to combat poverty."
The gala was held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle, starting with cocktails at 6:00 PM followed by the awards ceremony and dinner at 7:00 PM. This year's Master of Ceremonies was Bill Ritter, anchor at WABC-TV and 20/20 correspondent. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, an ensemble of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, provided the entertainment. Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill, founder of ALJA, attended the gala.
|Gala committee co-chairs included Peggy and John Bader, Carolyn and Lloyd W. Brown, II, and John U. Moorhead. Honorary gala chairs were Stanley H. Rumbough and Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller. Brooke Laing, co-founder of the NYC Mission Society's Junior Society, was this year's auction chair. Members of the benefit committee included: Flo Anthony, Sharon Bush, Suzette Charles, Penny Grant, Shannon Hales, Ambassador Mary Ourisman & Mandell Ourisman and Christine Schott & George Ledes. The Champion was Morgan Stanley, and corporate chair was Barclays.
Gala attendees included: former Mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams, David Banks, Erik Bottcher, Geoffrey Bradfield, Valentino Carlotti, Natasha Das, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Joseph Fichera, L. Priscilla Hall, Brooke Laing, Gregory Mays, Scott Nammacher, Amelia Ogunlisi, James Peterson, Cole Rumbough, Martin Shafiroff, Derek Steinhiser, Elinor Tatum, Sheena Wright, B. Michael, Marc Anthony, and Victor De Souza.
|The NYC Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City's most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at www.nycmissionsociety.org.|
|Over 330 supporters joined the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson's committee of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) in celebrating the eighth annual Celebrate Spring New York at TAO Downtown located at 92 Ninth Avenue in New York City on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The evening raised $91,000 with proceeds from the evening will benefit PDF's Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, which prepares future leaders in Parkinson's disease research and care. The event began at 8:00 PM with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a live auction and dancing, with music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
|G. Pennington Egbert III, Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., and Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan were the Co-Chairs. W. Alexander Budney, Andrew S. Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Josh and Melissa Raskin, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg were the Vice-Chairs.
Celebrate Spring New York was founded by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer whose fathers both lived with Parkinson's disease. They joined together to create the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson's committee, a group of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson's. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has raised over $650,000 since its inception.
|The Parkinson's Disease Foundation supports research and ideas that will improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson's. Created by William Black, the founder of Chock full o'Nuts, a successful New York coffee and restaurant business, PDF was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson's disease. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has invested $105 million in the research of leading scientists around the world and has committed an additional $44 million to support education and advocacy programs.|
|Photographs by Owen Hoffman/ Patrick McMullan Company (El Museo); Annie Watt (NYC Mission Society & Tusk)|