|The Decorators Club, America's oldest women's organization dedicated to the interior design profession, celebrated its 100th anniversary at a Gala Dinner where 300 guests gathered at the Racquet & Tennis Club to celebrate "100 Years of Women in Design." Honorary Chairman James Druckman, President and CEO of the New York Design Center, was honored for his generous support of the Club and design community. In addition, Michael Bruno, founder of 1st Dibs, was honored as the evening's benefactor. The Decorators Club membership includes women in all areas of the field of decorative arts. The evening benefitted the club's Education Fund, which annually underwrites a series of student scholarships.
|Victoria Hagan, current President of the Decorators Club, chaired and hosted the dinner, along with co-chair Carolyn Sollis. Among the guests were: Leslie Banker, Charlotte Barnes, Debra Blair, Sarah Blank, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Ann Lind Bowers and Donald Matthews, Adrianna Bitter, Meg Braff, Andrea Brooke, Mario Buatta, Elizabeth Blitzer, Libby Cameron, Virginia Cheney, Hymie and Michael Cohen, Courtney Coleman, Gary Crain, Kendell Cronstrom, Ellie Cullman, Suysel dePedro Cunningham, Roderick DeNault, Kiki and Will Dennis, Joanne DePalma, Kathleen Doyle, James and Nancy Druckman, Emily Eerdmans, Mark Ferguson, Maureen Wilson Footer, Ann Maxwell Foster, Anne Foxley and Nicholas Kerno, Clare Fraser, Alana Frumkes, Judy Girod, Wendy Goodman, Christopher Guy, Victoria Hagan and Michael Berman, Barbara Hawkins, Jill Barber Heiman and George Heimer, Elizabeth and Edgar Howard, Young Huh, Diana and Mark Jacoby, Thomas Jayne, Christina Juarez. Margaret Kennedy, Sheila Kotur, Carey, Lisa and Scott Kravet, Stacy Kunstel, Janice Langrall, Amy Lau, Katie Leede, Tripp March, Audrey Margarite, Jennifer Matthews, Dennis Miller, Scott Nelson, Amanda Nisbet, Alex Papachristidis, Peter Pennoyer, Robyn Pocker, Ann and Elizabeth Pyne, Jennifer Post, Guy Regal, Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer, Suzanne Rheinstein, Richard Ridge, Barbara Sallick, David Scott, Gil Schaefer, Oscar Shamamian, Katherine and Dennis Scully, Kate Kelly Smith, James Smith, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Carolyn and Todd Sollis, Doreen and Vincent Stempien, Katherine Stephens, Ann and Steven Sonet, Chad Stark, Steven Stolman, Cheryl Tague, Kathleen Tillet, Priscilla Ulmann, Gil Walsh, Kenneth Wampler, Patricia Webb, Deborah Webster, Anita Welsh, Ilene Wetson, Marilyn White, Veronica Whitlock, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli.|
|Madison Square Boys & Girls Club held its 48th Annual Christmas Tree Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street. This signature gala event featured cocktails, dinner and dancing with silent and live auctions to benefit programs for Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
"This exciting occasion marked Madison's 130th year of saving and enhancing the lives of New York City children," said Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. "For more than a century, Madison has been a defining presence in the New York City community, establishing its expertise and excellence in youth development. And we could not do it without our amazing supporters."
|The Christmas Tree Ball is Madison's largest fundraiser of the year, rallying more than 400 supporters to kick off the holiday season and celebrate its Club members. Two Club members from Madison's Youth of the Year program, Luz Maria Negron and Joshua Lebrun served as the Masters of Ceremonies, showcasing the leadership and public speaking skills the program teaches. As is the tradition, there was a dance performance from DiverCity, the Columbus Clubhouse Dance Team, along with a special performance by Madison's own superstar, Huchela De La Cruz.
|"We are often asked what makes us stand out in a city—and a world—full of worthy causes," said Joseph Patuleia. "Our answer is simple: it is what lies within the four walls of our Clubhouse. On a daily basis, we provide our children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models abound. It is truly a special place and an exceptional experience for all involved."|
| The eleventh annual Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) Holiday Gala took place at Cipriani 42nd Street. Over 450 guests attended the gala fundraiser, including honorary chairs Victor Garber, Susan Kendall Newman and Tony Shafrazi. Special guests included Michael Aram, Donald Baechler Eric Bogosian, Peter M. Brant, Patricia Field, Henry Hay, Peter Marino, and Stephanie Seymour.
This year's honorees were longtime COAF supporter Ara Arslanian, who was given the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work, and Alexis Ohanian, who received the Save the Generation Award as a pioneering internet entrepreneur and activist. Both awards were presented by COAF Executive Board member Michael Aram. For the eighth year in a row, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Andrea Martin entertained guests throughout the evening as Master of Ceremonies.
|The evening featured exclusive performances by renowned soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and "The Voice" finalist Will Champlin. As a special highlight, child musicians from Armenia delivered spectacular performances, including on traditional Armenian folk instruments.
The program featured highlights of COAF's recent accomplishments, as well the organization's ambitious plans to expand into new village communities throughout Armenia. The $2.4 million raised this year will go toward a state-of-the-art smart center to be built in Armenia which will act as a hub to over 10 surrounding villages. Funds will also be allocated to infrastructure improvements and projects in four villages.
|The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) is a non-profit, non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization. COAF uses community-led approaches to reduce rural poverty, with a particular focus on children. Since the inception of its programs in 2004, COAF has funded and implemented education, healthcare, community and economic development programs serving more than 28,000 people in rural villages of Armenia. The methods COAF uses in Armenia can be replicated in other communities where children are most vulnerable. These programs create and sustain opportunities for growth and progress. To learn more, please visit www.coafkids.org and am.coafkids.org.|
|The Carter Burden Gallery recently celebrated the opening of its Five Year Anniversary Show, a group exhibition featuring the vibrant, cutting edge work of 35 artists in a variety of media and techniques, including sculpture, relief, photography, drawing and painting. This special exhibition marks the fifth year anniversary of the nonprofit Gallery and celebrates its mission to highlight artists who, as they age, face limited opportunities to show their work. Artists, friends and supporters gathered at the Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, to view the work, which will be on display through January 8, 2015.
At the Five Year Anniversary Show opening reception, guests enjoyed a preview of the upcoming documentary Double Portrait, a semi-surreal, hybrid film that centers on two octogenarian artists and their parallel stories which intersect in mysterious ways. In addition, a catalogue raisonné commemorating the Gallery's history of championing work from older professionals was introduced.
|The Carter Burden Gallery, a 2,271 square-foot gallery space located in Chelsea, is committed to empowering re-emerging professional artists, over the age of 60, through exhibition and cultivation of their work. The Gallery targets artists who are increasingly being overlooked to show their work, despite any past renown. In the past five years, over 600 artists have submitted work for consideration, and the Gallery has had over 70 solo and group shows, exhibited more than 85 artists, and is scheduled through 2015. Exhibitions are curated based solely on quality and impact and represent older artists, many of whom were important participants in the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1960s in New York City.
In addition to the Five Year Anniversary Show, the Gallery's ongoing and rotating public art installation, On the Wall, features Carter Burden Gallery artist Charles Ramsburg.
|Five Year Anniversary Show is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The Gallery is generously underwritten by its lead sponsor, the Macquarie Group Foundation.
The Carter Burden Gallery is a program of the Carter Burden Center, a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman. The mission is to promote the well-being of older adults through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs. For more information about the Carter Burden Center and its programs, visit www.carterburdencenter.org.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Decorators Club); Cutty McGill (Madison Square); Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com (Armenia Fund)|