Friday, January 2, 2015

Expertise and Excellence

Dinner in the library of the Racquet & Tennis Club to celebrate "100 Years of Women in Design."
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.
Racquet & Tennis Club dining room with tablecloths by Tillet Textiles, Julia B Couture Linens, and Dunes and Duchess candelabras
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.
Carolyn Sollis, Co-Chair of DC Centennial Celebration
Betsy Shaw Wills, Hilary Bowers Neve, and Ann Bowers
Michael McGraw, Debra Blair, J. Richard deBart, and David Duncan
Kathleen Doyle and Deborah Webster
Anita Welch, Victoria Hagan, and Katherine Stephens
Jill Bowers and Cheryl Tague
Elizabeth Blitzer, Stuart Cohen, and Tori Mellott
Diane DeAngelis and Carolyn Sollis
Amanda Nisbet and Amy Lau
Gil Walsh and Anne Pyne
Charlotte Barnes, Amanda Nisbet, and Stacy Kunstel
Alana Frumkes and Marilyn White
Mario Buatta and Alexandra Lebenthal
James Druckman, Honorary Chairman with Victoria Hagan, DC President and Co-Chair
Jill and George Helmer
Benjamin Cheney, Kathleen Doyle, Laura Doyle, and Virginia Cheney
Deborah Webster, Ann Sonet, and Margaret Kennedy
Ellie Cullman and Julia Berger
Bunny Williams and John Rosselli
Meg Braff, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Amy Lau
Amanda Nisbet, Judy Girod, and Barbara Schirmeister
Patricia Webb and Clare Fraser
Bunny Williams, Suzanne Rheinstein, John Rosselli, and Oscar Shamamian
Joe Nye, Amanda Nisbet, Christina Juarez, and Antonio Buzzetta
Richard Ridge and Steven Stolman
Stephanie Stokes and Mario Buatta
Kendell Cronstrom and Jennifer Matthews
Cary Kravet and Lisa Kravet
Janice Langrall and Ken Wampler
Thomas Jayne and Katie Leede
Maureen Footer and Emily Eerdmans
Diana Jacoby
Molly Brennan and Alex Papachristidis
Bunny Williams, MIchael Bruno, and John Rosselli
Suzanne Rheinstein, Matthew Patrick Smyth, and Lisa Kravet
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."
Board of Trustees President, Barry Bregman
Executive Director, Joseph Patuleia
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.
Masters of Ceremony, Josh LeBrun and Luz Maria Negron
"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."
CC and Amber Sabathia
Executive Director, Joseph Patuleia, Gina Bruzzichesi, and Frank Covello
Leslie Weiss, Unchu Tobia, and Sharon Jacob
John Connors, Jacie Clews, Poppy Harlow, Zena Burns, and Sinisa Babcic
Gina Bruzzechesi and Frank Covello with friends
Jane and Jack Steinthal
Karl Kilb and Alexis Christoforous
Alan Davis and Kathryn Williams
Joe and Sherri Abruzzese
Jillian Tapper
Joel and Tarra Laffer
John Gelb and Sherry Donovan
Ken Marlin and Jacqueline Barnathan
Rebecca and Roy Weathers
Ron Porter and Milena Porter
Susan and John McDonough and friends
Cathy and Chris Reidy
Bottom Row, Jyoti Parekh, Mary Stein, Brenda Britton, Cara Lamberg, Josh Lamberg, Top Row, Alex and Liza Yeres, Mike and Suzanne Whelan
Columbus Clubhouse Dance Team
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.
Andrea Martin
Alexis Ohanian
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.
Garo Arman and Susan Kendall Newman
Isabel Bayrakdarian
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 and
Patricia Field
Serge Yeroyan, Mary Musinyan, and Grigor Fargsyan
Ara Arslanian, Donna Evans, and Ambassador John Evans
Sahan Arzruni and Carol Haggerty
Victor Garber
Eric Bogosian
Leslie Furuta and Larry Feinberg
Peter Marino and Peter Brant
Donald Baechler and Tony Shafrazi
Stephanie Seymour
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.
Trevor Lombaer and Susan Burden
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.
Artist Charles Ramsburg and wife Michelle 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
Carter Burden Center Board Member David Meneret with wife Julie Meneret
Artist Jonathan Bauch
Photographs by Annie Watt (Decorators Club); Cutty McGill (Madison Square); Joe Schildhorn / (Armenia Fund)