Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fielding Dreams

Fielding Dreams honorees Victor Cruz and Lucy Fato and guests at Randall’s Island Park Alliance kickoff event.
Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) and supporters Katherine and Sam Weinhoff hosted a kickoff event on February 13th to welcome the 2015 Fielding Dreams Gala Honorees, New York Giants Wide Receiver, Victor Cruz and Executive Vice President & General Counsel, McGraw Hill Financial, Lucy Fato. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Weinhoff’s private home and discussed plans for the Alliance’s upcoming gala.

Nancy Neff,
RIPA Board of Trustees Co-Chair, welcomed the distinguished group, which included New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and recognized the Honorees for their commitment to RIPA’s mission. Honorees Victor Cruz and Lucy Fato spoke about the importance of promoting active and healthy living for New York’s children. Timothy Barefield, Fielding Dreams Gala Co-Chair, encouraged guests to take a table at the Gala noting that their support will help sustain a green, healthy, and inspiring setting for New Yorkers.
Lucy Fato, Victor Cruz, Gale Brewer, Mitchell Silver, and Aimee Boden
Attendees included: Victor Cruz, Lucy Fato & Matthew Detmer, Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks Commissioner, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Joseph Garba, Deputy Manhattan Borough President, Nancy & Dan Neff, Timothy Barefield, Justin & Kerri Hamill, Courtney Hall, Katherine & Sam Weinhoff, Susan Danilow, Justin Green & Jenny Slayton Green, Fred & Carol Harner, Aimee Boden, Larry Lipman, Joshua & Megan Eisenberg, Dan Dishy, Richard Gross, Andrea Feirstein, Dean & Mara Landis, Leslie & Curt Myers, Aleksandra Cragg, and Bimla Picot, among others.

The 2015 Fielding Dreams Gala will be held at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, March 10. The Gala recognizes th e importance of Randall’s Island Park and its supporters who help the Alliance provide an unparalleled destination for athletic, cultural, and environmental activities for all New Yorkers. The Gala is Co-Chaired by Timothy Barefield and Justin Hamill, and the Dinner Committee is Co-Chaired by Christine Mack and Jenny Slayton Green.
Nancy Neff and Susan Danilow
Victor Cruz, Nancy Neff, and Lucy Fato
The Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA) works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall's Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers; the Island now annually welcomes over 3 million visitors. With the completion of 60 state-of-the-art playing fields in 2010, RIPA established the Park as host to more than half of Manhattan’s playing fields. The Alliance has also developed Icahn Stadium, an IAAF-accredited track & field facility; the 20-court Sportime Tennis Center; a renovated Golf Center; nearly 20 acres of renovated wetlands; an Urban Farm; and miles of waterfront pathways. RIPA also works to fund, implement and expand youth programs to make the most of these remarkable facilities. In partnership with dozens of local public schools and community-based organizations, RIPA provides nearly 20,000 children with free sports and environmental education activities each year.

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Timothy Barefield, Lucy Fato, Victor Cruz, and Justin Hamill
Fred Harner, Carol Harner, Kerri Hamill, and Justin Hamill
Courtney Hall, Justin Green, and Jenny Green
Leslie Myers, Curt Myers, and David Dishy
Dean Landis, Mara Landis, and Leslie Myers
Sam and Katherine Weinhoff
Andrea Feirstein and Richard Gross
Justin Hamill, Lucy Fato, Dan Neff, and Stephen Rich
Joseph Garba, Gale Brewer, Mitchell Silver, Donald Douglas, and Aimee Boden
Courtney Hall, Justin Green, Richard Gross, and Michael Chang
Paula Mahoney, Aleksandra Cragg, and Jenny Green
Matthew Detmer and Lucy Fato
Stephen Clement, III, Alex Green, Sarah Green, and Sally Clement
Larry Lipman and Joshua Eisenberg
Bimla Picot and Mara Landis
Joseph Garba, Donald Douglas, and Eric Peterson
Katherine Weinhoff, James Weinhoff, Victor Cruz, and Sam Weinhoff
On a cold New York night Monday night, Principal dancer Chase Finlay and Youth America Grand Prix alumna and soloist Lauren Lovette, both of New York City Ballet, participated in YAGP's 'The Making of a Costume' panel and performed an original pas de deux. Barbara Brandt explored the dynamics of costume design, from concept to creation, with fashion designer B Michael and choreographer Andrea Schermoly in a rehearsal studio at New York City Center.

Over 130 guests attended including Maria Cristina Anzola, Yanna Avis, Katherine E. Brown, Saundra Cornwell, Mark Anthony Edwards, Kathy Hardwick, Sharon King Hoge, Michèle Gerber Klein, Ricki Noel Lander, Gillian and Slyvester Miniter, Indre Rockefeller, Alexandra Schlesinger, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Shuler, Melissa Smith, and Laure Vienot Tronche. YAGP Chair Linda Morse sat front row accompanied by board members Cheryl Bergenfeld, Gary Brandt, Linda Fell, Judith M. Hoffman, Irene Shen, Margot London, Irene Minkoff, Richard Osterweil, Howard Paley, Elizabeth Papadopolous, Joy Sabella, Robert Schulman, John Sills, and Terry Zucker.
B Michael, Barbara Brandt, Andrea Schermoly, Lauren Lovette, and Chase Finlay
After the performance, B Michael presented a one of a kind tutu, modeled by Corps de Ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre and YAGP Alumna, Catherine Hurlin, which was then auctioned off by board member Richard Osterweil. Michael Weil, who won the auction, generously donated the tutu to Hurlin. Proceeds from the event will provide much needed scholarships for talented dancers. An intimate reception followed the discussion where dancers, designers, and guests raved about the fabulous evening.

Youth America Grand Prix supports and develops world-class dancers ages 9 to 19 of all ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions and educational and performance opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies, and audiences.
Explanation of designing a costume
Catherine Hurlin modeling B Michael Tutu
Looking ahead on Thursday, April 16, 2015, YAGP's Gala will take place at David H. Koch Theater in New York City, YAGP's "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow" Gala features performances by leading dancers from the most prominent companies. 2015 Gala chairs will include Amy Astley, Jill Kargeman, and Indre Rockefeller.

For more information about the ticketed Gala Dinner, contact Erin Arbuckle, Development Manager at 646.791.9500 or
Catherine Hurlin, Michael Weil, and Shirley Madhere
Gary Brandt and Pat Lovejoy
Linda Morse, Maria Cristina Anzola, and Richard Osterweil
Margot London, Lynne Dorfman, Linda Fell, and Irene Minkoff
Mrs. Schlesinger, Cathy Hardwick, and Yanna Avis
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Vanessa Murgio and Michele Gerber Klein
B Michael and Irene Shen
Chase Finlay and Barbara Brandt
Jean Shafiroff and Joanna Fisher
The performance
On Thursday, Februrary 5th, Jody and John Arnhold and DANCE/NYC’s Board of Directors hosted approximately 60 leading dance patrons at its NEW YORKERS FOR DANCE cocktail reception held in Jody and John's Arnhold’s Central Park West apartment. This exclusive occasion marked the second year of DANCE/NYC’s activities as an independent nonprofit organization, created to advance the New York dance community and the City’s role as a dance capital.
Lane Harwell (DANCE/NYC) and Jody Arnhold (Arnhold Foundation, Inc.)
Jody Arnhold, MA, CMA, is the Founder of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92nd Street Y, and a dance educator and advocate.

DANCE/NYC's mission is to promote the knowledge, appreciation, practice, and performance of dance in the metropolitan New York City area. It works in alliance with DANCE/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. To learn more, visit
Joan Finkelstein (The Harkness Foundation for Dance)
Juan Jose Escalante (Jose Limon Foundation)
Eduardo Vilaro (Ballet Hispanico) and Sharon Luckman (Dance Theater of Harlem)
Bonnie Pfeifer-Evans (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS) and Kathy Brown (NYCB)
Jonah Bokaer (choreographer), Jana La Sorte (City College of New York), and Eduardo Vilaro (Ballet Hispanico)
Sascha Radetsky (ABT) and Stella Abrera (ABT) with Steven and Michelle Pesner (Akin Gump)
Neil Pirie (American Express) and Patrick Riordan (Fire Island Dance Festival)
Austin Scarlett (New York designer), Stephanie French, and Lance Horne (composer)
Deborah Adelman (Vital Theatre Company), Brian Heidtke (Colgate-Palmolive Company, retired), and Jessica Lang (Jessica Lang Dance)
Lance Horne (composer), Dani Davis (Broadway producer), Elissa Hecker (The Office of Elissa D. Hecker), and JT Horenstein (Madison Square Garden and The New York Knicks Entertainment)
More than 300 guests – all clad in their western best – attended a boot-stompin' bonanza to benefit Oxbridge Academy on Feb. 6 at the Palm Beach home of school founders, Bridget and Bill Koch.  Themed The New Frontier of Education, the evening featured dinner, square dancing, music by Roger Helton of Dolly Parton's Family Band, and so much more.  Bridget Koch, Darlene Jordan, Karin Luter and Christina O'Donnell were co-chairs of the event, which raised an impressive $4 million to support the independent secondary school's exceptional academic, athletic and fine arts programs.

The Old West-inspired theme was imaginatively carried through all aspects of the event by designer, Bruce Sutka. Highlights included Bill Koch being 'arrested' for his excessive generosity to Oxbridge Academy and sent to cool his heels in an authentic mobile jail. David Koch sprung his twin brother from jail with bail set at $100,000. Also detained in the increasingly crowded jail wagon were Oxbridge President and CEO, Bob Parsons; Football Coach Doug Socha; and Athletic Director Craig Sponsky. They were held until generous guests bailed them out.
Bill Koch in Jail
Thomas Quick led the live auction of naming opportunities for programs and features on the school campus. The William H. Pitt Foundation secured the naming rights in advance to the Oxbridge Academy stadium for $2.2 million. At the gala, Janet and JJ Cafaro were the highest bidders for the Institute for Aviation program at $50,000. Other top bidders included Lesly Smith who underwrote the black box theater, Thomas Peterffy who funded the iCommons, and Eileen and Brian Burns who supported the visual arts wing. Suzanne and Lawrence F. De George showed their support with the gift of a Times Square-like scoreboard for the athletic field. 

In addition to the chairs, notable guests included Danielle Hickox Moore; Lesly Smith; Judith Giuliani; Janet and JJ Cafaro; David Koch; Don Burns; Amin Khoury; June and Tim Rooney; Patti and Patrick Rooney, Jr.; Bob Wetenhall; Suzanne and Lawrence F. De George; Hilary and Wilbur Ross; school board member Richard Callahan and his wife, Cynthia; school board member Bob Simses and his wife, Mary; and school board member Bob Kaufman and his wife, Ellen.
Lesly Smith and Danielle Moore
Bridget and Bill Koch
Major sponsors included US Trust, First Republic Bank, Abbot Downing, Hedrick Brothers, Cheney Brothers and Deutsch Bank.

Oxbridge Academy's mission is to inspire wisdom through learning in an environment that fosters inquiry, collaboration, innovation, and personal discovery. The 56-acre campus features classrooms equipped with advanced technologies; creative art spaces; advanced laboratories; a university-modeled "information commons;" a fully equipped digital media center; a 400-seat performance center and auditorium; visual arts and dance studios; gymnasium; and a 4,500-square foot, cutting-edge fitness center and weight room. School grounds include six lighted tennis courts; a swimming pool; lighted outdoor playing fields; and a stadium with artificial turf for football, soccer and lacrosse.
June and Tim Rooney
Bob and Mary Simses
Kay and Arthur Rooney
Karin Luter and Talbot Maxey
Bob Parsons with Suzanne and Larry DeGeorge
Amin and Julie Khoury
Tom Quick and Christina O'Donnell
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, Toby and Itzhak Perlman and luminaries from the worlds of food, music and wine gathered at Le Bernardin for an extraordinary charity auction to benefit The Perlman Music Program (PMP). The sold-out room of enthusiastic supporters toasted guests of honor Prince and Princess Robert of Luxembourg, and celebrated PMP's most successful auction since the inaugural event in 2007.

Toby and Itzhak Perlman hosted the signature evening, and Michael Troise served as advisor, auction catalogue writer, and auctioneer extraordinaire. The event was co-chaired by Ann and Michael Bunyaner, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Ellen and Rodger DeRose, Edith and Robert F. Hudson, Katherine and Peter Kend, Leora and Steven Levy, Joanna S. and Daniel Rose, Jeri and George P. Sape, Esq., Hannele and Michael Troise, Diane and Thomas Tuft, and Eileen and Ambassador Ronald Weiser.
PMP Musicians
Guests were greeted with champagne and canapés, and enjoyed an exceptional five-course tasting menu, designed by Chef Eric Ripert and paired with exceptional Bordeaux and Burgundy vintages. Michael Troise, Wine Advisor and Auction Director for the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, and retired Auction Director for Christie's Fine and Rare Wines, took up the auction hammer to offer rare and extraordinary wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Napa Valley, and one-of-a-kind dining, travel and cultural experiences.

Guests took a pause from the energizing auction to enjoy a stirring performance of Dvorak's Terzetto, presented by PMP alumni – inspiring many generous gifts to a collaborative student tuition lot. Prince Robert of Luxembourg was recognized for his visionary leadership of Domaine Clarence Dillon (owner of legendary Bordeaux estates Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, and Chateau Quintus) and his generous, longtime support of PMP. Prince Robert spoke eloquently about his passion for wine and philanthropy, and his deep appreciation for the Perlman's work to create "the best place on Earth" for their students at PMP's Shelter Island campus.
Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Itzhak Perlman, and Princess Julie of Luxembourg
PMP's charity auction was made possible by donations from generous individuals and esteemed winemakers from around the world. Extraordinary wines and champagnes for the evening's reception and dinner were kindly provided by Acker Merrall & Condit, Prince and Princess Robert of Luxembourg and Domaine Clarence Dillon, Katherine and Peter Kend, Krug Champagne USA, Maisons Marques & Domaines, and Ambassador and Mrs. Ronald Weiser. Cellar Advisors and Domaine New York donated exceptional auction items as well as their expert assistance in cellaring the rare and special wines offered for auction.

Proceeds benefited the mission of The Perlman Music Program (PMP). Founded by Toby Perlman 21 years ago, PMP offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and vibrant programs in Shelter Island, New York City, Florida, Vermont, and Israel, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.
Vera Loeffler, Toby Perlman, Itzhak Perlman, and Robert Loeffler
Guests included: Gavin Albert, John Blondel and Carol Rosetto, Linda and Jim Brandi, Bettina Bryant, Duke Buchan, Michael Bunyaner, Carol and Doug Cohen, Vanessa Cornell, Nina Curley, Rodger DeRose, Melissa Eisenstat, Steve Figari, Marc Gagnon, Patty Garcia, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Alyce Halchak, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Josie and James Kelly, Peter Kend, Erin and Alex Klatskin, Andy Lawlor and Linda Lutz, Katherine and Marc Lazar, Donna Leone, Penny Lieberman, Vera and Robert Loeffler, Shelly London and Larry Kanter, Princess Julie and Prince Robert of Luxembourg, Denise and Jim Martin, Anne Mathes, Içim and Mark Miller, Hee-Jung Moon, Christine Muhlke, Philippe Newlin, Laura and Jeff Norman, Vincent Pagès, Edward Pantzer, David Parker and Marian Davis, Toby and Itzhak Perlman, John Phelan, Anthony Schlesinger, Nicholas Selch, Şölen and Aaron Shafer, Laura Sloate, Jon Sobel, Erica and Bill Steffee, Jim Toth, Hannele and Michael Troise, Diane and Tom Tuft, Caitlin Tully, William Vanderson, Julia Villagra, Adrian Wagner, Eileen and Ambassador Ronald Weiser, Mary and Marc Weiser, and Randall Yuen.
Anne Mathes, Marian Davis, Hannele Troise, and David Parker
Carol and Douglas Cohen
Princess Julie of Luxembourg and Edward Pantzer
Mark and Icim Miller
Dr Bill Steffee, Erica Steffee, and Adrian Wagner
Hee-Jung Moon and Princess Julie of Luxembourg
Gavin Albert, Douglas Cohen, and Rodger DeRose
Caitlin Tully, Anna Kaplan, and Jim Toth
Ralph and Cornelia Heins
Marc and Mary Weiser with Eileen and Ambassador Ronald Weiser
Ambassador Ronald Weiser and Tom Tuft
Phillippe Newlin and Jim Toth
Bettina Bryant, Marc Gagnon, and Vanessa Cornell
Vincent Pages, Peter Kend, and Tom Tuft
Penny Lieberman
Katherine DeConti and Mellissa Eisenstat
Shelly London, Larry Kanter, Alyce Halchak, and Rodger DeRose
Michael Bunyaner, Carol Cohen, and Nick Selch
Randy Yuen
Katherine and Marc Lazar
Auctioneer Michael Troise
Hannele Troise and Vincent Pages
Bettina Bryant and Marc Gagnon
Neil Goldmacher
James Kelly and Diane Tuft
Photographs by Chirstopher Duggan (Dance NYC); Photos by David Dupuy/ (Perlman); Lucien Capehart Photography (Oxbridge)