Wednesday, December 2, 2015

First Step Big Step

Bryan Ramm, Megan Petrie Ramm, Mike Sodikoff, Isabelle Krusen, Tamie Peter Thomas, Rich Thomas, and Executive Director Fatima Shama at The Fresh Air Fund's Annual Fall Benefit and Silent Auction, "Le Bal Masque."
VivArte participating organizations Caring for Colombia, First Step Big Step, and Primero Lo Primero hosted a cocktail reception and silent auction to celebrate Colombian contemporary art in support of Colombian early childhood programs on Tuesday, November 17th at PHILLIPS.

VivArte is a joint philanthropic effort to empower and transform the lives of vulnerable children in Colombia, while giving international visibility to a select group of Colombian artists. This dual mission seeks to shape the social reality on the ground and broaden cultural perceptions of Colombia worldwide. Funds raised during the auctions will directly benefit early childhood programs in areas of extreme poverty in Colombia.
Alexandra Seegers, Maria Eugenia Maury, Beatriz de La Mora, and Rebekah Kinsky
The silent and public auction showcased works by thirty-one Colombian artists in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, embroidery, photography and animation. 11 of the 14 VivArte works in the public auction sold for a total net profit of $242,912.50, which will directly benefit early childhood programs in Colombia.  Records were set for six artists: Olga de Amaral ($449,000), Fanny Sanin ($50,000), Santiago Parra ($15,000), Johanna Calle ($10,000), Monika Bravo ($9,000) and Humberto Junca ($8,750) as well as setting an auction precedent for Ivan Argote ($9,375). 

Highlights included works by recent award winning artists such as Carlos Motta, recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize 2014, awarded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation; Juan Fernando Herrán, recipient of the 2014 Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability; Fanny Sanin, whose work is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museo Nacional in Bogotá; Monika Bravo and Carlos Castro Arias, whose work is now on view at the Venice Biennale and Bienal de Mercosur, respectively. 
J.W. Cortes
The participating Artists included Olga de Amaral, Ivan Argote, Natalia Arias, Monika Bravo, Johanna Calle, Natalia Castañeda, Jaime Castellanos, Carlos Castro Arias, Fernando Cruz, Adriana Echavarría, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Jaime Franco, Ana González Rojas, Manuel Hernández, Juan Fernando Herrán, Humberto Junca, Alberto Lezaca, Luz Angela Lizarazo, Adriana Marmorek, Carlos Motta, Jorge Mario Múnera Edgar Negret, Santiago Parra, Luis Fernando Peláez, Esteban Peña, Ruby Rumie, Luis Alejandro Saiz, Fanny Sanin, Gabriel Silva,  Giovanni Vargas, and Hugo Zapata. 
Laura Laurence, Vanessa Narvaez, Paulina Wood, and Lulu Hall
Paulo Vieira Dacunha and Denise Simon
Adriana Eschavarria and Nadia Malik
Marcela Shine and J.W. Cortes
Adrien Deseglise, Francois Bernard, Genevieve Maguinay, Isabelle Kowal, and Ferdinand Grox
Mercedes Fernandez, Maria Emma Mejia, and Genevieve Maquinay
Maria Eugenia Maury and William Haseltine
Laura Bjork and Santiago Parra
Marie Clara Osorio, Jose Meneses, Maria Isabel Nieto, and Jesus Nquais
Philae Knight, Tony Bechara, and Maria Clara Osorio
Jessica Garza, Manuel Camelo, and Helen Obregon
Ximena Garnica, Tony Bechara, Genevieve Maquinay, and Shige Moriya
J.W. Cortes, Isabelle Kowal, and Elga Weimmer
Juan Pablo Valencia and Maria Jose Hunter
Jared Adams and Brittany Weeden
Nicolas Fernandez, Maura Smith, Rachele Smith, and Tommy Morrison
Elissar Boujaoude, Mercedes Fernandez, and Isabelle Kowal
Imssy Klebe and Luis Castillo
Gorge Munoz and Monika Bravo
Natalia Mesa, Mercedes Fernandez, Juan Carlo Franco, and Genevieve Maquinay
On November 3rd, The American Hospital of Paris Foundation honored the renowned and beloved international financier and philanthropist Ezra K. Zilkha at its annual Award Gala held in the Terrace Room of the Plaza Hotel.

The guests and supporters of the 2015 Gala were New York's crème de la crème, as well as luminaries from Paris and an enthusiastic contingent of Francophiles from Houston, Texas, making this one of the most successful fund-raising events for the AHPF.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha
Frank and Joan Ginsberg
The Chairman of the Foundation and a Dinner Chairman was former Sony Chairman Mickey Schulhof, whose Co-Chairs included former U.S. Ambassador to France Howard Leach and Gretchen Leach, Michel David-Weill, Claude Wasserstein, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Sharon Jacquet, Frank Ginsberg and the leader of the Texas contingent, Donna Chapman. Supporters paying tribute to Ezra Zilkha and making the evening a big success for the American Hospital of Paris Foundation included Wilbur and Hilary Ross and Lynn Wyatt as well as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Co-President Andreas C. Dracopoulos.
Dave Price, WNBC-TV and the evening’s emcee
The guests dined on a sumptuous fall themed dinner accompanied by French wines. The Master of Ceremonies for the Gala was WNBC-TV broadcaster Dave Price.

The American Hospital of Paris was founded in 1913, played a major role in World Wars I and II, treating French, American and British soldiers and civilians at the Hospital, and heroically saving lives at the battlefronts through the famed American Field Service. Today it offers the highest level of medical services to the more than 200,000 people who pass through its doors each year.
John Loeb and Sharon Handler-Loeb
Bernadette Toomey and Mick Merritt
Barbara and Richard Lane with Jan and Stefan Abrams
Donna and Max Chapman
Donna Chapman, Edgar Batista, and Lynn Wyatt
Gretchen Leach and Claude Wasserstein
Kate Betts and Anne Keating
Elizabeth Stribling; Former US Ambassador to Luxembourg James Lowenstein, and Patricia Cossutta Arostegui
American Hospital of Paris Foundation Chairman Mickey Schulhof and Ezra Zilkha
Wilbur Ross and Howard Leach
Hilary and Wilbur Ross with Gretchen Leach
Laura Yockey and Donna Chapman
Kate Betts and Kay Gilman
Sharon Jacquet and friends
Violane and John Bernbach
On Thursday, November 19, 2015, The Fresh Air Fund hosted its Annual Fall Benefit and Silent Auction, "Le Bal Masque," at Chelsea Piers. Close to 700 supporters and friends enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction and raised over $546,000 to benefit The Fresh Air Fund.

The Gala Chairs were Isabelle B. Krusen, Megan Petrie Ramm and Bryan Ramm, Kimberly E. Steward and Tamie Peters Thomas and Richard D. Thomas. Vice Chairs were T. Troy and Keisha Dixon, April Grunow, Courtney Alexis Langer and Amanda K. Starbuck.
Brad Whitman, Beth Whitman, T. Troy Dixon, William Lauder, Rich Thomas, and Tamie Peter Thomas
Silent Auction highlights included: Adler Mountain Lodge weekend stay in Italian Alps; premiere screening of HBO's new series VINYL; premiere screening of Showtime's new original show Billions; Four Seasons Vail Hotel for two nights; tickets to Cirque du Soleil, School of Rock and Live! With Michael and Kelly, along with sports experiences and fabulous fashion items.

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities. Each year, close to 9,000 children visit volunteer host families across the Northeast through the Friendly Towns Program, attend Fresh Air Fund camps or participate in year-round enriching, educational programs.
Lydia Carlston, William Lauder, Fatima Shama, Janice A. Savin-Williams, Christopher J. Williams, and Mats Carlston
Mats Carlston, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund Fatima Shama, John Irwin, Janet Irwin, and Lydia Carlston
Janise Cocker and Craig Ivey
Melanie La Vie, Matthew Bronfman, and William Lauder
Christopher O'Malley and Wendy Flanagan
T. Troy Dixon, William Lauder, and Rich Thomas
Lydia Carlston and Wendy Flanagan
Georgina Bloomberg and Alex Hamer
Lydia Carlston and Janice A. Savin-Williams
Dahlia James, Courtney Alexis Langer, Frank Lambrinos, Anne Ratner, and Alexandra Hoffman
Dov Barnett, Kara Medoff Barnett, Michael Bogner, and David Perpich
The Women's Media Center 2015 Women's Media Awards, celebrating 10 years of the Women's Media Center, were held November 5th at Capitale in New York City.

Over 350 people attended the awards Gala which honored: Laura Bates, Mona Eltahawy, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Marlo Thomas and Padmasree Warrior. The event featured a special appearance by Amy Schumer.

Women's Media Center Co-Founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem attended the event along with Julie Burton, President of the Women's Media Center.
Debra Winger, Robin Morgan, Loreen Arbus, Gloria Steinem, Bonnie Schaefer, Pat Mitchell, and Julie Burton
Other VIPs attending the Awards this year included: Sally Field, Diane Lane, Debra Winger, Rosario Dawson, Kathleen Turner, Catherine Keener, Cindi Leive, Vanessa De Luca, Phil Donahue, Darren Walker, Pamela Shifman, Martha Nelson, Geneva Overholser, David Corn, Sarah Jones, Suzanne Braun Levine, Frances Rivera, Elizabeth Plank, Kate Ward, Lois Sasson, Patricia Duff, Julie Zeilinger, Elizabeth Sackler, and Jacki Zehner.
Judy Woodruff, Pat Mitchell, and Gwen Ifill
Co-Chairs for the 2015 Women's Media Awards were: Loreen Arbus, Jewelle Bickford, Jennifer & Peter Buffett, Lauren Embrey, Jane Fonda, Victoria Jackson, Sheila Johnson, Pat Mitchell, Robin Morgan, Dee Dee Myers, Bonnie Schaefer, Regina K. Scully, Pamela Shifman, Gloria Steinem, Mary and Steven Swig and Maggie Wilderotter.

The Women's Media Center, co-founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem, works to make women visible and powerful in media. For more information, visit
Amy Schumer and Gloria Steinem
Caroline Tehrani
Frances Rivera
Diane Lane and Eleanor Lambert
Bonnie Schaefer and Debra Winger
Rosario Dawson
Sally Field
Kate Wahl and Danielle Weisberg
Kathleen Turner
WMC President Julie Burton and Laura Bates
Julie Burton, Laura Bates, and Martha Nelson
Mona Eltahawy and Robin Morgan
Padmasree Warrior and Carol Jenkins
Mary Swig and Gloria Steinem
Photographs by Jerry Speier (Fresh Air Fund); Barry Williams/ (VivArte); Cindy Ord & Brian Ach/ Getty (WMA)