|In a festive and lively celebration held at the United Nations on October 13th, Asia Society honored Philippine boxing great and humanitarian Manny Pacquiao and seven other dignitaries as its second annual class of Asia Game Changers for making a transformative and positive difference for the future of Asia and the world. Honorees also included Chinese telecommunications magnate Lei Jun, Indian/American comedian and actor Aasif Mandvi, Indian CEO Chanda Kochhar, dancer Li Cunxin, and Emirati fighter pilot Mariam al-Mansouri.|
|Against the backdrop of New York's East River and Queensboro Bridge, Pacquiao and his fellow awardees mingled with Asia Society trustees and other guests from around the world. Attending were tennis star John McEnroe, soprano and arts spokesperson Renée Fleming, Lulu and Anthony Wang, Charles Rockefeller, Betsy Cohen, Indra Nooyi, Ann Ziff, Stephen Bird, Tom Nides, Daniel Ziff, Julio and Onelia Rojas, Joseph Bae, Victor and Tara Menezes, Farooq and Farida Kathwari, Nick and Sheila Platt, Dinakar Singh and Loren Eng, Kimberly Strauss, Hal and Ruth Newman, Nick Rohatyn, Henrietta and Richard Fore, Ronnie Chan, Josette Sheeran, Kevin Rudd, Beth and Ron Dozoretz, Mark Kingdon and Anla Cheng, Steven Dizard and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.|
|On a beautiful fall day, over 375 friends and supporters gathered at Wethersfield Farm in Stanford for Dutchess Land Conservancy's (DLC) 24th Annual Fall Patrons' Luncheon.
DLC could not have chosen a more perfect setting to celebrate 30 years of land conservation, the transfer of stewardship of the Wethersfield easement to DLC, and to honor the memory of DLC Board members Molly Schaefer and Dick Kimball.
|Patrons enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Gourmet to Go and wines from Little Gates & Co. Wine Merchants, they were surrounded by over 8,000 acres of protected land. Honorary Co-Chairs were Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels and Anne and Farnham Collins. Fernanda and Farnham gave touching tributes to Molly and Dick and brought their contributions to land conservation and the community to life for all who attended.|
|DLC President Becky Thornton spoke about the late Chauncey Stillman, owner of Wethersfield, who was a catalyst for land conservation in the area. DLC Board Chairman Rebecca Seaman stressed the importance of DLC's mission and recognized those attending the luncheon with conservation easements on their land.|
|Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school, held its Annual Harlem Luncheon at Ginny's Supper Club, downstairs at Red Rooster Harlem, on Tuesday, October 20th. The event was chaired by Storefront Academy Harlem Trustee and NY Times Bestselling Author Holly Peterson, and featured special guest Thelma Golden, director and chief curator at Studio Museum in Harlem.
|Ms. Peterson and Ms. Golden dialogued about the importance of education, the partnership between Storefront Academy and the Studio Museum, and the influence of African-American artists on Harlem and society.
Guests were joined at the luncheon by Storefront Academy Harlem student ambassadors from the 5th, 6th and 7th grades, and treated to a performance by the 1st grade class singing "It's a Wonderful World." The afternoon was capped off by Storefront Academy Harlem alumnus Jasmine "Jazz" Reed, who spoke about her experiences at the school, challenges she's overcome, and her plans for the future. Jazz is currently a sophomore at New York University in the Stern School of Business.
|Storefront Academy Harlem Trustees Elsie V. Aidinoff, Amanda K. Low, Ellen-Jane Moss and Maria Vecchiotti, as well as longstanding supporters Barbara Barbera, Fiona Donovan, Stacy Pinelli, Philippa Portnoy, Patty Sacks, and Cathy Trentalancia were members of the benefit advisory committee for the luncheon.
For fifty years, Storefront Academy Harlem has rewritten the rules of urban education for students of all learning abilities. Storefront Academy's proven academic model focuses on cultivating intellect and character in equal measure. Storefront Academy creates powerful learners and well-rounded students who persevere in the face of challenges and succeed despite the odds.
|Photographs by Mary Hilliard (DLC);|