Monday, March 30, 2015

Glitz & Glamour

The scene at the Martha Washington Hotel for the kickoff event for the American Heart Association's 19th Annual Hamptons Heart Ball.
The theme of this year's American Heart Association's 19th Annual Hamptons Heart Ball is "Glitz & Glamour" and that is exactly what stood out at the kickoff event. Held at the Martha Washington Hotel on March 24th, more than 200 people gathered to celebrate the upcoming event that is taking place on Saturday, June 13th at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton.

Those in attendance were treated to entertainment by DJ Cash and flapper tap dancers that went along with the theme of the evening. In attendance were Steven Victor, Anna Rhodes, Jon and Joanie Gruen, John Tortorella, Debra Halpert, Allen and Arlene Lazare, Alan & Joy Marks, Merv Matheson, Rocco Ancarola, Jane Pontarelli, Nicole DiCocco, Dean Christiansen, Judy Gilbert, Consuelo Costin, Robin Cofer, Randi Schatz, Andrea Wernick, Lucia Hwong Gordon and Nicole Noonan and Stephen Knobel. Regional Director Barbara Poliwoda said "The event is forecasting to be very well attended and I am expecting it to break all fundraising records in its 19 year history."
Cognac Wellerlane with flappers
This year's Hamptons Heart Ball will be chaired by Meredith Cohen. Cristina Civetta, heart survivor is Jr. Chair. The American Heart Association is proud to honor Howard Bluver, CEO, Suffolk County National Bank with the Distinguished Leadership Award. David H. Adams, MD, Cardiac Surgeon-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Health System and President, Mitral Foundation will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Chris Wragge, News Anchor, CBS 2 News will emcee the event.

For more information about the 19th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball, to buy tickets or to get involved, visit
Adele Nino, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Randi Schatz, Barbara Poliwoda, Consuelo Costin, and Paul Chapman
Anna Rhodes, Pamela Morgan, Arlene Lazare, Liora Sternberg, Joy Marks, Adele Nino, Jane Pontarelli, Randi Schatz, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Andrea Wernick
Debra Halbert, John Tortorella, Terry Thompson, Howard Bluver, Meredith Cohen, and Elaine Hammond
Merv Matheson, Rocco Ancarola, David Curley, Fabrizio Capigatti, and Alex Giusti Gerini
Anna Rhodes, Steven Victor, and Barbara Poliwoda
Suzan Kremer, Nicole Tunick, Zachery Tunick, and Nancy Pearson
Cristina Civetta, Patrick Duffy, Justin Arroyo, Krysta Scheel, Michelle Flagg, Courtney Dolan, and Ronny Baroody
Andrea Wernick, Adele Nino, Nicole Noonan, and Randi Schatz
For the second year, notable Palm Beach interior designers and design enthusiasts gathered for drinks to celebrate the 43rd Kips Bay Decorator Show House (and the organization's 100 year anniversary) to benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. The event, sponsored by Kohler and held at the home of Ginny and Dick Simmons, was chaired by Steven Stolman.

The Kips Bay Palm Beach Committee Cocktails hosted guests including Show House alums Ellie Cullman, Larry Laslo, Stephen Moody and Scott Snyder. Additional guests included Palm Beach town councilman Dani Moore, former Mayor Lesley Smith, Tom Kitchhoff, Jeffrey Smith, Rob Copley, Jennifer Garrigues, Ross Meltzer and Pauline Pitt.
Rob Copley and Ray Raymakers
Steven and Stacey Stolman
The annual Kips Bay President's Dinner will take place this Wednesday, April 1st, kicking off the highly anticipated Show House which will open in New York City this May. Proceeds from the Decorator Show House, which attracts an estimated 15,000 visitors each year, benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which offers innovative after-school and enrichment programs for more than 11,000 youth, ages 6 through 18, in ten locations throughout the Bronx.
Ginny and Dick Simmons
Jeffery and Nancy Smith
Ellie Cullman, Pamela Fiori, and Jennifer Garrigues
Beau and Jackie Breckenridge
Gil Walsh and Pauline Pitt
Gil Walsh with Tom and Carol Kirchhoff
Nazira Handal and Daniel Quintero
Jennifer Garrigues and Scott Snyder
Lauryl Guse and Dee Perry
Lesly Smith, Ginny Simmons, and Dani Moore
Melanie Seymour Holland with Wally and Betsy Turner
Nick Gold, Jennifer Evans Gardner, Melissa Ward, and Bram Majtlis
Nick Gold, Stephen Mooney, and Scott Velozo
Victor Figueredo and Ross Meltzer
Betsy Froelich, Stacy Redding, and Mindy Sobczak
Palm Beach residents Betsy and Paul Shiverick hosted an al fresco cocktail reception and presentation on behalf of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) at their home in Palm Beach on March 13, 2015 that drew more than 50 friends and supporters.

Paul Shiverick welcomed the guests and introduced Jill O'Donnell-Tormey, CRI's Chief Executive Officer, who spoke about the organization's mission and then presented Michael Postow, M.D., the assistant attending physician and part of the Melanoma-Sarcoma Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Postow is also a member of the CRI Trials Network and is an investigator on several clinical trials to test cancer immunotherapies in patients.
Betsy and Paul Shiverick and Jill O'Donnell-Tormey
Sheila and Mike Hartnett
Postow explained how cancer immunotherapy, which was named the "2013 Breakthrough of the Year" by Science magazine, is the most promising approach to cancer treatment today and how it has significant potential to permanently transform the way cancer is perceived and treated. He then introduced one of his patients, cancer veteran Mary Elizabeth Williams, an author and writer for Salocom, and mother of two from New York City, who spoke about her diagnosis and treatment. In 2011, Williams was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and upon the advice of her doctors, she enrolled in an immunotherapy clinical study and today, she is cancer-free because of these treatments.
Mary Elizabeth Williams and Dr. Michael Postow
Joseph Famularo with Panda and Pete Coley
Founded in 1953, the New York City-based Cancer Research Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to extending the lives of cancer patients and reducing cancer-related deaths by fueling the development of smarter, more effective treatments that mobilize our body's natural immune defenses against all types of cancer. To accomplish this goal, the Cancer Research Institute supports the most critical research, invests in the development of promising new cancer immunotherapies, and unites the efforts of the field's leaders worldwide. Through this work, CRI is transforming cancer therapy, enabling patients to live longer, healthier lives free from the fear of cancer. For more information, visit
Richard and Lucia Englander
Pam Williams and Gaye Engel
Susan and Tim Malloy
Kathi and David McKibbin
Carlos and Rosemary Ferrer
Robert and Liz Nolan
On Thursday, March 12, 2015, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO) held its Annual Palm Beach Benefit.  AFIPO extends its deepest appreciation for the leadership of its Honorary Chairman Diane Belfer and Benefit Chairmen Sherry and Kenneth Endelson, Sara and Charles Fabrikant, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, and Robbi and Bruce Toll and gratefully acknowledges everyone who supported this wonderful benefit evening.
The Shuffle Concert performance
Graciously hosted by Michelle and Joseph Jacobs at their waterfront home, guests enjoyed a lovely cocktail reception before being seated for a unique performance, a Shuffle Concert, where the audience selects the music to be performed. The interactive concert captivated and entertained the audience.  An elegant dinner, held outdoors along the pool, concluded the evening.
Dinner at the waterfront home of Michelle and Joseph Jacobs
Patrons who attended this event included Ann-Britt and Christian Angle, Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman, Vivian Barg, Elinor Belfer, Wilma and Stuart Bernstein, Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Marjorie Brooke and Gerald Cohen, Ann and Robert Fromer, Sonia Haime, Ronnie Heyman and Howard Blum, Elaine and Richard Hirsch, Rochelle Hirsch and AFIPO President David Hirsch, Ellen Liman and Walter Liebman, Phyllis Mendelsohn and Peter Price, Jill and Joel Reitman, Lyn Ross, Judy and Bob Snyder, Andrea Stark, Norma and Bill Tiefel, and Susie and Bob Zeff.
Joseph and Michelle Jacobs
Sara and Charles Fabrikant
Rochelle and David Hirsch
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Robbi Toll, Laurie Silvers, Sara Fabrikant, and Rochelle Hirsch
Kenneth and Sherry Endelson
Marjorie Brooke and Gerald Cohen
Sanford Baklor and Arlene Kaufman
Bob and Susan Zeff
Robert and Ann Fromer
Vivian Barg and Sonia Haime
Bob and Judy Snyder
Jill Reitman, Len and Janet Goldberg, Dorothy Reitman, Sam Reitman, and Joel Reitman
Ronnie Heyman and Howard Blum
Ann-Britt and Christian Angle
Michelle Jacobs with Stanley and Roberta Bogen
Bill and Norma Tiefel
David Hirsch with the performers
The Children's Defense Fund-New York held its annual Beat the Odds Awards Gala at The Pierre, honoring five New York high school seniors who have overcome extraordinary hardships to achieve academic success with $10,000 college scholarships.

Cicely Tyson, Kenneth Cole & Maria Cuomo Cole, The New York Giants' Victor Cruz, Zak DeOssie and Jay Bromley, Ron Blaylock (GenNx360 Capital Partners), Craig Cogut (Pegasus Capital Advisors), Scout Willis, Liam McKessar, Madison Utendahl and chef Alexander Smalls (Minton's, The Cecil) were among the notables in attendance to recognize the students' achievements.
Itang Hope Young and Victor Cruz
Marian Wright Edelman
Cruz, Blaylock and Stephen Sadove were saluted for their contributions to child advocacy, and Chris Nee received a special award, recognizing her work creating the hit Disney Junior television show, Doc McStuffins. WCBS-TV anchor Maurice DuBois and Malaak Compton-Rock co-hosted the gala. Alexander Smalls, Restaurateur and Executive Chef of Minton's and The Cecil, served as the Celebrity Chef. Seth Bernstein and CDF board member Deborah Cogut served as the gala's co-chairs, while 2014 honoree Vicki Fuller was the event's honorary chair.
Maurice DuBois
For twenty-five years the CDF Beat the Odds program has changed the lives of hundreds of youths across the country who have persevered despite family breakdown, homelessness, parental incarceration, drug and alcohol addiction, neglect and abuse.

Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, honored in January by Oprah Winfrey as one of the "Legends Who Paved the Way" as part of celebrations commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, said: "We are proud to celebrate these exceptional youths we have come to know through our CDF-New York Beat the Odds scholarship and leadership development program. They are proof that with the help of one caring adult, hard work and determination, it is possible to overcome great adversity and succeed."
Deborah and Craig Cogut
Malaak Compton Rock and Chris Nee
BTO winners with Victor Cruz
Jay Bromley and Shainek Edmundson
Linda Gelfond and Stanley Stein
Petra Pope and Ron Blaylock
Sarye Huggins and Zak DeOssie
Alexander Smalls and Cicely Tyson
Kevin Pires, Lucy Kissel, Madison Utendahl, Olivia Faglko, and Victor Bartash
Jonny Cogut, Scout Willis, Liam McKessar, and Michelle Senteio
Maria Cuomo, Ron Blaylock, and Vicki Fuller
Jay Bromley and Alexis Mandy
Meg Galletti, David Cogut, and Anna Mullen
Stephen Cassidy and Craig Cogut
photographs by Capehart Photography (Kips Bay); Corby Kaye's Studio Palm Beach (AFIPO); Annie Watt (AHA & Children's Defense Fund).