|This past Wednesday at the Metropolitan Club, The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) held its annual Breakthrough Ball benefit gala honoring Erin Brockovich, environmental activist and consumer advocate, with their 2015 “Breakthrough Spirit” award.
Erin Brockovich is renowned for her relentless advocacy of environmental health causes and remains actively involved in using the law to protect human rights. Brockovich launched her career as an environmental activist in 1991, when she started working for a law firm as a file clerk, and became the driving force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Through her continuous and passionate activism, Erin continues working to improve the lives of others.
A social highlight of the season, the gala gathers nearly 400 guests each year and has featured an impressive collection of honorees. Past "Breakthrough Spirit" recipients include CBS Evening News Anchor/Managing Editor and 60 Minutes Correspondent Katie Couric, media entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, six-time NBA All-Star, Amar'e Stoudemire, Grammy Award-winning singer Toni Braxton, Legendary singer/songwriter Daryl Hall, and musician and producer Swizz Beatz.
Long-time CCBF supporter, actor, commentator, and philanthropist, Charles Grodin returned as emcee. The exciting live auction gave guests the chance to bid on a complete Super Bowl 50 package, along with several other luxury and travel packages. Topping off the night was a spectacular performance by The Soul Rebels. Having recently collaborated live with artists spanning from Macklemore to Kool & The Gang, The Soul Rebels' eclectic performance harnessed the power of horns and drums in the party-like atmosphere that kept everyone dancing into the night.
Proceeds from this benefit help to provide much needed medication, chemotherapy, and other life-saving treatments to children at the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
|World of Children Award hosted their 2015 Annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 5th at 583 Park Avenue (at East 63rd St). The annual Award honors the most effective changemakers for vulnerable children worldwide and funds and elevates their work. Four hundred and fifty guests were onsite with $850,000 raised.
Celebrity Ambassador Stephanie March served as an award presenter with Alina Cho serving as M.C.. U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern and 2009 World of Child Advocacy Award recipient and award winning author Sheryl Wudunn made remarks.
Jamie Barry and Jerry Politzer received the 2015 World of Children Board of Governors’ Award.
|Each of the 2015 Honorees have created life-changing programs that benefit children in countries around the world. They are working on a wide range of issues, including homelessness, teen pregnancy, and life-threatening medical issues. The first ever World of Children Education Award went to Miriam Mason-Sesay, Co-Founder and Country Director, EducAid Sierra Leone which worked through the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in Sierra Leona. The 2015 World of Children Health Award went to Amalia García Moreno, founder of Casa de la Amistad para Niños con Cáncer, which helps to provide access to oncological treatment and support to low-income children diagnosed with cancer in Mexico City Mexico.
Catalina Escobar received the 2015 Humanitarian Award for providing teenage mothers in Cartagena, Colombia with the tools they need to survive and to thrive through the Juan Felipe Gómez Escobar Foundation. Adi Roche received the Alumni Award for her leadership at Chernobyl Children International that provides critical healthcare to child victims in the Chernobyl region the Ukraine. The 2015 World of Children Youth Awards went to Winnifred Selby for her dedication to empowering underprivileged children in Ghana as part of EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative and Nicholas Lowinger for founding Gotta Have Sole Foundation, an organization that has donated footwear to over 42,000 children living in homeless shelters in 36 states.
|Miraldina and Anthony Meyer and Anne Hathaway and Adam Schulman served as honorary event chairs. 2015 Awards Ceremony Co-Chairs were Jamie Barry and Jerry Politzer, Mary Lee Broder, Amy Dorgan, Frances and Francis Fraenkel, Archana Kumar, Karen Mayell and Ann O’Malley.
World of Children Award is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively. Since they founded the organization in 1998, with the goal of setting the gold standard in child advocacy award programs, World of Children Award has granted more than $7 million in cash grants and program support to more than 100 Honorees who are the driving force behind programs that have served tens of millions of children worldwide.
|World of Children Award uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to identify the world’s most effective changemakers for children. This year, World of Children Award received hundreds of nominations from 95 countries around the world. A program team considers every nominee, and passes their first-round selections to a National Selection Committee, a Youth Award Review Committee and an International Advisory Committee to select finalists. A private agency then performs an on-site investigation and independent audit of each final applicant. These investigators make sure Awards go only to the most impactful child advocates.|
|Last Tuesday, November 10th, Holiday House NYC held its opening night gala at the eighth-annual Holiday House NYC. Leonard Lauder once again served as Honorary Chair for the event. Iris Dankner and Christopher Hyland were Co-Chairs. Alexa Hampton, Thom Filicia, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Mario Buatta were Design Chairs.
The Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street has once again been transformed into a showcase of the best in interior design. Featuring original holiday-themed living spaces by renowned designers, the showhouse will welcome visitors seven days a week from November 11 – December 2, 2015. All event proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The showhouse is open to the public daily, 11:00am- 5:00pm, with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00pm. General admission is $35.
|Original designs were created by over 20 renowned design firms, including: Ally Coulter Designs, Antonino Buzzetta, Ashley Darryl Interiors, Archives ID, Björn Björnsson, Buckingham ID, Calder Design Group, Campion Platt, Darrin Varden Design, Drew McGukin Interiors, James Rixner, JDK Interiors, Kathleen Walsh Interiors, Katie By Design, Lonni Paul Design, Marks & Frantz, Paris Forino Design, Robert Passal, Stacy Garcia, Vicente Wolf, and White Webb.
Holiday House NYC Sponsors include: 1stdibs, Antique and Design Center of High Point, AVENUE magazine, Baccarat, Badilla Painters, Baron Tequila, Calvin Klein Home, Christopher Guy, Crypton, Farrow & Ball, Ford Explorer, Frette, FENDI Casa, Gaggenau, Little Elves, Lladró, LXTV, Robert Allen, S. Harris, The Shade Store, Traditional Home, Waterworks Bath & Kitchen.
Proceeds from both events benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
|On Tuesday, November 11, God's Love We Deliver hosted "How to Create Magic," a Q & A with Chef Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery, moderated by Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by Canard, Inc. followed by an inspiring discussion between Dominique and Susan about creativity and food, giving back, and just how Chef Ansel is able to change his menus every 4-6 weeks! All this fun talk was held in support of God's Love.|
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Holiday House)|