Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hellos and Goodbyes

Finale balloon drop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's gala celebration honoring outgoing BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins.
On Tuesday, April 28, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) hosted a gala celebration honoring outgoing BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins as she prepares to retire in June after more than 36 years of extraordinary service. For this special evening, BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo assembled a host of BAM artists for a one-night-only program of performances, video tributes, and testimonials from some very special guests.
Guests arriving via New York Water Taxi
Waterfront cocktails at the Duggal Greenhouse, Brooklyn Navy Yards
The evening began with a festive dinner for 900 guests at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's waterfront Duggal Greenhouse—catering by Great Performances and décor by Bella Meyer of Fleurs Bella. Guests including Mamie Gummer, Suzanne Vega, Tommy Tune, Lauren Flanigan, Bill T. Jones, Marcelo Gomes, Dustin Yellin, José Parlá, Alan and Judith Fishman, William I. Campbell, Adam and Diane Max. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Beth DeWoody, Kyle DeWoody, Bruce Ratner, David and Jed Walentas, Jonathan Rose, Cheryl Henson, Pat Schoenfeld, Mary Sharp Cronson, Arnold Lehman, Rachel Moore, Kathy Brown, Arlene Shuler, and Laura Walker then boarded 12 coaches which transported them to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for a program featuring performances by legendary R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples, composer and musician Steve Reich, singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, contemporary hip-hop dance troupe Illstyle & Peace Productions, and The Institutional Radio Choir.
Exterior of the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building
Sugartone Brass Band greeted guests on the step of BAM
John Turturro and Alan Rickman, having worked with Hopkins at BAM over the years, served as the evening's hosts. The celebration also featured video tributes from friends, family, and colleagues, and even a surprise video performance from Paul Simon. Before the program ended, BAM Chairman Alan Fishman announced that the gala had raised over two million dollars. He went on to say that 16.5 million dollars had been raised in Karen's name—much going to the institution's endowment, raising it to over 100 million dollars—and that the BAM cultural space in the Two Trees development at the South Site of the cultural district would be named 'BAM Karen' in her honor.

Following the program, an after-party for all attendees filled the Peter Jay Sharp Building, spilling out on to Lafayette Avenue.
Joe Melillo and Karen Brooks Hopkins (wearing Kate Spade and Tiffany jewelry)
After-party DJs Andrew Andrew
John Jasperse and friend
Alton Murray, Lisa Arrington, and Danny Simmons
Richard Feldman and John Nathanson
Suzanne Vega
Tommy Tune and Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Karen Brooks Hopkins, Beth DeWoody, Firooz Zahedi, and friends
Rufus Wainwright and Jörn Weisbrodt
Cheryl Henson and Edwin Finn Jr.
Alan Rickman
Marcelo Gomes
John Turturro
Mamie Gummer and Bill T. Jones
Pat Schoenfeld and friend
Stephanie Hughley, BAM VP of Education
Bill T. Jones and Yorgos Loukos
Joseph Melillo, Adam Max, Karen Brooks Hopkins, Bill Campbell, and Alan Fishman
Judith Fishman, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, and Tommy Tune
Lisa Witten, Richard Witten, Annie Witten Hopkins, and Matt Hopkins
KAWS with a friend
BAM Cheesecake
Gary Kvistad and Steve Reich
Illstyle & Peace Productions
Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright
Mavis Staples
The Institutional Radio Choir
John Turturro, Karen Brooks Hopkins, and Alan Rickman
Finale balloon drop celebrating Karen Brooks Hopkins
After-party curbside hot dog truck
The annual Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party kicked off the spring season at The New York Botanical Garden on Thursday, April 23rd. The Preview Party was underwritten in part by Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan with additional support from Mish New York and Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke.  The evening was sponsored by Northern Trust.

This is the country’s original, largest and most important venue for authentic garden antiques with more than thirty of the nation’s leading exhibitors offering their finest pieces for sale, displaying centuries of classic design inspiration gathered from across the United States and Europe. 
The Fair is a must for leading collectors and designers as well as buyers seeking professional advice.  Named the “Best in America” by the experts and long held as the most renowned stage for authentic garden antiques and rarities, the annual Fair once again showcased fascinating antique furnishings and objects, an expansive collection of ornament, decorative art, and timeless furniture for the home and garden.

The preview event took place in the Conservatory Tent, adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and was attended by more than 500 guests from the philanthropic, interior and landscape design, architecture and art worlds. 
This year, famous decorator Bunny Williams, was available to sign her new book, On Garden Style, and showcased and personally designed a garden setting using items from Fair exhibitors to inspire guests to enhance their spaces with antiques. Preview attendees also enjoyed a fabulous silent auction and a collectors’ plant sale featuring one-of-a-kind plants. This event was the opening celebration to a weekend of wonderful Garden activities.

This year’s Chairmen were Susan (Mrs. Coleman) Burke, Barbara Israel, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, Mish Tworkowski, and Bunny Williams.   The Chairmen’s Committee consisted of Mrs. Timothy M. George, S. Christopher Meigher III, Amy Todd Middleton, Mrs. George B. Moore, Mario Nievera, Renny Reynolds and Howard S. Slatkin.  The Collectors’ Plant Sale Chairmen were Peter R. McQuillan, Marjorie G. Rosen, Joseph Singer, and Carmen M. Thain.
The Preview Party Designer Committee was chaired by Sheila Brady, Thomas Jayne, Katie Ridder Pennoyer, Emma Jane Pilkington and Robert Rufino.  Designer Committee members include celebrated names from the worlds of interior design, landscape design and architecture. Guests will have the rare opportunity to meet and greet these designers at the Preview Party.

All proceeds from the Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale directly support the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world.
Bunny Williams
Martha Stewart
Kevin Sharkey and Eric Pike
Gregory Long and Susan Burke
Mish Tworkowski and Joseph Singer
Sigourney Weaver
John Schumacher and Barbara Cirkva Schumacher
Katie Ridder Pennoyer
Deborah Royce
Carolyn Englefield and Chris Spitzmiller
Robert Rufino
Janet Ross, Mish Tworkowski, Susan Burke, Gregory Long, and Charlotte Frieze
Frank de Biasi and Gene Meyer
Jill Joyce and Stephen Orr
James Aguiar and Mark Haldeman
Ella Brittingham, Katie Hult, and Ashley Kline
John Holm and Harry Allen
Bunny Williams and Memrie Lewis
Jonathan Preece
Mish Tworkowski and Emma Jane Pilkington
Peter McQuillaan and Sheila Brady
Diane Jennings and Tricia Solari
Jean Burn, Lindsay Grimes, and Joseph Singer
Urban Karlsson and Juan Montoya
Cosby George and Guest
Amy Miller, Colleen Stenzler, and Courtney Nataraj
Trish White and Ellen Reid
Diane Katzin
Alison Lavasseur and Laurent Levasseur
Carolyn Englefield, Renny Reynolds, and Charlotte Frieze
Marco Polo Stufano
Marjorie Rosen
Trish Brandt and Dimitris Andriopoulos
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club hosted its annual Purses and Pursenalities event on April 21st at The Metropolitan Club. This year's exciting line-up of honorees included Sandra Choi, Creative Director at Jimmy Choo; Tim Gunn, Author and Educator; Karen Klopp, Founder of What 2 Wear Where; and Amber Sabathia, Creator and Designer of CCandy. Support from this event provides life-changing programs to young people in New York's most underserved communities.
Amber Sabathia, Ty Hunter, and Alexis Stoudemire
Amy Fine Collins and Valerie Steele
"This year we are proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Purses & Pursenalities," said Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. "This event is always one of our highlighted events, providing the opportunity to support our mission while celebrating visionary leaders of the fashion industry. We are so grateful for the communities who uphold the wonderful success of this event every year."

Purses & Pursenalities is a fashionably fun luncheon enjoyed by over 300 guests each spring at New York City's iconic Metropolitan Club. Celebrating fashion, this event honors top designers and the silent auction features more than 100 fabulous handbags from top designers, with all proceeds supporting programs for Madison's youth.
Amy Fine Collins, Tim Gunn, and Executive Director Joseph Patuleia
Barbara Regna and Alisa Roever
Since 1884, Madison has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing after-school and summer programs for children in New York City's most disadvantaged communities. Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle. Every day, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx. www.madisonsquare.org
Jennifer Creel, Karen Kloop, and Fredrick Anderson
Kamie Lightburn, Shannon Henderson, and Angela Clofine
Margo Langenberg, Diane Van Amerongen, and Kari Tiedemann
Monique Richards, Mark Gilbertson, and Carole Delouvrier
Tim Gunn and Tara Rockefeller
Kathy Prounis and Margot Takian
Rachel Hovnanian and Jill Fairchild
Sharon Jacob and friends
Over 800 hundred New Yorkers gathered for a private evening at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, April 27, 2015 to celebrate the work of Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC). CCC is New York City's premier multi-issue, non-profit and non-partisan child advocacy organization, founded 71 years ago. The cocktail party was an opportunity to recognize the longtime support of Chris Stern Hyman and Brad S. Karp, as well to celebrate CCC's independent research, education and advocacy to improve the lives of the nearly 2 million children living in New York City.
Chris Stern Hyman has served as both President and Chairman of CCC and is currently Secretary of our Board. She is a health care lawyer and a mediator who also serves on the Boards of Women in Need and the Fund for Public Health. Ms. Stern Hyman was recognized for her unwavering commitment to CCC's work and for her continuation of a remarkable family legacy, representing a third generation of the Rosenwald family who have led CCC through key moments in the organization's history since it was co-founded by Chris's great-aunt Adele Rosenwald Levy and Eleanor Roosevelt in 1944.

In fact, Adele Rosenwald Levy was also responsible for MoMA's acquisition of its iconic Jacob Lawrence works in 1942, after her father, Julius Rosenwald, who built Sears & Roebuck into America's biggest mail-order business, provided Lawrence with foundation support during the creation of the Migration series in the early 1940s.
Brad Karp, Skip Kessal, and Michael Helfer
Brad Karp has been Chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison since 2008. He and Paul Weiss, have been steadfast supporters of CCC for over a decade. Mr. Karp was honored not only for that support, but for his personal leadership and guidance of many organizations and non-profits that promote social justice, ethics, and the enrichment of his profession and the community.

The celebration began at 7 pm with a VIP reception and private viewing of the 2015 Museum of Modern Art exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Works. From 7:30 to 9:30 pm, guests gathered in the Agnes Gund Garden Lobby for a cocktail reception and viewing of the contemporary exhibit, Björk: A Retrospective.
Alex Herzan and Jennifer March
Brad Karp and Chris Stern Hyman
Attendees included Honorary Director and former CCC Chairman Samuel P. Peabody and his daughter Elizabeth Peabody as well as Honorary Art Chair Alexandra A. Herzan. CCC Executive Director Jennifer March, Chairman Jessica Aaron and President Diana Elghanayan were also in attendance. Event Co-Chairs included Diana and Frederick Elghanayan, Judith A. Garson and Steven N. Rappaport, Ricki Tigert Helfer and Michael Helfer, Nancy and Alan N. Locker, Lizz v. and Tyrone D. Smith, Sara and David Stone, and Susan Wasserstein and George Sard.

Citizens' Committee for Children of New York educates and mobilizes New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Since 1944, our advocacy has combined public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. For more information on CCC, visit our web site at www.cccnewyork.org.
Alan Locker, Anna Harmen, and Christopher Berger
Cal Mathis, Ashley Mathis, Arlette Ferguson Mathis, and Caliph Mathis
Dan Rattiner and Chris Wasserstein
Brad Karp and Max Berger
James Metzger and Nancy Locker
David Hyman, Sarah Hyman, Chris Stern Hyman, Anna Myers, Peter Ascoli, and Lucy Ascoli
Deena Lendz, Jennifer March, and Joan Davidson
Elaine Kessel, Greer Hendricks, Mark Kessel, and Dr. Penny Grant
Janice Weinman
Kathy Doyle and Richard Ravitch
Jennifer March and Sam Peabody
Jessica Aaron, Lizz Smith, Liz Moran, Tyrone Smith, Jennifer Hand, Tom Tierney, and Mark Coleman
Jim Janover, Marcy Sandler, Ken Schneider, and David Sicular
Katherine Kahan, Richard Kahan, and Cathy Stone
Lizz and Tyrone Smith
Max Elghanayan and Emma Rathe
Ricki Helfer, Bob Sheehan, and Beth Sheehan
Peter Rappaport, Samantha Steinberg, Judy Garson, and Steven Rappaport
Ricki Helfer, Martha Olson, and Heidi Stamas
Michael and Cheryl Minikes
Susan Wasserstein and George Sard
Roberta Karp, Brad Karp, Silvia Neil, and Dan Fischel
Roberta Karp, Michael Helfer, Ricki Helfer, Cathy Stone, and Brad Karp
Tom Elghanayan, Madeline Hult, Diana Elghanayan, and Frederick Elghanayan
Photographs by Annie Watt (CCC)