|On Tuesday, April 14, more than 270 friends of God's Love We Deliver gathered at the 12th Annual Authors In Kind. This literary luncheon, held at the Metropolitan Club, was emceed by Board Member, author extraordinaire and Authors In Kind founder, Linda Fairstein. Linda introduced each guest author, who then took the podium to share anecdotes and remarks about their work to the delight of our many guests. The authors signed books before and after the event, meeting and greeting guests and fans. This year's authors included:
Linda Fairstein – Author of the Alex Cooper crime novel series including her most recent novels, Terminal City and Devil's Bridge.
Harlan Coben – #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Mr. Coben discussed his latest novel The Stranger.
Marcus Samuelsson – Award winning chef-owner of Red Rooster, his New York Times Best of 2014 cookbook captures the journey across the country that led him to the recipes he cooks at home for his wife Maya on a quiet night in.
Brad Gooch – Author of the acclaimed City Poet returns with a searing memoir of life in 1980s New York City in Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the '70s & the '80s.
|Karen Pearl, God's Love President & CEO, opened with moving remarks about how this event supports the important mission of God's Love. She showed the work, growth and progress of God's Love through a photo slideshow featuring images of God's Love volunteers, the construction of the God's Love SoHo site and more. Linda Fairstein, the tour de force behind Authors In Kind, made lovely remarks on the work of God's Love, its history and the community it serves. Linda also made glowing introductions of each author. Marcus Samuelsson spoke on the importance of food for community, how food nourishes the body and the spirit, and the importance of bringing meals to our neighbors – that meals that are lovingly prepared and lovingly delivered are filled with love. Brad Gooch spoke of his life in the 1980s in New York City, a relevant and moving topic, as that was the time of the founding of God's Love We Deliver. Harlan Coben had the audience laughing with short stories on raising teenagers and what life is like for a writer.|
|Guests enjoyed iced coffee generously donated by RED THREAD GOOD Coffee -- the partnership was announced at last year's luncheon. For every cup of READ THREAD GOOD Coffee sold, 2 cents are donated to God's Love We Deliver.
In honor of Mother's Day, God's Love had a special Mother's Day appeal, called "Meals for Moms." For this appeal, for every donation of $250 or more, Linda Fairstein agreed to sign and send a copy of her new book, Devil's Bridge.
|Other attendees of Authors In Kind included: Ken Aretsky, Diane Harris Brown, Jennifer Diamond, Anne Goulandris, Lori Griffiths, Anne Keating, Ann Kempner, Patricia Fili Krushel, Peggy Siegal, Vicente Wolf, Kathleen & Victor Zammit, Jonah Disend, Jon Gilman, Barbara Goodstein, Louise Grunwald, Adrian Kahan, Laura Michalchyshyn, Joseph Kirk, Mark and Gaby Lehrer, Diana Lyne, Susan Lyne, Terrence Meck, Karen Naber, Richard and Jane Novick, Chris Poore, Scott Reinhardt, Bill & Kristi Ribbecke, Danny Sager, Michael Sennott, Jane and Patrick Shea, Sylvia Vogelman, Greg and Katy Williamson.
In its history of more than 29 years, God's Love We Deliver has always been free of charge and never had a waiting list for its nutritious meals, unlimited education and other services. Because demand has increased 94% in the last eight years, this year's Authors In Kind, and the funds it has raised for God's Love We Deliver, is more important than ever.
|On April 8th, MoMA's Jazz Interlude Gala Honored Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu, and the Ford Foundation.
On April 8th, The Museum of Modern Art's 2015 Jazz Interlude, a benefit gala dinner and live music performance, honored Sherry B. Bronfman, Vernon Jordan, Julie Mehretu, and the Ford Foundation. This year's honorees share a commitment to social justice, diversity, arts, and education.
|The benefit included a cocktail reception in the Museum, followed by a seated dinner and live performances by Ron Carter, one of the most recorded jazz musicians in history, and Helen Sung, an award winning classical pianist. The evening's music was produced by George Wein.
The 2015 Jazz Interlude event chairs were Eric J. Barkley, Eboni S. Gates, and Marquita Pool-Eckert. Honorary co-chairs were Agnes Gund and David Rockefeller, Jr. Past honorees of the benefit have included Spike Lee, Mera and Donald Rubell, Elizabeth Catlett, Roland and Lois Betts, Agnes Gund, David Rockefeller Jr., George Wein, Dorothy Cullman, and Camille Cosby.
|The event was organized by The Friends of Education, a MoMA affiliate group dedicated to raising public awareness of African American artists, supporting the Museum's education initiatives, and encouraging the participation of African Americans at MoMA. Proceeds from Jazz Interlude will benefit the exhibition One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North and The Friends of Education Fund, which assists the Museum in acquiring important works by African American artists, to increase its outreach to the African American community, and to support the Museum's extensive educational programming.|
|On April 13, more than 350 prominent women and men from New York's fashion, society, entertainment, philanthropic and lupus communities came together today to support lupus research. The annual New York Lupus Handbag Luncheon is hosted by the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute (LRI).
The 2015 Women of Achievement honored were: Dr. Betty Diamond, Investigator and Head, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Diseases, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Professor of Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Brett Heyman, Founder and Creative Director, Edie Parker; and Teri Wilford Wood, Associate General Counsel, IBM and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Board Secretary. Each honoree has made outstanding contributions in the fight against lupus.
|Honorary luncheon co-chairs were Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former First Lady of New York State, Founder and Chair of Mentoring USA; 2014 honoree Desiree Gruber, President and CEO, Full Picture, Co-Creator & Executive Producer, Project Runway and Co-Founder, Theodora & Callum; and opera legend Jessye Norman.
Active Board member and lupus patient Carol Weisman co-chaired this year's luncheon with Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Ceiling Breakers, LLC. Many members of the Foundation's Board were also involved including founder Susan Golick, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, and Fern Kaye Tessler. The Foundation's growing Young Leaders group was well represented among guests and volunteers. Noted guests in attendance included Heather Albert, Jill Costas, Cindy Secunda, Kate Kelly, Katja Goldman, Nancy Poses, John Silverman, Michael Weisman and Barbara Zucker.
|Several fashion VIPs attended including Anne Keating, Senior Vice President of Public Relations, Special Events & Corporate Philanthropy at Bloomingdale's, Inc.; Danielle DiFerdinando, Founder of Danielle Nicole Handbags; Foundation board member Mary Belle, fashion industry leader; and Karen Giberson, President, Accessories Council.
The silent auction featured more than 100 magnificent handbags donated by top designers and celebrities to fund lupus research. Among the collection is one of today's 'hottest' bags -- the Baylee handbag from Chloé. Donated bags with a personal story include Brett Heyman's from Edie Parker and a custom design by Tabitha Sukhai, luxury leather goods maker Wink & Winn in memory of her best friend who recently passed away from lupus complications.
|The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation is the country's preeminent organization supporting patient and professional education, advocacy and novel research at a national level. It was founded 45 years ago in New York City by lupus patients and their families as the first nonprofit to serve the lupus community. Learn more at LupusNY.org.
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI), the world's leading private supporter of novel research in lupus, pioneers discovery and champions scientific creativity as it has successfully demonstrated the power of innovation to propel scientific solutions in this complex autoimmune disease. For more information, visit LupusResearchInstitute.org
|On Thursday, April 9th, Publicolor honored the visionary contemporary gallerist Paula Cooper at their annual Stir, Splatter + Roll gala. The evening, emceed by Mark Mitten, included painting alongside some of our city's leading architects, artists and designers, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind totes created by leading designers, and a live auction all held at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School (122 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City) with cocktails beginning at 6:00 PM and the dinner and program beginning at 7:30 PM. For a preview of the totes that were auctioned the night of the event, visit www.publicolor.org.
This high-energy fête drew 500 dynamic New Yorkers and luminaries in the worlds of business, fashion, politics, design, education, and philanthropy. Lydia Fenet of Christie's Auction House was the auctioneer extraordinaire.
|"I have such admiration for Paula," said Ruth Lande Shuman, Founder+President Publicolor. "She was prescient when she opened the first art gallery in desolate Soho, and then again when she moved to Chelsea. I love that her gallery has always been more than walls to view art. It's an idea exchange, welcoming artists from many disciplines, and hosting events to raise awareness for both social and political causes. Most importantly, I admire Paula's steady integrity in an art world that's undergone some major changes. She's been steadfast in her commitment to her artists."
"Publicolor is a direct and brilliant avenue to a first giant step in changing our precious children's lives," said Paula Cooper. "I am thrilled to be honored by Publicolor and hope that others, especially those associated with the art world, will join in support of this remarkable organization."
|All proceeds went toward Publicolor's mission to engage disconnected students in their education, while teaching them strong and transferable work habits so they are prepared to be productive in both college and career.
Gala Co-Chairs were: Jeffrey Banks, Sascha Bauer, Gene and Barbara Kohn, Michael Kors, Elissa and GreatNeck Richman, and Publicolor's Founder+President Ruth Lande Shuman.
Guests that attended: Christo, Joel Shapiro, Barbara Bertozzi, Michelle Oka Doner, John + Ann Ehrenkranz, Borough President Gale Brewer, Sherry Bronfman, Dana Bronfman, Charles + Rita Bronfman, Rudy Crew, Mark DiSuvero, Robert Grosvenor, Julian Lethbridge, Ellen Phelan, Meg Webster, Jackie Winsor, Bing Wright and Andy Oshrin.
|Team Leaders participated that night included: John Box Bricker, Alissa Bucher & Rob Rogers, Carlton DeWoody, RaineyDay Erwin, Kate Falchi, Wendy Evans Joseph, Maira Kalman & Rick Meyerowitz, Julian Lethbridge, Frank Lupo & Mimi Taft, Jonathan Marvel, Justin Matherly, Takaaki Matsumoto, Nicole Miller, Michelle Smith, Peter Stamberg & Paul Aferiat, Tucker Viemeister, Madeline Weinrib, Saya Woolfalk, Bing Wright, and Gerard Yosca.
The event's Artist Committee included: Tauba Auerbach, Lynda Benglis, Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Melissa Kretschmer + Carl Andre, Christian Marclay, Justin Matherly, Kelley Walker and Dan Walsh.
|Publicolor was founded in 1996 by Ruth Lande Shuman with the mission to counter our inner- city public schools' alarming dropout rate by engaging young people in their education through a continuum of 5 design- based programs, academic support and teaching career readiness skills. Publicolor directly addresses two of the root causes of poverty in America: the under-education of public school students and their lack of preparedness for the workforce. Unique to Publicolor—and central to its mission—is the beautification and revitalization of public and civic spaces through the hard work of our students and the power of paint, color, design, and collaborations that engage students and the community as a whole.|
|Photographs by Scott Rudd (MoMA); Matthew Carasella (SLE Lupus); Nicola Bailey & Emmett Findley (God's Love)|