|NewYork-Presbyterian marked the 12th birthday of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at the annual Birthday Bash benefit dinner on Monday, November 2nd at The JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan. For the second year, Henrik Lundqvist, goaltender of the New York Rangers and co-founder of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, acted as the event's celebrity emcee.
The evening celebrated a year of extra birthdays made possible by the world-class pediatric care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Hosted by Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO, NewYork-Presbyterian, the event honored the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
|A leader in research and patient care since it was established as the Babies Hospital in 1887, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital opened in 2003 as an innovative facility with critical and neonatal intensive care facilities, providing the highest quality care for pediatric patients from around the region. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked in ten pediatric specialties in the 2015-16 U.S. News & World Report "Best Children's Hospitals" survey — more than any other children's hospital in the New York metropolitan area.
|The theme was, appropriately, "All Aboard!" for Nov. 4th's "My Hero Gala" benefiting Aid for AIDS International. It was held at the historic Cunard Line's grand, art deco headquarters which has been beautifully restored by the Cipriani Group; it is their latest New York venue.
Legendary AIDS fighter and noted scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci received the "My Hero" Award from his long-time associate Dr. Bill Haseltine, who is on the board of Aid for AIDS. Dr. Hazeltine's wife Maria-Eugenia Maury is the President of the Board of the charity which brings 1st-world AIDS treatments to the poor in less developed nations.
The host for the evening was ABC News' Gio Benitez.
|Tony Danza presented the Courage Award to his TV "son" Danny Pintauro who recently came forward with his own struggles with HIV & addiction. Tony was unreserved in his pride for Danny's activism to help others with AIDS.
The 3rd and final, Aid for AIDS International honor "My Hero" went to Claudia Messina, President of their Dominican Republic outpost. She gave a moving account of the children that are not only treated by the Aid for AIDS program but of how they often must track down the orphans who miss their treatment. These children often end up in the care of their grandparents. Seattle Mariners' right fielder, Nelson Cruz and Aid for AIDS founder Jesus Aguais awarded this aggressive AIDS fighter with a one of Nelson's team baseball bat.
|The Brazilian performer Guto Bittencourt not only performed his new hit single "Rolling" but promised the proceeds from all sales of the catchy dance-tune to Aid for AIDS. Guto was also a gala co-chair.
In the crowd: Miss Universe Paulina Vega (from Colombia) huddled at the head table with her friend, Her Excellency Cónsul General Central de Colombia Maria Isabel Neito. The attractive Consul's General from Colombia also took to the dance floor like a salsa champion. When singer Clay Aiken complimented her on her moves, Her Excellency called it "Bambuco diplomacy" citing the most traditional dance style of her country. Clay sat with Broadway's "Hamilton" co-star Thayne Jasperson.
The evening went well into the night and as the more sheepish among them left at 1 a.m., the party sailed off into the morning.
|On November 3, 2015, Action Against Hunger hosted its 16th Annual Benefit Gala at 583 Park Avenue in New York City. This year's event honored Google, whose partnership with the organization began in 2013 and has raised over $3 million to date. The evening also featured special guest Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, international bestselling author, and photographer who is often referred to as the "happiest man in the world." The event welcomed over 300 guests and raised more than $1 million for the nonprofit organization.
Carmen Debbane was Gala Chair for the evening, along with Co-Chairs Rebecca Lainovic and Sandra Tamer. Special presenters include Ray Debbane, Kara Young, and Action Against Hunger's Chief Executive Officer Andrea Tamburini. The 2015 Humanitarian Award was given to Google executives Michiel Bakker, Diane Wakely Solinger, and Linda Femling-Nielsen.
|Guests who gathered to celebrate this year's honoree and featured guest included: Thilo Semmelbauer; Sacha Lainovic; Karim Tabet; Sandra and Anthony Tamer; Burton Haimes; Guy and Marie-Dominique Sorma; Lesley Bournes; Sabina Fila and many more.
Action Against Hunger saves the lives of severely malnourished children while helping communities become self-sufficient. Recognized as a world leader in the fight against malnutrition, with more than 6,500 staff in over 45 countries, Action Against Hunger has pursued its vision of a world without hunger for over three decades, combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity.
|More than 250 young professionals in real estate gathered for UJA-Federation of New York's REX Premiere on October 27, 2015, at Parkview Lounge in New York City.
Jonathan More of Mission Capital Advisors, LLC, and Timothy Oberweger of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company served as REX Premiere chairs. Brian S. Lichter of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP serves as REX chair, and Micah Goodman of Benefit Street Partners LLC serves as REX vice chair.
|For nearly 100 years, UJA-Federation has inspired New Yorkers to act on their values and invest in our community for the biggest impact. Through UJA-Federation, more than 50,000 donors address issues that matter most to them, pooling their resources to care for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jews everywhere, to connect people to their Jewish communities, and to respond to crises close to home and around the globe. Working with nearly 100 beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, UJA-Federation is the world's largest local philanthropy; our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Aid for AIDS); Ellen Wallop (NewYork-Presbyterian)|