|The Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) presented the 22nd Annual Fall Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club. This year, the long-running New York City tradition honored Frances Schultz, Board Member of The Hort, design and entertaining expert, and author of the recently published The Bee Cottage Story: How I Made a Muddle of Things and Decorated My Way Back to Happiness, and Sherri Donghia, Design Consultant for textile company Sunbrella® and author of Donghia: The Artistry of Luxury and Style.
Notable guests included Charlotte Beers, Bronson van Wyck, Jenny du Pont, Jim Druckman, Nina Griscom, Allison Rockefeller, Audrey Gruss, Jamee Gregory, CeCe Cord, Richard Keith Langham, Andrea H. Fahnestock, Anne Harrison, Liz Peek, and Yaz Hernandez.
|The mission of the Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives. To learn more, visit thehort.org, or call us as 212.757.9015.|
|On Thursday, November 12, The Peninsula New York hosted its inaugural "Peninsula in Pink" charity event. Held at the luxury hotel, this year's gala raised over $27,000 through auction and donation to benefit SHARE, a nationwide community that offers support, information and the benefit of experience to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers. The event was underwritten by The Peninsula Hotel, with all proceeds going to the organization.
Event chairs Jennifer Bawden and Jonathan Crook, General Manager, The Peninsula New York were joined by host committee members including: Andrea Catsimatidis, Rita Cosby, Leila Ezzarqui, Uma Pemmaraju, Nick Davis Raynes, Meaghan Kennedy Townsend and Ambassador Jim Woolsey.
Additional guests included, Fox 5's Ernie Anastos, John & Margo Castimatidis, Brenda Exline, Ambassador Laura Flores, UN Spokesperson and journalist Afaf Konja, Bonnie Pfeifer, television personality Montel Williams, Barbara Winston and Mort Zuckerman.
|700 guests gathered at the Marriott Marquis for the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter's 21st Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. The benefit raised $1.4 million with proceeds going to the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Honorees included New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, Paul O'Neill and Jorge Posada.
|The Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bill Nuti, President, CEO and Chairman of NCR Corporation.
Jeremy Schaap served as the Master of Ceremonies with Mike Kenny serving as auctioneer. Additional guests included David Cone, Roy White, John Starks, Ed Kranepool, Rod Gilbert, Ottis Anderson, Sean Landeta, Rick Cerone, Bobby Valentine, Ken Daneyko and New York Giants Brad Wing and Orleans Darkwa.
|Catching up: On Saturday, October 17th, 250 guests gathered to celebrate another banner year for the Jay Estate in Rye. The stellar night was co-chaired by Elisabeth Casey, Keelin Pye, Karyl Thigpen and Meghann Kelly and hosted at American Yacht Club. Everyone got a sneak peek at 3D models and concept plans for the continued restoration of the home of native New Yorker John Jay. In keeping with a party theme of "US History from Jay to Zebra," revelers donned black, white and striped attire.|
|In just the last 9 months, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC), stewards of the 23 acre landmark Jay Estate, have been awarded two major NY State grants totaling nearly $900,000 — one grant will anchor a plan by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects to revitalize 1.5 acres of historic gardens; another grant sets the stage to rehabilitate a rare vaulted 1917 indoor tennis house for public use. NY State Assemblyman Steve Otis was on hand to congratulate the non-profit for their exemplar initiatives in preservation.
Together with a generous grant from Con Edison for environmental education, proceeds from the evening will help expand JHC's calendar of programs in American History, Architecture and Landscape Conservation to interpret the site.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Hort); Cutty McGill (Jay Heritage); Ann Billingsley Photography (ALS)|