|Thursday evening, March 12th, Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education raised over $450,000 at its gala event at The Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan. All proceeds from the evening directly support Love Heals' efforts to protect the next generation of New Yorkers from HIV.
Hal Rubenstein, Editor-at-Large at InStyle, Eric Villency, CEO of Villency Design Group, and Molly and Eliza Howard were all honored for their support of and dedication to Love Heals and its mission to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education for young people in New York City and beyond.
|Guests included co-founders, Dini von Mueffling, Stefani Greenfield and Victoria Leacock Hoffman, Geraldo Rivera, Carole Radziwell, designers Chris Benz, Jennifer Fisher, Wes Gordon, Prabal Gurung, Nicole Miller, Bibhu Mohapatra and Rafé Totengco, models Jessica Stam and Ubah Hassan, Barbara Burchfield, Ann Caruso, Peter Davis, Indre Rockefeller, Margaret Russell, Bee Shaffer, and Bronson Van Wyck, among others.
During the program, the organization announced the implementation of a new program, Leadership Empowerment and Awareness Program (LEAP) for Boys, which will train a new generation of community educators and activists New York City communities with the highest incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The program was created in response to an alarming statistic that confirmed a 132% increase in the HIV infection rate among young men who had sex with men between 2001 and 2011. In the coming years Love Heals is committed to reversing this trend as it has done in its work with young women of color.
|Founded in 1992 to carry on the work of the late AIDS activist Ali Gertz, Love Heals empowers young people to become leaders by giving them the knowledge, skills and confidence to protect themselves and their communities from HIV. Love Heals' HIV-positive speakers break down stigma and make the disease real for young people living in communities hardest hit by the epidemic. The leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in New York City public schools, Love Heals has partnered with more than 700 schools and community groups throughout the metropolitan area, educating and empowering over 650,000 young people, parents, guardians, educators, and community leaders.|
|Last Tuesday, New York School of Interior Design held its annual benefit dinner at the Rainbow Room. The event honored Bunny Williams and John Rosselli with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award, Edmund Hollander with the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design, and the New York Restoration Project with the Green Design Award.
Alexa Hampton, interior designer and NYSID trustee; Betsey Ruprecht, antiques dealer and NYSID trustee; David Scott, interior designer and NYSID trustee; and Newell Turner, editorial director of Hearst Design Group, served as benefit co-chairs.
|Patricia M. Sovern, chairman of the NYSID Board of Trustees, said, "We are thrilled to recognize Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, Edmund Hollander, and the New York Restoration Project for their outstanding contributions to design. Our benefit dinner, which supports scholarships for the designers of tomorrow, is one of the design community's most anticipated annual events, and brings together leaders in the fields of architecture, interior design, and philanthropy."|
|Guests included: Bunny Williams, John Rosselli, Edmund Hollander, Deborah Marton, Pat and Mike Sovern, Jill and Dan Dienst, Susan Nagle and Peter Bentel, Jim Druckman, Elliot Greene, Dennis Miller, Ellen Kravet, Libby Cameron, Anne Korman, Inge Heckel, Joanna Silver, Amory Armstrong,David Sprouls and Kate Wood, Betsey Ruprecht, Alexa Hampton, Newell Turner, Clinton Smith David Scott, Martha Stewart, Margaret Russell, Michael Bruno and Alex Jakowec, David Kleinberg, Charlotte Moss, Robert Rufino, Jack Lenor Larsen, Suzanne Rheinstein, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, Ellie and Edgar Cullman, Anne Eisenhower and Wolfgang Flottl, Chuck and Ellen Scarborough, Sophie Donelson, Kate Kelly Smith, Amy Lau, Miles Redd, Ruth Lynford, James Joseph, Brian Mccarthy, Gerry Holbrooke, David Hottenroth, Jonathan Gariulo and Stiles Colwill, Johnny Donadic, John Tortorella, Jamie Drake, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Bunty and Whitney Armstrong, John Danzer, Sandra Nunnerley, Carole and Philippe Delouvrier, Emilia Saint-Amand, Mark Ferguson, Natalie Ferguson, Oscar Shamamian, Llewellyn Shamamian, Edward Lee Cave, Anne Eisenhower, Lawrence Chabra, Allison Caccoma, Lawrence Levy, Silvina Leone, Kathy Doyle, Michele Bergeron, Susan Niblo, Edward Lee Cave, Ed Bulgin and Jeff Gagliotti, Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller, Schuyler Field, Stewart Manger, Renne Meyers, Edward Siegel, Hunt Slonem, Christopher Spitzmiller & Sam Allen, Chad Stark, Deborah Webster, Douglas and Meredith Wright, Sean Driscoll, Page Dickey & Bosco Schell, Cary Kravet, James Gomiela, John Taranto, Oliver Cope, Brooks Huston, Blaze Makiod, Seth Kelly , Joe Kelly, Michele Ateyeh, Mia Jung, Elizabeth Sussi.|
|On March 4, 2015, the Fountain House Associates hosted the fifth annual Associates Spring Breakfast at Cosmopolitan Club, entitled "Help Me, Mom – I'm Stressed!" Speaker Roni Cohen-Sandler, PHD, a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting and neuropsychological assessments, offered an interesting perspective on easing the pressures of today's kids.
Over 120 attendees listened to the Doctor discuss the myriad sources of stress affecting toddlers to adolescents and how parents can most effectively support their children in coping with mounting modern day pressures.
|The event was hosted by members of the Fountain House Associates Committee: Kate Allen, Virginia Apple, Donya Bommer, Angela Clofine, Linda Garnett, Tracey Huff, Kathleen Kocatas, Kamie Lightburn, Katherine Lipton, Laura McVey, Jennifer Oken, Florence Peyrelongue, Sarah Simmons, Katie Tozer and Katie Zorn.
Proceeds from the event support Fountain House, recipient of the 2014 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, an organization that has been replicated by hundreds of programs serving tens of thousands of people worldwide. As one of the world's leading mental health organizations, Fountain House pioneered what has now become the gold standard for community-based treatment of serious mental illness throughout the world.
|Former Chairman & CEO of Time Warner Richard Parsons and Executive Chef & Harlem Restaurateur Alexander Smalls were honored in front of 800 guests at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).The benefit raised more than one million dollars celebrating the organization's milestone achievement of 25 years of transforming lives through the culinary arts and looking towards the future as the organization continues to be a bridge to the industry for the next generation of top chefs.|
|The evening featured luxurious cuisine from an all-star lineup of 43 of New York City's hottest chefs and restaurateurs. Daniel Boulud, Bryce Shuman, Rich Torrisi, Ben Pollinger, Michael Tong, Michael Poiarkoff, Maria Loi and Markus Glocker were just some of the incredible talent serving up exquisite dishes as well as C-CAP alumni Thiago Silva of Catch, Cesar Gutierrez of Lexington Brass, Kelvin Fernandez of La Marina, Veronica Rivera of Restaurant Marc Forgione and Mame Sow, Executive Pastry Chef at the honorees' restaurants The Cecil and Minton's. Honorees Richard Parsons and Alexander Smalls were acknowledged for their achievements and contributions to the culinary industry as well as their commitment to diversity in the kitchen.|
|Guests moved from table to table, sampling some of the finest foods such as curry crusted cod, short rib arepas, and sweet potato creme brûlée. Cooking alongside these all-star chefs were more than 60 New York City C-CAP high school culinary students, eager to put their mark on the culinary world.
Funds raised at the C-CAP Benefit support the national not-for-profit's mission of providing scholarships, education and career opportunities in the culinary arts to disadvantaged youth.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Fountain House)|