|More than 1,300 guests including hospital leadership, staff, and supporters gathered in May to celebrate Mount Sinai Health System's 30th Crystal Party.
The event took place under a beautifully decorated tent at the Central Park Conservatory Garden and was hosted by Mount Sinai trustee Joel Picket and his wife, Joan. The event raised more than $3 million.
"Thirty years is a milestone. Yet, our vision remains the same -- to be a leader in the delivery of patient care and an innovator in the discovery of treatments for some of the most pressing diseases of our time," said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System. "Toward that end, we will enhance our focus on wellness and prevention, and use some of our most sophisticated analytics to identify at risk patients. We will enhance our ambulatory centers to improve access to our care. And we will grow our scientific enterprise."
|"In the last year, since we have doubled our size and are now in the best position of any health care system in the northeast to address the changes and challenges in medicine today," said Peter W. May, Chairman of the combined Boards of Trustees of Mount Sinai Health System.
Doctor's Chairs included: Rebecca Sandler and Jeremy Boal, MD; Karen and Evan Flatow, MD; Cindie and Donald Kastenbaum, MD; Vicki LoPachin, MD and Richard LoPachin, PhD; and Eric Neibart, MD. Alana and Alexander Krug served as Friends Chairs.
|Last Wednesday evening, Craig and Deborah Cogut and the Polyphony Foundation hosted an intimate salon event at their Park Avenue residence.
Speaking to friends, family and supporters of the organization, Craig Cogut and Polyphony Foundation Co-Founder / Artistic Director Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar shared stories of the vital work that they're undertaking in Israel by using the power of classical music to help bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities.
|Following cocktails and small bites, the Polyphony Quartet, which comprises two Arab and two Jewish musicians from Israel — Feras Machour (viola, age 19); Revital Bendersky (violin, age 18); Mahdi Saadi (cello, age 20); and Shir Chyat (violin, age 19) began to play for the crowd. The evening's program included works for quartet by celebrated classical masters, including Dvořák's String Quartet no.12 in F major, op.96, "American" and Mozart's Quartet no.14 in G Major k.387, "Spring" alongside works by renowned Arab composer Taiseer Haddad.|
|The Polyphony Foundation was founded by Deborah and Craig Cogut in partnership with Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar in 2011 as a result of their common goal of creating a cultural experience that would stimulate intercultural dialogue and understanding in Israel. In less than five years, the organization has grown to reach over 6,000 students, train over 140 local teachers, and create partnerships on the ground that are slowly changing the long existing practices that lead to divisions within Israeli society. Polyphony runs year-round educational programs for kindergarten through professional level students, and hosts concerts that specifically target Arab and Jewish communities and audiences in Israel.|
|Interior decor's royal couple, antiquere John Rosselli and designer Bunny Williams, threw open the doors of Rosselli's East Side gallery for a big, buzzy drinks party in honor of author Steven Stolman and his new book, "40 Years of Fabulous: The Kips Bay Decorator Show House." The weighty tome chronicles over four decades of exquisite rooms created by the industry's top design talent for what is widely considered the finest designer show house in America. The book benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, which serves over 11,000 kids in the South Bronx, and can be purchased at www.kipbay.org.
On hand to celebrate was a who's who of the New York interior design community, including, of course, many Kips Bay Show House alums such as Dick Ridge and Rod Denault, Sandra Nunnerly, Brett Beldock, Scott Salvatore, Charles Pavarini III, Barbara Ostrom, Scott Sanders, Bryant Keller, Keith Carroll and Sherrill Canet. Also, Duane Hampton, Helena and Roman Martinez, Alexandra Lebenthal, Chris Spitzmiller, Pamela Fiori, Tom Shaffer, Jeff Pfiefle and David Granville, Melanie Seymour Holland and Kips Bay Board of Trustees president James Druckman and his wife Nancy.
|The table clothes, napkins, flowers, and votive candles were red and glowing for a very festive Latin Night at Doubles, the exclusive Club in the Sherry-Netherland.
Wendy Carduner welcomed co-chairs Yolanda Santos, Tony Bechera, Raul Suarez, Virgilio Garza, Sasha Leviant and Juan Naveira while Son De La Avenida ensemble played Cumbias, Merengue and Salsa. Other members and guests enjoying the sounds of Latin music included Iris Cantor, John Desiderio, Ed Cave, Nancy Corals, JV Quarrels, Ana Maria Abalo de Boulton, Dimitri and Horacio Millberg-Uriballerea, Ann Nitze, Consul General Sandra and Henri Fuentes, Patricia Avellan, Lillian Scarpetta, Joel Bell, Hilary and John Block, Jeanie, Reezer, Chris Breck, Georgina Schaeffer, Robert and Loretta Bard, Mr and Mrs Schulman, Christina Rose, Martha and Neil Fox, Carole Mehler, Pat Falkenberg and many, many more.
|On Wednesday, May 13th, The New England Society in the City of New York (NES) hosted its annual Founders' Day celebration in honor of its 110th year, and celebrating the Society's long, distinguished history.
Over 100 guests enjoyed cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and music at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Jay Sherwood, 98th President of NES, welcomed members and guests, followed by the announcement of the 2015 Book Award winners by Anna Bulkot, 1st Vice President and Chair of the Book Awards Committee.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Polyphony, NES, Doubles); Patrick McMullan (Stolman); Ed Haas Photography (Mount Sinai).|