Wednesday, November 25, 2015

More Fall Fundraisers

Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life for the American Museum of Natural History's Museum Gala.
Last Thursday night, the American Museum of Natural History hosted their largest annual benefit dinner with more than 700 guests attending. The evening was hosted by Seth Meyers, with a dinner menu designed by Mario Batali, and a performance by Michael Buble. Lorna Kelly of Paddles8 conducted an auction that raised more than $500,000, which was matched by an anonymous donor, bringing the evening’s total funds raised to over $3.5 million.

Gala Chairs for the evening were  Jodie and John Eastman, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, and Alice and Lorne Michaels. 
Allison Mignone during the auction
Guests joining Museum President Ellen V. Futter and the Gala Chairs were: Helen Mirren, Robert De Niro, Mark Teixeira, Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Jon Hamm, Sara Bareilles, Natasha Lyonne, Fred Armisen, Taran Killam, Matt Harvey, Emma Greenwall, Brian and Jane Williams, Tony Bennett, Gayle King, Anna Sophia Robb, Lara Spencer, Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield, Steve Higgins, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Beck Bennett, Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney, Sasheer Zamata, Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan, Colin Jost, Aidy Bryant, Jon Rudnitsky, Michael Che, Allison and Roberto Mignone, Kitty and Tom Kempner, Charles and Anne Mott, Alexandra and Greg Mondre, Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier, Joella and John Lykouretzos, Tom and Meredith Brokaw, Nanar and Tony Yoseloff, Wendy and George David.

Proceeds from the evening help support the Museum's educational and scientific programming.
Jon Rudnitsky and Kyle Mooney
Steve Higgins
Ben Stiller
Beck Bennett
Colin Jost
Jay Pharaoh
Bobby Moynihan
Cecily Strong
Leigh and Mark Teixeira
Taran Killam
Kenan Thompson
Tina Fey
Ellie Kemper
Jon Hamm
Tituss Burgess
Sasheer Zamata
Jane Krakowski
AnnaSophia Robb
Pete Davidson
Helen Mirren
Greg and Alexandra (Museum Trustee) Mondre
Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees Lewis Bernard with Roxanne and Scott L. (Museum Trustee) Bok
Museum Trustee John and Joella Lykouretzos
Museum Trustee Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier with Amy Silverman
Lara Spencer
Jessica Kempner, Tom Kempner, Charlotte Van Dercook, and Museum Trustee Kitty Patterson Kempner
Matt Harvey
Mary Silver, Honorable Mitchell Silver
Gayle King, Museum Trustee Charles and Karen Phillips
Seth and Alexi Ashe Meyers
Anne Stringfield and Steve Martin
Emma Greenwell and Chad Moore
Honorable Scott Stringer and Elyse Buxbaum
Fred Armisen and Natasha Lyonne
Museum Trustee Roberto Mignone, Alexandra Mondre, Leigh Teixeira, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, and Mark Teixeira
Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon
Tony Bennett
Museum Gala Chairs and Trustees Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels
Museum Trustee Roberto and Allison Mignone with Elizabeth Hughes Eginton and Christopher C. Davis
Museum Trustee Roberto and Allison Mignone with Museum Trustee Rebekah Mercer and Sylvain Mirochnikoff
Chris Kelly, Vanessa Bayer, and Aidy Bryant
Ruth Reisner, Museum Trustee Charles H. Mott, Lindsay St. Onge, Amanda St. Onge, Anne Mott
Museum President Ellen V. Futter and Honorable Gale Brewer
Robert and Grace De Niro, Anne Stringfield and Steve Martin
Museum Gala Chair and Trustee Tina Fey and Museum Gala Chair Jeff Richmond
Steve Martin and Helen Mirren
Performance by Michael Bublé
Catching up. On Tuesday, November 10th. The American Italian Cancer Foundation celebrated 35 years of fighting cancer at its Benefit Dinner and Auction at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Lamberto Andreotti, Chairman of the Board of Bristol-Myers Squibb, was presented with the Alessandro di Montezemolo Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize his extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to advancing the fight against cancer.

Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America, conducted a live auction. Among the guests were: Roberto Agostinelli, Chiara Boni, Anna Bulgari, Veronica Bulgari and Stephen Haimo, Meredith Darrow, Claudio del Vecchio, Massimo and Chiara Feerragamo, Zani Gugelmann, Alexa Hirschfeld, Elliot Merck, Dalia Oberlander, Joseph Perealla, and James Wolfensohn.
Lamberto Andreotti and Massimo Ferragamo
The American-Italian Cancer Foundation supports cancer research, education, and control, emphasizing the outstanding resources of Italy and the United States, recognizing world-class scientific excellence in medicine, and serving economically disadvantaged, medically underserved women in New York City through breast cancer screening, outreach, and education. Since 1980, AICF has awarded 429 post-doctoral fellowships and has provided more than 90,000 women with no-cost mammograms, clinical breast exams and education. To learn more visit:
Jamie Niven and Amy Astley
Danielle Snyder, Florence Mars, 2
Liliana Cavendish, Daniele Bodini, and Clare Glober
Joseph Perella and Priscilla Rattazzi
Shalini Kasliwal and Melba Ruffo di Calabria
Veronica Bulgari and Massimo Ferragamo
Timo Weiland and Danielle Snyder
Andrea Karambelas, Betsey McCaughey, Natalia Faeh, Francesca Lana, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Francisca Mancini
Chiara Ferragamo, Massimo Ferragamo, Cristina Aibino, Alessando Castellano, and Laudomia Pucci
Chiara Boni, Massimo Ferragamo, and Chiara Ferragamo
Daniele Bodini, Cristina Aibino, and Claudio del Vecchio
Alessandro Castellano, James Wolfensohn, and Laudomia Pucci
Francesca Lana and Dimitri of Yugoslavia
On Monday, November 16, Silver Hill Hospital held its sixth annual fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Some 450 people attended this year's Giving Hope Gala, which honored renowned psychologist Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., and former Silver Hill Hospital patient, longtime supporter and celebrated talent agent Jonny Podell. Comedian Colin Quinn served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies. Buster Poindexter performed several songs, including his top hit "Hot Hot Hot." World-renowned deejay and producer, DJ Cassidy, Podell's son, also performed a special set during the after-party.

This year's Gala raised more than $1 million, which will provide financial assistance for individuals who would benefit from Silver Hill's long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs. The Gala included dinner, dancing, a live auction led by The Manhattan Auction House CEO Michael Powers, and an after-party.
Dennis Basso, Bettina Zilkha, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Anna Bulgari, and Michael Cominotto
Silver Hill Hospital's first Gala took place in 2010 and was inspired by longtime supporters and former co-chairs Michael Cominotto and Dennis Basso to highlight the excellent treatment the hospital provides.

Dr. Marsha Linehan received the 2015 President's Award. Marsha is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is founder and director of the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics at the University of Washington.

Jonny Podell received the 2015 Visionary Award for his dedicated support of Silver Hill Hospital over many years. One of the most legendary behind-the-scenes figures in rock 'n' roll history, Jonny transformed the concert business. In a career spanning more than four decades, he has built a string of successful companies including the most recent, Podell Agency in New York City, where he represents musicians and conscious leaders.
Buster Poindexter
After the program concluded, DJ Cassidy turned the gala into a lively after-party.

This year, Anna Bulgari served as the Giving Hope Gala chairperson. Karine Haimo and Natalie Haimo were the Junior Committee chairs.

The Honorary Committee included David Blaine, Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., Ron Delsener, Melissa Errico and Patrick McEnroe, Tommy Hilfiger, Cyndi Lauper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Miller, James Nederlander, Susan Sarandon, Rosanna Scotto, Steven Tyler and James D. Watson, Ph.D.
Marsha Linehan, Jonny Podell, Colin Quinn, and DJ Cassidy
Terry McGuiness and Lance Lundberg
Debbie Bancroft
DJ Cassidy, David Blaine, and Jonny Podell
Natalie Haimo, Carine Haimo, Lea Guberina-Sulc, and Debra Fribourg
Julie Stelzer and Libi Molnar
Julianne Rossi and Margo Bazzali
Jonathan Henshaw, David Granville, Chad Conway, and Dennis Basso
Amy Fine Collins, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Gigi Grimstad
Peter and Beverly Orthwein
Mariana Verkerk, Mark Wallenberg, and Nicole Miller
Molly Carmel
Penny Markfield and Ted Herman
On Thursday, November 12th, the  Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its ‘Collaborating for a Cure’ Benefit Dinner and Auction, honoring fashion designer John Varvatos, at Cipriani Wall Street. The annual event, now in its 18th year, raised $2.5 million to support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer.

This year’s event was attended by more than 750 guests. The money raised will support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.
SWCRF Chairman and Collaborating for a Cure host Michael Nierenberg gave opening remarks. The evening’s Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge introduced Dr. Waxman whose remarks highlighted the importance of investing in cancer research and developing less toxic therapies for cancer patients of all ages. After dinner, Wragge introduced Cristina Cuomo, Editor-In-Chief of Manhattan and Beach Magazine, to present the SWCRF Fashion Cares Award to Mr. Varvatos. In accepting his award, Varvatos lauded Dr. Waxman’s work and the research of the SWCRF. He also shared that his father battled leukemia, his sister underwent a double mastectomy and his brother recently received a prostate cancer diagnosis. 
Dr. Samuel Waxman
John Varvatos
The evening’s live auction was led by Hugh Hildesley, of Sotheby’s. Guests had the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos which sold for $17,000; an America’s Cup Yacht Race experience captained by former America’s Cup Team Members, sold twice for $10,000; a private wine tasting at Italian Wine Merchants for $17,000; an exclusive opportunity to meet John Fogerty and receive a flannel shirt autographed by the legendary rock star, which sold to the highest bidder for $10,000. The highest bid of the night, $60,000, went to a five day, four night stay for 10 people at the Ian Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye Hotel in Jamaica via private jet. Other travel packages included a CMH 4-day Heli-skiing trip for 2 in Canada sold for $17,000; A Milwaukee Bucks experience including G4 flight to a game and team memorabilia, which sold twice for $20,000 and an Italian wine and truffle adventure in Italy donated by Palm Bay International, which went for $32,000.
Hugh Hildesley
John Fogerty
After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive, live performance by John Fogerty, who performed hits from his solo career and from his legendary run as lead singer of Credence Clearwater Revival.

The Event Chairs were: Lynn and Wes Edens, Katie and Scott Eichel, Kristen and Johan Eveland, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Mary Henry and Howard Rubin, Diane and Adam Katz, Nancy and Howard Kurz, Randal Nardone, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Mara and Baron Silverstein, Linda Taub, Sandy and Marc Taub, Bettina and Spencer Waxman and Lauren Zwak and James DeMare.

The Dinner Committee included: Eve and Brant Brooks, Sarah and Brian Chin, Tracy and Frank Collins, Staci and Andrew Friedwald, Samantha Santiago and Steve Jones, Andrew Sloves, Nicholas Smith, Laurie and Joseph Steffa, Charles Sorrentino, Marion and Samuel Waxman, M.D., Dena K. Weiner and David Rozenholc, Amy and Matt Zisette.
Marion Waxman, Spencer Waxman, and Dr. Samuel Waxman
Joyce and John Varvatos
Christina Cuomo
Michael Nierenberg, John Fogerty, and Wes Edens
Nancy and Howard Kurz
David Hinkelman and Nancy Loving
Howard Rubin and Mary Henry
Joseph and Laurie Steffa
Diane and Adam Katz
James DeMare
Photographs by D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH); Patrick McMullan (Waxman)