|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.
|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.
|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.
|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: www.americanitaliancancerfoundation.org|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|Photographs by D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH); Patrick McMullan (Waxman)|