|The New 42nd Street held its annual Gala this past Monday night at The New Victory Theater where they honored John Lithgow with the NEW VICTORY Arts Award for his work in “bringing kids to the arts and the arts to kids.” They also honored The Rudin Family with the inaugural Marian Heiskell Award for their role in shaping the future of New York City. Glenn Close served as Gala honorary chair.
The Gala provides critical support to New Victory Education programs. This year, for example, 35,000 school kids from more than 160 schools throughout the city will see a broad spectrum of international productions for just $2 per ticket. Also, the New Victory Usher Corps, the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner, will provide 20,000 hours of paid employment, mentoring and job training for 50 New York City youths.
|“Through these education programs, kids see world-class performances, learn new skills and explore new cultures. More than any other theater in the city, The New Victory represents a cultural home for young New Yorkers,” said Kate Peck, a Board Member of The New 42nd Street. Ms. Peck, and her husband Brad, co-chaired the event with Isabel Rose, Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel (of the The Shubert Organization), Diane and Marc Spilker, and director Susan Stroman. Ambassador Theatre Group, Louis Vuitton and Thomson Reuters were the Gala Corporate Sponsors.
The festivities began at 7 with cocktails and a strolling supper in foyer of The Lyric Theatre, followed by a celebratory musical performance next door at The New Victory r with special appearances by Norbert Leo Butz, Joshua Henry, Marin Mazzie, Kelli O’Hara, David Hyde Pierce, Martha Plimpton, and Sherie Rene Scott. Special remarks were given by Carl Weisbrod and Jack O’Brien.
|Mr. Lithgow’s award is always presented to a person or organization whose concern for the well-being of children is matched by their belief that the arts and arts education stimulate imagination and creativity. Mr. Lithgow was being honored, not so much for his award winning work on stage, television and film, but besides that impressive portfolio, he is the author of 9 best-selling children’s books.
He also has recorded several albums of music and spoken word for children, and been nominated for four Grammys. He has sung kids’ concerts since his first child was born in 1972; performing with solo guitar, with an anarchic jazz septet called The Sunnyside Strutters, and with a dozen major U.S. orchestras. He collaborated with choreographer Christopher Wheeldon on “Carnival of the Animals,” a whimsical ballet geared to children, for the New York City Ballet. He continues to use his solo performances for kids to advocate for literacy and arts education for children.
|Inspired by the spirit of New 42nd Street Founding Board Chairman, the Marian Heiskell Award celebrates extraordinary individuals whose leadership and foresight help shape the future of NYC. With one of the largest and most respected privately owned real estate portfolios in the city, the Rudin Family’s extensive holdings are matched by their work in philanthropic and civic affairs.
The family has fortified hundreds of New York's artists, cultural organizations and not-for-profit groups. They continue to find new ways to enhance life in the city for those who live here and those who visit – whether for a marathon, a tennis championship or simply as tourists – as they continue to leverage their properties as catalysts for economic development and neighborhood revitalization. Their creativity and far-sightedness have made New York a kinder, greener, safer, healthier and smarter city.
Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent nonprofit organization charged with the continuous cultural revival of 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
|Palm Beach Show Group President & CEO Scott Diament, AD100 Designer and Showcase Curator Campion Platt and the 2015 Designer Showcase Committee hosted a kickoff party at Eau Palm Beach on January 8th for Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. The cocktail kickoff toasted designers Suzanne Kasler, Gil Walsh, Lars Bolander, Jenny Garrigues, and William and Phyllis Taylor who were each chosen to create elaborate vignettes for guests to enjoy over the five-day show, taking place February 13 – 17, 2015 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Over 100 guests including Pamela O'Connor, Nina Wasserman, Michel Cox Witmer, Tatiana Platt and Chelsea Menzies turned out for the special evening held in the Ocean Ballroom of the luxurious Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
|Scott Diament greeted guests and shared his excitement for this year's show and opening night party benefitting the American Red Cross. The show will feature more than 160 international exhibitors. The show is a must-shop event, offering collectors a stunning selection of high-quality treasures from ancient antiquities, through 21st century contemporary art, including furniture, fine art, antiques, jewelry, silver, art, glass, enamels, photography, porcelain, pottery, objets de Vertu, rare books and manuscripts, rugs and tapestries and jewelry.
For more information, visit www.palmbeachshow.com.
|A cool-front arrived just in time to set the stage for The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County’s Winter Wonderland Dinner Dance. The elegant affair hosted more than 120 supporters on January 8th at Palm Beach’s popular hot spot, Club Colette, and raised more than $120,000 for the organization dedicated to ending the cycle of family violence and homeless intervention.
Co-chaired by Arlette Gordon and Erin McGould, with Herme de Wyman Miro, Patrick Park, and Tammy Pompea serving as Honorary Chairs, Melissa Parker as Vice Chair and Founding Chair Patty Myura, the magical evening began with specialty cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres enjoyed by all arriving guests. The culinary experts at Club Colette then served a sumptuous dinner followed by a decadent dessert before the party-goers took to the floor to dance the night away.
|The highlight of this enchanting evening was the presentation of the Center’s Lifetime Humanitarian Award, Leadership Award, and 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award. Recipients for the awards included Arlette Gordon for the Lifetime Humanitarian Award; Amie Elizabeth Swan for the Outstanding Leadership Award and Patricia Graham for Volunteer of the Year Award.
Proceeds from the Winter Wonderland Dinner Dance benefit the Center’s Pat Reeves Village Emergency Shelter for homeless families with children. The Shelter is the only resource of its kind in Palm Beach County that provides food, housing, and other assistance for up to 90 days.
The Pat Reeves Village Emergency Shelter, houses up to 19 families at a time and receives more than 100 calls a day from people seeking assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities who are at risk of becoming homeless.
|Events such as the Winter Wonderland Dance enable The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County to keep the Shelter operating efficiently with caring, attentive staff and services, around the clock.
Notable guests in attendance included: Linda Adelson, Herme De Wyman Miro, Lisa and Peter Erdmann, Arlette Gordon, Patricia and Richard Graham, Malcolm and Lorrain Hall, Janet and Mark Levy, Erin and Sean McGould, Donna and Dan Mulholland, Patty Myura, Patrick Park, Melissa Parker, Tammy and Charles Pompea, Beth Pine and Andy Fox, Ray and Judi Richards, Soula Rifkin, Wendy Roberts, Howard and Julie Rudolph, Larry and Kitty Silverstein, Mark and Sonja Stevens, Amie and Jack Swan, Karen and Dan Swanson, Debbie and Lou Porreco, Arthur Benjamin and Gail Worth.
|Sponsors for the event included Corporate Sponsor PNC Bank and Table Gifts were provided by Neiman Marcus Palm Beach.
The Center for Family Services is a non-profit social service organization whose goal is to end the generational cycle of family violence, protecting the child and strengthening the family. For over fifty years, the agency has been expanding its services in order to meet the ever changing and growing needs of our community. The Center operates eight programs throughout Palm Beach County and serves more than 15,000 individuals annually. For more information, visit www.ctrfam.com.
|On Thursday January 8th, the National Arts Club and its Office of Fine Arts, as directed by Dianne B. Bernhard, presented a rare series of etchings and aquatint, Los Caprichos, from the Spanish Master Francisco de Goya. The free exhibition, titled Francisco de Goya y Lucientes: Los Caprichos runs until January 31st.
Guests including Brazilian Ambassador Ana Lucy Cabral Petersen, Cornelia Guest, Angela Bernhard Thomas, Dr. Alex Rosenberg, Interior Designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kempner and Lisa Jackson, Sheila Rosenblum, Christine Schott-Ledes and George Ledes, Novitas US CEO Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel, Jean Shafiroff, Pamela O'Connor, Morgan O'Connor, Janna Bullock, Hillary Weldon, Whitney Mercurio and artists Anton Perich, Matt Tierney, Abdullah Qandeel and Josh Rachlin arrived at the historic location to view the collection and enjoy wine and canapés.
|The National Arts Club were gifted the etchings by Robert Henri's last surviving heir in 1994. However, the gift was mislabeled, causing the collection to remain undiscovered within the Robert Henri Library at the Club until this winter when an archivist located them.
The exhibition marks the first installment of the Offices of Fine Arts Winter 2015 program and acts as a stunning compliment to their previous exhibitions, including 2014's record breaking 'Charles James: Beneath the Dress,' Rembrandt, Picasso, Munch and Romare Bearden and Emilia and Ilya Kabakov.
|Additional guests included: Jody Barrett, Nancy Buivid, Eugenia Bullock, Zoe Bullock, Robin Cofer, Thanos Dimadis, Alex Donner, Dr. Penny Grant, Susan B. Hale, Herb Karlitz, Thomas Knapp, Homer Layne, Gloria McLean, Billy Morrissey, Dale Noelle, Mike Osokin, Elaine Sargent, Whitney Schott, Steve Stanulis, Dana Leigh Supnick, Michael Thom, Andrew Werner, Jules Wood, Robert Yahner, and Jeanette Zinno.
The free month-long exhibition will reintroduce the American art lover to these masters with a finely curated show from The Office of Fine Arts at The National Art's Club. For more information please visit www.nationalartsclub.org or call Office of Fine Arts at The National Arts Club on (212) 475-3424.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (42nd Street); Lucien Capehart Photography (Palm Beach Show)|