Monday, April 27, 2015

Nights for Changing Lives

Storefront Academy Harlem hosted its annual spring gala, A Night for Changing Lives, at 583 Park.
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and His Excellency Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark and recently-retired Secretary General of NATO, were honored by The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) at their annual Spring Gala Dinner on April 17 at The Pierre.

Chairmen for the event were Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg and the Hon. Charles and Mrs. Monika Heimbold. Vice Chairmen were Laureen and Ragnar Meyer-Knutsen and Arthur Zeckendorf, and the Corporate Vice Chairman was Giacomo Landi of DNB Bank New York.
H.M. Queen Sonja, Bente Frantz, Edward P. Gallagher, and Dr. Patricia G. Berman
This elegant black-tie evening commenced with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing to the Grammy Award-winning orchestra, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. Tenor Andrew Stenson, a winner of the 2013 Queen Sonja International Music Competition, performed. Award-winning actress Lena Olin was the Gala Host.

Each of the Honorees received the ASF Gold Medal, the organization's highest honor. The presentation to Her Majesty Queen Sonja was introduced by Dr. Patricia G. Berman, while the presentation to Mr. Rasmussen was introduced by Ambassador Edward E. Elson. The Gold Medal was bestowed upon each of the Honorees by the Chairman of the ASF Board Bente Svensen Frantz and the President of the ASF Edward P. Gallagher.
Gala Chairs William B. and Inger G. Ginsberg, H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Gala Chair Monika Heimbold
Guests in attendance included Mildred C. Brinn; Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar; Carl Gustaf Ehrnrooth and Maire Gullichsen-Ehrnrooth; Lasse Hallström; Lisa Resling Halpern; Trond S. and Joan Jensen; Amb. and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr.; Helen W. Marx; John and Connie Morgan; Linda and Gerald Nordberg; Mary Ellen and Richard Oldenburg; Hon. Lyndon L. Olson, Jr.; Sheila Johnson Robbins; and Thor and Virginia Thors.

Established in 1911, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A not-for-profit organization that relies on the generosity of private donors in the U.S. and Scandinavia, the ASF carries on an extensive program of fellowships, grants, internships/training, publishing, membership offerings and cultural activities. The ASF is headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, which offers a wide range of exhibitions, screenings, concerts, readings, lectures, and children's programming. For more information, visit or The ASF is led by Edward P. Gallagher, President.
Gala Vice Chairs Ragnar and Laureen Meyer-Knutsen
Susie Elson and Gala Chair Monika Heimbold
Lena Olin and Lasse Hallström
H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Bente Svensen Frantz, H.M. Queen Sonja, and Edward P. Gallagher
Gala Corporate Vice Chair Giacomo Landi and his wife, Elizabeth Fabian
Melissa Thors, Paula Del Rio, and Gala Vice Chair Arthur Zeckendorf
Sharon Loeb and Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
Gerald and Linda Nordberg
Connie and John Morgan
Berit and Steven Peri
Bente Strong and Michelle Edelman
Bård and Barbara Bunaes
H.E. Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Amb. Edward E. Elson
Hon. Barry B. White, Joan Jensen, Mark Frantz, Bente Frantz, and Trond S. Jensen
Deborah Farrington and Charles Atkins
Jean McCabe and Joseph Missbrenner
H.M. Queen Sonja and Edward P. Gallagher
Virginia and Thor Thors, Jr.
On Friday, April 17, Guggenheim Kids Club, a patrons group for families, hosted its annual Spring Fling at the museum. A reception for parents and kids in The Wright kicked off the evening's festivities, followed by fun activities for the whole family throughout the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum building. Members of all ages participated in an after-hours exploration of current exhibitions, including On Kawara—Silence and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Infinite Possibility. Mirror Works and Drawings 1974–2014, and tweens were invited to engage in a special art-making workshop in the studio art lab.
Exploring On Kawara Postcards
Aaron Tighe, William Tighe, and Kim Tighe
Libby Goldring and Lisa Thorp
Margot Takian, Alexis Moses, and Barbara Lipshultz
Annabel Gilly, Caroline Didden, and Aleska Bazylevsky
Ava Meisel, Heath Winter, and Zachary Meisel
Chloe Mallon and Kylie Thorp
Mika Ben Abraham and friends Lee Lee and Kiki
Olivia Cooney
Waverly Moses
William Tighe and Nicolas Hutfilz
Yianni Vrondissis and Lee Lee Drouin
On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children's Storefront) hosted its annual spring gala, A Night for Changing Lives, at 583 Park. The evening featured a cocktail reception, a three-course gourmet dinner, and a luxury silent and online auction. This signature event was attended by 250 guests and raises vital funds to support Storefront Academy's whole child and family approach to educating urban youth. Longtime partner Morgan Stanley was also honored.
Mike Woods
Susan Reid and Ray Cameron
Robbie Gordy
The firm's belief that a healthy start and a solid education are the fundamentals upon which future success is built has been the driving force behind their nearly 30 years of support of Storefront Academy's work. Through their generosity, enhanced by annual employee volunteer events, the Storefront Academy community has been made stronger because of their outstanding commitment to our students and their families.
Elisa Istueta and Jonathan Forbes
Wendy Reynoso and Brad Anzman
Martin Pomp, Maria Vecchiotti, and Susan Reid
Storefront Academy Harlem students and Lybra Clemons
Alexis Thomason, Andrea Forbes, and Jonathan Forbes
Lauren Marrus, Michael Marrus, and Elisa Istueta
Hiroko Murase and Peter Low
Ray Cameron, Robert Davenport, and Burt Tauber
Amanda Low and Mike Woods
M. Bernard Aidinoff and Elsie V. Aidinoff
Mark Madden, Barbara Feldon, and Gustavo Martinez
Jordan Lippner and friend, with Joe Piesco, and Charles Fields
Dorian Brown, Steven Haas, and George J. Grumbach, Jr.
Christian Urciuoli and Robert Rylee
Kevin Moncrief, Ann Rivers, and Elsie V. Aidinoff
Dorit Rosenshine, Jeremy Rosenshine, Christopher Moore, and Christine Moore
Kevin Moncrief
Andrew R. Weiner
Chris Jones
Representatives from Morgan Stanley
Storefront Academy Harlem students
On Wednesday, April 22, Martha Stewart hosted the sixth Martha Stewart Center for Living 2015 Gala, bringing to life the importance of health care accessibility to older adults for the sixth year. The gala included a panel discussion moderated by Maria Bartiromo, Global Markets Editor, FOX Business Network/FOX News Channel.
Cocktail Hour
Tables set for dinner
The discussion focused on the Mobile Acute Care Team (MACT), an innovative program being piloted by Mount Sinai to provide patients in need with acute care in-home. Bartiromo moderated the panel with Albert L. Siu, MD, Chairman of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai and Audrey K. Chun, MD, Medical Director of the Martha Stewart Center for Living within the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. The event raised nearly $500,000 for the Center.
Panel Discussion; Dr. Linda DeCherrie, Martha Stewart, Albert L. Siu, MD, Audrey K. Chun, and Maria Bartiromo
Honorees; Hester Diamond, Betsy Gotbaum, Isaac S. Gindi, Isaac Gindi
Following the panel, Stewart presented several honorees with the "Living Award," an honor bestowed each year to someone who has made a substantial and positive impact on the public good.

Guests included Martha Stewart, Maria Bartiromo, Geoffrey Zakarian, Alexis Stewart, Charlotte Beers, Kevin Sharkey, and Shelby White; and honorees Hester Diamond, Al Gindi, and Betsy Gotbaum.
Martha Stewart Opening Remarks
Maria Bartiromo
Isaac S. Gindi and Isaac Gindi
Betsy Gotbaum, Honoree
Audrey K. Chun, MD
Hester Diamond, Honoree
Martha Stewart with a Justin Bieber guitar
Audrey K. Chun, MD and Albert L. Siu, MD
Susan Magrino and Geoffrey Zakarian
Charlotte Beers and Martha Stewart
Audrey K. Chun, MD, Hester Diamond, Betsy Gotbaum, Martha Stewart, Isaac S. Gindi, Isaac Gindi, and Albert L. Siu, MD Honoree
African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) President Carter Coleman and Executive Director Namasha Schelling celebrated Earth Day by welcoming over 150 guests to the charity's 24th Annual Artists for Africa Benefit at Tribeca Rooftop on Wednesday, April 22nd. Designer Nicole Miller emceed the special evening and actress Emily Mortimer served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Mortimer presented philanthropist Andrew Sabin with ARC's New Species Award, for his tireless work protecting animals around the world. A rare Pygmy Chameleon from Tanzania was named in his honor.
Guests enjoyed live entertainment by Yacouba Sissoko and singer Kavita Shah, a delicious seated dinner and an international art and photography auction. Twenty five celebrated artists including Hunt Slonem, Alex Beard, Carlo Mari, Julie Gross, Paige De Ponte, Sarah Markes, Dina Brodsky, Chris Dei, Pamela Hanson, Peter Ray Mwasha, Eliza Milliken, Dalton Portella, Susanna Jolly, Keenan Reilly, Ben Olson, Lola Montes Schnabel and David Humphrey donated art to support the ARC's initiatives. Live auction art from Beth O'Donnell, Spencer Tunick, WhIsBe, Kristian Hornsleth, Joe Zammit-Lucia, Mirella Ricciardi, Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher also benefitted ARC. VOSS, Gardenia Organics, Cliffton Dry and California Citrus Vodka were the night's sponsors.
For over 20 years, The African Rainforest Conservancy has worked alongside its field partner the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) to support a network of 140 villages in eight mountain and coastal regions throughout Tanzania that are protecting 3,000 square kilometers of forest – an area 1,000 times the size of New York's Central Park. For more information, visit
Emily Mortimer, Carter Coleman, and Nicole Miller
Andrew Sabin and Namasha Schelling
Julio Hernandez, Paul Davis, Missy Basile, and Rocco Basile
David Yamner and Jean Lee Yamner
Jennifer Massolo, Paul Shavelson, and Beth O'Donnell
Simona Parri, Delphine Diallo, Guillaume Bonn, Carolyn Roumeguere, and Kara Gerson
Zachary Sadow and Eliza Milliken
Yacouba Sissoko
Photographs by Kristy Leibowitz (Guggenheim)