|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.
|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.
|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 amscan.org or scandinaviahouse.org. The ASF is led by Edward P. Gallagher, President.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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 www.africanrainforest.org|
|Photographs by Kristy Leibowitz (Guggenheim)|