|The Olana Partnership held its annual 2015 Frederic E. Church Award Gala on Tuesday, November 17 at The Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Frederic E. Church (FEC) Award, named after Olana’s creator and the preeminent American artist of the mid-19th century, recognizes outstanding accomplishment in American art, culture, and landscape design and environmental conservation. Two hundred fifteen guests were in attendance. The event raised more than $500,000 for the non-profit organization.
This year’s Gala launched Olana’s 50th Anniversary Season, celebrating the preservation and opening to the public of America’s most important artist’s home, studio, and designed landscape in 1966. The 2015 Church Award honorees represent the breadth of this important story – from the 1966 saving of Olana to the exciting plans for its future: Jim Hamilton, Martin Puryear, Professor Jason Rosenfeld Ph.D., Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D., and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 Plan. Luminist painter Stephen Hannock, a former FEC Award recipient, served as Honorary Chair. The Gala included cocktails, dinner and a critical initiative led by David Redden, the Chairman of The Olana Partnership and a Vice Chairman of Sotheby’s.
|As a young attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP Jim Hamilton wrote the original bill signed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to make Olana a State Historic Site.
Puryear and Rosenfeld were central figures in Olana’s recent acclaimed exhibition, “River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home.” Puryear, who has a home and studio in the Hudson Valley, has been recognized as one of America’s foremost living artists and received the 2011 National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
Rosenfeld is co-curator of “River Crossings” and Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College. He has organized major international exhibitions, including “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde” at Tate Britain.
|Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky, M.D. is one of the greatest champions of wildlife and the environment today and, specifically, of the New York State Parks system. In her role as Chair of the NYS Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Dr. Waletzky provides crucial support for Olana’s ongoing restoration, conservation and interpretation as a public property.
The Olana Partnership honored its long-standing partnership with New York State by recognizing Governor Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020: A Vision for Transforming NY Parks. This plan provides a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in public and private funding for State Parks from 2012 to 2020.
|Attendees included: Martin Puryear (Contemporary Artist & Honoree), Professor Jason Rosenfeld (Honoree), Jim Hamilton (Honoree), Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky (Honoree), Stephen Hannock (Honorary Chair), David Redden (Chair, Board of Trustees), Sean Sawyer (Washburn & Susan Oberwager President), Douglas Durst (Co-Chair), John Stern (Co-Chair), Rose Harvey (Commissioner of the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation), Bibhu Mohapatra (Designer), Bobby Beard, Frank Stella, Richard Sharp, John Berendt (Author), Kianja Strobert (Artist), Morrison Heckscher (Curator Emeritus of the American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art), Tim Barringer (Chairman, Dept of the History of Art, Yale University), Fred Osborn III.|
|Mount Sinai Health System hosted its annual Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, at The Plaza Hotel. The event benefited Mount Sinai’s Women’s Health Initiatives, which focus on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life across the entire spectrum of a woman’s life. The luncheon featured American stylist and fashion consultant Stacy London as the keynote speaker.
Luncheon chairs were Kira Copperman, Judy Gersten and Jennifer Gersten Price, Carol Lowenthal and Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan, Leni May and Leslie May Blauner, and Jane G. Rittmaster, and Friends of Mount Sinai luncheon chair Carolyn Sicher, PsyD.
|Prior to the meal, guests were able to participate in one of three educational seminars focused on different areas of women’s health and led by physicians renowned in their fields.|
|Women’s Health at the Mount Sinai Health System focuses on the promotion of health, safety and quality of life across the entire spectrum of a woman’s life. This is critical as women and men differ in regard to risk, symptoms, and treatment of diseases. At Mount Sinai, leading doctors across a wide range of medical disciplines enhance the quality of care given to women throughout their lives. The funds raised at this event will enable Mount Sinai to maintain its leadership in research and development of cutting edge advances to improve health care for women. Contributions also provide resources and services to meet the needs of all women in the communities Mount Sinai serves.|
|On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 New Yorkers gathered at the home of Bill & Ann Van Ness for a private fundraiser to support the national non-profit organization, Pajama Program. This intimate evening included a conversation with best-selling novelist, Candace Bushnell and host Carla Hall of ABC-TV's The Chew.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit Pajama Program's One Million Good Nights campaign – a two-year initiative to collect one million pairs of new pajamas, one million new books, as well as the necessary resources to get them into the hands of children and teens in need. Many of these children are without parents and/or permanent homes and have never owned a single pair of pajamas.
|With just a few weeks to go, Pajama Program is currently in its final stretch of the One Million Good Nights initiative, which ends on December 31, 2015. Pajama Program's Founder and Executive Director, Genevieve Piturro, addressed the evening's guests explaining that while Pajama Program is close to reaching its One Million Good Nights goal, the organization's waiting list of children and teens in need of bedtime comfort continues to grow.
To learn more about Pajama Program and/or to donate, visit www.pajamaprogram.org.
|Photographs by Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com (Olana); David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com (Pajama); Blaga Ditrow and Getty Images (MT Sinai)|