Monday, June 22, 2015

Play For Pink, Freeing Voices, Stories from the War, and Spirit of Achievement

Pamela Morgan, Tula Booth, Steven Knobel, Suzanne Kremer, Nicole Noonan, Arlene Lazar, Jennifer Myles, and Barbara Pollywater at Play For Pink.
For the 16th consecutive year, Jane Pontarelli chaired the Play For Pink Breast Cancer Golf Tournament at Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club in Westhampton.

Play For Pink is the largest ladies golf event in the Hamptons and benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993.
isa Ehrenkrand, Pat Petrillo, Nancy Stone, and Theresa Romano
Karen Silverman, Connie Stein, Barbrara Zand, and Carol Lee Kass
Lanie Ganzemuller, Gerry Spink, Patty Allen, and Martha Murray
Shirley Vituli, Lisa Zaro, Elyse Lasher, and Andrea Newburger
Joan Rosen, Beth Varon, Linda Reinig, and Juliette Kleiman
Nancy Carver, Kaye Ziplow, Bonnie Feldman, and Pat Middleman
Jane Blum, Ellyn Bank, Debbie Polk, and Sandi Nussbaum
Sharon Weinreb, Tina Funt, Marsha Rubinstein, and Audrey Marrus
Micael Travin, Anna Garbuz, Melissa Kassis, Olga Smirnova, Lisa Bernstein, and John Mahdessian
Michele Wolkoff, Nancy Katz, Karen Berger, and Arlene Reed
Arlene and Alan Lazare
Stanley Pine and Joe Pontarelli
Carol Horn, Ruthie Beil, Judy Berman, and Sandi Teitelbaum
Bobby Campbell, Jane Pontarelli, and Joe Pontarelli
Angela Sarris, Robin Perkins, and Jade Perkins
Christine Greenfiled and Amelia Doggwiler
Valeria Gomez, Isabella Katz, Tia Garrote, and Maria Salizar
Stephanie Hamburges, Lauren Gales, and Joanne Finochio
Ann Haselkorn, Laura Mason, Ginger Andrews, and Kathy Shearin
Gale Sitomer, Mindy Zakaris, Andrea Cohen, and Jane Siegel
Mary Adamczyk, Jane Pontarelli, Podi Constantiner, and Marylou Swift
Laurie Minnicozzi, Nina Santonocito, Lisa Pascucci, and Cathy Pratz
British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was honored at The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) 9th Benefit Gala on Monday, June 8th with the Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award.

The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers was the perfect backdrop for an impromptu concert by the six-time Grammy nominee. Sheeran performed a trio of his top-selling hit songs and rocked the house with his soulful rendition of Thinking Out Loud.

Arthur Blank, Angie Macuga, Emily Blunt, and Ed Sheeran taking a selfie
Actress and Board member Emily Blunt was Mistress of Ceremonies for the event and led the awards tribute to her friend. The room was filled to capacity with a festive crowd that included guests from the music world, financial industry, politics and the arts as well as star-struck young fans eager to meet Sheeran, currently the hottest global musical sensation.

In his acceptance remarks, Sheeran offered an inspirational message to all the AIS clients, especially the youngest ones. He told them not to let stuttering make them feel different, encouraged them to embrace their quirks and assured them they would successfully overcome this challenge!

Chris Martin, CEO and Chairman of the famed Martin Guitars, took to the stage to display the Ed Sheeran Signature X Guitar. He donated the specially designed instrument to the AIS Live Scholarship Auction. The guitar earned the highest auction bid of the night.

Gala Co-Chair Arthur Blank, Owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Co-Founder of The Home Depot, delivered a poignant tribute to Vice President Joe Biden on the loss of his son and hailed him for his unwavering support of AIS over the years. The rapt audience then watched a taped message from the Vice President.

Other guests included longtime AIS board member Sir Harold Evans, media giant Tina Brown and communications consultant Michael Sheehan and his wife Riki. The AIS Board of Directors, chaired by Nolan Russo, was on hand to welcome the Honoree and thank all the attendees.
Ed Sheeran with AIS Client Speakers Molly Starkey and Jack Lang
Guitar Maker Chris Martin and Ed Sheeran
AIS is a pioneer in the treatment of stuttering and is one of the few non-profit organizations in the U.S. that provides assistance to people of all ages who stutter as well as to their families.

The Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award is presented annually to an individual who has successfully overcome a stuttering problem and later fulfilled their dreams. AIS selected Sheeran as this year's award recipient for his courage in publicly sharing his own challenges with stuttering.  He has now become a role model and inspired thousands of young people around the world.
Nolan Russo, Sr., Emily Blunt, AIS Board Chair Nolan Russo Jr., Linda Russo, and Eve Tannery
AIS Clients with Ed Sheeran
Gala Chairs Michael and Riki Sheehan with Ed Sheeran
Tina Brown, Izzy Evans, Sir Harold Evans, and Chris Madden
AIS Staff Bridget Scully, Heather Grossman, Kristel Kubart, Carl Herder, and Sara Macintyre
AIS Board Members Tony Hooper, Nolan Russo Jr., Eric Dinallo, Susan Jensen, Sander Flaum, Michael Sheehan, and Barry Blaustein
Ed Sheeran with corporate sponsor, the TD Ameritrade team
The 2015 Japan Society Annual Dinner, held on Wednesday, June 11, at the Hilton New York Grand Ballroom, raised $1.51 million for the organization, the Society announced. The approximately 730 guests who attended included luminaries from the business community, as well as diplomatic leaders, Japan Society’s Corporate and Individual members, and a broad array of eminent individuals important in U.S.-Japan relations.

Steven A. Kandarian, Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife, Inc. gave the keynote address, which touched upon the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Japan, noting "just as the Meiji Restoration opened Japan to the West, the West is now eager to learn from Japan." (He also shared that MetLife inspired Japan's still-popular rajio taisō, or radio calisthenics, back in the 1920s). Yoko Ono gave a heartfelt video acceptance of this year’s Japan Society Award. With Jim Sciutto, CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent, serving as Master of Ceremonies, the evening featured a performance by the Okinawan folk rock duo SAKISHIMA meeting.
Mr. Yasuyuki Sugiura, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); Mrs. Megumi Takahashi; Mr. Motomu Takahashi, President & CEO of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.; and Amb. Motoatsu Sakurai, President of Japan Society
Guests included The Honorable Paul A. Volcker and Mrs. Anke Volcker; H.E. Motohide Yoshikawa and Mrs. Corinne Yoshikawa; H.E. Reiichiro Takahashi and Mrs. Masako Takahashi; Japan Society Chairman Mr. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. and Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross; Japan Society President Motoatsu Sakurai and Mrs. Nobuko Sakurai; Board Member Mr. Justin Rockefeller; and Dr. Alexandra Munroe and Mr. Robert Rosenkranz. Other guests included Ms. Chiyo Abe, Anchorwoman for Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.; Mr. Yoroku Adachi, Chairman & CEO of Canon U.S.A., Inc.; Mr. Yosuko Honjo, President & CEO, ITO EN (North America), Inc., and Mrs. Michiko Honjo; Amb. Thomas Hubbard, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and South Korea; Dean Merit E. Janow, School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University; Ms. Kaoriko Kuge, Anchorwoman for Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.; Pritzker Prize-winning architect Mr. Fumihiko Maki; Mr. Larry Meyer, CEO of UNIQLO USA, LLC, and Mrs. Ellen Meyer; Dr. George R. Packard, President of United States-Japan Foundation; Mr. Douglas Peterson, President & CEO, McGraw Hill Financial, and Mrs. Teresa Peterson; and Mr. Kazumi Yanai, Global Chairman, Theory, and Mrs. Naoko Yanai.
Mr. Ernest Sciutto; Mr. Jim Sciutto, Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN; Mr. Joseph Perella, Founding Partner, Chairman & CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners; Mr. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman of Japan Society; and Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross
Funds raised at the annual event support programming and initiatives at Japan Society throughout the year. In addition to producing over 100 world-class exhibitions, performances, talks, film screenings and family events each year, and housing one of America's premiere centers for Japanese language learning, Japan Society facilitates the U.S.-Japan Junior Fellows program for high school students, offers free online language video lessons to people around the world, and operates the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Japan Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in New York City, is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Founded in 1907, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education. For more information, visit
Mr. Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman of Japan Society; Mr. Steven A. Kandarian, Chairman, President & CEO of MetLife, Inc.; Ms. Molly Kandarian; and Ms. Joie Townsend
Robert Rosenkranz, CEO of Delphi Financial Group; Dr. Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Dr. George R. Packard, President of United States-Japan Foundation
Mrs. Manami Kakinoki and Mrs. Nobuko Sakurai
The Hon. Paul A. Volcker, Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Mr. Steven A. Kandarian, Chairman, President & CEO of MetLife, Inc.
Justin Rockefeller and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki
Ms. Kaoriko Kuge, Anchorwoman for Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.; Mrs. Kagari Kawashima; and Ms. Chiyo Abe, Anchorwoman for Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.
H.E. Motohide Yoshikawa, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations; Mrs. Corinne Yoshikawa; Mr. Makoto Wakamatsu, President & COO of Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.
The Women's Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine hosted its 61st Annual Spirit of Achievement Luncheon on Tuesday, May 19th at the Rainbow Room, honoring Candice Bergen, Renée Fleming and Einstein faculty members Daphne T. Hsu, M.D., and Robert H. Pass, M.D. Both are leading pediatric heart specialists at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the pediatric division of Einstein's University hospital. The event benefited cancer research by leading scientists at Einstein's Albert Einstein Cancer Center.

TODAY show correspondent Jill Martin acted as Mistress of Ceremonies and introduced Carol Roaman, president of the Women's Division, who served as luncheon co-chair with executive board members Andrea Stark and Terri Goldberg. Ms. Roaman, who lost her daughter to ovarian cancer expressed her admiration for researchers at Einstein and added that the division has raised over two million dollars for Einstein cancer research since she became involved in 2012. Ms. Stark then noted how the people of New York City "need Einstein," and thanked Einstein and Montefiore and everyone involved in organizing the event.
Terri Goldberg, Renee Fleming, Candice Bergen, Andrea Stark, and Carol Roaman
Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., Einstein's Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean, then introduced a moving video to an audience including past Spirit honorees Christine Baranski star of "The Good Wife," Olympic figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes and acclaimed Broadway producer Daryl Roth, a Women's Division board member. The video told the story of how Drs. Hsu and Pass provided lifesaving heart transplant surgery to 17-year-old patient, Brianna Barker. Following the video, Ms. Barker took to the stage to express thanks and asked Dean Spiegel and Ms. Martin to join her in presenting the Spirit of Achievement awards to Dr. Hsu and Dr. Pass.
Candice Bergen, Renee Fleming, and Christine Baranski
Dr. Hsu spoke about how excited she is about current plans for Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore to strengthen their longtime working partnership, and that she is looking forward to following Brianna's success in life. Dr. Pass then thanked the College of Medicine, his "role model" parents and the patients who inspire him on a daily basis. Ms. Martin presented both honorees with engraved crystal bowls.

Accepting her award after a warm introduction by Ms. Martin, Ms. Fleming commented that as a singer she strives to "enhance lives," calling it "a privilege to be around these doctors who were saving lives."
Philip Ozuah, Dr. Pass, Dr. Hsu, and Dean Allen Spiegal
Ms. Bergen, whom Ms. Martin described as "a true icon," was then invited to the stage to collect her award. She commented on the "staggering" work of the doctors at Einstein. Then, noting that she lost her first husband, film director Louis Malle, to lymphoma, and that her current husband, real estate developer Marshall Rose, who was in the audience, lost his former wife to cancer, she remarked that the Einstein Women's Division's efforts on behalf of cancer research was a cause to which she could relate.

Ms. Martin announced the winners of the afternoon's raffle, which included one hour of private jet time from Wheels Up and a Sunday brunch for four at the Rainbow Room. She closed the program by congratulating honorees and thanking guests for their continued support for Einstein. Guests left with gift bags that included copies of Ms. Fleming's new CD, The Art of Renée Fleming. Many also received autographed copies of Ms. Bergen's new memoir, A Fine Romance.
Jill Martin
Dean Allen Spiegal and Audrey Heckler
Opened in 1955 and located in the Bronx, NY, Albert Einstein College of Medicine is one of the nation's premier centers for biomedical research, medical education and clinical investigation. The Spirit of Achievement Luncheon is the Einstein Women's Division's annual flagship fundraiser for medical research and education programs at the College of Medicine. The Spirit luncheon, which began in 1954 as part of the initial campaign for the then new medical school, was one of the first events of its kind in the nation. Past honorees include: Marlene Dietrich, Margaret Mead, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lena Horne, Helen Hayes, Meryl Streep, Leontyne Price, Barbara Walters, Alma Powell, Marilyn Horne, Sharon Stone, and most recently, Christine Baranski, to name a few. Over the past 61 years, the division has raised over $100 million and has established: a Wing for Prenatal Studies and Research in Birth Defects, a Clinical Research Program in Childhood Developmental Disorders, a research program in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy in Cancer, and more.
Sarah Hughes with friends
Brianna Barker and her mother
Lauren and Terri Goldberg
Talia, Lianne, and Karen Mandelbaum
Sherry Miller and Brenda Neal with a friend
A couple Saturdays ago, Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) celebrated their School's Out cocktail party fundraiser held at the East Hampton home of Lisa and James Cohen. The event celebrated HMI's work and accomplishments this year; the money raised will ensure services throughout the summer for their at-risk youth.

School's Out was co-chaired by Bobby Graham of GQ, Alfredo Paredes of Ralph Lauren and Ward Williams, along with co-host committee members William Li of Ralph Lauren and Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders. HMI partnered with Greater Gotham MINI Cooper dealers, GANT Eyewear and Fund in the Sun Foundation along with sponsors Erno Laszlo, The Only.Agency, Corcoran, T Magazine, Barry's Bootcamp, Ketel One Vodka, Johnnie Walker & Hamptons Magazine.

School's Out 2015 raised more than $238,000 which will go directly to providing HMI youth with programs and services necessary to help them reach their full potential.
Quentin Marcellis, HMI youth
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) was founded on the belief that all young people—regardless of sexual orientation or identity—deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.  Founded in New York City in 1979, HMI provides comprehensive counseling and case management for over 2,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families from over 350 surrounding zip codes.

HMI's mission of Empowerment, Education and Advocacy fosters healthy youth development via direct services and referrals as well as innovative social service and academic enrichment programs that other organizations around the country now use as models. HMI is a registered 501(c)(3) supported by government, private sector and individual supporters including HMI Ambassadors Andy Bell, Crystal Chappell, Judy Gold, Tim Gunn, Cheyenne Jackson, Heather Matarazzo, Carole Pope, Kimora Lee Simons, Robert Verdi and BD Wong.
Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson
Cooper Ganey, Mylik Ganey, and Nick Poshkus
James Cohen, Lisa Cohen, Bobby Graham, and Ward Williams
Elizabeth Blitzer, Dr. Jake Deutsch, Pippa Cohen, and Bobby Graham
Matt Albiani and Malcolm Kutner
Lisa and James Cohen
Sean Davis, Eric Menkes, David Rogal, and Mario Nievera
Adriel Reboh, Raymond Lord III, Andrew Luddington, and Evan Kulman
Christina Juarez

Photographs by Rob Rich (Play for Pink); BFA (HMI); Patrick McMullan (Einstein)