Friday, February 6, 2015

Preservation and care ...

The Playground Partners of the Women's Committee's second annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
The Playground Partners of the Women's Committee hosted its second annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. More than 250 guests attended the event. The event began with a festive reception followed by a luncheon, which included a special conversation between designers and New York City mothers Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard and their good friend and former CNN journalist and Editor at Large for Ballantine Bantam Dell, Alina Cho. They spoke about the Veronica Beard's lives, their eponymous brand, and their love of New York. The event raised funds for the preservation, care, and daily inspection of Central Park's 21 Playgrounds.
Veronica Swanson Beard, Veronica Miele Beard, and Alina Cho
"It was a wonderful afternoon in the beautiful, snow-filled Park. It was just amazing to see so many women celebrating Central Park and the work of the Playground Partners." said Paige Hardy, co-chairman of Playground Partners.

Karen May, President of the Women's Committee, was joined by luncheon Co-Chairmen Cena Jackson, Jill Ross, Alison Strong, Amy Tarr, and Melissa Vlak.
Karen May and Lucinda Ballard
Kim Klimczak and Michelle Marra
Guests included Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator, Paige Hardy and Sarah Kurita, Co-Chairmen of the Playground Partners Committee, Suzie Aijala, Allison Aston, Donya Bommer, Diane Chachas, Melanie Charlton, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Suzanne Cochran, Lise Evans, Samantha Topping Gellert, Anne Harrison, Shannon Henderson, Tracey Huff, Sharon Jacob, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy, Alexia Leuschen, Kamie Lightburn, Nitzia Logothetis, Gillian Miniter, Elyse Newhouse, Paige Novick, Deborah Pagani, Yesim Philip, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, and Jenny Price.
Alison Strong, Jill Ross, Cena Jackson, Doug Blonsky, Melissa Vlak, and Amy Tarr
Anson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard
Gillian Miniter and Elyse Newhouse
Elisabeth Jones Hennesey, Helene Comfort, and Shannon Henderson
Hana Bitton, Suzanne Cochran, and Susan Calhoun
Sarah Kurita and Paige Hardy
Veronica Swanson Beard, Alina Cho, and Veronica Miele Beard
Karen Amen and Jenny Price
Lise Evans, Sharon Jacobs, Susan Canada, and Alison Weaver
Alisa Roever, Tina Storper, and Liora Sternberg
Mary Beth Adelson, Aileen Bruner, and Kamie Lightburn
Nitzia Logothetis and Lauren Kenny
Shana Gary, Paige Boller Malik, Alexandra Mondre, Amy Tarr, and Shirin Christoffersen
Veronica Swanson Beard and Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler
Yesim Philip, Kate Georgi Lauprete, and Amira Thoron
Wednesday night, a week ago, Peter Lyden and Leslie Ziff gave a dinner at Il Posto Accanto at 190 East 2nd Street to celebrate "the unparalleled artistry of David Hallberg," of the American Ballet Theatre and the first American to become a Premier Danseur with the Bolshoi Ballet.

The guestlist was made up of Sarah Jessica Parker, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Julia Koch, Prince Dimitri, Prince Dushan Kargeorgevitch, Vanessa Noel, Bettina Zilhka, Melanie Lazenby, Bronson Van Wyck, Tonne Goodman, Wendy Goodman, Stacy Goodman, Leslie Ziff, Peter Lyden, Carol and Daniel Strone.
The dinner scene at il Posto Accanto
Melanie Lazenby and David Hallberg
Isaac Mizrahi and Sarah Jessica Parker
David Hallberg and Patrick McMullan
Carolina Herrera, Reinaldo Herrera, and Isaac Mizrahi
Paul Wilmot
Carolina Herrera and Sarah Jessica Parker
Wendy Goodman, Stacy Goodman, and Tonne Goodman
Brad Comisar and Bronson Van Wyck
David Cafiero and Conrad Oakey
Bettina Zilkha and Vanessa Noel
Leslie Ziff and Magnus Berger
Melanie Lazenby, Leslie Ziff, and Julia Koch
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Prince Dushan
Peter Lyden and Leslie Ziff
Leslie Ziff and Vanessa Noel
On Wednesday February 4th, the National Arts Club and its Office of Fine Arts, as directed by Dianne B. Bernhard, celebrated the opening of Dali: The Golden Years with a reception that was open to the public. The rare collection of work from Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali, will show until February 28th.

Between 6pm and 8pm, guests including Audrey Gruss, Jamee Gregory, Jill Zarin, Sheila Rosenblum, Sharon Bush, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel, Dr. Alex Rosenberg, Lisa Jackson, Christine Schott-Ledes and George Ledes, Hillary Weldon, artists Anton Perich and Abdullah Qandeel all arrived at the historic location to view the collection and enjoy wine and canapés.
Jamee Gregory and Audrey Gruss
Courtney Joy and Elizabeth Cohen
The exhibition shows 65 pieces, including early works that have never been shown before on loan from private collectors. Early drawings and prints make up three full collections including; 'The Les Chants Maldoror' (1934), '12 Tribes of Israel' (1971), and 'Memories of Surrealism' (1973). Each marks a major graphic series in Dali's career, while four never-before-seen pieces and an iconic photo of the artist himself by Anton Perich provide invaluable insight into Dali's creative process.

The exhibition marks the second installment of the Fine Arts Winter 2015 program, and provides a stunning compliment to prior significant exhibitions, including 2014's record breaking 'Charles James: Beneath the Dress,' Rembrandt, Picasso, Munch, Romare Bearden, Goya and the world renowned husband/wife team of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
Dianne Bernhard, Alex Rosenberg, and Natalia
Sheila Rosenblum
Additional guests included: Geoffrey Bradfield, Jody Barrett, Robin Cofer, Elizabeth Cohen, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Alex Donner, Julie and Herb Karlitz, Ethan Maytum, Billy Morrissey, Dale Noelle, Oscar Plotkin, Amy Rosi, Peter Rosenthal, Elaine Sargent, Randi Schatz, Steve Stanulis, Robert Yahner and Jeanie Ziering.

The National Arts Club takes pride in presenting iconic artists and their works to a wide audience, fulfilling its mission to educate, engage, and enrich its circle of creative-minded individuals.
Alexandra and Katerina Zavodszka
Yana Milanger and Alex Maksymova
The Club's monthly Salon on February 8th will celebrate the remarkable works of Salvador Dali and explore the history and techniques of printmaking. The special guest will be Dr. Alex Rosenberg who not only published some of Dali's most significant prints but maintained a personal relationship with the artist as well. Dr. Rosenberg will share his professional experiences working first hand with Dali and give us insight into the complex personality and behavior of the man who was his friend. Joining Dr. Rosenberg will be a panel of printmaking experts who will share their expertise in the history of printmaking and the multi-faceted techniques involved in creating a graphic work

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 or call Office of Fine Arts at The National Arts Club on (212) 475-3424.
Amy Rosi, Peter Rosenthal, and Janis Gardner Cecil
Drew Harper and Mima Dawn
Hillary Weldon and Godfrey Bloch
Randi Schatz and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Diane Davis, Sheila Rosenblum, and Jill Zarin
Nicole Noonan, Dianne Bernhard, and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Chris Spargo and Renee Lucas
Jean Shafiroff, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Sharon Bush
Six years ago arts patron and longtime Board Member and supporter of Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD), Anka Palitz decided to introduce her Palm Beach friends to the work of CTFD in enabling dancers to define their post-dance career possibilities and develop the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines and launched the annual Heart & Soul Gala.

On January 29th, over 200 guests filled the Circle Ball Room at The Breaker's in Palm Beach for a thrilling evening of dinner, dance and music hosted by actor and singer Gianni Russo of “The Godfather” fame thanks to the efforts of a group of powerhouse chairs and committee members. International Chair was Hermè De Wyman. Gala Co-Chairs were Anka Palitz, Jennifer Myerberg and Ann Van Ness.  Dinner chairs were George J. Palladino and Jerrold St. George. Vice Chairs were Michele Herbert, Marsha & Carl Hewitt and Carol Jaeger.
Dreyfoos School Dancers
The evening paid tribute to two leaders in the world of dance. Last year’s honoree Ellis J. Parker III presented this year’s first honoree Dorothy Lappin, President of The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation, with a Heart & Soul Award.   Jan Hanniford, The Dean of Dance at the Dreyfoos School was presented with her award by last year’s honoree Steven Caras. Gianni Russo the evening’s host performed with his musical trio. Award winning choreographer Margo Sappington created a world premiere with artists from the Dreyfoos School in honor of Dorothy and Jan and internationally acclaimed ballroom champions, Cheryl and Omar Almallah performed a slow fox trot.
Anka Palitz, Jennifer Myerberg, and Ann Van Ness
A live auction was another highlight of the evening and featured such one-of-a kind experiences and luxury items as tickets for two to attend to CTFD 30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee in NYC for dinner, performance and a bow on stage with the stars; a two night stay at the Baccarat Hotel in NYC; two elegant evening gowns by acclaimed designer Carmen Marc Valvo; Sonia B. 14 kt. yellow gold and diamond bracelet; two days at an historic Normandy chateau and Naming of CTFD educational scholarships. The auction helped bring the evening’s event total raised to over $157,000.

Benefactors for the evening included: Dr. Omar & Mrs. Cheryl Almallah, Baccarat Hotels. Steve Brown & Jaime Stern, Classical South Florida 90.7, Alexander J. Dube, Michele Herbert, Marsha & Carl Hewitt, Peter Heydon, Carol Jaeger, Sandy & Greg Kriser, Jennifer Myerberg, Anka K. Palitz, George J. Palladino & Jerrold St. George, Nancy & Ellis J. Parker III, Dick Robinson, 
Legends 100.3FM, Saks Fifth Avenue, Margo Sappington, Carmen Marc Valvo,  Ann Van Ness and WPBT 20.
Mauricio Busa and Barry Hayes
Dorothy Lappin and Carmen Marc Valvo
6th Annual Heart & Soul Gala committee members were Irene Athans, Mauricio Busa & Barry Hayes, Steven Caras, General Carter W. Clarke, Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Cohen, Hermè De Wyman Miro, Craig Dix, Susan & John Domenico, Annette Friedland, Sandy & George Garfunkel, Cheryl & Jerre Gowdy, Vicki Halmos, Nancy Hart, Ann, Marie & Stephen Haymes, Michele Herbert, Marsha & Carl Hewitt, Peter Heydon, Jasmine Horowitz, Lisa Huertas, Carol Jaeger, Maya Johnson, Vicki & Chris Kellogg, Jill Leinbach, Janet Levy, Ellen Liman, Carla & George Mann, Alexis & Terry Mersentes, Harriet & Paul Moscowitz, Jennifer Myerberg, Anka K. Palitz, George J. Palladino & Jerrold St. George, Debbie & Louis Porecco, Donald Scott, Carol Ann & John Stieglemeier, Karin & John Strasswimmer, Ann Van Ness and Lori Welteroth.
Gregory and Sandy Kriser
Nancy and Jay Parker
“I started this annual event to bring awareness of the brevity of a professional dancer’s career; the average age of retirement is 34. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Career Transition For Dancers is the safety net for all dancers. To date, more than $11 million has been awarded for vital one-on-one career counseling plus scholarships and grants for higher education, entrepreneurial endeavors and certification programs In Florida alone we’ve aided 116 dancers,” states Ms. Palitz.

Their next big event is Career Transition For Dancers 30TH ANNIVERSARY PEARL JUBILEE: A STAR-STUDDED RETROSPECTIVE, Presented by ROLEX, to be held on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at New York City Center followed by "Super With The Stars" dinner at The Grand Ballroom at The Hilton New York. The 30th Anniversary Chairs are Anka K. Palitz, Michele Herbert and Michele Riggi. Janice Becker is the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair and Craig Dix, Journal Chair. The 30th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsor: Dance Magazine and Pointe.
Douglas Jencks and Carol Jaeger
Sue Samour and Emmanuel Fragoso
Jerrold St. George, Nancy Schifo, and George Palladino
Lisa Huertas and Jill Leinbach
Carl and Marsha Hewitt
George Palladino, Ann Van Ness, Anka Palitz, and George Dube
Anthony and Rose Kane
Michael and Robin Sexton
John Kimmins, Leah Elzner, Tonja Garamella, and Tim Snyder
Cheryl and Omar Almallah
Simon Benson Offit and Rosana Levin
George and Carla Mann
Anka Palitz and Gianni Russo
Annette Friedland
Janet Levy, Lauri Welteroth, and Debbie Porreco
Michele Herbert, Michel Cox Witmer, and Jasmine Horowitz
Jan Hanniford and George Palladino
Michele Herbert, Gianni Russo, Anka Palitz, and Carmen Marc Valvo
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (CPC); Mike Jachles/ (Career Transitions)