Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ribbon cutting

Matthew Bauer, Jennifer Oken, Sandra Lee, Katherine Nicholls, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Karen Zucker, and Judy Gordon Cox at the Miracle on Madison Avenue to benefit The Society of MSK.
In the spirit of giving amid the consumer frenzy, Miracle on Madison Avenue has been the cherished holiday shopping tradition on the Upper East Side for 29 years. 80 the world's premiere flagship boutiques and businesses on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets donated 20% of the sales, up to $15,000 per store, to The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center pediatric initiatives. Victorian dressed holiday carolers, The Fabulous Sezziwigs, warmed shopper's spirits, tempting refreshments were served, and the warm glow of goodwill was shared by all.
Sandra Lee
"Miracle Ambassador" Sandra Lee, Multi-Emmy® award winner; Lavinia Branca Snyder, President of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK); MSK Committee Members Muffie Potter Aston, Nina Carbone, Leslie Coleman, Judy Cox, Caroline Los Arcos, Amanda Meigher, Jennifer Oken, Elizabeth Pyne, and Caryn Zucker along with Matthew A. Bauer, President of Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) greeted holiday shoppers as "Miracle Hosts", in participating boutiques including Alice & Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Apple, De Grisogono, Etro, Kate Spade, Lalique, Michael Kors, Morgenthal Frederics, Mulberry, Paul Morelli, Reinstein Ross, Stuart Weitzman, and Tory Burch.
This will be the fourth year that Miracle on Madison Avenue has raised funds targeted to the pediatric initiatives of The Society of MSK, a volunteer organization that works to ensure the well being of patients; raise funds for cancer research and treatment; and provide public education on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. Last year, $160,000 was raised for The Society of MSK in a single day of shopping. The event was organized by the Madison Avenue BID.
Miracle on Madison Carolers
Amy Rosi
Barbara Hodes and Michael Gross
Dawn Dubois and Katherine Nicholls
Miracle on Madison Chair Members
Sandra Lee and Cece Cord
Judy Gordon Cox and Caryn Zucker
Sandra Lee, Lavinia Branca Snyder, and Matthew Bauer
On December 5, The Lerner Children's Pavilion at Hospital for Special Surgery hosted their 9th Annual Big Apple Circus Benefit. Guests and their children enjoyed a Fun Festival including face painting, juggling, a stilt walker, caricaturists, and a photo booth prior to the Big Apple Circus performance. The event raised $810,000 for pediatric care and research.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff and her daughter enjoy entertainment on stilts
Rebecca Minkoff
Guest Ringmaster Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning", with her family
Guest Ringmaster Maya Reimers, gymnast and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) patient, with her mother Pascale
Dr. Todd Albert, Surgeon-in-Chief at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and wife Barbara with Mary Lee and Louis Shapiro, CEO and president of HSS
Teresa Weatherspoon
Heather Thomson with her family
Lara Lerner, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) trustee, with children and Louis Shapiro, CEO and president of HSS
Benefit vice chair Kendrick R. Wilson III, board chairman of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), with Ann Jackson
Steve Weatherford, Spike TV's Playbook 360 and fitness expert, with his family
Benefit co-chairs Aliza Licht, Kate Doerge and Monica Keany
Guest Ringmasters Maya Reimers, gymnast, and Norah O'Donnell, co-host of "CBS This Morning," kick off the circus
On November 18, the Orthopaedic Foundation, founded by renowned orthopaedic surgeon Kevin Plancher, celebrated its 11th Anniversary Gala at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The event, which raised $700,000, honored Jim Calhoun, Basketball Hall of Famer, Edward V. Craig, MD, internationally renowned Shoulder Surgeon, Kristine Lilly, World Cup Champion and U.S. Soccer Olympian, Gerardo Mato, CEO of HSBC’s Global Banking for the Americas, Larry Ruvo, Chairman Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Senior Managing Director of Southern Wines & Spirits of Nevada, and Chris Melendez, U.S. Army Sergeant 4th Infantry, Purple Heart Combat Amputee, Iraq War Veteran, Wounded Warrior and TNA Impact Wrestling Superstar who brought the crowd to their feet as he was honored with “Spirit of An Active Lifestyle Award.”
John Vincent singing National Anthem
Marc Cohn and Judy Collins performed, each singing before the audience joined them in “Amazing Grace” to honor the fallen in Paris. Sara Walsh, ESPN’S Emmy winning anchor, served as Emcee, The evening’s bone-healthy menu was developed by renowned Celebrity Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Costas Spiliadis of Milos Restaurant and The Plaza Hotel’s Executive Chef Jack Higgins.
Sarah Walsh
Jim Calhoun
Among some of the others in attendance were John Paul Dejoria (Award Presenter) and his wife Eloise, Camille Duvall, George Kollitides (Past Honoree/Board Member), Janine Bahar, Executive Director Orthopaedic Foundation, John Bader, past honoree with wife Peggy, Jill Plancher, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, KT Bren, Dr. Vadim Kotowicz, Dr. Richard Steadman, Silvia Mato, Ed and Joe Hill, Camille Ruvo, Scott Lilly, Pat Calhoun, Phil Matthews and Theresa Rogers Matthews, Jeff Tabak, Evelyn Ledwon, Mike Fritz, and Robert Ludwig.
Emeril Legasse, Dr. Richard Steadman, Camille Ruvo, Larry Ruvo, Dr. Kevin Plancher, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, John Paul Dejoria, Eloise Dejoria, and Jill Plancher
Chris Melendez and Kristine Lilly
Dr. Kevin Plancher
Mike Fritz
Eloise Dejoria and John Paul Dejoria
Camille Duvall
Dr. Edward Craig
Larry Ruvo, Eloise Dejoria, and John Paul Dejoria
Phil Matthews and Theresa Rogers Matthews
KT Bren and K.C. Oakley
Evelyn Ledwon
Kristine Lilly
Robert Ludwig and Andrew Wuertele
Judy Collins and Dr. Kevin Plancher
Sarah Turpin
Scott Lilly and Kristine Lilly
Dr. Vadim Kotowicz
Jim Calhoun and Pat Calhoun
Marc Cohn and Judy Collins
Marc Cohn, Dr. Edward Craig, Judy Collins, and Dr. Kevin Plancher
Martin Maciak, Monica Macia, Katia Bouazza, Gerardo Mato, and Michelle Mato
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Miracle on Mad); Julien Jarry (Orthopaedic Foundation)