|On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, the Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) hosted its annual Fielding Dreams Gala Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History. The Gala recognized two esteemed community leaders and celebrated the continued success of Randall’s Island Park, a world-class destination for sports, recreation and environmental exploration. The event raised more than $1.3 million for Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
The 2015 Fielding Dreams Gala Honorees were Victor Cruz, New York Giants Wide Receiver, and Lucy Fato, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial, both of whom join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance in recognizing the importance of promoting active and healthy living for New York’s children.
|Victor Cruz was recognized not only for his accomplishments on the field but also for his outstanding contribution to philanthropy. Through the Victor Cruz Foundation and his involvement with the Boys and Girls Club, Victor has helped local youth in New York and New Jersey achieve success in higher education, become leaders in their communities and adopt healthy and active lifestyles. Blanca Cruz, Victor’s mother, presented his award.
Lucy Fato has risen to the C-suite to become one of New York’s top female executives. A highly accomplished attorney and leader in her field, Lucy is also a dedicated mother and is deeply committed to initiatives that empower women and children. She serves on the Board of Amref Health Africa and regularly volunteers with organizations throughout New York City. Lucy’s award was presented by Zachary W. Carter, Corporation Counsel of the City of New York.
|The vibrant evening hosted more than 600 high-profile philanthropists, City officials, and leaders in sports, health, and finance industries, who joined to champion Randall’s Island as the key to providing New York City’s children with innovative and comprehensive opportunities for outdoor sports and recreation. The Gala was Co-Chaired by Timothy Barefield and Justin G. Hamill, and the Dinner Committee was Co-Chaired by Christine Mack and Jenny Slayton Green.
Master of Ceremonies Willie Geist, Co-Host, NBC’s “TODAY”, led the program throughout dinner, which concluded with an energetic live auction directed by Sebastian Clarke, Rago Arts & Auction and PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. The most sought after items sold included VIP passes to the multi-day Governor’s Ball Music Festival on Randall’s Island and a once in a lifetime opportunity to join Victor Cruz at the New York Giants’ training camp in August.
|“We are fortunate to have such a strong network of partners, including this year’s honorees, who work together to ensure that Randall’s Island remains a destination and resource for all New Yorkers,” said Aimee Boden, President of Randall’s Island Park Alliance. “On behalf of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, thank you to all for your continued support—your dedication assures a bright future for Randall’s Island Park.”
The Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA) works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall's Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the wellbeing of all New Yorkers; the Island now annually welcomes over 3 million visitors. With the completion of 60 state-of-the-art playing fields in 2010, RIPA established the Park as host to more than half of Manhattan’s playing fields. The Alliance has also developed Icahn Stadium, an IAAF-accredited track & field facility; the 20-court Sportime Tennis Center; a renovated Golf Center; nearly 20 acres of renovated wetlands; an Urban Farm; and miles of waterfront pathways. RIPA also works to fund, implement and expand youth programs to make the most of these remarkable facilities. In partnership with dozens of local public schools and community-based organizations, RIPA provides nearly 20,000 children with free sports and environmental education activities each year. For more information, please visit: http://www.randallsisland.org
|Last Wednesday night, Jewish Home Lifecare held its second annual Eight Over Eighty gala fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental New York where 450 guests raised $1.25 million for Jewish Home Lifecare, one of the country’s largest and most diversified not-for-profit geriatric health and rehabilitation institutions.
The event paid tribute to eight New Yorkers who, in their 80s and 90s, continue to live lives of remarkable achievement, vitality and civic engagement. This year’s honorees were author and photographer Arlene Alda, 82; jazz pianist Barbara Carroll, 90; actor Joel Grey, 82; graphic designer Milton Glaser, 85; volunteer extraordinaire and Jewish Home trustee Pat Jacobs, 91; husband-and-wife art collectors Rita and Fred Richman, 90 and 91, respectively; and businessmen Charles M. Diker, 80, and Irwin Hochberg, 87.
|Guests at Eight Over Eighty included honoree Arlene Alda and her husband, Alan Alda; honorees Barbara Carroll, Joel Grey and Pat Jacobs; honoree Charles M. Diker and his wife, Valerie Diker; honoree Milton Glaser and his wife, Shirley Glaser; honoree Irving Hochberg and his wife, Joan Hochberg; Lawrence Benenson; Ari Seth Cohen, director of the 2014 documentary “Advanced Style”; Jamie Dinan and Elizabeth Miller; 2014 honoree Dick Eisner and his wife, Carole Eisner; Vivian and Roger Farah; 2014 honorees Eugene and Emily Grant; Pat Klingenstein; Fran and William Klingenstein; Nancy and Morris Offit; Alan Patricof; Dr. David Reich, President and COO, The Mount Sinai Hospital; Jeffrey Solomon, President, The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies; Susie and Jeff Stern; 2014 honoree Joan Wachtler and her husband, The Honorable Sol Wachtler; Jewish Home board chairman Elizabeth Grayer; and Jewish Home President and CEO Audrey Weiner.|
|Serving New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities for 167 years, Jewish Home Lifecare is transforming eldercare as we know it. As one of the nation’s largest and most diversified not-for-profit geriatric health and rehabilitation institutions, it serves 12,000 older adults each year in their own homes and in post-acute and long-term residences on three campuses in The Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester. We believe that high-quality care and personal dignity are the right of everyone, regardless of background or economic circumstances. Technology, innovation, applied research and new models of care put Jewish Home Lifecare at the vanguard of eldercare providers across the country. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org
| On March 4th, Trees New York / The New York City Street Tree Consortium held its 39th Annual Fundraiser at The Doubles Club on Fifth Avenue. Trees New York plants, preserves and protects New York's five million street trees, and was a partner in the recent Million Trees For New York campaign, which helped to increase the total number of street trees in the city to approximately 5.2 million.
The event was held in honor of The Robert Bowne Foundation, which has been a huge supporter of the organization. The other honorees were 829 Park Avenue, which was singled out for its beautiful plantings, and Donald Henley of Donald Henley Horticulture.
|On March 4th, Lauren Lawrence & FSHN magazine hosted a book signing for Elisabeth Thieriot. Elisabeth Thieriot of San Francisco, Publisher of FSHN magazine, had the full attention of the room when she spoke on the importance of seasonal living, and took time to lovingly reflect over the necessary interrelationships between her new skin care line Replete, her documentary about the Mayans and her coveted (a book left behind at the checkroom was taken by someone other than the buyer!) new book Be Fabulous at Any Age.
It is Elisabeth's hope that her book — in conjunction with Replete products — will enrich not just the skin but the lives of those who adhere to her seasonal living regimen. Among those who attended were Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Barbara de Portago, Carmen Marc Valvo, Geoffrey Bradfield, Roric Tobin, Liliana Cavendish, Victor dE Souza, Maggie Norris, Rita Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek, David Lawrence, Joan Jedell, Michelle Gerber Klein, Nicole Noonan, Barbara Regna, Tracy Stern, Pilar Rossi, Randi Schatz, Robin Cofer, Jane Pontarelli, Matthew Kinball, Michael Travin, Rafael Feldman, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Ghislaine Absy, Adele Nino and Gina Heissler, and Melissa Kassis.
|Photographs by BFAnyc.com / Neil Rasmus and Aria Isadora (RIPA); Ann Billingsley (Eight Over Eighty); Cutty McGill (Trees New York); Patrick McMullan (Thieriot).|