Friday, June 26, 2015

Signature Events

Tina Brown, Cathie Black, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and friends at Women's Forum of New York 2015 Elly Awards.
Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the more than 300 guests who attended Saturday night's 15th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God's Love We Deliver at the home of Richard and Marcia Mishaan. This signature event supports one of New York City's most beloved charities, the only organization of its kind that cooks and home delivers nutritious meals to clients living with severe illnesses, their children and senior caregivers.
David Ludwigson, Scott Bruckner, Karen Pearl, and Richard Mishaan
Seen at the event were: Richard Mishaan, Dennis Basso, Jon & Rebecca Bond, Mark Brashear, Scott Bruckner, Natasha Esch & Matt Coffin, David Kleinberg, Esther Newberg, Nathan Orsman & Jose Castro, Jeff Pfeifle & David Granville, Alan Rogers, Margaret Russell, Tamara Tunie, Dee Dee Ricks, Lisa Sherman, Vicente Wolf and Rod Winterrowd.

Guests bid on God's Love program items such as funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six month. Actor, producer, director and philanthropist, Tamara Tunie led this rousing and inspiring auction to the crowd's delight.
Gilford Robinson, Bill Candelaria, Dennis Basso, Richard Mishaan, Greg Zaffiro, and Scott Currie
The God's Love We Deliver staff
The event came just a week and a half after the historic dedication and ribbon cutting of the new Michael Kors Building at God's Love We Deliver, the expanded and renovated building God's Love We Deliver has been constructing for almost two years at their headquarters at Spring Street and Sixth Avenue.

Delicious butlered hors d'oeuvres such as julienned summer vegetables, mini fish tacos and peking duck were catered by Canard, Inc. along with a variety of one-bite seafood dishes and barbeque dishes. Finally, guests enjoyed delicious mini desserts such as macaron ice cream sandwiches and strawberry shortcake. DJ Rumor DJ'ed the event.

Guests left the beautiful evening with homemade brownies, baked with love by Chuck the Baker, who has been the baker for God's Love for nearly 25 years.
Brian Ely, Stephen Covello, Florence Giordano, Ken Alpert, Marcia Bass, Kathryn Fee, Tao He and friends
God's Love is the New York metropolitan area's leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. All of the agency's services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 30 years, God's Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. Because the demand for services of God's Love is up 94% in the last 8 years, this year's Midsummer Night Drinks was more important than ever.

Visit for more information on the presence of God's Love We Deliver in the New York City metropolitan area.
Adrienne Kahn and Bob Leibowitz
Brian Dealey, Tao He, and Stephen Cavello
Dave Granville, Jeffrey Nimmer, Jack DeLashmet, and Jeff Pfeifle
David Ludwigson and LaMont Craig
Donna Turlinski and Charles Turlinski
Edward Santos, Rick Pollack, Thomas Teeple, and Bill Ferry
Tamara Tunie, Anne Keating, David Ludwigson, and Scott Bruckner
Alan Levin, Richard Pipia, Alan Rogers, and Gerry Madigan
Charlotte Neuville and Michael Coffindaffer
Emmett Findley and Nicole Riggs
Ioannis Dunn, Dee Dee Ricks, Tamara Tunie, guests, and Gigi Tunie
Jeff Gates, Karen Pearl, and Mike Moran
Jennifer Gerstel-Wringelstein and Rebecca Bond
Jon Nathanson, Richard Feldman, and Brad Learmonth
Karen Pearl, Gaby Lehrer, and Mark Lehrer
Lana Kozar, Matt Coffin, Natasha Esch, and Timothy Goldbold
Margaret Russell, Jon Bond, and Rebecca Bond
Peter Hallock, Karen Hughes, and Jefferson Hughes
Peter Lichtenthal and Perry Eisman
Teddy Wasserman and Nell Diamond
Tim Chow, Mitch Draizin, and Philippe Brugere Trelat
Greg Scarffe, Steve Saide, Steven Brown, and Mark Lanspa
Jim Manuso, Jessica Whittier, and Pam Gentile
Jon Gilman, Lisa Sherman, Scott Bruckner, Karen Naber, Mark Brashear, and Karen Pearl
Kelly Behun Sugarman and Mark Mullett
Ron Carlivati, David Rogal, and David Kleinberg
Matthew Ailey, Greg Zaffiro, Scott Currie, Rob Coburn, and Everett Buttrey
Cole Sennott, Lisa Sherman, and David Ludwigson
Vincente Wolf, Margaret Russell, Karen Pearl, and Matthew Yee
Nancy Alderman, Carole Rosen, Esther Newberg, Gina Stone, and Tina Nordlander
Randy Medrano, Richard Freundlich, Mark Belford, and Mark Rothberg
Richard Mishaan and Lois Robbins
Syliva Vogelman, Karen Pearl, and Joan Garry
Richard Mishaan, Candy Bonder, Jeff Pfeifle, Karen Pearl, and Scott Bruckner
Scott Drevnig, Jennifer Gerstel-Wringelstein, and Jeffrey Wringelstein
Steven Horne, Rod Winterrowd, and Trent Huffman
Nathan Orsman and Joe Navarr
Ron Carlavani, Jane Novick, Richie Novick, and David Rogath
On June 20th, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation's founding chairs Emily Levin Esq. and Julie Ratner Ed. D held their 20th annual gala to celebrate their achievements over the past two decades and to honor Andy Sabin for his environmental and philanthropic work. Chaired by Jean Shafiroff and hosted by Fox Meteorologist Audrey Puente, the duo welcomed over 300 guests to photographer, Steven Klein's Westkill Farm in Bridgehampton for a night of dinner and dancing to the sounds of Audrey's brother, Tito Puente Jr. & his 10-piece band.

From 6pm guests including Homeland actress Amy Hargreaves, who arrived with the artist Bentley Meeker, Rosalie Puente, Hope Kramer, Bobbie Braun, Robert Chaloner, President of Southampton Hospital, Mark Epley, Mayor of Southampton, and his wife Marianne, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and Hope Klein Langer, arrived and were driven to the tent in golf carts.
Pat Garrity, Maryann Epley, Mark Epley, and Mary Slattery
Midway through the event, Julie Ratner thanked attendees and supporters and let them know that The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital had provided 6,000 mammograms in 2014 alone, and an additional 360 mammograms to women that were uninsured. Julie then thanked her board members for going above and beyond, and read a letter from Gini Booth, a patient who had recently been re-diagnosed with breast cancer and treated at the Breast Center. Scarlett Magda, DVM, then introduced Andy Sabin by reading a letter from Susan and David Rockefeller that highlighted Sabin's dedication to the environment and philanthropy, before Julie presented Andy with a crystal-healing bowl on behalf of the Foundation. Live on stage, Andy handed over a check for $10,000 to the Foundation, in addition to the $10,000 he had previously committed.
Emily Levin, Andy Sabin, and Julie Ratner
At the end of the event, a live auction was held where items including a private dinner in your home from chef Peter Ambrose, and a golf session for four at the Sebonack Golf Club, were auctioned, resulting in the Foundation raising over $30,000.

Linda B. Shapiro of LBS Productions organized Viente. Gift bags were from Nars and Sequin. Sponsors included: Drs. Stephen Warren and Dr. Connie Chen, The Neuwirth Foundation, Ralph Lauren Polo, Jean Shafiroff, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Elie Tahari and the Calvin Klein Family Foundation.

Guests admiring the horses roaming freely in the paddock included: Tamara Behan, Debbie and Steven Bernstein, Dr. Constance Chen, Ann Ciardullo, Louis Coraggio, Thomas Joseph Farell, Joan and Georges Hornig, Shannon Hales and Joseph Fichera, Kasia and Hugo Moreno, Ted Kruckel, Polina Proshkina, Martin Shafiroff, and Rory Tahari.
Grace Perez and Sue Williamson
Martin Shafiroff and Mark Epley
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families.

In 2008, the foundation pledged $500,000 to fund The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital that opened in 2009 transforming the medical landscape of the East End by providing access to state-of-the-art quality care to the local community. The foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer by focusing on educational outreach and psychosocial support.

Ellen's Run, an annual 5k race taking place on the East End serves as the fundraising vehicle for the Foundation and is highly supported by the local community, and now receives over 1,000 runners. This year's race will be held on August 16th.
Marie Sepuldva, Ben Kiembock, and Sarita Kiembock
Daryn Mayer and Tamara Behan
Jacqueline Pearson and Jackie Mattera
Scott Broder, Juliette Broder, Wendy Queen, and Al Queen
LIz Derringer and Randi Schatz
Lisa Herbert, Sara Herbert Galloway, and Daniela Zahradnikova
Joe Cipro and Jessica Mackin
Marcela Gastelum
Ginger Johnson, guest, Lisa Herbert, Cindy Liebowitz, and Lauren Delterra
Jean Shafiroff and Shannon Hales
Audrey Puente, Keith Green, and Rosalie Puente
Igor and Sasha
Helene Klein
Faith Myers and Andra Gutierrez
Vicky Kahn and Maida Srdanovic
Scarlett Magda, Andy Sabin, and Kathy Qian
Kara Venner, Sarah Sarpolis, and Jackie Caterina
Stephanie Altschuler and Hannah Berg
Fred Thiele, Jean Shafiroff, and Robert Chaloner
Ed Carter and Theresa Guagler
Bentley Meeker and Amy Hargreaves
Tito Puente Jr.
Dancing to the sounds of Tito Puente Jr.
The Women's Forum of New York hosted The 5th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon on June 22nd benefiting the Education Fund of the Women's Forum at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The awards, named for Women's Forum founder Elinor "Elly" Guggenheimer, were presented to outstanding women leaders: Tina Brown CBE, award-winning journalist; former editor of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Daily Beast, and Newsweek; best-selling author; founder & CEO of Tina Brown Live Media and Women in the World; and Emily Rafferty, President Emerita, the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank National Board of Chairs; and Chairwoman of NYC & Company.
2014 Women's Forum Education Fund Fellows at Women's Forum of New York 2015 Elly Awards
Ami Kaplan, Emily Rafferty, Linda A. Willett, Deborah Norville, Anne Donovan Bodnar, and Eugenia Ulasewicz
On hand to bestow the key awards were celebrity presenters Mika Brzezinski, Co-Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and best-selling author, and Judy Collins, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, author, and activist.

"The Women's Forum is a leadership organization of New York's preeminent female leaders in every professional sector, from finance to fine arts. Appreciating that education is the key to success in every industry, we pride ourselves in helping high potential women over the age of 35 return to college after their education has been disrupted by life's adversities. Giving these women a second chance to realize their potential is our way of giving back and building new leaders," said Ami Kaplan, President of the Women's Forum of New York.
Deborah Norville, Emily Rafferty, Tina Brown
"Twenty-eight years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women who had overcome serious hardships in their lives to realize their dream of an education. We started out slowly, but have been able to achieve real momentum in helping these women through the Elly Awards. Education Fund grants have made a significant impact on the lives of the women who receive them, on their families, and on their communities as grant recipients earn a degree and take their place in the work world," said Linda A. Willett, President of the Education Fund of the Women's Forum of New York.

Deborah Norville, two-time Emmy-winning journalist, long-time anchor of "Inside Edition," and best-selling author, led a joint, on-stage interview with the honorees revolving around leadership and a wide range of issues facing women in the workforce today.
Women's Forum of New York 2015 Elly Awards at the Plaza Hotel
VIPs who attended the event included: Anne Donovan Bodnar, Co-Chair, the 2015 Elly Awards; Eugenia Ulasewicz, Co-Chair, the 2015 Elly Awards, Lucy Jarvis, television producer and Legendary Chair of the Elly Awards; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; State Senator Liz Krueger; Cathie Black, Former Chairwoman of Hearst Magazines; Marcy Syms, Former Chair and CEO Syms Corporation; Laura Walker, President and CEO, New York Public Radio; Ann Sarnoff, President of BBC Worldwide North America; and Joe Scarborough, Co-Host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

The 2015 Elly Awards Committee was also in attendance, including: Ami Kaplan, Linda A. Willett, Rita B. Crotty, Executive Director of the Women's Forum of New York; Lauren Anderson, Former Assistant Special Agent in Charge-Federal Bureau of Investigation; Beverly Beaudoin, Chief Strategy Officer, BoomBox Inc.; Emita Hill, Chancellor Emeritus at Indiana University Kokomo; Suzanne Jaffe, President, S.D.J. Associates; Liz Neumark, CEO of Great Performances; Denise V. Seegal, President and CEO, Magaschoni Apparel Group, Inc. Ltd; and Ilene Wachs, President of Horizon Casualty Services, Inc. and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.
Deborah Norville, Tina Brown, Ami Kaplan, Emily Rafferty, Judy Collins, and Linda A. Willett
Lucy Jarvis and Emily Rafferty
Judy Collins, Emily Rafferty, Deborah Norville and guests at Women's Forum of New York 2015 Elly Awards
YWCA USA honored the achievements of extraordinary leaders who serve as role models for women and girls at the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on June 5, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

This year's honorees included Linda Sarsour for Advocacy and Civic Engagement, Marilyn Carlson Nelson for Corporate Social Responsibility, Melissa Harris-Perry for Media and Journalism, and Beverly Bond for Women's Empowerment. Additionally, the prestigious Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award went to Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey In the Rock.
Robin Givens
Robin Givens hosted the Gala. Givens has served as spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and was awarded the Vital Link Award by that organization for her over 20 years of work on behalf of women, children and families facing the challenges of domestic violence. She is also Co-Chair of Women Who Care.

YWCA USA also recognized three local YWCA associations for their outstanding commitment to advancing the YWCA's mission to eliminate racism and empower women. This year's Association Excellence Award winners were the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland for their work in the area of women's empowerment, YWCA Madison for racial justice, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh for their work in advocacy. Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of YWCA USA and Paula Penebaker, Immediate Past YWCA USA Board Chair, presented the awards to the local associations. Incoming YWCA USA Board Chair, Marsha Henderson provided closing remarks for the evening.
Dara Richardson-Heron
For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,200 locations across the U.S. For more information, visit
Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
Linda Sarsour
Marilyn Carlson Nelson
Marsha B. Henderson
Melissa Harris-Perry
Paula Panebaker
Dara Richardson-Heron, Melissa Harris-Perry, Robin Givens, Beverly Bond, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Linda Sarsour
Charlene Ventura, Adrian Bracy, and Becky Hines
Rebecca Hall and friends
Christina Walker, Carolyn Flowers, Doris Pagelkopf, and Elaine Carlson
Dennis Shine, Marla Caulk, and friend
Jean Carroll, Helane Aghayere, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and friends
Paula Penebaker, Courtnee Carrigan, Melissa Harris-Perry, Marsha Henderson, and Loyce Wright
Marilyn Carlson Nelson and friends
Melissa Harris-Perry, Robin Givens, Dara Richardson-Heron, Paula Panebaker, and Marsha Henderson

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (God's Love); Rob Rich (Hermanson).