Thursday, October 8, 2015


Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Shirley MacLaine at Career Transition For Dancers' "30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee: A Star-Studded Retrospective."
Mark Gilbertson gave his annual autumn cocktail party in New York at a private club on Park Avenue. Tradition explains its success. The basic ingredients are an attractive room, large enough to hold two or three hundred people; a frequent waiter passing the classic hors d'oeurves — nothing fancy or exotic — just down-home cocktail party menu such as pigs-in-a-blanket with ample mustard; and ample well-stocked bars with more than one bartender. No music, just talk to friends, friends of friends of friends and Mark's friends. An easy pleasure at the end of a weekday in New York. This was during the traffic melee of UN Week, but there were probably three hundred who attended.
Alison Aston and Lauren Duff
Patricia Duff and Mark Gilbertson
Susan Magrino and Bettina Zilkha
Porter Fleming and George Perry
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner
Kathy Prounis and Muffie Miller
Marina Rust Connor and Mark Gilbertson
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Chuck and Deborah Royce
Lil Phillips and Elisabeth Saint-Amand
Heather and Tom Leeds with Martha Glass
Helen Lee Schifter and Lisa Jackson
Ellen and Chuck Scarborough
Danielle Ganek and Randall Burkert
Anne Van Rensselaer, Mark Gilbertson, and Elizabeth de Kergolay
James Osborne and Evelyn Tompkins
Mary Snow and Mary Van Pelt
Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Bruce Colley, and Mary Snow
Kristen and Charlie Krusen
Amy Fine Collins and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Kelly and Gerry Pasciucco
Richard Mishaan
Jill and Andrew Roosevelt
Ross Millhiser and Lauren Platt
Marjorie Gubelmann and Jamie Tisch
James Fallon and Jill Fairchild
Ros and Fran L'Esperance
Annabelle Fowlkes and Burwell Schorr
Alexia Ryan, Blair Husain, and Tracy and Jay Snyder
Grace and Chris Meigher
Caroline and Eric Villency
Doug Braff and Mary Van Pelt
George Farias
Peter and Allison Rockefeller
Patrick and Dana Stubgen
On Monday, September 28th, ROLEX presented Career Transition For Dancers' "30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee: A Star-Studded Retrospective" in association with the Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, at New York City Center. The spectacular show was a gala celebration of Career Transition For Dancers: 30 YEARS CHANGING LIVES!

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zetta-Jones introduced and presented the 2015 Rolex Dance Award to Shirley MacLaine. She stated "Regardless of what I have done, seen, and enjoyed; I think of myself as a DANCER. It is the essence of my work ethic, my values, and my balance in life.  I am honored to receive this recognition and to be among my fellow dancers again, as well as the princes of time…ROLEX. Thank You".
Misty Copeland and Charles Yang
Robert Fairchild
Bebe Neuwirth In All That Jazz From Chicago
The Career Transition For Dancers Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance Awards recipients were: Andrew Faas-Faas Foundation; Irene & Fred Shen and Misty Widelitz. The CTFD 30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee Award Honoree was Rolex Watch U.S.A., Inc., Stewart Wicht, President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA.

The spectacular show produced and directed by Ann Maria DeAngelo opened with a cast of 80 presenting an "American Dance Collage." Some of the highlights included Robert Fairchild, a New York City Ballet principal and the award-winning star of "An American In Paris" performed "A Tribute To Gene Kelly" (doing the Kelly choreography). Misty Copeland, an American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina and one of the stars in Broadway's "On The Town," performed "Paganini" with violinist Charles Yang, a solo created by ABT star Marcelo Gomes. The fast-paced production also featured Bebe Neuwirth with members of the original cast performing "All That Jazz" from CHICAGO, Noah Racey and New York Song & Dance Company in a show-stopping "I've Got You Under My Skin" and Parsons Dance in the mesmerizing "Caught" to name a few.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Cynthia Fisher, and Cynthia Gregory
The performance was followed by the glamorous "Supper With The Stars" in the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton New York. The 30th Anniversary Chairs were Anka K. Palitz, Michele Herbert and Michele Riggi. Janice Becker was the Dinner Chair; Ann Van Ness, Auction Chair and Craig Dix, Journal Chair.

The annual auction with unique items once again brought out the paddles to place bids, including the sought after Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was sold for $50,000. The Gala raised $1,259,560. The 30th Anniversary Jubilee Sponsors were Dance Magazine and Pointe, Andrew Faas, The Faas Foundation, Michele & Lawrence Herbert, Irene & Fred Shen, Sono and Victor Elmaleh Foundation, and The Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. Official Wine Sponsor was Gianni Russo.
Shirley MacLaine
Career Transition For Dancers, founded in 1985, enables dancers to define their career possibilities and develop skills necessary to excel in post-performance professions. With offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and a mobile National Outreach Project, Career Transition For Dancers has provided more than 6,200 dancers with over 61,000 hours—equivalent to approximately $5.2 million—of career counseling and program services, and has awarded millions of dollars in educational scholarships and entrepreneurial grants. The organization has helped thousands of dancers throughout the US take their first steps towards discovering rewarding post-performance careers.

To learn more about the organization and interact with the various services it provides online, visit
Ann Van Ness, Giblert Holmes, Shirley MacLaine, Michele Becker, Patrick Mundt, and Christian Vermast
Micele Herbert, Ann Van Ness, Anka Palitz, and Janice Becker
Shirley MacLaine and Jamie Rigler
Gregory Kriser, Sandy Kriser, Anka Palitz, Heather Jacobus, and Ryan Kriser
Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck
Ann Van Ness, Giblert Holmes, Shirley MacLaine, Michele Becker, Patrick Mundt, and Christian Vermast
Andrew Faas, Shirley MacLaine, and Lee Wells
Susan Wicht, Shirley MacLaine, and Stewart Wicht
Anka Palitz
Shirley MacLaine and Sono Osato
Jamie DeRoy and Christine DeLilse
Shirley MacLaine and Stewart Wicht
Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Bradford
Billy Sclight and Cheri Kaufman
Jean Shafiroff and Rex Reed
The American Turkish Society (ATS) honored Hüsnü Özyeğin, Founder and Chairman of FIBA Holding and Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, at their 2015 Gala, which raised over $400,000 at The Pierre on Tuesday, October 6th.

Honorary Gala Chair Mica Ertegun, ATS Chairman Murat Köprülü, Vice Chairman Lawrence Kaye and Executive Director Marie Stewart welcomed over 350 guests including Turkish Ambassador Halit Çevik and OIC Permanent Observer to the United Nations Ufuk Gokcen to the benefit evening.
The Coca Cola Company Chairman & C.E.O. and Dinner Chair Muhtar Kent presented Hamdi Ulukaya with The American Turkish Society's Humanitarian Award and Hüsnü Özyeğin with the ATS Philanthropy Award for their significant contributions and moral commitment to improving the lives of so many throughout the world.

The tables in The Pierre's Grand Ballroom were completely transformed into Ottoman inspired Turkish delights by the country's leading designers including Guillaume Gentet, Dennis Rolland & L'OBJET, Edward D. Lobrano, Jack Levy, Tracy Stern and Randy Polumbo, Lukas Design Group and Robert Passal, Maggie Norris, Tümay Günaydın, DeBare Saunders and Ronald Mayne's Stingray Hornsby Interiors. Supporters including Abigail Rockwell, Susan White, Dan Weiss and Joan Kaye took in live performances by Joey Morant and the Lucky Chops Brass Band during the night, which also included a delicious three-course dinner, silent and live auction, dancingand an after-party at Beautique.
Joey Morant performing
Founded in 1949, The American Turkish Society is the oldest, independent organization dedicated to buildingbridges between the UnitedStates and Turkey. The American Turkish Society's mission is to enhance business, economic, and culturalties between Turkey and the United States. The Society fosters understanding and cooperation between the countries through education, cultural exchange, philanthropy, humanitarian efforts and networking; presents and supports programs highlighting Turkish arts and culture; and nurtures the next generation of leaders through its Young Society Leaders program. All proceeds frmo the gala will support the non-profit's many programs in the areas of education, arts, culture, and business. For more on the American Turkish Society, please visit
Murat Koprulu and Husnu Ozyegin
Mica Ertegun
Larry Wohl and Leesa Rowland
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Tracy Stern and Randy Polumbo
Robert Passal
R. Couri Hay and Maggie Norris
Ege Ozyegin
Fredrick Edwin Bertin and Marie Stewart
Tumay Gunaydin
Muhtar Kent and Hamdi Ulukaya
Harboring Hearts co-founder Michelle Javian welcomed over 150 supporters to CORE Club for the charity's 3rd Annual Benefit on September 29th. The special evening, which took place on World Heart Day, honored Ogden CAP Properties, LLC Co-Founder Constance Milstein and New York-Presbyterian Hospital Surgical Director Dr. Hiroo Takayama with awards for their tireless philanthropic work and support of heart patients and their families during their critical time of need. Bravo's Million Dollar Listing star Ryan Serhant served as the night's emcee and thanked the night's honorees, the CJM Foundation and benefit chairs Abby Elbaum, Celeste Guth, Austin Hoffman, Joanna Milstein, Dr. Allan Schwartz and Dr. Craig Smith for their contributions to the cause. Dr. Mehmet Oz served as the night's auctioneer, aiding in the charity raising over $400,000.
Craig R Smith, Allan Schwartz, Hiroo Takayama, and Dr. Yoshifumi Naka
Board Members Hope Geier-Smith, Sergio Lagunes, Ryan Melkonian, Jessica Melore and co-founder Yuki Kotani led the applause when Harboring Hearts beneficiaries Daquain Jenkins, Evelyn Vargas and her daughter Izabella Saliche were recognized for their courage and perseverance. Harboring Hearts co-founder Michelle Javian shared her excitement about the charity partnering with Airbnb to provide heart patients and their families with short term housing in NYC via Airbnb's Open Homes Program.

Guests in attendance enjoyed desserts provided by Dog Tag Bakery, Mere Violas Sweet Delights, Lady M., Baked by Melissa, Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery, and Wei of Chocolate. The night's musical director Jacob Langfelder introduced Tony Award winning singer Nikki M. James, accompanied by pianist Michael Moritz Jr. and Jimmy Leahey on guitar who closed out the evening with a blockbuster performance.
Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark, Maya Foldes, Michelle Javian, Ryan Serhant, and Adam Foldes
The annual benefit was held to honor individuals who have made great contributions to the field of heart health and to raise funds to continue vital programming. Harboring Hearts is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to providing housing assistance and other vital support for critically ill heart patients and their families, with the goal of enabling patients and families to maintain financial and emotional stability, so they can focus on health and healing. For more information, visit:
Dr. Hiroo Takayama and Constance Milstein
Ryan Melkonian and Hope Geier Smith
Abby Elbaum, Sara Elbaum, and Rick Elbaum
Jessica Melore and Yuki Kotani
Nikki M. James and Jacob Langfelder
Michelle Javian and Ryan Serhant
Photographs by Cutty McGill (Gilbertson); David Dupuy/Annie Watt (CTFD); Andrew Werner (Harboring Hearts)