Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The warmth of winter benefits

Lenox Hill Hospital's Autumn Ball at the American Museum of Natural History.
The Autumn Ball, the annual gala that benefits North Shore-LIJ's care locations in Manhattan, led by Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and Lenox Health Greenwich Village, raised more than $2 million, greatly exceeding last year's total.

Proceeds from the premier event, attended by 630 guests, will benefit current clinical and community programs at all three locations and will allow for investments to advance groundbreaking medical treatment and superior patient-centered care. The gala, held at the American Museum of Natural History, served as a celebration of Ellen and Daniel Crown's 25 years of service to Lenox Hill Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Emmy-winning actor, Jeffrey Tambor, served as Master of Ceremonies.
Crown Family – Adam, Amanda, Ellen, Austin, Ellen, and Alexandra and Daniel Crown
The evening included a special tribute to the Crown family for their support and partnership with Lenox Hill Hospital over the last 25 years. The Crowns have been involved in many areas of the hospital, but have a particular passion for pediatrics. Their generosity helped create the Crown Family Pediatric Center, which opened in 2013. The premier center specializes in maternity and neo-natal care and has enabled Lenox Hill to bring revolutionary medical care to the New York City community. In attendance were two families who were grateful for the exceptional care their young children had received at the pediatric center.

"As our health system's flagship hospital in Manhattan, Lenox Hill is a symbol of excellence that has been a leading innovator in medical care for nearly 160 years, developing many of the standards and practices that are indispensable components of modern medicine," said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System (soon to become Northwell Health) which owns and operates Lenox Hill Hospital. "As we expand our geographic footprint throughout Manhattan, the tri-state area and beyond, it is only with the support of our generous donors that Lenox Hill Hospital and its partners can continue to deliver cutting-edge, compassionate care to our patients and their families."
Carolyn Rowan, Caryn Zucker, Lois Robbins, Ellen Crown, Michelle Swarzman, Jane Rosen, and Dana Conroy
The Autumn Ball Benefit Committee's dynamic roster is comprised of a number of New York City leaders whose specialties span across the fields of medicine, publishing, media, philanthropy and the arts. Guests included: Ellie & Edgar Cullman, Jr., Sandi & Andrew Farkas, Cathy Franklin & Jeffrey Baker, Andi & Jim Gordon, June Jacobs, William P. Lauder, Tami & Fredric Mack, Lori & David Moore, Gary Podell, Lois Robbins & Andrew Zaro, Carolyn & Marc Rowan, John Seigenthaler & Kerry Brock, Candice & Steven Stark, Mimi & Barry Sternlicht, Michelle & Howard Swarzman, Madeline Weinrib & Graham Head, Lise & Jeffrey Wilks, Margaret Crotty & Rory Riggs, Ellen & Daniel M. Crown, Deborah & Philippe Dauman, Nancy & Robert N. Downey, Tracy & Peter Gaslow, Michael Gould, Diane & Paul B. Guenther, Judith & William O. Hiltz, Nancy & Jeffrey B. Lane, Phyllis & William Mack, Raffiq A. Nathoo & Michele Balfour-Nathoo, Francesca & Richard B. Nye, Lindsay & John V. Raggio, and Roy J. Zuckerberg & Tara E. Kelleher.
Daniel and Ellen Crown with Susan and Mark Claster
William and Phyllis Mack, Barbara Hrbek Zucker, and Donald Zucker
Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Andrew Farkas, and Ellen Crown
Roy J. Zuckerberg and Tara E. Kelleher, Alessandro Bellucci, MD, and Margaret Bellucci
John V. Raggio, John J. Raggio, Kevin Tracey, Donna K. Raggio, MD, and Alessandro Bellucci, MD
Michael J. Dowling, Paul Guenther, and Dennis Connors
Daniel and Ellen Crown with Kathleen and Michael J. Dowling
Jeffrey Tambor with Ellen and Daniel Crown
Raffiq Nathoo and Michele Balfour-Nathoo and friends
The Museum of the City of New York held its annual Children's Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 10th in the Museum at 1220 Fifth Avenue. Children and their parents took over the Museum's first floor for games, crafts, and a chance to give Santa their wish list. Eleven-year old DJ Kai Song revved up the crowd with his mix of contemporary music and holiday up-tempo classics. Eleni's cookie elves helped the children decorate tree cookies while face painters transformed the little ones into all sorts of creatures. Wendy, the Pipe Cleaner Lady, made crowns, flower and rings for the children and showed them how to make their own. Sammie and Tudie entertained with their wacky antics, Magic Al dazzled the guests with his tricks while storyteller Barbara Aliprantis wove tales and Mike the Ballooniac created animals, hats and soft sabers.

Santa sat among beautifully decorated trees, presents and an elf-size gingerbread house to welcome the children to tell him what they wished for and to have their picture taken with him. Guests were given red Museum backpacks to carry their hand-made crafts and reindeer antlers to turn them all into Santa's helpers.
Museum of the City of New York dressed for the holidays
Cookie Decorating
Plate spinning
Snowflake Café
Museum Trustee Stephanie Hessler served as Chairman for the party with Celina Apóstolo Merrill, Laurie Beard, Pamela Henes, and Carola Jain supporting her as Co-Chairs. Hélène Comfort and Emily Garbaccio served as Vice-Chairman and Patrons included Lisa Abel, Michael Borrico,Teri Friedman, Kathy Prounis and Margot Takian.
Chairman Stephanie Hessler and her children
The Party Committee was composed of Juliet A. Arrieta, Rebecca Bagdonas, Talene Baroyan, Hana Bitton, Alison Brokaw, Diana Brodlieb, Natasha Brown, Noreen Buckfire, Shirin Christoffersen, Michaela Clary, Shana Gary, Joni Grossman, Agatha Herrero, Taylor McKenzie Jackson, Sharon Jacob, Jennifer Kang, Tara Krolick, Sarah Kurita, Elizabeth Leeds, Chelsey Loshak, Paige Boller Malik, Carey Mangriotis, Florencia Masri, Whitney Mogavero, Yvonne Morabito, Erin Nalbandian, Jennifer Nolen, Arani Osler, Palmer O'Sullivan, Roberta Parodi-Wilkins, Sally Pritchard, Sarah Reid, Jill Ross, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola, Alison Strong, Virginia Tracy, Rosalie Van Cleef, and Maria Zameli.
Alison Brokaw, Stephanie Hessler, and Juana Libidinsky
Co-chair Pamela Henes and daughter
Page Boller Malik and children
Carola Jain and Stephanie Hessler
Maria Rapp and son, Stephanie Hessler and daughter, and Shirin Christoffersen
Co-chairs Laurie Beard, Stephanie Hessler, and Pamela Henes
Diana Paserilli and Diana Brodlieb
Stephanie Hessler, Steve Hessler, and daughter
New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in New York City, celebrated its 2015 Winter Benefit on Wednesday, December 9th at the Plaza. The evening drew 480 guests and raised $1.6 million. Funds raised at the Winter Benefit support the many thousands of volunteer-led programs New York Cares creates to respond to the needs of more than 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers each year.

This year, New York Cares honored Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks for their significant fundraising and volunteer efforts. Launched in 1997 and partnering with New York Cares since its inception, Goldman Sachs has mobilized nearly 7,000 employees on volunteer programs and has provided $5 million in financial support for the organization. Community TeamWorks volunteers have cleaned parks, collected and sorted coats, served meals, led science fairs at public schools, and engaged in many more high-impact services to the community.
New York Cares Executive Director Gary Bagley and David Lehman honor Dina Habib Powell
New York Cares partners with 1,400 nonprofits and schools throughout the five boroughs to improve education, meet immediate needs, and revitalize public spaces. At the Winter Benefit, guests heard from key stakeholders in New York Cares' effort to transform educational outcomes for thousands of New York City public school students.

LaShawnna Harris, the Principal of PS 330 elementary school in Corona, Queens, discussed how her school is benefitting from the "School Success Initiative," an intensive partnership with New York Cares and the city's public schools, which engages students, parents, and community members. Chelsea Ivanka Diokno, a senior at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise high school in Long Island City, New York, and Benoit J. Jadoul, a dedicated New York Cares SAT tutor, shared their experiences in the organization's free SAT prep courses that reach more than 1,000 students every year, helping them to increase their scores by an average of 200 points from initial practice test to actual exam.
Chelsea Ivanka Diokno, a senior at the Academy of Finance and Enterprise High School and participant in New York Cares' SAT Prep program, addresses a crowd of 480 attendees
"What makes New York the greatest city in the world is that all of us – with the support we need – can rise above challenges and prosper," said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. "By supporting New York Cares, you are investing in the change that tens of thousands of volunteers can drive and helping to make this city a better place to live for all New Yorkers."

John Ehrenkranz,
Chief Investment Officer of Ehrenkranz Partners and current Treasurer of the New York Cares Board of Directors, and David Lehman, the global head of Real Estate Finance at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and a Vice President on the New York Cares Board of Directors, served as the Benefit Co-Chairs.
NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo leads an auction
NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo and Charles Antin from Christie's were the evening's auctioneers, leading a lively auction that helped to raise an additional $350,000 for New York Cares' year-round programs.

New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in the city. Last year, 62,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at 1,400 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org.
Carol Pouchie and Michael Graham
Paul J. Taubman and Danielle Taubman
Thomas Murray (second from right), a New York Cares Rising Leaders Committee member with (from left) Dwight Williams, Christine Murray, and Nicole Thomas
John Watson, Anjelica Kelly, and K. Don Cornwell
Shanel Harris and LaShawnna Harris
Robert Levitan and Frances Ferguson
Janet Zagorin and Danielle Taubman
Benoit Jadoul, right
The 6th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), among the largest disability nonprofit organizations in the U.S., was held Tuesday, Dec. 1st at one of New York City’s oldest social clubs, The Down Town Association at 60 Pine Street.

Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party proudly funds special needs equipment requests and the purchase of holiday gift cards for every child in UCP of NYC’s five Children’s Schools. The event took place on #GivingTuesday – a day for charities, individuals, businesses, community partners, and people around the world to celebrate generosity and to give.
Mr G., Mike Woods, Tamsen Fadal, Scott Stanford, Liza Huber, Javier Gomez, Teresa Priolo, and Steve Lacy.
The Santa Project Party & Auction was co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, seven-time Emmy-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, Host of Broadway Profiles and bestselling author, and by Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5’s Good Day New York.

Co-Chairs of the Santa Project Party and Auction were Liza Huber, Founder and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, past star of the hit TV series Passions, and mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy, and Scott Stanford, Emmy-winning Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 News, and host of WWE.

Honorary Chairs of the Santa Project Party and Auction this year were Teresa Priolo, three-time Emmy-nominated reporter, Fox 5 News and  Good Day New York; Camilla Barungi, model, entrepreneur and activist of Project Runway fame, and Javier Gomez, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive,” noted fine art photographer and entrepreneur.
Down Town Association Wainwright Room
In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event drew celebrities and guests from Wall Street, architecture and design, fashion, film, television, music, and Broadway. Rock band Hot Lava – a favorite among the Hamptons set – played live, while the featured silent auction drew countless bidders on a range of luxury goods and services.

Other VIPs attending the event included: Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Steve Lacy, Anchor, Fox5 News; Ines Rosales, reporter, FOX 5’s Good Day New York; Mr. G, PIX 11 News four-time Emmy-winning weathercaster; Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of The Wire and co-star of Veep; Guto Bittencourt, Brazilian international singing, television and film star; Alan Oyugi, President of Alliance Global Ground; Ramazan Patak, President & CEO of GlobalTex Fine Linens; Alex Hesterberg, Vice President, Worldwide Technical Field Operations at Pure Storage; Stacey Tisdale, Senior Editor, Black Enterprise Magazine, television personality and Founder of Winning Play$; Andy Peeke, television/film actor;Patrick Hazlewood, model/entrepreneur; Natalie Zfat, Social Media Correspondent; Lori Sokol, Contributing Writer, The Huffington Post, & Publisher, Difference Matters Magazine; George Berry, Founder and Principal, PLAN Architecture; Elizabeth Norman, Senior Associate, Gensler Architecture & Planning; Pierre LeVeaux, Goldman Sachs; Neil Abromavage, Deutsche Bank; Tom Doyle, Sotheby’s International Realty; Sheila Lennon, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Greg Hannah, Villanova University, Office of Disability Services.
HotLava
This year’s generous Santa Project Party Event Sponsors were: Heffernan Group, Cigna Health Insurance, PLAN Architecture, GlobalTex Fine Linens, JG Home, Sage Spoonfuls, Amy Bittinger, JGPR – James Grant Public Relations, Las Venus by Kenneth Clark, Mark Stephen Experiential Agency, Medisked, Liz Norman, Bella Bus, Avison Young, Colliers International, Newbit Construction and TD Bank.

The 2015 Santa Project Party Committee included: Scott Allen, Paula Anzilotti, Raj Capoor, Stephanie Conte, Tom Doyle, Tim Gaedt, Daniel Harrison, Cynthia Jones, Seth Kramer, Sheila Lennon, Melanie Mandarano, Michelina Mandarano, Patrick Matthews, Elizabeth Norman, Michele Quigley, Alan Oyugi, Katharine Suominen, Mark Testa, and Marta Willgoose.
Javier Gomez, Liza Huber, Scott Stanford, Tamsen Fadal, Mike Woods, Mr. G., Teresa Priolo, and Steve Lacy
Mr. G, Tamsen Fadal and Scott Stanford
Sam Edman and Pearl Watson
Javier Gomez and Ramazan Patak
Stacy Dreyfus and Lloyd Becker
Steve Lacy, Teresa Priolo, and Mike Woods
Adriana Pidwerbetsky, Sean Windsor, Jennifer Ewing, Amanda Bagatta, and John Arpino
Alan Oyugi, Tamae Ishii, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., and Andy Peeke
Camilla Barungi and Patrick Hazlewood
Chikezie Eleazu, Dina Fanai, and Bob Kinkel
Melissa Davidovic and Patrick Matthews
Justin Frazier, Matt Greico, and Brendan Cyr
Kate Nurcczynski, Holly Schnack, and Kate Portland
Kimberly McAdam and Julie Peters
Paul Tudisco, Nicole Pagano, and Shani Fintoni
Liza Huber, Alex Hesterberg, Alison Palmer, Kerry Failla, Denice Donohoe, and Javier Gomez
Robert and Lori Anzilotti
Scott Stanford, Liza Huber, Ines Rosales, Teresa Priolo, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi, Mike Woods, Tamsen Fadal, and Mr. G.
Stephanie Conte, Michelina Mandarano, and Guto Bittencourt
Tom Doyle, Scott Allen, and Evan Griffo
Photographs by Presley Ann Slack for Patrick McMullan (MCNY)