|The New York Public Library hosted its 35th Library Lunch fundraising event on Wednesday, April 13th at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. This year's celebration, themed "A New York State of Mind," featured comedian Samantha Bee, critic Hilton Als and writer Adam Gopnik in conversation with the New Yorker's David Remnick. 2016 Co-Chairs of the luncheon were Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Louise Grunwald, Daisy Prince, David Remnick, Zibby Right, and Alexandra Wentworth|
|Attendees included: Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos, Louise Grunwald, Daisy Prince, Barbara Walters, Candice Bergen and Christine Baranski.|
|Amy Fine Collins and Joanna Fisher took to the stage at the opening of FJK Dance's 2016 Season at New York Live Arts, saying, "Shalom and Salaam! Dancers and musicians of many faiths — Christian, Muslim and Jewish — and nationalities — Iraqi, Turkish, Israeli, Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Swiss, Italian, Spanish, and American — have come together to present a message of peace." The Iraqi born founder Fadi Khoury combines many forms including ballroom and ballet into a highly theatrical presentation.
|Guest at opening night included Amy Astley, Sevin Ceviker, Peter Copping, Caroline and Paul Cronson, Brian Fisher, Kathi Hughes, Freddie Leiba, Liza Lerner, Gene Meyer, Tara Milne, Robert Rufino, and Priscilla Rattazzi Whittle.
Following the performance guests enjoyed celebratory cocktails and dinner at El Cid around the corner.
|More catching up. This past March 28th, the Orchestra of St. Luke's raised nearly $1 million at its annual Gift of Music gala, held at The Plaza. Funds raised at the gala benefit OSL's artistic initiatives and Education and Community programs, as well as The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, New York City's first and only space dedicated to classical music rehearsal, recording, and education.
The gala was held in The Plaza's Grand Ballroom, which was transformed with lush, pink peonies, gold accents, and elegant floating candles. The décor was designed by OSL's board member and high-profile event designer David Monn. Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor and director David Hyde Pierce was the gala's host, bringing his wit and humor to the evening.
|Pierce also welcomed members of Youth Orchestra of St. Luke's (YOSL) to the stage for a performance. Through YOSL, launched in 2013, OSL brings together children in its Hell's Kitchen neighborhood for intensive instrumental instruction in partnership with Police Athletic League (PAL) and three public schools. The eager young musicians of YOSL played a Bach Minuet and surprised OSL Co-Founder & President Emeritus Marianne Lockwood with a special performance of "Happy Birthday."
|OSL was proud to honor violinist Joshua Bell and OSL Artistic Advisor Charles Hamlen with Gift of Music awards. With the dual role of honoree and presenter, Mr. Hamlen introduced Mr. Bell and presented him with his award, which was given not only for his artistic achievements—40 albums to his name; music director at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields — but also for his service to the musical community through Education Through Music, a nonprofit that establishes music education programs in New York City public schools.
Mr. Bell, who is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, praised OSL as one of his favorite orchestras to work with, because its musicians bring the intimacy of a chamber music ensemble to everything they play. He remarked on how much he values his relationships with many of OSL's musicians, singled out Mr. Hamlen—who was his first manager—as "one of my favorite people on the planet" and one of the most influential people in his career, and concluded by telling guests that they have "great taste in orchestras."
|Breast Cancer Alliance celebrated 20 years at the Greenwich Country Club on Saturday evening honoring longtime benefactors, dedicated board members and legions of volunteers who so generously supported the organization's mission over the past two decades. Breast Cancer Alliance is one of the largest private, non-corporate breast cancer organizations in the United States.
Since its inception the organization, with a small but dedicated staff, has awarded approximately $22 million in grants, supporting its mission to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. Breast Cancer Alliance invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support, and screening for the underserved.
|Over its nearly two-decade history the Alliance has funded cutting-edge research and one-year postgraduate breast surgery fellowships at more than 25 of the nation's leading research institutions, www.breastcanceralliance.org
A standing ovation was given to featured speaker Joan Lunden who shared her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2014. Now cancer free, she is one of America's most prominent voices in the breast cancer community working tirelessly to help other women affected by breast cancer.
|Robert G. Burton Sr. Chairman and CEO of Cenveo Inc. and his wife, Paula, who have supported BCA since its founding, were honored for their gift of over one million dollars to help fund free mammography services for underserved women. The Mitchell Family, who has partnered with Breast Cancer Alliance for over 10 years as lead host of the annual fashion show via their Greenwich store, Richards, was also honored.
"Oh, What a Night!" got everyone on their feet for a festive finale as "The Jersey Boys", the evening's featured entertainment, rocked the room!
|The 2016 Infinity Awards drew 500+ attendees from the worlds of art, business, entertainment, fashion, philanthropy, and photography, and raised more than $1.4 million for ICP efforts including its community programs.
The evening was a celebration of achievements in photography and visual culture. On hand to accept their awards were 2016 Infinity Award recipients: David Bailey (Lifetime Achievement); Matthew Connors, Fire in Cairo (Artist's Book); Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth, Network Effect (Online Platform and New Media); Zanele Muholi (Documentary and Photojournalism); Susan Schuppli (Critical Writing and Research); Artur Walther, The Walther Collection (Trustee Award); and Walid Raad's wife, Lynn Love accepted the award (given for Art photography) on his behalf.
|Others VIPs in attendance included event co-chairs Michael A. Clinton and Judith Bookbinder – both from Hearst, and Marjorie Rosen; Bella Hadid, Alexandra Richards, Leelee Sobieski, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor; Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper's Bazaar; Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W; Gabriela and Austin Hearst; Debra and Leon Black; James and Merryl Tisch; Yancey Richardson, gallerist; Tony Shafrazi, gallerist; Jason Binn, CEO of DuJour, Pat Schoenfeld, philanthropist; Sarina Tang, philanthropist; and Diane Tuft, ICP Trustee.|
|Photographs by Aria Isadora/BFA.com (NYPL); Jaqlin Medlock (FJK); Elaine Ubina (BCA)|