|American Friends of the Louvre’s Young Patrons Circle hosted their annual spring gala on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Villard Mansion of the Lotte New York Palace. For this year’s gala, Soirée d’Or, guests attended in black tie with a touch of gold, inspired by the gilded ceilings and many gold works in the Louvre’s expansive collection. The proceeds of the evening will support the mission of American Friends of the Louvre and its efforts to make the Louvre’s collections and exhibitions more widely accessible to art lovers in the U.S. and around the world.
The event was divided into two main segments. The evening began with a seated 3- course dinner in the Madison Room followed by a cocktail soirée in the club’s dazzling Gold Room. During the cocktail soirée, guests enjoyed music by DJ NatDodge while perusing a magnificent collection of luxury goods in the silent auction, featuring items from Air France, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Billecart-Salmon, Longchamp, L’Occitane en Provence, Petrossian, and other exquisite brands. Guests departed the event with a classic scented cameo courtesy of Cire Trudon.
|An exclusive after party was hosted at the chic French restaurant Opia, including cocktails created especially for the Young Patrons Circle.
Notable guests of the evening included H.I.H. Prince Napoléon, Countess Olympia Arco, Liddy Berman, David Chines, Daniel Colón, Jennifer Cuminale, Michael Espiritu, Lin Gao, David Griffin, Miranda Guo, Claire Jacobs, Neha Jain, Christina Nielsen, Miller Pierce, Savannah Smith, Meghan Thrash, Louise Vongerichten, and Zachary Zimmerman.
|American Friends of the Louvre (AFL) has entered its second decade as an important support organization in the United States for the Louvre Museum. Through the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations, AFL has supported a variety of worthy projects at the Louvre, including educational tools for English-speaking visitors, gallery restorations, conservation of works of art, exhibitions and related publications, acquisitions and contemporary art programs. Through its partnership with the Louvre, AFL raises awareness of the museum’s collections and scholarly expertise and helps makes its vast resources more accessible in the U.S. and around the world.
Through special fundraising events and activities in New York City, the Young Patrons Circle supports AFL’s mission to raise awareness for the Louvre’s collections and museum expertise. Now in its sixth year, the Young Patrons Circle’s annual benefit has become a prime example of Franco-American support for the Louvre Museum.
|“Our job is to focus on eliminating diseases like cancer, that will make this planet a better planet for our children and our children’s children, because that is our legacy, that is our responsibility,” said Sandra Lee as she accepted the Surviving With Impact Award at Susan G. Komen Greater NYC’s Impact Awards on Wednesday, May 18th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event was hosted by CBS2 News anchor Kristine Johnson, who also presented the Surviving with Impact Award to Sandra Lee.
“Tomorrow, hopefully, my journey ends,” Lee said, referring to her reconstructive surgery, which took place today on the first anniversary of her double mastectomy. “Nothing means anything if you don’t have your family, your friends, and your health.”
|During the Luncheon, Komen Greater NYC also honored those making a difference through education, outreach, local breast health services, and research: Shirley Mertz (John Mack Carter Founders’ Award) – Shirley is the President of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN), one of the foremost advocacy and support organizations for people with metastatic (or Stage IV) breast cancer; Novartis Oncology (Corporate Impact Award) — accepted by Mahesh Karande, Vice President of US Oncology; Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, Inc. (Community Impact & Innovation Award) — Accepted by Jane Eng, CEO —CBWCHC is one of Komen Greater NYC’s longest running community partners, providing breast health services and education to the Chinese and Asian American populations in Manhattan and Queens.|
|Through events such as The Impact Awards and the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, Komen Greater NYC funds local breast health education and outreach, screening coordination, treatment and support programs for underserved, minority, immigrant, LGBT and disabled residents of the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Thanks to 24 amazing community partners who received grants this year, Komen Greater NYC will continue its life-saving work.
|The National Meningitis Association honored New England Patriot and Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch with the Nancy Ford Springer Award at it's annual "Give Kids a Shot!" Gala at The Pierre Hotel. An inspiration and advocate, Branch’s son Deiondre contracted Meningitis at an early age, and despite being able to walk or talk, is a teenage survivor and the true inspiration for Deion to raise awareness for the disease. Carl Buher and Michael Laforgia were recognized with NMA’s T.E.A.M. Outstanding Service Awards both survivors and advocates; and Dr. Paul Lee, MD, an infectious disease specialist and advocate, was awarded the Health Achievement Award.|
|Former NMA Honoree and Chair of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Paul A. Offit was the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. This year’s event chairs included Lenore Cooney, Sara Herbert-Galloway, Errol Rappaport and Gary Springer. Honorary Chairs included Ambassador and Mrs. John L. Loeb, Jr., Liv Ullmann and Donald Saunders and Nick Springer.
Along with survivors, advocates and their families the event attendees also included Meningitis survivor and Para Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Springer, celebrated NY Ranger and Hall of Fame Hockey player Rod Gilbert; performer/composer Paul Hampton (wrote the song “Is this a Child I could have saved?” for the NMA), novelist Carol Higgins Clark, actor/ producer Joseph Sirola, famed photographer Robert Farber, NMA Vice-Chair Barry Klarberg, NMA Teen Health Ambassador Alana Galloway, Dr. Richard Firshein, Katlean De Monchy, Dr. Steven Schutzer, Jennifer Lynn Miss New Jersey 2014 and Heather Randall. Dell Miller, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Paul Lountzis. The evening included a night of dinner and dancing, with entertainment provided by musical guests Darius De Haas, currently featured in Broadway’s Shuffle Along, and Tito Puente, Jr.
|Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency NYC (AFL); Kari Otero (NMA)|