Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A touch of gold

Thomas Crowley, Kelli Bartlett, Jacob Cohen, Astrid Larson, Koa Beck, Jeremy Allen, and Lauren Valenti at American Friends of the Louvre’s Young Patrons Circle annual spring gala.
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.
Arielle Patrick, Liddy Berman, David Chines, Savannah Smith, and Jean-Christophe Napoleon
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.
Miranda Guo
Joey Lico
Mary Hayes and Rose Hayes
David Chines, Meghan Thrash, Jennifer Cuminale, Daniel Colon, Liddy Berman, Jean-Christophe Napoleon
William Radin and Artur Melentin
Elizabeth Pantaleo and Nicholas D'angelo
Adam Staszkiewicz and Cabrie Kearns
Kat Withseidelin and Dalila Reyes-Dawson
Anastasia Vitruk and Pavel Raifeld
Ayse Turgut and Gregory Joy
Jesper Lannung and Brittany Dawson
Caci Massaro
Shad Mohammed, David V. Griffin, Sebastian Cornut, Marie Griffin, and Peter Hegener
Tiffany Frasier and Annika Connor
Neha Jain and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri
Elise Sardi and Alexandra Nicklas
Charles MacBain and Kylie Rogers
Jaila Graham and Julian Dean
Thomas Moore and Drew Bass
Meghan Thrash, Miranda Guo, David Chines, Zachary Zimmerman, Christina Nielsen, and Miller Pierce
Olympia Arco and Megan Irminger
Ross Hanson and Savannah Smith
Lauren Valenti
Sue Devine, Lin Gao, and Daniel Colon
“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.”
Cipriani 42nd Street ready for Komen Greater NYC's Impact Awards
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.
Outgoing Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Board chair Sandra Kozlowski
Incoming Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Board chair Renee Garbus
Jane Eng, CEO of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, accepts the Community Impact & Innovation Award with Susan Chan Yuen
John Mack Carter Founders' Award honoree Shirley Mertz (President of the Metastastic Breast Cancer Network) and presenter Frank Bennack, Jr. (Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of Hearst)
Emcee and presenter Kristine Johnson and Surviving With Impact honoree Sandra Lee
Mahesh Karande, VP of US Oncology at Novartis, accepts the Corporate Impact Award from Komen Greater NYC Board member Patrick I. Borgen MD
Nancy Brinker
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.
Susan G. Komen founder Nancy Brinker, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network president and honoree Shirley Mertz, and Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi
CBS2 News anchor and Impact Awards host Kristine Johnson
Novartis guests surround Mahesh Karande, VP of US Oncology, who accepted the Corporate Impact Award on behalf of Novartis Oncology
Sirius XM's The MOMS co-host Denise Albert and Surviving with Impact Award honoree
Komen Greater NYC Board members Katherine Park and Amy Tsui Luke
Komen Greater NYC Board members Sandra Kozlowski, Grace Ormond, Katherine Park, Amy Tsui Luke, Renee Garbus, Grant Bokerman, Dr. Patrick Borgen, and Ivy Gamble Cobb
Impact Awards co-hosts Grace Ormond and Anne Fontaine
Susan G. Komen Greater NYC CEO and superhero Linda Tantawi with a room full of superheroes
Hearst superheroes Frank Bennack, Jr. and Ellen Levine
Superheroes and Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure team captains Rachel Naggar and Shari Goldsmith
Superhero members of Komen Greater NYC's Young Professionals Committee
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.
NMA Honorees Carl Buher, Michael LaForgia, Deion Branch, Lynn Bozof, and Paul Lee, MD
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.
Andrew Molen and Jennifer DeCillis
Anna Tagliabue, Debbie Dickinson, and Lucia Hwong-Gordon
Dr. Paul Offit and Deion Branch
Jane Zyph, Nick Springer, Samuel Lleva, and Dell Miller
Lynn Bozof, Amy Aiken, Michael LaForgia, and Francesca Testa
Nicole and Jeff Fratarconage, Jonathan and Sarah Haday Ryan Klarberg and Adrienne Burfield, and Gala Vice Chair Barry Klarberg
Ambassador John Loeb, Jr, Gary Springer and Nick Springer
Sara Herbert-Galloway and Alana Galloway
NMA Chair Errol Rappaport, Margareta Arvidsson, Robert Farber, and Paul Lountzis
Richard Thomas and Carol Higgins
Rod and Judy Gilbert, Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr., and Errol Rappaport
Heather Maloney, Dr. Paul Lee, and Carol Tufano
Tito Puente Jr.
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency NYC (AFL); Kari Otero (NMA)