Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Advocacy, philanthropy and community leadership

Alexander Smalls, Michael Feinstein, Cicely Tyson, Sandra L. Richards, Stan Lathan, and HSA President Eric G. Pryor
Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) hosted its annual gala benefit to support the school's year-round visual and performing arts programming and initiatives. This year's event, which raised $1 million for the school, transformed into a Masquerade Ball, was held in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza. 

The celebrated artists and community leaders honored at the 2016 HSA Masquerade Ball were recognized for playing a pivotal role in arts advocacy, philanthropy and community leadership. 
HSA students welcome guests
Masquerade guests
Honorees included: Michael Feinstein who received the Dorothy Maynor Award; actress Sanaa Lathan  and her father, director/producer Stan Lathan who were both presented with the Visionary Artist Award; and Sandra L. Richards, author and Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, who received the Betty Allen Lifetime Achievement Award. The evening also featured live performances by HSA students and alumni and a live auction hosted by auctioneer CK Swett.
Michael Feinstein
Performances by HSA students
David Ushery, anchor for NBC4 New York was emcee. Among the attendees were Leon Robinson, Tamara Tunie and Cecily Tyson. The honorary committee included: Honorary Chairs Alicia Keys and Terria Joseph; Chairs: Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams, Alexander Smalls, Rona Sebastian and the Herb Alpert Foundation; and Vice Chair, Rodney Williams.
Leon Robinson and friend
HSA Chairman of the Board Charles J. Hamilton, Jr. Esq. with Pamela Carlton
HSA President Eric G. Pryor (center) and his wife Monique Pryor and friends
Marguerite Lathan, Alexander Smalls, Sanaa Lathan, Stan Lathan, and Sing Lathan
Alexander Smalls, Cicely Tyson, and Sandra L. RIchards
HSA students
NYC & Company Foundation held its 16th annual Visionaries & Voices Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. This year's event honored Joe Daniels, President & CEO, National September 11 Memorial & Museum and JCDecaux, the leading international media and communications company.

More than 350 guests enjoyed appearances from Broadway talent including Chazz Palminteri, author of the new musical, A Bronx Tale, who served as the evening's emcee, and performances from stars of the upcoming musical Anastasia, Christy Altomare and Derek Klena.
The annual Visionaries & Voices Gala celebrates the iconic individuals and institutions that embody the vibrancy and vitality of New York City. The NYC & Company Foundation honors their contributions to the City and all they've done to support the excitement and energy that makes New York City great.

The NYC & Company Foundation is a charitable organization that supports the positive impact of tourism on New York City. In 2016, the NYC & Company Foundation provided grant funding for cultural events and programs in all five boroughs, and supported the development of talent pipelines connecting New York City residents to career pathways in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Chazz Palminteri, Joe Daniels, Emily Rafferty, Bernard Parisot, and Fred Dixon
Christy Altomare and Derek Klena
Tracy and Amy Nieporent
Daniel Nigro, Joe Daniels, and Fred Dixon
Jennifer Sammartino, Fred Cerullo, Marty Markowitz, Edward Burke, and friend
The chairmen and committee members for Lighthouse Guild Palm Beach "A Visionary Evening" Dinner Dance were honored on December 14, 2016 at the home of Frances Scaife, who co-hosted an afternoon tea with her daughter, Jennie Scaife.

Mark G. Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild, lauded the dedication and efforts of the chairs and committee members and thanked Frannie and Jennie Scaife for their gracious hospitality and generous support. He also formally announced that the Scaifes will be honored at the upcoming annual Dinner Dance at Club Collete on Feb. 23, 2017.
Jennie Scaife, Mark Ackermann, and Frannie Scaife
Among those in attendance were Mark Ackermann, Frances Scaife, Jennie Scaife, Marc Rosen, Arlene Dahl, Beth De Woody, Kit Pannill, Talbott Maxey, Allison Gulbrandson, Myrna Daniels, Kathy Blezank, Carla Darlinton, Kim Campbell, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Susie Elson, Mona de Sayve, Nicolas de Sayve, Lizzi Bickford, Jacqueline Valls, Sarah Cooke, Brian Fairweather, Cory Capps and Krystian Von Speidel.

The kick-off festivities continue with a cocktail reception hosted by The Silver Fund on Worth Avenue, which will take place Thursday, January 19, 2017. Then — marking its tenth year in Palm Beach — Lighthouse Guild Palm Beach "A Visionary Evening" Dinner Dance will be held on February 23, 2017 at Club Colette.
Arlene Dahl and Kim Campbell
Kit Pannill and Talbot Maxey
Lighthouse Guild is the leading non-profit vision and healthcare organization addressing the needs of the blind, visually impaired and those with multiple disabilities by providing critical health care services to help people of all ages to enjoy safe, independent lives.For information about the Lighthouse Guild Palm Beach 'A Visionary Evening' Dinner Dance, contact Mona de Sayve at (561) 828-1522.
Lizzi Bickford, Krystian von Speidel, and Sarah Cooke
Linda Filardi and Mona de Sayve
Myrna Daniels and Kathy Bleznak
Marc Rosen and Beth de Woody
Allison Gulbrandson and Susie Elson
Brian Fairweather and Cory Capps
The Council of 100, a special division of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, ushered in the holiday season at The Breakers on December 14, 2016 with its annual Holiday Dinner. The evening kicked off with an al fresco cocktail reception in the Mediterranean Courtyard with entertainment provided by the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches Jazz Trio, followed by Dinner in the Circle Dining Room.

Tim Moran, who co-founded The Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Council of 100, welcomed the more than 160 guest. He explained that he, along with John F. Scarpa and David Mack, co-founded the Council of 100 to "bring the community and the police department together." He said that it is a vehicle for an exclusive and generous group of men and women to support the Palm Beach Police Department and its sworn officers and civilian employees with funding for academic scholarships, and supplemental funding for additional training, equipment and unmet needs.
David Mack, Robert Fromer, and John Scarpa
Foundation President and Co-founder John F. Scarpa acknowledged the special guests in attendance that included members of the Town Council and its President, Michael Pucillo; Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg; Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw; the
Palm Beach Police Foundation Board and Council of 100 Members, as well as the Police Department officers.

Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin announced that Erick Ward and David Watson were named "Officers of the Second and Third Quarters." Eileen Burns, a founding member of The Policemen's Ball, made a special presentation on behalf the Foundation to Jennifer Recarey, its long time administrator who retired from the position, which is now held by Lisa Loomis.
The Foundation's First Vice President David Mack presented five new Council of 100 members with their badges – Richard Bornstein, Dan Ponton and Edward Panzter, and acknowledged Warren Spector and Morris Mark, who were in absentia.

Michael Belisle, the Foundation's 2nd Vice President, introduced Jeff Greene, the recipient of the 2017 Palm Tree Award, the Foundation's highest honor. The festive evening concluded with warm holiday wishes from Scarpa, who also said he looked forward to seeing everyone at The Policemen's Ball at Mar a Lago on January 7, 2017.
Renee and Erick Ward
Eileen and Brian Burns
Bridget and Tim Moran
Diane and Jeff Trylch
Gaye and Jim Engel
Deborah and Michael Pucillo
Michael Dixon and June and Jerry Frank
Mary and Mark Freitas
Bunny Forman and Linda Glazer
John and Monika Preston
Kathryn Vecellio and Michael Belisle
David and Sondra Mack
Stephen and JoAnna Myers
Howard and Michele Kessler
Edward and Pamela Pantzer with Dan Ponton
Mei Sze and Jeff Greene
Tasha and Kirk Blouin
Christine and Robert Stiller
Joe and Jennifer Recarey
On December 8, 2016, the Police Athletic League hosted its 28th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon, honoring Carmen Anderson, Owner, Center for Skincare &Wellness and Diamond Executive with Nu Skin; Ami Kaplan, Vice Chairman and Partner, Deloitte, and Ellen Zimiles, Managing Director, Head of Global Investigations & Compliance, Navigant, Inc. The luncheon, which was held at The Pierre in Manhattan and welcomed 300 guests, celebrated these three women while helping our city’s children reach their full potential, and raised over $500,000 for the nonprofit.
Honorees Ami Kaplan, Carmen Anderson, and Ellen Zimiles
Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE was the Event Chair with Amelia Bernstein as Honorary Chair. Co-chairs were Margo Catsimatidis, Joan Ganz Cooney, Yoko Ono, Pamela J. Newman, Rikki Klieman, Marjorie Shea and Julie Myers Wood. Committee members included Karen E. Burke, M.D., Ph. D., Caroline P. Hirsch, Connie Lawler, Joan McGuire, Lesley B. Osborn, Cheryl M. Schwartz, Leslie E. Bains, Marie Brenner, Connie Lawler, Francine LeFrak, Shelia Nevins, Dame Donna A. Soloway and Barbara D. Tober. The host for the luncheon was Hon. Jeanine Pirro.

New York City’s Police Athletic League is the first and finest civilian-run PAL in the country serving our city’s young people for 102 years and the city’s largest, independent, nonprofit youth organization. PAL provides academic, artistic and athletic programs to 35,000 boys and girls annually. For more information, please visit www.palnyc.org.
PAL Executive Director Frederick J. Watts, Liz Zimiles, Honoree Ellen Zimiles, and Hon. Jeanine Pirro
Alyse and Tony Lo Bianco
Frank and Helen DiPrima
Deputy Police Commissioner Lawrence Byrne, Hon. Jeanine Pirro, and NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill
NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill, Honoree Carmen Anderson, and Detective John Timpanaro
Honoree Ami Kaplan and Rikki J. Klieman
Marla Maples
PAL Executive Director Frederick J. Watts and Margo Catsimatidis
NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill and PAL Chairman Robert M. Morgethau
Photographs by Julie Skarratt Photography (HSA); Capehart Photography (Posh; Council of 100); Dorothy Shi (PAL)