Monday, June 20, 2016

Awards and Accolades

Lunch at the Museum of the City of New York for its annual Spring Symposium & Luncheon where they honored Jacques Grange and Ralph Pucci.
The Museum of the City of New York honored international designer Jacques Grange and design innovator Ralph Pucci with its City of Design Award on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at its annual Spring Symposium & Luncheon.

Grange is celebrated for merging the modern with the traditional, his acclaimed New York interiors include the private homes of notable New Yorkers Ronald Lauder, Aerin Lauder, and Valentino, iconic design for The Mark Hotel, and Paloma Picasso’s showroom. Ralph is considered the “best-of-the-best” in the fields of mannequins, lighting, furniture and art, and in 2015, The Museum of Arts and Design recognized his work with Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin.
Ralph Pucci and Jacques Grange in conversation
For more than twenty years, the Spring Symposium & Luncheon has presented outstanding speakers from the many fields of design, recognizing the importance of the industry to New York’s economy and reputation for elegance and refinement in the decorative arts. The City of Design Award was inaugurated in 2015 to honor creative entrepreneurs who have made New York the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to the great city. 

Co-chairs for the 2016 Spring Symposium & Luncheon included co-chairs are Lisa Abel, Elizabeth Belfer, Michael Bruno, Nathalie Comfort, Cynthia Foster Curry, Mark Ferguson, Barbara J. Fife, Deban Flexner, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Nellie Gipson, Leslie Godridge, Lorna Goodman, Elizabeth Graziolo, Jim Hanley, Sylvia Hemingway, Sharon Jacob, Elizabeth Kahane, Milla Lozanova, Elizabeth R. Miller, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, Jacqueline Sackler, Oscar Shamamian, Ann Spence, Katie Tozer, and Monica Voldstad
Daphne Schwab, Ann Spence, Ann Pucci, Ralph Pucci, and Kathy Prounis
Sponsoring the Spring Symposium & Luncheon were Tuxedo Hudson Company, Taconic Builders, Peter Pennoyer Architects, and SheBee jewelry.  A drawing was held during the symposium for earrings donated by SheBee’s Ann Spence.

Whitney W. Donhauser, the Museum’s Ronay Menschel Director, welcomed guests and introduced the Museum’s Chairman Jamie Dinan who introduced the the two distinguished honorees by outlining their illustrative careers. Mr. Grange expressed his gratitude for the honor and showed photographs of his design projects including his personal homes, one of which was his Paris apartment that once belonged to the writer Collette.  Mr. Pucci joined Mr. Grange for lively conversation on design and creativity. 

Mr. Dinan then presented both honorees with the City of Design Award and a letter from Mayor Bill DeBlasio congratulating them. The guests then went on to lunch in the Museum’s Dinan Miller Gallery and Tracey and Ken Pontarelli Terrace.
Ralph and Ann Pucci with Elizabeth and Jamie Dinan
Elizabeth Graziolo, Victoria Weyman, Sylvia Hemingway, and Gloria Fieldcamp
Jacques Grange and Francesca Lana
Debra Landis, Elizabeth Kahane, and Whitney W. Donhauser
Jennifer Poward, Elizabeth Belfer, Taylor Black, and Genevieve Brown
Laurent Claquin, Jacqueline Sackler, and Mark Gilbertson
Zibby Tozer, Whitney W. Donhauser, Robert Finger
Lindsey Harpar and Karen Klopp
WNET, America's flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, honored five outstanding individuals and their commitment and contributions to WNET's Media with Impact at its annual Gala Salute last Tuesday, June 14th at The Plaza.

Honorees were Angela Lansbury; Ali and Joe Torre, founders of the Safe at Home Foundation; Francisco D'Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions; and Dr. Leonard Tow, WNET Trustee and philanthropist. The honorees were recognized for their contributions and commitment to education, innovation, engagement, the arts, and their commitment to public media.

The night also featured a special performance by Broadway star Norm Lewis, with MetroFocus hosts Jenna Flanagan, Jack Ford, and Rafael Pi Roman serving as the evening's Masters of Ceremonies.
Gala honorees Ali and Joe Torre, founders of the Safe at Home Foundation; Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George
Ellen Marcus and Neal Shapiro, President & CEO of WNET
Gala honoree Angela Lansbury and Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewHour Weekend Anchor
Eileen Wiseman, Emily Tow Jackson, James Jackson, and Frank Tow
Cheryl Milstein, Vice-Chairman of the WNET Board of Trustees, and Philip Milstein
Jean Baruch and Dr. Alice Baruch
Josh Sapan, Gala honoree Dr. Leonard Tow, WNET Trustee, and Frank Tow
Steven Kemp, Cynthia Grebow, Edward Grebow, Paul Tanico, Kimberley Tanico, and Cinta DelMonaco Kemp
Lewis Cullman and Louise Hirschfeld Cullman
Jeffrey Halis, WNET Trustee, and Nancy Halis
Philip Milstein and Monica Blum
Ric Burns and Bonnie Lafav
Thomas Kean, Former New Jersey Governor, William F. Baker, WNET President Emeritus and Trustee, Joshua Weston, WNET Trustee, and Judy Weston.
Rosalind P. Walter, WNET Trustee, and Stanley Shuman, WNET Trustee
Gala honoree Ali Torre, founder of the Safe at Home Foundation, and Ellen Marcus
Stanley Shuman, WNET Trustee, Sydney Shuman, and Ric Burns
Neal Shapiro, Jenna Flannigan, MetroFocus host, and Claude Johnson, Vice President of Development & Communications at WNET
Tony Award-nominated actor Norm Lewis delivered a special performance to the Gala guests
Hetrick-Martin Institute held their annual “School’s Out 2016” benefit Saturday, June 11th at the home of Lisa and James Cohen in East Hampton. Honorary Host was Edie Windsor. Event co-chairs were Bobby Graham, Ward Williams, Malcolm James Kutner. Event co-hosts were: Alfredo Paredes, Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders.
Honoree Edie Windsor
Hetrick-Martin believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.

Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. HMI’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
Eddie Windsor and Thomas Krever
The summer months are often difficult for our young people, as schools are closed, and resources remain scarce. The money that School’s Out raises each summer helps assure that HMI’s doors stay open throughout the year with hot meals and vital life-saving services available every single day.
James and Lisa Cohen
Matthew Lefkiwitz, Hal Rubenstein, David Nickle
Malcolm James Kutner, Ward Williams, and Bobby Graham
Thomas Krever, Rob Smith, David Miranda, and Tony Ortiz
Michael Steinberg and Cindy Lewis
Margie Ashcroft, Harald Austad, GQ insider Ryan Clark, and Anthony McDowell
Jane Phan, Gregory Santana, Kevin Huynh, Kevin Nguyen, Cole Feldman, and Jessica Ball
David Lawenda, Holly Rillinger, and Tim Malone
Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at The American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) Annual Benefit Gala on Monday, June 6th as AIS honored two extraordinary individuals – iconic actor Bruce Willis and Aaron Graff, CEO of Ferring Holding Inc. Willis was presented with the Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award and Graff with the Catherine Montgomery Advocacy Award.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page hosted an amazing awards presentation at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers and brought a comedic touch to the celebration with his witty remarks. The ballroom was filled to capacity with an array of guests from the worlds of business, finance, media, politics and the arts that gathered to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the AIS Gala.
AIS young clients giving Bruce some speaking tips!
The Vice President captivated the audience with his powerful remarks and words of wisdom. He spoke of his own childhood stutter and said that "In retrospect, the best thing that ever happened to me is that I stuttered badly." "When you stutter, there are so many gifts that come to you if you look at them." He also urged the AIS clients in the room to "never, ever let stuttering define you."

Willis was honored for his resilient spirit and spoke fearlessly of his own challenges. The charismatic actor encouraged the young clients to "never let anyone make you feel like an outcast; because you are not an outcast." Emma Willis presented her husband with his award and was overcome with emotion as she praised him for his willingness to speak out about his childhood stutter.
Bruce Willis and Vice President Joe Biden
Graff is the devoted parent of a child who stutters and is a member of the AIS Board. He was honored for his contributions and advocacy on behalf of AIS and for promoting the benefits of stuttering treatment.

In the audience from Washington, DC were Doctor Jill Biden, Gala Chairs Michael and Riki Sheehan and Susan Jensen. Sir Harold Evans and media giant Tina Brown, Fox News Channel's John Stossel and the AIS Board of Directors, chaired by Nolan Russo, were all on hand to honor the award recipients. Representatives from the pharmaceutical industry – Tony Hooper, Sander Flaum and Beacon Healthcare employees – were also in attendance to applaud their friend and colleague, Aaron Graff. TD Ameritrade and the Capital Printing Corporation are avid supporters of the Institute and members from both companies attended the event.
Emma Willis and AIS young clients presenting award to Bruce Willis
Actress and Board member Emily Blunt sent a congratulatory video message to Willis and remarked how proud she was of his openness in talking about stuttering. Blunt had hoped to host the event but had to bow out since her second child with husband John Krasinski is due any day. She assured the crowd she would be present for next year's Gala.

AIS is a pioneer in stuttering treatment and is one of the few non-profit organizations in the U.S. that provides assistance to people of all ages who stutter as well as to their families.
AIS Gala Chairs Riki and Michael Sheehan with Bruce Willis
AIS Board Member John Stossel with neighbor Bruce Willis
Sander Flaum, honoree Aaron Graff, and AIS Board Chair Nolan Russo
Tina Brown, Sir Harold Evans, and Clarence Page
AIS Clinical Director Heather Grossman and AIS Junior Board Members
The Russo Family
AIS Corporate Donors from TD Ameritrade
Washington Contingent of American Institute for Stuttering Board Members
AIS supporters Scott Koster, Christine Madden, and Bruce Willis
AIS Corporate supporters from FEDEX
AIS Board Members Susan Jensen and David Resnicow
AIS Board Member Sander Flaum and family
AIS Gala Chair Tony Hooper with Norma Hooper
AIS Board Member Eric Dinallo placing a bid for Arthur Blank
Photographs by Joseph Sinnott (WNET)