|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Photographs by Joseph Sinnott (WNET)|