|On Monday, June 6th, SeriousFun Children's Network hosted their annual gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. SeriousFun is a global network of camps and programs, founded by Paul Newman in 1988, serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. The special evening featured a series of live performances, videos, and readings from celebrities and SeriousFun campers alike, that illustrated the profound impact camps have on the campers and their families.|
|The evening's program featured appearances and performances from musician/philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, actor Laura Linney, actor Kyle MacLachlan, trumpeter Chris Botti, NBC News anchor Kate Snow, YouTube sensation Jamie Lou Stenzel, actor Donald Webber, Jr, actor Amber Iman, actor Sarah Stiles, and a group of very talented SeriousFun Campers. The View co-host, Joy Behar, served as the evening's Auctioneer Extraordinaire, enticing guests to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences like an impossible to get reservation at iconic Italian eatery Rao's, tickets and a backstage experience at hit Broadway musical Hamilton, or a limited edition SeriousFun steering wheel from MOMO and the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall of a Pirelli World Challenge Race, among others.|
|Additional guests in attendance included singer Tony Bennett, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, SeriousFun's CEO Mary Beth Powers, Paul Newman's daughter Clea Newman Soderlund, and film director Paco Arango, among others.
The evening raised more than $1.5 million for SeriousFun Children's Network, providing support for its 30 camps and programs around the world. Since its inception, SeriousFun camps and programs have served more than 732,000 children and families from more than 50 countries, at no cost to the families. Newman's Own Foundation served as the signature sponsor for the event. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. served as a corporate sponsor.
|This year's Conservatory Ball at the New York Botanical Garden was the highlight of a glorious yearlong celebration of the Garden's 125th Anniversary, centered around the current exhibition, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas. The exhibition runs through September 11th in the Conservatory.
The Ball is the most glamorous party of the spring season and among the Garden's most important fundraising events of the year. The Garden partnered with Oscar de la Renta for this year's event. Gala Chairmen for this year's Ball were Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter, and Deborah Goodrich Royce. Honorary Chairmen were Friederike Kemp Biggs, Maureen K. Chilton, and Caroline Williamson.
|The Conservatory Ball was a spectacular evening celebrating the beauty of spring in New York. Proceeds from the evening help underwrite the Garden's internationally acclaimed programs in children's education, which serve more than 325,000 children and families in the tri-state area, and botanical research programs, which influence conservation, climate change, and biodiversity causes worldwide.|
|The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its third annual Collaborating for a Cure Luncheon at the private Upper East Side residence of Andrea Stark. The event honored Oscar de la Renta with a fashion presentation showcasing the fashion house’s pre-fall 2016 designs before a private audience, and benefited the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.
The luncheon was the third annual event of its kind to raise funds for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, with all event proceeds benefiting the charity. Event Chair Pamela Morgan welcomed guests to the event prior to the fashion presentation, and thanked Andrea Stark for opening her home to host this year’s Ladies Luncheon. She introduced Marion Waxman who said a few words about the luncheon, and how it was initiated by Erica Fineberg three years ago. Event co-chair Lauren Lawrence also thanked guests and her fellow chairs and event committee for the time dedicated to making the luncheon a success.
|Dr. Samuel Waxman spoke to the guests about the increasing risk of developing cancer as one ages and mentioned the organization’s new research program investigating the genetic causes of increased incidence of cancer as people age. He mentioned that this ongoing research aims to collaborate with the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Waxman went on to mention the important advances the foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, known as the Institute Without Walls, has reached in trying to find less toxic cancer treatment methods. He also mentioned that SWCRF has made major breakthroughs in breast cancer research in the past few years, and how this important work is made possible by charitable donations.
Following Dr. Waxman’s speech, Chris Tully, Senior Director of RTW US at Oscar de la Renta went on to thank Dr. Waxman and the SWCRF for inviting them to showcase their fashions at this important fundraiser and mentioned Mr. de la Renta's own struggle with cancer that led to his passing in 2014. Ms. Tully introduced the pre-fall 2016 designs that the models would be showcasing, after which the fashion presentation took place.
|A raffle was also held, featuring items such as a Large Metal Collar Necklace in Antique Gold from Lafayette 148; one month of unlimited blowouts and/or express styles at Glam and Go; a wallet from Hugo Boss; Long Silk Tassel Clip Earrings from Oscar de la Renta; a gift card toward Verve Medical Cosmetics and products from Firm Commitment, Tocca, Lollia and Jane Iredale; a John Varvatos package of colognes, sunglasses and his book; and a cashmere collection from Arlotta Cashmere.
The event’s contemporary luncheon was catered by renowned CxRA Catering with wines from Palm Bay.
|Madison Square Boys and Girls Club celebrated its 11th Annual Purses and Pursenalities event on May 24th at The Metropolitan Club. This year's select honorees were Alison Brettschneider, Owner of 25 Park boutiques; Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Founder and Creative Director of Dee Ocleppo Handbags; and Ty Hunter, Celebrity Stylist and Fashion Director. Amy Fine Collins served as the Master of Ceremonies. Support from this event provides life-changing programs to young people in New York’s most underserved communities.
"This year marks the 11th Anniversary of Madison's Purses and Pursenalities event,” said Joseph Patuleia, Executive Director of Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. “We are deeply grateful for the devoted support of the Club's many friends and the fashion industry pioneers whose achievements we fête. They are truly agents of change in the world of fashion, and moreover, in the lives of our young Club members."
|Purses and Pursenalities is a fashionably fun luncheon enjoyed by over 300 guests each spring at New York City’s iconic Metropolitan Club. Celebrating fashion, this event honors top designers and the silent auction features more than 100 fabulous handbags from top designers to raise funds for Madison’s many programs. Past events have honored Amber Sabathia, Tim Gunn, Carlos Falchi, Eric Javits, Nicole Miller, Milly, Badgley Mischka, Judith Leiber, and Vera Wang.
"The ability to believe in yourself is the first step towards creating a path to success," said Amy Fine Collins. "By providing Madison's youth community with genuine examples of vision and achievement, this year's honorees bolster our community-at-large and encourage the progress of our next generation of innovators.”
|On the evening of Wednesday, June 8th, the iconic Bethesda Terrace in Central Park was transformed to satisfy the diverse tastes of New York City’s epicureans, as Central Park Conservancy held its annual Taste of Summer benefit. The evening was presented by Macquarie, and over 800 guests enjoyed tastings prepared by celebrated NYC chefs and restaurants, inventive cocktails, a luxury-filled silent auction, dancing, and music by Hannah Bronfman. The benefit raised $930,000, with all proceeds directly supporting the Conservancy’s mission of keeping the City’s most popular outdoor space maintained and beautiful.
|Kelly and Joe Coffey, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis, Jr., Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, and Melissa Vail and Norman C. Selby, served as this year’s Event Chairmen and notable attendees, who enjoyed the culinary fête under the stars, included Charles Altchek, Judy Hart Angelo, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, Todd English, Marigay McKee and Bill Ford, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, Anne and Bill Harrison, Yaz Hernandez, Kim and Sean Klimczak, Amelia Ogunlesi, Michelle Marra and Jim Rizos, Alexandra and Alex Robertson, Paula Zahn, and Douglas Blonsky (President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator).|
|This year’s Taste Café host was The Plaza and famed NYC chef and restaurateur Todd English was on hand to serve delectable dishes from The Plaza’s Todd English Food Hall. Additional offerings from the Food Hall included Billy’s Bakery, Eloise at The Plaza, Frannie’s YoArt, Luke’s Lobster, Ora Di Pasta, Pain D’Avignon, Piada, Pizza Rolio, Sabi Sushi, The Palm Court, Sur Vingt and William Greenberg Desserts.
Additional restaurants that served savory bites under the historic Minton tile in the Arcade of Bethesda Terrace included: A Voce Columbus, Aretsky’s Patroon, The Back Room, Benoit New York, Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown, Canard, Casa Lever, Delaware and Hudson, Felice, Junoon, Kappo Masa, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, The Smith, SOUTHGATE Bar and Restaurant, Spice Market, SUSHISAMBA, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Toloache, Tulsi and VANDAL.
| Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed desserts provided by Añejo Tribeca, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard Inc., Loi Estiatorio, Serendipity 3 and Sprinkles, and guests sipped wines provided by Kim Crawford, spirits from William Grant and Sons, beer from Brooklyn Brewery and coffee from Illy Caffé. Event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events set the mood with contemporary, vibrant summery décor.
The mission of the Central Park Conservancy — a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 — is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public, for the enjoyment of all. Central Park Conservancy raises 75 percent of the annual budget essential to keeping Central Park beautiful. For more information on the Conservancy and Taste of Summer, please visit www.centralparknyc.org/taste.
|Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency; Rob Rich (Waxman)|