Friday, December 16, 2016

Celebrating the many accomplishments

Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve celebrated 20 years of supporting the Rockefeller State Park Preserve at a gala dinner marking the occassion.
On Saturday evening December 10th in Pocantico Hills, Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve celebrated 20 years of raising funds and awareness to support the Rockefeller State Park Preserve (FRSPP) marking the anniversary. The gala dinner was held at the Rockefeller estate Playhouse, a Normandy-English style unique structure designed by Duncan Candler in 1927.

Honorary chairpersons included award-winning actress, singer and passionate advocate of the environment, Bette Midler, as well as philanthropists and park supporters David Rockefeller and Ann Rockefeller Roberts. Robert Klein, the legendary comedian, served as MC of the evening.

Daniel Blum, President and CEO of Phelps Hospital/Northwell, Kevin Plunkett, Deputy County Executive of Westchester, and Clare Pierson, President of the Friends of the  Rockefeller State Park Preserve
"We are happy to celebrate the many accomplishments of the Friends over the past 20 years," commented Clare Pierson, President of the Friends Board. "At the same time, we always need to create public awareness of the need to participate in supporting this natural treasure, and to be sure we are ahead of its next need that the State is not able to fund."

Daniel Blum, President and CEO of Phelps Hospital/Northwell Health, received an award honoring Phelps' longstanding support of the Friends. The hospital's relationship with the Rockefeller family dates back to the early 20th century. In fact, Phelps could not have opened in 1956 without their generous financial support.

The Preserve has more than 1,400 acres of Hudson Valley vistas and trails and serves as a sanctuary for people seeking recreation and reflection. A highly popular preserve, it is situated in a tranquil landscape featuring 32 miles of carriage roads that traverse acres of woodlands, fields, wetlands, stone arch bridges over waterways and beautiful views of the Hudson River. It attracts more than 300,000 visitors from around the world annually and has been designated by the National Audubon Society as an "Important Bird Area" given the 180 bird species there.

The carriage roads were designed by John D. Rockefeller Jr. to preserve the natural beauty of the area while providing an environment to be enjoyed by everyone. The Preserve is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that was formed in 1983, when 1600 acres of the family estate were deeded to New York State as a gift from the Rockefeller family.
Ann Rockefeller Roberts, Mary Louise Pierson, and David Rockefeller
The Friends was established in memory of Peggy Rockefeller, the wife of David Rockefeller, who during her lifetime was dedicated to the beautiful terrain in Pocantico Hills.

"David continues to be incredibly generous to the Preserve," Clare Pierson noted. "In 2015 he donated $4 million to establish an operating endowment supporting the Preserve and announced he plans to donate approximately 500 additional acres of pastures, hayfields and forest to the Preserve in the future. This is one of the largest-ever private donations in the history of the state park system, and we are grateful for this support."
Thomas and Danielle Gronauer with Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller
The Friends operate as part of a private-public partnership with the New York State Department of Parks, the New York State Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Preserve staff.

Phelps Hospital, part of the Northwell Health system, is located in close proximity to the Preserve. It has long supported the Friends fundraising events, including their annual trail running races, Peony celebration and equestrian events.
George Gumina and Clare Pierson
The gala committee consisted of George Gumina, Patrice Ingrassia, Robert Lane, Carol Lyden, John Manuele, Estela Medina, Claire Pierson and Kimberly Rockefeller, all Board Members of the Friends.

For more information on the Friends, visit or call 914.762.0209.
Lisa Manuele, Dan and Tracey Blum, and Robert Klein
Hamburg Tang, David Burke, Laura Burke, and Roderick Chu
Reina Sinni, Christine Broda, and Patrice Ingrassia
Jill Isenbarger and Keith O'Connor
Todd and Roberta Ruppel
Jessika Creedon, Carol Lyden, and Rire Nakpodia
Robert and Allie Klein
Margo and Donald Stever
Carmen Groenewoud, George Gumina, and Pauwla Groenewoud
Clare Pierson with her daughters Alta Burden and Ahna Smith
Tom Lindon, Jackie Vanover, Rick Rennert, Claire Heckestad, Jim Huvane, Tom Kucinski, and Joe Venturini
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted an intimate dinner at DANIEL on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The memorable event featured special guests, performers and other surprises. A highlight of the evening was special musical performances by actress, singer and author Bernadette Peters and Matthew Morrison, formerly of Glee and several on and off-Broadway shows.
Bernadette Peters and Matthew Morrison
Amy and Bill Hagner
Notable attendees included: Mike Milken, Lori Milken, Bernadette Peters, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Boulud, Jerry Jones, Gene Jones, Mitchell Modell, Mira Tzur, Larry Leeds, Tom Lee, Marie Bernstein, Seth Bernstein, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, David Koch, Julia Koch, Ted Virtue, Dani Virtue, Debra Black, Leon Black, Bob Barth, Nicole Frank, Cynthia Ott, James Coleman, Arik Kislin, Glenn Myles, Frederick Anderson, Charles Krusen, Kristen Krusen, Amy Hagner, Bill Hagner, Carol Mack, Earle Mack, Todd Boehly, Katie Boehly, Tony Minella, Sage Minella, Richard LeFrak and Izzy Englander.
David Koch, Mike Milken, and Jerry Jones
The event, which directly benefitted PCF and its work, offered tables at $100,000. Live auctions raised more than $5M to fund 4 Challenge Awards - ground breaking research projects that will improve and provide better treatments for cancer patients. During the evening, Mike Milken took to the stage to highlight some of the research initiatives PCF is currently funding. He also presented Marie Bernstein and Larry Leeds with trophies as the 2016 winners of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tour. A trivia quiz was held over the course of the evening, which attendees could partake in while enjoying the delectable dishes prepared by chef Daniel Boulud.
Bob Barta and Paula Frank
Charles and Kristen Krusen
Carol and Earle Mack
David and Julia Koch
Tom Lee, Mike Milken, and Larry Leeds
Jerry Koch and Gene Jones
Daniel Boulud
Ted and Dani Virtue with Debora and Leon Black
Frederick Anderson and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Mary and Seth Bernstein
Glenn Myles, Jan Haber, and Arik Kislin
Mitchell Modell and Mira Tzur
Skip Holden and Lori Milken
Last week, New York's Park Avenue set came out in full force, in spite of the rainy forever-gridlocked night, to celebrate the publication of Steven Stolman's "The Serial Entertainer's Passion for Parties," the fourth book by the popular designer and now, author.

Cheek by jowl in Doubles cozy Red Bar, which was ablaze in twinkling Christmas lights, the gathering was co-hosted by Catherine and Bryan Carey, Bob Dowling, Martha and John Glass, and Melanie and David Holland.
Sean Bruns, Mark Dumoulin, and Greg McKenzie
Bob Dowling and Seth Raphaeli
Michael Horvitz and Jane Rosenthal Horvitz
Martha Glass, Peri Clark, and Catherine Carey
James LaForce, Steven Stolman, Janice Langrall, Carolyn Sollis, and Stephen Henderson
Martha Glass, John Argenti, and Jennifer Argenti
Rich Wilkie and Steven Stolman
Kristy Rao and James Brandes. Click here to order ...
Karen Klopp and Frederick Anderson
Wendy Carduner and Jane Horvitz
Karen and Tom Glover
Quinn Pofahl, Pamela Fiori, and Jaime Jimenez
Melanie Holland, David Holland, and Martha Glass
Polly and Madeline Fawcett
Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui, Zoe Mead, and Chris Mead
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter
Anthony Thompson, Phillip Gorrivan, Michael Kempner, and Victoria Kempner
Phil McCarthy and Felicia Taylor
Eleanora Kennedy and Patrice Bell
Mark Jacoby, Diane Jacoby, and Judy Hadlock
Michael Gonick, Earl Crittenden, and Anthony Candella
Peter Cromarty and Ellen Welsh
On Wednesday, December 7th, Same Sky held its annual holiday cocktails and shopping event hosted by the Marlborough Gallery at 40 West 57th Street. Francine LeFrak, Bisila Bokoko, Carol Campbell, Glori Cohen, Allison Devore, Diane Finnerty, Courtney Gibson, Jennifer Goldschein, Marcia Levine, Leslie Malaika Lewis, Suzanne L. Randolph, Sara Beth Schrager and Jennifer Scully acted as co-hosts to over 200 guests who were in attendance at this festive and fun event.
Courtney Gibson, Jennifer Scully, Francine LeFrak, and Leslie Malaika Lewis
Delicious hors d'oeuvres were provided by NOBU57 and holiday cocktails were sponsored by Proximo Spirits. Same Sky launched its beautiful new black tie earrings, men's links bracelets and the American flag cuff bracelet (which was a big hit)!

Same Sky creates employment opportunities for HIV+ women in Rwanda and women ex-offenders in Jersey City. Same Sky has witnessed firsthand the change that occurs when people are given the chance to support themselves and provide for their families. To learn more about Same Sky and for holiday shopping ideas visit
Leslie Malaika Lewis and Suzanne L. Randolph
George and Joy Devlin
Richard Schwartz, Marcia Levine, and Rick Friedberg
Bisila Bokoko
Richard Schwartz, Marcia Levine, Rick Friedberg, and Darcy Hammerman
Francine LeFrak and Marilyn Weitzman
Jennifer Samuels and Sarita Smith
Alex Lerner and Samantha Furniss
Courtney Gibson, Virginia Butney, Jan Rondel, and Paula Hunnicutt
Francine LeFrak and Cynthia Maltese
Sharon Sternheim, Lon Rubackin, and Lucia Hwong Gordon
Paula Hunnicutt, Courtney Gibson, and Virginia Butney
James Smith and Francine LeFrak
Sue Chalom and Louise Phillips Forbes
Francine LeFrak, Lisa Jonas, Jennifer Scully, Jessica De La Espriella, Maria Fernanda Diago, and Valentina Henao
John Calicchio, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Francine LeFrak, Jennifer Scully, Lisa Jonas, Tamara Laine, and Rick Friedberg
Blair Feldman, Francine LeFrak, Emanuela Cakirca, Sarita Smith, and Jennifer Samuels
Leslie Malaika Lewis, Richard Schwartz, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Rick Friedberg, Sharon Sternheim, Bisila Bokoko, and friends
Late last month, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts honored its Dress Circle members at a special dinner dance. The evening included a cocktail reception, followed by dinner by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center, live music from Marcia Mitchell Music, as well as table-side magic and mentalism by Magic by Mio. 

During the dinner, Judith Mitchell, CEO of the Kravis Center, welcomed and thanked the Dress Circle members saying “Because of your generosity, last season we exceeded our annual fundraising goal of $5.5 million. With your continued support, we will continue to have something for everyone for many more years to come.”
Jim and Judith Mitchell
Mike and Carol Cohen
Michael Bracci, Kravis Center Board Chairman, also addressed the guests, highlighting the economic impact arts and culture have in the community, stating that more than 10 million people have attended performances at the Kravis Center since 1992.

Guests were also treated to a special video presentation which included celebratory 25th anniversary greetings from Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Feinstein, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Penn & Teller, Kenny Rogers, Neil Sedaka, Lily Tomlin and many more.
Colleen and Michael Bracci
Eileen Berman and Jay Bauer
The Dress Circle Dinner Dance was sponsored by Nancy DeMatteis & The DeMatteis Family Foundation and UBS Private Wealth Management.

Dress Circle members are donors who support the Center by contributing $1,000 or more annually.  Membership benefits include priority seating based on membership level, special ticketing privileges, including ticket exchange, invitation to the annual Dress Circle recognition event, 15 percent discount on all purchases made at the Kravis Center Gift Shop, listing in Kravis Center Playbill and Ovations magazines and acknowledgement of support on the Dress Circle Wall of Honor.

For more information on becoming a member of the Kravis Center call 561-651-4320 or visit
Nancy DeMatteis and Diane Bergner
John and Daisy Merey
Ellen and Irwin Levy
Paula and George Michel
Mollie and Ira Dinerman
Stacey and Mark Levy
Barry and Meredith Snader, Judy Lewent, and Mark Shapiro
Brian and Pam McIver
Lori and Harold Corrigan
Kristen and Russell Bissett with Judy and Jim Harpel
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (PCF); Natalie Bero/AnnieWatt (Stolman & SameSky); Capehart Photography (Kravis Center)