Monday, November 14, 2016

Celebrating the Neighborhood

Kathy and Othon Prounis with Superman and Supergirl
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House  hosted Celebrate the Neighborhood, its annual fall Associates Committee benefit on Thursday, November 3th. The benefit raised $260,000 for Neighborhood House programs.  The evening comprised cocktails at Oscar de la Renta, followed by dinner and dancing  at the Metropolitan Club for 245 supporters. Kathy and Othon Prounis, Board Member and Associates Committee Chairs, were honored for their support of the House and other philanthropic works. A brief program during dinner  acknowledged Kathy and Othon as the Honorees, at which time he was presented with a gift from the Neighborhood House. DJ Daddy Dog provided the music.
Casey Sills, Amory McAndrew and friend
Evening's Chairs included Emily & Richard Leonard, Kamie & Richard Lightburn, Christopher Spitzmiller, Lacary Sharpe, Margot &  Randy Takian,  Julie & Ted Weld. Chele & Richard Farley, Mark Gilbertson, Tim Hamilton, Lindsey Coral Harper, Stephanie & James Loeffler, Jill Ross & Paul Cole, Sana Sabbagh, Stephen Simcock, Ashley Whittaker Spence, Mary & Guy Van Pelt served as Vice Chairs.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Associates Committee benefit raises critical private funds that enable the organization to serve thousands of  New Yorkers in need annually who live, work or to go school on Manhattan’s East  Side and on Roosevelt Island. Neighborhood House clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants and thousands more.
Kathy and Othon Prounis
Ashley Whittaker, Diana Quasha and Frank Laznovsky
Kate Wood and David Sprouls
Kathy Prounis and Sana Sabbagh
Debbie Bancroft and Geoffrey Bradfield
Mary Van Pelt, Lydia Tower, Mark Dorfman, and Emily Leonard
Val and Yaz Hernandez
Garth Wakeford and Jennifer Borg
Jill Ross, Andrea Culliford, and Katherine Tekworth-Porter
Margot and Randy Takian
Tracy Johnson and Weston Quasha
Doug Steinbrech, Rocco Piazza, and Mark Gilbertson
Kamie and Richard Lightburn
Seth Rafaeli, Bitsy Wainwright, Emily Leonard, and Christopher Spitzmiller
Chris Gefaell, Maggie Currey, Lindsey Harper, and friend
Kemp Steib and Margot Takian
Lacary Sharpe and Virginia Wilbanks
Audrey Margarite, Alberto Villalobos, Alix Lerman, and Nazira Handal
Warren Scharf with Kathy and Othon Prounis
Kathy and Othon Prounis with Kamie Lightburn
Piper Kerman, author and muse of eponymous hit series, "Orange is the New Black," was honored at The Horticultural Society’s 23rd Annual Fall Luncheon on October 25.

The event began with a panel discussion between Piper Kerman and Hilda Krus, Director of The Rikers Greenhouse Therapy Program, moderated by Board Trustee, Alison Strong.
Piper Kerman and Hilda Krus
Followed by a reception and silent auction, guests were then seated to a festive fall lunch and a presentation of the Bobby Margolis Award of Excellence was presented to Piper Kerman. Nearly 220 guests raised an amazing $200k in donations to support The Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenHouse!

Kamie Lightburn, Alexia Leuschen, Nicole Miller, Norma Dana, Frances Schultz, Warrie Price, Missey Condie and Karen Condie, Marianne Engle, Lee Anderson and Susan Gutfreund were all in attendance.
Jared Goss and Mila Harris
Rebecca Bagdonas and Mary Van Pelt
Barbara Georgescu, Sheila Stephenson, and Liz Peek
Alison Strong, Piper Kerman, and Kamie Lightburn
Alatia Bradley Bach and Sally Horchow
Kathy Prounis and Alexia Leuschen
Elaine Arace and Kate McNamara
Nearly 600 guests gathered at the Marriott Marquis for the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter’s 22nd Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit on Thursday, November 3, 2016. The benefit raised over $1.1 million, with proceeds going to the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Honorees included the New York Mets Manager Terry Collins, New York Met Matt Harvey, Miami Marlin (and former New York Yankee) Ichiro Suzuki and tennis great Patrick McEnroe.
Jeremy Schaap presenting Lou Gehrig Sports award to Ichiro Suzuki
Matt Harvey accepting Lou Gehrig Sports Award
Judi Brown, President & CEO of the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter said, “We are so thankful for everyone’s continued support. We are honored by their commitment to help us with our mission of providing care for our patients and their families and funding research to find a cure for this horrible disease.”

The Jacob K. Javits Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brian Cashman, General Manager of the New York Yankees.
Patrick McEnroe accepting Lou Gehrig Sports Award
Terry Collins accepting the Lou Gehrig Sports Award
Jeremy Schaap served as the Master of Ceremonies with Howard Cross serving as auctioneer. Additional guests included Ed Kranepool, a former New York Met, Mickey Rivers, Roy White and Pat Kelly, all former New York Yankees, and Roger Lewis and Brad Wing, both with the New York Giants.

As one of The ALS Association's leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter serves patients and families throughout New Yorki City, Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and Northern & Central New Jersey. The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.  ALSA is a member of the National Health Council.
Allen Popowitz with the honorees
Jeremy Schaap
ALS Patient Chris Pendergast and CEO and President Judith Arner Brown
Dinner Chairs Jeffrey Loria, Leonard Tow, Alan Griffith, and David Lubars
Howard Cross
Jakob K. Javits Lifetime Achievment Award recipient Brian Cashman along with the Javits family
Patient Honoree Lindsay Abromaitis-Smith with her mother Karen Abromaitis
ALS Association Greater New York Chapter CEO and President Judith Arner Brown along with The Board of Directors, Dinner Chairs, and Honorees
The Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF), dedicated to finding cures and treatments for Huntington’s disease and other devastating brain disorders, held its ‘Celebration of Discovery’ Benefit Symposium and Dinner on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.  The event was attended by scientists, artists, and members of the business and civic community, all committed to eradicating Huntington’s disease and other life-shattering disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

Dr. Anne B. Young was awarded the Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science.   Dr. Young, with her late husband, John B. Penny, discovered an elegant and sophisticated explanation for how areas deep with the brain communicate with each other – or fail to do so.  Deep Brain Stimulation is based on their profound and insightful model.  
Cocktail reception at the Metropolitan Club
The Hereditary Disease Foundation recognizes transformative research with its Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science, created by founding trustee and sea-change architect Frank Gehry.  Frank, with his wife Berta, created this award to honor the memory of Frank’s daughter Leslie Gehry Brenner who died in 2008 of cancer.  
Leslie Stahl, Correspondent, "60 Minutes" and Master of Ceremonies for the Hereditary Disease Foundation Celebration of Discovery 2016
Howard McGillin
Established in 1968, the Hereditary Disease Foundation facilitates collaborative and innovative scientific research to further the understanding of Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that strikes in early- to mid-adulthood, destroying brain cells, and bringing on severe and progressive declines in personality, cognitive ability, and mobility. As a disease caused by a mistake on a single gene, Huntington’s disease is an ideal model for other brain disorders. Progress toward treatments and cures for Huntington’s disease will help identify treatments for other illnesses, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Research organized by the Foundation led to the discovery of the genetic marker for Huntington’s disease in 1983. The Foundation organized and funded a decade-long international collaboration of over 100 scientists who discovered the gene that causes Huntington’s in 1993. This work played an important role in the development of the Human Genome Project. For more information, visit
Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Park
David E. Zwally, Chairman of the Board, Hereditary Disease Foundation, and Mary Beth Zwally
Dr. Nancy S. Wexler, President, Hereditary Disease Foundation; Budd Mishkin, and Dr. Anne B. Young, 2016 Recipient of the Hereditary Disease Foundation Leslie Gehry Brenner Prize for Innovation in Science
David Ijaz, Dr. Anne B. Young, and Dr. David E. Housman, Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Hereditary Disease Foundation
Mr. And Mrs. Chan Lee
Dr. Kelly Posner Gerstenhaber, Board Member, Hereditary Disease Foundation, and Dr. Nancy Wexler, President of Hereditary Disease Foundation
Richard Samson, Dr. Nancy S. Wexler, and Howard McGillin
Vonsattel Jean Paul with Lorimer and Judy Michael
Margot Weinshel Bazell, Robert Bazell, and Betty Cooper Wallerstein
Dr. Alice Wexler, Hereditary Disease Foundation Board of Directors and Dr. Nancy S. Wexler
On November 7, 2016, The Carter Burden Center for the Aging hosted its 45th Anniversary Gala, Celebrating Volunteerism. Macy’s, with acceptance by Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, received the 2016 Business Leadership Award, and Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, received the 2016 Humanitarian Award. The Gala Co-Chairs were Mr. & Mrs. A.J.C. Smith, Jeffrey A. Weber and Paul Wyatt, and the Vice Chairs were Susan Burden and William Goldman, Barry S. Sternlicht and Stacey Gillis Weber. The event, which was held at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan, welcomed 280 guests.
Peter Sachse, Chief Growth Officer, Macy’s, 2016 Business Leadership Honoree; Jeffrey A. Weber, Board Chairman, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Susan L. Burden, Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; William J. Dionne, Executive Director, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; and Andy Sieg, Head of Global Wealth & Retirement Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, 2016 Humanitarian Honoree
The Carter Burden Center’s volunteers are able to offer a range of services, such as health workshops that promote wellness to body, mind and spirit, case management and supportive counseling to seniors through the Elder Mistreatment & Abuse Prevention Program, and keeping seniors active through arts programs that engage their creativity and help them learn new skills. In addition to the Carter Burden Center’s committed staff, last year 3,500 volunteers gave over 31,000 hours of their time so that these programs could thrive. These volunteers help reach many more seniors in a personal way by assisting with grocery deliveries to seniors who are homebound, providing health education and monitoring vital signs, and teaching English as a second language.

The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman.  The mission is to promote the well-being of seniors, 60 and older, through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs.  The Carter Burden Center is dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity.  For more information, please visit
Susan L. Burden, Donna M. Corrado, and Caryn Resnick
Sarah Sachse, Peter Sachse, and Jini Sachse
Peter Sachse, Jini Sachse, Susan L. Burden, and Terry J. Lundgren
Jeffrey A. Weber, Peter Sachse,and Susan L. Burden
Andy Sieg and Jeffrey A. Weber
Photographs by Anthony Collins Photography (Hereditary Disease); Hechler Photography (Burden Center)