Championing the makers

This past Tuesday night the New York City Ballet held its 2016 Fall Gala, "Celebrating Five Years of Ballet & Fashion," at the David H. Koch Theater.

This year's gala marked the fifth anniversary of the world of fashion working directly with the world of ballet, an idea that came from NYCB's most famous balletomanes, Sarah Jessica Parker. This year's program featured four world premiere ballets, each with costumes by distinguished designers. Principal Dancer Lauren Lovette was paired with Narciso Rodriguez; Resident Choreographer Justin Peck partnered with Dries Van Noten; Corps de Ballet Member Peter Walker in collaboration with Jason Wu, and acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa who was paired with Rosie Assoulin. The program also concluded with an excerpt of Bal de Couture which was choreographed by Peter Martins for the inaugural 2012 fall fashion gala with costumes by Valentino.
It was a very glamorous black tie affair. The women give it that glamour. The Gala Chairs were Ricki Lander, Noriko "Daisy Lin" Maeda, and Sarah Jessica Parker.  There was also a huge Honorary Committee which including Matthew Broderick, Hugh Dancy and Clare Danes, Jenna Lyons, Julianna Margulies (who really looks like a movie star) and Keith Lieberthal, Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld and a host of famous fashion designers.  At the beginning of the dinner after the performances, it was announced that they'd raised a record-breaking $2.5 million from the show.

It's pure brilliant solace for this day-to-day New Yorker, and we are so lucky to have it available to us. Furthermore it's good for the children and very exciting to see the intense dedication and discipline and wonder that goes into the dancers' astounding work.
Last Thursday at Michael's Restaurant, MAD Museum Trustees, upper level Museum Members and VIPs were invited to a Board of Trustees dinner welcoming MAD's new Chair of the Board of Trustees Michele Cohen and newly appointed Nanette L. Laitman Director Jorge Daniel Veneciano.

Guests included Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober, Marc Benda, Simon Bolton, Cecily Carson, Jerome and Simona Chazen, Mike De Paola, Michael and Patti Dweck, Mason Granger, Carole Hochman, Joan and George Hornig, Rick Kinsel, Elizabeth Kurpis, Amy Lau, Maureen Nash, Nana Onishi, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin Blackmore, Marc Rosen, Patricia and Michael Sovern, Jill Spalding, Shannon R. Stratton, Ann Van Ness, and Marlies Verhoeven among others. 
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum's founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies.

Today, the Museum's curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. The Museum will be celebrating its Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary this year. 
On September 8th, nearly three hundred members of New York City’s philanthropic, business, civic and 9/11 communities joined forces with Tuesday’s Children at its “Roots of Resilience Gala” in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 at The Pierre in Manhattan. Tuesday’s Children is the  premiere non-profit serving the 9/11 community, military families of the fallen and communities worldwide affected by  terrorism.  The event, which raised $400,000, was emceed by Michelle Charlesworth, Reporter and Anchor, WABC-TV.

Honored at the event were Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, Jr. on behalf of the men and women of the Armed Forces; Chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc., Larry Silverstein; Founder of the FealGood Foundation, John Feal; and Shannon Forde, former Senior Director of Media Relations for the New York Mets.
“Each year we gather to honor the resilience of all those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001 including our 9/11 families, first responders and families of fallen military heroes,” said Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children. “But tonight, fifteen years later, while we remember dearly those we lost, we also celebrate how far we’ve come as individuals and as an organization.  I’d like to thank our supporters, partners, donors and volunteers whose time and generosity have allowed us to not only continue serving our families, but to expand our reach to others both here and abroad.”

The Gala was chaired by Tom Seaman, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Orbis International, and Jackie Seaman, Vice President, VIP Services & Global Events, Global Marketing & Communications at Stuart Weitzman. Patrick Haynes of the Thurston Group and actor Brendan Fraser attended the event. Also in attendance was Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, and Retired Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton, MD, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs.
Tuesday’s Children Board Chairman, David Weild IV, Chairman and CEO of Weild & Co., said, “We are so proud to honor General Dunford,  Larry Silverstein, John Feal and Shannon Forde for their extraordinary contributions to our nation and our city. Each, in their own way, has made our communities stronger and more resilient. I would also like to thank Tom and Jackie Seaman for making tonight a great success.”

The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, program and a silent and live auction. Award-winning singer-songwriter Rachael Sage performed her signature blend of soulful and innovative folk, pop and classical. Auction items included an opportunity to meet footwear designer Stuart Weitzman in his NY Showroom and design a custom, one-of-a-kind shoe with him and a Ballkid Experience with the New York Knicks.
Tuesday’s Children was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Its mission today is to keep the promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities affected by acts of terror worldwide. Tuesday’s Children offers a time-tested, long-term approach—forged in the aftermath of 9/11—that enables families and communities torn apart by tragedy to heal, recover, and thrive for a lifetime. Since 2001, Tuesday's Children has helped more than 10,000 individuals impacted by the 9/11 tragedy, including: families of 9/11 victims, responders and military service members; international youth; and local communities recovering from tragedy. For more information, please visit
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (NYCB); Annie Watt (MAD); Paul Morigi/Getty Images (Tuesday's Children)