Thursday, December 1, 2016

Coming together

Front row: Georgina Chapman, Keren Craig, Jennifer Fisher, Anne Marino, Citymeals on Wheels Board Member Patricia Wexler, M.D., Patti Cohen, and Aliza Licht. Back row: Katherine Boulud, Citymeals on Wheels Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud, and David Hochberg.
On Friday, November 18th, 400 women – leaders of industry, media, government and the arts – came together to support the Citymeals on Wheels 30th Annual “Power  Lunch for Women.” This by-invitation-only benefit, emceed by Carla Hall, Co-Host of ABC’s The Chew, chef and cookbook author, raised $1 million to provide meals for New York’s homebound elderly.

As it gets ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its founding, Citymeals honored Co-Founder and Board Chair Gael Greene for her tireless dedication to the organization that has delivered 54 million! meals since Christmas 1981.
Citymeals on Wheels Board of Directors Co-President Robert S. Grimes; Event emcee Carla Hall; Citymeals on Wheels Co-Founder, Board Chair and Power Lunch Honoree Gael Greene; Rosanna Scotto; Sunny Anderson; Citymeals on Wheels Board of Directors Co-President Chef Daniel Boulud; and Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels Beth Shapiro
This year’s powerful women were Sunny Anderson, Donatella Arpaia, Ariane Ruskin Batterberry, Kathleen Battle, Jennifer Baum, Aliyyah Baylor, Alison Lohrfink Blood, Samantha Boardman, Bobbi Brown, Georgina Chapman, Leah Cohen, Keren Craig, Ariane Daguin, Dasha Epstein, Florence Fabricant, Elizabeth Falkner, Georgette Farkas, Penny Glazier, Jamee Gregory, Donna Hanover, Jill Kaplan, Suri Kasirer, Harriette Rose Katz, Celerie Kemble, Dorothy Kretchmer, Barbara Lazaroff, Alexandra Lebenthal, Zarela Martínez, Commissioner Julie Menin, Wendi Murdoch, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Enid Nemy, Daphne Oz, Karen Page, Monica Parikh, Ruth Reichl, Deborah Roberts, Betty Rollin,Rosanna Scotto, Danielle Smith, Christina Steinbrenner, Dee Soder, Silda Wall Spitzer, Cicely Tyson, Donna Zaccaro Ullman, Janice Savin Williams, Patricia Wexler, M.D., and Judith Zabar among others.
Stacy Alvarez and Citymeals on Wheels Board Member Bobbi Brown
A couple of dozen men were allowed the privilege of lunching with these powerful and famous women for an admission price of $10,000. This year’s “$10K Men” included Daniel Boulud, Michael Lynne, Ralph Scamardella, John Shapiro, and Alexander Smalls.

Others who have lent their support to the event, but were unable to attend include Jeff Bliss, Judy Blume, Blythe Danner, Mario Grauso, Stephanie March, Richard Melman, Yoko Ono Lennon, John Pomerantz, and Meryl Streep.
Daniel Boulud and Katherine Boulud
Greene said, “I was horrified to find that so many of my ailing neighbors did not have these basic needs met. So, with the help of some very good friends, I took action. No one ever intends to grow old – alone and impoverished, unable to manage even a single flight of stairs. The people you help us feed, their faces are familiar: a beloved school teacher, the acrobatic dancer at the end of the line onstage, the short order cook at the diner, an expression so like our grandmothers’. The simple meal we send tells them someone they may never meet knows they are there; strangers want to help them.”

Official sponsors of Citymeals on Wheels were American Airlines and FIJI Water. Event sponsors included Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Citarella, Citi, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Plymouth Gin, The Travelers Companies, Inc., Tao Group, Zabar’s and
Citymeals on Wheels Co-Founder, Board Chair and Power Lunch Honoree Gael Greene, with Event emcee Carla Hall
More than 60 percent of Citymeals recipients are over 80 years old; 23 percent are over 90; more than 200 have lived at least a century; all recipients are chronically disabled by conditions such as vision loss, diabetes, arthritis and heart disease; and nearly all need assistance walking. It is estimated that 66 percent use a cane; 39 percent use a walker; 16 percent use a wheelchair. Citymeals recipients are also isolated: 57 percent live alone; 40 percent rarely or never leave their homes; and 8 percent have no one with whom they can talk. Many are also at risk for malnutrition.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals has relied on the generosity of its Board of Directors, the City of New York, sponsors and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations will be used entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.
Event emcee Carla Hall; ABC News Anchor Deborah Roberts (Photo credit: Konrad Brattke) Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman
Alexander Smalls, Beth Shapiro, and Cicely Tyson
Lenore Skenazy, Daphne Oz, Wendi Murdoch, and Citymeals on Wheels Board Member Christina Steinbrenner
Citymeals on Wheels Board Member Aliyyah Baylor with chef Elizabeth Falkner
Stephanie Goldman, Beth Shapiro, Taylor Drotman, and Nicole Heffner
Citymeals on Wheels Board Member David Rockwell, Citymeals on Wheels Board Member Margo MacNabb Nederlander, and Daniel Boulud
Stephanie Goldman Georgette Farkas
Catching up with the charitable times. Monday night, a week ago, The Child Mind Institute raised more than $7 million and honored philanthropists Nancy and Fred Poses and Duke University professor Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, at its seventh annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The Poses were honored for their deep commitment to children and families. Through their Poses Family Foundation, they spearheaded the creation of, a comprehensive free online resource for parents of children with learning and attention issues along with 14 other founding nonprofit partners, including the Child Mind Institute. 
Child Mind Institute Founding President Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Brooke Garber Neidich, Nancy Poses, Dr. Kenneth Dodge, and Fred Poses
This event, hosted this year by Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, raises critical funds that allow the Child Mind Institute to continue transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD, the William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, was presented with the 2017 Child Mind Institute Distinguished Scientist Award in honor of his work as a leading scholar in the development and prevention of conduct disorder and aggressive and violent behaviors.

The Dinner also spotlighted the stories of families who have worked with the Child Mind Institute to overcome mental health and learning disorders.
Mike Fascitelli, Brooke Garber Neidich, and Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz
The evening concluded with a lively auction led by the ubiquitous and highly successful special events auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie’s. With that talent of hers, they  raised a record breaking amount of funds for the Child Mind Institute’s financial aid program. Notable celebrity present included actors Kyle Maclachlan, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Dr. Ruth.

Benefit chairs included: Andreas C. Dracopoulos; Elizabeth and Michael Fascitelli; Debra G. Perelman and Gideon Gil; Julie and Edward J. Minskoff; Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich; Linnea and George Roberts; Preethi Krishna and Ram Sundaram.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kyle Maclachlan, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz
The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Their teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain, and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Together with their supporters, they’re helping children reach their full potential in school and in life. They share their resources freely, and do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Learn more at
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Michael Aram, and Aret Tikiryan
Al Roker and Deborah Roberts
Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Christine Mack
Jake Poses, Max Poses, Fred Poses, Nancy Poses, and Ram Sundaram
The tented peaks of "Ali Baba's Palace" rose at Yellowframe Farm the first Saturday in November and welcomed revelers to the Annual Millbrook Hunt Ball.  Torches led the way as members of the Hunt drove up to their festive evening on a cold, crisp night in the middle of a field.

Men and women in white tie attire ("Scarlet if Convenient" meaning traditional tailcoats in bright red) and women in long black, midnight blue , etc., arrived to greet each other "on the ground" as it were. A convivial lot when not jumping fences through the countryside, they descended into the horse paddock and proceeded to the Cocktail Tent. A carpeted floor welcomed stilettos and sweeping dresses alike, assuring comfort for all; all evening!
Lelee Brandt, Parker Gentry, Nancy Stahl, Donald Tober, and Barbara Tober
This annual celebration is still all about the countryside in which each family lives. These equestrian conservationists have been active for over 100 years preserving, supporting and enhancing the character and atmosphere of this special Hudson Valley area. Equestrian-related events, including trail rides, hunter paces, hunter trials and hound and puppy shows are open to the entire community whether they ride or not.  The Hunt also maintains riding and walking trails throughout at their expense and for the enjoyment of others who inhabit them.

Dutchess County is now famous for its farms and "green" areas that strengthen the concept of "open space" outside New York City.  The Millbrook Farm Area depends upon this rural, agrarian and preservationist spirit or what is otherwise known as "The Green Belt" in affiliated countries throughout the civilized world.
Besides those pictured below, those deeply involved include Oakleigh and Jacqueline Thorne, Irene and Jack Banning, Craig and Gloria Callen, Marion and Willem deVogel, Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Elissa Kramer and Jay Newman, Claire and Chris Mann, Ottavio and Charlotte Serena di Lapigio, Abigail and Julian Steinberg, Jessica and Peter Tcherepnine and dozens of others committed to continuing our Dutchess Conservancy and other local preservationist initiatives.
Bryant Seaman, Barbara Tober, Rebecca Seaman, Jim Cornell, Lea Cornell, and Donald Tober
Jackie and Nick Drexel
Tom Francoline and Lelee Brandt
Fernanda Kellogg and Diana King
Michael Bassett, Fernanda Kellogg, Barbara Tober, and Tara Kelly
John Klopp, Karen Klopp, and Adam Klopp
Barbara Tober and Laureen Knutsen
Bill Stahl, Nancy Stahl, and Bonnie Step
Donald Tober, Jonathan Thorne, and Oakleigh Thorne
Andrea Walton and John Robert Massie
Diana Niles King, Lucy Tower, Kirk Henckels, and Fernanda Kellogg
Mita and Jerry Bland
Rebecca and Brian Seaman
Jeff Hood and Parker Gentry
Paula Redmond and Toby Collins
Terry and John Regan
Karen Klopp, Stephanie Clark, and Carol Holmes Delouvrier
David and Jane Parshall
Natasha Blodgett and Sebastian Pinto-Thomaz
Julian Steinberg
John and Theresa Sprague
Klopp Table
Bob Hardwick
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, The Fresh Air Fund hosted its Annual Fall Benefit and Silent Auction, “Cirque du Fresh Air,” at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Over 700 supporters and friends enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction and raised over $540,000 to benefit The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit organization.

The Gala Chairs were Ashton Abbot and Evan W. Uhlick, Selita Ebanks, Isabelle B. Krusen, Courtney Alexis Langer, and Tamie Peters Thomas and Richard D. Thomas.

Vice Chairs were Alexandra and Edward Shaheen, and Ticket Chairs were David Mehlman and Amanda K. Starbuck.
Richard D. Thomas, Tamie Peters Thomas, Mike Sodikoff, Isabelle B. Krusen, Selita Ebanks, Fatima Shama, Ashton Abbot, Evan W. Uhlick, Courtney Alexis Langer, Edward Shaheen, Alexandra Shaneen, David Mehlman, and Amanda Starbuck
Silent Auction highlights included: private show with The Foodie Magician; two-night stay ocean-view Jr. Suite at Faena Hotel in Miami Beach ; visit set of Showtime’s Billions; chef’s tasting dinner Avra Madison; two tickets Project Runway Finale at NY Fashion Week; two-night stay Museum Hotel in Turkey in luxury cave suite with view of Cappadocia Valley;  tickets to Broadway shows, television tapings, sports teams; handbags by Giorgio Armani, Chloe, The Row; golf packages; jewelry; spa packages and more.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Each summer, nearly 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural and suburban communities along the East Coast and Southern Canada. 3,000 children attend five Fresh Air camps in the summer on a close to 2,000 acre site in Fishkill, New York.  Young people also participate in year-round educational enrichment programs at camp and in New York City. For more information, visit
Christopher O'Malley, Lydia Carlston, Fresh Air Fund Board Chairman William P. Lauder, and Fresh Air Fund Board President Wendy R. Flanagan
Benefit Chairs and Fresh Air Fund Board member Richard D. Thomas and his wife Tamie Peters Thomas, Mike Sodikoff, Board member and Benefit Chair Isabelle B. Krusen, Benefit Chair Selita Ebanks, and Fresh Air Fund Executive Director Fatima Shama
Board member Craig Ivey and his wife Janice Ivey
Michael Bogner and Crystal Martin
Elissa Ericson and Matthew Ericson, Board member David Perpich and Nilam Perpich, Brian Hamman, and Emily Hamman
Katie Cooper, Benefit Chair Evan W. Uhlick, and Benefit Chair Ashton Abbot
Maria Babaev and Courtney Alexis Langer
Darren Wainer, Sandy Mei, Allie Lynch, and Benji Nwachukwu
Howard Gould, Jessica Peters, Emily Driscoll, and David Mehlman
Photographs by Eric Vitale & Konrad Bratke (Citymeals); (Millbrook); Cutty McGill (YAGP).