Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dressed for the occasion

Eric Rutherford, Seth Tringale, Julia Loomis, Roberto Bolle, Alessandra Ferri, Marco Pelle, and Julie Kent at ABT's annual spring gala.
The American Ballet Theatre held its annual spring gala this past Monday night with a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House of Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” as choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky with Misty Copeland in the title role.

The New York Times
gave it a rave – “The ‘Firebird’ – now enthrallingly suspenseful storytelling – looked far better than when new ... For these and other reasons this was Ballet Theatre’s most valuable gala in many, many years. Mr. Ratmansky, long a very fine choreographer, now begins to seem a great one.”

The evening was resplendent also in the ladies in the audience, beautifully and glamorously dressed for the occasion.

Michelle Obama was Honorary Chair of the evening. Gala chairs were Pamela Ford, Mary Elizabeth Snow, Sutton Stracke, Caryn Zucker.
Alexis Mabile, Sutton Stracke, Frederic Robertson, and Susan Rockefeller
Allison Sarofim and Anh Duong
Amy Astley, Julie Granger, and Allison Sarofim
Ariana Rockefeller
Audrey Gruss
Cristen and Nigel Barker
Bridget Moynahan
Devon Teuscher, Connor Holloway, and Luciana Paris
Cynthia Erivo
Gillian Miniter
Jaimee and Peter Gregory
Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle
Kara Medoff Barnett and Kalliope Karella
Molly Ringwald and Panio Gianopoulos
Olu Evans and Misty Copeland
Star Jones
Roberto Bolle and Eric Rutherford
Nell Diamond
Jennifer Tilly
Joanne de Guardiola
Lois Robbins and Bettina Zilkha
Jean Shafiroff, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Fe Fendi
Kevin McKenzie
Mary Snow and Natalie Kaplan
Julia Spillman-Gover
Lainy Hedaya
Prabal Gurung and Misty Copeland
Roberto Bolle and Alessandra Ferri
Vania Leles
Diane Von Furstenberg, Hamish Bowles
Hamish Bowles, Amy Fine Collins, and Kara Medoff Barnett
Julia Loomis
Melissa Smith and Omar Hernandez
Rianne ten Haken
On May 3, 2016, nearly 650 supporters including patients, family members, healthcare leaders and business executives attended the 14th Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Laugh for Life: New York. The evening raised over $875,000 making this year's event the most successful ever. This support further accelerates scientific research in multiple myeloma while setting the standard for efforts in all cancers.

The event featured the comedic talent of Joy Behar, comedic emcee, writer, actress and Emmy Award-Winning talk show co-host. Actor and comedian Brad Zimmerman opened the night, and New York stage actor and stand-up comedian Mario Cantone was the headline performer. For the second year in a row, WABC-TV meteorologist Amy Freeze served as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Alison Tress, Amy Freeze, Cindi Stern, Mario Cantone, Sherrie Lippman, Sue Korn, and Anne Quinn Young
The MMRF honored Laugh Co-Chair Sherri Lippman with the Carol Goldschein Spirit of Hope Award presented by Celgene for her extraordinary commitment to the MMRF and its mission. Mrs. Lippman's dedication and drive to cure this disease is inspired by her close connection to multiple myeloma: her father passed away from the disease, and her sister, Jane is currently battling this incurable cancer.

Laugh for Life was founded by three sisters – Sue Korn, Cindi Stern, and the late Carol Goldschein –to support the MMRF mission and to celebrate life through laughter. It has since raised almost $7 million to support transformative cancer research. Laugh co-chairs included Sherri Lippman and Alison Slap Tress. Presenting Sponsor was Celgene Corporation and Leadership Circle Sponsors were Janssen Oncology and Takeda Oncology.
Amy Freeze and Mario Cantone
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised more than $300 million since its inception and directs nearly 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator's coveted four-star rating for 11 consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency.
Annbeth Katz, Harry Frankel, and Ann Frankel
Catherine Sloane, Alison Tress, and Ben Davis
Ann Meschery, Carol Domina, and Annette Bass
Margie and Youn Hadar
Karen Reinert, Michael Reinert, Mario Cantone, Joy Behar, and Brad Zimmerman
Norma Reichlin and Alison Berke
Megan Parker and Jessica Rubino
Amy Harris, Bonnie North, and Jane Kielt
Hayley Kaye and Michael Blum
Joy Behar
Cindi Stern, Jane Cavallaro, and Laura Gilman
Gus Campisano, Laurie Campisano, and Tucker Erickson
Sue Korn and Marilyn Reis-Small
Victoria Benjamin, Taffy Benjamin, and Stephanie Benjamin
Michael Blum, Joyce Krawiecki, and Steven Byron
Amy Atwood, Ceci Zak, and Ryan Cohlhepp
Debra Fuentes, Nicole Woodley, and Scott Alspach
Over 500 guests came together at The Pershing Square Signature Center for Signature Theatre's 25th Anniversary Gala honoring the theatre's Founding Artistic Director, James Houghton for his leadership on the occasion of his last season. Under Houghton's leadership, the Company has launched three distinct residency programs; produced more than 100 plays; built The Pershing Square Signature Center; created the Signature Ticket Initiative, designed to create accessibility to theatre for all; and became the first New York City recipient of the Regional Theater Tony Award.
Playwright Athol Fugard addressed the crowd and called Mr. Houghton a "man of magnitude."
The star-studded evening, hosted by Board Chairman Edward Norton and star of ABC's Modern Family Ty Burrell (both alumni of the Signature Theatre stage) featured a number of live performances and videos celebrating Houghton and representing artistic and programmatic milestones from each of the theatre's first 25 years. The evening kicked off with a rousing performance by jazz band Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and continued with the reading of an official Proclamation from the City of New York naming April 18 "James Houghton Day", along with a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.
Ty Burrell and Tony Kushner performing a mini-play about Signature Theatre's origins. Mr. Houghton is played by Burrell and Kushner portrays a guardian angel (a nod to Kushner's Angels in America)
Ty Burrell and Tony Kushner
Performers included: Leon Addison Brown, Meghan Andrews, Marsha Stephanie Blake, T-Bone Burnett, Chuck Cooper, Brandon Dirden, Jason Dirden, Frankie Faison, Hallie Foote, Bill Heck, Charlie Hudson III, Joaquina Kalukango, Maggie Lacey, January LaVoy, Tonya Pinkins, Roslyn Ruff, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, and Lois Smith.

Special Guests for the evening included: Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, Bill Heck, David Henry Hwang, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, T Bone Burnett, A.R. Gurney, Katori Hall, Regina Taylor, Tonya Pinkins, Bill Irwin, Annie Baker, among many others.
Signature Board Chairman Edward Norton with playwright Suzan Lori Parks
Signature Theatre Founding Artistic Director Jim Houghton and Laura Linney
John and Amy Griffin of the John and Amy Griffin Foundation
David Henry Hwang, Ty Burrell, Jim Houghton, and Edward Norton
Joyce O'Connor, Christine Jones, and Peter Sarsgaard
Kimberley Sanderson-Hutfilz, Sara Zilkha, Kate Roche Hope, Susannah Heyworth, and Caroline Polisi
Irv Weiser and his wife Marge Weiser with Oskar Eustis and his wife Laurie Eustis
Paige Evans and Erika Mallin
Holly and Ty Burrell
Richard Willett, Linda Willett, Sylvana Ward Durrett, and Erika Mallin
Tom Finkelpearl, Kate Roche Hope, and Erika Mallin
Jim Houghton and Signature Playwrights
Madison Square Boys & Girls Club raised over $1 million for its youth programs with the Fourth Annual Youth of the Year Dinner at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers. Over 600 guests celebrated the success of four Clubhouse youth, who have demonstrated a consistent dedication to their education. Youth of the Year is the premier national recognition program for Boys & Girls Club members.
Youths of the Year Kayla Williams and Daquan Saxon, Cheryl Wills, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, and Youths of the Year Maylynn Rosario and Chassidy David
Frank Fortino, President and CEO of Metropolis Group, and Peter Serpico, Principal and CEO of Omnibuild, were featured as the Champion of Youth Honorees. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Board Chair and President of Charles Schwab Foundation, and Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co., served as the Keynote Speaker.  Cheryl Wills, award-winning anchor and senior reporter for New York One News, joined as the Master of Ceremonies.  The evening's special guests included Madison's four Youth of the Year: Daquan Saxon, Maylynn Rosario, Chassidy David and Kayla Williams.
Bassam Tarazi, Marcin Plichcinski, Tom Eswein, Dan Majewski, Josie McNamara, and Ray Luglio
Serving over 5,000 youth in some of New York City's most disadvantaged communities, Madison offers a safe and supportive place where urban youth can come when they are not in school and find support and guidance from caring adults.  Madison aims to empower youth from underserved neighborhoods to see past their own circumstances and find the tools necessary to pursue the vast opportunities that lie ahead of them.

"I have grown so much because of the countless opportunities and programs that were opened to me," said Chassidy David. "It is at the Club where I am able to forget about any troubles and receive all the love, encouragement, and support I need. To be a member of the Club is truly an opportunity to be a part of greatness."
Dave Herbert, Keith Huber, Mike Loewengart, and Zach Rosenblum
Emily Glotzer, Rupa Athreya, Trish O'Connor, Vanessa Touma, Kellen Frye, Tristan Fisher, and Isaac Mendelson
Guest, John T. Gelb, Bruce S. Gelb, and Jan Buck
Joe Patuleia, Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Chassidy David, and Brian Olson
Ron Porter, Barbara Taylor, and Fred Argir
Steve Gallucci, Joe Patuleia, Frank Fortino, Ronald Porter, and friend
ETrade Table
PwC Table
Fleischman Law Firm Table
Citi Table
Photographs by Hunter Abrams/BFA.com (ABT); Joan Marcus & Shevett Studio (Signature Theatre)