Monday, June 27, 2016


Alexandra Giniger, Wangechi Mutu, and Carol Jenkins at Amref Health Africa ArtBall.
Lots of catching up. Last Wednesday June 8th, more than thirty African artists from around the world came together to donate contemporary African artworks for auction at the Amref Health Africa ArtBall.

The benefit event – the first of its kind – was curated by Atim Annette Oton and featured artists from various cultural backgrounds. They honored Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu with the Rees Humanitarian Award for her work celebrating and empowering African communities.
The event was hosted by award-winning writer, producer and news anchor Carol Jenkins, Ethiopian supermodel, designer and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede, and gallery owner, Jack Shainman. Patrons of the event included El Anatsui and Dr. Massimiliano del Ninno. Paddle8 hosted the successful silent auction.

Eight of the artists who participated are based in New York: Doba Afolabi, Eto Otitigbe, Ify Chiejina, Ibou Ndoye, Claude Gomis, Tahir Carl Kimani, and TAFA). Artist Imo Nse Imeh, a previous New York resident, is now teaching in Massachusetts. The remaining artists represented 11 countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Founded almost sixty years ago and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa is the largest African-based health development non-profit in the world, creating and strengthening health systems at the grassroots level. Proceeds from the ArtBall helped to raise funds for Amref Health Africa’s innovative programs that span across thirty-five countries and build the health systems of thousands of communities.
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Beatrice Lebreton and Ibou Ldoye
Atim Annette Oton and Natalie Kates
Matt Humphrey, Tahir Carl Karmali, and Christopher Richards
Ibou Ldoye
Carol Jenkins
Mahlot Sansosa
Atim Annette Oton, Wangechi Mutu, Carol Jenkins, Bob Kelty, Natalie Kates, and Emily Correale
Elyiana Anagnos, Leksoon Marcellen, Maxine Mequelle, and Rachel Vanceltte
Liya Kebede
Megan Skidmore and Helen Toomer
Wangechi Mutu
The New York Academy of Medicine honored John Catsimatidis, CEO of the Red Apple Group, and Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart at its annual Gala this past Wednesday June 14th at the Mandarin Oriental New York.

The Gala, whose theme was “Healthy Cities. Better Lives,” raised $700,000 to support the Academy’s work in urban health, honoring individuals in business, medicine and journalism who have made significant contributions to improving the health of people in cities.
Academy Trustee Stanely Chang, MD, honoree John Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group, Academy Board Chair and Gala Chair George Thibault, MD, and Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
Nearly 400 guests gathered for the event, including a number of dignitaries from the health and social services sector: Dr. Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services; Dr. Donna Corrado, Commissioner of the New York City Department for the Aging; Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner of Prevention and Primary Care, representing Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Gary Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene at New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; and Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director, World Health Organization Office at the United Nations.
Urban Health Journalism Prize 2016 finalist Deborah L. Shelton of The Chicago Reporter, winner Alana Semuels of The Atlantic, and finalist Susan Dominus of The New York Times Magazine
The Academy also awarded the 2016 Urban Health Journalism Prize to Alana Semuels of The Atlantic and recognized three finalists, Deborah L. Shelton of The Chicago Reporter, Susan Dominus of The New York Times Magazine, and Laura Starecheski, formerly of NPR. The prize is awarded annually for superior media coverage on topics addressing the distinct challenges and opportunities for the health of people living in cities.

Cheryl Wills, NY1 Anchor, was emcee. Gala Chairs were James Flynn and George Thibault, MD.

Established in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine continues to address the health challenges facing New York City and the world’s rapidly growing urban populations. For more information, visit
2015 Urban Health Journalism Prize winner Brie Zeltner of the Cleveland Plain Dealer with 2016 winner Alana Semuels of The Atlantic
Jean Shafiroff and NY1 Anchor and Gala Master of Ceremonies Cheryl Wills
George Thibault, MD and honoree Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, and Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
The New York Academy of Medicine's 2016 Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows
And on Wednesday, June 8th, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic gathered at a private club in New York City for their annual Summer Benefit. Approximately 150 guests attended.

The evening began with a short champagne reception, followed by a chamber music performance at 8:15 p.m., and continued with a cocktail reception. Young New Yorker Chairman Sarah Jane Gibbons welcomed guests and introduced New York Philharmonic musicians, violinist Hyunju Lee, cellist Sumire Kudo, and pianist Eric Huebner who gave a performance of Paul Schoenfield’s whimsical Café Music.

Benefit Committee Chairmen for the event were Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons, Justin R. Kush, Anthony Martignetti, Blair and Edouard Métrailler, Stefan Nowicki, Alexandra C. Porter, and Mae R. Rogers.
Barbara Bispham and Gerardo Ubaghs
Robert Goodfellow and Gordon Beck
Christina Maloney, Keith Connor, and Amy Connor
Christina Maloney, Mike Nixon, Katherine Slattery, and Jennifer Reid
Eric Baroyan, Talene Baroyan, Sarah McGee, and Douglas McGee
Jack Cashion, Anne Wenk, Sarah Jane Gibbons, and Trevor Gibbons
Jennifer Li Godyn, Greg Bird, Mae Rogers, and Sheri Nentin Graniero
Jessica Saund, Marc Lewinstein, and Xanthe Ranger
Kitty Dibbini, Randolph Adler, and Robert Goodfellow
Matthew VanBesien, Sarah Jane Gibbons, and Trevor Gibbons
Michael Lorber, Eric Goldie, and Jeremy Batoff
NY Philharmonic Musician Hyunju Lee, YNY Chairman Sarah Jane Gibbons, NY Philharmonic Musician Eric Huebner, NY Philharmonic Musician Sumire Kudo, and Trevor Gibbons
Robert Goodfellow, Justin Kush, Barbara Regna, Michael Lorber, Jeremy Batoff, and Eric Goldie
Better late than never. This year’s Manhattan School of Music (MSM) Spring Gala was held on a Wednesday in May at the Rainbow Room for the second consecutive year.  The featured performances were from the MSM All-Stars, a roster of award-winning alumni and current students.

Among the evening’s cast of performers – and lending the group its sports-world ‘all-stars’ moniker – was former New York Yankee centerfielder (and jazz guitarist) Bernie Williams, a four- time World Series champ with the Yankees and one of this spring’s Bachelor of Music grads from MSM.
Manhattan School of Music (MSM) President James Gandre with MSM All-Stars
Also onstage: Tony Award-winner Shuler Hensley (graduated from MSM with a BM in 1990); rising jazz superstar Stefon Harris (whose BM in 1995 and Master of Music in 1997 are both from MSM); recent graduate, baritone Sol Jin (MM ’15, one of Opera News’ “25 Rising Stars”); and graduating and current students Giovanni Zanon (violin), Elena Pinderhughes (jazz flute, voice), Xiao Wang (violin); and more.
Among those in attendance were members of the MSM Board of Trustees and special guests, including Tony Bennett, ex-Yankee outfielder Roy White (with Williams, yet more Pinstripe royalty); and Dr. Henry and Nancy Kissinger (the latter is an MSM alumna).
Henry Kissinger, MSM President James Gandre, and MSM Board Chair Lorraine Gallard
Michael Neidorff, Noemi Neidorff (MSM Trustee), and Tony Bennett
Roy White, Delin Bru (MSM Trustee), Magdalena Gutierrez, Bernie Williams, and Abelardo Bru
Seth Gelblum, President James Gandre, Marcia Clay Hamilton (MSM Trustee), Donald Hamilton, Roy White, and Bernie Williams
President James Gandre, Chair Lorraine Gallard, and Tony Bennett
Bernie Williams (BM '16), jazz guitar
Giovanni Zanon, Manhattan School of Music Graduate (MM '16)
Sol Jin, baritone (MM '15) and Thomas Muraco, piano (MSM Faculty)
Xiao Wang, violin (BM '13, MM '15, AD '16)
Shuler Hensley (BM '90, Hon. DMA '14), performing "If I Were a Rich Man"
Andrea T. Sanseverino Galan, Vice President for Advancement, MSM
Bernie Williams (BM '16), Roy White, President James Gandre, and Henry Kissinger
Photographs by BFA (AMREF)