Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gala culture

Dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Last Thursday night, November 17th, The American Museum of Natural History held its annual gala at the museum. This was the museum’s largest benefit with more than 650 guests attending. They raised more than $4 million — a record.

The evening began with cocktails in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, followed by dinner in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, along with a live auction and a special performance with Steve Martin and Martin Short with Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko.
Museum Trustee Tom Brokaw
Among those attending, joining the museum’s President Ellen Futter were: Jane Kreakowski, Ellie Kemper, Matthew Morrison, Steve Higgins, Steve Burke, Kristen Wiig, Avi Rothman, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Alexi Ashe Meyers, Anne Stringfield, Kate McKinnon, Sasheer Zamata, Beck Bennett, Michael Che, Kyle Mooney, Colin Jost, Mikey Day Cecily Strong, Bobby Moynihan, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Leslie Jones, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Tom and Meredith Brokaw, Ron Perelman and Anna Chapman, Marlene Hess and Jim Zirin, Ken Wallach, Allison Mignone, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Linda Macaulay Keryn and Ted Mathas, Kenan Thopmson, Vanessa Bayer, Leven Rambin, Joe Pantoliano, Cynthia Rowley, James Murphy, Billy Magnussen, Questlove, Dan Abrams, Matt Harvey, Don Lemon, and Lara Spencer.
Mayor Bill de Blasio
Gala Chairs for the evening were Jodie and John Eastman, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, and Alice and Lorne Michaels.

Proceeds from the evening go to help support the Museum’s educational and scientific programming.
Martin Short and Steve Martin
Lara Spencer
Leven Rambin
Jane Krakowski
Don Lemon
James and Penny Gorman
Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Sasheer Zamata
Lia and Justin Bartha
Diane Sawyer
Museum Trustee Charles and Karen Phillips
Christina Topsoe and James Murphy
Billy Magnussen
Karen LeFrak and Museum Trustee Richard S. LeFrak
Matt Harvey
Museum Trustee and Gala chair Tina Fey and Gala chair Jeff Richmond
Joe Pantoliano
Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
Bobby Moynihan
Mary and Hon. Mitchell Silver
Museum Trustee John and Jodie Eastman with Alec Baldwin
Museum President Ellen V. Futter and Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees Lewis Bernard
Meredith and Museum Trustee Tom Brokaw
Museum Trustee Scott and Roxanne Bok with Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees Lewis and Jill Bernard
Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Museum Trustee Roger Altman, and Merryl Tisch
Meredith Brokaw and Chris Redlich
Museum Trustee John and Joella Lykouretzos, Trustee Alexandra, and Greg Mondre
Melissa and Carney Hawks
Melissa Villasenor, Mikey Day, and Alex Moffat
Hon. Scott Stringer and Elyse Buxbaum
Di Mondo
Museum Trustee and Gala Chair Tina Fey, Diana DiMenna, and Denise Spillane
Michael Koman, Ellie Kemper, and Hilaria and Alec Baldwin
Sean Burke, Steve Burke, and David Burke
Renee Puente, Matthew Morrison, Timo Weiland, and Leven Rambin
Guests honor Museum Trustee and Gala chair Lorne Michaels
Vanessa Bayer, Seth Meyers, and Kenan Thompson
Alexi Ashe Meyers and Seth Meyers
Allison Mignone and Elizabeth Davis
Michael Che, Alex Moffat, and Kyle Mooney
Museum Trustees and Gala chairs Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey
Sasheer Zamata, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Seth Meyers, and Kate McKinnon
Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Jeffrey Peltier, Museum Trustee Valerie Peltier, and Museum Curator Chris Raxworthy
Jon Batiste and Cynthia Rowley
(Top row left to right) Tripp Callan, Nina Patterson, Andrew Right, Allison Black, (seated) Caroline Grant, and Dana Wallach Jones
Museum Trustee Chris and Elizabeth Davis
Jennifer Carlock, Vanessa Bayer, and Museum Trustee Shazia Rizavi
Special performance by Steve Martin and Martin Short with Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jeff Babko
Last Wednesday night, November 16th, French Heritage Society (FHS) fêted Normandy and Chantilly with a lavish Proust Ball at the Plaza. Philanthropists and Francophiles attended in a stunning array of masks and Belle Époque attire. Guests dined in the Grand Ballroom, and danced the night away to the music of Alex Donner and His Orchestra, while celebrity auctioneer Nicholas Lowry led the lively fall auction.

The festive twist on the traditional fall gala anticipates the 35th anniversary of the French Heritage Society in 2017, which will culminate in an exclusive trip to France and Gala at the historic Chateau de Compiegne.
Ann and Bill Van Ness
Candice Gonzalez and Isabelle Lefevbre-Vary
The ball was held under the gracious patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States; His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias-Delattre; Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York; Mrs. Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States; and in the presence of FHS Chairman Elizabeth Stribling and FHS President Comte Denis de Kergorlay.
Denis de Kergolay and Elizabeth Stribling
Derek Dai and Prince John Landrum Bryant
The Gala Chairmen were CeCe Black, Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Kazie Metzger Harvey, Kamie Lightburn, Ursula Lowerre, Deborah Royce, Jean Shafiroff, and Ann Van Ness, and New York Chapter Chairmen are Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt and Guy Robinson.

Proceeds from the event support the restoration of French architectural gems in both countries the FHS is so dedicated to preserving; and to educate students, young professionals and the public about these historic treasures through its cultural educational programs and communications.
Countess Dorothea de La Houssaye, Joan Kahn, and Franck Laverdin
The Benefit Committee included Patricia Bauman and Prince John Landrum Bryant, Charles Royce, Stanley and Betty DeForest Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Xavier Flouret, John and Carole French, Barbara and Donald Tober, Baroness Laurie Bodor, James G. Brooks, Jr., Yann Coatanlem, Comtesse Caroline and Louis Brownstone, George and Jeri Sape, Michael Kovner, Lee Black, Richard Lightburn, Baroness Véronique Bich, Marquis de Clapiers, Zita Davisson, Christian Draz , Kirk Henckels and Fernanda Kellogg, Joan Kahn, Liz McDermott, David Sadroff, Shaune Valerie Arp, Elie Denfert-Rochereau, Elizabeth Hartnett, and Maureen Nash.

Among those attending: Mitzi Perdue, Howard and Gretchen Leach, Marifé Hernandez, Sana Sabbagh, Cécilia de Lencquesaing, Jean-Hervé de Lencquesaing, Dorian Dumonteil, Ronald Fleming, Dena Kaye, Judy McLaren, and Thomas and Karine Michelon.
Howard and Gretchen Leach
Elizabeth and Stanley Scott
Elizabeth Stribling and Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York
Frances La Gatta-Shelton, William Bruder, Annabelle Mariaca, and Alberto Mariaca
Kathleen Ryan and Liz McDermott
Guillaume Robic and Sana Sabbagh
Christian Draz and Marife Hernandez
Jacqueline Hill, Barbara Kemper Proust, Diana Frankel, Ann Van Ness, Elaine Arace, and Odile Lonchampt
Patricia Rose and Bill Fine
Lee and Cece Black
Jeffrey Greenip, Michelle Greenip, and Liz McDermott
Jeri and George Sape
Jean Shafiroff and Victor de Souza
Kathleen Girodano and Michel Witmer
Kirk Henkels, Fernanda Kellogg, and Guy Robinson
Sayada Rothchild and Camomile Hixon
Valeryia Lyutaya and Olivier Nourani
Yann Bertomeu and Pascal Zay
Peggy Grant and Jean Shafiroff
Peter Hoffman, Linda Hoffman, and Ann and Bill Van Ness
The Columbia Psychiatry Board of Advisors hosted an evening to honor Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Lawrence C. Kolb Professor, for his decade of service as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. The event took place at The Modern on Monday, November 14. Emcee for the evening, Andrew Solomon, Ph.D., welcomed the group of over 60 board members, colleagues and friends who raised more than $100,000 to support mental health research, treatment and awareness outreach.

The dinner program featured Andrew Solomon and Dana Buchman and focused on Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman’s professional and personal achievements over the past 10 years and included heartfelt remarks from the honoree himself.
Patricia and Bill Ramonas, Cathleen Collins, and Jeffrey Lieberman
Aspasia Zoumas, Patsy Kahn, Karen Kolster, and Rosemarie Lieberman
Andrew Solomon and Jeffrey Lieberman
Charlotte Ford and Rosemarie Lieberman
Lori and Steve Rosenfeld
Patricia Cayne, Rosemarie Lieberman, and Patricia Rosenwald
Dana Buchman, Mitch Kuflik, and Rob Sobel
Anna Maud Chapman, Jeffrey Lieberman, Sophie Boesen, and Eric Hadar
John Zieman, Teresa Melhado, Kathleen Pike, Rosemarie Lieberman, Jessica Mezzecappa, and Blair Simpson
Photographs by D. Finnin & R. Mickens (AMNH); Patrick McMullan & Annie Watt (FHS); Eve Vagg (Columbia Psychiatry)