|On July 29th, Anne and Jay McInerney co-hosted the annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons kick-off in Water Mill, NY with Gala Founder Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (daughter of Rita Hayworth) and 2016 Gala Chair Karyn Kornfeld.
Gala Honorees Bill Brand, President of HSN, and hockey legend Brendan Shanahan attended the event as did Alzheimer's Association President & CEO Harry Johns, who provided guests with an update from the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, the world's largest forum for the dementia research community. Aga Khan gave the crowd a glowing introduction to both Brand and Shanahan during her remarks. Kornfeld shared with guests her longtime involvement with the Gala and how Aga Khan took her under her wing when her grandmother, who suffered from Alzheimer's, passed away 15 years ago. The evening included a silent auction, which raised funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs. Upon departing, guests were treated to waffles from beloved New York institution, Wafels and Dinges, which had a truck in the front of the home.
|Attendees included: Karyn Kornfeld (Gala Chair), Princess Yasmin Aga Khan (Gala Founder), Harry Johns (Alzheimer's Association President & CEO), Bill Brand (Gala Honoree, President of HSN), Brendan Shanahan (Gala Honoree, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs), Anne and Jay McInerney (Hosts), Steve Kroft, Chris Henchy, Patty Raynes, Harry and Laura Slatkin, Amanda Hearst, Hunt Slonem, Alexandra Lebenthal, Alina Cho, Somers Farkas, Cornelia Sharpe Bregman, Robin Meltzer, Chele Chiavacci Farley, Nurit Kahane Haase, Louise Kornfeld, Diandra Douglas, Michele Herbert, Daryl Simon, Liliana Cavendish, Margo and John Catsimatidis and Sharon Bush.|
|The Hamptons Kickoff is held to celebrate this fall’s upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, held on October 25 in New York City. This year’s Gala will honor Bill Brand, President of HSN and the Chief Marketing Officer of HSN as well as Brendan Shanahan, the legendary former NHL player who is now the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala over three decades ago, the New York City, Chicago and Palm Beach events have raised more than $69 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association.|
|On Thursday, July 28, 2016 St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters held its Fourteenth Annual "Women of Valor" Awards Tea to honor a distinguished group of women who are leaders in their careers and in their communities. Presented by Macy's, the event took place inside the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria New York and was hosted by Ernie Anastos of Fox 5 NY.
Famed media personality and therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer (the "Women of Valor" 2015 Keynote Speaker) also attended the exciting and empowering afternoon.
|The 2016 honorees included: Keynote Speaker Melanie Contreras (Founder, Women to Women by Julia); Guest of Honor Claudia Bertolino; (Managing Director, Citco Fund Services, USA Inc.); Macy's Community Star Award Recipient Dylan Lauren (President, Dylan's Candy Bar); Humanitarian Award Recipients: Lisa A. Brown, Managing Director, National Director, Local Government Urban Efficiency (Johnson Controls); Sara Rubenstein, General Counsel (Simone Development Companies); Clarisa Award Recipients: Sarah Berman, President (The Berman Group) and Alyson J. Blewett, Director, Business Transition & Movement Management Project Management (CBRE Inc.).|
|A special thank you goes to the phenomenal 2016 Tea Committee and Tea Chair Margaret Grioli, VP of Corporate Communications and Employee Giving (Macy's).
With nearly 800 guests in attendance this was another successful "Women of Valor" Luncheon, to raise money for the mission of St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters.
|On Friday July 22nd, Michèle Gerber Klein, Diane B and Helen Allen Smith hosted a party to celebrate choreographer Jonah Bokaer's performance “Living Landscape” at the Parrish Art Museum. Jonah’s performance was the key note of the Platform Series curated by Andrea Gover, Century Arts Foundation Curator of Special Projects at Parrish Art Museum. The reception took place at the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Watermill, NY and was catered by Insatiable Eats.
Guests included: Richard Anderman, Chef Marco Barila, Charles Renfro, Dana Buckley, Tiffany Dubin, Joanna Fisher, Lee Fryd, Claude Grunitzky, Barbara Hoffman, Anya Lesum, Rachel Libeskind, Paul McCann, Olivia Motch, Ursula Nueman, Larry Nueman, Michele Pesner, Steven Pesner, Sana Sabbagh, Fred Seegal, Linda Silverman, Helen Allen Smith, Terrie Sultan, Amanda Taylor, Spencer Tomkins, Olivier Vidal, Billy Wright and Evan Yee.
|This fall Jonah Bokaer's collaboration with musician Pharrell Williams, and artist Daniel Arkham: “Rules of the Game” will make its New York premier at BAM Opera House on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
A Gala Dinner for 200 guests will follow the performance which will benefit Jonah's dance company, Chez Bushwick, with a special honor to his longtime patron and collaborator Diana Widmaier Picasso.
|Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of choreography with a structure that relies on visual art and design. His aim is to transform notions of how the public views and understands dance.
Bokaer was born to Tunisian and American parents, and has been active as a choreographer since 2002. He has created over 55 works in a wide range of mediums, such as film, opera, and installation, in venues, ranging from stage, to museums and galleries. He works internationally, and has preformed in museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, PS1 MoMA, The New Museum, The Museum of Arts & Design, MASS MoCA, Miami MOCA, MAC Marseille, IVAM Valencia, Palazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, SCAD Museum of Art, Ludwig Museum of Budapest, and MUDAM Luxembourg.
|More catching up. The American Cancer Society hosted its 11th annual Taste of Hope event at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The prominent culinary, wine, and spirits event featured some of New York’s most popular restaurants, chefs and beverage vendors. Guests enjoyed a walk-around tasting where they had the chance to sample trademark dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails.
Participating restaurants and chefs included cancer survivors Eric LeVine of Morris Tap & Grill and Chef Antonio Prontelli of Rock Center Café. Restaurant and beverage participants included: AG Kitchen, Alidoro, Almond, BLT Prime, Calle Ocho, Fresco By Scotto, La Fonda Del Sol, Luke’s Lobster, Magnolia Bakery, Nobu New York, Rock Center Café, STK Downtown, Todd English, Triomphe, Voilà Chocolat and many more. Approximately 50 participating restaurants and beverage sponsors were represented at the event.
|The event, which is presented annually by the American Cancer Society and the Taste of Hope volunteer committee and has raised more $1.5 Million to support the ACS’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. The Society is currently investing more than $450 million in over 50 types of cancer research, with 103 new extramural grants that went into effect this past July.
This year's event was hosted by event chairs Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff and the 2016 Taste of Hope Volunteer Committee. This year’s honorees were David Burke, Drew Nieporent and Jean Shafiroff.
|Corporate sponsors of the event were Allstate, Don Q Rum, Eurostruct Inc, Freshdirect, Gentle Giant, Halstead Property, Sabert, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, UHY LLP, Umenoyado, Vinitaly International and Wine Spectator.
The event raised over $200,000. American Cancer Society are still accepting donations via their website www.tasteofhopenyc.org.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Rob Rich (Rita Hayworth); Annie Watt (Women of Valor & Jonah Bokaer); Patrick McMullan (ACS).|