Monday, August 8, 2016

Hope and Valor

The scene at the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons kick-off in Water MIll.
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. 
Bill Brand, Yasmin Aga Khan, and Brendan Shanahan
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.
Jay McInerney and Anne Hearst McInerney
Harry Johns, Brendan Shanhan, and Karyn Kornfeld
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.
Blaise Labriola, Yasmin Aga Khan, Karyn Kornfeld, and Steven Kobre
Debbie Bancroft
Alina Cho and Alexandra Lebenthal
Daryl Simon, Robin Meltzer, and Michelle Herbert
Chele Farley, Sharon Bush, Amanda Hearst, and Cole Rumbough
Somers Farkas, John Catsimatidis, and Margo Catsimatidis
Steve Russell, Sean Sullivan, and David Bowen
Steve Kroft and Jennet Conant
Nacho Ramos and Whitney Fairchild
Michele Herbert, Andrea Stark, and John Stark
Somers Farkas and Margo Catsimatidis
Mark Gilbertson, Heather Mnuchin, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Sharon Bush
Chris Henchy and Jay McInerney
Hunt Slonem and Liliana Cavendish
Harry and Laura Slatkin
Kelli Delaney and Dr. Mark Kot
Linda Weis, Karyn Kornfeld, Michelle Herbert, and Robin Meltzer
Ramona Singer
Louise Kornfeld, Chele Farley, Anne Hearst McInerney, Michele Herbert, Karyn Kornfeld, Somers Farkas, Yasmin Aga Khan, and Robin Meltzer
Peter Thomas Roth, Yasmin Aga Khan, Liliana Cavendish, and Mark Gilbertson
Robin Meltzer and Cornelia Bregman
Susan Magrino Dunning and Karyn Kornfeld
Randy Harris, Amanda Hearst, and Anne Hearst McInerney
Anne Hearst McInerney, Jason Binn, Karyn Kornfeld, and Chele Farley
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.
Christine Converse Hogan, Father Francis Gasparik, Sarah Berman, Alyson Blewett, and Joseph Sano
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.).
Father Francis Gasparik, Claudia Bertolino, Joseph Sano, Lisa Brown, Christine Converse Hogan, Alyson Blewett, Sara Rubenstein, and Sarah Berman
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.
Val Clark, John Atkinson, Claudia Bertolino, Jan Gramley, and Dorothy Zinsmeister
Peter Puleo, Kristi Roche, and Alyson Blewett
Andrea and Margo Catsmaditis
Ernie Anastos and Father Francis Gasparik
Jack McCann, Eleanor Peters, Bob Stenson, Mike Peters, Alyson Blewett, Helen Blewett, Penny Peress, Kimberly Blewett, and Josh Silber
Sarah Berman and friends
Melissa McElroy, Bryan McKernan, and Kristi Roche
Bill Dwyer, Tom Furnari, Ken Park, and Tamara Gidado
Joseph Sano, Father Francis Gasparik, and Melanie Contreras
Robin Reese, Amanda Kahl, Taylor West, and Elena Kosharny
Ted Moudis and Kathleen Guzman
Ernie Anastos, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Cantor Lori Corrsin, Denise Ogonowski, and Melanie Contreras
Joey Longo, Suzanne Aquino, and Joe Aquino
Ernie Anastos, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Carol Hasenstab, Margaret Grioli, Joseph Sano, and Azzy Parsiani
Cheryl Dunlevy, Ilene Halloran, and Tom Dunlevy
Josh Silber, Helen Blewett, Ernie Anastos, and Alyson Blewett
Ernie Anastos, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Azzy Parsiani
Elisabeth Berman, Dylan Lauren, and Sarah Berman
Tara Troy, Dylan Lauren, Joseph Sano, and Margaret Grioli
Rene Checchia, Dylan Lauren, Dr Ruth Westheimer, and Jeffrey Tabak
Lisa Menzies, Lisa Brown, Viviana Vermeo Brown, Nick Brown Vermeo, and Ruth Brown
Mt Carmel-Holy Rosary School Violin Ensemble of East Harlem
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 AndermanChef Marco Barila, Charles Renfro, Dana BuckleyTiffany Dubin,  Joanna Fisher, Lee Fryd, Claude Grunitzky, Barbara Hoffman, Anya Lesum, Rachel Libeskind, Paul McCann, Olivia Motch, Ursula NuemanLarry 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.  
Dana Buckley, Spencer Tomkins, Catherine Beckett, Jonathan Marder, Tiffany Dubin, and Greg Grimes
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.  
Christopher French, Terrie Sultan, Michele Gerber Klein, Spencer Tomkins, and Dana Buckley
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.
Alexandra Murphy and Tim Murphy
Terrie Sultan and Scott Howell
Michele Gerber Klein, Sana Sabbagh, and Elad Kablilo
Mary Tiessedre and Claude Grunitezky
Billy Wright and Jonah Bokaer
Linda Silverman, Olivier Vidal, and Lee Fryd
Spencer Tomkins and Dana Buckley
The Smith family
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
Todd English, Drew Nieporent, Jean Shafiroff, David Burke, and Kris Kim
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
Alysia Reiner and David Alan Basche
Chris Wragge
Dawne Marie Grannum
Alison Trenk
Victor de Souza
Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Lee Fryd, Nancy Noondes, and Randi Schatz
Lucia Hwong Gordon and Tracy Stern
Eric LeVine
Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Rob Rich (Rita Hayworth); Annie Watt (Women of Valor & Jonah Bokaer); Patrick McMullan (ACS).