Monday, December 19, 2016

Impacting the community

Matthew Degan, Autumn Zimmerman, Ambreen Shah, Patrick Hazlewood, Lisa Henry, Dr. Arthur I. Hazlewood, and Erin Kurpiewski at the 7th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic gathered at a private venue on Park Avenue in New York City for their annual Winter Benefit celebrating the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season. Approximately 150 guests attended the benefit. The evening began with a cocktail reception and a private performance by New York Philharmonic violinist Anna Rabinova and guest artists, followed by dinner and dancing.
New York Philharmonic Musician Anna Rabinova with guest musicians Samir Chatterjee and Abhik Mukherjee
Chairman of the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Sarah Jane Gibbons welcomed guests and introduced violinist Anna Rabinova, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, and sitar player Abhik Mukherjee who gave a delightful chamber performance featuring works by Bach, R. Shankar, and Paganini.

Attendees included Sarah Jane and Trevor Gibbons, Justin R. Kush, Marc Lewinstein, Stefan Nowicki, and Barbara Regna.
Chairman of the Young New Yorkers Sarah Jane Gibbons and Trevor Gibbons
Adam and Lee Rafsky
Alexandra Traber, Jenn Reid, YNY Committee Member Mike Nixon, YNY Chairman Sarah Jane Gibbons, and YNY Committee Member Michael Newman
Reginal and Maela Dynasty
Kellie and James Weir
Lauren Odell, Alice Gibb, and Charlotte Connerton
Ellen Logan and YNY Committee Member Jessica McShane
Michelle Pastor, Laura Pietruszki, Lauren Odell, and Jamieson Odell
Meriwether and Tanner Powell
Nikou and Mike Roth
YNY Committee Member Whitney Krahn, Lyndsey Arnold, YNY Vice Chairman Keith Connor, Julie Andris, and Roderic Mathey
New York Philharmonic Musician Pascual Martinez Forteza and Gema Nieto Forteza
Karen Hong and Michael Chen
YNY Committee Member Bailey Eisen, Shane Chase, and Katie Ahn
Hayes and Kristina Miller
Hannah Pardue and Shari Verschell
New York Philharmonic Musician Anna Rabinova and Curtis Darbasie
Gregory and Meredith Imber
Ewa Johansson and Marc Lewinstein
YNY Vice Chairman Barbara Regna, YNY Vice Chairman Fatima Sanandaji, and Kristina Miller
YNY Committee Members Kitty Dibbini and Randolph Adler
YNY Committee Member Justin Kush and Cara Lonergan
Stephen McGrath, Denis Brogan, YNY Vice Chairman Spencer Reames, Leona Clague, and Yoni Arbel
Liz Siegel, Chris Daniels, Phil Gaucher, and YNY Chairman Stefan Nowicki
On Monday, December 12th, supporters of Inner-City Scholarship Fund raised nearly $2 million at the 40th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund Awards Dinner. Over 400 guests attended the event at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan.  Funds from the evening will help support Inner-City in its mission to provide tuition assistance for underprivileged students attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. 

His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York presented the 2016 Inner-City Scholarship Fund Award to Judy and Russ Carson, Christie and Tony de Nicola and the firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe for their commitment to inner-city students and Catholic schools. Stephen A. Schwarzman received the 2nd Annual James B. Lee, Jr. LifeLink Award, for his work to connect young people to life-changing opportunities. CBS Sunday Morning’s correspondent Mo Rocca served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Mo Rocca and His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
“Children are the future of New York City and each student has the potential to impact the community,” said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City Scholarship Fund. “I’m thankful that our donors agree and invest in quality education for them. It makes all the difference.”

Over the years, the Awards Dinner’s Honorees and Chairs have included many of New York City’s most powerful leaders in business, finance, government, and the arts, whose dedication and involvement have been absolutely crucial to keeping Inner-City up and running.
Christine and Stephen Schwarzman and the Schwarzman Scholars
During the program, Yamilet Andrade of Cathedral High School spoke about the profound effect Stephen Schwarzman had on her and many other students by providing them with scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York. She recalled the relationship she had developed with him and expressed her gratitude for all he had done.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to nearly 7,000 students (93% minority and 33% non-Catholic). An astonishing 98% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 99% pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.
Timothy McNiff, His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, and Sam Rosen
Tony and Christie de Nicola
His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan and Christine Schwarzman
Peter and Laurie Grauer, Helen Lowe, and Thomas S. Murphy
Fr. James Ferreira and Mo Rocca
Russ and Judy Carson
Peter Grauer and Stephen Schwarzman
John and Marie Magliano with Stephen and Christine Schwarzman
Kaley, Christine, Tony, and Ted de Nicola
The 7th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), one of the largest disability nonprofit organizations in the U.S., was held Tuesday, Dec. 6th 2016 at one of New York City’s oldest social clubs, The Down Town Association on 60 Pine Street. The event featured a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, live music and an open bar. Over $75,000 was raised.

Beyond the core programs and services UCP of NYC delivers year round, proceeds from the Santa Project Party & Auction help fund special needs equipment requests and purchase holiday gift cards for children with disabilities in UCP of NYC’s programs.
Santa Project Party Co-Chairs Steve Lacy and Teresa Priolo
Santa Project Co-Chair Camilla Barungi
The Santa Project Party & Auction was co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, Eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, Host, Broadway Profiles & best-selling author, and Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5’s Good Day New York, and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Anchor Alive.”

Co-Chairs of the Santa Project Party & Auction were Steve Lacy, 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday anchor at Fox 5 News, Teresa Priolo, Three-time Emmy nominated reporter and the new co-anchor for Fox 5 "Good Day Wake Up,” Javier Gomez, noted photographer, designer, and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive,” and Camilla Barungi Principal, GreyFire Holding and model of "Project Runway" fame.
Alvaro Martin, Tania Costa, Sara Lima, Javier Gomez, Teresa Priolo, and Mike Woods
In addition to co-hosts Tamsen Fadal, and Mike Woods, and co-chairs Steve Lacy, Teresa Priolo, Javier Gomez, and Camilla Barungi, other VIPs attending the event included; Edward R. Matthews, CEO of UCP of NYC; Sheila Lennon, Senior VP, Marketing & Fund Development UCP of NYC, Santa Project Party Committee Member; Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of the new series “The Mist,” and co-star of “Veep,” Erika Wachter, sports host, and reporter for Fox 5 News; Garance Doré, Photographer, illustrator and New York Times best-selling author of Love Style Life; Antwan Lewis, Co-Anchor, “Good Day Wake Up” and Host, “Good Day Street Talk;” John Muller, Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor of the PIX11 News; Lamar Goering, Emmy winning Executive Producer, FOX 5’s “Good Day New York;” Natalie Zfat; and Jessica Bellucci, Vice President of Communications, Tribune Broadcasting/WPIX-11.

Chris Norton Extravaganza performed live at the event.
Javier Gomez, Sheila Lennon, Steve Lacy, Erika Wachter, Mike Woods, and Teresa Priolo
This year’s generous Santa Project Party Presenting Sponsors were: Worldquant LLC; Pilot RB, The Abelson Company; AER Carpets, Avison Young; Bella Bus, George Berry; Amy Bittinger; The Bromley Group; Michael Burlant; Gary Geresi; Goldman Sachs; JGPR – James Grant Public Relations; Edward R. Matthews; Multilingual Therapy Associates; NEPC; Ropes & Gray; Rosemont Press, INC.; Thomas Skrobe TD Bank, N.A.; Ultimate Software; Vassalottie Associates, Architects, LLP; Vincent J. Dicalogero CPA’s, LLC.

This year’s Santa Project Party Committee Members were: Scott Allen; Stephanie Conte; Tom Doyle; Patrick Hazlewood; Bob Hoak; Seth Kramer; Sheila Lennon; Melanie Mandarano; Michelina Mandarano; Andy Peeke; Denise Shearer; and Elizabeth Norman.
Santa Project Party Co-Hosts Tamsen Fadal and Mike Woods
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, Inc. (UCP of NYC) is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. UCP of NYC offers a breadth of more than 85 comprehensive programs including medical, clinical, educational, technological, residential and rehabilitative services to over 18,000 New York City residents and families annually. Our services are delivered by a staff of more than 3,000 trained and dedicated individuals, including a number of employees who have disabilities themselves.
Awet Woldegebriel and Natalie Zfat
Chris Norton and Garance Doré
Mary Jo Chiara and Margaret Chiara
Edward R. Matthews, Linda Laul, Patrick Matthews, and Beth Matthews
Erika Wachter, Steve Lacy, Teresa Priolo, Mike Woods, Antwan Lewis, and Lamar Goering
Abby Gabor and Parissa Tavokoli
Jamal Briggs and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
John Muller and Tamsen Fadal
Laura Hoffman, Yina Wang, Adriana Pidwerbetsky, and Jeff Weitman
Matthew Degan, Autumn Zimmerman, Ambreen Shah, Patrick Hazlewood, Lisa Henry, Dr. Arthur I. Hazlewood, and Erin Kurpiewski
Michelina Mandarano and Matt Flynn
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Smith with Amy Waldman
Patrick Hazlewood, Maria Pastore, and Andy Howlett
Seth Kramer and Jessica Sloan
Scott Allen and Tom Doyle
Blackbody Lighting and Clodagh Design hosted the 15th Anniversary celebration of The Thorn Tree Project at Blackbody's SoHO showroom .

Clodagh auction paddles
The Thorn Tree Project, a 501 (C)(3) organization, has educated over 1,500 young girls and boys in Kenya, (including the funding of twelve pre-schools and three elementary schools) and now for the first time is putting some of these worthy students through high school, tech school and college. The Thorn Tree Project has no overhead and is completely run by volunteers.

Internationally acclaimed designer Clodagh, who is a Thorn Tree Project Board member, said, "We thank Blackbody Lighting from the bottom of our hearts for their extraordinary generosity in hosting our 15th Anniversary Celebration. Helping us raise funds for the education of the Thorn Tree children is a true philanthropic act on their part and we deeply appreciate it."

Thorn Tree began when Clodagh's friend, advertising legend Jane Newman's jeep broke down in northern Kenya. After receiving multiple kindnesses from the Samburu Chief George, Jane Newman asked the Chief what she could do in return. He replied, "Help educate our children." Jane Newman, back in New York, asked Clodagh to help raise funds and educate the children.

The younger students' first classes are held under the shade of thorn trees in Kenya, thus the name.
Jeffrey Beers, Clodagh, and David Rockwell
The cocktail party fundraiser for 300 guests included prizes such as 5-minute Live Portraits of people and pets donated by NY artist Justin Teodoro; over 600 whimsical wooden toys from Vilac Toys in France; original art books from Glitterati Incorporated; Teka lights by Blackbody; a stay at the Commonwealth Hotel in Boston, and hats from The Hat Shop NYC. Other items featured for auction were a luxury trip for two to visit The Thorn Tree Project and other locations in Kenya (such as the spot in Lewa where Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton), donated by Thorn Tree Founder Jane Newman; artwork by acclaimed artists such as Billy Kidd, Matthew Pillsbury, Jose Rosabal, Lindsay Keating Sherwin and Justin Teodoro. Rugs from Nanimarquina; a Driade chair; Lee Broom table lamp, a carpet bag from Tucker Robbins and a design consultation with Clodagh were popular items.

Soho Design District Members Fontana Arte, Gandia Blasco, Ingo Maurer, Kartell, Lasvit, L'Objet, Mitchell + Gold, Nanimarquina, and Techno Gym also donated products for the event.

For more informaiton about The Thorn Tree Project, visit
Valentina Marincic, J. Jercic, and Maja Serdarevic
Abigail Rose Reedy and Emily Cones-Browne
Reto Cantone and Clodagh
Linda Pagan and Valerie Smaldone
David Jones, Jane Newman, and Lori Ann Bentley
Ellen Becker, Ellen Sweeney, and Amy Bratt
Chefik, Lauren Sanford, and Katie Miller
Angela Guevara and Ferratti Valerio
Daniel and Valerie Aubry
Lindsay Sherwin and Matthew Hedge
Ellen Sweeney and Steven Sehm
Maja and Eddie Serdarevic
Manuella Stotter and Pamela Peters
Jeffrey Beers and Victoria Hood
Photographs by Matthew Adam Photography (Inner-City Scholarship Funds)