|This past Wednesday, April 13th, the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted its annual Spring dinner dance at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening honored Audrey Gruss for her outstanding leadership and support of the Neighborhood House
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is one of New York's premier nonprofit organizations, a multi-service community-based organization serving people in need on the East Side of Manhattan and on Roosevelt Island.
|The 122-year-old settlement house provides an amazing array of human services—social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness—which significantly improve the lives of thousands of people each year, from ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan.
The Center of the Neighborhood House is located on East 70th Between 2nd and Third Avenue. They offer members 15 to 20 activities daily fitness classes, swimming, language classes, arts, crafts and culture classes; games computer classes. They serve three using more than 90% fresh produce, more than 40% of it locally sourced, as well as regional fish, local organic meat and locally grown and milled grains. Their Early Childhood Center offers very low-income preschool children a full-day, year-round educational and social experience, including afterschool and summer camp programs. They provide shelter for homeless women, legal advocacy, transportation services and a care program.
|Last Thursday night, the ASPCA held its nineteenth annual Bergh Ball at the Plaza celebrating the ASPCA's 150th Anniversary.
Drew Barrymore was honored with this year's ASPCA Compassion Award which was presented to her by Martha Stewart. Nathan Lane served as the evening's emcee, which featured music by DJ Mark Ronson.
|The annual event, a cornerstone of the ASPCA's fundraising efforts brings together hundreds of animal lovers to impact the lives of homeless, abused and neglected animals across the country.
Additional attendees included Jessica Hart, Christian Siriano & Brad Walsh, Patina Miller, Megan Hilty, Roger Waters, Georgina Bloomberg, Selenis Leyva, Allie Rizzo, Dominic Chianese, Ariana Rockefeller, ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker among others.
|Last month in London, supporters of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (from the USA, Europe and Israel) came together at Kensington Palace to launch the 80th Anniversary celebrations for the IPO, as hosted by the British Friends.
The festivities were co-chaired by Denise Esfandi and Marsha Lee, who both spoke passionately about the orchestra's role in standing for excellence and artistic freedom — and bringing the soul of Israel to the world through the orchestra's music.
|Guests enjoyed an exquisite menu from Israeli chef Ottolenghi, that included a starter of broad bean spread with roasted garlic ricotta as well as roasted aubergine with black garlic, crisp lava beans and basil. The main course featured seared tuna with pistachio crust and yellow pepper salsa; roasted cauliflower and red onion with green tahini sauce, herbs and fried capers and green beans with orange and hazelnuts. For desert guests were served Persian cake with green pistachio and mascarpone; baked chocolate and tahini tart with sesame brittle and rose and white chocolate mini meringues. To accompany the food guests drank Sparkling Tabor 562 Brut White 2014 and Red Barkan Clasic Pinot Noir 2013.|
|After dinner guests were treated to an exclusive performance from superstar musicians Pinchas Zuckerman (violin), Amanda Forsyth (cello) and Angela Cheng (piano). They played Brahms Sonatensatz Violin and Piano (Scherzo from the FAE Sonata); Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Cello and Piano and Mendelssohn's Trio in D Minor.
Sotheby's Chairman, Lord Dalmeny hosted a live Auction to raise funds to help secure the orchestra's future for generations to come. Lots included concert tickets and dinner with David Garrett and the IPO at The Dresden Music Festival as well as a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mumbai to see Zubin Mehta and the IPO in concert to celebrate the Maestro's 80th Birthday.
|Guests included Marsha Lee, Denise Esfandi, Brian Pilkington, Anita and Poju Zabludowicz, Michal and Michael Zellermayer, Rivka Saker, Uzi Zucker, Lyzika and Ami Sagy, David and Rochelle Hirsch, Janice and Dan Gillerman, Avi Shoshani and Tali Gottlieb.|
|And down in Palm Beach at Club Colette, they held the St. Jude Palm Beach dinner hosted by Lourdes Fanjul, Talbott Maxey, and Tom Quick. All proceeds from the evening benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.|
|Photographs by Getty Images (ASPCA); Patrick McMullan; Annie Watt and Natalia B (Lenox HIll)|