|On Thursday, October 13, 2016, The New York Botanical Garden celebrated the beauty of the Japanese chrysanthemum during the Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden Reception & Dinner. The evening centered around the Garden's beloved annual fall exhibition which features kiku, the Japanese word for "chrysanthemum", magnificently displayed in a variety of awe-inspiring shapes and styles in the iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.|
|The Reception & Dinner honored longtime friends of the Garden, Judy and Michael Steinhardt alongside Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas) for their important contributions to NYBG. Guests were welcomed into the exhibition with the thrilling sound of Japanese taiko drums and invited to partake in sake tastings and exclusive tours during the cocktail hour. The night continued in the beautifully redesigned Garden Terrace Room for an elegant dinner with centerpieces of golden maples and lush bonsai trees.|
|The Chairmen of the Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden Reception & Dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Jill Joyce, Janet and Tom Montag, Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen, Marjorie and Jeffrey A. Rosen, Janet Ross, and Nonie and John Sullivan. The Honorary Chairmen for the evening were Mary and Marvin Davidson, Anne and Tom Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. Motoatsu Sakurai, and Ambassador and Mrs. Reiichiro Takahashi. Additionally, the Garden was thrilled to have the leading Japanese beauty brand, Shiseido, as the event sponsor.
The evening's proceeds support the Garden's essential Fund for Horticulture and the care and maintenance of this treasured urban oasis.
|More than 800 children with their families joined hospital leadership and dressed as ghosts, police officers, superheroes and more at the 27th annual Light Up A Life Halloween carnival, benefitting the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center on Saturday, October 15, at the Field House at Chelsea Piers. The event, sponsored exclusively by luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, raised more than $450,000 to benefit pediatric patient care programs.|
|The festive atmosphere featured games and activities including soccer drills with members of the New York City Football Club, face painting, balloon art, batting cages, a rock-climbing wall, carnival games and musical entertainment, in addition to health and safety related activities, including interactive tours of an ambulance and bike helmet fittings.
Proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric patient care programs including: Child Life Services, a program that helps alleviate children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience; The Pediatric Emergency Department, which provides emergency care to ill and injured children 24 hours a day, seven days a week; The Family Advisory Council, a group of dedicated family members committed to providing exceptional, family-centered care to all patients; and The Pediatric Fellows program, supporting postdoctoral training in pediatrics.
|Guests included Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Dr. Cam Patterson, senior vice president & chief operating officer at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, Travis L. Acquavella, Christine Alfaro, Claire Capello, Melanie Charlton Fowler, Natasha de Mallmann, Christina Floyd DiDonna, Tiffany Knipe, M.D., Elizabeth Kojima, Barbara H. Landreth, M.D., Ritu S. Mittal, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Alexandra Robertson, Naomi F. Waletzky and Allison Wise.|
|Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center hosted its 13th Annual Breakfast of Legends fundraiser at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel on October 13. More than 300 people attended to honor the Legends who have dedicated themselves to New York City's young people.
At the breakfast, guests started with freshly squeezed juices and deconstructed Greek yogurt parfaits, followed by individual egg frittatas with Fontina, wild leek and mushrooms, and salmon napoleon. The program was hosted by two young patients from the Center and featured two youth speakers, Anthony and Lola, who shared their inspirational stories.
|The Dr. Joan E. Morgenthau Lifetime Advocate for Youth Award was presented to Robert M. Morgenthau, Dr. Morgenthau's brother, for his work with the Police Athletic League. Those honored as Legends included Lizzy and Neil Cole, who work to prepare girls for the professional world and to prevent teenage pregnancy; and Jonathan H. F. Crystal, a member of the Center's Advisory Board, and his wife, Rabbi Darcie Crystal.|
|On October 17th, Theatre Forward board member Thomas C. Quick, hosted a cocktail party at his apartment to introduce guests to the organization and its 2017 Chairman’s Awards Gala.
Bruce Whitacre, Executive Director of Theatre Forward, welcomed everyone and introduced the organization. For almost 40 years, Theatre Forward has advanced American theatre and its communities by providing funding and other resources to their network of 19 leading nonprofit regional theatres across the country. A partial list of the shows coming to Broadway this season from their member theatres includes The Great Comet of 1812, Anastasia, War Paint, Come From Away, and Dear Evan Hansen.
|Theatre Forward’s member theatres strive to make powerful contributions to their communities through plays and musicals that tell the stories that matter. On top of fostering incredible productions, the education programs Theatre Forward supports at their member theatres not only provide a future audience, but they also ensure a productive and successful life and career for the next generation.
In addition to the general support of their member theatres, Theatre Forward also offers key programs in two areas. Through its Advancing Strong Theatre initiative, they support productions advancing theatres’ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) goals for a targeted under-represented community. In addition, their Educating through Theatre Initiative supports education programs for underserved children.
For more information about Theatre Forward and the 2017 Gala, visit www.theatreforward.org
|Denise Rich and Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research celebrated the generous support of the foundation through its Angel Ball Launch Party 2016 at TAO Downtown on Thursday, October 6th, 2016.
Attendees included: Denise Rich, Will Kehler, Lauren Day Roberts, Amrita Singh, Sam Bhatia, Michelle Herbert, Paola Bacchini-Rosenshein, Alisa Roever, Cynthia Ott, Jasper Ott, Morris Moinian, Michelle Rella, Frank Rella, Tatiana Byron Marx and Brad Marx.
For more information and tickets to the Angel Ball 2016 on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street, visit www.gabriellesangels.org.