Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Living and Loving

Russell Noles, Mary Pressman, Loretta Sophocleous, Ron Pressman, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Spike Lee, Gina Wilson, and Cindi Romano at Children's Defense Fund-New York's annual Beat the Odds® Gala at The Pierre.
LongHouse Reserve celebrated the beginning of its JUBILEE year with a Winter Benefit, DESIGN FOR LIVING, at new arts-focused venue National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Guests, who travelled by bus, car and even boat to attend the evening, were treated to a stunning 'Audio Art' performance by the renowned Nona Hendryx, who wowed the crowd in her "audio tutu" as she delivered her revolutionary Audio Visual Performance. Hendryx was one of the founding members of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles, which then morphed into the groundbreaking group Labelle.

LongHouse—a non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a creative group of guests for the evening, including LongHouse President Dianne Benson, Executive Director Matko Tomicic and Horticulturist Alex Feleppa, artist Eleanor Alper, architect Christian Wassman, Executive Director of Harlem Stage Patricia Cruz, Louis and Jane Gropp, Sherri Donghia, Peter Olsen, Mark and Elizabeth Levine, JoAnn Secor and Lee Skolnick, Nina Gillman, Selena Rothwell, Marcia Wilson, Judy Auchincloss, Suzy Slesin, R. Couri Hay, Janna Bullock and Alison Mazzola.
Nona Hendryx
Legendary textile designer and founder of LongHouse Jack Lenor Larsen was also in attendance, and presented acclaimed architect Hugh Hardy with the LongHouse Award. Hugh Hardy, FAIA, who is a Founding Partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, presented his most celebrated projects that have built and reshaped America's cultural landscape through architecture. Including those for the Lincoln Center Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the restoration of Radio City Music Hall.
Jack Larsen and Hugh Hardy
As guests sat in the intimate black and white themed concert room of National Sawdust, Peter Zuspan, founding principal of Bureau V, the Brooklyn-based firm that re-designed the National Sawdust building, discussed the development of the non-profit artist-led venue. Having only opening in October of last year, National Sawdust is consistently presenting exciting performances from emerging as well as established artists.

The reception and performance were followed with dinner and dessert upstairs for sponsors and patrons, by James Beard Award winning Chef Patrick Connolly.
Alex Varone, Michael Steinberg, Sherri Donghia, and Peter Olsen
Alex Feleppa and Emma Woods
Ariel DeLan, Faye Sakellaridis, and Casey Skodnek
Elizabeth Levine, Lee Skolnick, and JoAnn Secor
Jane Gropp, Louis Gropp, and Eleanor Alper
Matko Tomicic and Alison Mazzola
Patricia Cruz
Matko Tomicic and Judy Auchincloss
Christian Wassmann and Dianne Benson
Janna Bullock and R. Couri Hay
Max Levine and Peter Zuspan
Nona Hendryx and Dianne Benson
A few weeks ago, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) held its ninth annual concert and dinner at Kristy and Jim Clark's stunning Palm Beach home. Co-hosted by Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and with 150 music lovers and philanthropists in attendance, the event honored Toby and Itzhak Perlman's dedication to nurturing the next generation of classical music artists.

The evening began with a reception on the veranda, followed by a performance in the Clarks' elegant living room presented by several of PMP's outstanding students and alumni. The concert included string quartets by Brahms and Debussy, a Brahms piano trio, and a delightful Wieniawski violin duo, presented by violinists Valerie Kim, Enako Matsumoto, Nathan Meltzer, Max Tan, Kevin Zhu, and Areta Zhulla; violists Joshua Kail and Jenni Seo; cellists Jia Kim, Sung Moon Bryan Park, and Sebastian Stoger; and pianist Tomer Gewirtzman. The talented and poised performers introduced each piece and brought the composers to life in their own words.
Chamber music performance by PMP students and alumni
Toby Perlman concluded the concert with thanks for Jim and Kristy, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, and PMP Board members in attendance Vicki Kellogg and Mark Miller, and inviting all the guests to come experience the PMP magic this summer on the program's historic Shelter Island campus. To bring the evening to a rousing close, the guests toasted the incredible music and beautiful weather at a festive dinner under the stars.
Kristy and Jim Clark with Itzhak and Toby Perlman
Michael Cinque with Diana and Brian Anderson
Katherine and Elijah Duckworth-Schachter with Vicki and Chris Kellogg
Diahn and Tom McGrath
Michael Connors, Kate Sims, and Julie Connors
Martha and Steve Greenwald with Sandy and Gregory Kriser
Michael James, Susan Lloyd, and Jason Laskey
Christopher Twardy and Ava Roosevelt
Anna and William Mann
Anka Palitz with Gregory and Sandy Kriser
Eleanora Kennedy and Priscilla Whittle
Mary K. Ernst, Edmund Spivack, and Keiko and Steve-Kaplan
Grace Meigher , Pepe Fanjul, and Kristy Clark
Itzhak Perlman, Pamela and Ed Pantzer, and Toby Perlman
Mark and Icim Miller
Paul Callahan, Emilia Fanjul, and Christopher Meigher
Jim Clark with Pamela and Ed Pantzer
Rodrigo Pessoa, Kristy Clark, and Alexa Pessoa
Pepe Fanjul, Aaron Stern, and Jim Clark
Henry and Marsha Laufer
Nathan Frank and Krystian von Speidel
Stephen and Diana Lewinstein
Cynthia Friedman with Rose and William Friedman
Elijah Duckworth-Schachter, Anne Prosser, and Charlie Schlangen
Charles and Kristen Krusen
Douglas Jencks and Carol Jaeger
Toby Perlman speaks with the audience
A few weeks ago, over 275 guests celebrated the achievements of five local high school scholars, who overcame adversities ranging from homelessness and bullying to poverty and physical and verbal abuse, at the Children's Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) annual Beat the Odds® Gala at The Pierre. The event, hosted by television personality Star Jones, also honored renowned stage and screen actors LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Samuel L. Jackson, and business leader Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO of TIAA-CREF, for their longstanding commitment to CDF's Leave No Child Behind® mission.

This year's Beat the Odds® scholars include Aesron Jeremiah, 17, (William Maxwell High School in Brownsville), Elham Chowdhury, 17, (Bronx High School of Science in Norwood), Ruben Suazo, 17, (Leadership and Public Service High School in East Flatbush), Sashagale Moore, 18, (Queens Preparatory Academy in Jamaica), and Shirleyka Hector, 17, (International High School at Lafayette in Canarsie).
The reception at The Pierre.
Each scholar shared inspiring stories about personal challenges they faced along their path to success.

Special guests in attendance included Children's Defense Fund Founder & President, Marian Wright Edelman; Gala Co-Chairs/Presenters: Malaak Compton-Rock, Paulina Porizkova, Marva Smalls, Ric Ocasek, Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, Rosie Perez, Hill Harper, Deborah Roberts, June Ambrose and Emme Aronson, among others.
Marian Wright Edelman with the 2016 Beat the Odds Scholars
Auctioneer CK Swett brought excitement to the evening's program auctioning three lots, including a bottle of champage, a minute-long personal greeting from Samuel L. Jackson—which was purchased by guests twice for a total of $15,000, and the chance to attend a New York Knicks game and sit courtside with Spike Lee. Lee helped drive the final price up to $13,000 by sweetening the deal to include a pre-game dinner at Madison Square Garden.

Sponsors for the 2016 Beat the Odds® Gala, include: American Express; JP Morgan Securities; Time Warner, Inc.; Viacom/BET and Getty Images.
Beat the Odds Gala Host, Star Jones
The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individual donations, foundation, corporate and government grants.
Beat the Odds Gala Co-Chairs and presenters, Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek
Rosie Perez, Malaak-Compton Rock, and Beat the Odds scholar, Ruben Suazo
Patricia Blanchett, Alexander Smalls, Francisco L. Borges, Mrs. Robyn Coles, and N. Anthony Coles, MD
E. Robbie Robinson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and D'Rita Robinson
Alexander Smalls, Ger Duany, Hill Harper, and Alvin Clayton
Anita Kopacz, June Ambrose, and Yvonna Kopacz-Wright
Ronald E. Blaylock, Marva Smalls, Marian Wright Edelman, and Spike Lee
Stefania Cesari, Talila Gafter, Yelena Deyneko, Professor Paolo Arullani, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Ella Gafter
June Ambrose
LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Marian Wright Edelman
Supermodel Emme, Gabriella E. Morris, Alexander Smalls, and Hill Harper
Deborah Cogut with Cyrus Dennis
Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, and Rosie Perez
Charles Blow and Rosie Perez
Auctioneer CK Sweat
On March 18th at the Rainbow Room, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare hosted 300 supporters from the philanthropic, business and nursing communities as it celebrated the Center's achievements – including preparing 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders – and honored others who have helped to enhance and advance the nursing profession through their professional and charitable endeavors. More than 40 of the nation's top nursing deans and 20 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars attended.

Envisioning a simple idea to "care for those who care for us," Barbara and Donald Jonas ten years ago sold a portion of their noted art collection to establish a first-of-its-kind nursing philanthropy. That humble idea has blossomed to become the nation's leading philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education.
Pat Collins and Bill Sarnoff with Donald and Barbara Jonas
Johnson & Johnson was honored for its Campaign for Nursing's Future as was Retired Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, RN, who in 2011 became the first woman and first nurse to be named U.S. Army Surgeon General.

The evening also featured a performance from Broadway musical favorite and four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara all while the iconic Empire State Building was lit in the colors of the Jonas Center.
Honoree Lieutenant General (Ret.) Patricia D. Horoho
Broadway musical favorite and four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara performing at the Jonas Center’s 10th anniversary gala
The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, established in 2006 by Barbara and Donald Jonas, is dedicated to improving healthcare by advancing nursing scholarship, leadership and innovation. Its two main programs are the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, which aims to address the dire shortage of nursing faculty by preparing nurses with doctoral degrees to step into this critical role, and the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, which seeks to improve the health of veterans by supporting doctoral-level nursing candidates committed to advancing veterans' healthcare. In 2016, the Jonas Center will achieve its goal to prepare 1,000 nurse faculty and clinical leaders nationwide.
Jonas Scholars with and Barbara and Donald Jonas
Eve Williamson Sullivan, Barbara and Donald Jonas, and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
Barbara and Donald Jonas with Darlene Curley
Dr. Jennifer Mensik and Dr. Susan Hassmiller
Herb Pardres, MD and Linda D. Norman with Barbara and Donald Jonas
Honoree Sarah Colamarino and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
Dr. William Baker, Peter L. Malkin, and Isabel W. Malkin
George Fox, John Powers, and Charles Davis
Photographs by Julie Skarratt (Beat the Odds); Annie Watt (PMP); Patrick McMullan (Longhouse)