|Fountain House, winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, held its annual Symposium and Luncheon in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre, on Monday, May 2, 2016. The topic for this year's event was "Suicide: Looking for Answers."
There is one death by suicide it the United States every 12.3 minutes, tragically ending the lives of more than 38,000 Americans each year. According to the Center for Disease Control, people with mental illness account for the overwhelming majority of deaths by suicide. "Suicide is a preventable tragedy. Our programs give people with serious mental illness a reason for living," said Fountain House President Kenneth J. Dudek. Every day, hundreds of members, people living with serious mental illness, choose to come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge friendships.
|For the past 13 years years, the Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon has been New York's leading lay mental health forum. This year's three excellent panelists included: Maria Oquendo, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, President-elect of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness; Thomas Joiner, PhD, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University and author of Why People Die by Suicide and Myths About Suicide; and Kevin Hines, mental health advocate and author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health. Consuelo Mack, Managing Editor and Anchor of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, was the dynamic master of ceremonies.
The Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon was founded by Lorna Hyde Graev and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD, to advance community knowledge about mental illness and reduce the associated stigma and to raise vital funds for Fountain House's innovative employment, education, housing, and wellness programs.
The dedicated Chairs who worked tirelessly to ensure this event's success were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Podie Lynch, Carolyn B. MacKenzie, Anne Mai, and Ilyse Wilpon. Camille Tibaldeo served as Program Chair.
|Over the past seven decades, Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually.
To learn more about Fountain House, visit: www.fountainhouse.org.
|450 guests raised over $1.3 million at the 40th Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund Friends Gala on Tuesday, May 10 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Inner-City is the city's leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing tuition assistance for low-income students attending inner-city Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York.
His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Gala Chairs, Lisa and Dick Cashin attended the event where CBS Sunday Morning's correspondent, Mo Rocca, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
|"I am humbled at the amount of support we have received this year, from our attendees, many of whom have been donating for several years," said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City Scholarship Fund. "Because of their continued support, we are able to provide students with the gift of a quality Catholic school education, which sets them up for an amazing future."
Catholic school alum Glorivee Ramirez, who was the student speaker at the 20th Annual Friends Gala, returned to make a moving speech about how her Catholic school education got her to where she is today.
|In addition to dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a "Music of the Decades" performance by St. Barnabas High School, St. Barnabas Elementary School, St. Raymond Elementary School and Cardinal Hayes High School.
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 8,000 students (92% minority and 33% non-Catholic). An astonishing 99% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 98% pursue college at some of the finest universities in the nation.
|On May 9, 2016, the Jewish Museum held its 23rd annual Most Amazing New York Art & Design Tour. The event attracted over 200 attendees who enjoyed an exhibition viewing and breakfast at the Museum, at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, followed by self-guided tours of magnificent private art collections in some of New York's most spectacular East Side residences. Lynn Tobias and Beth Tobias Altschuler were the 2016 Art & Design Tour co-chairs. Nirav Modi was the corporate sponsor. This event raised $300,000, and the proceeds benefit the Jewish Museum.|
|On May 5, 2016, close to 700 friends, volunteers and supporters gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan for Project Sunshine's Annual Benefit Celebration, "Sunshine Boulevard," an evening of inspiration to benefit children and families facing medical challenges.
Susan DeVore, President and CEO of Premier, Inc., was honored, and Kate Tylis received the Project Sunshine Volunteer Appreciation Award. WCBS-TV's Cindy Hsu emceed the event. Singer Jackie Evancho gave a special featured musical performance. The event raised over $1.3 million for the nonprofit.
|"Sunshine Boulevard" kicked off as a galaxy of stars walked Project Sunshine's "Yellow Carpet," including Project Sunshine Founder Joseph Weilgus, Damaris Lewis, Mr. G, Magee Hickey, Tamsen Fadal, Emily Rafferty, Alexandria Morgan, Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss USA Olivia Jordan, Emilio Delgado, Alan Muraoka, Sonia Manzano, Ryan Serhant, Emilia Bechrakis, Roscoe Orman, Jamie Erdahl and many more.|
|Project Sunshine empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) – to over 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya. Project Sunshine is dedicated to bringing a ray of hope to these hospitalized children. For more information and ways you can get involved, visit www.projectsunshine.org.|
|Photographs by Leslie Barbaro & Sylvain Gaboury/PMC (Fountain House); Will Ragozzino (Jewish Museum)|