|New Yorkers for Children was founded 20 years ago, in 1996, by Nicholas Scoppetta to assist the city’s Foster Children when they mature out of (legal) care. The dilemma of being a foster child is unknown to most of us who grew up with parents for better or for worse.
Therefore they are dependent in many ways on the kindness of strangers, which is not always what you would call kind. It should be added that there are those who raise foster children who at least make it less traumatic. A little bit of affection for a fellow human (especially a child) can go a long long way into a young person’s future.
Mr. Scoppetta is truly a contemporary hero. He took a problem he knew, and using his personal and professional knowledge and his civic and political power (he was Fire Commissioner and Commissioner of Children's Services) he gathered together a group of intelligent men and women to help him start this organization: New Yorkers for Children.
Every year they hold a couple of fundraisers. This past April 7th, they held their annual gala at the Mandarin Oriental. This is their Spring fund-raiser and is called “Fool’s Fete.”
|The object is to raise money to assist young people going out into the world – on their own – for the first time (legally) encouraging them to pursue education through guidance and things that they will need to assist in their studies as well as basic supplies and necessities. It so happens that this charity resonates with a lot of young men and women who mostly presumably come from more stable domestic backgrounds and the resources to keep it that way. When the honored students speak at this event, everybody listens to what it’s really like out there in the world with no support system at all. And it’s scary.
The event also became a fashion event in that the women dress for it in what looks like “gala” – beautifully, smartly, and flatteringly. As you will see in the photos of the event. There aren’t many galas in New York anymore who give it this much attention and attraction, and they succeed. Everyone loves it, everyone can get something out of it for themselves, for their heads, and after the dinner and the speakers, they dance into the night. Mr. Scoppetta’s idea took wing ... He was the angel, and so it is ...
|Last Wednesday, the American Museum of Natural History held its 6th Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon. Vicki Foley, Katheryn P. Kempner, Alexandra Mondre, Catherine B. Sidamon-Eristoff served as Chairmen.
The theme of the lecture, given by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. and moderated by Lynn Sherr, was Thriving in a Dynamic Environment: A New Vision for Public Health. Dr. Hamburg touched upon the tremendous number of factors driving change in our environment, from climate change to international trade and travel to industrial pollution, and how humans are altering local and global ecosystems, with unexpected and unprecedented effects on our health.
|Guests included Jacqueline M. Garrett, Mrs. Henry B. Middleton, Ottavio and Charlotte Serena di Lapigio, Margaret Hess Chi, Jodie and John Eastman, Alison H. Feagin, Nancy and Hart Fessenden, Nancy A. Garvey, Penny D. Gorman, Linda R. Macaulay, GreyHealth Group, Suzanne M. Kavetas, Michelle Bergeron McMaster, Allison Mignone, Valerie S. Peltier, Veronique C. Pittman, Shaiza Razavi, Susan Rudin, Constance Spahn, Diana and Roy Vagelos, Judy Weston, Jill Bernard, Marlene Hess, Rebekah Mercer, Anne Mott, Anne Sidamon-Eristoff, Mary Solomon, Susan Solomon, Christine Varney, Donald Clifford, Susan Rose, Janet Ross, Anne Black, Lisa Blau, Jennie Coyne, Kirsten Feldman, Shana Gary, Josefin Hilal, Jen Hoine, Alexandra Jenkins, Beth Kojima, Julie Leff, Ethel Lipsitz, Janine Luke, Grace Lyu-Volckhausen, Liz Manocha, Lara Marcon, Kathryn Murdoch, Laura O'Donohue, Denise Saul, Amy Rose Silverman, Susan Steinhardt, Bonnie Strauss, Diane Tuft, Laura Whitman, Coke Anne Wilcox, Amy Yamamoto, and Suzanne Yadav.|
|All proceeds from the Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon support the Museum's scientific research and educational initiatives, including important work in biodiversity conservation.|
|On Monday, April 18th, Oscar de la Renta and The New York Botanical Garden's Conservatory Ball Gala Chairmen hosted the annual leadership luncheon at Oscar del la Renta's Madison Avenue Boutique. This year's Conservatory Ball, to be held on June 2nd, will be the highlight of a glorious yearlong celebration of the Garden's 125th Anniversary. The Garden-wide exhibition, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, will be on view during the Conservatory Ball and will feature beautiful evocations of the gardens depicted in quintessential landscapes from iconic artists such as Frederick Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and it promises to be a stunning backdrop for the Ball.|
|Proceeds will support the Garden's acclaimed programs in children's education and plant research and conservation.
Guests at the luncheon included Gala Chairmen Alexandra Lebenthal, Gillian Miniter, and Deborah Royce. Other guests attending included Suzie Aijala, Catherine Carey, Maureen Chilton, Fe Fendi, Jacquie Garrett, Cosby George, Anne Harrison, Gail Hilson, Sharon Jacob, Susan Johnson, Jill Joyce, Elizabeth Kurpis, Julie Lanning, Jamie Lightburn, Gregory Long, Liz McCreery, Amy Todd Middleton, Elyse Newhouse, Kimberly Putzer, Barbara Robinson, Ariana Rockefeller, Joan Steere, Sheila Stephenson, Elaine Textor, Barbara Tober, and Caroline Williamson.
|The Brooklyn Museum’s sixth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball – the first under Anne Pasternak’s leadership – drew a crowd of more than 750 people from the worlds of art, finance, entertainment and beyond, 600 more joined in at the post dinner dance party. The sold-out, much anticipated, artist centric gala celebrating Brooklyn's creative community raised over $2.2 million for Museum programs and exhibitions.
Guests began the evening enjoying cocktails in the Museum’s lobby and wandering through the Museum’s newly refreshed American, Egyptian and European galleries. Several lucky people were able to snag a Polaroid portrait sessions with photographer Will Cotton, before heading up to the sold-out dinner in the Beaux Arts Court. The imitable space was transformed by event designer David Stark into a forest of towering totems—all in white—rising from the dining tables in varying heights, up to 21-feet. Inspired by the sculpture of Brancusi, particularly the “Endless Column,” the stunning environment was created from thousands of stacked rolls of household and industrial paper goods (all of which will have a second life, utilized by the Museum throughout the year.)
|After dinner, guests danced into the wee hours to the musical performances from DJ Runna and Brooklyn Museum Trustee and music producer, Kasseem Dean (AKA Swizz Beatz)—who both spun from a DJ booth incorporated into the fun soon-to-open Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 installation.|
|On hand to celebrate the evening’s honorees, art supporters Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia, were Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean (music producer); Tamron Hall (Today Show), Chris Leacock (Major Lazer), Jenna Lyons (JCrew); Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA, PS1); Dustin Yellin (artist); Jeffrey Deitch (gallerist); David Stark (event designer); Waris Ahluwalia (designer/actor); Mickalene Thomas (artist); Tom Sachs (artist), Maxwell Osborne (designer, Public School); Stephen Powers (artist); Will Cotton (artist); Hank Willis Thomas (artist); Daniel Arsham (artist), Kambui Olujimi (artist); Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (artists); Marilyn Minter (artist); Elizabeth Sackler (Brooklyn Museum Board Chair/arts benefactor); Jane and David Walentas; Anja Rubik (model); Zoe Buckman (artist); (Brook Klausing (model); Olivia Wolfe (owner, American Two Shot); Vito Acconci (artist); Blaze Makoid (architect); Katie Hollander (Creative Time); Katy Clark (BAM); Tom Healy (writer); Fred Hochberg (politician); as well as Anne Pasternak (Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum) and Carla Shen and Olivia Song (event chairs).|
|Photographs by BFA (NYFC); R. Mickens (AMNH).|