|The Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s sixth annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit raised over $1.2 million, a record amount, to support the Hospital’s pediatric programs. Drew Barrymore attended as the sold-out event’s Honorary Chair. In partnership with Carolina Herrera, the benefit drew 450 attendees to the Mandarin Oriental New York on January 21.
The benefit, hosted by Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Pediatrician-in-Chief, at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children’s Advisory Council, raised funds for several children’s programs including Child Life Services, a program that alleviates children’s fears surrounding the hospital experience by offering activities geared to the social, emotional and educational needs of young patients and their families; The Pediatric Simulation Center, an invaluable teaching resource in medical education that reduces medical errors, creates a culture of patient safety, and improves patient care and the care of newborns; Clinical Genetics Services, providing evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and counseling of patients and families who have or are at risk for genetic conditions; and Residency Education, a three-year pediatric residency program designed to provide a supportive and educationally rich environment through which residents can develop into outstanding general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.
|Guests included Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian; Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian; and Dr. Herbert Pardes, executive vice chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian; Carolina Herrera, Patricia Lansing, Jill Kargman, Will Kopelman, Allison Aston, Ammara Yaqub, and Stephanie and Chase Coleman. Stephanie Landess served as the evening’s auctioneer.|
|Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school, hosted An Evening of Cocktails and Dance on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Generously presented by Morrison & Foerster LLP, the annual benefit was held at The Ailey Studios/The Joan Weill Center for Dance. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, featuring the signature Double Spice Cocktail, sponsored by Eldorado Rum.
The evening featured special performances by young artists attending The Ailey School. The dancers performed excerpts from pieces originally choreographed by Alvin Ailey, including "Mean Ol' Frisco" from Blues Suite, "Sprits Descending" from Hidden Rites, The Lark Ascending and Escapades. Also performed was an excerpt from Into the Light, choreographed by Jae Man Joo.
|Co-chairs of the evening were: Amanda K. Low, Christopher and Christine Moore and Maria Vecchiotti, along with committee members Anne-Marie Embiricos, Andrea Forbes, George Suttles and Marybeth Tyrrell. Storefront students were on hand to tell guests about the school and to share their hopes for the future.
Celebrating 50 years of success in educating urban youth of all learning abilities, Storefront Academy Harlem (formerly The Children's Storefront) has been unlocking young minds and expanding the possible for generations of students since 1966. Cultivating intellect and character in equal measure, Storefront Academy schools instill a powerful sense of self, and give students the tools to own the future and create meaningful adult lives.
|On Tuesday, January 19, International Center of Photography held its 5th Annual Spotlights Awards Luncheon honoring Photographer/Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield. The well-heeled 150+-strong crowd included: Jessica Bennett (journalist), Stephanie Ingrassia (art patron), Elizabeth Mayhew (lifestyle expert), Helena Skarstedt (philanthropist), Nancy Marks (philanthropist), Christine Mack (accessory designer), Annika Peterson (actor), Rinat Lavi (interior designer), Stacey Pashcow (real estate broker), Stacey Griffith (celebrity trainer), Alison Brettschneider (boutique owner), Martin Bell (filmmaker and husband of late photographer Mary Ellen Mark), Pat Schoenfeld (ICP Trustee), Caryl Englander (ICP Trustee), Bicky Kellner (ICP Trustee), Charlotte Cotton (ICP Curator-in-Residence), along with Spotlights Committee Co-Chairs Peggy Anderson and Debby Hymowitz, as well as ICP Executive Director Mark Lubell. This year’s Spotlights event raised nearly $250,000, including $40,000 from a silent auction of over 35 photographs. Funds will benefit ICP programs including its education and exhibitions.|
|Lubell kicked off the festivities – taking the stage to welcome attendees, present Greenfield with her Spotlights award and announce that ICP’s new museum location, opening at 250 Bowery this summer, will feature an exhibition of her work in 2017. Next, Spotlights Co-Chairs Peggy Anderson and Debby Hymowitz (both accomplished photographers in their own right) thanked everyone for coming and turned the program over to award-winning journalist Jessica Bennett for a one-on-one interview with Greenfield about her career and accomplishments, followed by audience Q&A. The event culminated in a memorial presentation honoring late photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who was a longtime ICP faculty member, and announcing the launch of an ICP scholarship in her name, which raised $25,000 from donations made at the event.|
|Launched in 2011, the annual ICP Spotlights Awards event celebrates the significant contributions of female artists in photography and film. Past honorees include Carrie Mae Weems, Mary Ellen Mark, Shirin Neshat and Stephanie Sinclair, among others.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Through our exhibitions, school, public programs and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive exhibition and educational facilities. For more information, please visit www.icp.org.
|Naeem Khan’s bright floral-inspired patterns and Neiman Marcus Palm Beach’s iconic butterflies made for a festive spring-themed backdrop for the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Gala kickoff on Wednesday, January 13th. The private reception was held in honor of Gala Chairs, committee members, sponsors and supporters, and was highlighted with a special appearance by Khan himself. The Kravis Center’s 2016 Gala is on Wednesday, February 3, and will feature a highly-anticipated performance by the “Godmother of Soul,” Patti LaBelle.
“Our sincerest thanks to Beth Pine, Vice President and General Manager of Neiman Marcus Palm Beach, for being our exclusive fashion sponsor – and for allowing our supporters to be the first charity partner to see Naeem Khan’s spring 2016 collection,” said Kravis Center CEO Judy Mitchell while welcoming guests. “Tonight is a celebration of our Gala supporters, and I would like to give special thanks to our leadership – Gala Chairs Dorothy Kohl and Lori Gendelman, and Honorary Chairs Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio. Thank you to the Gala committee and our sponsors for all of your efforts to ensure that the 2016 benefit will be a wonderful success.”
|Gala sponsors include Dr. Nettie Birnbach, The Breakers Palm Beach, Alex and Renate Dreyfoos, The Miriam and Alec Flamm Charitable Fund, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Diane and Bruce Halle, Harless & Associates, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Henni and John Kessler, Dorothy and Sidney Kohl, Ingrid and David Kosowsky, Sondra and David S. Mack, Jocelyn and Robin Martin, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Jane M. Mitchell, Neiman Marcus Palm Beach, Monika and John Preston, SBA Communications Corporation, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Carolyn and Richard Sloane, Susan and Dom Telesco, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio and Lois Silverman Yashar and Dr. James Yashar. Tiffany & Co. is providing special support with media support being provided by Palm Beach Illustrated.|
|Gala committee members are Eileen Berman, Michael J. Bracci, Robert L. Fromer, Irene Karp, John H. Kessler, David S. Mack, Ted Mandes, William A. Meyer, Jane M. Mitchell, Laurie S. Silvers, Jeffrey A. Stoops, and Dom A. Telesco.
Ticket sales and rental revenue alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit facility like the Kravis Center. It is only through generous contributions and benefit events like the Gala that the Kravis Center continues to succeed in making the best of performing arts available to the entire community.
Tickets for this year’s Gala are $750 for the Gala Patron, and $375 for the Young Gala Patron (45 and younger). Dress is cocktail attire.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.kravis.org/gala or call (561) 651-4320.
|Palm Beach Day Academy parents and members of the community attended a cocktail reception at the home of Frances and Jeffrey Fisher on Thursday, January 14 to welcome Dr. Edwin Gordon, incoming head of school. Dr. Gordon starts his new role in July as current and respected head of school, Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert retires. Dr. Gordon has traveled to the area several times to meet with students, parents, faculty, alumni and members of the community in advance of his official start date.
Guests at the reception included Katie and Ben Alexander, Laura and Michael Anthony, Adrienne and Dodger Arp, Sarah Benitz, Kristin Calder, Stephanie and Dr. Sandy Carden, Maura Ziska and Eric Christu, Joe and Dorothea Cvelbar, Lori Gendelman, Chris and Juliana Goldberg, Matt Lorentzen, Bill and Anne Metzger, Dr. Carter Pottash, Skip Randolph, Caroline Roman, Tiffany and Simon Isaacs, Joyce and Dusty Sang, Missy and Todd Savage, Karen Steele and Dr. van der Bogert.
|In addition to providing community members with an opportunity to meet Dr. Gordon, the reception was one of several initiatives to continuously update parents and community leaders about Phase 2 of the school’s building campaign to build an education center on its lower campus. As the lower campus building campaign for the education center enters its home stretch, recent donations have put the funding at $6 million of the total $9 million goal.
Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving approximately 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for pre-school through ninth grade, is dedicated to providing students with a learning experience that challenges to excel, empowers to act and prepares to lead. Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information, visit pbday.org or call 561.655.1188.
|Photographs by Capehart Photography; Elena Olivo for ICP|