|On May 24th, BAM held its annual Theater Gala honoring Rupert Everett’s acclaimed turn as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss. The gala evening honored the production with a "Wildean feast" and after-party following the performance.
This emotionally engrossing drama explores two pivotal moments in the life—and downfall—of author Oscar Wilde, played by British actor Rupert Everett. Set in two acts on either side of Wilde's imprisonment on charges of indecency, we see Wilde after the collapse of his libel case against the Marquess of Queensbury (the father of Wilde's beloved, Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas), and later in Naples, after two years of imprisonment, when he is reunited with Bosie. The play explores the power of all-consuming love and the cruelty of betrayal. The cast includes Rupert Everett (Wilde), Alister Cameron (Sandy Moffat), Tom Colley (Galileo Masconi), Cal MacAninch (Robert Ross), and Charlie Rowe (Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas).
|Gary G. Lynch, Vice Chairman, Bank of America and Katharine and William Rayner served as Gala Co-Chairs. Guests included Rupert Everett, Brigitte Vosse, Tommy Tune, Michael and Gayfryd Shnayerson, David Mortimer and Shelley Wanger, Tom Finkelpearl, Antonino D’ambrosio, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, John Soros, Paul Romer, Ken Lipper Adam and Diane Max, Jonathan Auerbach, Charlotte Beers, Alister Cameron, Tom Colley, Cal Macaninch, Charlie Rowe, Katy Clark (Bam President), Joseph V. Melillo (Bam Executive Producer), and Alan Fishman (Bam Board Chair). Music was provided by AndrewAndrew.|
|Also, on Tuesday, May 24th One To World held its 2016 Fulbright Awards Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria where brilliant young Fulbrighters and international students from around the world presented awards to New York City corporate, academic, and philanthropic leaders committed to global education. At the heart of the evening was the Fulbright vision of peace through international understanding.
Honorees were: Didric Cederholm, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Lion Point Capital and a Fulbright Grantee from Sweden to Columbia University; Terrence F. Martell, Ph.D., Director of the Weissman Center for International Business, Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance at Baruch College, CUNY, and a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees; Clarke Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates; and Wenke B. Thoman Sterns, Managing Director of Industrial Mineral Holdings and Chair of the One To World Board of Directors.
|Each honoree spoke eloquently about the connections between student exchange, cross-cultural understanding, and increased trust among nations of the world. In the words of David W. Heleniak, a Co-Chair of the event, “We have entered an era—hopefully brief—where globalization is under threat both in this country and abroad. That makes the work of One To World of particular importance.” Also serving as Co-Chairs were J. Frank Brown, Mariam Azarm, Marc D. Ganz, Joseph Salim, and Thomas F. Schutte.
Harriet Mayor Fulbright served as Honorary Chair and was recognized at the event, which was especially appropriate since the Fulbright program of international educational exchange created by her late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
|The 26th Annual One To World Fulbright Awards Dinner, the most successful in the organization’s history, raised $768,000 for One To World programs and was attended by 530 guests.
Among those celebrating the evening were Jeffrey Peek, Landon Hilliard, Margo Alexander, John and Andra Ehrenkranz, Gucci Westman and David Neville, John Pettenati, Landon Slane and Bailey Gimbel, Judy and John Cornwall, Carole and Philippe Delouvrier, Pamela and Peter Flaherty, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Sven Oehme, Ira Polk, Trabue Bland, and Stanislav Ivanov.
|The French-American Aid For Children (FAAFC) celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the Bal des Berceaux during a festive evening at the Rainbow Room earlier this month. This year, FAAFC presented The Storefront Academy’s 50th Anniversary with the 2016 Children Come First Award. The Bal des Berceaux is an annual fundraising gala that currently raises money for seven children’s charities in both United States and France.
“We are truly blessed by the amazing generosity of our guests. The support of all of our sponsors and the dedication of all our volunteers is what makes this yearly event such a perennial success,” said Marguerite Mangin, FAAFC President.
|FAAFC honored The Storefront Academy Harlem for its 50 years of exemplary education for the young children of Harlem. FAAFC has been supporting Storefront Academy since 1982. Elsie Aidinoff, Ray Cameron and Elisa Istueta were in attendance.
The Master of Ceremonies was the eminent Television broadcast journalist and author Mark Ellwood. All funds raised from this event will be dispersed to charities in the US and in France. The US charities include:
• Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club: an after-school activity center in the Bronx where teens and youngsters learn to recognize and develop their potentials;
• Storefront Academy Harlem: a private, tuition-free school in Harlem with programs from pre-school to 8th grade;
• The Children's Village: a residential care and treatment center for neglected, battered and abused children in judicial care, reeducating families to reintegrate their children back into a safe home life.
|The annual Bal des Berceaux was first held in 1942 and has been FAAFC's main fundraising event ever since. Nearly half a million dollars were raised at last year’s gala. All funds are used to further FAAFC’s mission. The event attracts French and American dignitaries as well as distinguished guests from New York and community leaders from around the world. In the past, international debutantes made their introduction into society.
The elegant 2016 Bal des Berceaux marked not only the FAAFC’s 75th anniversary, but also the Storefront Academy’s 50th anniversary and their successful mission to improve the lives of underserved New York City children through educational and developmental schooling.
|This year’s successful gala was once again chaired by FAAFC’s President, Marguerite Mangin, and Co-chaired by Lucila Vollbrechthausen and Margarita Somnolet. The Live Auction was conducted by Nicholas Lowry, President of Swann Galleries, and featured items donated by Adlers Jewelers, Air France, Alex Sepkus, Baccarat, Le Bristol Hotel, Ferragamo, Givenchy, Kaviari, La Mamounia, Lalique, and Viking Cruises among many others. Children from Kips Bay Company entertained the guests.
This 75th Gala was under the patronage of His Excellencies Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Francois Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United Nations, and the Consul General of France in New York, Bertrand Lortholary.
Corporate supporters included: Air France, Altour, Baccarat, Bally, Crédit Agricole CIB, Crédit Industriel et Commercial, Dassault Falcon, The Denoyer Group, Ferragamo, French-American Chamber of Commerce,, Givenchy, Guibert & Co, Halstead Property, Hermès, Hotel Le Bristol, International Flavors and Fragances, Lalique , Laura Mercier, Logfret, Longchamp, Lycée Francais de New York, La Maison du Chocolat, Metrowine, O’Connor Davies, P.E. Guerin, Realty Purchase, Stribling & Associates, Société Générale, Swann Auction Galleries, US Trust, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.
|Earlier in the month, more than 1,300 guests including hospital leadership, staff, and supporters gathered to celebrate Mount Sinai Health System's 31st Crystal Party.
The event, which took place under a beautifully decorated tent at the Central Park Conservatory Garden, was chaired by Mount Sinai trustee Glenn August and his wife, Debbie. The event raised $4.2 million.
|"Our Health System continues to thrive, and we have made extraordinary advances in patient care, research, and strategic partnerships, while continuing to lead the transition away from fee-for-service medicine to value and population health," said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System. "We will continue to make advances in the months and years to come. Much of the credit for our success goes to our exceptional group of visionary trustees, who almost ten years ago formulated a strategic plan for the growth of our science, and then generously supported that plan."
|"This gathering is symbolic in that it represents and celebrates both the past and the future of our health system―ever-evolving, embracing change, working together to advance our mission to improve human health," said Peter W. May, Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Health System. "The Mount Sinai Health System serves a vast, highly diverse patient population and delivers care in almost every neighborhood in our city through 300 clinical locations. I hope our celebration has energized our faculty, staff, trustees, community members, and patients about our path forward."|
|Photographs by Elena Olivo (BAM); Billy Farrell Agency NYC (Bal de Berceaux).|