Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pivotal moments

Co-chairs Vollbrechthausen and Somnolet tables at The French-American Aid For Children's 75th Anniversary of the Bal des Berceaux.
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.
BAM Executive Producer Joe Melillo, Rupert Everett, and BAM President Katie Clark
Carolyn Pride, Julia Bienstock, and Mark Diker
Actor Charlie Rowe and Joe Melillo
Alan Fishman, Annie Hubbard, and Joseph Stern
Billie Tsien, Riccardo Salmona, and Jennifer Goodale
Dermott McLaughlin and Alexander Kipka
Jonathan Auerbach and Adam Max
Katy Clark, Gary G. Lynch, and Kate Hall
Marcel Przymusinski and friend
Tommy Tune and Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Michelle and Noah Kazam with Mark Diker
Rupert Everett, Diane Max, Alan Fishman, and Adam Max
Diane Max and Jonathan Soros
Antonino D'Ambrosio
Andrew and Andrew
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.
OTW Fulbright Awards Dinner Honorees Didric Cederholm, Wenke Thoman Sterns, Clarke Murphy, and Terrence F. Martell
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.
OTW Vice Chairman Michael B. Sperling, Katherine Sperling, Charlotte Sperling, and Priscilla Fishler
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.
Nida Zafar, Abdullah Azizi, Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Elizabeth Chan, and Joosik Kim
Honoree Terrence F. Martell and Ira Polk
Claudette Mayer, Zac Russell, and Echo Hopkins
Peyton Ladt and Stefan Sterns
Theresa Simon, Marc Simon, Raymond Simon, and Barbara Simon
Honoree Clarke Murphy, Executive Director Deborah Clifford, and Former Honoree David Heleniak
Camille Thoman, Wenke Thoman Sterns, Alexis Rudisill, and William Sterns IV
John Ehrenkranz and Honoree Didric Cederholm
Jeff Peek and William S. Sterns III
Landon Slane and Bailey Gimbel
John Pettenati, Russell Bowman, and Jack McMackin
Judy and John Cornwall
OTW Board Member Sue Henderson and Tamara Cunningham
Chantal Meng, Fulbrighter from Switzerland, and OTW Board Member Jay Grant
Erika Rohrbach and Stephen Ferst
Sandra Hampton and Mai McDonald Graves
Roslyn Allison and Andrea Nemetz
Niamh Dolan, Liza Stark, and Natalie Walsh
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.
Yasmeen Dennis, Consul General Lortholary, Marguerite Mangin, and Eleanor Dennis
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 view from the Rainbow Room
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.
Nicholas Lowry, auctioneer
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.
Katharina Faro, Richard Ortoli, Bernard Faro, and Carole d'Autremant
Olivier Stip and Caroline de Ravel
Aly Teich, Louis-David Mangin, and Dr. Kathryn Vreeland
Stephanie Gomes, Ethan Robinson, Gabriella Zacarias, and Peter Meijer
Elisa Istueta, Ray Cameron, and Marguerite Mangin
Ariel Azria and Ariane Grossman
Beatrice Saffre, Laurent Saffre, Nefissa Attard, Christophe Attard, Ilda Goyard, and Gerald Goyard
Marguerite Mangin and Mark Ellwood
Bernard Laleuf, Catherine Laleuf, and Christophe Attard
Gayatri Steeg, Nicole Salmasi, and Mariam Azarm
Marie-Claude Wrenn-Myers and Dr. Robert Myers
Ricardo Vollbrechthausen, Jonathan Epifano, Henry Cohen, Lucila Vollbrechthausen, and Victor Vollbrechthausen
Rosalie Isaly and Diane Ackerman
Zoe Tryon, Alexander Souri, Spencer Zahn, Carolina Palermo Schulze, and Nicho Lowry
Somnolet helpers: cousin Alyssa, sisters, Carla and Alexandra
Bob Myers and Chrsitina Liceaga
Sandra Somnolet, Eric Somnolet, Ghislaine Somnolet, Michel Longchampt, and Alexandra Somnolet
Ricardo Vollbrechthausen and Marguerite Mangin, President FAAFC
Lucila Vollbrechthausen, co-chair
Nefissa Attard, Christophe Attard, Ilda Goyard, Gerald Goyard, Beatrice Saffre, and Laurent Saffre
Ray Cameron and Elsie Aidinoff
Gabriella Zacarias and Peter Meijer
Carolina Palermo Schulze, Bertrand Lortholary, Marguerite Mangin
Daniel Quintero, Chip Brian and Kips Bay Trustees
K-Company thanked by Mark Ellwood
Faith Houssou from Storefront
Kips Bay performers
K-company performers
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.
Cocktails in Central Park's Conservatory Garden
"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."
Dinner under the tent
"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."
Alice Todd and George Todd, MD
Ashutosh Tewari, MD, and Mamta Tewari
Robert Friedman, Ken Davis, MD, Elissa Gretz Friedman, MD, and Peter May
Jonathan Dixon
Tania Friedberg and Ahron Friedberg, MD
Leni May, Glenn August, Debbie August, and Peter May
Susan Friedman, Richard Friedman, Ken Davis, MD, Erica Friedman, and Joshua Friedman
David Reich, MD, Eva Andersson-Dubin, MD, and Keith Marran, Jr.
Evan Flatow, MD, and Susan Somerville, RN
Kyle Owens and Zibby Right
Michael Brodman, MD, and Dennis Charney, MD
Sara Savage, Robert Savage, Jr., Jane Martin, PhD, and Stuart Katz
Stacey and Eric Minidich
Steve Hochberg and Hillary Lane Hochberg
Photographs by Elena Olivo (BAM); Billy Farrell Agency NYC (Bal de Berceaux).