Friday, April 8, 2016

Producing Results

The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club's annual President’s Dinner for more than 750 guests at Cipriani 42nd Street. 
This past Monday night, April 4th, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club at 1930 Randall Avenue, Bronx, held their annual President’s Dinner for more than 750 guests at Cipriani 42nd Street.  Bunny Williams and Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest were co-chairs. AD was the official “host” of the evening.

Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton, Mara and Jesse Carrier and Christopher Spitzmiller were dinner vice-chairs. This was the biggest turnout ever for this annual dinner, demonstrating that the chairs and vice-chairs produced results.
A performance by the Kips Bay Boys and Girls
They honored the Kohler Family of the Kohler Company. Best known for their plumbing products, Kohler – which is located in Kohler, Wisconsin also manufactures furniture, cabinetry, tile, engines and generators.

Entertainment was provided by kids from the Club, singing, dancing and musical performances. They raised more than $1 million for the club’s programs and maintenance, enriching the lives of thousands of children and young people in New York.

Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson
Dorothy Winkler, Jamie Drake, and Reagan Hayes
Matthew Quinn, Suzanne Kasler, and Dennis Hunt
Daniel and Maribel Quintero
Rich Wilkie and Steven Stolman
Aerin Lauder
Scott Nelson and Alex Papachristidis
Seth Raphaeli, John De Bastiani, Christopher Spitzmiller, and Harry Heissmann
Whitney Robinson, Stellene Volandes, Will Kahn, and Sarah Bray
Eileen and Curtis Minnis
Robin Baron, Jeremy Hoff, Dwayne Clark, and Corey Damen Jenkins
Howard Christian and Bjorn Wallander
Lisa Cohen and Susan Magrino Dunning
Joan Michaels, Cindy Allen, and West Chin
Chad Stark and Sam Allen
Juan Montoya and Victoria Hagan
Ed Kelly and Kate Kelly Smith
Mara Berleson and Megan Winters
John Meeks, Laura Aman, Meredith Aman, and Jim Aman
Samantha Rudin Earls and Caroline Berthet
Gil Walsh and Lauryl Guse
Nina Kohler, Martha Stewart, and David Kohler
Alex Papachristidis, Laura Slatkin, and George Farias
Bettina Zilkha and Harry Slatkin
James Druckman
David Kohler, Nina Kohler, Simon Doonan, and Jonathan Adler
Clodagh and Daniel Aubrey
Annabel Palma
James Druckman and David Kohler
Kips Bay Boys and Girls
On Sunday, April 3rd, BAM hosted a Benefit Celebration Honoring Royal Shakespeare Company’s King & Country. To celebrate the occasion and the revered ensemble’s return to Brooklyn, BAM and the RSC joined forces to present this sumptuous benefit, fit for a king.

In a major theatrical event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, BAM, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Ohio State University presented the US Premiere of Shakespeare’s History playsin King and Country: Shakespeare's Great Cycle of Kings. Following performances at the Barbican, and in China in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, the plays are directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and performed in repertory at the BAM Harvey Theater from Mar 24 through May 1, 2016.
Joseph V. Melillo, Gregory Doran, David Tennant, and RSC Executive Director Catherine Mallyon
Reprising their roles at BAM, David Tennant makes his US stage debut in the title role of Richard II; Antony Sher and Jasper Britton play Falstaff and Henry IV, respectively, in the Henry IV plays; and Alex Hassell continues the journey of young Prince Hal, who reaches maturity as Henry V in the final play of the tetralogy.

Guests included Katy Clark (Bam President), Joseph V. Melillo (Bam Executive Producer), Catherine Mallyon (Rsc Executive Director), Nigel Hugill (Rsc Board Chair), Alan Fishman (Bam Board Chair), David Tennant, Joel Grey, Sir Kim Darroch Kcmg & Lady Darroch (Her Majesty’s New Ambassador to The United States), Matilda Cuomo, Agnes Gund, Antony Sher, Jane Lapotaire, Gregory Doran, Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, Lady Susie Sainsbury Cbe (Deputy Chair, Rsc), Gordon A. Smith, Mark Thompson, Jane Thompson, Maria Cuomo Cole, Mark Diker, Leon & Cynthia Polsky, Oskar Eustis, Scott Delman, Neal Shapiro.
Alan Fishman, Mark Thompson, and Joseph V. Melillo
Alex Hassell and Joseph V. Melillo
David Tennant and Lady Susie Sainsbury
Emma King, Alex Hassell, Adam Max, and Diane Max
Gordon Smith, Therese Esperdy, and Riccardo Salmona
Jennifer Kirby and Daniel Abbot
Jim Hooper and Dale Mathurin
Isla Blair, Joshua Richards, Sarah Parks, Julian Glover, and Oliver Ford Davies
Gordon Smith and Pamela Codispoti
Jane Laportaire
Joseph V Melillo and Sir Kim Darroch KCMG
Nigel Hugill
Lady Darroch, Sir Kim Darroch KCMG, and David Tennant
Oskar Eustis and Barbara Lee Spielvogel
Gordon A Smith and Katy Clark
Sir Kim Darroch KCMG and Keith Osborn
This past Tuesday, the Spring Gala of the Boys’ & Girls' Town of Italy was held at The Pierre. The event raised over $400,000 to help refugee, migrant, and at-risk youth in Italy and Ethiopia.

BGTI's President and Executive Director Mr. Gabriele Delmonaco, Gala Chair Contessina Francesca Braschi and dinner Co-Chairs Sharon Marantz-Walsh and Bernadette Milito welcomed guests. The gala was themed “Building on Solid Foundations.”
Abba Teshome Fikre, Ronnie Marone, Beth Woldesemayiat, Gabriele Delmonaco, and Kevin Devlin
Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy was founded by Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing in 1945 to help thousands of war-orphaned children struggling in Italy at the end of World War II. Seven decades later, BGTI’s unique approach of self-government has given a chance in life to more than 30,000 young people, from more than 20 countries. In September 2015 BGTI founded Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Ethiopia to support 400 children, primarily girls, in one of the poorest countries of the world.

Opening the dinner, 460 guests joined Camille Gucciardo to sing the national anthem. Father Peter Palmisano then performed the invocation. A video demonstrated the work the BGTI does before Mr. Delmanaco announced that due to their expansion into Ethiopia and other poverty stricken areas around the world; they will be renaming the organization to A Chance In Life to better reflect the scope of their work.
Monsignor Donald Sakano and John Salvato
Contessina Braschi started the award ceremony by recognizing Jan Chipman and Raymond Gucciardo with Honor and Merit Awards. "The Queen of Versailles" Jacqueline Siegel presented the Woman of the Year Award to Karen King. Assemblyman Hon. Joseph Saladino presented the Man of the Year Award to Charles S. Gucciardo, Esq. Vice Consul of Italy. Isabella Periotto presented the Global Citizen Award to Dr. Maurizio Forte, the Director of the Italian Trade Commission in New York. Monsignor Donald Sakano presented the Humanitarian Award to John Salvato, President and CEO of Talent Spectrum. Soprano's actor Dan Grimaldi presented the Celebrity of the Year award actor Vincent Pastore who played "Big Pussy" in The Soprano's. Sharon Marantz Walsh presented the Celebrity of the Year award to Mercedes Ellington, the granddaughter of jazz legend Duke Ellington.
Mercedes Ellington and Alexis Chevalier
Bernadette Milito, Contessina Francesca Braschi, and Sharon Marantz-Walsh
Peter Martino and Tina Radziwill
Isabella Periotto and Gabriele Delmonaco
Jan Chipman and R. Couri Hay
Ray Gucciardo and Kathy Marzano
Beth Shak and Rick Leventhal
Jamie deRoy and James Valenti
Camille Romita and Mauro Romita
Dan Grimaldi and Vincent Pastore
Karen King, Charles S. Gucciardo, and Jackie Siegel
Jean Shafiroff
Nicole Noonan, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Randi Schatz, and Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin
Junior Committee
Photographs by BFA (Kips Bay); Annie Watt (Boys Town).