|On Tuesday, May 17th the Animal Medical Center held its Eighth Annual Living Legends Luncheon at the Harmonie Club. The event was co-chaired by Susan Verni Lazarus, Alison Minton, Kane Nussbaum, Joanne Ronson, Carol Sandow, Helene Stein and Marquam Wolfe and AMC Trustee Janet York. Over 150 guests were in attendance to honor 3 very special companion animals: ELSA, a sweet Shepherd mix; WYNTON, a beautiful Russian Blue; and VEN, a handsome German Shepherd Guide Dog. Since its inception, the Living Legends Luncheon has raised nearly $250,000 to benefit the Animal Medical Center.|
|The 15th Annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) was held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The sold-out event celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and philanthropists. In its fifteen years, Women Who Care has raised nearly $8 million to fund programs and services offered by UCP of NYC to over 14,000 children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City.
The 2016 Women Who Care leadership included Loreen Arbus, Susan Lucci, Liza Huber, Tamsen Fadal, Donna Hanover, Ali Stroker, Paula Zahn, and Frank A. Bennack Jr.
|Highlights of this year's Women Who Care event included the following honoree award presentations: Beverly Bond was presented the Women Who Care Award by Soledad O'Brien. Deborah Norville was presented the Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award by Dennis Basso. Ellyn Shook was presented the Women in Business Award by Paula Zahn. Jenny Long was presented the Karen Hansen Caregiver Award by Judith Light. Northwell Health were presented the Corporate Commitment to Caring Award by Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. Loreen Arbus, Women Who Care Founder/Chair was given a special tribute by Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst and Honorary Chair of Women Who Care.
|Guests attending the 2016 Women Who Care Luncheon included: Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5's Good Day New York; Teresa Priolo, Reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York; Steve Lacy, Anchor, Fox 5 News; Ines Rosales, Traffic Reporter on FOX 5's Good Day New York; Maysoon Zayid, comedian, disability rights activist and former Women Who Care Honoree; Isiah Whitlock Jr., star of The Wire and co-star of Veep; Sheetal Sheth, award-winning actor, producer and humanitarian; Caroline Tehrani, Host of HuffPost Live; Herb Hamsher, President, TAO Management & Tetrahedron Productions; Rich Graziano, President and General Manager, WPIX; Lew Leone, Vice President and General Manager, WNYW-FOX 5 and WWOR-My9, FOX Television Stations' New York; Lamar Goering, Executive Producer, Good Day New York; Amy Waldman, News Director PIX 11 News; Lauren Nowell, Executive Vice-President Communications, CBS TV; Camilla Barungi, model, entrepreneur and activist of Project Runway fame; Sheila Lennon, SVP Marketing and Development, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City; Dr. Danielle Sheypuck, former Ms Wheelchair USA; Carrie Hammer, fashion designer; David Aaron Carpenter, prize-winning violinist; Christopher Laul, Senior Principal at HOK.|
|Former Women Who Care Honorees who attended include: Susan Lucci, Judith Light, Terrie Williams, Joan Jedell, Maysoon Zayid, Maureen Lippe, Marie Wilson, Joan Ann Natola, Francine Le Frak.
Hearst Corporation, a long-time major sponsor for UCP of NYC, and the Loreen Arbus Foundation, were the Presenting Sponsors of this year's luncheon.
|Women Who Care was created to benefit UCP of NYC by honoring female role models representing various segments of the community. It is a celebration of women who have deep concern for others, are passionately committed to giving back and whose extraordinary accomplishments and great character have inspired women around the world to achieve their full potential. The Women Who Care Awards Luncheon is a New York tradition and has generated global media attention in previous years. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of this special event that has raised nearly $8 million for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities throughout New York City.|
|Last Monday night, the 34th Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievements in dance on Broadway and in film, took place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
This year’s Award recipients included Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Nigel Lythgoe, Creator and Executive Director of So You Think You Can Dance. Choreographer Maurice Hines received a special award for his body of work in the field of dance. Dr. Joan Fallon also received an award for special achievement in the field of autism and related disorders.
|The evening’s presenters included Patricia Birch, Leanne Cope, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Charlotte D’Amboise, Robert Fairchild, Christopher Gattelli, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award Winner Joel Grey, Obie Award Winner Jackie Hoffman, Tony Terrence Mann, NYCB Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, Tony Award Winner Susan Stroman, Tony Yazbeck, and Producer Randi Zuckerberg.
There were also several live performances throughout the evening, featuring Emmy Winner and Drama Desk Nominee Spencer Liff, So You Think You Can Dance Season 10 Winner Amy Yakima, Broadway Dancer Francesca Harper, Tony Award Nominee Desmond Richardson, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Company Member Rachael McLaren, and the cast of Broadway’s On Your Feet.
| An After Party was held at the Hebrew Union College to which some 350 award recipients, performers and well-wishers attended. Over the course of the night, a number of special performances were made.
All proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit 501 c(3) organization The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, which provides Dance and Movement Therapy for autistic and disabled children in New York City. The goal of the organization is to bring artistic expression to the developmentally disabled children in our community. The event was produced by Patricia Watt, NYC Dance Alliance, Fred Astaire Studios and consulting producers Todd Allan and Beth Bogush, with Associate Producers Jessica Zippin and Alix Michel.
| On Thursday May 12th Doubles marked its 40th Anniversary. As the creme-de-la-creme of New York Society and the New York Charitable circles Muffie Potter Aston and Ashley McDermott, Claudia Overstrom, and Barbara Taylor Bradford came down the infamous red staircase (known as "deep throat" when it opened in '76) and were welcomed to the black tie gala by Club Chairman Wendy Carduner.
|Guests including Elaine and Ken Langone, Geoffrey Bradfield, Kathy and Othon Prounis, and Mark Gilbertson enjoyed cocktails under the pearl pink balloon-decorated ceiling and arches before heading to the dining room for a three-course dinner of Crabmeat and Mousse of Avocado, Horse Radish Crust Salmon or Filet Mignon and a delicious Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Chocolate Chip Gelato Torte prepared by Chef Steve Mellina on tables festooned with silver star confetti and pink roses.
400 members have maintained their memberships for over 25 years, many of whom were present that evening. Following dinner, guests filled the dance floor to the sounds of Bob Hardwick and his Orchestra.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Doubles)|