Monday, November 21, 2016

Remarkable recipients

Hope for Depression Research Foundation's 10th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel.
A group of exceptional animals and people – including Sen. Bob Dole; and a dedicated emotional support dog, a loyal cat who saves his owner from deadly seizures, and the first pit bull police dog in the state of New York – were honored last Thursday at the 2016 ASPCA (American Society for prevention of Curelty to Animals) Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The celebration, led by Chuck Scarborough, recognized extraordinary animals as well as individuals who have shown great dedication to animal welfare in 2016, which is also the 150th anniversary year of the ASPCA.
ASPCA Dog of the Year Ruthie, who is a loyal emotional support dog. ASPCA Public Service Award was given to Kiah, the first "pit bull" police dog in the state of New York.
In addition to recognizing the heroism and sacrifice of these eight remarkable recipients, the ASPCA Humane Awards bring important attention to the ever-growing commitment to animal welfare from individuals, communities, and businesses across the country,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “That widespread support is critical to ending cruelty and protecting animals in need.”

Senator Dole, accepting his ASPCA Presidential Service Award said: 
"I didn't realize when I was elected to Congress in 1961 that you could do things that would make a difference for animals -- these poor defenseless creatures that are being mistreated."

Dole also shared animal-friendly advice for President-Elect Donald Trump: "[Donald] Trump doesn't have a dog. And I have come to know the Donald, and my next phone call with him will be that he ought to have a dog in the White House."
Chuck Scarborough and Bob Dole
Chuck Scarborough and Jim Keen
Rob Rosa, who received the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award remarked: 
"Too often, society turns its back on individuals and animals who seem impossible to change and are viewed as 'not my problem.' No one — human or canine — deserves to be forever judged by their worst day. New Leash on Life USA and the ASPCA see the potential in all people and animals, and treat each with respect and humanity."

Tim Hetzner, President of Lutheran Church Charities accepted on behalf of Ruthie, ASPCA Dog of the Year Award recipient. He told the luncheon guests: 
"There is something about a dog, a sixth sense. How many friends do you know who show unconditional love, are confidential, don't take notes, and wag their tails at you? That's what dogs do. They have a lot to teach us. And I thank the ASPCA for championing animals."
Chuck Scarborough, Kimberly Meeks, Blake the Cat, and Glen Schallman
Chuck Scarborough, Justin Bruzgul, and Kiah
Mr. Hetzner’s remark made me laugh as I was immediately reminded of my three housemates, who are lying on a pad underneath my desk as I write. Except for Rosemary who is scratching the side of my chair to get me to pick her up on my lap or give her a treat.  I pretend I’m not noticing her since if I took her on my lap she’d look all over my desk for something she could chew (or eat), and she just had a treat. Rosemary has boundless energy and is very aggressive as well. In the first few months of our co-residency, she could really annoy me (I’m laughing again because she still has the power although it now makes me laugh.) What all three of my energetic pups do for me is give me the opportunity to love unconditionally. I know they “love” me, or are at least attached to me. But it’s my feelings about them that give me strength.
Chuck Scarborough, Jenny Hubbard, Freddy Hubbard, Matthew Hubbard, Ruthie, Tim Hetzner, Richard Martin, and Dona Martin
There are lots of dogs and cats that need homes. If you can take the ten minutes, twice a day to feed them, and walk them however briefly (keep the cats inside please) you will discover the beauty of unconditional loving. It’s your heart, your center; and everyone’s pleasure.

Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in eight categories.
Chuck and Ellen Scarborough with Ruthie
Billy Phelps, Willow Phelps, and Erika Matthews Willow Phelps
Jeff Pfeifle, Sally van Erk, and David Granville
Emily Leonard and Sally Horchow Mark Gilbertson, Marina Killery, and Chad Conway
Marjorie Gubelmann and Karen LeFrak
Kathleen Smith and Doug Smith
Kirkland Heins and Samantha McGow
Bob Dole and Carolyn Weiner
Alison Minton and Kathleen Giordano
Susan Whalen and Elizabeth Kogan
Peggy Siegal and Dixon Boardman
Amelia Saint-Amand and Marcia Schaeffer
Barbara Dauphin-Duthuit and Matthew Bershadker
Nina Bershadker and Allen Parker
Bruce Silberstein, Carolyn Silberstein, and Devon Silberstein
Stephanie Krieger and Jane Preiser
Brooke Cohen, Melanie Wambold, and Nancy O'Sullivan
Sharon Jacob and Beth Millner
Unchu Tobia and Cynthia Russo
Corinne Keller and Susan Ranocchia
Jessica Grey and Renee Lucier
Marina Killery, Keith Langham, and Cece Cord
Arriana Boardman, Lita Livanos, Bob Colacello, and Patricia Lansing
Hope Smith, Lucy Law, and Tantivy Gubelmann
Allison Aston and Christine Alfaro
Cindy Henry and Dr. Katie Nelson
Jean Shafiroff, Chuck Scarborough, and Jill Rappaport
NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine’s annual Cabaret benefit dinner raised $3.5 million to support the institutions’ ongoing work in patient care, research and medical education. The event, which took place on November 9, drew over 1,000 guests to Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

Guests joined event hosts Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine.
In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests enjoyed a special performance by Jerry Seinfeld.

The event was co-chaired by Helen and Bob Appel, Renée and Robert Belfer, Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz, Charlotte Ford, Barbara and Peter Georgescu,Peter S. and Mary Kalikow, and Ann and  Andrew Tisch.
Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, Jessica M. Bibiliowicz, chairman of Weill Cornell Medicine's Board of Overseers, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of NewYork-Presbyterian's Board of Trustees, and Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, interim dean of Weill Cornell Medicine
Dr. Laura Forese and Bob Appel
Christy Mack, Dr. Steven J. Corwin, Ellen Corwin, and John Mack
Dr. David Nanus and Dr. Cam Patterson
Peter and Barbara Georgescu
Sandra and Edward Meyer (seated) with
Tony and Miraldina Meyer (standing)
Bob and Renee Belfer
Gale and Ira Drukier with Jessica and Natan Bibliowicz
Bob Appel and Dr. Costantino Iadecola
Elena Ford, Charlotte A. Ford, Charlotte Ford, and Alessandro (Buddy) Rippolone
Dr. Matthew Fink and Kenneth E. Raske
Peter Kalikow and Bambi Felberbaum
Harold Tanner and Renee Belfer
Robert Davis, Ellen Davis, and Barbara Friedman
Jerry Seinfeld
On Tuesday, November 15, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research held its 10th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel where they honored Award-winning CNN Anchor and Journalist Anderson Cooper with the 2016 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy.

HDRF Founder & Chair Audrey Gruss saluted Anderson Cooper for his public discussion of his family's personal story of depression and suicide. His use of multi-media to speak out about his own family's experience helps reduce stigma and sparks millions of life-saving conversations.

Focused on the topic “The Search for New Depression Treatments,” the sold-out event featured Dr. John Krystal, Yale’s Chief of Psychiatry, who spoke about the crisis in depression research.  Dr. Helen Mayberg of Emory University explained her pioneering work in Deep Brain Stimulation and the latest discoveries of HDRF’s elite team of researchers collaborating as the Depression Task Force.
Chuck Scarborough was Master of Ceremonies and guests, including Jay McInerney, Karen LeFrak, Susan Gutfreund, and HRH Princess Katherine of Serbia, listened as he noted that depression has become the Number One Reason in the world for disability.  He also noted the rise of depression awareness in the media, with a growing movement of celebrities -- Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Kristen Bell, Naomi Judd and the rapper Kid Cudi -- speaking out against stigma and sharing their personal experience with the illness.

HDRF Executive Director Louisa Benton spoke about the strong presence of HDRF in the media through the new technology of a satellite media tour conducted by Audrey Gruss in 30 U.S. cities.  She also shared the powerful TV advertisement created by McCann Humancare. Benton briefly described the success of the first Walk of Hope this past July in Southampton.  She then introduced 11-year-old Shane Boylan, who raised $4,000 with a bike ride he organized in memory of his father, who died by suicide.
Chuck Scarborough, Audrey Gruss, and Anderson Cooper
Audrey Gruss then introduced Anderson Cooper, who accepted the HOPE Award with a heartfelt speech that explained how he managed his emotions after his brother committed suicide in 1988.  He became a war reporter and traveled the world telling other people’s stories before he began to heal by telling his own story.  He said there were moments in the “dwindling light of day when you expected to find darkness and [instead] you find light and humanity.” He concluded with saying, “Each of us will get by the best that we can [but] we must reach out and tentatively touch with our hands, with our eyes, and with our hearts.”

The Luncheon Seminar Co-Chairs are: Caroline Dean, Arthur Dunnam, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Peter Gregory, Susan Gutfreund, Tania Higgins, Eleanora Kennedy, Margo Langenberg, Jay McInerney, and Farah Moinan.

Additional guests included: Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush, Caroline Dean, William Flaherty, Jamee Gregory, Martin Gruss, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Kim Heirston, Yaz Hernandez, Ritchey Howe, Eleanora Kennedy, Margo Langenberg, Kamie Lightburn, Sharon Loeb, Christine Mack, Lorrie & Mark Newhouse, Tom Quick, Patti Raynes, Nancy Silverman.
Anderson Cooper, Audrey Gruss, and Shane Boylan Jamee and Peter Gregory
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock, and Nicole Miller Arthur Dunnam and Richard Ziegelasch
Jonathan Javitch, Louisa Benton, Helen Mayberg, and Rene Hen
Dr. Helen Mayberg and Dr. John Krystal
Stephanie Krieger, Elizabeth Thompson, Margo Langenberg, and Roberta Sandeman
Eleanora Kennedy and Yaz Hernandez Andrea Greeven Douzet and Laura Nicklas
Susan Gutfreund, Audrey Gruss, and Princess Katherine
Ann Barish, Jane Marray, and Pattie Lynch
Ritchey Howe, Carol Mack, Caroline Dean, and Danielle Ganek
Jeff Zucker and Louisa Benton
Last week, Sharon & Bill Jacob opened up their beautiful Upper East Side townhouse to celebrate the launch of the Women's Committee 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Silk Scarf. 

In honor of its 35th Anniversary, the Women's Committee of the Central Park Conservancy collaborated with world renowned artist Alexis Rockman to create a silk scarf featuring his beautiful watercolor "Meadow". The funds raised from the sale of the scarf will help to restore the Conservatory Garden, Central Park's six-acre masterwork of formal garden design located off Fifth Avenue between 104th and 106th Streets.
Alexis Rockman
Rockman, a New York City based, American contemporary artist, who grew up visiting Central Park, is known for his paintings and works on paper that depict ecology. His love of nature can be seen in his work, making his watercolor a perfect fit to represent Central Park.

Those attending included some of the CPC's most ardent supporters including: Women's Committee President Suzie Aijala and husband Ainar Aijala, Katherine Birch, Suzanne & Bob Cochran, Ranika Cohen, Jamee & Peter Gregory, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Anne & Bill Harrison, Tracey Huff, Lauren Kenny, Karen Klopp, Nyssa Kourakos, Sarah Kurita, Kamie Lightburn, Karen May, Marcia & Richard Mishaan, Tracy & Jay Snyder, Sharon & Tom Teles, Berge Wathne, and Thorunn Wathne.
The scarf makes a beautiful gift and comes wrapped and ready to deliver. For full information or to order, click here.
The Women's Committee is a group of dynamic women who are dedicated to the beautification and preservation of Central Park. Founded in 1983 by four visionary women, the Women’s Committee has been instrumental in increasing awareness and raising funds for many Park projects, including reconstruction of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, renovation of Safari Playground, and re-creation of the urns at Bow Bridge. The Women's Committee raises nearly 15 percent of the Conservancy's $67 million annual budget. Since 1983, the Women’s Committee has raised over $150 million.
Jamee and Peter Gregory with Sharon and Bill Jacob
Ranika Cohen, Nyssa Kourakos, Kamie Lightburn, and Katherine Birch
Bill Harrison and Ainar Aijala Richard and Marcia Mishaan
Jay Snyder, Suzanne Cochran, Tracy Snyder, and Bob Cochran
Sharon Jacob, Marcia Mishaan, Suzie Aijala, and Anne Harrison
Suzanne Cochran, Berge Wathne, Karen May, and Thorunn Wathne
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (HDRF & CPC); Studio Brooke (NewYork-Presbyterian).