|Rules Of The Game, a collaboration between grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams, top choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and renowned visual artist Daniel Arsham, opened last week at The Brooklyn Academy of Music; a New York premiere. Pharrell, presenting his first symphonic score, Jonah, Daniel, and costume designer Chris Stamp took to the stage for a standing ovation. After the premiere Michèle Gerber Klein chaired a benefit dinner and the art world turned out in full force.
The dinner honored Jonah Bokaer's long time friend Diana Widmaier Picasso for her continuous support of the arts. Diana was accompanied by friends and family including Alina Baikova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Masha Markova Hanson, brother Richard Widmaier Picasso, his wife Ulli Widmaier Picasso and their two sons.
|Glasses of Thiénot Champagne fueled the night's festivities at a pre-performance toast, intermission reception and two kinds of champagne served during dinner at BAM's Lepercq Space.
The evening was a benefit for Chez Bushwick; Jonah Bokaer's non-profit organization that focuses on experimental dance and strives to provide affordable dance space for artists in Brooklyn.
|Gala Chair Michèle Gerber Klein was joined by guests including Staffan Ahrenberg, Olivier Berggruen, Susan Chalom, Eduardo Costantini Jr, Stephan Crasneanscki, Jeffrey Deitch, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Scott Drevnig, Joanna Fisher, Stephanie French, Toni Garrn, Isabelle Bscher Gmurzynska, Angela Goding, Jae Joseph, Anne Keating, Daniel Kruglikov, Bartolome Fierro March, Paul McCann, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Galina Polinski, Charles Renfro, Charles Riva, Elisabeth de Saint-Amand ,Hellen Allen Smith, Robert Soros, Dayana Tamendarova, and Chez Bushwick's Chair Emerita, Patsy Tarr.|
|The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 19th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction, posthumously honoring footwear industry icon Vince Camuto and featuring a musical performance by the legendary Roger Daltrey of The Who on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, at Cipriani Wall Street. The event marked the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) by noted oncologist Samuel Waxman, M.D. and introduced the SWCRF Vince Camuto Memorial Cancer Research Program in honor of Mr. Camuto, founder of Camuto Group, who passed away of prostate cancer in 2015. Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group, accepted the honor in memory of her late husband. The evening was hosted by Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, as master of ceremonies, and raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.|
|On Monday, November 14, Silver Hill Hospital held its seventh annual fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. MSNBC's Morning Joe co-anchors Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski hosted the evening. Former NBA player Chris Herren attended as a special guest speaker. The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation received the President's Award. Rocco Marotta, MD, PhD accepted the Visionary Award.
More than 500 guests attended the 2016 Giving Hope Gala that included dinner, dancing, a live auction and a special set by DJ Cassidy. The event raised more than $1.15 million for Silver Hill Hospital's Patient Financial Aid Fund, serving individuals who would benefit from the hospital's long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs.
|Guests were captivated by the words of former NBA player Chris Herren, a recovering addict and motivational speaker, as he shared his personal journey to recovery and sobriety with guests. Herren commented that he is “honored and grateful to present for such an amazing group.”
Herren is the founder of The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation, educational and mentoring programs to those touched by addiction and to educate people of all ages on the dangers of substance abuse.
|The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation received the President’s Award from SHH President and Medical Director Dr. Sigurd Ackerman. Dr. Jeffrey Bornstein accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.|
|Rocco Marotta, MD, PhD received the 2016 Visionary Award for his outstanding work as a psychiatrist in Silver Hill Hospital's Transitional Living Program. Alexandra Zerzan shared her personal story during the evening as well. She is a former patient and current employee who helps patients and families transition into residential programs.
Lucas Hunt served as auctioneer. This year, Sadri Garakani was the Giving Hope Gala Honorary Chair. Todd Hollander and Audrey Zinman served as Co-Chairs. Amir Garakani, MD and Matthew Griepp, MD were the Junior Committee Co-Chairs.
|On November 7, 2016, James Lenox House Association and Carnegie East House hosted its annual Autumn Leaves Gala dinner and auction. The Gala raises funds for the organization, New York City’s premier not-for-profit independent and enriched living communities for older adults. More than 400 guests attended, including supporters from Ted Moudis Associates, Avison Young, Gensler, Gilbane, Jones Lang LaSalle, Interpublic Group, Cushman & Wakefield, J. T. Magen & Co., Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, and John Samuelson Realty. More than half a million dollars was raised for the cause.
Board member Richard J. Haray, senior vice president, Interpublic Group and William J. Gilbane III, senior vice president, Gilbane Building Company were this year’s co-recipients of the Mary Lenox Sheafe Award as a testament to their extraordinary dedication and leadership to New York City’s older adults. Longtime board member John Samuelson, president, John Samuelson Realty, was honored with the Eugene Hegy Lifetime Achievement Award.