Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sliding into Summer

Ranika Cohen, Kim Klimczak, Karen May, Aimee Yoon, Laura Heintz, Carey Rutkoske, Jackie Keber, Heather McAuliffe, Michele Cohen, Marty Cohen, and Michelle Marra at The Central Park Conservancy's Playground Partners Annual Family Party.
The Central Park Conservancy hosted its Playground Partners Annual Family Party in Central Park’s Heckscher Playground at 62nd Street on Wednesday, May 25. A picture-perfect summer day provided a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of food, games, music, and more. This is the only event of the year held inside a Central Park playground, offering a special opportunity for New York City families. The party raised over $420,000.

The event, sponsored by Goldman Sachs Gives, The Easton, a new development from Related, and Brooks Brothers, had over 1,200 parents and children attend. This year’s theme, “Slide into Summer,” inspired an array of family-friendly activities. Guests enjoyed music from Little Maestros and Kidville’s Rockin’ Railroad, cupcake decorating by Sprinkles Cupcakes, a soccer relay by Super Soccer Stars and Kick & Play, Bulldog Ball Club fast pitch, chess games and demonstrations by Chess at Three, Spin Art by Craft Studio, slam dunk with Dribbl Basketball, tennis games by event Activity Sponsor, Hampton Racquet Tennis, and much more.
This year’s Party Co-Chairmen were Laura Heintz, Jackie Keber, Heather McAuliffe, Whitney Mogavero, Carey Rutkoske, Aimee Yoon, and Nanar Yoseloff, and the Grandparents Committee Chairmen were Michele and Marty Cohen. They were joined by Playground Partners Co-Chairmen, Kim Klimczak and Michelle Marra, Vice Chairman, Ranika Cohen, Women’s Committee President Karen T. May, and Douglas Blonsky, President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy, and Central Park Administrator.
Proceeds from the Family Party support Playground Partners and its mission to keep Central Park’s 21 playgrounds safe, clean and well-maintained.

The Benefit Committee and guests included: Virginia Apple, Suzie Aijala, Anne Black, Shana Gary, Stephanie Hessler, Cathy Ingram, Sharon Jacob, Lauren Kenny, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Nyssa Kourakos, Karen LeFrak, Nancy Paduano, Ainsley and Will Proctor, Alexandra Robertson, Fiona Rudin, and Amanda Waldron.
Ainsley and Will Proctor
Anna Saffir and Eleanora Kennedy
Anne Black and Jim Hauslein
The big catch
Chris Ingram and Cathy Brienza Ingram
DJ Kai Song
Elizabeth Atwood and Mitchell Silver
Jonathan and Kristy Korngold
Virginia Apple
Marty and Michele Cohen
Karen LeFrak and Doug Blonsky
Sarah Kurita
Nyssa Kourakos
Ranika Cohen and Whitney Mogavero
Sharon Jacob and Jill Ross
Suzie Aijala and Nyssa Kourakos
Philippe McAuliffe
Hampton Racquet Tennis
Dutchess Land Conservancy's (DLC) Annual Spring Barn Dinner Dance, held at MC and Eric Roberts' Silver Mountain Farm in North East, Dutchess County, drew over 300 friends and supporters, who were enthusiastically welcomed by Co-Chairs MC and Eric Roberts, Deban and Tom Flexner, and Jacqueline and Oakleigh Thorne.  The gorgeous rural setting, and beloved picnic area for FDR, was the perfect place to celebrate land conservation and raise much-needed funds for DLC's programs. The evening included a delicious dinner from Stissing House, a live auction and paddle raise with guest auctioneer Bill Stahl of Sotheby's, followed by dancing to the sounds of Harlem Line. 
Alexander and Sarah Saint-Amand and Liselotte and Robin Vince
Perrin Martin and Oysters XO server
Guest Auctioneer Bill Stahl, Feli Thorne, and Nancy Stahl
Lorna Graev and Moby Mudge
Larry Graev and Parker Gentry
Co-chair Deban Flexner, Helen and Everett Cook, Selina van der Geest, and Andrew Gundlach
Gloria Callen with Everett and Helen Cook
Craig Callen
Andrew Gundlach and Oakleigh Thorne
Co-chair and host, MC Roberts and Lexi Clarke
Peter Wylde and Perrin Martin
Zibby Tozer and Angela Keesee
Soo and Carolina Kim with Irene Banning
Hannah Buchan, Connie Newberry, Caroline Merison, and Edith Dicconson
Nelli and Jim Voorheis
Bonnie Stedt, Auctioneer Bill Stahl, Gloria Callen, and Eliot Clarke
Co-chair and host Eric Roberts, Eames Yates, and Karen Karlsrud
Karen Klopp and Tom Flexner
Remy Trafelet, Hannah Buchan, and Nick Bienstock
David Thieringer, DLC Board Chairman Rebecca Seaman, Co-chair and host MC Roberts, and Bob Kaus
The band: Harlem Line
Elizabeth and Will Hewitt
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Jay Heritage Center (JHC) held its second John Jay Medal Dinner and recognized two individuals whose exemplary efforts have helped elevate and strengthen the legacy of native New Yorker, John Jay

JHC's first honoree was Prof. Joseph J. Ellis, one of our nation's leading historians and the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation. Ellis' illuminating research for his newest book The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution 1783-1789 restores John Jay to the pantheon of nation-builders alongside Washington, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. 
View of Long Island Sound from the Rye estate where John Jay grew up
JHC's second honoree was Prof. Nicholas A. Robinson, a founder of the Pace Environmental Law School newly renamed for the tireless environmentalist and philanthropist Elisabeth Haub. Robinson, together with JHC's original founders, helped preserve and landmark the 23 acre Jay Estate on Long Island Sound in 1993. Today this touchstone in Jay's life is protected parkland and a must see destination on New York State's Path Through History. 
Joseph Ellis studies a rare 1786 drawing of the flag of Spain with Ben Katz and Diana Hoch looking on
Prof. Ellis explains why John Jay should be remembered above all for his diplomacy
Warm weather rewarded 125 dinner attendees including many Jay descendants and the editors of The Selected Papers of John Jay at Columbia University. An appreciative crowd enjoyed cocktails on the veranda and toured the landscape. They viewed rare manuscripts and artwork including a 1786 drawing of Spain's flag generously donated by Mrs. Paul Hughes and her family. Afterwards Prof. Ellis gave a mesmerizing talk about John Jay's finely honed diplomatic skills and his pivotal role in shaping our new nation's foreign policy with Britain, France and particularly Spain. Both honorees received standing ovations.

Samuel W. Croll IIIProf. Shelby D. GreenCharlene Laughlin and Thomas R. Mercein were Dinner Co-Chairs. Previous Jay Medal honorees were Catherine "Kitty" Aresty and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
Dinner Co-Chair Tommy Mercein with his wife Lynne and Rich and Suzanne Clary
Jay Heritage Center President Suzanne Clary and Vice President Jim Kelsey with Pulitzer Prize-Winner and 2016 John Jay Medal Honoree Joseph Ellis (center)
Jack Costello, Bill McGowan, Sara Marshall, Jim Kelsey and Ellen Goodwin
Kitty and Steven Aresty
Joseph Ellis and fellow Jay scholar Robb Haberman
Rosanne Aresty, Cynthia McClintock and Peter Aresty
JHC Advisory Board members Emily and John Clarkson Jay
Dinner Co-Chair Sam Croll and his wife Ann
Jan Archer and Steve Einstein with their signed copy of The Quartet
Nikolaas Henket and his father-in-law Reinout van Zessen
Laura Hughes Cattabriga and Diana Hughes
Dinner Co-Chair Tommy Mercein and his wife Lynne with Rich Clary
Martha Otis, Steven Aresty, and NY State Assemblyman Steve Otis
Ellen Goodwin, Meg Duckworth, and Karen Thomas
John Jay Medal For Service Honorees Joseph J. Ellis and Nickolas A. Robinson
JHC Board Member Susan Skelsey and her husband Henry
Mary Gallagher, Betty Nuxoll, Jenn Steenshorne and Robb Haberman, Editors of the Selected Papers of John Jay
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency NYC (CPC); Mary Hilliard (DLC); Cutty McGill (JHC).