Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Gala Celebrations

The end of a successful evening at Storefront Academy's 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration at 583 Park.
On Thursday, April 28, 2016, The New York Botanical Garden hosted the 23rd Anniversary of the Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale. The exclusive Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale took place in the Conservatory Tent, adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden.

This year's Fair featured playful bee-inspired designs by celebrated interior and event designer, Ken Fulk. Adding to the excitement, ELLE DECOR created a festive outdoor lounge in the courtyard adjacent to the magnificent Conservatory and Fair.
More than 500 guests from the philanthropic, interior and landscape design, architecture and art worlds gathered to view and purchase unique and highly coveted statues, urns and garden benches by more than 30 of the nation's leading exhibitors before the Fair officially opened to the public on Friday, April 29.

Named the "Best in America" by the experts and long held as the most renowned stage for authentic garden antiques and rarities, the Fair continues its central theme of "Antiques for the Garden and the Garden Room," showcasing fascinating antique furnishings and objects, an expansive collection of ornament, decorative art, and timeless furniture for the home and garden.
The evening included a silent auction of one-of-a-kind trees, garden décor, an exclusive boutique shopping experience, and other select items. Attendees were also invited to meet noted photographer, Larry Lederman who was signing copies of the new book, THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN.

The Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale raised more than $400,000 and support was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, ELLE DECOR, Mish New York, and Northern Trust.

All proceeds from the Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party & Collectors' Plant Sale directly support the work of the curators and gardeners who are responsible for making The New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world. The Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale was the opening celebration to kick-off a weekend of exciting Garden festivities.
This year's Chairmen were Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, Katie Ridder Pennoyer, Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, and Mish Tworkowski. The Honorary Chairmen were Michael Boodro and Barbara Israel. The Preview Party Designer Chairman was celebrated interior and event designer Ken Fulk. The Collectors' Plant Sale Chairmen were Peter R. McQuillan, Marjorie G. Rosen, Stephen Scanniello, and Joseph Singer. The Preview Party Designers' Council consisted of Meg Braff, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, Victoria Hagan, Thomas Jayne, Brian McCarthy, Alex Papachristidis, Emma Jane Pilkington, Carolyne Roehm, and Robert Rufino. Designers' Council members included celebrated names from the worlds of interior design, landscape design, and architecture.
Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey
Stephen Scanniello and Bette Midler
Mish Tworkowski, Joseph Singer, and Ken Fulk
Susan Burke, Amy Goldman Fowler, and Barbara Friedman
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher, John Schumacher, Charlotte Frieze, and Gregory Long
Robert Rufino
Chuck and Deborah Royce
Cornelia Guest and Ken Fulk
Barbara Corcoran
DJ Kiss
Katie Ridder Pennoyer and Meg Braff
Eaddo Kiernan, Mish Tworkowski, and Maureen Chilton
Ashley Whittaker, Kate Brodsky, Alex Papachristidis, and Scott Nelson
Larry Lederman
Michael Boodro and Alejandro Saralegui
Brian McCarthy
Glenn Gardner, Julia Merck, Thomas Jayne, Kitty Hawks, and William Cullum
Daisy Soros and Maria Spears
Coleman Burke, Susan Burke, and Michael Steinhardt
Marjorie Rosen
Talia Cousins and Joey Slotnick
Jennifer Nolen
Diane Katzin, Rick Kurnit, and Janet Ross
David and Luann Blowers
Barbara Israel
Memrie Lewis
Robert Gossett and Vera Aryeh
Karen Tompkins
Caroline Wamsler, DeWayne Phillips, and Lindsay Grimes
Julie Sakellariadis
NewYork-Presbyterian's annual Gala benefit dinner raised $4.7 million to support NewYork-Presbyterian's premier spine services. The event drew 1,200 attendees to the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria.

The benefit celebrated all that NewYork-Presbyterian physicians, nurses and clinical researchers are doing to provide the very best in spine care.

In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests enjoyed a special performance by The Doobie Brothers.

The Gala was hosted by Dr. Steven J. Corwin, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian.

The Gala Co-Chairs were Jane and Daniel S. Och and Fern and Lenard B. Tessler.

In attendance were Dr. Laura Forese, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian; and Dr. Herbert Pardes, Executive Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; John J. Mack, Vice Chair, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Iris Cantor, Arthur Hedge, Jr.; David H. Koch, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.; Shelly Lazarus; Philip Milstein; Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani; Sarah Nash; Arthur Samberg; Seymour Sternberg; Lenard Tessler; Michael Tusiani and Leonard Wilf.
Dr. Zev Rosenwaks and Dr. Donald D'Amico
Dr. Steve Corwin and Ellen Corwin
Christy and John Mack
Bea and Michael Tusiani
Dr. Mary D'Alton and Dr. Berkowitz
Dr. Forese and Dr. Michael Nochomovitz
Lenard and Fern Tessler
Dr. Gerald Loughlin and Barbara Loughlin
Laurence Kaiser and Iris Cantor
Iris Cantor and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
David and Julia Koch
Susan Mascitelli and Dr. Herbert Pardes
The Doobie Brothers
On Thursday, April 21, Storefront Academy Harlem, a tuition-free private school, celebrated 50 years of transforming lives at a special 50th Anniversary Gala Celebration. The evening payed tribute to several notable individuals including founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun, philanthropist and designer Mica Ertegun, educator and author Elsie V. Aidinoff, co-founder of Sesame Workshop and Sesame Street Joan Ganz Cooney, and New York Times best-selling author Holly Peterson. Ford Foundation President Darren Walker served as the gala's honorary chair.

The evening was emceed by FOX 5 NY Meteorologists Mike Woods and Audrey Puente and featured performances by Grammy-Nominated Jazz Vocalist Karrin Allyson, Grammy-Nominated Jazz Trumpeter Jon Faddis, with Composer and Peabody-Award Winning Radio Host Bill McGlaughlin. The evening was capped off with a luxury live auction by Robbie Gordy of Christie's.
Audrey Puente and Mike Woods
Karrin Allyson, Jon Faddis, Bill McGlaughlin, and Juilliard Jazz
The 50th Anniversary Gala is part of a yearlong celebration, commemorating Storefront Academy's longevity and success in educating children from Harlem and the South Bronx. Founded in 1966 by poet Ned O'Gorman as a safe space for the children in the neighborhood, the school has grown into a key player in the conversation around the best approach to urban education, and opened a public charter school, Storefront Academy South Bronx, in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx last fall. Storefront Academy is an important player in the story of a revitalized New York City, a revived and vibrant Harlem neighborhood and a profound and positive change in educational opportunities for many of the City's children. 
Pat and Andrew Langer, Maria Vecchiotti, and Andrew Rosenthal
Matthias Leutrum, Victor Catano, Keeli Davis, and Schenelle Henry
Trayshia Rogers and Helen Hanson
Christian Urciuoli and Robert Rylee
Barbara Tauber and Christine LaSala
Chris and Christine Moore, David and Kathleen Howe, Katherine and Christopher Elia, and friend
Mark Madden, Gustavo Martinez, Amanda, Charlie and Peter Low, and Barbara Feldon
Kirkley Strand, Charlene Von Saher, Chantal and Tim Evenson, and Marei Von Saher
Diami Virgilio and Elisa Istueta
Theodore and Adeline Kurz
Dan and Kristen Williams, Andrea and John Forbes, Jonathan Stearns, and Andrea Hoinacki
David Grais, Christine LaSala, and Jeffrey Muti
Bernard Aidinoff, Carleene Gerber, and Gretchen Pusch
Ray A. Cameron, Christine Moore, Alexis Thomason, and Chris Moore
Peter Low, Dale Degenshein, Amanda Low, and Liz Fine
Storefront Academy Harlem Students
Darren Walker with Owen, Nicholas and Christian Melhado
Ray and Toni Cameron, Jeff Muti, Lauren Marrus, Robert Hoak, and Kim Augustine
Ray A. Cameron, Holly Peterson, and Darren Walker
Elsie and Bernard Aidinoff
Charity auctioneer Robbie Gordy
Photographs by Patrick McMullan