|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.|
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.|
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|