|Former US Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken and his wife Vera, Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Victoria Wyman, Leah and Stanley Rumbough, Julianne Pruett and Bill Yun, singer/songwriter Cole Rumbough and others joined the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Chairman Stephen Benko and his wife Radka at the Bridgehampton home of Sylvia Hemingway on Friday, August 26th to kick-off the music season as legendary Maestro Iván Fisher prepares to perform with his beloved orchestra at Lincoln Center on February 5th, 2017.
Ms. Hemingway served cocktails and hors d’oeuvres poolside as Mr. Benko welcomed guests and shared what the Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra have planned for the year ahead including an evening of music at the Hungarian Consulate in October.
|After the cocktail reception, Hemingway served a small dinner in celebration of her friend, Mike Lovdal’s birthday. Other guests included: Christine and George Ledes, Dr. Kenneth Mark, Neal Batra, Whitney Schott and James Sanderson.
The FBFO was formed to support the Orchestra’s work in the USA and across the world. Supporters of the Foundation raise public awareness and financial support for the BFO and have the opportunity to build a closer relationship with the Orchestra both in the States and at home in Budapest.
|The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the international music scene’s major success stories, being rated among the top ten orchestras in the world, and according to David Allen of the New York Times, “might be the best in the world." Its key figure is Music Director and Conductor Iván Fischer, who was one of the Orchestra’s founding fathers. The BFO’s unique system works to encourage the artistic qualities of its musicians to blend together, forming an exquisitely homogenous orchestral sound.
The orchestra is a regular guest at the world’s most important music venues and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Royal Albert Hall. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international music events such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele or the Edinburgh International Festival.
|On August 30, 2016, the City Parks Foundation’s annual CityParks Tennis Benefit, chaired by Billie Jean King, was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The event, which welcomed 280 guests, raised a record breaking $356,800 for CityParks Tennis, a free youth instructional program that serves over 7,000 children in parks throughout New York City each season.
The Benefit, which is held each year at the US Open Tennis Championships, was hosted by Budd Mishkin and featured a cocktail party, dinner, and tickets to the Open’s evening matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium. This year, City Parks Foundation honored Paul Annacone, former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras and former Top 15 Touring Professional, and Anthony Mitchel, Tennis Teaching Professional, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with the Vitas Gerulaitis Community Service Award.
|The event also honored City Parks Foundation LACOSTE Junior Tennis Academy player, 17-year-old Tamila Latif-Zade, with the 2016 Billie Jean King Junior Achievement Award. Tamila, of Brooklyn, joined the Academy program at age 10 and graduated this year from Truman High School in the Bronx, where she played number one on the school's tennis team. Tamila spent this past summer teaching tennis at Hampton Racquet, and has earned a spot as a ball girl for the 2016 US Open. She will attend Kingsborough Community College this fall.|
|CityParks Tennis, a City Parks Foundation program, brings high-quality instruction and equipment into NYC neighborhoods where few tennis or other organized athletic opportunities exist. The program teaches tennis basics to kids ages 5-17, while providing opportunities for advancement through multiple levels of progressively challenging instruction. These tennis programs are offered in 39 parks, reaching more than 7,000 kids each year. Participants compete in tournaments and train in special U.S. Open clinics with tennis legends Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Murphy Jensen, Virginia Wade, and others. CityParks Tennis also offers a year-round, intermediate training program with more advanced coaching for a select group of talented and dedicated players, providing tournament opportunities with the goal of earning college scholarships and USTA rankings.
City Parks' programs and community building initiatives -- located in more than 300 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across the city -- reach 425,000 people each year. For more details, visit http://www.cityparksfoundation.org.
|The Parrish Art Museum in Bridgehampton brought together five East End authors for a reading at their off-site installation, "Permanent Transience" by Toni Ross Friday night on the grounds of Marders garden center. Alicia Longwell, Parrish chief curator, welcomed the standing room only crowd that included artists Bastienne Schmidt, Mary Heilmann, and Michele Oka Donner.|
|Ross's large-scale environment's title served as a jumping off point for each author. Kathy Engel read a short passage by Mahmoud Darwish and a new poem — created after experiencing the installation. Paul Goldberger read from his brilliant book in "Why Architecture Matters" and provoked laughs when he posed that, "Old buildings like old wives, they're expensive to maintain." The beautiful Iris Smyles charmed with her punk inspired Audrey Hepburn-like musings from her novel, "Dating Tips for the Unemployed." Joe Pintauro movingly recalled the death of the poet Pablo Neruda. Frederic Tuten read from a new work, Delicroix in Love" commenting, "I feel so moved. Like an ice cream cone in a beautiful museum."|
|Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The event’s Challenge Research Award raised over $3.5 million in support of the foundation’s work.
The gala was hosted in support of the 12th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 26 – 28, 2016, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening was a wonderful night of dining, dancing and filled with loads of surprises. The event featured special musical performances by Grammy award-winning singer Dianne Reeves, double platinum recording artist Billy Idol, and nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men, with a special performance by Francis Collins, Director of National Institutes of Health. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.
|Notable attendees included: Michael and Lori Milken, Dianne Reeves, Billy Idol, The Company Men, Leon and Debra Black, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Ken and Maria Fishel, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Susan and John Kean, David and Julia Koch, Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, Dr. Richard Merkin, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Lester Cook, Jonathan Erlich, Murphy Jensen, Scott Lipsky, Andreas Siljestrom, Mitch Modell, Frank Luntz, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons (President and CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Dr. Francis Collins, Eric and Aerin Zinterhofer, Jim Coleman and Cynthia Ott, Dean and Roxanne Palin, Brent and Laura Nicklas, Bill Finneran, Lew and Rita Ranieri, Sally Quinn and Jackie Rogers.
The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, with guests curiously participating from their seats. Milken then introduced Jan Haber, PCF’s Vice President of Events, to the stage. Haber welcomed guests to the event and thanked them for supporting the very important work of the PCF, after which she introduced the evening’s first performer to the stage, Grammy-award winning singer Dianne Reeves, who performed a few of her celebrated jazz songs to the delight of the audience.
|Reeves’ performance was followed by a short speech by Michael Milken on how far PCF has come since its founding, and how much of a difference the foundation’s work does. A video was shown highlighting the foundation’s progress and its aim to make prostate cancer an illness to “find in the history books”. Next, a few words were spoken by PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons. Dr. Simons touched on the progress in gene research and how it has made it possible to identify the drivers behind the disease, in the fight against not only prostate cancer but all types of cancer.
The evening’s next performance was held by The Company Men, who performed a Motown medley, consisting of their interpretation of much loved songs by artists such as Simon and Garfunkel and Billy Joel. The vocal group had come all the way from Los Angeles to perform at the event, which they said they were honored to attend and being able to support. Following The Company Men was a surprise performance by the Director of National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, who started off mentioning the nationwide cancer study that is currently being conducted in order to understand how to prevent and identify cancer risk factors at an early stage. Dr. Collins encouraged everyone to join in on this “unprecedented adventure”, before taking out his guitar for a surprise performance of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” in his own version, called “DNA”.
|A live auction was also held to support a young scientist. Attendees were asked to donate $75,000 per year to support the research of a young scientist and his or her research in the fight toward prostate cancer. This was followed by an appearance by Mitch Modell, who presented the foundation with a check for $141,ooo on behalf of Modell’s Sporting Goods and all of its customers.
To top off the evening, a much anticipated musical performance was held by superstar Billy Idol, who kicked off his performance with crowd favorite “Cradle of Love”.
|The Weekend’s Pro-Am Tennis Champions were: Ricky Sandler and Rick Leach, Alex Norcross and Alex Bogomolov Jr., Dick Merkin and Rohan Bopanna, Bill Finneran and Graydon Oliver. Finalists included: Mark Ein and Scott Lipsky, Marie Bernstein and Santiago Gonzalez, Ralph Finerman and Jonathan Erlich, Sammy Herzberg and Jonathan Schneider.
A silent auction was also held, including select items such as A Getaway to a Private Villa in Bali, sports memorabilia such as a signed plaque and boxing glove of legend Muhammad Ali and a signed Michael Jordan jersey, original photographs of Coco Chanel with model Jackie Rogers, as well as exclusive photographs of icons Prince, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Mick Jagger.
|Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament included: Bill and Karen Ackman, Leon and Debra Black, Steven and Alexandra Cohen, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Ken and Maria Fishel, Larry Gagosian, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Josh and Marjorie Harris, Susan and John Kean, Calvin Klein, David and Julia Koch, Marc Leder, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Michael and Margie Loeb, Dr. Richard Merkin, Michael and Lori Milken, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Danny Rosenblum, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, and Mort Zuckerman.|
|Photographs by STEVE EICHNER/ Annie Watt Event Photography Agency (The Parrish)|