|Last Wednesday, The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation held its annual Awards Dinner at the Metropolitan Club. The dinner honored winners of the Klerman & Freedman Prizes — named for neuropsychiatry pioneers Gerald Klerman, M.D. and Daniel Freedman, M.D. Six young scientists (two winners and the recipients of honorable mentions in each category) were selected by the Foundation’s Scientific Council.
The dinner also celebrated the legacy of the late Constance E. Lieber, a global champion of psychiatric research, whose tireless efforts transformed her family's experience with mental illness into a life filled with meaning and purpose.
|As a visionary philanthropist who had a tremendous impact on psychiatric research, Mrs. Lieber served as president of the Brain & Behavior Research foundation from 1989 to 2007. Along with Steve Lieber, her husband of 70 years, she hoped to find cures for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses through research, and in the process transformed the way the private sector supported scientists.
The 2016 Klerman Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research was awarded to Katie A. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. Honorable mentions were awarded to Erin C. Dunn, Sc.D., MPH, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Avram J. Holmes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Psychiatry at Yale University.
|The 2016 Freedman Prize for Exceptional Basic Research was awarded to Kay M. Tye, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Freedman Prize honorable mentions went to Kathleen Kyung Ah Cho, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and Conor Liston, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Sackler Institute for Development Psychobiology, and the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.|
|On Saturday, August 6th, the Southampton Hospital’s 58th Annual Summer Party raised more than $1.3 Million to provide support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.
Benefit Chairs Hollis and Jim Forbes and Bill Ford and Marigay McKee, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital Robert Chaloner, and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed over 600 supporters to the evening.
|NBC’s Chuck Scarborough was emcee. Lawrence Scott Events transformed the tent with lavish buffets, dramatic table centerpieces of gold shells overflowing with beautiful orchids, delicate flowers and woodsy ferns while music from the Groove Society kept everyone on the dance floor. The night’s live auction included tickets to some of the hottest Broadway shows including Hamilton, Waitress and Cats.
Southampton Hospital is recognized by the NYS Department of Health as a provisional Level III adult trauma center, the first one on Long Island’s East End. This designation enables the Hospital to provide care to the most critically injured patients. During the summer season when the regional population swells, it is even more critically important that trauma care be accessible close by. Faster treatment for trauma patients can mean the difference between life and death, so support for this essential service is vital.
|Last Wednesday night at the Joyce Theater, Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) hosted a reception for First Position Club members with Iain Webb (Director of The Sarasota Ballet) and David Vaughan (the foremost authority on Sir Frederick Ashton and the author of Frederick Ashton and His Ballets) before a performance of The Sarasota Ballet's A Knight of the British Ballet.|
|The Sarasota Ballet is renowned as America's foremost exponent of Ashton ballets and for their diverse repertoire. Sixteen of the company's 51 professional dancers are YAGP alumni. YAGP's mission is to support and develop world-class dancers ages 9-19 of all ethnic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions and education and performance opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies and audiences.|
|On Friday, July 29, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) celebrated its
annual 'Taste of Shelter Island' summer benefit. Toby and Itzhak
Perlman hosted an evening of generosity, artistry, and friendship on
PMP's bucolic waterfront Shelter Island campus. The event featured
local flavor from talented chefs, restaurants, and winemakers to
showcase the very best of Shelter Island.
The fun kicked off at a festive beachfront reception, with delicious starters courtesy of The Pridwin, SALT Waterfront Bar + Grill, and the Vine Street Caf. Vintages from Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wine & Spirits and a signature sangria from Sunset Beach provided the perfect pairing.
|After the warm welcome, guests gathered in the concert tent for a
performance by the Perlmans" phenomenal young students: 35 classical
string musicians ages 12-18, from across the country and around the
world, all in residence for the summer on PMP"s Shelter Island campus.
First, the PMP Chorus took the stage.
Comprising students, fellows, community members, and faculty Toby and Itzhak Perlman among them and led by the inimitable Maestro Patrick Romano, the chorus gave a moving performance of Mozart, Faure and Handel. Afterwards, the superlative PMP String Orchestra unleashed its musical powers for the delighted audience.
|Maestro Itzhak Perlman conducted a masterful
program of Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven, with a delightful rendition
of Copland in a rousing encore. Following the musical fireworks, guests
enjoyed dinner in a beautiful tent designed by Cait&Jules, and were
treated to more wonderful local flavors. Restaurant partners 18 Bay,
Red Maple at The Chequit, Ram's Head Inn, Shelter Island House, and
Sweet Tomato"s served seasonal highlights from their delicious menus.
PMP's own head chef James Moran created a sampling of the fabulous dishes the students and faculty enjoy all summer, crafted with local produce from Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Marie Eiffel Market provided perfect petits fours, and Shelter Island's own ice cream truck, courtesy of SI Vending, ensured the evening ended on a sweet note! A silent auction inspired some friendly competition among the guests, including offerings from Cafe Boulud Palm Beach, Carnegie Hall, Steinway & Sons, Billy Joel and even a few select vintages from Maestro Perlman's wine cellar. PMP Founder, Toby Perlman, and Board Chairman, Randall Blank, recognized PMP board members in attendance Jay Dweck, Barbara Gladstone, Vicki Kellogg, Mark Miller, and Caitlin Tully, and thanked the audience for their extraordinary generosity to the Program.
|The event raised $450,000 to support PMP's mission to
educate and support the next generation of classical musicians. As a
final farewell, guests were treated to the sweet sounds of PMP's
doo-wop ensemble, featuring Itzhak Perlman, Patrick Romano, PMP
Associate Director Merry Peckham, and Fellow AmberRose Dische.
The evening's guests, numbering over 250, and generous contributors included lead supporters Arlene and Alan Alda, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Jeff and Mei Sze Greene, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Marsha and Henry Laufer, Mrs. Francis Lloyd, Carol and Lawrence Saper, Laura Sloate and the Hermione Foundation, Justin Sullivan, and Barbara and Sedgwick Ward and the Ward family.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (SH Hospital); Annie Watt (YAGP & PMP)|