Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Tis the Season

2016 Park Avenue Tree Lighting ceremony at Brick Presbyterian Church.
This past Sunday night, The Brick Church and Fund for Park Avenue presented the 71st annual Tree Lighting ceremony and Carol Sing! Thousands of New Yorkers gathered in front of the church steps on Park Avenue at 91st Street where Rev. Michael Lindvall shared words of remembrance and celebration followed by rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church's Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth.
Rev. Michael Lindvall
Trees on Park Avenue have been illuminated every year since 1945 as a memorial to Americans who have sacrificed their lives in war and in celebration of New York's holiday season. Cherry trees planted on the median, as well as evergreen trees placed for the occasion, are strung with lights. This illumination is organized and paid for by the Fund for Park Avenue.
The Brick Presbyterian Church Choir
The Brick Church, has partnered with the Fund to present a lighting ceremony to which all are invited. This ceremony, held for more than 60 years on the night of the first Sunday in December, is interfaith in nature and sensitive to the religious diversity of our neighborhood. It has been customary to close off the south-bound lanes of Park Avenue, roughly between 89th and 93rd, from the late afternoon until the conclusion of the ceremony and dispersal of the attendees at about 7:30 p.m. The gathering has been both a somber and joyous New York tradition of more than half a century.
The scene outside Brick Church
Knickerbocker Grey Cadets
Officer Farinaccio, Officer Gallagher, PO Lombardi, Det Holmes
Ashleigh Aston, Bracie Aston, Muffie Potter Aston, and Dr. Sherrell J. Aston
Adriana Pidwerbetsky, Ariana Hartsock, Julie Andris, Rod Mathy, and Valerie Lett
David Townes, Page Rossetter, Edward Rotter, Jen Basden, and Sarah Allen
Karen and Clay Tompkins with friends
Tom Leeds, Christine Leeds, and Heather Leeds
John and Natasha Bergreen
Plonsky family and friends
Will Proctor, Hayden Proctor, and Aimsley Proctor
Melinda Nelson, Diana Salzburg, Barbara McLaughlin, Jane Wong, and Helen Crowley
John and Karen Klopp
Mikel and Joe Witte
Melissa Thors, Wilson Thors, and Thor Thors
Emily Hottensen, Bob Hottensen, and Jane Hottensen
Julie Ovadia, Liza Gottlieb, Celeste Fraser, and Chandra Stevens
Robert and Kathleen Beit
Mikel and Joe Witte
Celeste Fraser, Barbara McLaughlin, Julie Ovadia, Chaundra Stevens, and Liza Gottlieb
Karen Klopp, Jack Lynch, Dee Schwab, and Polly Onet
The 30th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue, New York's cherished holiday shopping tradition, greeted shoppers and visitors with its most abundant bounty of holiday festivities on Saturday, December 3rd. Over 90 participating businesses on Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th street donated 20% of the sales that day to benefit the pediatric initiatives of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering. Volunteer Ambassadors from the Society of MSK hosted in-store events and spread good cheer including Amanda Taylor, Gretchen Fenton, Erica Silverman, Leslie Coleman, Kate Allen, Allison Aston, Shabnam Henry, Amanda Meigher, and Nina Carbone.
Ralph Lauren Polar Bear
Free and open to the public, there were two Miracle on Madison stages at 67th and 86th Streets featuring children's and holiday-themed entertainment sponsored by 12 East 88 Condominium. Performing on the Miracle Stages were Broadway's Stanley Martin of "Aladdin", Metropolitan Room cabaret performers including Chrysten Peddie, Jaycee Driesen and Tyenne Sillekens accompanied by ABT's company pianist Ben Houghton and the NYCGMC Connect Singers.
MSK MOM Committee: Amanda Taylor, Gretchen Fenton, Erica Silverman, Leslie Coleman, Kate Allen, Allison Aston, Shabnam Henry, Amanda Meigher, and Nina Carbone
To the delight of all, there was a meet-and-greet with the Memorial Sloan Kettering's Caring Canines. The Taste of Madison Avenue Tent at 64th Street, sponsored by BMW of Manhattan, kept the crowds satisfied and warm with culinary treats by the chefs of Madison Avenue including Altesi Ristorante, Arabelle at Hotel Plaza Athénée, Café Boulud, Grazie, La Maison du Chocolat, Philippe by Philippe Chow and Ristorante Morini - all to benefit The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Holiday carolers, The Pipes of Christmas, in period dress serenaded the shoppers. BMW sponsor ran a car shuttle for shoppers and displayed their customized, Holiday-green car as the ultimate Miracle gift!

Miracle on Madison Avenue was organized by the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District (BID).
Shoppers enjoying the Taste of Madison Avenue Tent
Cafe Boulud
Jaycee Driesen
Joan Belgrave
The Pipes of Christmas
NYC Gay Men's Chorus
Stanley Martin
Alexandra Selz-Pages, Safa Hummel, Sarah Garano and Patricia Rowan
Julia Weinzimer and Chelsea Dekoff
Arturo Pineiro, BMW president
Caring Canines
Earlier last month, on Friday November 4th, the Hospital for Special Surgery hosted its Annual Autumn Benefit at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. The dinner honored three physicians: Elan Goldwyn, MD, with the Richard S. Laskin, MD, Young Attending Award; Anne Kelly, MD, with the Nancy Kane Bischoff Mentor Award; and Joseph Lane, MD, with the Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, Teaching Award. The evening was chaired by Barbara Albert and attended by more than 400 guests. They raised nearly $900,000 for medical education.
Dinner honorees: Joseph Lane, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at HSS; Anne Kelly, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS; and Elan Goldwyn, MD, orthopedic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian
Dinner co-chair Anne Altchek with husband, David Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS
Ann Jackson with Kendrick R. Wilson III
Dinner chair Barbara Albert with husband, Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS
Angie Kozlowski with daughter Sandra Kozlowski
Dinner chairs Ann Roberts, Carol Lyden, Barbara Albert, and Anne Altchek
Dinner chair Barbara Albert with Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS, and wife Mary Lee Shapiro
John Lyden, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon, with wife Carol
Edwin Su, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS, with wife Karen Su, MD
Joshua Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with wife Kathryn
Bryan Kelly, MD, chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at HSS, with wife Lisa
David S. Levine, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS, with wife Davena
Monica Keany with Thomas Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS, and Kate Doerge
Dana Ranawat (standing) with Goodie and Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS
Matthew Roberts, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS with wife Ann Roberts; Jo Hannafin, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS; and Renee and Seymour Flug
Anil Ranawat, MD, with Frank Cordasco, MD, both sports medicine surgeons at HSS
Linda Russell, MD, rheumatologist at HSS; Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; Lionel Ivashkiv, MD, chief scientific officer at HSS; Mary Crow, MD, physician-in-chief at HSS; and Timothy Wright, PhD, director of biomechanics at HSS
Late last month, the New York Lupus Inaugural Gala – Free the World of Lupus, United We Can was held at the Waldorf-Astoria. The evening was the first gala since the merger of the Alliance for Lupus Research, Lupus Research Institute, and the SLE Lupus Foundation.
Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, Pfizer Inc
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg served as the honorary chair of the event. Co-chairs included including NY Jets founder Robert Wood Johnson IV, Opera legend Jessye Norman, Richard K. Descherer, Carol Weissman and iHeartMedia CEO Robert Pittman. Seth Herzog, the resident comedian on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performed.

They raised $2.5 million for the organization.
Ellen and Artie Fox
John Ravitz, Berry Ravitz, and Marsha Gordon
Karen Toback, Michael Toback, Margery Gale, and Dr. Noah Chivian
Dorey Neilinger and Ron Eichorn
Kristen and Carolyn Ircha
Lara Englebardt and Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg
Margaret Dowd, Jennie DeScherer, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, and Andrea O'Neill
Mona and Steven Heyer
Robert Wood Johnson IV, Jane Ircha, Caroline Ircha, and Kirsten Ircha
Steve Leber and Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg
Dr. Randy Hall and Kenneth Farber
Seth Herzog
Photographs by Annie Watt (Park Avenue); Don Pollard (HSS)