|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.
|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 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 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.|
|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.|
|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). www.madisonavenuebid.org
|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.|
|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.
|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.
|Photographs by Annie Watt (Park Avenue); Don Pollard (HSS)|