Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Adapting and Achieving

Students from the School of American Ballet who performed in the afternoon show of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker posing with Santa at the holiday party
On Saturday, December 9, New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet co-hosted one of New York City’s favorite family events, The Nutcracker Family Benefit. The benefit began with a matinee performance of the cherished holiday classic followed by a fun-filled holiday party on the Promenade of the theater where young fans met the dancers, indulged in a Land of Sweets, and experience George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker ® like never before. 

The event raised over $720,000 in support of New York City Ballet and its education and outreach programs, which serve thousands of children, teachers, and families in NYC as well as the School of American Ballet’s Scholarship Fund, which ensures financial aid and training for the next generation of ballet dancers.
The holiday party took place on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater
Guests enjoyed festive holiday décor and lunchboxes after watching the matinee performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Benefit Chairmen were Alyssa Tablada, Melissa Vlak, and Tanya Rivero Warren. Attendees included: Malin Akerman, Kamie Lightburn, Pauline Reyniak, Donya Archer Bommer, Agnes Gund, Emily Blavatnik, Monique Cunningham, Andrea Glimcher, Melissa Errico-McEnroe, John Galantic, John and Laura Overdeck, Katharine Rayner, and Margaretta Taylor – all with their families.
Event Chairwomen Melissa Vlak, Alyssa Tablada, and Tanya Rivero Warre
NYCB Principal Dancer Maria Kowroski as the Sugarplum Fairy greeting guests
Students from the School of American Ballet who performed in the afternoon show of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® sign autographs for guests
NYCB Corps de Ballet Member Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara as Hot Chocolate signing autographs
NYCB Corps de Ballet Member Ashley Hod as Dewdrop meeting guests
Students from the School of American Ballet who performed in the afternoon show of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® joined the holiday party
NYCB Corps de Ballet Member Kristen Segin as Marzipan posing with guests
NYCB apprentices Andres Zuniga and Mira Nadon mingled with guests and signed autographs
Students from the School of American Ballet who performed in the afternoon show of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker sign autographs for guests
The 8th Annual Santa Project Party & Auction that benefits ADAPT Community Network’s preschool education programs throughout New York City was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6th at one of New York City’s oldest social clubs, The Down Town Association on 60 Pine Street. The event was Co-Hosted by Tamsen Fadal, PIX 11 News Anchor & Mike Woods, Meteorologist, FOX 5’s Good Day New York. Co-Chairs of event were Camilla Barungi, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Javier Gomez, Steve Lacy, and Teresa Priolo. Entertainment for the evening was popular Hamptons cover band Hot Lava

ADAPT Community Network is the largest provider of preschool education for children with disabilities in New York. The annual event raised over $70,000 through a silent action and ticket sales, attracting VIP guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway.
Kori Chambers, Tamsen Fadal, Ed Matthews, Mr. G., and Scott Stanford
VIPs in attendance included: Ed Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network; Tamsen Fadal; Mike Woods; Isiah Whitlock Jr.; Steve Lacy; Teresa Priolo; Javier Gomez; Camilla Barungi; Mr. G; Scott Stanford; Erika Wachter; Kori Chambers; and Michael Berger.

The Santa Project Party & Auction Committee Members for 2017 were: Tom Doyle, Patrick Hazlewood, Andy Peeke, Michelina Mandarano, Melanie Mandarano, Elizabeth Norman, and Scott Allen.
Javier Gomez, Tamsen Fadal, Mike Woods, Scott Stanford, Mr. G., Steve Lacy, Ed Matthews, Erika Wachter, Kori Chambers, Camilla Barungi, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Teresa Priolo
This year’s generous Santa Project Party Presenting Sponsors were: Pilot RB; Colliers International; APS Inc., Bella Bus; Brothers Construction; Newbit Construction; G-Net; Elizabeth NormanCP Foundation, the Bromley Group; JGPR - James Grant Public Relations; Weeks Lerman; Lilling and Company; Ultimate SoftwareHOK; James Vassalotti; Vincent DiCalogero; Amy Bittinger; SAGE Spoonfuls; InterMedia Partners; Horizon Healthcare Staffing; The Corporate Source; Gary Geresi; Jay and Debbie Silver; Richard Levy and Linda Laul.  

This benefit for ADAPT Community Network, began when committed supporters expressed a desire to do more for children with disabilities during the holiday season. The event now proudly raises money for special needs equipment requests and to purchase holiday gift cards for every child in ADAPT Community Network’s five Children’s Schools. To learn more, visit www.adaptcommunitynetwork.org
Patrick Hazlewood and Dr. Arthur Hazlewood
Marisol Tudela Blondet and Matt Flynn Dr. Tabasum Mir and Andy Peeke
Ketrina Hazell
Mike Woods, Steve Lacy, and Lamar Goering
Erika Wachter and Teresa Priolo Michael Berger and Tamsen Fadal
Dina Fanai and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Jason Trojanowski, Eduardo Guida, Camila Barungi, Meloudi Sargizian, and Javier Gomez
Xian Horn and Morgan McCarthy
On December 9, those who support the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve came out in full force to the magnificent Playhouse at the Rockefeller Estate.  They enjoyed the "Celebrating Over a Century of Carriage Roads" gala, which honored Clare M. Pierson, President of the group 2007-17, and Thomas A. Capossela, Friends board member and Greenrock Corporation's Director of Grounds. Ann Rockefeller Roberts, the Lanza Family Foundation and the Westchester Community Foundation were Honorary Co-chairs.

The Friends is a nonprofit organization that works with the New York State to protect and maintain the 1,600 acre Park Preserve, including maintenance of their signature carriage roads. Special guest William Krattinger, of the State's Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, spoke on the importance of preserving the 55 miles of carriage roads in this natural treasure.
Board member John Manuele and his wife Lisa
Frances and Roderick Chu
Clare Pierson, Honoree, and her husband Peter Humphrey
Honoree Thomas Caposella with his daughter Alie and wife Laura
David Swope, Dr. Lucy Waletzky, Liz Bracken-Thompson, and Geoff Thompson
Dan Blume, CEO and President Phelps Memorial Hospital, and his wife Tracy
Tom Abinanti, Assemblyman, Board Member Kimberly Rockefeller, and George Gumina, President of the Friends of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Laura Rossi, Executive Director, Westchester Community Foundation, and Alfreda Williams, Westchester County Legislator
James (Jim) Wood and Ann Rockefeller Roberts
Isabel Villar, Founding Director at el Centro Hispano, Marc Warshofsky, Anthony Lanza, Director of the Lanza Family Foundation, and Cesar Brienza
Rachel and George Gumina
Dr. John Lyden, Jennifer, Jack and Board Member Carol Lyden
Luminaries from the hotel and tourism industries were treated to a special live performance from The Phantom of the Opera as the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) hosted “The Red Carpet Hospitality Gala,” HANYC's Annual Dinner/Dance on Monday, November 27, 2017. James Barbour, who stars as The Phantom on Broadway, performed “The Music of the Night.” The fundraiser took place at The Sheraton New York Times Square.

The evening offered a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and award presentation, with music by Manhattan City Music.
James Barbour, who stars as The Phantom on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera
A portion of the proceeds from the gala will go towards the HANYC Scholarship Fund. The event was chaired by Hervé Houdré, General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay; Chairman, HANYC, and Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO, HANYC. HANYC honored a leading light of NYC tourism, Charlotte St. Martin, President, The Broadway League, and The Broadway League. Robert E. Wankel, Chairman of The Broadway League and President of the Shubert Organization, accepted the award on behalf of The Broadway League. Introducing Charlotte St. Martin was Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels.
Hervé Houdré, General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay; Chairman, Hotel Association of New York City, and event co-chair; Charlotte St. Martin, President, The Broadway League, and event honoree; Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City, and event co-chair; Robert E. Wankel, Chairman of The Broadway League and President of the Shubert Organization; Jonathan Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels
Serving the Hotel Industry since 1878, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. is one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Its founders’ mission was to establish an association that would serve as the voice of the hotel industry, supporting its members with the highest standard of services and best available resources. Today the Hotel Association of New York City represents more than 280 of the finest hotels in New York City with more than 80,000 rooms and approximately 50,000 employees.  It is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $5 billion tourism industry.
John Schafer, Area Vice President and General Manager, Grand Hyatt New York; Robert Lafferty, Vice President, Human Resources, Highgate Hotels
Charles Millard, managing director, Kiski; Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer Consulting
Phoebe Knowles, Vice President, Roger Smith Hotel; Craig Russell, Managing Director, Roger Smith Hotel
Vijay Dandapani and Steve Batta, General Manager, The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Henry Tisch, Charlotte St. Martin, and Jonathan Tisch
Vijay Dandapani, Tyler Morse, CEO & Managing Director, MCR Development, and Hervé Houdré
Vijay Dandapani, Charlotte St. Martin, Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company, and Hervé Houdré
Melanie Lewis and Leland Lewis, General Manager of Down Town Association
Vijay Dandapani and Lisa Linden, President & CEO, LAK Public Relations
Photographs by Margaret Fox (Rockefeller); Andrew Werner (Adapt); Ronald L. Glassman (HANYC)