Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Arts in Fashion

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) held its second annual YoungArts New York Gala at
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), along with honorary co-chairs Debbie Allen, Agnes Gund and Sir Salman Rushdie, and gala co-chairs Sarah Arison and Thomas Wilhelm, and Gillian Hearst Simonds and Christian Simonds, welcomed more than 270 of New York’s top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados to the second annual YoungArts New York Gala.

The sold-out evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur raised more than half a million dollars and celebrated aspiring young artists across the nation, including this year’s nearly 700 YoungArts Winners in ten arts disciplines. The YoungArts New York Gala was presented in collaboration with luxury brand Swarovski, with support from Max Mara, emceed by former Gossip Girl and The Knick actress Zuzanna Szadkowski (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), and featured a series of dynamic cross-disciplinary performance vignettes directed by YoungArts alum Jake Goldbas (2007 Winner in Jazz). The reception and seated dinner was catered by Restaurant Associates with décor by Raul Àvila.
During the cocktail hour, groups of YoungArts dance and music alumni performed throughout the crowd in the Great Hall, culminating in a joyous procession led by the performers to The Temple of Dendur. During dinner, soul singer and songwriter Grace Weber (2006 Winner in Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) performed a beautiful rendition of "Happy Thoughts," followed by a stirring performance by jazz singer, songwriter and bassist Kate Davis (2009 Winner in Jazz and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
Carolina Garcia Jayaram, Sir Salman Rushdie, and Sarah Arison
The evening concluded with a spectacular finale featuring R&B/pop singer-songwriter and The Voice Season 8 Top 5 contestant India Carney (2011 Winner in Theater, Voice and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Weber and Davis. Vocal performances were accompanied by YoungArts dance alumni Javon Jones (2016 Winner in Dance and inaugural Max Mara Young Visionary Award recipient), Kaylin Berg (2016 Winner in Dance), Jared Brown (2016 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Austin Goodwin (2010 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Sarah Pippin (2015 Winner in Dance) and Ida Saki (2010 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), as well as a YoungArts band featuring Patrick Bartley (2012 Winner in Jazz), Braxton Cook (2010 Winner in Jazz), Philip Dizack (2003 Winner in Jazz) and Dave Eggar (1987 Winner in Classical Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
Gabriela Hearst Anne Huntington Roselee Goldberg
The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison to identify and nurture the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts, and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. Through a wide range of annual programs, regular performances, and partnerships with some of the nation's leading cultural institutions, YoungArts aspires to create a strong community of alumni and a platform for a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

For more information, visit youngarts.org.
Christian Simonds and Gillian Hearst Simonds Amy and Rich Kohan
Sarah Arison, Torrance Hall, Maria Guila Maramotti, and Carolina Garcia Jayaram
Christian Slater Debbie Allen Zuzanna Szadkowski
ShaneGabier and Christopher Peters
Martin Rozenblum Edward Champan and Khirma Eliazov
Klaus Biesenbach, Agnes Gund, and Sarah Arison
José Parlá
Mercado Global's Board Member Yaz Hernandez, former fashion industry executive and philanthropist, hosted a cocktail party for 75 guests at her home to meet the organization's Executive Director, Ruth DeGolia.

Guests included Rachel Alonso-Mendoza, Frederick Anderson, Gabriel Rivera Barraza, Elizabeth Baliey, Beatriz Colon, Donna Corbat, Edmundo Castillo, Marina Dobreva, Dr. Jane Galasso, Michele Gerber Klein, Valentin Hernandez, Sharon Handler Loeb, Aimee and William Maroney, Dr. John Mesa, Elizabeth Musmanno, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Othon Prounis and Kathy Provins, Carlos Ponce, Leticia Pittman Presutti & Rick Presutti, PJ Pascual, Sana H. Sabbagh, Alexandra Seegers, Leslie Sardinias, Maria Soler, Felicia Taylor​ and​ Carmen Torruella.
Othon Prounis and Kathy Prounis, Valentin Hernandez, Sharon Handler Loeb, and Yaz Hernandez
Mercado Global takes a unique approach to fighting poverty in rural Guatemala. By connecting women to design support and sales opportunities with international retailers, they are able to earn a living wage. Women become leaders in their communities and are able to send their children to school, buy more nutritious food, and save for the future. Mercado Global continues to be a leader in the ethical fashion space through new collaborations with Nordstrom, Target, Everything But Water, and Garnet Hill, to name a few.

This year's fall benefit will celebrate the launch of Mercado Global's three-year scaling campaign to bring on 1,000 new artisans and expand their market access and sales program to new heights.
Elizabeth Baliey Rachel Alonso-Mendoza Verky Baldonado
Mercado Global empowers rural indigenous Mayan women to break the cycle of poverty by connecting them to international markets, fostering sustainable livelihoods for their families, and pioneering a socially responsible business model within the fashion industry. Since its inception in 2004, Mercado Global has impacted the lives of over 400 women throughout more than 40 communities in the rural highlands of Guatemala.

As an ethical fashion brand and social enterprise, Mercado Global connects partner artisans to international sales opportunities, partnering with retailers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including Anthropologie, Calypso St. Barth, Comptoir de Cotonniers, Levi Strauss & Co., J. Crew, United Arrows, and Zady. By combining market access with community-based education trainings and asset development support, Mercado Global provides the tools needed to fully leverage income and break the cycle of poverty. For more information about Mercado Global, click here.
Maria Soler, Leticia Pittman Presutti, and Marina Dobreva
Felicia Taylor​ and Yaz Hernandez Alexandra Seegers
Elizabeth Bailey with Aimee and William Maroney
Guest with bags
Marge Sullivan, chairman of the board of the Southampton Historical Museum, hosted a cocktail party at her Park Avenue penthouse to introduce the honorary chair for this year's Halsey House Gala, Steven Stolman. He was introduced by Linda Stabler-Talty, the Gala's chair, and Tom Edmonds, the museum's executive director.

The view from the Sullivan penthouse
Gala co-chair Peter Hallock and Willi Salm were thanked along with the museum's co-president Tish Rehill and museum trustees Dede Gotthelf and Sandra Walser and Nick Gold, representing the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, this year's hospitality sponsor.

Among the guests in attendance were Dr. Tara Allman, Peter Talty, Bram Majtlis, Francesca Direct, Steve Krawciw, Irene Aldridge, Seth Raphaeli Sally Van Erk, Wendy Dietze, Bill Heyman, Joe and Cathleen Civale Fisher, Judy and Jack Hadlock, Michelle Thompson, Tom Reynolds, Terry Moan, Ann and Sue Madonia, Jane Gullong, Melanie Seymour Holland, Fairley Pilaro, Rich Wilkie and Bob Dowling.

The Hasley House Gala raises funds to restore Southampton's oldest home - The Thomas Halsey Homestead, established in 1648. "SUR LA PLAGE" will take place on Saturday evening, July 8th.

To learn more and to purchase tickets go to www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org or call the museum at (631) 283-2494.
Linda Stabler-Talty, Peter Hallock, and Sally Van Erk Tom Shea
Bram Majtlis, Nick Gold, Rich Wilkie, and Steven Stolman
Melanie Seymour Holland and Bob Dowling Nick Gold and Seth Raphaeli
Steve Krawciw, Irene Aldridge, and Tish Rehill
Marge Sullivan and Francesca Dricot
Bram Majtlis and Peter Talty Judy and Jack Hadlock
Linda Stabler-Talty, Tom Edmonds, and Peter Hallock
On Monday April 24th, real-estate heirs and young philanthropists Toby Milstein and Larry Milstein hosted a private reception with Ian Wardropper, Director at The Frick Collection. Entitled Across the Park and Into the Past the event was held at their family home in The Dakota and celebrated the relationship between the Frick and The Dakota – two of New York's most iconic addresses.

An intimate group of supporters including Frick Collection Trustees Bernard Selz and Melinda Martin Sullivan, Frick Young Fellows, and friends gathered at the historical landmark for cocktails and small bites. Mr. Wardropper welcomed guests by saying that he lives "in the shadow of the Dakota so the event theme of 'across the park and into the past,' is my everyday life as I walk across the park and between the Dakota and the Frick."
Toby Milstein, Ian Wardropper, Rachel Himes, and Larry Milstein
Rachel Himes, Education Assistant, The Frick Collection, then gave a brief history of the building, describing the Upper East Side at the turn of the century as an open and more sparsely inhabited area and noting that "Adelaide, Henry Frick's wife, would recall how she could hear boats passing on the East River from her home," something impossible to imagine in today's modern metropolitan landscape.

Toby and Larry then gave an insightful talk about the history of the Dakota, and their personal relationship with "the iconic building that so few have a chance to peek inside." They spoke about the lore and urban myths of the building, and the notable residents, and John Lennon who had influenced the rich tapestry of New York's artistic and creative landscape. They shared anecdotes about their experiences growing up in the building, saying "every time you walked into the building, you felt its historical significance," before introducing Leonard Bernstein's children, Alexander Bernstein and Jamie Bernstein, who had lived in the apartment before them. Amory McAndrew, Chair of the Young Fellows Steering Committee, closed the discussion by thanking guests and raising a toast to the hosts.
Jamie and Alexander Bernstein
The Young Fellows are a dynamic group of individuals between the ages of 21 and 45 years old who enjoy insider access to The Frick Collection. Each season, Young Fellows gain valuable insight into the Frick's extraordinary permanent collection and special exhibitions through a series of private viewings and gallery talks especially for young supporters.
Alex Efron, Sarah Hankins, and Matt Hankins Caitlyn Pickens and Kate Reibel
Taryn Sonesson, Caitlin Davis, Amory McAndrew, Elizabeth Kurpis, and Lisa Volling
JD Thompson and Erik Bottcher Erica Boginsky and Laura Currie
Caroline Hoffman, Sarah Calodaney, Eli Rivkin, and Julia Pissaro Elizabeth Lyons and Justin Sanders
Toby and Larry Milstein Melinda Martin Sullivan and Charlotte Vignon
Photographs by Emma Ballou (Halsey House); BFA (YoungArts); Hunter Abrams (Across the Park and Into the Past)