Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Big events; small town

Dinner in the Dining Room gallery for The Frick Collection's annual Director's Circle Dinner.
The Frick Collection held its annual Director's Circle Dinner on January 30, 2017 in the Dining Room. The evening's program included a conversation on Pierre Gouthière: Virtuoso Gilder at the French Court with Charlotte Vignon, Curator of Decorative Arts, and Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History at New York University.
Emily Frick and Robert Froelich
Stephen and Christine Schwarzman
Donald and Elaine Textor
Cole Harrell, Frick Board of Trustees Chair-Elect Betty Eveillard, and Tai-Heng Chen
Henry and Susan Johnson with Charles and Debra Royce
Jean-Marie Eveillard, Frick Trustee Chairman Margot Bogert, Annabelle Selldorf, and Frick Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon
The Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its fourth annual Playground Partners Winter Luncheon at The Rainbow Room on Wednesday, February 1st. The fundraiser raised over $150,000 towards the Playground Partners mission to help maintain the quality and cleanliness of Central Park’s 21 playgrounds. The luncheon, which was attended by over 300 guests, was generously supported by Harry Winston. Guests enjoyed viewing Harry Winston’s Sparkling Cluster collection of fine jewelry which was worn by models during the event.
Alison Strong, Whitney Mogavero, Shirin Christoffersen, Jill Kargman, Paige Boller, Gillian Miniter, and Sana Clegg
The event began with a champagne reception followed by a luncheon, which included a special conversation between guest speaker Jill Kopelman Kargman, writer and star of Bravo’s hit TV show Odd Mom Out, and Tanya Rivero Warren, host of Lunch Break on Wall Street Journal Live.
Doug Blonsky, President and CEO of the Central Park Conservancy and Suzie Aijala, President of the Women’s Committee, were joined by Event Chairmen Paige Boller, Shirin Christoffersen, Sana Clegg, Whitney Mogavero, and Alison Strong, Women’s Committee Board Advisor Gillian Miniter, and Playground Partners Committee Co-Chairmen, Ranika Cohen and Shana Gary. Additional notable attendees included Allison Aston, Katherine Birch, Diane Chachas, Angela Clofine, Suzanne Cochran, Tracey Huff, Sharon Jacob, Lauren Kenny, Eleanora Kennedy, Nyssa Kourakos, Alexia Leuschen, Kamie Lightburn, Karen May, Bridget Moynahan, Elyse Newhouse, Amy Tarr, Sharon Teles, and Shirin von Wulffen.
Aimee Yoon, Michelle Marra, and Jayne McGarry
Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Paige Boller, Tanya Tisch, Marie-Noelle Pierce, Clémence von Mueffling, Ashley Tripplehorn Hunt, Juliette Longuet, Shirin von Wulffen, and Amandine Freidheim
Angela Clofine, Sharon Jacob, Shannon Henderson, and Tara Lipton
Eleanora Kennedy and Anna Kennedy Safir
Emilia Pfeifler and Allison Aston
Hillary Wallace, Jennifer Koen, Kamie Lightburn, and Mary Beth Adelson
Jennifer James and Bridget Moynahan
Julie Macklowe and Lara Meiland-Shaw
Camille Hellwig and Ainsley Earhardt Proctor Amandine Freidheim and Alexia Leuschen
Karin Bradeen, Jill Kargman, Michelle Lin Greenip, Sarvin Tarifi, Amy Miller, and Ralph Ventura
Katherine Birch
Laura Heintz, Monica Keany, Heather Rhatigan, and Noel Momsen
Ranika Cohen, Suzie Aijala, Shana Gary, and Jill Kargman
Suzie Aijala and Doug Blonsky
Tanya Rivero Warren and Jill Kargman
Tracey Huff, Suzanne Cochran, and Neda Navab
Harry Winston models
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, Net-a-Porter and The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted the Winter Lunch at The Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center. This elegant event was co-chaired by Robyn Joseph, Meredith Melling, Marcie Pantzer and Gillian Hearst Simonds.

Over 250 guests enjoyed cocktails and a seated lunch with décor by Ron Wendt Design, which included remarks from The Society of MSK's President Lavinia Branca Snyder and Net-a-Porter President Alison Loehnis. Dr. Neal Shukla from the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering spoke about The Society's newest initiative to fund research for Clinical Genomic Profiling for Pediatric Cancer Patients, which can help identify gene mutations that lead to the development of cancer.
Guests Included: Alison Loehnis, Karolina Kurkova, Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder, Jessica Seinfeld, Tabitha Simmons, Valerie Boster Macauley, Jordan Foster, Shoshanna Gruss, Jill Kargman, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, Indre Rockefeller, Gabriela Hearst, Ferebee Taube, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Allison Aston, Julie Macklowe, Ali Wise, Rebekah McCabe, Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, and many more.
Gillian Hearst Simonds, Lavinia Branca Snyder, Robyn Joseph, and Marcie Pantzer
Alison Loehnis, Lavinia Branca Snyder, and Allison Aston Aerin Lauder and Tabitha Simmons
Jill Kargman, Marcie Pantzer, and Jamee Gregory
Claire Capello and Ferebee Taube
Meredith Melling, Karolina Kurkova, Jordan Foster, and Valerie Boster Macauley Alison Loehnis and Jessica Seinfeld
Candice Postel, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler, and Shoshanna Gruss
Indre Rockefeller
Tory Burch
Last Wednesday, February 8th at the Waldorf, they held the Black & White Panda Ball to benefit “The Pandas Are Coming to NYC.”

The four hosts, Chairman Maurice Greenberg, John Catsimatidis, Yue-sai Kan and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney have formed a 501c3 to raise private funds to bring two Giant Pandas to New York and to build a freestanding Panda Pavilion and Habitat in a City Zoo or Central Park. Not only will this endeavor benefit Chinese-American relations; the Panda’s new permanent home will also be a popular tourist attraction, acting as an economic spark plug for the neighborhood that houses the Panda Pavilion. 
Waldorf Astoria Starlight Roof
There was an unscheduled but welcomed appearance from a retired SNL legend, Joe Piscopo, who was still every bit the comedian as he caused an eruption of laughter as soon as he stepped on stage. The evening’s emcee, broadcasting hall-of-famer Ernie Anastos had everyone both laughing and participating. 

The Joyous String Ensemble, a group of Chinese child-musicians, kept the audience's’ feet tapping and fingers snapping to launch the evening – and even offered up a name for one of the pandas coming to New York City, “Joy!”

This idea is a longtime project of Congresswoman Maloney. “The greatest city on earth deserves to be the home to iconic creatures like Giant Pandas, they are said to bring good luck and good cheer – both of which our City can use more of.”
The Jouyous Kids Ensemble
The executive committee for the pandas are giving themselves two years to raise the $40-$50 million needed to complete both the habitat and the rental of the pandas – yes every adult panda living United States is rented from China.

The host committee for the evening were Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Leonard and Judy Lauder, Margo and James Nederlander, Larry and Wendy Rockefeller, Jean Shafiroff, Richard Silverman, Hon. Peter Vallone and Elizabeth Wang.
Ed Cox, John Catsimatidis Sr., Maurice Greenberg, Amb. Zhang Quiyue, Ernie Arnastos, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Former Mayor David Dinkins, Matt Rich, Joyce Dinkins, and Charles Rangel
Wendy Rockefeller, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney , and Larry Rockefeller
Carolyn Maloney, Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, and Maurice Greenberg
Carmen Dell'Orefice, John Catsimatidis Sr., Ed Cox, and John Catsimatidis Jr.
Baroness Von Langendorf, Matt Rich, and Omar Sharif Jr.
Stephen Baldwin and Margo Catsimatidis
Joe Piscapo
Two Saturdays ago, on January 28th, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer proclaimed Saturday, January 28th, 2017 ‘China Institute Lunar New Year Day’ at a celebration dinner with China Institute. Attending were members, patrons and dignitaries including Chinese and American leaders in art, business, culture, and education. The proclamation states: “China Institute serves as a bulwark of our community… provides vital support for generations… and makes our borough and city more culturally aware.”

This marks the second time in four months that New York City has recognized China Institute for raising cultural awareness and fostering deeper insight into China. On September 28, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented China Institute with another proclamation for its important contributions in the areas of education, arts and culture, and commerce. 
Chiu-Ti Jansen and China Institute Trustee Sophia Sheng
Held at China Blue, the exclusive event was attended by 130 guests, including: fashion designers Nicole Miller and Diana Wang; Guoqing Chen, Founder, HNA Group and Vice Chairman & CEO, Pacific American Corp; Katy Chen, Director-Global Sales Strategy, Tiffany & Company; Theodore Wang, Founder and CIO, Puissance Capital Management and wife Clara Xing-Wang, Trustee, The School of American Ballet; Irene Chu; Chien Chung Pei, Co-Founder and Principal, Pei Partnership Architects and Chair, Board of Trustees, China Institute; Liyan Li, Consul and Director, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York; Ann Tanenbaum, Founder and Executive Agent, Tanenbaum International Literary Agency; Ingrid Ehrenberg, Trustee, China Institute; Sophia Sheng, Trustee, China Institute; Abel Sheng, President, Sheng-Raamco Management Inc.; Chiu-Ti Jansen, Founder & CEO, China Happenings; Randall Stempler, Counsel, Arnt Fox; John Oden, Principal, Alliance Bernstein; Noel Shu, President, NSJ Jewels; and Donald Chu, President, Tronex International.
Ingrid Ehrenberg, Alex Chan, and Joseph Chan
Music was performed by The Asian Cultural Symphony of USA, and after party dancing was jockeyed by DJ Haruka Salt

The evening’s best-dressed award went to Sue Xu Zhang, and the most creative costume was awarded to Chiu-Ti Jansen.
Matthew Washington, Andrea Sanseverino Galan, and James Heimowitz
Yiming Wang and Sophia Sheng.
Designer Sally Wu
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency (CPC & SMSKCC) ; Christine A. Butler (Frick)