|On March 2, 2017, Fountain House hosted their Seventh Annual Spring Breakfast at The Cosmopolitan Club. Sponsored by Sol de Janeiro, the event entitled “Breakfast in Bed: Improving Intimacy Between Partners”, offered perspective on sensitive sexual health topics and techniques for communicating more openly about intimacy. The featured speaker was Celeste Holbrook, Ph.D, a sexologist, speaker and author who has dedicated her life to helping women achieve soul-centered sex.
The event was hosted by the Fountain House Spring Breakfast Committee: Marjaleena Berger, Jenna Clancey, Angela Clofine, Linda Garnett, Jennifer Linardos, Katherine Lipton, Emily Merrell, Jennifer Oken, Florence Peyrelongue, Sarah Simmons, Bronwen Smith, Katie Tozer, Ashley Womble, and Katie Zorn.
The room was decorated with floral arrangements made especially by Fountain House members living with serious mental illness. In addition to enjoying the décor, guests were delighted to receive goodie bags stuffed with items related to women’s health and wellness from Gold Sponsor Sol de Janeiro and gift bag sponsor THINX.
For more information about Fountain House, visit www.fountainhouse.org
|Proceeds from the event support Fountain House, recipient of the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, an organization that has been replicated by hundreds of programs serving tens of thousands of people worldwide. As one of the world’s leading mental health organizations, Fountain House pioneered what has now become the gold standard for community-based treatment of serious mental illness throughout the world.|
|On February 28th, over 700 guests gathered at Lincoln Center's Koch Theatre to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Gala for Randall's Island Park Alliance (RIPA). The event, co-chaired by Michael Boxer, Lucy Fato and Mark Greene, raised more than 1.6 million dollars, a record for the Gala. Honorees Richard and Christine Mack received a special surprise announcement — a ball field to be named "Mack Field" at Randall's Island Park — in honor of their unparalleled commitment to RIPA.
Mark Teixeira, former New York Yankee, three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and 2009 World Series Champion, was the recipient of the Champion for Children Award, and the ceremony was emceed by Brian Sullivan, host of CNBC's "Power Lunch." The cocktail hour, which was followed by a sit-down dinner, included a Champagne toast provided by Moet Hennessy in celebration of the 25 year milestone of enormous transformations that Randall's Island has undergone through the funding and leadership of the Alliance.
|This past Monday night, RIOULT Dance NY held its Winter Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The evening festivities were punctuated by pop up performances by their dancers as well as an excerpt during dinner of a new work set to the music of Deep Purple, to be premiered at their Joyce Theater season May 31 - June 4.
The evening honored Ellen Harris (in memoriam) and The Coughlin/Davis Family for their continued support of RIOULT Dance NY. Pascal, joined by his wife and Associate Artistic Director Joyce Herring, spoke about their newest endeavor. "Building RIOULT Dance Center, studios and a world-class school, has been a dream of mine since the inception of the Company. Beyond my body of work, this will be my legacy, an intuition where we will train professional dancers and artists. The dream is now becoming reality with the help all of you, my dancers, my staff, my Board and our extended family of fans and friends. We are building an open, welcoming, beautiful place for the arts to flourish. We need it more than ever."
|Spirited dancing commenced after dinner with all the guests joining the company on the dance floor to Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water.
Guests included Maria-Cristina Anzola and John Heimann, Joe Armbrust, Cece Cord, Marianne Coughlin and Bob Davis, Kate Davis, Isabel Davis, Sophie Elgert and Eric Von Stroh, Susan Fraser, Michael Harris, David Harris, Sharon King Hoge, Hazel Kandall, Lisa Mueller, Jack Rosenthal and Holly Russell, Jill Scheuer and Keith Pattiz, Kathleen Turner, and Board Chair, Hope Greenfield.
|On February 14th, Palm Beach Heart Ball Chairwoman, Annie Falk, along with 475 distinguished guests, formally celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the Palm Beach Heart Ball. To highlight the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens program, the Breakers’ Venetian Ballroom was transformed into the Pavillon Frais. The Pavillon Frais was situated amidst an enchanted garden setting. It was utilized as a way to connect with nature and heal the mind, body and soul. Just as the garden of Pavillon Frais served as a space for health and healing, the Teaching Gardens represent a place of renewal for children in our community. As a result of this event five Teaching Gardens have been created or sustained.
American Heart Association CEO, Nancy Brown, presented Sally Ross Soter with the Heart of Palm Beach Award for her dedication to improving health through the creation of our local Teaching Garden program and her passion for research. Her generous investment to fund the Sarah Ross Soter Center for Women’s Cardiovascular Research is truly making an impact on countless lives.
|Kathryn C. Vecellio, a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association, served as honorary chairman. Kathryn is also the Founding Member of the Go Red For Women Founder’s Circle.
John Couris, CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, addressed the audience and thanked the committee, guests and volunteers for their gracious dedication and support of the Palm Beach Heart Ball and the mission of the American Heart Association. Mount Sinai Heart New York at Jupiter Medical Center is the Palm Beach Heart Ball Legacy Sponsor.
|Guests danced the evening away to music performed by Soul Survivor. Tim Luke served as the auctioneer for the evening, and what a spirited live auction it was. Chris Leavitt and Virginia Oatley led the charge for the Palm Beach Heart Ball Junior Committee. The Palm Beach Heart Ball is the oldest continuously running ball in Palm Beach and the oldest Heart Ball in the nation. The American Heart Association hosts the ball in order to increase awareness and continue its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.|
|Photographs by Leslie Barbaro (Fountain House); Angela/BFA.com (Randall's Island); Eric Bandiero (RIOULT)|