Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Brighter Together

Cocktails in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Club for Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's annual Gala.
On Thursday, May 4, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra hosted its annual Gala at the Metropolitan Club. This year’s Gala honored Robert F. Arning, Vice Chair of Market Development at KPMG, and celebrated the long-standing partnership between Orpheus and KPMG, marking their shared ideals of collaboration, innovation, and excellence on a global stage. With the help of Mr. Arning and KPMG’s advocacy, Orpheus has developed a unique cultural niche in both the US and aboard, particularly in Japan, where Orpheus has toured for over twenty-five years.
Orpheus Executive Director Alexander Scheirle
Guests were treated to a private performance by Orpheus, joined by double bassist Xavier Foley, the winner of the prestigious 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Proceeds from the Gala will support Orpheus’ education initiative, Access Orpheus™, which reaches over 2,000 NYC public school students from all five boroughs annually.
Double bassist Xavier Foley joins Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for a private performance for Gala guests
Guests enjoy dinner following the performance
Guests included honoree Lisa and Robert Arning, Machiko and Kazutaka Mori of KPMG, Ambassador Reiichiro and Madam Masako Takahashi of Japan, Consul General Brita Wagner of Germany, Graham Parker of Universal Music Classics, Terrance McKnight and Elliott Forrest of WQXR, Masahide Enoki of Ito En, Hideki Kunugi and Tadashi Matsushita of All Nippon Airways, Nobuyuki Kawabata of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp, Paul Gridley of Gridley & Co, John Thielke of Konica Minolta, Lisa Rosenblum, Mitsuru Clair Chino, and Wendy Gimbel and Douglas Liebhafsky.
Nancy and Alan Brenner, Diane Looney, Rick Prinns and Connie Steensman, and Walt Looney
Miho Saegusa, violinist and newest member of Orpheus, the Japanese Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, and Hideki Kunugi, SVP The Americas and General Manager NY of All Nippon Airways
Kim Bleimann and Terrance McKnight.jpg
Paola Duran (far left) and Katie Ford (far right) with friends
Vicki Kellogg, Marsha Laufer, and Nancy Goodes
Cynthia Friedman and Graham Parker
Betsy Weinstock and Orpheus Board Member Kate Hughes Del Tufo
Machiko Mori and Honorary Gala Chair and Orpheus Board Member Kazutaka Mori, Lisa Arning and Honoree Robert Arning, and Orpheus Board Chairman Richard F. Brueckner
Over 600 friends, volunteers and supporters gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 27th for Project Sunshine’s Annual Benefit Celebration, “Brighter Together,” an evening of inspiration to benefit children and families facing medical challenges. Warren Cole, CO-CEO of Post Acute Partners, was honored.  Emmy-award winning WPIX report Magee Hickey emceed the event. Singer Jacquie Lee gave a special featured musical performance, along with music by DJ Kai. The event raised $1.2 million dollars for the nonprofit.
Jacquie Lee and Magee Hickey
“Brighter Together” kicked off as a galaxy of stars walked Project Sunshine’s “Yellow Carpet,” including Founder Joseph Weilgus, Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Tamsen Fadal, John Muller, Kori Chambers, Irv Gikofsky aka Mr. G, Andy Adler, Helen Ficalora, Palak Patel, Michael Macaulay, Emilio Delgado, Bob McGrath, Roscoe Orman, Ben Bronfman, Taryn Simon, Alexandria Morgan, Yulia Saparniiazova, Ballet Next ballerinas Michele Wiles, Violetta Komshyan, Alice Regnouf, and Erin Chong,  and many more.
Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere and Jacquie Lee Joseph Weilgus, Founder of Project Sunshine, and Michael Macaulay
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that empowers a dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring) and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) – to over 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 major cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel, and Kenya. The in-hospital enrichment programming allows brave young patients to reach developmental and academic milestones and to find the courage and coping skills necessary to confront challenges ahead.  For more information and ways you can get involved, visit
Alice Regnouf, Jonathan George (Jay Donn), Erin Chong, and Violetta Komshyan
Lydia Carlston and Mats Carlston Benjamin Bronfman
Emilio Delgado, Carole Delgado, Sally Cook, Kimberley Orman, and Roscoe Orman
Kori Chambers, Tamsen Fadal, John Muller, Andy Adler, and Irv Gikofsky (Mr. G)
Helen and Lennon Ficalora DJ Kai Song
Al Tylis, Jake Tylis, Maya Tylis, and Kate Tylis
Taryn Simon and Joseph Weilgus
On Monday May 1st at '21' Club, Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard & Airmen's Club held its Ninth Annual Red, White and Blue Luncheon, honoring Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West, Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command, Rear Admiral Meredith L. Austin, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District and Adele Malpass, Chairwoman Manhattan Republican Party This event supports the men and women in our Armed Forces, Veterans, our Allies and their families.
Pledging allegiance.
The Distinguished Military Leadership Awards and the Spirit of America Award.
-Ivan Obolensky and Lieutenant General Nadja Y. West
Rear Admiral Meredith L. Austin and Ivan Obolensky
Ivan Obolensky and Adele Malpass
Marta and Terry Holliday
Cdr. Jason Sticht, Officer Sierra D'Amico, and Michael Boyd
Frank Cagil, Bob Frederick, and Maria Stitch
Douglas Winston and Kate Foronda
Michael Boyd and Bill McShane
Saralie Slonsky, Rick Perkins, and Carol Bronch
Bob Frederick, Mary Bloom, Susan Frederick, Clint Bloom, and Maria Stitch
Susan Koenig, Fanny Tretaris, Ilse Stark, and Dan Ladner
Countess Tatiana Bobrinsloy and Dorothy Newman
Lee Ballinger and Margaret Ann Harley
Irena McLean, Margo Catsimatidis, Shirley Podolsky, Mary Slila, Adele Malpass, Betsy McCaughey, and Chele Farley
Robert L. Perry and Victoria Perry
Ray Johns and Eileen Mosolino
Gene Panasenko and Gloria Castellano
Margo Catsimatidis, Marvin Scott, and Betsy McCaughey
Margo Nederlander and Somers Farkas
The Navy and Marine Corp Team
On Saturday, May 6th, the Junior Committee of SSMAC held their 8th Annual Kentucky Derby Party. Guests enjoyed a brunch catered by Southern Hospitality and the always popular mint julep bar. The annual hat and bow tie contest did not disappoint and the event culminated with the most exciting 2 minutes in sports, the race for the roses.

The Junior Committee supports SSMAC's mission as the only private organization in the New York area to provide accommodations at subsidized rates and club-type facilities for servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees, veterans and their families visiting New York City. For more information go to
Brooks Johnson, Ashley Picker Dubin, Jennifer Farrell, Rachel Hickey, Olga Rusak, and Jordan Maka
Gregory Hildebrand, Thorsten Schmidt, and Thomas Cooper
Marushka Valentin, Tiffany Milloen, and Antoinette Harris
Laurie Consoli Miguel Ferreyra de Bone, Rachel Hickey, and John Vricella
Jennifer Farrell and Jackie Churgin
Color Guard presentation
Matthew Rimi, Ashley Puscas, and Nick Petti, judges for the hat and bow tie contest
Ashley Picker Dubin participating in the hat contest
Soren Hansen participating in the bow tie contest
Kara Jordan and Gregory Hildebrand
Photographs by Annie Watt (SSMAC); Getty Images, Patrick McMullan, & Steve Eichner (Project Sunshine).