|Fountain House, winner of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, hosted its fourteenth annual Symposium and Luncheon at The Pierre on Monday, May 1st. The topic for this year’s event was Borderline Personality Disorder: Why It Matters & What You Should Know.
Millions of Americans have Borderline Personality Disorder, a serious mental illness characterized by difficulty in regulating moods and emotions. Intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety, as well as impulsive behavior and unstable relationships, are hallmarks of this disorder. While developing effective treatments has proved difficult, considerable progress has been made and recovery is possible.
Close to 600 guests attended and the event raised $1 million to support Fountain House programming and their innovative approach to improving the lives of people with serious mental illness. The Symposium and Luncheon was established to advance community knowledge of mental illness and reduce the associated stigma, and to raise vital funds for Fountain House’s innovative employment, education, and housing, and wellness programs.
The dedicated Chairs who worked tirelessly to ensure this event’s success were: Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Carolyn B. MacKenzie, Anne Mai, Florence Peyrelongue, and Ilyse Wilpon. Founding Chairs are Lorna Hyde Graev and Lynn Nicholas, PsyD.
|Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. Each year, over 1,300 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.
Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually.
To learn more about Fountain House, visit: www.fountainhouse.org.
|On May 11, 2017, thousands joined The New York Women’s Foundation at its 30th anniversary Celebrating Women® Breakfast to honor extraordinary women who, through their careers, activism and philanthropy, are at the forefront of the fight for social justice and women’s rights. This year’s honorees include advocates for civil liberties, women’s health and reproductive rights, religious freedom, LGBTQ communities, immigrants’ rights and education.|
|Ana María Archila, Co-Executive Director of The Center for Popular Democracy; Marley Dias, activist and Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks; Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; The Reverend Vivian Denise Nixon, Executive Director of the College and Community Fellowship; Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York and Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March in Washington; and Anne E. Delaney, philanthropist, artist and former Board Chair of The New York Women’s Foundation, were among the honorees.|
|Board Alumnae and current grantee partners were also honored. Notable attendees and presenters included Abigail Disney, Tina Tchen, Valerie Jarrett, Diana Taylor, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James.
The annual Celebrating Women® Breakfast is one of New York’s most well-attended fundraisers. More than 2,000 women leaders from the public and private sectors gather each year to support The Foundation’s work to promote long-term economic security, sexual health, and safety for women and their families in New York. This year’s event, co-chaired by Elba Montalvo and Janet Riccio, raised approximately $2 million.
|At its annual spring gala, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York City’s largest human services nonprofit, honored trustees Mark H. Rachesky, MD, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lionsgate Entertainment, and Jodi J. Schwartz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and longtime corporate partner Beacon Health Options. The event, which took place on Wednesday, May 10, at The Plaza Hotel, attracted more than 450 guests. It raised $1.75 million for the programs of The Jewish Board, which serves more than 43,000 New Yorkers of all faiths, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds each year.|
|In addition to the honorees, those in attendance included Jill Rachesky, wife of honoree Mark H. Rachesky, MD, and their children, Kate Rachesky, Allison Rachesky, Samantha Rachesky and Steven Rachesky; Alice Tisch, president of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Board, and her husband, Thomas Tisch; Jean Shafiroff, a trustee of The Jewish Board, and her husband, Martin Shafiroff; Lynn Kroll, a trustee of The Jewish Board, and her husband, Jules Kroll; Laurie Lindenbaum, a trustee of The Jewish Board, and Bob Thorne; Erica Tishman, Founding Partner, DeWitt Tishman Architects LLP; Carol Levin, a trustee of The Jewish Board, and her husband, Jerry Levin; Jean Troubh, a trustee of The Jewish Board; David Everett, a trustee of The Jewish Board, his wife, Karen Everett, and his mother, Edith Everett; Lisa Silverstein, daughter of Larry Silverstein; Leslie May Blauner, a trustee of The Jewish Board; Abigail Rose Solomon; Susie Stern, Vice Chair of The Jewish Federations of North America, and her husband, Jeff Stern; Dr. Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services; Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York; and David Rivel, CEO of The Jewish Board.|
|Gala Co-Chairs included Fran and Jack Levy, Lori and David Moore, Jill Rachesky, Steven F. Richman, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Jim Spink (Beacon Health Options), Alice and Thomas Tisch, and Jean and Ray Troubh.
|Last Tuesday, May 9th, the American Cancer Society hosted the 12th Annual Taste of Hope at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York. Taste of Hope was founded in 2005 by the American Cancer Society as a way to celebrate New York dining while raising funds to help the Society's mission. The event raised over $185,000.
This years' event Co-Chairs Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff volunteered for 9 months to produce this culinary, wine and spirits event with more than 65 participating restaurants. Volunteer Host Committee included Chef Dale Talde, David Alan Basche, Jean Shafiroff, Chef David Burke, Stacy Fischer-Rosenthal, Melanie McManus, Drew Nieporent and Alysia Reiner.
|Chef Aarón Sánchez was the Culinary Honoree, and Miri Torres of Arianna Skincare, was the Survivor Honoree. CBS News' Chris Wragge was back to Emcee. Since its inception, Taste of Hope has raised more than $1.6 million to support the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
This year's Benefit Committee included Jennifer Cayetano, Melissa Cohen, Gail Eisenstat, Nicole Filingeri, Susan Goldman, Melanie Greene, Erin Lechacz, Wayne Margolin, Jeanine Marino, Kara Mignone, Sari Pollack, Kim Poulos, Christina Poopatana, Melissa Siegel and Scott Sheehy. Associate Committee included Brittany Stevenson, Eliza Bensley, Gracie Gordon and Michelle Tamayo.
For more information, visit: https://www.tasteofhopenyc.org
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan and Hideki Aono Photography (Taste of Hope)|