Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Champions for the cause

Jackie Weld Drake hosted a cocktail reception to honor Elizabeth Peabody, who will be the awardee at the upcoming annual Casita Maria dinner dance.
This past Monday night Jackie Weld Drake hosted a cocktail reception at her Park Avenue apartment to honor Elizabeth Peabody who is this year's awardee at the annual Casita Maria dinner dance. This is the annual fundraiser for the Casita Maria Center which has served the Hispanic community since 1934. Casita is a valuable, helpful resource to those familes adapting to life in a new environment. Mrs. Drake is a champion for this cause and as made this annual gala a popular one. Photos from the lens of Patrick McMullan give you an idea of the atmosphere at this party where everyone seemed relaxed and enjoying the company.
Mercedes Bograd Lemon, Jackie Weld Drake, and Martha Bograd
Gianluigi Vittadini, Sandra Whitney, and Edgar Batista
Jackie Weld Drake and Peter Bacanovic
Richard Lewisohn
Peter Lang, Jean Shafiroff, and Jay Gunther
Mary Faye Hernandez, Ambassador Ed Elson, Susie Elson, and Joel Bell
Carolina Herrera, Louise Grunwald, and Gretchen Leach
Susan Gutfreund and Iris Love
Susie Elson, Ambassador Ed Elson, and Gretchen Leach
David Holland, Elizabeth Peabody, and Peter Lang
Annabelle Meriaca, Alberto Meriaca, and Jackie Weld Drake
Edgar Batista, Gretchen Leach, and Howard Leach
Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini
Roy Kean and Ann Rapp
Jane O'Keefe, Steven M.L. Aronson, and Dr. Iris Love
Judy Auchincloss, Shayne Doty, Margo Langenberg, and Edgar Batista
Jackie Weld Drake and Geoffrey Bradfield
Mary Hilliard, Elizabeth Peabody, and Leslie Perkin
Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher, Daisy Soros, Mark Gilbertson, Fe Fendi, and Kristi Witker
Susan Cheever and Liliana Cavendish
Sana Sabbagh and Jonathan Marder
Drew Kepler, Daisy Soros, and Carlos Picon
Melanie Seymour Holland and Haydee Morales
Podie Lynch and Greg Kachejian
Last Thursday, J.McLaughlin, the classic American clothing and accessories brand for women and men, kicked off the Fall season and the launch of their September catalog celebrating New York with a party to celebrate the release of the brand’s September Style Guide and their fall collection with hundreds of customers, friends and family on the Upper East Side (1004 Lexington Avenue at 72nd Street).

This year is J. McLaughlin’s 40th Anniversary in business. The Style Guide paid homage to its Upper East Side heritage with this festive event nearby other longtime, iconic NYC destinations, including Donohue’s Steakhouse, J.G. Melon, and Island Restaurant — owned by the founders Kevin and Jay J.McLaughlin.
Barbara McLaughlin and Kevin McLaughlin
Guests included Co-Founder and Creative Director Kevin McLaughlin and wife Barbara, CEO Mary Ellen Coyne and husband Andrew, Chief Merchant Glynis Karp, Stacey Griffith from Soul Cycle,  Louise Phillp Forbes, Claudia Lebenthal, model Anne Bannert, Jeremey Fielding, Amy Rosenblum, Mary Kate Boylan, Craig Montague, Sam Damegremond,  Keith Bloomfield, Marc Mulett,Ashley Whittaker Spence , Karen Klopp, Chris and Elizabeth Meigher along with longtime friends and family of the brand. The crowd sipped Manhattans, shopped and danced to music by DJ MAAD.
Debby Hymowitz, Glynis Karp, Stacey Griffith, and Jeremy Fielding Anne Marie Kinney and Therese Krebs
Jack Lynch, Lauren Bathgate, and Paul Fotovat
Anne Bannert
Mary Kate Boylan and Craig Montague Jack Lynch, Barbara McLaughlin, and Karen Klopp
Jeannie Lawrence, Karen Klopp, Elizabeth Meigher, and Mary Snow
Louise Phillips and Claudia Lebenthal Mary Ellen Coyne and Glynis Karp
Jeremy Fielding, Juliette Kleinman, Ken Kleiman, and Louise Phillips Forbes
Jeremy Fieling and Julie Dermer Jamie Wolff and Glynis Karp
Julia Shlinger, Arthur Ceria, and Josh Bell
Kristin Kidder and shoppers
Mary Ellen Coyne, Barbara McLaughlin, Kevin McLaughlin, and Anna Meacham
Elizabeth and Chris Meigher Nicole Hanley Pickett
DJ Maad
Guests gathered at Sardi’s on September 13th for a cocktail kick-off event in celebration of The Actors Fund Career Transition For Dancers Jubilee Gala which will take place on Monday, November 1st at the New York Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway). The evening will honor dancer, choreographer and television dance competition judge Carrie Ann Inaba, Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild. Tony and Emmy-Award winning actress Bebe Neuwirth will host and proceeds benefit The Actors Fund’s services for the dance community.
Douglas Ramirez, Ann Van Ness, Martine Van Hamel, Ann Marie DeAngelo, Anka Palitz, Christina Rose, Janice Becker, and David Engelman
Gala chairs Ann Van Ness and Janice Becker welcomed guests and introduced Martha Graham Dance Company principal dancer Lloyd Knight. Knight spoke eloquently about the supportive services he received from The Actors Fund, which provides career planning and transition, support for injured dancers and emergency financial assistance and scholarships to the dance community nationally.

The November 1 celebration begins with 6 pm cocktails followed by a 7 pm dinner and live auction. Produced and directed by Ann Marie DeAngelo, the evening includes special performances and appearances by Buglisi Dance Theatre, Broadway Dance Lab, National Dance Institute, Bob Fosse’s “Steam Heat,” Sara Brians and Randy Skinner, Martine Van Hamel, and dancers formerly with Cirque du Soleil and Nevada Ballet Theatre.
Joe Benincasa, Janice Becker, Ann Van Ness, and Lloyd Knight
The Actors Fund and Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD) merged their services to the dance community in 2015. The merger integrated the services of CTFD into the ongoing programs of The Actors Fund, a human services organization that helps everyone who works in entertainment and the performing arts. Visit
Len Egert, Tom Exton, and Griff Braun
Marjorie Horne and Martine Van Hamel Lloyd Knight and Griff Braun
Anka Palitz, Linda Hoffman, and Peter Hoffman
Fred Hoff and Christina Rose
Princess Rivera, Love, and Mercedes Ellington Claire Carter and Anka Palitz
Susanne Doris, Len Egert, and Griff Braun
Jacqueline Bulnes, Janice Becker, Martine Van Hamel, and Lloyd Knight
Photographs by Billy Farrell (J.McLaughlin); Annie Watt (CTFD)