Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Children, animals, and the arts

Luis Mora, Rainer Armbrust, Marcelo Guzzo, Haydee Morales and the Casita Maria Chamber Choir.
On May 8th American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, honored some of America's bravest canine friends at the New York City kickoff of its annual Hero Dog Awards campaign. This annual national effort seeks out and recognizes the most heroic hounds from across the country. American Humane and philanthropist Lois Pope were joined by nearly 150 animal-loving VIPs to pay tribute to America's most courageous canines at the National Arts Club.

American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert introduced 2016 Therapy Dog of the Year Mango, a paralyzed rescue in a wheelchair who inspires disabled veterans with physical disabilities, and Military Dog Cena and USMC Corporal Jeff DeYoung (Ret.), sharing with guests American Humane's work with the U.S. military through its Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, including rescuing and training shelter dogs to become service animals for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress.
Larry Strickland and Naomi Judd
Legendary country star and national ambassador for American Humane Naomi Judd urged the crowd to support the work of the American Humane Rescue program. The event was supported by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food, the Official Pet Food of the Hero Dog Awards. Entertainment was provided by the Alex Donner Orchestra and singing sensation Franco Corso.

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards gala in Hollywood will be televised on Hallmark Channel this fall on September 16th.  For more on American Humane, visit, contact Mari Harner at 561-537-5887 or
Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, with Cena
Lois Pope, Alex Donner, and Ronnie Perl
Dr. Robin Ganzert with Stella
Franco Corso
Geoffrey Bradfield with Willoughby
Stan Parman, Betsy Parman, Mary Lane, and Bob Lane
Lexye Aversa and Jewel Morris
Lara Trump and Jean Shafiroff
Dr. Robin Ganzert, Naomi Judd, Lois Pope, and Sunny Sessa
Judy Walter with Mango
John Leone and Dr. Annette Rickel
Karina Tatriski, Flo Anthony, Jean Shafiroff, Rachel Hershfeld, and Natalie Ross
Sharon Bush and Edwina Sandys
Debbie Meyer, Jane Tiger, and Arthur Tiger
Katherine Poley, Kate Vos, Susan Cushing, and Chelsea Hall
Lucille Hume and Debbie Wells
Thomas and Karen Roberts
Kathleen and Byron Delemos
Al and Abigail Trenk
Susan Cushing, Jim MacNaughton, and Sacha MacNaughton
Jay Moorhead and Missy Gilroy
Amanda Bowman
Amanda Romaniello, William J. Rouhana, Jeanne Blandford, and Judy Walter
Over 400 guests raised over $1 million at the 41st Annual Inner-City Scholarship Fund Friends Gala on Tuesday, May 9 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Inner-City is the city’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing tuition assistance for low-income students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of New York.

His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Gala Chairs, Wendy and Michael Esposito attended the event where CBS Sunday Morning’s correspondent, Mo Rocca, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
“With the end of the school year approaching, we are constantly reminded of the importance of a quality education,” said Susan George, Executive Director of Inner-City Scholarship Fund. “I’m blessed by the people in the room, including Wendy and Michael Esposito, who see the value in supporting Catholic education for future generations.”

Catholic school student Darwin Contreras, from All Hallows High School gave a moving speech about what’s possible when you give a student a chance. Because of his Inner-City scholarship, he has achieved First Honors every semester of high school and is inspired to one day become a U.S. Diplomat.
Student speaker Darwin Contreras
His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Mo Rocca
Notable guests included Lisa and Dick Cashin, Mary Cashin, Christie and Tony de Nicola, Melody and Sam Di Piazza, Katherine and John Doyle, Laurie and Peter Grauer, David Hidalgo and Mary Ann Tighe.

In addition to dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a “Battle of the Boroughs” performance by School of the Blessed Sacrament in Manhattan, St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx and Moore Catholic High School in Staten Island.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund was founded in 1971 by the late Terence Cardinal Cooke and a group of prominent executives of many religious beliefs. Inner-City provides tuition assistance to over 8,000 students (93% minority and 33% non-Catholic). An astonishing 97% percent of seniors attending inner-city Catholic high schools graduate, and 95% pursue post-secondary education at some of the finest universities in the nation.
Katherine and John Doyle
Gala Chairs Wendy and Michael Esposito with His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Christie and Tony de Nicola
Melody and Sam Di Piazza
Diana Revson and Ruth Woolard
Susan George
Peter and Laurie Grauer
Students performing Battle of the Boroughs
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, which has provided youth and their families high quality education, arts and social programming in East Harlem and the South Bronx for over 80 years, hosted its annual Musicale 2017 at a Private Club in New York City. An intimate, elegant evening of performance and conversation featured a performance by renowned baritone Marcelo Guzzo alongside the chorus students of The Gaetana Enders Music Program. Musicale celebrated the students of Casita Maria while raising crucial funds for the Gaetana Enders Music Program. 70 guests attended the event. 
Rainer Armbrust and Marcelo Guzzo
Speakers included Jacqueline Weld Drake (Chairman, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education); Haydee Morales (Executive Director, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education); Anabelle Mariaca (Honorary Chair, Musicale); Elise Thoron (Co-Chair Musicale), Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola (Co-Chair, Musicale) and Tom Enders, son of the late Gaetana Enders.

Other Co-Chairs included: Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Isabel Tonelli and Maria Celis Wirth. 
Luis Mora and the Casita Maria Chamber Choir
Bartitone Marcelo Guzzo performed Argentinian solos, including: “Se equivocó la Paloma,” (Carlos Guastavino); “La roza y el Sauce” (Carlos Guastavino); “Estilo” (Ricardo Storm), and Luche la Fe por el triunfo,” (Moreno Torroba). Together with the children, he performed three songs, including Cole Porter’s “Another Op'nin', Another Show,” and concluded with Mitch Leigh’s “To Dream the Impossible Dream.” 

Notable guests included: Martha Bograd; Alvaro and Rene Domingo with their children Alvaro and Placido; Paola Fendi; Edward P. Gallagher (President, American Scandinavian Foundation); Joumana Rizk; Paola Bacchini Rosenshein and Arthur and Denise Rubenstein (he is the former Dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine).
Diana Castillo and Sylvana Lohr
Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Jacqueline Weld Drake, and Mercedes Bograd Levin
Claudia Mazzi, Anabelle and Alberto Mariaca, Estelle Guerrero de Gaffron, and Eduardo Mazzi
Nicolas Tosch, Dr. Judy Goldstein, and Victor Goldstein
Alicia Lubowsky and Mercedes Bograd Levin
Haydee Morales, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Michele Gerber Klein, and Maria Celis Wirth
Paola Bacchini Rosenshein and Paola Fendi
Art Miami, the leading producer of international contemporary and modern art fairs, celebrated its third edition of Art New York and the second edition of CONTEXT New York, when they welcomed more than 26,000 attendees to Pier 94 Wednesday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 7th. The sister fairs showcased artworks from 120 of the leading international contemporary and modern galleries, representing more than 1,200 artists from 50 countries.
Prestigious collectors, art world luminaries and celebrities, including Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea, Stanley Tucci, New York Academy of Art President David Kratz, rock 'n' roll photographer Bob Gruen, Jason Newsted of Metallica, Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Yigal Ozeri, Kim Heirston, Paul Jambers, Pascale Naessens, Stephanie Stokes, Michael Shvo and his wife Seren, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Ziel Feldman, Ruth Baum, Diane and John Sculley, Michael Alago, Danny Clinch, Kara Ross, art historian and Curator at El Museo del Barrio Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, President of Creative Capital Suzy Delvalle and Janna Bullock, emerged from luxury black sedans provided in partnership with Carey International and streamed through the doors of the fairs to get the first look at more than $150 million worth of art available for acquisition.
Nick Korniloff and Jon Bon Jovi
Katelijne DeBacker and Julian Navarro
Bob Gruen
Jason Newsted
David Kratz, Pamela Cohen, and Nick Korniloff
Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das
Janna Bullock and R. Couri Hay
Yigal Ozeri and Gregoire Vogelsang
Juli Lowe and Catherine Edelman
Paul Jambers, Katelijne DeBacker, and Pascale Naessens
Alex and Linda Benrimon
Photographs by Annie Watt & Patrick McMullan (Art Miami); Natalie Bero/ (Casita)