Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Communications efforts

Mark's cocktail reception, post-peak crowd.
Mark Gilbertson hosted his annual cocktail reception last Tuesday night at private club on the East Side. 

The party ran from 6-8:30 and I got there about 7:45, probably after the peak crowd although it was crowded. Mark’s list usually runs in the hundreds and I would guess 80-90% of them know many if not all the people in the room, and at least half, it not more have known Mark for the past 35 years or more. He’s a very social fellow obviously, famous in this group for his big benefit parties at the Museum of the City of New York.

In a way, it’s a little like a class reunion. Or what some people would prefer to think of as a Class reunion. They were known as the younger crowd twenty years ago. They’re not quite as young anymore but time has remained on their side.  And so, Mark is also in the business of people, a profession that is rare because of its nature but perfect for an executive-in-charge who has a lot of longtime friends and acquaintances that he assiduously keeps up with. 
Andrew and Kate Davis with Nathalie Gerschel Kaplan Chuck and Deborah Royce
Peter and Jamee Gregory Drew Schiff and Alexandra Wolfe
Simon Pinniger and Carolyne Roehm Thorne and Tatiana Perkin
Karl Wellner and Deborah Norville with Christine and Steve Schwarzman
Teresa and Bruce Colley Geoffrey Bradfield and Helena Lehane
Anjali and Prakash Melwani Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer
Frances Schultz and Nina Griscom
Mary Snow and Clelia Zacharias Simone Mailman and Betsy Pitts
Annabella Murphy with Terry and Libby Fitzgerald Rachel and Ara Hovnanian
Grace and Chris Meigher with Mai Harrison
Zani Gugelmann and Mary Snow Sana Sabbagh and Mark Gilbertson
Kathy and Othon Prounis Blair Husain
Dr. Douglas Steinbrech and Judith Guest
Marina Rust Connor Peter Georgiopoulos and Kara Young
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Cece Cord Karen Zucker
Chris and Kate Allen Ulla Parker
Ted Smith, Mark Drendel, Chad Conway, and Dennis Basso
Muffie Potter Aston, Somers Farkas, and Dana Hammond Stubgen Amy Fine Collins and Alex HItz
Mary Van Pelt and Shirin von Wulffen Jennifer Creel and Virginia Apple
Kamie Lightburn and Chuck Scarborough Richard Johnson and Sessa Von Richthofen
Kelly O'Connor Pasciucco, Sallie Giordano, and Gigi Mortimer
Nicholas and Maja duBrul JIll and Andrew Roosevelt
On Thursday, October 5, The Pink Agenda, a New York City-based nonprofit committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease among young professionals, hosted The Pink Agenda’s 10th Annual Gala at Three Sixty°. The Pink Agenda shares a strategic partnership with its long-time beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) as well as Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH initiative. Through the combined effort of this year’s co-chairs, The Pink Agenda’s leadership, and the 500 event attendees, the gala successfully raised over $250,000 for breast cancer research.
Jaquelyn M. Sharnick, Krysta Rodriguez, Fab-U-Wish recipient, Leslie, Liana M, Douillet Guzman, and Marissa Renee Lee
Giuliana & Bill Rancic served as co-hosts for The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala this year. Co-chairs for the event were Meghan Rooney Foley and Zoe Katz, with honorary co-chairs Samantha Fuld and Jason Greenstone.

The Pink Agenda honored actor, activist, and breast cancer survivor Krysta Rodriguez at the gala with the Lisa Mae Lee Award, in recognition of her character, courage, optimism, and outstanding leadership in the fight against breast cancer.
Lori Kanter Tritsch, Alex Tritsch, Samantha Fuld, and William Lauder
Guests included Melissa Ben-Ishay, Carly Cardellino, Andi Dorfman, Candice Kumai, Danielle Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Darcy Miller Nussbaum, Hayley Paige, Collins Tuohy Smith, and Emilia Bechrakis Serhant & Ryan Serhant. Music for the evening was provided by Harley Viera-Newton and Quiana Parks.

The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala was generously sponsored by Alba Botanica, Bandier, Cindy & Rob Citrone, Cushman & Wakefield, dpHUE, Cathy Franklin & Jeffrey Baker, Hanky Panky, William P. Lauder & Lori Kanter Tritsch, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, Pittsburgh Steelers, and RBC Capital Markets.
Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck
Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis Serhant Harley Viera-Newton
Zoe Katz, Krysta Rodriguez, and Meghan Rooney Foley
Cindy Citrone and Gabby Citrone Danielle Lauder
Bill Rancic, Krysta Rodriguez, and Giuliana Rancic
Irwin Simon and Giuliana Rancic
Jeffery Baker, William Lauder, Cindy Citrone, Meghan Hortsmann, Alexis Bodenheimer, Cathy Franklin, Marion Smith, and Brian Buglione
Quiana Parks
On Monday October 2, 2017 Solar One, non-profit leaders in environmental education for New Yorkers, held its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser overlooking the East River, at its site on 23rd Street. Under a moonlit night on the waterfront, in the Bavarian styled tent, more than 300 guests were treated to traditional oom-pah music provided by the Ja Ja Jas, and feasted on bratwurst, and large steins of German beer.
Chris Collins
Meredith McDermott
Guests including Rick Hayduk, Jane and Paul Crotty and Thor and Melissa Thors, learned how Solar One educates and trains thousands of New York children and adults through sustainability focused programs in NYC public schools and workforce training labs.

Meredith McDermott, Director of the NYC Department of Education’s Sustainability Initiative, spoke about Solar One’s education program in more than 650 NYC schools; Jill Poklemba, of the Fortune Society, spoke about Solar One’s Green Construction Training program at Rikers Island; and Mason Cavall of Housing Works, told the audience including Adam Mundy, Peter Frey, and Jeff Perlman about Solar One’s help in developing one of the first community shared solar projects in the city for Housing Works.
The event, attended by Patricia and Stan Grayson, Terry Hueneke and Michael Ross, and August DuPont raised $55,000 to support Solar One's programs.

Chris Collins, Solar One’s Executive Director then introduced Elizabeth Yampierre, the Executive Director of UPROSE, who described the emergency conditions on the ground in Puerto Rico, and what was needed to rebuild resiliently there. Solar One has already deployed 10 Kilowatts of solar panels to Puerto Rico that will support communications efforts on the ground. Audience members spontaneously responded by raising  additional funds for the rebuilding effort. 
Ellen Rolf and Brian Fielding
Kathleen Gaffney, Melissa Gundling, and friend
Patricia Grayson and Bill Browning
Nancy Weber, Helen Hooke, Evelyn Ellis, and Sarah Lorya
David Oliver, Adam Mundy, Jonathan Saw, Geoff Capes, Chris Garvin, and Jon Sellman
Donna DeConstanzo and friends
Thor Thors, Melissa Thors, Liza Mindemann, and Laust Helmig
Kimberly Neuhaus, Kedin Kilgore, Kara Allen, and Henry Gordon-Smith
Steven Nunez, Mark Tice, Dorothy MacAusland, Toby Shepard Block, and Thor Thors
Photographs by Cutty McGill (Gilbertson); Michael Blanchard (Pink Agenda); AnnieWatt.com (Oktoberfest)