Thursday, May 11, 2017

Creating Community

John Thurlow, Mike Pickering, Jeremy Shure, Gerard McGraw, Sekou Kaalund, Cynthia Coverson, Adam Ames, Jenny Zak, and Antoine Joyce at the All Stars Project's national gala, Creating American Community.
The annual Lying-In Luncheon to benefit the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology raised over $530,000 on Tuesday, May 9. Over 400 guests attended the event, which included a fashion show featuring Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2017 collection, at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Hosted by Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dr. Frank A. Chervenak, obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, the luncheon's main event featured an exclusive lineup of Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2017 collection designed by Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia.

Funds from the event will benefit NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose specialties include general obstetrics/gynecology, gynecologic oncology, infectious disease and immunology, maternal/fetal medicine and reproductive endocrinology.

NewYork-Presbyterian's leadership in women's health dates back to 1799 with the founding of The Lying-In Hospital – New York's first center devoted solely to the care of women in childbirth. Today, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a leader in its field, setting standards in patient care, research, training and community outreach.

The Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, which will be located on the top six floors of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's David H. Koch building, will help continue the mission and commitment to excellence in clinical care, education and the empowerment of patients. When completed, in 2020, this innovative facility will triple the current capacity to care for women and newborns at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell campus.
Models wearing Oscar de la Renta Fall collection
Guests included Luncheon co-chairs Serena Boardman, Francesca Allen Bodini, Melissa Meister, Jennifer H. Millstone, Alexia Hamm Ryan and Clémence von Mueffling. Additional guests included Bara Tisch, Juju Chang, Judith Giuliani and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the largest healthcare providers in the U.S. Each year, nearly 40,000 NewYork-Presbyterian professionals deliver exceptional care for more than 4 million patient visits. For more information, visit
Dr. Laura Forese, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian; Dr. Frank A. Chervenak, Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell; and Serena Boardman, Co-Chair of the Lying-In Luncheon Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Frank A. Chervenak
Nicky Hilton Rothschild Ju Ju Chang Shoshanna Gruss
Eliza Bolen and Marjorie Gubelmann Lauren Santo Domingo and Laura Evans
The Tang Dynasty Ball, co-chaired by Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, coincided with The Asia Society's opening of the groundbreaking exhibition "Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia" on view through June 4, 2017.

Guests were treated to music by the Siong Leng Musical Association, their first-ever performance in the United States. Then they followed a traditional Tang Dynasty procession from cocktails into dinner where the five-course meal followed the itinerary of the sunken ship: a first course from northern China, followed by Vietnamese rolls, the entrée from India, and special Middle Eastern desserts. Betsy Z. Cohen and Asia Society VP Tom Nagorski were among the welcoming speakers. Dinner guests then moved downstairs to dancing with the younger committee and Persian desserts in the Garden Court.
Betsy and Ed Cohen, Judith-Ann Corrente and Willem Kooyker were the evening's vice chairs, Carolyn Hsu-Balcer and René Balcer were the evening's benefactors; friends of the evening included the Arnhold Foundation, J. Frank and Susan Brown, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Charlotte Feng Ford, Susan E. Lynch, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky, Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz, Barbara and Donald Tober, and Lulu and Anthony Wang; guests also included Ann Ziff, HRH Princess Jeet Nabha Khemka, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, ABT's Hee Seo, actress Phylicia Rashad, Susan Gutfreund, Timothy Fok, and Nancy Moonves.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution headquartered in New York with state-of-the-art cultural centers and gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.
Oscar Tang (Co-Chair), Agnes Hsu-Tang (Co-Chair), HRH Princess Jeet Nabha Khemka, and Nand Khemka
Shayne Doty (Managing Director of Philanthropy Asia Society), Ann Ziff, and Sana Sabbagh
Susan Gutfreund and Timothy Fok
Agnes Hsu-Tang (Co-Chair ) and Judith-Ann Corrente Lieba Nesis and Phylicia Rashad
Shayne Doty, Saina Fnu, Vanessa Noel, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Sarina Tang and Cynthia Hazen Polsky
Henry H. Arnhold, Agnes Hsu-Tang, and Oscar Tang
The All Stars Project (ASP) held its national gala, Creating American Community, at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Over 400 guests were in attendance and the event raised a total of $2,017,393 in private funding for its Afterschool Development programs.

Peter Langerman, Chairman, President and CEO of Franklin Mutual Advisers and Hank Neely, Partner, Southwest Region at EY were honored for their vision and commitment to opening up genuine pathways of opportunities for inner-city youth. New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James P. O'Neill was a featured guest speaker and made remarks about the importance of Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids, an award-winning partnership program of the ASP and the NYPD, that helps to improve the relationship between police and inner-city youth.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O'Neill and Dr. Lenora Fulani
All Stars also recognized New Leaders for Afterschool Development, a cross section of philanthropists and business leaders who have stepped up and made a real impact on youth in poor communities nationwide. Bob Pisani of CNBC acted as emcee for the evening and All Stars youth performed and hosted the event.

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Gabrielle Kurlander, Peter Langerman, Dana Langerman, Dr. Lenora Fulani and Zyair Crump
Kate Barton, Hank Neely, Gabrielle Kurlander, Christopher Street, Leslie Odonkor
Front , left to right: Lauren Horn, Yaa Obeng, Michael F. Price, Christopher Hardy, and Chance Forbes; Back, left to right: Jon Sheftel, Cali Forbes, Andrew Price, Kerri Price, and Mohammed Amer
Gabrielle Kurlander with All Stars Talent Show Network youth performers, The Tigerettes
Photographs by 4 Eyes Photography/Kellie Walsh (Lying); Ellen Wallop (Tang); Ronald Glassman (All Stars Project)