Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dedication and concern

God's Love staff and volunteers.
On June 10th at the waterfront Southampton home of Calvin Klein, over 300 guests attended the 17th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God's Love We Deliver. This signature event supports God's Love We Deliver, the only organization of its kind that cooks and home delivers 1.7 million nutritious, individually tailored meals annually to clients living with severe illnesses, their children and senior caregivers.

Guests included Jeff Pfeifle, David Granville, Michael Stern, Vicente Wolf, Mark Lehrer, Paul Wilmot, Blaine Trump, Mark Brashear, Sally van Erk, Trent Huffman, Regina Glocker, Scott Currie, Jon Gilman, Margaret Russell, Dennis Basso, Fern Mallis, Howard Lorber, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Steven Gambrel and Jim Anderson, Frank and Laura Greenwald, Jamee Gregory, Richard Mishaan, Lizzz Kritzer, David Kleinberg, Olive Watson, Bethenny Frankel, and Peter Huffine, to name a few.
David Ludwigson, Karen Pearl, Scott Bruckner, Blaine Trump, and Calvin Klein
"Midsummer Night Drinks is always a special night for God's Love," says David Ludwigson, Vice-President & Chief Development Officer at God's Love We Deliver. "It is a wonderful way for us to say thank you to our supporters while enjoying a lovely evening at the home of special friends. We could not be more grateful to Calvin Klein for hosting the event and welcoming us to his home, and to our guests for supporting our work. With the generosity of so many, we can always be there for all those in the New York City metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves."

Guests bid on God's Love program items such as funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six months.
Karen Pearl, Maureen O'Leary, Michael Sennott, Blaine Trump, and Steve Simon
They enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres and a raw bar by Canard, Inc., along with signature cocktails. Guests also enjoyed miniature versions of dishes straight from the God's Love Cookbook, which was released last September. These Cookbook dishes included Jennifer Hudson's Feta-Stuffed Chicken Burgers, Amanda Freitag's Salmon Filet with Salsa Verde and Farro Salad, David Burtka's Grilled Rib Eye Skewers with Oven Dried Tomato and Arugula Pesto, Suvir Saran's Cauliflower Bites with Indian Spiced Tomato Sauce, David Salle's Fava Bean Puree, Blaine Trump's Carrot Cake, and Philip Galanes's Za'tar Flatbread Crips.

This year's corporate sponsors were Calvin Klein, Inc.; Cadillac; and Tito's Handmade Vodka. Guests left the beautiful evening with "Chuck's Famous Brownies," baked with love by Chuck the Baker, who has been the baker for God's Love more than 26 years.
Alethea Hannemann, David Ludwigson, Karen Pearl, and Nancy Kong
God's Love is the New York metropolitan area's leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. All of the agency's services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 32 years, God's Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. Because the demand for services of God's Love has grown more than 140% in ten years, this year's Midsummer Night Drinks was more important than ever.

Visit godslovewedeliver.org for more information on the presence of God's Love We Deliver in the New York City metropolitan area.
David Ludwigson, Jon Gilman, Brad Learmonth, and LaMont Craig
Karen Pearl, Eric Levanthal, and friends
Karen Pearl, Jonah Disend, and friends
Edie Lutnick, Julie Ovadia, Jennifer Gerstel-Ringelstein, and Rebecca Bond
Peggy Siegal and Dennis Basso
David Granville, Karen Pearl, and Jeff Pfeifle
Gaby and Mark Lehrer
Vicente Wolf and Margaret Russell Richard Mishaan and Alexandra Mishaan
Jon Ehlen, Jim Shreve, Stephen Covello, and Mark Brashear
Jon Gilman and Adrian Kahan
Mark Lanspa, David Ludwigson, Karen Pearl, Greg Scarffe, and friend
Dan Wright and Bethenny Frankel Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary Ross
Richard LeFrak, Blaine Trump, Steve Simon, and Karen LeFrak
Richard Novick, Karen Pearl, and Jane Novick
Scott Nelson and Alex Papachristides
Richard Pipia, Karen Pearl, and Gerry Madigan
Last week, Carnegie Hall honored philanthropist Adrienne Arsht by giving her the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence, making her the first woman to receive the award in its history.

Ms. Arsht was selected by Carnegie Hall's Chairmen Committee members Aisha and Gbenga Oyebode, Sana H. Sabbagh, Hope and Robert F. Smith, Co-Chairman Valentino D. Carlotti, Robert K. Kraft, Tracy Chutorian Semler and Eric Semler. The evening commenced with a cocktail reception in The Plaza Hotel's Terrace Room, followed by a seated dinner and award ceremony in the Grand Ballroom.

Special music performances by distinguished artists included pianist Daniela Liebman; singer/songwriter Storm Large of the renowned pop group Pink Martini; and Broadway star Marin Mazzie. Attendees included Huma Abedin, Clive Davis, Mrs. Helen and Robert Appel, Peggy Siegal, Charles Hamlen, Deborah Norville, William Ivey Long, and Stellene Volandes among others. All of the proceeds from the evening were donated to Carnegie Hall's artistic, education, and community programs.

"Adrienne is the embodiment of all that the Medal of Excellence stands for—a celebration of the unique and vital role a business and philanthropic leader plays in support of the arts," said Robert F. Smith, Chairman of Carnegie Hall's Board of Trustees as he handed Ms. Arsht her well-deserved award.
Robert F. Smith presenting the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence to Adrienne Arsht
Deborah Norville and Adrienne Arsht
Storm Large performing Bria Skonberg performing
Bernadette Hitt, Robert F. Smith, and Mercedes Abramo
Adrienne Arsht and Clive Davis
Adrienne Arsht and Huma Abedin Stellene Volandes and Adrienne Arsht
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner
Jim Caruso, Nova Y. Payton, Liz Callaway, Storm Large, Adrienne Arsht, Melissa Schott, Daniela Liebman, and Bria Skonberg
On June 3rd, Michael Apuzzo, Eric Gunhus, David Nickle, and Hal Rubenstein brought Dancers For Good back to the Hamptons for its Second Annual Benefit at the Ross School Court Theatre. Hosted by Emmy and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, the evening featured innovative, passionate and a gifted assemblage of dancers.

This spectacular evening showcased classical and modern dance choreography from some of the most exciting and diverse troupes in the contemporary dance world. Paul Taylor Dance Company opened the show with an incredible performance of Cloven Kingdom, followed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet who performed STAR Dust, a ballet tribute to David Bowie. Rasta Thomas’ ROCK the Ballet featured fast and furious pop dancers steeped in ballet basics, while dancers from the New York City Ballet danced a Pas De Deux from Diamonds, an excerpt from Jewels, a three-act ballet.
Eryc Taylor Dance
Kristine Bendul and Jamal Story
NYC Ballet's Russell Janzen and Teresa Reichlen
Paul Taylor Dance Company's "Airs"
Paul Taylor Dance Company's "Cloven Kingdom"
The Company ofDancers For Good 2017
Following the performance, guests including Cristina and Chris Cuomo, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Ramona Singer, Dr. Joseph Eviatar and Thuyen Nguyen, among others, mixed and mingled with the dancers. Hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails were provided by Fleurs de Prairie and Tyku Sake offering the world’s first cucumber sake.

Dancers For Good was designed both as a showcase of dancers’ power and grace and a way to show our gratitude for the stories and emotions they communicate in a way we both enjoy and envy. Proceeds from the event went directly to The Actors Fund which provides professional dancers nationwide an array of specially designed services when they are unable to continue dancing due to injury, age or other circumstances. They are there to support them every step of the way as they make the difficult transition into a non-dancer lifestyle.
Eric Gunhus, Bebe Neuwirth, and Cristina and Chris Cuomo
David Nickle, Hal Rubenstein, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Apuzzo, and Eric Gunhus
Corey DeRosa and Chris Cuomo Michel Wallerstein and Eryc Taylor
Jim Porcarelli, Matthew Hunt, Michael Novak, and David Traitel
On June 8th, at The Chelsea Piers Lighthouse, Cooley's Anemia Foundation held its 2017 Annual Gala. This year's Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented jointly to Dr. Michael Spino and Dr. Fernando Tricta, two remarkable scientists working with ApoPharma (a subsidiary of Apotex) in Toronto, Canada developing drug interventions to better the lives of individuals with Cooley's anemia/thalassemia and other disorders.

The 2017 Young Leadership Award recipient was Mr. Dino Philippou, who has become not only a successful restaurateur but also an inspiring philanthropist and activist for Cooley's Anemia Foundation. Mr. Philippou also happens to be a thalassemia patient.
Attendees at the Cooley's Anemia Foundation 2017 Annual Gala cocktail hour making bids on the Silent Auction items
Dr. Barry Sherman, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Apotex Inc., introduced the Humanitarian of the Year Award honorees. Dr. Sherman spoke of the dedication and professionalism of Drs. Spino and Tricta, as well as their personal dedication and genuine concern for the patients suffering from thalassemia.

National President of Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Anthony J. Viola, Senior Partner at the public accounting firm of Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP, presented the awards.
National President of Cooley's Anemia Foundation Anthony Viola presented the awards to the honorees
The 2017 Young Leadership Award honoree Dino Philippou
Founder and Chairman of Apotex Dr. Barry Sherman introduces the 2017 Humanitarian of Year awardees
Chairman of the 2017 Gala, Frank Fusaro, President, The Forum Group; Chairman, Columbus Citizens Foundation; and Member of the Board of Directors of Cooley's Anemia Foundation was the evening's emcee.

The event, attended by nearly 300 people, raised more than $335,000 in support of the work of the Foundation.
Chairman of the Gala Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of Cooley's Anemia Foundation and Gala Emcee Frank Fusaro Dr. Fernando Tricta accepting his Humanitarian of the Year award
Member of the Board of Directors of Cooley's Anemia Foundation and thalassemia patient Maria Hadjidemetriou thanking the Humanitarian of the Year awardees for saving her life with their breakthrough medication
Dr. Michael Spina accepting his Humanitarian of the Year award
For more about Cooley's Anemia Foundation, the only organization in America serving the thalassemia community through research funding, patient services, and public advocacy, go to http://www.thalassemia.org/
Paul Tocci, Kathleen Tocci, Rose Ann Chieco, and Member of the Gala Committee and Member of the Board of Directors and past National President of Cooley's Anemia Foundation Peter Chieco
Member of the Gala Committee and Member of the Board of Directors (and representative of the Board to the Thalassemia International Foundation) and past National President of Cooley's Anemia Foundation Robert Ficarra, and Marianne Ficarra
President and CEO of Apotex Jeremy Desai, Cooley's Anemia Foundation National President Anthony Viola, Susan Viola, Founder and Chairman of Apotex Dr. Barry Sherman, Honey Sherman, Olga Spino, Honoree Dr. Michael Spino, Pat Kay, Vice Chairman of the Board of Apotex Jack Kay, Rosa Maria Tricta, and Honoree Dr. Fernando Tricta
Photographs by Nicola Bailey & Sean Zanni/PMc (God's Love); Julie Skaratt (Arsht)