Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Driving forces

Cocktails at the kickoff celebration for the 30th annual Americares Airlift Benefit.
Last night at Urban Zen, Josie Natori with David and Susan Rockefeller were the honorary chairs of an important exhibition of contemporary Philippine art opening. Called Pintô Manhattan Manila, works by 30 artists were sold to benefit The Asian Cultural Council and the Pint​ô Museum of Art. The exhibition was curated by by Federico De Vera. Pintô's founder, the esteemed neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang, attended along with Donna Karen, Joanna Fisher, Susan Gutfreund, and Lisa Niccolini. The project was coordinated by Rockefeller Institute graduate fellow Dr. Luca Parolari, and art historian Patrick Flores. The benefit Committee included Joanna De Asis, Phyllis Hattis Rubin, Donna Karan, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Renee Price, Daniel Romualdez, Jerry Sibl and Edwin Josue, Rafe Totengco, Mercedes Zobel.
Josie Natori
David Rockefeller, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Susan Rockefeller
Following the end of the Marcos regime, art around Manila blossomed. Dr. Cuanang was one of the nation's first new patrons — collecting, encouraging, and eventually giving over his apartment for exhibitions. He founded the first important local gallery (offering small stipends to promising artists). His collection was donated to the Museum he created, Pint​ô​, and the gallery continues to this day. More importantly he helped created a market in ​the ​Asia Pacific region for Philippine artists. Pintô Art Museum is the foremost contemporary art institution in the Philippines, a driving force in their contemporary art scene in the country for the past 30 years.

The exhibition will remain open for 24 hours so you can visit until 8 PM tonight (Tuesday 5.23) at Urban Zen, 711 Greenwich Street (between Charles and West Tenth Streets).
Edwin Josuh, Josie Natori, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Susan Beer
Susan Rockefeller, Donna Karan, and Mercedes Zobel
Fernando Zobel, Catherine Zobel, Mercedes Zobel, Teresa Colley, and Bruce Colley
Fernando Zobel, Catherine Zobel, Maria Teresa Meloni, Dr. Joven Cuanang, Susan Beer, and Louie Locsin
Federico de Vera
Lauren Lawrence and Susan Rockefeller
Dr. Joven Cuanang and Luca Parolari
Michael Ainslie, Josie Natori, Susan Gutfreund, and Joanne De Asis
Hans Jebsen, Tess Rances, Miho Walsh, David Rockefeller, Mercedes Zobel, Josie Natori, Wendy O'Neil, Dr. Joven Cuanang, Maribel Ongpin, Louie Locsin, and Luca Parolari
On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 17th, prominent New Yorkers came together at a private club for an informal luncheon to preview Triumph of Europe’s Spring 2017 lingerie collection and celebrate Dancers For Good 2nd Annual Benefit that will take place in East Hampton on June 3rd.

Hosts Laura Nicklas, Julie Macklowe, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Sabine Riglos and Hal Rubenstein welcomed friends who enjoyed a light lunch while shopping Triumph’s newest lingerie collection. Guests included Dancers For Good’s Eric Gunhus, Barbara Davis of The Actors Fund, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Gigi Grimstad, songwriter Marieline Grinda, Yaz Hernandez, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Dr. Luiza Petre and Ramona Singer, among others.
Julie Macklowe and Hal Rubenstein Laura Nicklas
The luncheon served as a kick-of celebration to support Dancers for Good. Hosted by Bebe Neuuwirth, Dancers For Good’s spectacular benefit evening of dance in the Hamptons will feature thirty-six dancers from some of the most exciting and diverse troupes in the contemporary dance world including Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Eryc Taylor Dance, Inc. among others. Proceeds go to support The Dancers' Resource/Career Transition For Dancers of The Actors Fund, and Paul Taylor Dance Foundation.
Kathy Prounis and Yaz Hernandez Adelina Wong Ettelson
Andrea Greeven Douzet and Dee Ali
Dr. Luiza Petre Laura Henson, Eric Gunhus, and Barbara Davis
Eric Gunhus, Hal Rubenstein, and David Nickle
Lara Meiland Shaw Marieline Grinda
Katie Meyler, Julie Macklowe, Laura Nicklas, Janna Bullock, and George Michum
On Sunday, May 7th, China Institute and China Beauty Charity Fund co-presented their second annual China Fashion Gala shining the spotlight on China's inimitable influence in the realm of style. The sold-out event honored the globally-acclaimed fashion photographer Chen Man — known as the "Annie Leibovitz of China" — and the iconic model Carmen Dell'Orefice for their outstanding contributions that have placed Chinese design at the forefront of fashion. Joe Zee,  Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Style served as the Master of Ceremonies.

China Fashion Gala is a platform to showcase creativity inspired by China: to raise funds to support talented emerging designers; and to recognize individuals whose outstanding contributions have helped position Chinese design and aesthetics at the forefront of fashion on a global scale. The China Fashion Gala will benefit China Institute's new Fashion Initiative and Fashion Design Competition Award, as well as the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Nikki Park, Eglee Karam, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, Yue-Sai Kan, Ann Sommerlath, and Jeannette Chang
Vivienne Tam, Yue-Sai Kan, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Carmen Dell'Orefice, and Chen Man
Erik Mika, Lancy Shi, Chen Man, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Yue-Sai Kan, Liz Byrne, Gerry Byrne, and Sophia Sheng
Carmen Dell'Orefice, Yue-Sai Kan, Chen Man, Andrea Sanseverino Galan, and Fiona Cibani
Ann Sommerlath, Peggy Bonapace Gelfond, Yue-Sai Kan, and Jean Doumanian
Carmen Dell'Orefice, Carolyn Maloney, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Miri Ben-Ari Yeohlee Teng and Sally Wu
Gayle Ong and James Chin
Roxanne Seeman and Serge Dumont
Chien Chung Pei and Chen Man
Nicole Zhao and models wearing Lan Yu
Americares supporters gathered on May 4, 2017, to kick off preparations for the 30th annual Americares Airlift Benefit. Samhita and Ignacio Jayanti and Sarah and Alexander Saint-Amand co-hosted the cocktail reception.

This year’s benefit—an inspirational evening celebrating Americares health programs in more than 90 countries—will be held October 14, 2017, at the JP Morgan Chase Hangar at Westchester County Airport. The evening culminates with an airlift to Guatemala to see the organization’s health programs in action. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” will emcee. Roberta and Jim Conroy, Amanda and Bryan Hanson, and Karin and Stephen Sadove are co-chairing the benefit.
Sarah Saint-Amand and Samhita Jayanti
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies.

For tickets or more information, go to americares.org/aab2017
Stephen Sadove, Amanda Hanson, Roberta Conroy, and Jim Conroy
Adam Spence, Alexander Saint-Amand, Ann Spence, Lauren Wilkins, and Sarah Saint-Amand
Alexandra Rodda, James Jennings, and Frank Lyon
Diana Maguire, Bas Nieuweweme, Julie De Bruijn, and Caitlin Maguire
Janice Richards and Lewis Wirshba
Jed Selkowitz, Alana Selkowitz, Dr. Katy Close, and Christopher Buckley
Jerry Leamon, Rita Leamon, Sandy Nyenhuis, and Michael J. Nyenhuis
Julie Balestra and Diana Vives
Paul Glick, Christine Squires, and John Damonti
Paul Kuehner and Al Mueller
Photographs by David Dupuy/AnnieWatt.com (Pinto); Patrick McMullan (China Institute); Jake Rauscher/Americares