Friday, November 17, 2017

Game changers

The cast of "Hearts for Houston," which featured a live performance by major dance companies from across the country to raise money for United Way of Greater Houston's Harvey Relief Fund.
Hospital for Special Surgery hosted its Annual Autumn Benefit on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Guastavino’s, raising $1.2 million for medical education. The event honored Todd J. Albert, MD, with the Nancy Bischoff Mentor Award; James C. Farmer, MD, with the Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, Teaching Award and Duretti Fufa, MD, with the Richard S. Laskin, MD, Young Attending Award.

Chaired by Barbara Albert, the dinner was attended by nearly 500 guests.
The event’s honorees James Farmer, MD, spine surgeon at HSS, Duretti Fufa, hand and upper extremity surgeon at HSS, and Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS
Dinner co-chairs from left to right: Mary Lee Shapiro, Ann Roberts, Barbara Albert, and Anne Altchek
Renee Flug with Ann Roberts and Mary Lee Shapiro
Dinner chair Barbara Albert with husband Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS and one of the night’s honorees Mary Lee and Louis A. Shapiro, CEO at HSS
HSS CEO Louis A. Shapiro with Ann Jackson and Kendrick R. Wilson III
Karen Su, MD, with husband Edwin Su, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS
Kathy and Richard Leventhal Stephen Fealy, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with his wife Kristen
Joshua Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with mother Judith and wife Kathryn
Han Jo Kim, MD, spine surgeon at HSS, with wife Regina, Miss Connecticut 2011 Kate Doerge with Monica Keany and Connie Anne Phillips
Russel Huang, MD, spine surgeon at HSS, and wife Charissa with Karen Su, MD, and Edwin Su, MD, orthopedic surgeon at HSS
Kathy Leventhal with Robert Yaffa, both on the Board of Trustees at HSS
One of the night’s honorees Duretti Fufa, MD, hand and upper extremity surgeon at HSS, with Max Sliwinski Dinner chair Barbara Albert with Kathy Leventhal
Renee Flug with Mary Crow, physician-in-chief at HSS, and Connie Anne Phillips
Anne Bass, MD, Linda Russell, MD, and Susan Goodman, MD, all rheumatologists at HSS
Samuel Taylor, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with wife Jennifer Dinner co-chair Anne Altchek with husband David Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS
Barbara Albert and Todd Albert, MD, with children Elliot and Emily
John Lyden, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at HSS with wife Carol
Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, MBA, spine surgeon at HSS, with his wife Irina Seymour and Renee Flug
David Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with wife Anne and daughter Chloe (far right) and Daniel Wurwarg (far left)
On November 1st Asia Society honored nine extraordinary individuals and organizations at the fourth annual Asia Game Changer Awards. The event, which raised over $2 Million, sold out in just six days.  The Asia Game Changer Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sharon Rockefeller to His Highness the Aga Khan, a religious leader and philanthropist with six decades of service in public life.

New Asia Society Co-Chairs John Thornton and Chan Heng Chee appeared along with outgoing Co-Chairs Ronnie Chan and Henrietta Fore and Josette Sheeran, the Lulu and Anthony Wang President & CEO of Asia Society. 
Asia Society 2017 Game Changers and guests
Other honorees present included actor Dev Patel, Sesame Workshop and Sherrie Westin presented by Former First Lady Laura Bush, Silk Road musician Wu Tong presented by Agnes Hsu-Tang, and others. Those attending included new Asia Society trustees Jim Zirin, Mahmood Khimji, and Prince Turki AlFaisal, as well as Lulu Wang, Chen Guoqing, Betsy and Ed Cohen, Daniel and Brianne Ziff, Susan Gutfreund, Kathy Sloane, Serge Dumont, Zhang Xin, Stephen Bird of Citi, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Omar Ishrak, Indra Nooyi, Rachel Roy, Charles Rockefeller, Oscar Tang, Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Frank Brown, Nicolas Rohatyn and Adam Tan of HNA. 
Sharon Rockefeller, HH the Aga Khan, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Stephen Bird
Sherrie Westin of Sesame Workshop, Dev Patel, and Zari the Muppet
John Thornton, Tom Nagorski, Chan Heng Chee, and Danny Russell
Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang
Mahmood Khimji, Sharon Rockefeller, and Michael Bloomberg
Indra Nooyi and Valerie Rockefeller
Ronnie Chan, Mongolian Eagle Huntress Aisholpan Nurgaiv, and Henrietta Fore
Daniel and Brianne Ziff
Henry Cornell, Lulu Wang, and Nicolas Aguzin
Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani, Sherrie Westin, and former US First Lady Laura Bush
The Hon. Kevin Rudd and Kazumi Yanai of Uniqlo
Zhang Xin and Angela Chen
Betsy Cohen, honoree Leng Ouch, and Robert Niehaus
Adam Tan of HNA Group Afghan rapper and honoree Sonita Alizadeh
Ed Cohen, Wendy Cutler, and Jim Zirin
HH the Aga Khan and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran
Henry Arnhold and Mary Ann Fribourg
Panda Diplomacy and table gifts
On November 9th, KidSpirit celebrated its 10th anniversary at Capitale in downtown Manhattan with friends, supporters, and youth contributors and alumni from around the country and abroad.

Chaired by Karen Humphries Sallick, Founder and President of the Priority Group, the event honored two outstanding individuals who embody the exemplary leadership KidSpirit’s participants aspire to: Patrick Gaston, President and CEO of Gaston Consulting, and Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio. Mr. Gaston and Ms. Walker each gave remarks lauding the heart and skill of the youth editors at KidSpirit, and were presented awards by KidSpirit youth contributors.
William Lohier, President and CEO of Gaston Consulting Patrick Gaston, Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, President and CEO of New York Public Radio Laura Walker, and Noorjehan Asim
KidSpirit is a non-profit online magazine and community created by and for kids to engage each other about life’s big questions. KidSpirit provides an ad-free and inclusive outlet for teenagers everywhere to discover the essential humanity transcending divergent points of view.

During the event, youth contributors and alumni read excerpts from Ten Years of KidSpirit, which launched at the event, and includes articles and poems published over the past ten years on topics such as heritage, human dignity, creativity, and heroism.

The Manhattan Youth Orchestra (MSO) wowed the nearly 300 guests with their beautiful renditions of “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Moriccone, Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, accompanied by videos displaying ten years of youth art published by KidSpirit.
Honoree Patrick Gaston.
Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, Founder and Executive Director of KidSpirit. Noorjehan Asim.
Sharon Lin and Samarth Jajoo.
William Lohier and Patrick Gaston
Noorjehan Asim and President and CEO of New York Public Radio Laura Walker
Board of Directors member Ann Hughes and Sharon Hamilton-Getz
Ann Hughes, Mickey Lemle, and Ashley Young
Elizabeth Dabney Hochman and Ellen Wolf
Elizabeth Dabney Hochman and Namrata Jajoo
Kristine Quinio, Rex van der Riet, Chiara Monticelli Dabney, Board of Directors member Lewis Dabney, and Jacob Quintero-Touma
More heart. On Sunday, October 22nd major dance companies from across the country joined forces to raise money for United Way of Greater Houston’s Harvey Relief Fund“Hearts for Houston” featured a live performance and Cocktail Reception for 250 guests at The Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York.

Dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterAmerican Ballet Theatre, Houston BalletNew York City Ballet, Pennsylvania BalletTexas Ballet Theater, and The Washington Ballet, donated their time and talents to appear in the performance. Included in the program was a World Premiere by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., and works by Alvin AileyRobert BattleAlexei RatmanskyStanton Welch AM, and Christopher Wheeldon
Mayara Pineiro and Arian Molina Soca from Pennsylvania Ballet dance Don Quixote
Kanji Segawa of Alvin Aliey dances Takademe
The “Hearts for Houston” concept was developed by Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, both Principal Dancers with Houston Ballet, after witnessing the incredible destruction of Hurricane Harvey. Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, both long-time supporters of the Houston Ballet and United Way of Greater Houston, partnered with Kajiya and Matthews to present this event. Neiman Marcus was a proud sponsor of this performance. 
Jared Mathews, Irina Kolpakova, Yuiko Kajiya, and Merrill Ashley on stage after the performance
In attendance were Phoebe and Bobby TudorMerrill Ashley, Julie Kent (Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet), Kevin McKenzie (Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre), Daniel UlbrichtDaniil SimkinOlivia LangstonLauren LarkinLisa BensonJennifer ZulliJudith HoffmanZang ToiCharles Renfro, Irene Shen, Linda and Ed Morse, Bill Marcoux, Marina Marcoux, Natelie Winkleman, and Ellen Bowman.
Bill Marcoux, Marina Marcoux, Natelie Winkleman, Ellen Bowman, Phoebe Tudor, and Bobby Tudor
Julie Kent, Jonathan Marder, and Judith Hoffman
Julie Kent signs "The Art of Movement" Special Addition book for the auction
Photographs by  Don Pollard (HSS); Brian William Waddell (Hearts for Houston).