Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Gatherings for Good

Prostate Cancer Foundation's 2017 New York Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street.
On the eve of President Donald Trump's state visit to China, cultural and business leaders from from the United States and China gathered in New York City for China Institute's annual Blue Cloud Gala on November 2nd.

Celebrating China Institute's 91st anniversary, the Gala honored five individuals for their commitment to advancing understanding and deepening trust between China and the United States: the Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor, New York State; Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated; Vera Wang, Designer; Ning Yuan, Chairman and President of China Construction America (CCA); and Robert Hong Xiao, Vice Chairman of Perfect World Investment & Holding Group and CEO of Perfect World Co., Ltd.
Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, Ronald Perelman, Yue-Sai Kan, Silas Chou, and James Heimowitz
At the Gala, recipients of the Institute's Blue Cloud Award underscored the importance of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship and cross-cultural dialogue. "I have long believed that China is our most important partner in the world," Ronald O. Perelman said in his acceptance speech. "We need each other in China and America--for security, for economics, for cultural exchanges and development, and to protect the planet. Together we can do it. Apart we can't."

Fellow Blue Cloud Award honoree Vera Wang echoed the sentiment: "Today there is an even greater need for deeper thought, open communication and true authenticity," Wang said. "China Institute is always at the forefront of these ideals."
Xu Chen, Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Chen Guoqing, and Ning Yuan
Held at Cipriani, 25 Broadway, the event was attended by over 300 guests and co-emceed by Yue-Sai Kan and Mei He, Gala Co-chairs. Additional notable attendees included Chinese Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; New York State Assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, fashion magnate Silas Chou, artist Cai Guoqiang, Nautica founder David Chu, cultural impresario Shirley Young, fashion icon Carmen Dell'Orefice, designer Derek Lam, Nicole Phelps, Ray Bouderau, Anna Hu, Luciano Berti, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Chu Wong, Xu Chen, Peter Reisman, Melissa Lawrence Apfelbaum, Angela Chen, Scott Pattison, Matt Rich, Veronique Gabai-Pinsky, and Gary Barnett.

The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and a silent and live auction. Highlights included a performance by celebrated Tibetan performers, Snow Lotus Trio.
Snow Lotus Trio
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Ambassador Zhang Qiyue and Kathy Hochul Angela Chen and Sophia Sheng
Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Sophia Sheng
Yue Sai-Kan, Didi Pei, Vera Wang, and James Heimowitz Ronald Perelman and Vera Wang
Meggie Shi, Jeffery Zeng, Ronald Perelman, ZZ Qiu, and Carol Xie
Sally Wu and Carmen Dell'Orefice Alfred Chan and Fiona Ciban
Weng Lin, David Chu, Yue-Sai Kan, Carmen Dell'Office, and Fadil Berisha
Silas Chou and Cai Guo-Qiang
Ronald Perelman, Anna Chapman, and Silas Chou
Carmen Dell-Orefice, Fadil Berisha, Victoria Wyman, and Allan Pollack
Chen Guoqing, Kathy Hochul, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Ronald Perelman and Yue-Sai Kan
Sally Wu and Chiu-Ti Jansen
David Chou and Anla Cheng
Vera Wang and Derek Lam
Ronald Perelman and Silas Chou
Yue-Sai Kan and He Mei
He Mei, Yue-Sai Kan, Ning Yuan, Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, and James Heimowitz
Anla Cheng, Robert Hong Xiao, James Heimowitz, and Chien Chung (Didi) Pei
Yue-Sai Kan, Chien Chung Pei, and Vera Wang
Yue-Sai Kan, Ning Yan, Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, and James Heimowitz
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization founded by Michael Milken dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs, hosted the 2017 New York Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. Legendary actress, comedian, and television host Whoopi Goldberg served as guest host for the event. The evening concluded with a stunning performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson

Proceeds from the event support the partnership between the PCF and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide precision oncology to all veterans by establishing eleven centers of excellence. By providing access to their more than 9 million patient records, PCF researchers will be able to discover new and better treatments that will impact all prostate cancer patients.
Peter and Laurie Grauer, Whoopi Goldberg, Nina Grauer, and Michael Milken
Notable attendees included: Michael and Lori Milken, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Laurie and Peter Grauer, Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez, Dr. David Shulkin, Julia and David Koch, Spencer Segura, Candace Bushnell, Jim Coleman, Debra and Leon Black, Seth Bernstein, Nina Grauer, Plum and Dr. Jonathan Simons, Andrew von Eschenbach, Toni and Dr. Stuart Holden, Tina Storper, Larry Leeds, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Kristen and David Steinberg, Mitchell Modell, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Debbie and Cliff Robbins, Camille and Larry Ruvo, and Tammy and Keith Frankel.

The evening kicked off with Michael Milken and guest host Whoopi Goldberg outlining the evening’s three themes: Women in Science, Big Data, and Family. (“What do you think of Big Data?” asked Milken. “I don’t know, maybe I should spend some time with him,” quipped Goldberg). After a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by army veteran Constance Campbell, guests learned about the ways PCF supports young female researchers through the PCF Young Investigator program.
Dr. David Shulkin
The Big Data portion of the evening included a speech by Dr. David Shulkin, Secretary of Veteran Affairs, who was presented by Dr. Jonathan Simons, PCF President and CEO. Dr. Shulkin spoke on the VA’s commitment to transformation and modernization, including aggressively attacking prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer among veterans.

The theme of Family was exemplified by the night’s honorees, Peter and Laurie Grauer, who were recognized for their commitment to cancer research and dedication to increasing the number of women in leadership positions, both in science and beyond. The evening concluded with a rousing performance by Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson, who sang hit songs including “Love You I Do,” “Spotlight,” “And I am Telling You,” and a Whitney Houston medley that got the crowd to their feet.
Jennifer Hudson
Live auctions for the evening included the Home Run Challenge, a national baseball tour with Michael Milken in his private plane, and the Party Like A Rockstar package, including four tickets to the Billboard Music Awards, access to the event’s rehearsal and after party, and a two-night stay at the Wynn Las Vegas. Silent auction items and events included Coachella 2018 as a guest of Beyonce; two tickets to the Super Bowl; accessories by Christian Louboutin and Louis Vuitton; dinner with George Clooney and more.

Throughout the evening, military veteran guests in the audience were recognized. Additionally, seven of the organization’s VA Network Centers of Excellence received funding through the generous donations of attendees. AllianceBernstein CEO Seth Bernstein’s table, which included guests Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, donated a total of $1 million to the PCF Young Investigator program.
Michael Milken, Alex Rodriguez, and Jennifer Lopez
PCF’s Board of Directors includes business leaders such as Andrew J. Astrachan, James Blair, Steve Burd, Peter Grauer, David H. Koch, Honorable Earle Mack, Neil Rodin, Andrew von Eschenbach, MD; Drew Pinsky, MD; and radio and television host Clark Howard.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world's leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $660 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.
Whoopi Goldberg Tina Storper, Larry Leeds, and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Spencer Segura and David H. Koch Tammy and Keith Frankel
Mitchell Modell Seth Bernstein and Alex Rodriguez
Cliff and Debbie Robbins Jennifer Hudson and Michael Milken
Jim Coleman and Candace Bushnell Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Michael and Lori Milken Kristen and David Steinberg
Larry and Camille Ruvo Leon and Debra Black
Andrew von Eschenbach and Toni and Dr. Stuart Holden
Maria and Kenneth Fishel Julia Koch
Peter and Laurie Grauer Plum and Dr. Jonathan Simons
The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit reentry service organizations providing programs and support to more than 7,000 individuals every year, celebrated five decades of criminal justice advocacy and services at its 50th Anniversary Gala on October 30th at ThreeSixty° in Tribeca.  Proceeds will fund Fortune’s vast array of services that support reentry from incarceration and promote alternatives to incarceration.

Three extraordinary individuals were honored for their commitment to advocating for those impacted by the criminal justice system. Mark Lebow, Managing Partner, Lebow & Sokolow LLP, was honored with the Game Changer Award for his tireless work as a long-serving Fortune Board member. 
Fortune Founder and honoree David Rothenberg, Fortune Executive Vice President Stanley Richards, Fortune Board Secretary and honoree Mark Lebow, Fortune President and CEO JoAnne Page, and honoree Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The David Rothenberg Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor, at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, for his influential scholarship on race, democracy, inequality and the criminal justice system.  

Fortune’s Founder David Rothenberg  received a Lifetime Achievement Award for over 50 years of passionate dedication to the cause of criminal justice reform.
Lynn Torgerson; Brian Vines, Gala Emcee and Chief Correspondent at BRIC; and Thos Shipley David Rothenberg and Christine Ebersole
Jazz vocalist and entertainer Thos Shipley performed “One Voice” and Award-winning Broadway actress and singer Christine Ebersole closed the night with a special performance.

For more information on The Fortune Society, click here.
Jon Nathanson and President of the SHS Foundation Richard Feldman Fortune Board Chair Dennis Kozlowski and wife Kimberly Kozlowski
JoAnne Page and honoree Mark Lebow
David Kochman, Fortune Board Member and Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Henry Schein and Betty Rauch, Fortune Board Member Bloomberg Philanthropies Chief Executive Officer Patricia Harris and Mark Lebow
Alphonzo Elder, Fortune Board Member, Vocation Counselor at Lower Eastside Service Center; Khalil Cumberbatch, Associate Vice President of Policy, David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy; and Gerald Eber, Fortune Board Member
JoAnne Page and honoree Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad Marty Horn, Fortune Society Board Member and Executive Director of the New York State Sentencing Commission, and Janice Horn
Fortune Policy Assistant Leviticus Mitchell and David Rothenberg
Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Sandy​ ​Fan (China Institute); Patrick McMullan (Prostate Foundation); Lisa Ross (Fortune Society)