Monday, September 11, 2017

Hope and Heroes

Cocktails at Fairwind where Audrey Gruss hosted a White Tea Garden Party to celebrate the launch of her new fragrance, Hope.
On Saturday, August 26th, philanthropist Audrey Gruss invited 30 of her closest female friends to a White Tea Garden Party at her Southampton home, Fairwind, where she announced the launch of her new fragrance, Hope.

Guests including Kathy Hilton, Donna Acquavella, Sharon Bush and Luce Churchill learned how 100% of net profits from Hope fragrance will go directly to Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF) — the non-profit organization Audrey founded over a decade ago in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with depression.  
The tables set for lunch
Depression is the number one cause of disability worldwide with 20 million people diagnosed with depression in the US each year, and 350 million people affected globally. However, despite its prevalence and staggering cost to society, it is still misunderstood and under-researched. In order to create an additional source of revenue to accelerate breakthrough depression research, Audrey created the Hope fragrance collection. Inspired by her mother’s love of white flowers, Hope is an all-white floral combined with a crisp note of verdant freshness. 

Classic tea sandwiches were passed around, while white linen-covered tables in the pool house were laden with white desserts, white teas and the four white flowers of gardenia, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and tuberose, that compose the Hope fragrance key notes. Guests includingDebbie Bancroft, Ann Barish, Janna Bullock, Somers Farkas, Mai Harrison, Kim Heirston, Carol Mack and Dana Hammond-Stubgen, were all dressed in white and meandered the grounds that featured a white cutting garden, blooming white hydrangeas, a white and green woodland garden, a pool surrounded by white dogwood trees, an apple orchard and white birch allee.
Audrey Gruss and Kathy Hilton
The Hope fragrance collection comprises four products that launched on September 1st at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores and at The products range from $40 to $115 SRP, and include Eau de Parfum, an Eau de Parfum purse spray, a Hand and Body Creme, and a Scented Candle.
The Hope fragrance collection
HDRF's mission is to fund the most innovative neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders — bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force (DTF) — an outstanding collaboration of eight leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit:
Carol Mack, Clelia Zacharias, Kim Heirston Evans, and Somers Farkas
Lis Waterman, Kim Heirston Evans, and Sana Sabbagh
Debbie Bancroft and Ann Barish Nancy Schaffel and Carol Mack
Gina Hope, Audrey Gruss, and Janna Bullock
Mai Harrison, Jane Gosden, and Sharon Bush
Mai Hallingby Harrison, Victoria Wyman, and Luce Churchill
Dana Hammond Stubgen, Audrey Gruss, Luce Churchill, Kathy Hilton, and Sharon Bush
Audrey thanking HOPE supporters
On Thursday September 7th, the J. McLaughlin store at 1004 Lexington Avenue hosted a second annual Sip & Shop event for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), the only charity focused solely on finding new drugs for Alzheimer’s.

Among those attending were Diane Ackley, Mark Axelowitz, Katie Carpenter, Lizzie DeCarlo, Cassandra Harris, Liliane Hart, Katie Jones, Karen Klopp, Deborah Krulewitch, Carol Launer, Kevin McAllister and Wendy Holmes, Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, Kathy and Othon Prounis, Christine and Mark Roithmayr, Sharon Sager and Loring Swasey, and Lisa Somar.
Janine Cinque, Jack Lynch, Olivia Willcox, and Joshua Bell
Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s, employing a venture philanthropy model to support research in academia and the biotech industry. Through the generosity of its donors, the ADDF has awarded over $100 million to fund more than 500 Alzheimer’s drug discovery programs and clinical trials in 18 countries. To learn more, please visit:
Kevin McAllister and Wendy Holmes Mark Roithmayr with Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin
Sharon Sager and Deborah Krulewitch
Joshua Bell and Anne Randall Kathy Prounis, Nina Reeves, and Wendy Holmes
Karen Klopp and Mark Roithmayr
Lizzie DeCarlo, Kevin McAllister, and Katie Jones Lisa Somar and Wendy Holmes
Kalia McCarthy-McMullan and Olive Allen
Nina Reeves, Liliane Hart, and Katie Carpenter
Diane Ackley, Maxine Forman, Pamela Bjsovec, and Rochelle Bloom Cassandra Harris
Janis Ortiz and Maybelline Rivera
Christine and Mark Roithmayr
Othon and Kathy Prounis Deborah Krulewitch and Lisa Somar
Carol Launer, Loring Swasey, and Sharon Sager
Kevin McAllister, Sharon Sager, and Mark Axelowitz Krishna Knabe
Patrick McMullan
Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking prostate cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY. PCF has recently partnered with the Veterans Administration to fast track better treatment and research opportunities for underserved veterans.  The event raised over $4.0 million in support of the foundation’s work and included several Young Investigator Awards that will focus on VA Initiative programs that will benefit all cancer patients.

Notable attendees included: Michael Milken (Founder), Kool & The Gang, David Koch, Bill Ackman, Tom Lee, David and Sybil Yurman, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Gina Rinehart, Dr. Francis Collins (Director of the National Institutes of Health), David Shulkin (Secretary of Veterans Affairs), Jerry and Adrianne Cohen, Mitch Modell, Larry Leeds, and Igor Tulchinsky.
Lori Milken, Mike Milken, and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
The night began with a fun short quiz, touching on topics covered over the weekend, by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, with guests guessing the answers from their seats.  A short speech by Michael Milken highlighted how far PCF has come since its founding, and how much of a difference the foundation has made. A video was shown highlighting the foundation’s progress and its aim to make prostate cancer an illness to “find in the history books”. Next, a few words were spoken by PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jonathan W. Simons. Dr. Simons touched on the progress being made and how it has made it possible to identify the drivers behind the disease, not only in prostate cancer but in all types of cancer.

The first musical performance was by Paulo Szot, the acclaimed operatic baritone who has performed at the Met and received a Tony for South Pacific on Broadway.  The evening’s next performance was held by Kool and the Gang, who performed an R&B medley of their most memorable hits.
Angela Tassoni and Larry Leeds Plum and Dr. Jonathan Simons
A live auction was also held to support a young scientist. Attendees were asked to donate $75,000 per year for 1 to 3 year commitments to support the research of a young scientist and his or her research in  prostate cancer. Guests made 15 such commitments.  Alongside a silent auction, there was also a live auction package for the Home Run Challenge to attend four MLB games as a VIP with Mike Milken. Glenn Myles successfully bid $100,000 and was matched by a second bid for an second package by Arik Kislin.

Jan Haber, PCF’s Vice President of Events, then came to the stage to thank the weekend hosts, sponsors and donors for supporting the very important work of the PCF, after which she introduced the evening’s closing  performers to the stage, award winning singers Kool and the Gang, who performed a few of their celebrated funk and R&B songs to the delight of the audience.
Kool & The Gang
The gala was hosted in support of the 13th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament held from August 25 – 27, 2017 and named after the successful entrepreneur who turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a special dialogue with tennis legend Billie Jean King on her remarkable life, tennis career and her ground-breaking advocacy for equality and empowerment of women. She also touched on the movie being released immortalizing her epic tennis exhibition match between her and Bobby Riggs which was televised nationally from the Houston Astrodome in 1973. The movie, Battle of the Sexes, which will be in theatres this September stars Oscar winner Emma Stone and Academy Award nominee Steve Carell.
David Koch Dr. Francis Collins and Diane Baker Bill Ackman
The Weekend’s Pro-Am Tennis Champions were: Anton Levy and Edouard Roger-VasselinAmy Griffin and Jared PalmerBrad Peck and Cyril SaulnierMarie Bernstein and Teymuraz Gabashvili.  Finalists included: Mark Ein and Rajeev RamJane Lauder and Georgy ChukhlebDick Merkin and Rohan BopannaJay Bernstein and Scott Lipsky.

Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill Ackman, Steve and Alexandra Cohen, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Bill Finneran, Ken and Maria Fishel, Larry Gagosian and Chrissie Erpf, Josh and Marjorie Harris, Jefferies, John and Susan Kean, David and Julia Koch, Michael and Margie Loeb, Bill and Phyllis Mack, Richard Merkin, Mike and Lori Milken, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Joel Pashcow, Artie and Selma Rabin, Steven and Daryl Roth, Jonathan and Sheryl Sokoloff, Shinnecock Tennis Club, Tom Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, Igor and Valentina Tulchinsky and Whispering Angel Wine.
Ron Sussman, Elaine Sussman, Joe Sussman, and Mark Feinstein
Sybil and David Yurman
Merle Bari, Secretary David Shulkin, Glenn Myles, and Jennifer Myles
Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, and Bradley Fishel
Andrew Appel, Anne Appel, Marie Bernstein, and Seth Bernstein
On August 26th, 2017, Best Friends Animal Society, a national non-profit working towards ending homelessness within the pet community, celebrated the end of summer with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and adoptable animals in Amagansett.

Philanthropist and Author Jean Shafiroff and John Bradham hosted over 70 guests who gathered to hear Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Best Friends of Animal Society, Francis Battista talk about the organizations campaign to end the killing of shelter pets across the nation. Best Friends Animal Society is working across the country to end the euthanizing of animals in shelters by 2025.  Presently between 2 to 3 million animals are euthanized each year. 
Best Friends Animal Society is working in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to unite lost pets with their owners and find new homes for those whose owners cannot be located.  

Guests including Georgina Bloomberg, Fashion Designer and pet couturier Anthony Rubio, Elizabeth Jensen, Elizabeth Shafiroff, New York State Assembly WomanRebecca Seawright, Dorothy Feankel, Natalie Ross, John Lutri, Katie McEntee, Scarlet Magna, Jerry Rosenthal and Best Friends CEO and co-founder Gregory Castle, who snuggled with adoptable pets Emily and Artichoke and were invited to visit the new Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Manhattan.

Attendees enjoyed champagne donated by Moet, vegan cheese donated by Treeline Cheese and Apernol Spritz graciously contributed by Aperol.
Jean Shafiroff, Georgina Bloomberg, and Francis Battista
John Bradham Elizabeth Jensen and Francis Battista
Katie McEntee, Valerie Angeli, and James Marcigliano Nathalie Ross and Lee Fryd
Helen McCluskey and Denise Johnston
Ruth Miller and John Lutri Dr. Scarlett Magda
Elizabeth Shafiroff Anthony Rubio
Photographs by Patrick McMullan and Rob Rich (Prostate); Gonzalo Marroquin/PMC (Best Friends)