Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Light-years Ahead

Chris Svard, Jean Walshe, Jamie Murray, Ian Murray, Jules Vachon, and Peter Walshe at the New England Society in the City of New York's 212th Annual Dinner Dance at the Metropolitan Club.
It was beautiful night to celebrate Lighthouse Guild's commitment to addressing and preventing vision loss and related health issues. Lighthouse Guild hosted its annual LightYears Gala on Monday, November 20, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. The event was attended by over 300 guests.

Three individuals were honored for their significant contributions to improving the lives of people who are visually impaired. Brian Gell, Vice Chairman, New York Tri-State Region (CBRE); Darcy Stacom, Chairman and Head of New York City Capital Markets, and Pauline Raiff, Immediate Past Chair, Lighthouse Guild.
James Dubin, Darcy Stacom, Brian Gell, and Dr. Alan Morse
The 2017 Gala Chair was Eric Maidenberg, Chief Business Officer, UBS Hedge Fund Solutions and a member of Lighthouse Guild's Board. Also on the program were, Jim Dubin, Chairman of the Board of Lighthouse Guild, Dr. Alan R. Morse, President and CEO, and Mark Ackermann, Executive Vice President and COO. Lighthouse Guild's leadership was joined by a Lighthouse Guild client and the family member of two GuildNet members. Both spoke poignantly about how Lighthouse Guild has helped them navigate vision loss and healthcare issues and provide a safety net so that they could effectively live their lives.

The Gala's Young Visionary Chairs were Lizzi Bickford, Todd Meadow and Catherine Petree. Among other Young Visionaries attending were Andrew Bellis, Dr. John Mesa, Kathryn Rotella and Bridget Zingale.
Adrienne Norbeck, Eric Maidenberg, and Edmonia Scott
Dr. Morse pointed out that blindness or low vision affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40. He said, "In the United States, almost 1 million people are blind and 2.4 million people have low vision." He added, "Today we are strengthening our commitment to addressing and preventing vision loss."

Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, is the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization with a long history of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Lighthouse Guild brings a level of understanding to vision care that is unmatched. By integrating vision and health services and expanding access through its programs and education and awareness, Lighthouse Guild helps people lead productive, dignified and fulfilling lives. For more information, visit lighthouseguild.org.
Marios and Anna Damianides Lynn and Martin Halbinger
Peg Dorothy, Gary Cupo, and Marlene Machbitz
Nikki and Edmond Lai Mabel So and Marcus Odeina
James Dubin, Edmonia Scott, Dr. Alan Morse, and Adrienne Norbeck
Eric Maidenberg, Pauline Raiff, James Dubin, and Dr. Alan Morse
Katherine Rotella, Rachel Alonso-Mendoza, Catherine Petree, and Victoria Campbell
Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Susan Mendik, and Mark Ackermann
Susan Gutfreund and Marc Rosen Melissa and Mitti Liebersohn
Mark Walker, Thomas Gimbel, Lyle Gimbel, Rich Derkin, and Ann Thivierge
Mariela Fermin, Christina Wong, Alexander Pugatch, and Elizabeth Pugatch
Todd Meadow and Lizzi Bickford Joe and Ginny Ripp
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fishman
Charles Temel, Vicki Weiner, and Ron Weiner
Clo and Charles Cohen Nikki Breedlove and Jack Cooney
Andy and Terri Marks
Catherine Petree and Andrew Bellis
Mark Ackermann, Pauline Raiff, James Dubin, Darcy Stacom, Dr. Alan Morse, Brian Gell, and Eric Maidenberg
On Friday, November 10, the New England Society in the City of New York (NES) hosted its 212th Annual Dinner Dance at the Metropolitan Club. The evening's highlight was the presentation of the 65th Reginald T. Townsend Award to Ian and Shep Murray, brothers and co-founders of the lifestyle brand vineyard vines. The J.P. Morgan Award, honoring outstanding service by an NES member, was presented to Board member Ellen Scordato.

Mark Rifkin and Ellen Scordato
The gala was co-chaired by Harry Chung and Mary H. Latimer-Chung, and Thomas C. and Colleen Hills. Members and guests enjoyed cocktails in the elegant Grand Marble Hall while purveying silent auction items. The Veterans Corps of Artillery led the procession into the ballroom for the awards, dinner, and dancing with the Alex Donner Orchestra, with a special cameo by Alex Donner. 

Anna Bulkot, the 99th President of the Society, presented the Townsend award, which recognizes outstanding achievement representing the finest attributes of the New England character. Ian Murray accepted the award on his and his brother's behalf and delighted the audience when he cited their connections with previous recipients of the prestigious award, from Walter Cronkite (1995) to Charles and Deborah Royce (2013) and Frank Boyden (1966).

Founded in 1805 to promote "friendship, charity and mutual assistance" among and on behalf of New Englanders living in New York, the Society's philanthropic focus has evolved from providing firewood and financial assistance to widows and orphans to the NES Scholarship Program, which assists New York City students studying at New England colleges and universities.
Reverend Cannon Andrew J. W Mullins, Cathy Mullins, and Jay Sherwood
Mary Latimer-Chung and Harry Chung Mark Field-Pearson and Daisy G. Field-Pearson
Salvatore and Diane Scalogna
Allan Keene, Theodora Klissas, Michael Scully, and Margaret Keene
Max Johnson, Chanelle Johnson, Dermod Sullivan, and Anne Hall Elser
Chanelle Johnson, Matthew Rimi, and Ashley Picker Dubin Tom and Coleen Hill
Terry Smart, Melissa Zack, Bonnie Perry, and Karen Lott
Ian Murray and Jamie Murray Daniela and Eugen Sarbu
Danzey Burnham, Arnold Neis, Hilda Neis, Wanda Hammill, Lois Bailey, and Dr. Marvin L. Barron
Alfred and Jan Ogden Leia Bradley and Paul Ervin
Anna Bulkot and Ian Murray
Alex Donner, Marilyn Neilson, and Nat Chandler
Leslie Crossley, Michael Kovner, Dr. Daniel Termini, Jean Doyen de Montaillou, and Sahil Sandhu
Anne Hall Elser, Welinton Vargas, and Jennifer Mitchell
Larry and Cynthia Golding
Ian Murray, Jamie Murray, S. Wellinton Vargas, Samantha Gaumer, and Mike Gaumer
On November 21st, NewYork-Presbyterian held its annual Amazing Kids, Amazing Care Dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway to celebrate the extraordinary care provided at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women for patients and their families. NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and Hearst CEO Steven R. Swartz, and his wife Tina, served as trustee co-chairs of the evening’s event, which raised a record one million dollars in support of both NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women.

Gayle King, editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine and co-anchor of “CBS This Morning,” who acted as the event’s emcee, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, were joined by 325 guests.
Gayle King
In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests also enjoyed a special performance by Jane Krakowski, Tony Award-winning performer and four-time Emmy-nominated star of “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” This year’s event began with a musical performance by one of the Hospital’s pediatric patients.
Jane Krakowski
A leader in research and patient care since its predecessor institution was established as the Babies Hospital in 1887, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital opened in 2003 and is internationally known for providing the highest quality, compassionate care for pediatric and neonatal patients. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is ranked among the top in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties evaluated in the 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children's Hospitals” survey—higher than any other children’s hospital in the New York metropolitan area.

When it opened in 1887, the Sloane Hospital for Women was the first hospital in New York solely devoted to women’s healthcare. Its innovative treatments linked obstetrics to gynecology, and it quickly developed a reputation for exceptional patient care and low mortality rates. Now a part of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the Sloane Hospital for Women brings together a vast spectrum of specialists, resources and programs uniquely designed to meet the health needs of women throughout their lives.
Dr. Craig Albanese, Dr. Mary D'Alton, Ellen Corwin, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Dr. Laura Albanese, Dr. Craig Albanese, Jane Krakowski, Steve Swartz, and Tina Swartz
Rachel Mason, Jane Krakowski, and Maya Mason
Dr. Mary Lake Polan and Frank A. Bennack, Jr. Gayle King and Jane Krakowski
Dr. Laureen Hill and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Stuart Rabin, Kristin Gervasio, and Toby Milstein
Joshua Milstein, Gayle King, Toby Milstein, and Laurence Milstein
Photographs by Natalie Bero/AnnieWatt.com (NES); 4 Eyes Photography/Kellie Walsh & Andrew Toth/Getty Images (NewYork-Presbyterian)