Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love Rocks NYC (and Palm Beach)

The finale at the inaugural Love Rocks NYC! concert, a fundraiser for God's Love We Deliver.
The Beacon Theatre in New York City hosted an unbelievable array of musical talent on March 9th for the first annual Love Rocks NYC! concert, a fundraiser for God's Love We Deliver. The benefit was produced by God's Love supporter Greg Williamson and fashion designer John Varvatos. God's Love has plans to make Love Rocks NYC! an annual event.

Most of the benefit concert featured a massive house band fronted by musical director Will Lee featuring a six-piece horn section, a large choir as well as keyboardists Paul Shaffer and Jeff Young, guitarists Larry Campbell and Eric Krasno and drummers Shawn Pelton and Steve Gadd. Guests would file onstage to lead the house band starting with Bruce Willis and continuing on with Amy Helm, Jackie Greene, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Tash Neal, Billy Gibbons, Anthony Hamilton, Catherine Russell, Cece Winans, Gary Clark Jr., William Bell, Warren Haynes, Marcus King, Marc Cohn, Patty Smyth, John McEnroe, Michael McDonald, Sam Moore, Joe Walsh, Lisa Fischer, Bill Murray, Jackson Browne, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Dr. John.
Sam Moore James Shreve and Mark Brashear
Nancy Kong, David Ludwigson, Karen Pearl, and Alethea Hannemann
Tamara Tunie, John and Joyce Varvatos, and John Sykes
Nick Athanail, Tony Testa, and Jeffrey Banks
Mark Brashear and Alberto Apodaca
Michael McDonald Billy Gibbons
Greg Williamson, Cey Adams, and Danny Clinch
Lisa Sherman and David Ludwigson
Greg Williamson, Katy Williamson, and Richard Yulman
Warren Haynes Marcus King
Hewley Helstone, Donna Disend, Jessica Balboni, and Charlie Lewis
Katy Williamson, Greg Williamson, and Ellie Freedman Stephen Covello, David Ludwigson, and Emmett Findley
Greg Scarffe, Jeff Pfeifle, David Granville, and Mark Lanspa
Greg Williamson, Will Lee, John Varvatos, and Karen Pearl
David Ludwigson, Jon Gilman, Brad Learmonth, and Karen Pearl
John Varvatos, Jeffry Schneider, Julia Traylor, and Greg Williamson
Daniel Lewis and Valerie Dillon
David Terveen and the Lake Gang
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled and Studio Café at the Whitney Museum of American Art was honored in front of 700 guests at the 18th annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Benefit. Anthony was presented with the C-CAP Honors Award and was recognized for his achievements and contributions to the culinary industry as well as his commitment to nurturing the next generation of chefs.
Giovanna Delli Compagni
This Grand Tasting raised nearly $1,000,000 to support scholarships as well as educational and career opportunities for disadvantaged youth pursuing careers in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The event showcased cuisine from an all-star lineup of New York City's hottest chefs and restaurateurs, including Michael Anthony, C-CAP Board Co-Chair and chef Marcus Samuelsson, C-CAP Board Member and restaurateur Michael Stillman, 2016 Michelin Star Chefs, Adam Bissell, Daniel Boulud and Aaron Bludorn, John Fraser, Markus Glocker, Alfred Portale, Michael White; and Javi Estévez of La Tasquería de Javier Estévez (Madrid); as well as C-CAP alumni Giovanna Delli Compagni of Asiate, Cesar Gutierrez of Café Boulud, Betty Peña of Pig and Khao, Swainson Brown of The Writing Room, and Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare. More than 60 New York City C-CAP high school students and alumni, eager to put their mark on the culinary world, assisted the chefs.
Maurice DuBois
WCBS-TV News Anchorman Maurice DuBois was the Master of Ceremonies. Marcus Samuelsson presented the C-CAP Honors Award, an original stainless steel sculpture by Philip Grausman, of a germinating fava bean, symbolizing C-CAP's budding culinary students. Chefs all over the world know that there is a lot of delicate care and handling that goes into the preparation of fava beans, and C-CAP recognized the care and interest Chef Anthony has in the mentoring of C-CAP students.
Richard Grausman, Michael Anthony, and Karen Brosius
The event also included a silent and live auction by Christie's auctioneer Chloe Waddington and was coordinated by Harriette Rose Katz of Gourmet Advisory Services.

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a non-profit that provides career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment.
Cesar Gutierrez and Aaron Bludorn
Devon Dandus and Carla Hall
David Burke
Harriette Rose Katz and Marcus Samuelsson
More than 450 women spent a beautiful day shopping, having lunch and playing cards to help MorseLife Health System in its mission of providing exceptional care for seniors of Palm Beach County. The MorseLife Luncheon was held at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. 

Diane Goldsmith, Phylis Fogelson, Helene Kaplan and Jean Sharf were first time Chairmen for this event, supported by Barbara Rothschild and Andrea Stark, Chairmen of the Friends of MorseLife which organizes MorseLife fund raisers throughout the season.  Guests included Beth Goldberg, Jill Sirulnick, Michelle Jacobs, Gilda Slifka, Andrea Stark, Sandy Fineberg, Marilyn Katz, Heidi Schuster, Susan Ross, Jamie Feig, Dorothy Kohl, Barbara Greenwald, Terri Sriberg, Sheila Engelstein, Lori Gendelman, Penny Wallerstein, Marsha Goldberg, Barbara Davis, Sandy Krakoff,  Mickey Beyer, JC Meyers, Ryna Greenbaum, Harriet Rothfeld, Roni Doppelt, Ellen Jaffe, Sondra Mack, Bonnie Dwares, Ronnie Heyman, Nicki Harris, Roberta Kozloff, Sandy Bornstein, Diane Goldman, Vivian Scharer, Joyce Robinson, Judie Schlager, Judy Snyder, Terri Sriberg and Robbi Toll.
Sandra Bornstein, Andrea Stark, and JC Meyers
The MorseLife Luncheon, which followed the spectacular MorseLife Dinner Dance "An Evening in Havana" last December 2nd, is one of a series of MorseLife fund raisers during the Palm Beach social season.  Other events include the MorseLife Literary Society with Gloria Steinem on March 16 at The Colony Pavilion; and the MorseLife Golf Classic on March 20th at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. 

MorseLife is a nationally-recognized provider of exceptional health care services for seniors in Palm Beach County.  A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, home care, meals-on-wheels, care management and Palm Beach PACE. Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion.  For more information, visit
Jill Sirulnick and Penny Wallerstein Sondra Mack and Michelle Jacobs
Joan Sclar, Joyce Robinson, and Diane Goldman
Dorothy Kohl and Lori Gendelman Gilda Slifka and Bonnie Dwares
Diane Goldsmith, Helene Kaplan, Jean Sharf, and Phylis Fogelson
Ellen Jaffe and Nicki Harris Marsha Goldberg and Harriet Rothfeld
Stephanie Doppelt, Marilyn Katz, and Roni Doppelt
Last month, Golf and tennis enthusiasts joined the Prostate Cancer Foundation and its founder – philanthropist and financier Mike Milken – for a special golf and tennis tournament weekend at Fisher Island Club. The weekend celebrated the advancements in the cure for prostate cancer and supported the scientific innovation and discovery revolutionizing treatments for patients.
Featuring a itinerary of events, the festivities kicked off Friday evening with an opening reception, dinner and gala party at the Club's historic Vanderbilt Mansion. Throughout the two-day event, amateur tennis and golf players were given the unique opportunity to tee off and serve up alongside elite pros in competitive tournaments.
Mike Milken with Seth and Marie Bernstein's children
Pros and prominent guests who participated in the weekend included Mark Knowles, Jerry and Adrianne Cohen, Vince Spadea, Rick Leach, Seth and Marie Bernstein, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Don Johnson, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Jesse Levine, Dudley Hart, Christer Gardell, Gary Siegler, Jim Ferraro, Michael Smith, Archie Drury, Andrew Cohen, Jerry Katell, Myles Berkman, Benny Shabtai, Stacy Cooper, George and Lydia Weiss, Jerry Jacobs, Candice Beaumont, Michelle McGann and Kevin Johnson. The weekend culminated in a trophy presentation and closing celebration along with an impromptu lecture by Milken on Saturday morning that was attended by close to 100 Members of Fisher Island Club.
Mike Hulbert, Amer Delić, Gordon Silver, Michelle McGann, Jerry Katell, and Scott Moore
Don Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Ruth Ann Marshall, and Marianne Cohen
Dudley Hart, Robert Kendrick, Nelson "Nick" Schiff, and Sam Rose
Gordon Silver, Michelle McGann, Jerry Katell, and Amer Delić
All proceeds from the weekend benefited the Prostate Cancer Foundation, funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has demonstrated a firm commitment to saving lives and finding a cure for prostate cancer.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation has raised more than $700 million and has provided funding to more than 2,000 research projects at more than 200 cancer centers and universities in 23 countries around the world. Despite the many advances that have been made, prostate cancer still remains the second leading cause of death in American men, with a man being diagnosed with prostate cancer every 3.3 minutes.
Bernard Lackner and Mike Milken Andrew Simon and Valeria Zuban
Roger Castle, Seth Bernstein, Robert Kendrick, and Marie Bernstein
Roger Ward, Janis Ward, Dr. Sheldon Cherry, Dr. Carolyn Runowicz, and Mike Hulbert
Photographs by Getty Images & Patrick McMullan (God's Love)