Monday, April 10, 2017

Missions Accomplished

The New York City Mission Society's annual Champions for Children fundraising Gala at the Mandarin Oriental.
The New York City Mission Society held its annual Champions for Children fundraising Gala at the Mandarin Oriental on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This year’s event honored real estate mogul, investor and philanthropist Don Peebles and legendary actress and singer Diahann Carroll, as well as recognizing two lifetime members of the Mission Society’s Board of Directors: Dina Merrill Hartley and Lloyd W. Brown II. Co-chaired by Katrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff, the benefit supported the Mission Society’s programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. Notable attendees included television personality Gayle King, actress Cicely Tyson, former Mayor of New York City David Dinkins and theater producer Arny Granata.

The Gala was emceed by WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society. Performers included Kathy Sledge, the legendary voice of Sister Sledge; acclaimed singer Alex Donner and his Orchestra, and students enrolled in the Mission Society’s free afterschool music education program, GRIOT.
GRIOT students performing
Event Co-ChairsKatrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff welcomed the attendees and highlighted some of the accomplishments The Mission Society has achieved in the past year. Mrs. Peebles congratulated the audience on a record breaking dinner as the attendance was nearly 50% larger than last year and the event sold out. The evening resumed with Donahue Peebles III called to the stage. He gave a passionate and warm introduction of his father, before presenting Don Peebles with his award.

Don Peebles gave a warm and inspiring speech, asking the audience to imagine if it were their kids in the position of so many NYC children who live in poverty and are served by the Mission Society and challenged them to give and continue to support its important efforts.
Margo Langenberg, Jean Shafiroff, and Leah Rumbough
Don Peebles, Gayle King, and Katrina Peebles
Diahann Carroll gave warm and thoughtful remarks remembering her time in NYC at the Mission School, her parents and her life in NYC.

In addition to Gala Co-Chairs Katrina Peebles and Jean Shafiroff, this year’s Gala Committee included: Tommie Pegues (Gala Vice Chair), Peggy and John Bader, and Leah and Stanley Rumbough. Benefit Committee Members are: Alston & Bird, LLP, American Securities Foundation, Flo Anthony, Elaine Bernanke Appelle, Kim Bingham, Sophia Bishop, Jerry Bonura, Geoffrey Bradfield, Henry Buhl, Victor de Souza, Lee Fryd, Penny Grant, Jo’Vion (J.D.) Greer, Shannon Hales, Michelle Herbert, Missy Kilroy & Jay Moorhead, Barbara and Francis Kairson, Jr., Margo Langenberg, Brian Monroe, Riki Kane Larimer, Dustin Lujan, Lauren & James Peterson, Kim Renk & Greg Dyer, Natalie S. Ross, Helen Shelton, and Brooke and Derek Steinhiser.

For more information about the New York City Mission Society, visit:
Katrina Peebles, Don Peebles, Chloe Peebles, Don Peebles III, and Sarah Pauley
Elsie McCabe Thompson, Lloyd W. Brown II, and Carolyn Brown
Elsie McCabe Thompson and David Dinkins
Diahann Carroll
Alla Ray, Emily Moore, Cole Rumbough, Catherine Gray, and Elizabeth Hass
Bill Ritter and Dr. Adal M.Hussain
Cicely Tyson and Dr. Penny Grant
Dustin Lujan and Victor de Souza
On March 30th, The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc. held a special gala celebrating the long-awaited NYC return of one of the world's most renowned ballet companies, The Joffrey Ballet. This engagement, the first time the entire company performed in New York City in over 20 years, included a special gala performance of mixed repertory. The evening also honored arts patron and fashion designer Pamella Roland DeVos and Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet Ashley Wheater.

The Joffrey performed the critically acclaimed production of Krzysztof Pastor's majestic Romeo & Juliet at the David H. Koch Theater from March 29 - April 2.
Adam Weinberg, Pamella Roland DeVos, and Nigel Barker
April Daly, Lar Lubovitch, and Derrick Agnoletti
Dan and Pamella DeVos
Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton
Rob Ashford and Alessandra Ferri
Rob Pollock and AT Nguyen
Torrence Boone and Ted Chapin
Cristina and Nigel Barker
Joanna Fisher, Amy Fine Collins, and Kara Medoff Barnett
Julie Granger and Daniil Simkin
Linda Shelton and Ashley Wheater
Rory Hohenstein and Alberto Velazquez
James Whiteside and Daniil Simkin
Ashley Wheater and Audre D. Carlin
Pamella Roland DeVos and Dancers of The Joffrey Ballet
On Saturday, April 1st, James & Lisa Fayne Cohen hosted a private dinner and auction with Sharon Bush to benefit Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School at their historic home built by the legendary Otto Kahn in Palm Beach.

The evening drew 50 guests who were treated to a delicious meal prepared by their private chef and specialty cocktails provided by Perfect Vodka.  Attendees including Dr. Mehmet Oz, Gene Pressman, Leonard Lauren and Jacqueline Kent Cooke, who enjoyed live entertainment by Italian Tenor Franco Corso prior to dinner and a live auction conducted by philanthropist Tom Quick featuring the work of contemporary artist Ashley Chase Andrews, Hunt Slonem, Matthew Satz and Aniko Gaal Schott, as well as PGA Hall of Famer Gary Wiren. The event was held to help raise money for the school.
Sharon Bush and Christine Schott Ledes
Lisa Oz, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Lisa Fayne Cohen
Midway through the evening Sharon Bush took to the floor to speak about the Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, for which she now serves as Senior Development Officer, and to thank the team from the school in attendance including President Bill Henson, Board Chairman Bob Catell and Board Members Joan Murphy O’Connor & Ian Ruddle, as well as two Cristo Rey Brooklyn students, Charms Savery and Ohsafa Harding, accompanied by their college guidance counselor Nancy Shea.
Ohsafa Harding, Sharon Bush, and Charms Savery
Among others at the benefit dinner were George & Christine Schott Ledes, Debi & Anson Beard, Vincent Andrews, Lisa Kerkorian, Faith Kates & Jeffrey Kogan, Darrah & Bill Ford, Lisa Brintz, Christopher Bickford, Nancy & Peter Brown, Greg & Kim Renk Dryer, Pamela O’Connor & Tom Shaffer, Nash Whitney Schott, Lexye Aversa, Dennis & Felicia Cunningham, Royce Pinkwater and Chase Backer.

Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School is a 501c3 Catholic high school that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. You can learn more about the school here:
Stephen Jacoby and Royce Pinkwater
Anson Beard, Stephanie Whittier, and Bob Murray
Marino Cucinella, Joan O'Connor, and Bob Catell
George Ledes and Lisa Fayne Cohen
Anna Speiser and Lisa Brintz
Pamela O'Connor and Leonard Lauren
Ashley Chase Andrews and Vincent Andrews
James Cohen and Skip Aldridge
Gary Wiren and Ione Wiren
Elizabeth Hoffman and Jacqueline Kent Cooke
Nash Schott and Aniko Gaal Schott
Bill and Darrah Ford
Pristine greens and pine trees at The Dye Preserve served as the backdrop for Hanley Foundation's 18th Annual Golf Classic. On Monday, March 20th, more than 70 golfers swung their clubs to raise funds for substance use disorder treatment and prevention programs.

Leadership for the benefit included Chairs Gary Harris and Suzanne Holmes; Junior Chairs Justin Claud and Greg Etimos; Golf Venue Chair Jack Barrett; Media Chair Barbara Shafer; and Donna and Bob Goldfarb served as Chairs for the unique "Luncheon with the Suits," which invited business leaders and community partners to join the awards ceremony, luncheon and auction portion of the day.

"Last year nearly 22 million people nationwide age 12 or older needed treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, while just over two million received treatment in a specialty facility," said Turner Benoit, Director of Special Projects and Community Engagement. "Because of your participation in today's tournament, we can ensure that more people in Florida receive access to quality care."

Winners of the Hanley Foundation Golf Classic were: First Place – Steve Politziner, Matt Barnes, Rob Bowie and Teddy Morse; Men's Longest Drive – Greg Etimos; Women's Longest Drive – Jayne Abramson.
Suzanne Holmes and Gary Harris
Maria Marino and Turner Benoit
Greg Etimos and Justin Claud
Sarah Cortvriend and Jan Cairnes
Donna and Bob Goldfarb
Wendell Haskins and Jack Barrett
Mike and Linda Hanley
Nellie Benoit and Rachel Docekal
Winners - Matt Barnes, Steve Politziner, Rob Bowie, and Teddy Morse
Justin Howard and Jayson Williams
Liza and Bob Calhoun
Amy and Drew Rothermel
Steve Docekal and Dave Rinker
Jim Myers and David Scaffe
Mari Frankel and Margi Picotte
Barry and Meredith Snader
Cindy Golman, Jayne Abramsom, Paulette Kaplan, and Vicki Wolff
Patti Travis and Brian Smith
Pat McNamera and Christina Lambert
Cameron, DeeDee, and Gary Harris
David Schultz
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, longtime supporters of the Palm Beach Wine Auction and the Kravis Center, were joined recently by Ted Mandes, Founder and Chairman of the Auction in welcoming some 40 guests aboard the Vecellios' M/Y Lady Kathryn V to host an 'Epic Krug Event.' The event featured three decks of fine cuisine and Champagne pairings curated by Vincent Pages, the U.S. representative for Krug Champagne.
The evening was a preview of the 2018 Palm Beach Wine Auction, to be held on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. It was also a celebration of the recent 2017 event held on January 12th, which saw record net proceeds over $500,000 to support children's arts education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information about the Palm Beach Wine Auction, visit
Leo and Kathryn Vecellio with Vincent Pages
Cindy and Ted Mandes
Patrick Egan and Susan Esson
David Page and Barbara Golden
Mariann Tenaglia and Steve Colanero
Kristen and David Lambert
Craig and Shelley Menin
Rod and Madeline Fink
Ashley and Harriet Hoffman
Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb
Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros
Richard and Carolyn Sloane with Kevin Sloane
Jeffery Bland and Jane Mitchell
Jim and Judy Mitchell
Jill and Bill Wachter
Jeff and Gina Sabean
John and Henni Kessler
Stephanie and Peter Lamelas
Photographs by Annie Watt & Patrick McMullan (Misson Society); Patrick McMullan (Cristo Rey); CAPEHART (Krug)