Friday, November 3, 2017

New York in Full Swing

Samaritan Daytop Foundation's annual gala at the Tribeca Rooftop.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine hosted Lifeline New York’s 7th Annual Benefit Luncheon to raise funds for medical equipment for children's hospitals in Serbia at Le Cirque on Wednesday, October 25. Among the supporters were Prince Dimitri of YugoslaviaIvana Trump, Cheri Kaufman, Sharon Bush, artist Robert Cenedella, Kick Kennedy, and Jean Shafiroff.

Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine
The event kicked off with a champagne reception where guests were served hor d'oeuvres. At the lunch, President of the Board, David Hryck, welcomed guests and introducing Event Emcee and Vice President Cheri Kaufman who introduced HRH Crown Prince Alexander who thanked his wife and attendees for their support.

Prince Alexander introduced guest of honor, Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD, CEO of the Project C.U.R.E. Dr. Jackson, who partnered with HRH Crown Princess Katherine to donate 1.4-million dollars of medical sterilizers, then said “You don’t have to have money to change the world ... do what you can do today,” before receiving a special recognition award from Lifeline New York.

The lunch continued while internationally renowned guitar duo, Srdan Bulatovic and Darko Nikcevic entertained guests including Alice Weil Judelson, Liz Derringer, Dr. Christopher Calapai and Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, by performing pieces inspired by the Balkans.

Princess Katherine addressed guests and thanked her husband and everyone involved with the Lifeline Foundation saying “The last few months have been magnificent, and we raised more than $1,730,000 in medical equipment donations. Thanks to Dr. Jackson we were able to get new sterilizers for hospitals in Serbia for Belgrade, Novi Sad and Kraljevo, which are valued at 1.4 million dollars.” She went on to thank the Stavros S. Niarchos Charitable Organization for its donation of a mammography machine to Clinical Center Nis in Serbia worth $700,000. She then thanked the audience for all of their help and efforts in helping Serbia and their people.

Lifeline New York works directly with the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade to provide critically needed humanitarian aid to the people of Serbia regardless of religion or ethnic origin, with a focus on aiding physically and mentally handicapped children, orphans and working with medical institutions to improve health care throughout the country.
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Pamela Harper
Barbara Winston, Geoffrey Bradfield, Wendy Diamond, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Sharon Bush and Kick Kennedy Jelena Kozjak and Tijana Ibrahimovic
Princess Katherine of Serbia, Prince Alexander of Serbia, and Cheri Kaufman
Ivana Trump and Robert Cenedella Lucia Hwong Gordon and Aleksandra Milicevic
Dragana Djukinc, Prince Alexander of Serbia, and Bojana Jankovic Weatherly
Board President David Hryck and Jean Shafiroff Susan Gutfreund and Bishop Irinej
Dr. Douglas Jackson, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, David Hryck, Alice Weil Judelson, and Dragana Djukinc
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education celebrated Fiesta 2017 on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at New York’s Plaza Hotel. Each year at Fiesta, the Casita Maria Gold Medal of Honor is awarded to outstanding individuals in recognition of their contribution to the worlds of arts, education, and philanthropy. This year, Casita Maria honored three exceptional women: Rosaura Henkel, the Mexican philanthropist extraordinaire for her work with “Duerme Tranquilo” and service to numerous hospitals; New York’s own Elizabeth T. Peabody for her dedication to mental health and compassionate leadership to The Maria Droste Counseling Services, and Julia Salvi, the co-founder and visionary behind the renowned Cartagena International Music Festival.

The evening’s host was FOX TV’s Audrey Puente, the daughter of the great Latin percussionist Tito Puente, himself a Casita alumnus and former honoree. The Dinner Chairmen were Jacqueline Weld Drake and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. The Gala Co-Chairmen were designer Carolina Herrera and husband Reinaldo Herrera. Casita Maria’s annual benefit was an elegant, festive evening that commenced with cocktails, followed by seated dinner, music and dancing to The Bob Hardwick Sound.
Guests included Veronica Anner, Tina Beriro & Simon Beriro, Geoffrey Bradfield, Craig Dix, Sissi Fleitas, Joanna Fisher & Bryan Fisher, Dr. and Mrs. Duane Hampton, William Haseltine, Julie Juarez, Roy Kean, Margo Langenberg, Ed Lavano, Mary McFadden, Haydee Morales (Executive Director of Casita Maria), Mary McFadden, Jose Parla, Ann Rapp, Ben Rodriguez- Cubenas, Christine Schwarzman, Pepita Serrano, Martin & Jean Shafiroff, Hunt Slonem, Barbara & Donald Tober, and Barbara & Bruce Winston.

Dinner Chairman Jacqueline Weld Drake exclaimed, “Another celebration of Latino life in New York with its spontaneity, its enthusiasm, and its boundless ability to support the arts and the community.” Haydee Morales, Executive Director of Casita Maria, declared, “Casita Maria stands as a beacon of light and a place for individuals and families to find support.” “I am the daughter of Latin jazz great Tito Puente,” explained Program Host Audrey Puente, a meteorologist on FOX 5 news WNYW-TV. “My father was a Casita kid and so it’s really meaningful to come here and join you to celebrate tonight.”
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Carolina Herrera, Jackie Weld Drake, and Reinaldo Herrera
Ms. Weld Drake proceeded to award Elizabeth Peabody with the Gold Medal. I thank you all at Casita Maria for this wonderful honor. I am very touched,” said Ms. Peabody. “By bringing children and families together in the community, Casita Maria helps them follow their dreams, increase their self-esteem, and aspire to attend college and work careers.” Ms. Weld Drake then bestowed the Gold Medal to Julia Salvi. “Today, we can build a better world, more compassionate, more inclusive, for future generations. Thank you,” Ms. Salvi remarked. Pepita Serrano of Hola said, “I thank you. It means a lot to Mexico. It means a lot to the world.” She then presented the Gold Medal to Rosaura Henkel, who thanked everyone in Spanish.
Moataz Refaie and Sissi Fleitas Mary Snow and Joachim Bader
Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera
Ed Lobrano, Jeanne Lawrence, Jeff Hirsch, Barbara Tober, and Donald Tober
Tony Bechara and Chus Bures
Elizabeth Peabody, Paul Sabatini, and Podie Lynch Haydee Morales and Audrey Puente
Jose Parla, Pepita Serrano, Rachel Valdez, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, and Joanna Fisher
Margo Langenberg and Mary McFadden
Christine Schwarzman
Isabel Brenes and Benny Tabatabai
Rosaura Henkel and Pepita Serrano
Samaritan Daytop Foundation hosted its annual gala and raised more than $730,000 to support its rich array of programs and services including life-saving treatment programs for those battling substance abuse, innovative services for veterans, and programs for homeless individuals, families, women, children, and seniors.

Honored for their work as activists and philanthropists in the fight against poverty, homelessness and drug addiction were former New York Mets player and manager Bobby Valentine and award-winning actress and producer Luna Lauren Vélez. J.W. Cortés, Marine combat veteran turned actor, MTA police officer, singer and philanthropist, and a recurring star of the Fox series Gotham, was the Master of Ceremonies.
Honoree Bobby Valentine Samaritan Daytop Village President and CEO Tino Hernandez
The 2017 gala, attended by more than 350 philanthropists, business leaders, industry colleagues, agency employees, and government officials was held at the Tribeca Rooftop.

Addressing the guests, Samaritan Daytop Village’s President and CEO Tino Hernandez said, “Tonight’s honorees, Bobby Valentine and Luna Lauren Vélez, share a common bond of compassion and a willingness to help others struggling with problems like substance abuse, homelessness, and mental health disorders. I thank them, and you, for the generosity that enables Samaritan Daytop to assist the most vulnerable of New Yorkers.”
From Samaritan Daytop Village, Director of Fiscal Coordination Larry Khemraj, Assistant Controller Lumi Pamtarau, Accountant Carmen Stan, Budget Analyst Judith Byam, and Senior Purchasing Agent Geenarine Singh
Jericho Union Free School District Treasurer Christine Comegna and Samaritan Daytop Village Chief of Staff Michelle DeMott
Samaritan Daytop Village VP of Communications, Development and External Relations Sheila Greene with honoree Bobby Valentine
From Chem RX, Account Executive Michelle Kenney and Director Susan Milne
Samaritan Daytop Village President and CEO Tino Hernandez with Ty Hunter
Samaritan Daytop Village's Woodside Senior Center Program Director Dennis Kawas and Samaritan Daytop Village Board Member Jane Gibson
Samaritan Daytop Village's VP of Corporate Compliance Alicia McFarlane, Queens County District Attorney's Director of Alternative Sentencing Douglas L. Knight, and Samaritan Daytop Village Chief of Staff Michelle DeMott
Lucky Church and Dylan Dilinjah
Eric Hadar makes a donation during the paddle raise portion of the program. Hadar is President and CEO of Allied Industries and is a member of the Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board. The Eric D. Hadar Family Foundation was the Presenting Sponsor for the event and, as announced at the event, had donated $410,000 to the Samaritan Daytop Foundation.
Richard Rivera raises his paddle
Multiple donors raise their paddles, donating a total of $45,000 to the MOMS Project at Samaritan Daytop Village's Young Mothers Program
Colleen Taylor, Mastercard Senior Executive and Chair of the Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board, Eric Hadar, and model Sophie Boesen
Master of Ceremonies J.W. Cortés performs "A Change is Gonna Come"
The New York Women’s Foundation honored four leaders from the fields of philanthropy, health and criminal justice at its 2017 Fall Gala at The Plaza on October 2. The honorees, Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston, and Hon. Jonathan Lippman, have exceled in their respective fields and by doing so, have dedicated themselves to making New York City and the nation a better place for women and families.
Approximately 300 guests attended the celebration supporting The Foundation’s mission to achieve sustained economic security and justice for New York City’s undeserved women and girls.
Poppy Harlow, CNN Newsroom Co-Anchor and Emcee
Hon. Jonathan Lippman accepting his Radical Generosity Award Verna Eggleston of Women's Economic Development at Bloomberg Philanthropies accepting her Radical Generosity Award
Dr. Angela Diaz, Director of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center accepting her Radical Generosity Award
Ana Oliveira, President and CEO of The Foundation, said, “Dr. Emmett Carson, Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston, and Judge Jonathan Lippman, the 2017 gala honorees of The New York Women’s Foundation, share a deep commitment to economic and social justice.  We are grateful to them for their determination to transform the lives of women, girls and families throughout New York.”

The event was co-chaired by Kwanza R. Butler, Anne E. Delaney, Cathy and Walter Isaacson, Michéle and Jason Penzer and Jean and Martin Shafiroff
President and CEO Ana Oliveira with Radical Generosity Award Recipients Emmett D. Carson PhD, Dr. Angela Diaz, Verna Eggleston, and Hon. Jonathan Lippman
Jean Shafiroff, Ana Oliveira, Grainne McNamara, and Jennifer Giacobbe
Ryan Hawke and Board Member Carrie Rossip Malcolm Jean Shafiroff with NY State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright
Radical Generosity Award recipients Dr. Angela Diaz, Emmett Carson, emcee Poppy Harlow, Verna Eggleston, Hon. Judge Lippman, and Ana Oliveira
Filmmaker Abigail Disney, Gala Co-Chair Anne Delaney, Tuhina De O' Connor, and Board Member Merble Reagon
New York’s Decoration & Design Building hosted the design industry’s leading tastemakers and influencers during their two-day Fall Market this month. The DDB hosts two major Market events each year; one in the spring and one in the fall.

The two-day market kicked off its Keynote events with AD Editor in Chief Amy Astley moderating a conversation between designers Brian Sawyer of Sawyer|Berson and Monique Gibson. The day’s second Keynote, “The Power of Experience: Enhancing the Five Senses in Design” was moderated by DEPARTURES Home + Design Editor Dan Rubinstein, hosted Martha Stewart and designers Shawn Henderson and Stephen Sills.

The day’s final Keynote, “Wright for Our Time,” moderated by Metropolis Senior Editor Samuel Medina featured a conversation about how the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright lives on in design, sustainability and culture.
Dan Rubinstein, Stephen Sills, Martha Stewart, Shawn Henderson, and Jim Shreve
Also on the second day ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief Whitney Robinson was joined by Bunny Williams with Brian Sawyer and Guy Regal. The day’s second Keynote was “Interior Dialogues: Rooms That Speak Volumes,” Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, and designers Amanda Lindroth, Alexandra Angle and Bennett Leifer spoke about creating rooms with compelling narratives. VERANDA Editor in Chief Clinton Smith was joined by Steve, Brooke and Charlie Giannetti in which the quartet discussed the evolution of the Giannetti brand.

Wednesday’s programs included “First You Dream,” during which interior designer Victoria Hagan discussed the creation of her newly released book Dream Spaces.
“Interior Dialogues: Rooms That Speak Volumes” held in the Stark showroom, where Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief of House Beautiful, and designers Amanda Lindroth, Alexandra Angle and Bennett Leifer spoke about creating rooms with compelling narratives.
VERANDA Editor in Chief Clinton Smith was joined by Steve, Brooke and Charlie Giannetti in the newly rebranded Style Library showroom for “360-degree Design."
Day two began in the new Kravet showroom, where ELLE DECOR Editor in Chief Whitney Robinson was joined by legendary designer Bunny Williams with Brian Sawyer and Guy Regal.
AD Editor in Chief Amy Astley moderating a tell-all conversation between designers-to-the-stars Brian Sawyer of Sawyer|Berson and Monique Gibson in “Telling Tales,” held in the Cowtan & Tout showroom.
“The Power of Experience: Enhancing the Five Senses in Design” moderated by DEPARTURES Home + Design Editor Dan Rubinstein, hosted Martha Stewart and designers Shawn Henderson and Stephen Sills in a discussion regarding the ways in which they leverage the senses to create the ultimate design. The event reached full capacity of guests, who stood among the chandeliers and light fixtures of the Baccarat showroom.
On Thursday, Galerie magazine Design Editor Jacqueline Terrebonne moderated a conversation between designers Sara Story, Gideon Mendelson and William McIntosh. Holiday House maven, Iris Dankner, along with Rio Hamilton, and Eric Cohler and Robert Passal discussed “Ten Years in the Making,” about the newly released Holiday House. The day’s programs concluded with Galerie’s Margaret Russell moderating a conversation between Bunny Williams and her partner Elizabeth Swartz and Christopher Peacock.
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Steve Giannetti, Clinton Smith, Brooke Giannetti, and Charlie Giannetti
Samuel Medina, Jennifer Gray, and Stuart Graff
Charles S. Cohen, Amy Astley, Brian Sawyer, and Monique Gibson
Brian Sawyer, Bunny Williams, Guy Regal, and Whitney Robinson
Amanda Lindroth, Alexandra Angle, Bennett Leifer, and Sophie Donelson
And finally, on October 26th Galerie Dumonteil presented a solo exhibition at 475 Park Avenue dedicated to the French artist-lacquer Gaston Suisse (1896-1988) by collaborating with the artist's estate. Gaston Suisse is considered one of the most influential artists & designers of the 1930s. The show runs through November 25th.
From a family of artists, he started drawing as a child and showed at an early age a strong interest in animals and the Far East arts. Alongside his preparatory drawings, his prolific work of lacquered panels picturing exotic animals and rare furniture with its geometrical decor are iconic of his time and are internationally sought after. The very first trilingual book on Gaston Suisse will be published by DUMONTEIL éditions and will be supported by the Consulate General of Monaco New York.
Pierre Dumonteil, Dominic Suisse, Yann Rougier, and Dorian Dumonteil
Renaud de Lesquen, Adelaide de Lesquen, and Pierre Dumonteil
Sheila Rosenblum and Randy Lampert
Janet Tallerine and Paige Rabalais Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield
Edgar Batista, Francois Fornoire, Karim Tabet, and Diala Choucarr
Odile Longchampt and friends
Roberta Stewart Sandeman and Victoria Fulton Vicuna CeCe Black and Dorian Dumonteil
Pierre Dumonteil and Luc De Clapiers
Isabelle Peters, Clementine Pallanca, Caroline Bergonzi, and Yann Rougier
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Casita); Nkosi Hamilton & Gerold Picard (Samaritan Daytop); Andrea Fischman (D&D); Gonzalo Marroquin/PMC (Lifeline); Annie Watt, Kristy May, & Patrick McMullan (NYWF); Natalie Bero/ (Galerie Dumonteil)