Friday, October 13, 2017

Paying Tribute

United Hospital Fund's Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
United Hospital Fund paid tribute at its October 3rd Gala to James H. Simons, PhD, Priscilla Almodovar, Robert Gore, MD, and James R. Tallon, Jr. — for their outstanding contributions to improving health and health care.

Dr. Robert Gore and Roger Ferguson
The event at Cipriani 42nd Street raised over $1.75 million for UHF. “Our four honorees truly embody the ideals of United Hospital Fund and our mission to build a more effective health care system for all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable,” said Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, president of UHF.

Dr. Simons, Co-founder and Chairman of the Simons Foundation, received the Health Care Leadership Award for his transformative philanthropy and commitment to advancing basic scientific research and strengthening New York’s medical community.

Ms. Almodovar, Managing Director and Co-Head of Real Estate Banking at J.P. Morgan, was given a Special Tribute for her important work supporting affordable housing that helps improve the health of low-income New Yorkers.

Dr. Gore, MD, emergency department physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County and SUNY Downstate Medical Center, received the Distinguished Community Service Award for founding Kings Against Violence Initiative, an innovative violence intervention program for young people in Brooklyn. This award was generously supported by TIAA and presented by Roger Ferguson, TIAA’s President and CEO.
Tables with flowers donated by John and Marianne Castle and favors donated by Estée Lauder
Mr. Tallon received a Farewell Tribute in recognition of his four decades of health care leadership — 19 years in the New York State Assembly and 24 years as UHF President.
J. Barclay Collins II, chairman of UHF’s board, served as Gala chairman.
Merryl Tisch and Jim Simons
Paul Francis and Jim Tallon Dr. Tony Shih and Yvonne Tsang
J. Barclay Collins II and J. Barclay Collins III
Dr. Edgar Mandeville, Harriette Mandeville, and Dr. Wayne Riley
Priscilla Almodovar and Eric Dinallo Dr. Reuven Pasternak and Louise Cohen
Al and Gail Engelberg
Benjamin Shuldiner, William Foley, and Ernest Baptiste
Deborah Brown and Deputy Mayor Dr. Herminia Palacio Dr. Benjamin Chu and Donna Moylan
Dale Christensen and Kathleen Regan
Dr. Ram Raju, Steve Berger, Mark Wagar, and Stanley Brezenoff
Hibist Legesse and Bob Gore Marilyn Simons and Sandy Perlbinder
Dan Conmy, Sally Rogers, and Andy Kelleher
Dr. Ramon Gist and Jacquel Clemons
On October 5, CITTA held a fundraiser at Tribecca Skyline Studios  — a celebration of the beauty and culture India has to offer. Co-hosts Diana Kellogg and Neil Burger, Sarah Addington Emanuel, Dr. Christopher Barley (CITTA’s President) and Michael Daube (CITTA’s founder) entertained a group of dedicated New Yorkers with Indian dancers, musicians and a henna painter under an enormous Indian tent, which was later auctioned off. 
Guests included honoree Mickey Boardman from Paper Magazine, Jodie Foster, The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi, David Byrne, Michael Musto, Zolaykha Sherzad, Emma Snowden-Jones, Dana Barnes,  Avantika Chakravarthi and Sachin Patel, Ellen O’Connell and Angus Beavers, author Dirk Wittenborn, Teri Jankowski, Katie Ford, Dane Nichols and Dane Towell, Tobin Heminway and Ray Hannigan, Lisa Zabel, Anne Kothari.  There was a silent auction with artworks and items from Bob Dylan, Meera Gandhi, David Byrne, Shirin Neshat, and Kiki Smith, Dana Barnes, and a live auction offering a 16 day trek across Nepal.
CITTA’s mission ( is to implement methods that help build and support development in some of the most economically challenged, geographically remote and marginalized communities in the world. Funds raised from the event will go towards CITTA’s Girls School and Women’s Economic Center in Jaisalmer, India.

At this time, there are no educational options for girls in this region. With the provision of a basic education, the girls in Jaisalmer will be afforded life changing opportunities. Additionally, the women in the region will be granted the opportunity to receive training from local artisans helping to empower their future economic independence, which would otherwise prove to be an immense challenge. After three years of funding, the school and economic center will be self-sustaining.
Neil Burger, Mary Conrad, and Tony Conrad Zolaykha Sherzad
Amanda Moffat, Ray Hannigan, Tobin Heminway, and Diana Kellogg
DIana Kellogg and Sarah Addington Emanuel Emma Snowdon-Jones, Michael Daube, and Avantika Chakravarthi
Dane Nichols, Sarah Addington Emanuel, Noah Emanuel, and Dane Towell
Michael Daube and Sarah Addington Emanuel Mickey Boardman and Jodi Foster
Stephanie Hazard, Jack Vaughn, Angus Beavers, and Ellen O'Connell
Archie Punjab Jot Sandhu, Diana Kellogg, and Naz Valvani
Teri Jankowski, John Lyons, Dr. Christopher Barley, and Luke Carron
Sachin Patel and Diana Kellogg Dirk Wittenborn and Alison Mazzola
Avantika Chakravarthi, Mickey Boardman, Michael Daube, and friends
On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare hosted its 6th Annual Jonas Golf Classic at the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York. Nearly 70 guests turned out for the daylong event, which raised $235,000 to support the graduate education of nurse leaders focusing on veterans’ healthcare. Since the first event in 2012, the Golf Classic has raised $1.7 million, helping support nearly 300 Jonas Scholars in 40 states.

Guests enjoyed an exclusive golf clinic with PGA professional Michael Breed – star of the Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix” and one of the Top 50 Golf Instructors in America by both Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester, Senior Advisor of the Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program, gave opening remarks prior to the shotgun start, introducing the Connecticut National Guard to present The Colors. The day concluded with a dinner program, awards ceremony, and remarks from William H. Ahmanson, President of The Ahmanson Foundation.

The Golf Classic was co-chaired by Donald Jonas, Jonas Center co-founder, Jonas Center Advisory Board member John Jonas, and event sponsor and Advisory Board member Adam Usdan. The event was made possible by the support of several generous sponsors, including gold sponsor, Olympus Partners.
Connecticut National Guard presenting The Colors at the start of the tournament
Donald Jonas and Michael Breed
Brigadier General (Ret.) William Bester, Darlene Curley, and Donald Jonas
Donald Jonas and Dr. Lee Goldman
Dr. Lee Goldman, Jill Goldman, Michael Breed, and Crista Tucker
Donald Jonas and Peter Malkin
Adam Usdan with his foursome
MaryAnn Perez-Brescia, Donald Jonas, and Tamar Rodney
Barbara Jonas and John Jonas
William H. Ahmanson
Photographs by Olivier Kpognon, O&Co. Media Group (Jonas Center)