Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Service and advocacy

The Mental Health Association of New York City's 25th Anniversary Gala at Gotham Hall.
The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) raised over $500,000 to support programs and services that improve the lives of people impacted by mental health challenges in New York City and across the United States. The organization's 25th Anniversary Gala, which was held at Gotham Hall and themed "Just Talk About It: Stories of Recovery and Success," focused on the power of "just talking about" mental health concerns and celebrated people whose public words and deeds have helped thousands find hope and care. Kimberly Williams, President of MHA-NYC presided over this year's gala.
Kimberly Williams, Charles Fitzgerald, Jennifer Ashley, and Kevin Danehy
More than 300 leaders in business and government attended the event, which was hosted for the second year in a row by Bill Ritter, Co-Anchor of WABC's Eyewitness News, who lent his support to underscore the prevalence of mental health conditions and the importance of sharing our stories.

With less than 40% of people with mental health conditions receiving treatment, MHA-NYC is a leading provider of innovative mental health services, advocacy, and education in New York City and across the country. Monies raised at the Gala directly support these efforts and the millions of people who benefit from them every year.
Bill Ritter
Brandon Marshall and Michi Marshall
Lawrence Calcano Charles Fitzgerald
Chirlane Irene McCray
The Mental Health Association of New York City is a non-profit organization with local roots and national reach. For over 50 years, MHA-NYC has been leading the way in mental health through our three-part mission of service, advocacy and education. Our mission is to identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health. Among other life-saving work, MHA-NYC administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Veterans Crisis Line, and the NFL Life Line. MHA-NYC is also a key partner in Mayor de Blasio's ThriveNYC mental health initiative, administering NYC Well, the connection to free, confidential mental health and substance misuse support for all New Yorkers via phone, text or chat.
Tamsen Fadal and Bill Ritter Giselle Stolper and Jared Kirschner
Giselle Stolper and Cynthia Zirinsky Jennifer Watkins
Alex Portin, Alex Sarkin, Red Sheresky, Jessica Sarkin, and Seth Brennan
Chirlane Irene McCray, Michi Marshall, and Brandon Marshall
Joe Peyronnin, Kimberly Williams, and Susan Zirinsky
John Dockery, John Draper, and Richard McKeong
Kimberly Williams, Kevin Danehy, and Jennifer Ashley
Kariena Greiten, Sara Pierce, Seth Feuerstein MD, Lynn Hamilton, and Roni Frank
Maxine Cutler, Jake Danehy, Paige Danehy, Caroline Danehy, Alex Portin, and Sheri Danehy
Susan Zirinsky, Kevin Danehy, Joe Peyronnin, Chirlane Irene McCray, Cynthia Zirinsky, Kimberly Williams, Michi Marshall, and Brandon Marshall
On June 12th, Agnes Gund and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker hosted an event to to launch the Art for Justice Fund. The evening of conversation, performance and action held at MoMA featured singer Toshi Reagon and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith; New York Times columnist Charles Blow, Equal Justice Initiative Founder and President Bryan Stevenson, and "Orange is the New Black" author Piper Kerman. Attendees included Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, AC Hudgins, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Hilton Als, and Robyn and Tony Coles.
Charles Blow, Agnes Gund, and Darren Walker
Initial funding for the Art for Justice Fund, which will provide vital new resources to organizations working to address mass incarceration, has been provided by philanthropist Agnes Gund with a $100 million donation from the sale of artwork from her personal collection. Over the next five years, the Art for Justice Fund hopes to raise $100 million of additional private capital from art sales or other donations. By using artwork to create the Art for Justice Fund, Ms. Gund seeks to show that art can be a powerful force for justice.

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MoMA trustee AC Hudgins and Agnes Gund
Damian Woetzel, Catherine Gund, Agnes Gund, and Sarah Lewis
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker with art collector Jacqueline Bradley Otis
Ford Foundation President and Equal Justice Initiative Founder and President Bryan Stevenson
Sadie Hope-Gund and Rio Hope-Gund
Tony and Robyn Coles, Catherine Gund, Jacqueline Bradley Otis, Allison Otis and Tenzin Gund-Morrow
Maria Hinojosa and Agnes Gund
Anna Deavere Smith
Toshi Reagon
Nassau County Museum of Art's major annual fundraiser, the Museum Ball, recreated the world of Studio 54 where superstar fashion designer Halston and his celebrity friends — Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger and Andy Warhol, among them — established the legendary club's razzle-dazzle melding of music, celebrity, nightlife and fashion.

Honorees/Ball Sponsors Frank and Rita Castagna with Congressman Thomas R. Suozzi
This theme was inspired by the museum's spectacular Halston Style exhibition which remains on view through July 9.
Called Night at Studio 54, the Ball honored Rita and Frank Castagna, two of the most admired and philanthropic members of the Long Island business community. Their Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza are the region's most prestigious shopping destinations.

Spearheading the way to a beautiful Night at Studio 54 were the Ball Chairs: Museum President Angela Susan Anton, Americana Manhasset President Deirdre Costa Major and Museum Trustee Laura Savini. The Journal Committee, co-chaired by John Gutleber, president of Castagna Realty Company, with Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper of Wells Fargo Bank, galvanized support for the successful Journal.
Members of the Ball Committee: Museum Trustee/Leadership Sponsor Deborah A. Cannon, Victoria Crosby, Rebecca Hollander, Committee Co-Chair Deirdre Costa Major, Honorary Ball Chair Lesley Frowick, Museum President/Committee Co-Chair Angela Susan Anton, Nasrin Mesbah, Denise Silverberg, Risa Pulver, Gayle Finkelman-Cohen, and Judie Chessin.
Museum Director Karl E. Willers, Frank and Rita Castagna, and Museum President/Ball Committee Co-Chair Angela Susan Anton
Members of the Journal Committee: Brigitte Ferrada-Stetson, Charles Chan, Journal Committee Co-Chairs Rebecca Creavin and M. Patricia Janco-Tupper, and Suzanne Kirkpatrick
Invitation Sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Cuchel, Martha Kane, and Dr. and Mrs. George Kane
Education Sponsors Arthur and Arlene Levine
Museum Trustee/Naming Donor of the Manes Family Art and Education Center Dr. Harvey Manes with Meryl Dee Feuer
Late last month at Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, VISIONS hosted its 32nd annual golf and tennis outing.

VISIONS has been in existence for 88 years operating a camp in Spring Valley, NY as well as a residence called Selis Manor on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. The charity each year raises funds so it can help the visually impaired learn to live with their disability in their own homes as well as in group residences.
Presentation of $100,000 donation for newly built vocational rehabilitation center by Lions Club International Foundation at the Spring Valley camp: Dr. Jack Weber, District Governor Dina Ciaramella for Lions Club District 20R1, Past District Governor and VISIONS Board member Angelo Purcigliotti, VISIONS CEO/Executive Director Nancy Miller, Past District Governor Daniel H. Link, Past District Governor and VISIONS Board member Jagadish B. Rao, and VISIONS President Nancy Tate Jones
Cocktails and dinner at Fairview Country Club
In August, 2017 a brand new vocational recreation center (VRC), the only one in New York State, will be opening in Spring Valley to serve its clients. The VRC is the first and only NYS residential training program for blind youth ages 18-22 graduating  job-ready for paid employment. Over a decade ago they added workforce training, health and wellness programs, family training and support and assistive technology training to the physical activities to combat the often sedentary lifestyles of blind individuals. Over 600 participants each year benefit from the VCB program. 

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Jim Baumann, Robbie Davis, Doug Borck, and Michael Greenspan
Valerie Angel, Amy Vozeolas, Nancy Tate Jones, and Tangley Lloyd
Jerry and Nancy Miller
Jeff Hirsch, David Hirsch, Jason Hirsch, and Daniel Hirsch
Scott Simpson, Theresa Simpson, Ric Apter, and David Ball
Alan Jacobs, Richard Novick, William Potter, and Michael Nash
Dick Hecht, Howard Freilich, and Fred Claar
Bruce Schlechter, Kenneth Schlechter, Dr. Marc Storch, and Don Zweibon
Kevin Innis, Neil Miller, Steve Black, and Joel Kelly
Robert Schonbrunn, Jenifer Hinkle, Melanie Satran, Steve Satran, Dan Link, Jagadish B. Rao, and Steve Rosenblatt
Photographs by Sean Sime (MHA); Simon Luethi for the Ford Foundation (Art for Justice); Tab Hauser (Nassau)