Thursday, August 3, 2017

Students and mentors

The Chefs at Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen's 13th Annual Chefs Dinner.
Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen celebrated their 13th Annual Chefs Dinner on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the school in Bridgehampton, NY. Chef Tom Colicchio and Nick & Toni’s Toni Ross (a Hayground founder) hosted a farm-to-table benefit dinner which honored Bill Telepan (Executive Chef, Oceana and Wellness in the Schools) and Tinka D. Topping (Hayground Founding Member). Eleven Chefs including Arjun Achuthan (Haygound School), Josh Capon (Lure Fishbar, Bowery Meat Company), Michael Cavaniola (Cavaniola's Gourmet), Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table & Inn), Roger Martinez (Il Buco), Christian Mir (Stone Creek Inn), Garrison Price (Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria), Hillary Sterling (Cook Shop, Vic's), Trevor Swope (Dock to Dish), Joe Realmuto (Nick and Toni's, Townline BBQ), and Jason Weiner (Almond, L&W Oyster Co.) prepared the perfect evening for a group of 150 modern food cognoscenti.

The Evening's Program
Each year, Hayground secures culinary masters to work together for one night only, cooking in one kitchen, to raise funds for the school and its tuition assistance programs. Chefs Dinner is the school’s only fundraiser with additional funds coming from the highly-coveted summer camp. This supports the 82% of their students receiving financial aid during school year.

The five-course dinner began with local tomatoes in saor prepared by Hillary Sterling. Garrison Price prepared the second course of house-made maccheroncini with local clams, garlic scape pesto, and sunflower sprouts. The third course, by Christian Mir, was an extraordinary butter poached lobster with coconut ginger lime broth. Joe Realmuto prepared a fourth course of roasted quail with local peaches, corn, and arugula. Claudia Fleming provided the dessert, blackberries and sweet corn cream. These five chefs all used local ingredients, some of which came straight from the Edible Schoolyard located on Hayground’s own 13 acres of farmland.

At dinner, guests were welcomed by Toni Ross. Tinka Topping was introduced movingly by her two granddaughters. Bill Telepan got laughs when he joked, “Thanks for this. Now I know I can get a reservation at Nick and Toni’s”. Tohanash Tarrant, granddaughter of Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile who was a founder of Hayground alongside Tinka Topping, also spoke. Tohanash was a member of Hayground’s first graduating class.
Guests at Dinner
Guests included Hilaria and Alec Baldwin, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Tony Hitchcock, Alan Patricof, Nisa and Jeffrey Tannenbaum. The Chefs Dinner Committee included Toni Ross (Chair Emeritus), Elaine DiGiacomo (Co-chair), Almond Zigmund (Co-chair), Erica-Lynn Huberty, Scott O'Neil, Perry Burns, Craig Wood, Christian Troy, Cindi Crain, and Jamison Wilson. The Chefs Dinner Advisory Committee included Karine Bahkoum, Josh Capon, Emily Chu, Leslie Close, Tom Colicchio, Kimberly Cooper, Brain Halweil, Tony Hitchcock, Ron Kaplan, Victoria Munroe, Joseph Realmuto, Susan Ringo, Éric Ripert, Sandra Ripert, Clifford Ross, and Lori Silverbush.
Honoree Tinka Topping
Since 1996, Hayground’s mission has been to create a community of students and mentors who explore together the central questions of human culture in the natural world. Hayground fulfills its mission through a set of core values and practices: diversity, mentorship, meaningful work, mixed age groups, social responsibility, and sustainability.
Toni Ross, Arthur Maslow, Josh Capon, Morgan Ross, and Mark Ross
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
Alec Baldwin, Toni Ross, Michael Namer, and Ron Kaplan
Josh Capon and Honoree Bill Telepan
Rive and Jason Weiner
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters celebrated their 15th Annual "Women of Valor" Awards Tea.

Hosted by Macy's, this year's venue took place at the NY Marriott Marquis. The Guest of Honor was Diane Fields (Empire State Realty Trust); and the Macy's Community Star Award Recipient was Joan Hornig (Joan Hornig Jewelry).
Women of Valor Luncheon at the NY Marriott Marquis.
Women of Valor Awards.
Ernie Anastos, 2017 Women of Valor Winners, Joseph Sano, and Father Francis Gasparik
Joseph Sano, Tara Troy, Joan Hornig, and Father Francis Gasparik
The Women of Valor Award Recipients were: Nicole Baker (Studio Office Solutions); Alexandra Liz (Duff & Phelps, LLC); Melissa Marsh (Savills Studley); Lori Okun (Ernst & Young); and Karen Ramos (Crédit Agricole CIB)

2017 Tea Committee included: Tea Chair Tara Troy (Macy's, Inc.); Committee Co-Chairs Alyson J. Blewett (CBRE, Inc.), Christine Converse Hogan (Fortress Investment Group) and Linda Neely (Knoll); and our Nomination Committee: Jacqueline Barr (Ted Moudis Associates), Sarah Berman (The Berman Group), Claudia Bertolino (Citco Fund Services (USA) Inc)., Ellen Canny (Haworth), Lucy G. Carter (JLL), Debra Cole (HLW), Laurie Hunter (WB Wood), Michele Medaglia (ACC Construction), Gina Rizzo (Herman Miller), Deborah van der Heyden (JLL) and Art Thomson (Henegan Construction Inc.).
Dr. Sonia Angell
Rikki Klieman
Special Guest Speakers were Deputy Commissioner of Health Sonia Angell MD, MPH from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Rita Cosby (Emmy Winning TV Host and Best Selling Author), and Rikki Klieman, (CBS News Legal Analyst, Criminal Defense Attorney and wife of former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.)

With over 800 guests in attendance, the Woman of Valor Awards Tea was a success.
Jennifer Carey, Christopher Savoglou, and Dr. Sonia Angell
Lou Milo and Father Francis Gasparik
Gladys Cavell, George Hornig, Joan Hornig, and Judy Gilbert
Ted Moudis, Joseph Sano, Carol Sano, and Chris Savoglou
Christine Converse Hogan, Tom Furnari, and Jessica Derosa
Rita Cosby, Margo Catsimatidis, and Rikki Klieman
Margo Catsimatidis and Ernie Anastos
Merissa Allen, Joe Agosta, Ellen Canny, and Frank Anteri
Nicole Baker and family
Ted Moudis with the JP Morgan Global Real Estate team
Lucy Carter with prior Women of Valor recipients
The 2017 SummerScape Gala was held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Montgomery Place in Annandale-on- Hudson, NY. The Gala was a summer celebration and benefit for the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, celebrating the vibrant Hudson Valley community, supporting world-class culture and performing arts, and superb local food. There was a special performance by Billy Porter, Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning actor, singer, director, composer, playwright and recording artist.
Florestan String Quartet (Bard College graduates) performs at Montgomery Place
Billy Porter performs
Dinner was created by Chef Ira Lee, Brenda Black and Twisted Soul, the Poughkeepsie-based restaurateurs and caterers, along with cocktails created by Leo Robitschek of the Nomad Hotel and Eleven Madison Park in New York City. The rollicking, late-night after-party, Bartschland at the Spiegeltent, was hosted by nightlife impresario Susanne Bartsch at Bard’s authentic Belgian Spiegeltent.
Gala Co-Chair, Carolyn Marks Blackwood addresses dinner guests in the tent at Montgomery Place
2017 SummerScape Gala Co-Chairs: Manny Urquiza, Stefano Ferrari, Andrew Zobler, Carolyn Marks Blackwood, and Gregory Quinn
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the 2017 Bard SummerScape Festival (June 30 to August 20), featuring seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. At the heart of these offerings is the 28th Bard Music Festival, which explores “Chopin and His World” through twelve chamber, orchestral, choral, and operatic programs. For decidedly eclectic and alternate entertainment there is a robust schedule of cutting-edge cabaret, live jazz, dancing and more at the Spiegeltent (June 30 to August 19).

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, designed by Frank Gehry, illustrates the College’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. The Fisher Center’s adventurous programs and world-class facilities provide an outstanding environment in which to create, learn about, and experience the performing arts. Acclaimed as “seven weeks of cultural delight,” SummerScape 2017 presents opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The SummerScape Gala is the Fisher Center’s largest and most prestigious annual fundraising event.
BACK ROW (l to r): Seth Johnson, James LaForce, Norah Burden, and Chip Cordelli
FRONT ROW (l to r): Marcus Teo and Stephen Henderson
Billy Porter, Susanne Bartsch, and Adam Porter-Smith
Bob Bursey (executive director, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College), Felicitas Thorne (Advisory Board, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College), Steve Ellis, and Alicia Davis
John Hart and Justin Vivian Bond
Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson
Joan Juliet Buck and guest
Leon Botstein (president, Bard College), Jeanne Donovan Fisher (Chair, Advisory Board, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College), and Tommy Tune
The Spiegeltent at Bard College for the 2017 SummerScape Gala After-Party
Last Thursday, Publicolor's founder Ruth Lande Shuman welcomed guests at her home in celebration of Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera. In 2016, the artist was given a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recently, the 102-year-old artist had a mural of her work painted by Publicolor students at New York's public school MS 244 (New School for Leadership and Arts) in the Bronx. The art project was part of Publicolor's mission to engage high-risk, low-income students, ages 12-24, in a continuum of intensive, design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, college preparation, job readiness, and community service.
Carmen Herrera Drawing of Artwork
"Our goal is to bring the power of visual beauty to communities who experience little of it," said Ms. Shuman on the importance of implementing art-making practices to underprivileged children. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke on the significance of extending art to all communities, including her own in the Bronx. Jennie Goldstein of the Whitney Museum of American Art discussed Carmen's late acceptance as a major figure in both abstraction and minimalism. Artist Tony Bechara spoke about his long friendship and appreciation of Herrera, an artist whose fame has come only recently. Bechara guided the project, recruiting Carmen to participate.  She created a new drawing based on her remarkable work now in the MoMA collection, “Untitled 1952", from which Publicolor students created their mural at the New School for Leadership and Arts in the Bronx." 

Herrera said about the project: "My two great loves, education and art. They have enriched my long life. Having students paint this mural in a school, that's a beautiful thing. A first mural and a first piece permanently in a school. I consider it a great honor to have been asked by Publicolor and I am so pleased with the results. My thanks to every student who has participated in this project as you have given me joy."
Publicolor Founder Ruth Lande Shuman, NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Whitney Museum of American Art Curator Jennie Goldstein
Guests included: Frederick C. Anderson; Zulema Arroyo; Jeffrey Banks; Janna Bullock; Chus Burés; Bénédicte de Montlaur; Layla Diba; Adriana Echavarria; Nichoals Farley; William Haseltine and his wife María Eugenia Maury; Laura Pels; Gaetano Pesce; Pascale Richard, and Kathleen Elizabeth Springhorn.

Publicolor is a long-term youth development program that engages high-risk students in their education throughout the year with a continuum of design-based programs that mentor them for success in college, career and life.
Pascale Richard, Bénédicte de Montlaur, and Chus Burés
Maria Eugenia Maury and Bill Haseltine
Monica Espinel and Jennie Goldstein
Elizabeth Jacoby and Beverly Schreiber Kate Ballen and Lidia Guibert Ferrara
Christine Goppel and friend
Juan José Herrera de la Muela and friend
Thomas Knapp, Laura Pels, and Ruth Lande Shuman
Monika McLennan and Tony Bechara Layla Diba and Ana Real
Tom Krizmanic and Jon Otis
Whitney Wolfe and Jessica Garza-Bueron
Zulema Arroyo and Nick Farley
Photographs by Jenny Gorman and Richard Lewin (Hayground); Annie Watt (Women of Valor & Publicolor); Brennan Cavanaugh (Summerscape).