Monday, March 13, 2017

Sugar and Spice

The happy little ones at The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Associates Committee's annual Bunny Hop.
On Tuesday, March 7th, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Associates Committee hosted their Annual Bunny Hop at 583 Park Avenue. This SMSKCC tradition is considered the most noteworthy family event of the year. And for the little ones, the Bunny Hop is a magical experience. Sponsored by Bonpoint, the premier Parisian children’s wear brand, this fun-filled event was co-chaired by Mary Carlisle Gambill, Anna Kennedy Safir, and Sara Gilbane Sullivan.  

The SMSKCC’s members and New York families enjoyed an entertaining evening of activities, including a live animal show, a petting zoo, two photo booths, a DJ, magicians, face painters, craft stations and balloon artists. Honored guests were bedazzled by a special live performance from Gazillion Bubble Show. Proceeds from the Bunny Hop will fund the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Erin O' Connor Anna Kennedy Safir
Eleanor Ylvisaker Allison Aston
Amory McAndrew Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler
Gillian Hearst Simonds
Florence and Alexander Mars Holly Robertson
Jennifer James, Ferebee Taube, and Courtney Corleto Mary Carlisle Gambill
Drew Barrymore
Palmer O'Sullivan Shoshanna Gruss
Rosalia Schmelzer, Jenny Slaten-Green, Daniel Taubman, and Marisa Van Bokhorst Sara Gilbane Sullivan
Bonpoint Photobooth
Kate Pickett and Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton Elizabeth Kurpis
Olivia Chantecaille
Donut decorating
Arts and crafts
Gazillion Bubble Show
Petting Zoo
Wendy The Pipecleaner Lady
On Sunday, February 19th, Round Hill in Montego Bay was shining under the Jamaican sun. Josef Forstmayr's fabulous club was packed the weekend for the 60th Annual Sugar Cane Ball, which benefits the Hanover Charities.

Round Hill keeps a close contact with political Washington D.C. with Round Hill regulars including the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his wife, TV's Claire Shipman, Congresswoman Caroline Maloney; Lauren Bush Lauren, granddaughter and niece of Presidents Bush I and II.
One of the guests at this year’s Sugar Cane Ball was Rickie Lloyd, who is Melania Trump’s Social  Secretary.  Rickie’s husband Thomas Lloyd is the grandson of the late Bunny Mellon.  

The Lloyds were among  the 350 guests at the black tie beautifully gowned and bejeweled Sugar Cane Ball on the beach at Round Hill  under a big Caribbean  moon. The guests dined on Shrimp Cocktail, Beef Wellington and Pavlova for dessert, lots champagne and red and white Jamaican wine.

The Chairman of the Ball was designer Vanessa Noel. 
Pre-dinner cocktails
Among those attending were the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Michael Holness and his wife Juliette, Dr. Peter Phillips, Bob and Veronique Pittman, Ambassador Brenda Johnson, Ricky and Ralph Lauren, Larry Leeds, Pa and Ed Falkenberg, Veronique and Bob Pittman, Roddy and Nazee Klotz, Glen and Mary Jane Creamer, Lady Caroline St. George, Nancy and Mark  Schwarzman, Ali Wambold, Lady Annabel Wallop, Daisy Soros, Ed Gallagher, Vanity Fair's James Reginato, Jim Mitchell, US Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno, Sir Christopher Hohn, and Debra Messing.
Ambassador Brenda LaGrange Johnson, Michele Rollins, and Katrin Casserly Bojana Jankovic and Michael Weatherly
Christopher and Merrill Mahan with Edward and Patricia Falkenberg
Emma Ginley, Joe Pacetti, Vanessa Noel, Keith Backer, and friend
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Josef Forstmayr Gordon and Wendy Gill
Glenn and Mary Jane Creamer with family
Ed Gallagher and Daisy Soros Mr. and Mrs. Victor Kiam III
Bob and Veronique Pittman and guests
Manuela and James Goren
Nan Brenninkmeyer and Paula Kovinsky
Paula Kerr-Jarrett and Guy Stuart III
The Most Hon. Juliet Holness and Prime Minister Andrew Holness with Donovan Bailey
Tiffany Edwards and Josef Forstmayr
Actress, model and author Brooke Shields was the keynote speaker at the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope's signature Shop The Day Away Luncheon™. Nearly 500 guests were in attendance to welcome Ms. Shields to The Breakers Palm Beach for the luncheon and silent auction that raised $600,000 for the organization.

Notable guests in attendance include: Jessie Araskog, Julie Araskog, Ann-Britt Angle, Peggy Moore, Joyce Sterling, Fran Weissler, Elaine Madonna, Dr. Roy Cacciaguida, Donna Mulholland, Alli Nicklaus, DavidSarama, Jane Pontarelli, Dani Moore, Lois Pope, Nicole Munder, Kitty Silverstein, Joy Miltenberger, Lonnie Winter, Elizabeth DeBrule, Adriana Luchechiko, Elizabeth Bowden, Dawn Hoffman, Judith Schlager and Nadine Fite.
Patty Myura, Janet Levy, Brooke Shields, and Melissa Parker
Funds raised at the event support CAHH's mission of assisting the children, adults and families affected by cancer and the subsequent bills they acquire during the treatment and recovery process. Due to the high costs of cancer treatment and the severity of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, many cancer patients suffer severe financial setbacks and difficulties resulting in their inability to continue their medical insurance, which pays for their ongoing treatments; maintain transportation to go to treatment, or pay for their housing and living expenses, leaving individuals and families without a place to live. The Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope offers assistance to qualified cancer patients in Palm Beach County to ease this burden.
Patty Myura and Janet Cafaro Cindy Sites and Melissa Parker
Janet Levy and Jayne Malfitano Gus Davis and Blanche Napoleon-McCoun
The Shop The Day Away Luncheon™, benefitting the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, was presented in partnership with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – The University of Miami Health System. For more information, visit

Melissa D. Parker, Janet Levy and Patty Myura served as Chairwomen of the event with support from Grand Benefactor Chair Gloria Herman; Jayne Sylvester-Malfitano and Barbara Zand served as Honorary Chairs; Vice Chairs included Judy Richards, Terri Schottenstein and Cindy Sites; Junior Chairs included Abby Beebe and Nicole Dicocco and Blanche Napoleon-McCoun served as Auction Chair.
Abigail Beebe and Amy Swan Rebecca Doane and Judi Richards
Lindsay Connor, Dale Connor, and Helene Klein
Adriana Luchechko and Sheila Buchbinder Jacqui Michel and Ann Bloys
Greg Beletsky and Cassi Frielich Ansley DiLeo and Michael Atchison
Barbara Zand and Gloria Herman Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden
Steven Levine and Jasmine Velez Terri Schottenstein and Nicole Dicocco
The 2017 Mission Possible, Transforming Children's Lives Gala benefiting Children of China Pediatrics Foundation, was recently held at The Mandarin Oriental. The event raised over $425,000.

The 2017 Mission Possible, Transforming Children's Lives Gala honored, Linda (Mei) He, Chief Executive Officer, Wailian Overseas Consulting Group, and founder, US-China Yes Foundation, and Vincent A. Benenati, Chief Executive Officer & Co- Founder, East Coast Orthotics.
Pre-dinner cocktails
Wang Guan
The event was co-hosted by Teresa Priolo, Three-time Emmy-nominated reporter, FOX 5 co-anchor of Good Day Wake Up, and Wang Guan, Chief Correspondent CGTN America, Communications/Policy Strategist.

In addition to co-hosts Teresa Priolo & Wang Guan, other guests attending the gala included: Linda (Mei) He, Vincent A. Benenati, Gena Palumbo, David O'Brien, David Roye, Jr., MD, John Connor, MD, Joshua Hyman, MD, Elizabeth Corsini, Eda Chao, MD, Michael Goettig, Joshua Hyman, MD, Heakyung Kim, MD,; Philip LaRussa, MD, and Liz Vinton.
Wang Guan, Teresa Priolo, Linda (Mei) He, Vincent A. Benenati, and Gena Palumbo
Linda (Mei) He and Gena Palumbo
Vincent A. Benenati and David O'Brien
Sabrina Xu
Alison Kaplon
Children of China Pediatrics Foundation provides medical care for children with disabilities living in China's orphanages. CCPF accomplishes its goal by providing exceptional multi-specialty surgeries, as well as medical training and education for the local hospital and orphanage staff members.

During surgeries, CCPF doctors and nurses work closely with their Chinese colleagues while the CCPF rehabilitation team provides hands-on training, including physical, speech and occupational therapy, to orphanage staff members and caretakers. In addition, CCPF awards annual fellowships to Chinese surgeons and rehabilitation therapists to continue their education at New York- Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and Blythedale Children's Hospital.

For more, visit
Aimee Kim, Heakyung Kim, MD, and Amber Newell
Ed Gallo, Carol Roye, and David Roye Jr., MD
Greg Smith, Lynn Niels, Chiara Connor, and Jon Pruchansky
Haiyang Hong, David O'Brien, David Roye, Jr., MD, Vincent Benenati, and Gena Palumbo
Jennifer Krevit and Liz Corsini
Jessie Zheng, Liu Da, Bo Zhu, Bo Shen, and Selina Shen
JoEllen Treiber, Scott Treiber, and Liz Vinton
Teresa Priolo and Wang Guan
William Levine, MD and Joshua Hyman, MD
Shirley Zhang, Eda Chao, MD, and Carolyn Chang, MD
Mary Kirrane, MD and John Connor, MD
The 10th Annual Palm Beach Wine Auction celebrated a decade of supporting children’s arts education at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. More than 260 guests attended the event at The Mar-a-Lago Club, which raised over $500,000 net, bringing the Auction’s 10-year total in net proceeds to more than $3.8 million. 

The sold-out evening included a number of never-before-seen lots, including the night’s highest single bid, a private concert event with Michael Feinstein that sold for $50,000 and a Baccarat black crystal decanter of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 cognac – the 737th of only 738 such decanters created for Rémy Martin – purchased for $40,000, the highest single bottle wine bid ever placed at the Auction. 
Ted and Cindy Mandes
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Other exclusive wine lots sold during the evening included: A 16-bottle magnum vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild with bottles dating to 1982, $35,000; a “mini cellar” of 12 bottles of Bordeaux by such renowned winemakers as Château Haut Brion and Château Latour, $14,000; and two magnums each of 2009 Château Cheval Blanc and Château Cheval D’Yquem, $12,000. 

After a heartfelt tribute to Auction Legacy Supporter and dear friend Lewis Schott, who had passed away that morning, Mandes recognized the evening’s other Legacy Supporters – dedicated donors who have supported the event every year since its inception: Jennifer and Zach Bell, Linda Costello, Jen and Ed Dudnyk, Madeline and Roderic Fink, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Dr. Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, his wife Cindy Mandes, Jane M. Mitchell, Melissa and I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein, Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub, Michael Troise, Jill and Bill Wachter, Annie and Roger Warwick.
Christine and Martin Rivard
Colleen and Michael Bracci
Along with Ted Mandes as the event Chairman, Christine and Martin Rivard and Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein served as Co-Chairs. Patrick Park returned as the event’s International Ambassador. 

For more information about the Palm Beach Wine Auction, visit
Carolyn and Richard Sloane
Madeline and Roderic Fink
Ashley and Harriet Hoffman
David Page and Pierre Lurton
JoAnna and Stephen Myers
Bill and Marilyn Lane
Bill and Jill Wachter with James Meany
Jerry and Barbara Golden
Craig and Shelley Menin
Jeffery Bland and Jane Mitchell
Julie and Nathan Slack
Steven Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb
Ed and Jen Dudnyk
Gina and Jeff Sabean
Jim and Judy Mitchell
Photographs by BFA /Angela Pham (Bunny Hop); CAPEHART Photography (Kravis, Cancer Alliance, Wine Auction)