Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Support Committees

Dr. Gerald Loughlin, Alexandra Robertson, Jennifer Oken, Ali Wise, Dr. Laura Forese, Melanie Charlton Fowler, Natasha de Mallman, Erica Samuels, and Dr. Cam Patterson
The Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, along with Honorary Chair Lucy Liu, raised more than $1.4 million at the seventh annual Plates for Pediatrics benefit. A collaboration with Carolina Herrera, the benefit drew 460 attendees to the Mandarin Oriental New York on January 19th.

The benefit was co-hosted by Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian and Dr. Gerald Loughlin, pediatrician-in-chief at the Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, along with the Pediatric Support Committee and the Children's Advisory Council.
The event raised funds for several children's programs including Child Life Services, a program that alleviates children's fears surrounding the hospital experience by offering activities geared to the social, emotional and educational needs of young patients and their families; The Pediatric Simulation Center, an invaluable teaching resource in medical education that reduces medical errors, creates a culture of patient safety and improves patient care and the care of newborns; Clinical Genetics Services, providing evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and counseling of patients and families who have or are at risk for genetic conditions; and Residency Education, a three-year pediatric residency program designed to provide a supportive and educationally rich environment through which residents can develop into outstanding general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.
Claire Capello and Marcie Pantzer
Dr. Laura Forese and Carolina Herrera
Guests included Dr. Herbert Pardes, executive vice chair, Board of Trustees, NewYork-Presbyterian, Carolina Herrera, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Patricia Lansing, Allison Aston, Allison Wise, Brett Herman, Rebekah McCabe, Alexandra Robertson and Ammara Yaqub. Stephanie Landess served as the evening's auctioneer.

The Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine, provides the best available care in every area of pediatrics in a family-friendly and technologically advanced setting. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit
Barbara Loughlin and Dr. Gerald Loughlin
Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Ali Wise
Dr. Cam Patterson, Lucy Liu, Carolina Herrera, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Gerald Loughlin
Candice Miller and Jenna Crespi
Patricia Lansing, Carolina Herrera, and Nicky Hilton Rothschild
Leslie Fireman, Erica Samuels, and Dr. Laura Forese
Cristina Alger Wang, Jamie Sholem, and Jonathan Wang
It seems that everyone wants to visit Cuba so Perfect Pink Party Gala Chairs Ann Neville and Sandra and Richard Bornstein decided to bring the island nation to Palm Beach to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization! With passports stamped, the sellout crowd started the adventure poolside with dancers in colorful costumes, live music, sting lights overhead and cocktails. The journey to the famous Club Tropicana would be led by a conga line dance to the main venue.

A lushly landscaped lounge awaited just outside the grand ballroom and featured stylish furniture generously provided by the Fortunoff Backyard Store as well as an open bar with widescreen TV for viewing the playoffs. A Club Tropicana sign hung above the entry as performers from the Ambiance and Fred Astaire dance studios shared their talents donating their dance skills to liven the atmosphere.
Sandy and Richard Bornstein
Donald Gales in the dance line
Inside was a tropical pink paradise with colorful fruit and candle lit centerpieces. The flavor of authentic Cuban décor was in every corner including a rounded waterfall center stage.

Tom Quick, Edie Rodriguez, and Todd English
Celebrity Chef Todd English graciously served as emcee for the evening with two of his famous meals generating $70,000 in the live auction. Susan G. Komen Founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, thanked Ellen Levy for being the sponsor of the Sparkling Pink Bridge and announced that “Komen has set a new goal, to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the United States by 50 percent over the next 10 years.”

Sandra and Richard Bornstein
greeted the guests saying “The money raised this evening is an investment in a healthier future”.  Ann Neville remarked "We’re here because we love Nancy Brinker and because we all want a future free from cancer.” Corporate sponsors who made the evening possible were also recognized including the Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, The Bristol, The University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Braman Motors.
A luxury auction hosted by Tom Quick generated interest for items including two luxury accommodation weeks with Crystal Cruises, the beautiful Chateau Algarve sojourn, an Anguilla Island holiday at the Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa, a Scientific Journey with Dr. Pietenpol, Super Bowl tickets, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s “An Evening with Sophia Loren” along with New York Yankee Steakhouse dining, and a visit to the Stanglwirt Green Spa and Wellness Resort in Austria’s beautiful Tyrolian Alps.

A special surprise birthday cake was presented to Ambassador Brinker by Laurie Silvers and Julie Cummings. The featured performance by Miami singing sensation Lucy Garu who is a breast cancer survivor added more spice to the evening. The mix of Salsa and popular music meant the dance floor filled early and kept moving all night.
Julie Cummings and Laurie Silvers
Richard Bornstein, Laurie Silvers, and Nancy Brinker
Laurie Silvers served as Honorary Grand Chair, Mike Shevell was Honorary Chair, Danielle de Benedictis was Promise Ambassador Chair and Founding Chair Patty Muyra.  Susan G. Komen’s Chairman of the Board, Connie O’Neill also attended.

Guests were also treated to extraordinary gift bags including a Clairsonic Facial Sonic Cleansing kit, Tom LH BINNS Fragrance Jewelry, Miami Cancer Institute’s Modgy flower vase, Bristol informational gift book, Patchology Revivals, Superhero Mascara, EOS Lip balm, It Cosmetics blush brush and much more!

Dr. Mike Zinner and Nancy Brinker
Hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Perfect Pink Party stay here in the local community.   Another portion supports Susan G. Komen’s ground-breaking research grants. Susan G. Komen is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the United States and is the only organization that provides funding for the direct care of women and men.

For those seeking to further their support of Susan G. Komen’s mission, registration for the Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure, taking place on January 28, is currently underway. To register visit

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.

Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.
Michele and Howard Kessler
Ann and Ross Neville
Mitchell Rubenstein, Laurie Silvers, Hali Utstein, and David Silvers
Alan and Kathy Bleznak
Lucy Grau performs
Marsha Fontanive
The Silver Fund on Worth Avenue hosted a private reception on January 23, 2017 for committee members and supporters of Lighthouse Guild’s upcoming Palm Beach “A Visionary Evening” which will take place at Club Colette on February 23, 2107.

Michael James of The Silver Fund, welcomed the nearly 100 guests and Karen Wish, Chief Marketing and Development Officer of Lighthouse Guild, who lauded this year’s Dinner Dance Mother/Daughter honorees; Frannie and Jennie Scaife, along with the 2017 dinner dance chairs that include  Arlene Dahl, Honorary Chairman, Dinner Dance Chairmen Grace Meigher, Kit Pannill, Mario Nievera and Travis Howe, and Young Visionaries Chairmen Wyatt Koch, Christopher Brainard and Michelle Farmer.
Among those in attendance Frannie Scaife, Grace Meigher, Mario Nievera, Marc Rosen, Carla and George Mann, Ambassador Edward Elson, Susie Elson,  Eles Gillet, Jimmy Tigani, Ashton de Peyster, Susan Lloyd, John Loring, Jeannie Pearman, Mary Mahoney, Earl Mack, Mai Harrison, Leta and Ridgely Foster, Bob Nederlander, Lynn Foster, Krystian von Spiedel, Lizzi Bickford, Brian Fairweather, Sarah Cooke and Wyatt Koch.
Michael James and Karen Wish
Mona de Sayve and Jeannie Pearman
The 2017 Lighthouse Guild “A Visionary Evening” Palm Beach Committee includes Jesse Araskog, Mary Davidson, Lourdes Fanjul, Allison Gulbrandsen, Isabelle Leeds, Mary Mahoney, Margo Nederlander, Fern Tailer, William and Jane Told, Fran Weissler, Don Burns, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Kenn Karakul, Christopher Meigher III, Dan Ponton, Tom Quick, Iris Apfel, Kathy Bleznak, Myrna Daniels, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Jackie Weld Drake, Susie Elson, Eles Gillet, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Michele Kessler, Carla Mann, Talbott Maxey, Dede Merck, Nancy Paul, and Elizabeth Sans. 

The Junior Committee members are Krystian von Speidel, Nicolas de Sayve, Lizzi Bickford, Jacqueline Valls, Elizabeth Meigher, Amanda Meigher, James and Sarah Cooke, Brian Fairweather, Jr., and Grace Merck.
Young Visionaries
Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization with a long history of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. With more than 200 years of experience and service, Lighthouse Guild brings a level of understanding to vision care that is unmatched. By integrating vision and healthcare services and expanding access through its programs and education and awareness, we help people lead productive, dignified and fulfilling lives.

For information about Lighthouse Guild’s Palm Beach “A Visionary Evening” Dinner Dance, contact Mona de Sayve at (561) 828-1522 or email
Susan Lloyd and Jason Laskey
Lynn Foster and Bob Nederlander
Mai Hallingby and Christopher Bickford
Lizzi Bickford, Krystian von Spiedel, and Betsy Berry
Mario Nievera and Casey Waldin
George and Carla Mann
Deborah O'Kain with Harry and Gigi Benson
Marc Rosen and Frannie Scaife
Sarah Cooke and Wyatt Koch
Tom Quick and Catherine Adler
Linda Talarico and John Loring
Photographs by 4 Eyes Photography/ Kellie Walsh (Plates for Pediatrics); CAPEHART (Komen & Lighthouse)