Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Devoted and Divine

The Boys' Club of New York's 69th Annual Fall Dance at the Plaza, decorated by Susan Holland & Company.
The Boys' Club of New York (BCNY), the oldest youth development program in the country, hosted the 69th Annual Fall Dance in partnership with Dennis Basso raising more than $1,300,000, the most successful Fall Dance to date. The evening brought together some of the most philanthropic New Yorkers, leaders within the fashion industry, and special guests in support of the organization's programming and fundraising efforts.

Event proceeds will support BCNY's comprehensive programs for boys and young men ages 7-21. Events like the Annual Fall Dance allows BCNY to keep membership at just $5 a year. All 1,500 members have the opportunity to participate in music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, athletics and aquatics, and academic support.
Kathy Thomas, Ferebee Taube, Carolina de Neufville, Ritchey Howe, Danielle Ganek, Caryn Zucker, Sara Zilkha, and Francesca del Balzo
Danielle Ganek, Ritchey Howe, Kathy Thomas and Caryn Zucker
served as Co-Chairs. Carolina de Neufville, Francesca del Balzo, Ferebee Taube, and Sara Zilkha served as Vice Chairs.

Guests included: Marina Rust, Tabitha Simmons, Veronica Beard, Travis Acquavella, Sara Ayres, Serena Boardman, Elizabeth Bonner, Luisa Cobb, James de Givenchy, Ghislain de Kertanguy, Joanna de Neufville, Caroline Dean, Missy Fallon, Wendy Fentress, Sallie Giordano, Jamee Gregory, Nina Griscom, Audrey Gruss, Shabnam Henry, Lisa Jackson, Dayssi Kanavos, Nathalie Kaplan, Ros L'Esperance, Elizabeth Lindemann, Carol Mack, Marcia Mishaan, Claudia Overstrom, Marcie Pantzer, Kelly Pasciucco, Renee Rockefeller, Jill Roosevelt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Kitty Sherrill, Laura Slatkin, Annie Taube, Rachel Ungaro, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Bettina Zilkha, Travis and Nick Acquavella, Lee Ainslie, Kristin Allen, Sara and Charlie Ayres, Gabrielle and Louis Bacon, Debbie Bancroft, Amy Fine Collins, Eleanor and Morgan Dejoux, Dara O'Hara, Hilary and Lyon Polk, Marina Purcell, Alexandra Robertson, Alex Roepers, Burwell and Chip Schorr, Kathryn and Bill Tyree, Jackie Williams and Jamie Tisch.
Caroline Dean and Jamee Gregory Martin and Audrey Gruss
Alexia Hamm Ryan, Gabrielle Bacon, Mark Gilbertson, and Silvia Zoullas
Kevell Brown, BCNY Alumnus, and Keith Byam, Abbe Clubhouse Education Director and BCNY Alumnus Kathryn and Bill Tyree
Ritchey Howe and Dennis Basso
Marina Connor, Louis Bacon, and Carol Mack
Jamie Schiff, Tyler Schiff, and friend
Tabitha Simmons and Pascal Monteiro de Barros
Dancing to DJ Nyted
On September 24th, Jay Heritage Center's Young Preservationists hosted JAY DAY 2017. Led by Tracy Edwards and her Committee — Betsy WhiteCaroline WallachAlison HeatonLiz GarrettKelly BakshiMegan Monaghan and Emma Hanratty — over 1000 guests enjoyed John Jay’shistoric family home in Rye, at one of New York State’s newest parks and Hudson River Valley Ramble attractions. Best-selling children’s author Robert Sabuda headlined the festival held on September 24th. The talented pop-up artist patiently guided many small hands with safety scissors, empowering many new paper engineers! NYBG educator Anne Mottola joined him; her series of books, Wonders of the Garden, illustrated by her sister Mia, introduces families to the natural tastes and sensations of a home garden.
The 1838 Jay Mansion 
Courtesy of New York Baroque Dance Company, guests watched 18th century socialites John Jay and Sarah Livingston dance the minuet accompanied by Jefferson Carriage instrumentalists, Grant Herreid and Leah Gale Nelson. The generous owners of REED’S Natural Sodas handed out free samples of their famous Black Cherry Cream Soda and Virgil’s Root Beer to visitors strolling the 23 acre park.

The Jay Estate has a rich narrative of American history. Bruce MacDonald showed visitors timbers from the 1745 farmhouse that James Fenimore Cooper named “The Locusts,” – the same spot where NY’s native Founder celebrated the end of the Revolutionary War. Meanwhile archaeologist Eugene Boesch and Eagle Scout candidate Chris Parker unveiled their compelling discovery of a 17th century servants dwelling with rapt onlookers. Volunteers from Con Edison pitched in as well giving added power to the celebration!
John Willey, Megan Monaghan, and their daughter
Jay Day Chair Tracy Edwards and her husband Luke 
Caroline Wallach and Alison Heaton organized volunteers Volunteers Taryn Clary and Sam Croll
Future Indiana Jones' explore an archaeological find!
Budding preservationists study Greek Revival molds
From Brownies to Girl Scouts, volunteers turned out in force
Gloria Holtman and her daughter manned the volunteer desk
Who doesn't love a petting zoo! Balloon twisters defied expectations
Caitlin Layng and her children at the potting table
The weather was picture pumpkin perfect!
All in all it was an ideal Sunday in the park!
Families loved garden activities with Anne Mottola
Robert Sabuda shares the magic of pop-up art with young families
Emma Hanratty spruced up the planters There were lots of gardening activities to choose from
Robert Sabuda trains a young artist
Special NYBG guest Anne Mottola with Liz Garrett
Robert Sabuda with the Bakshi family
Period performance by NY Baroque Dance Company and Jefferson Carriage
New York Restoration Project (NYRP), founded by award-winning singer, entertainer, actress and green activist Bette Midler, celebrated over two decades of transforming and beautifying New York’s urban environment on October 30th with its annual benefit, Hulaween.

The Divine Miss M was joined by host Judy Gold, musical guest Jon Bon Jovi & Friends, costume judge Michael Kors and hundreds of NYRP supporters that included: The Cast of Hello, Dolly!, Dita Von Teese, Bernadette Peters, Victor Garber, DJ Runna, Ben Platt, Michael Feinstein, Molly Gordon, Anna Camp, Skylar Astin, Carolyn Murphy, Jodi Lyn O’ Keefe, David Barton, Sophie Von Haselberg, Margo and James L. Nederlander, and many, many more!
Outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
This year’s honorees were Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman - Alphabet, Inc., and David Evans Shaw, Managing Partner, Black Point Group, both of whom exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change. The sold-out evening, which raised two million dollars for NYRP, saw one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, transformed into A Garden of Earthly Delights. For more information, please visit
David Evans Shaw and Bette Midler Ben Platt and Bernadette Peters
Melanie Moore, Taylor Trensch, Beanie Feldstein, and Gavin Creel
Molly Gordon and Ben Platt Eric Schmidt
Nathalie Sann Regnault and David Evans Shaw
David Hyde Pierce, Bernadette Peters, and Michael Feinstein
Jennifer Simard and Kate Baldwin
Robert Hartwell Michael Kaplan and Brian Sawyer
Jon Bon Jovi and Bette Midler with friends
Bette Midler and Sophie Von Haselberg Victor Garber
Michael Kors, Behnaz Sarafpour, Evan Shumeyko, and Lance LePere
Drew Schiff and Alexandra Wolfe Michael Feinstein and Deborah Marton
Robby Browne
Jon Recor with friends David Hyde Pierce and Brian Hargrove
Skylar Astin and Anna Camp
Benjamin Needell
Char Hubble and Ron Miller
Martin Von Haselberg and Sophie Von Haselberg
Judy Gold and Elysa Halpern
Dita Von Teese and Douglas Little
Jon Bon Jovi
Susanne Bartsch and Michael Kors
Tony Malkin and Darcy Stacom
Photographs by  Mia McDonald (Hulaween); Cutty McGill (Jay Day)