Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Spirit of Collaboration

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation's  20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction Gala at Cipriani Wall Street.
The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted the 20th Anniversary of its annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.
Scott Waxman, Julie Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Bettina Waxman, and Spencer Waxman
This year’s event was attended by about 800 guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Hugh Hildesley
SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host was Michael Nierenberg who introduced Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge. SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman came on stage to thank the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Nierenberg, along with all of the donors, for more than 20 years of giving Research program.

Research funded by the program will study the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. Dr. Waxman announced the goal of building a $20 million fund.

Mr. Nierenberg introduced a video tribute to Mr. Gorin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2017. In the video, After the video, Mr. Nierenberg and Dr. Waxman presented Mrs. Gorin with the , which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.

The evening’s live auction was led with lively enthusiasm by Mr. Hildesley.  Silent auction items will be available for bidding at until November 30th, 2017. 
Silent Auction Item, A.Klokov. Heliospectrus
After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by folk rock band The Avett Brothers. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train,Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.
Barry Cohen, Gary Gladstein, Phyllis Gladstein, Louis Perone, and Jeff Gladstein
Chris Wragge Matthew Gorin, Jody Gorin, and Allie Gorin
Greg Schwab, Naira Velumyan, and JK Sezlik
Chris Arlotta and Mario Pecoraro Maria and Kenneth Fishel
William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, and Chris Wragge
Robin Lathrop Sandy Taub, Jake Taub, Chloe Taub, and Marc Taub
Howard Kurz, Nancy Kurz, Charles Kurz, and Emma Kurz
Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Ali Nierenberg, and Jonny Nierenberg
William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Michael Nierenberg Mary Kantor
Tom Marano, Marc Toscano, Greg Overlander, and Peter Cherasia
The Avett Brothers
Samantha and Steve Jones Dena K. Weiner
The Avett Brothers perform
On Monday, November 13, Silver Hill Hospital held its eighth annual fall benefit, the Giving Hope Gala, at Cipriani 42nd Street, honoring Grammy Award-winning musician Nile Rodgers with the 2017 Visionary Award.  The award recognizes an individual who, through personal contributions and action, has inspired others and helped remove the stigma of mental illness or addiction. This year’s inspiring speaker was Kevin Hines, who is one of only 36 people to survive a suicide attempt of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and is now actively spreading the message globally of living mentally healthy. Silver Hill Hospital’s new President and Medical Director Dr. John Santopietro welcomed guests and delivered remarks.

More than 375 guests attended the event that raised more than $1 million for Silver Hill Hospital’s Patient Financial Aid Fund, serving individuals who would benefit from the hospital’s long-term residential treatment programs but are without adequate resources to cover the costs.
Nile Rodgers accepting the 2017 Visionary Award.
An outspoken recovering addict and former SHH patienthonoree Nile Rodgers said from the podium: “Not only did Silver Hill save my life, they gave me my life back … I never knew how to give back to Silver Hill what they gave to me.” He invited the guests to match his $10,000 donation to end the night. Gala co-chair Robert Minicucci and Board Chairman Peter Orthwein matched his gift.

Sadri Garakani was the gala’s Honorary Chair. Todd Hollander and Robert Minicucci served as the Co-Chairs. Matthew Griepp, MD was the Young Ambassador Chair. Auction co-chairs were Elizabeth Altman and Amir Garakani, MD.
Lauren Stossel and Dr. Matthew Griepp Paul Dalio and Kevin HInes
Jonny Podell, Nile Rodgers, and John Santopietro
Henk Hartong, Wietske Hartong, and Bas Hartong
Kathy Santopietro, John Santopietro, Rocco Marotta, and Lisa Marotta
Sadri and Michael Garakani Sant Singh Chatwal and Pardaman Chatwal
Thomas Philippon, Jennifer Cooper, and James Sheehan
Virginia Edmunds, Elizabeth Altman, and Julie Lawrence
Beverly and Peter Orthwein Robert Minicucci and Todd Hollander
Kelly Campanelli, Paul Campanelli, and Annie Dean
On Tuesday, November 14th, the National Institute of Social Sciences hosted its annual Gold Medal Dinnerat a private club in Manhattan. The event honored Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert J. Shiller, and Columbia University president emeritus Michael I. Sovern.

New York Times columnist and Noble laureate Paul Krugman introduced Professor Shiller, who teaches at Yale. Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger stopped by to congratulate Professor Sovern. The dinner introduced the organization’s new president, Fred Larsen, who succeeded Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr. Also attending were philanthropists Joan K. Davidson and Janet Ross, both National Institute trustees.
National Institute of Social Sciences President Fred Larsen with Gold Medal Honorees Ron Chernow, Robert Schiller, and Michael Sovern
One of the country’s oldest honorary societies, the National Institute ( has presented Gold Medals to distinguished Americans since 1913.

Other notable guests included Marianne and R. Dyke Benjamin, Robert Bloom, Caroline Brown, Karen Burke Goulandris, Megan Carroll, Angela Cason, Alison Chase, Beverley Duer, Susan Gitelson, Boo Grace, Robert Gregory, Ronald Grele, Judith Hernstadt, Tertia Kiesel, Elbrun and Peter Kimmelman, Michelle and Fred Larsen, Lorna Livingston, Gail Lloyd, Fulvia and Robert McCrie, Jill McDermid-Hokanson and Eric Hokanson, Ralph McDermid, Ron Meyers, Nancy Nicholson, Madeleine and Jonathan Piel, Thomas Pike, John Puskas, Nicholas Robinson, Marilyn Saltus, Peter Samton, Ann and George Selden, and Betsy Tiffany.
Michelle Larsen and Ron Chernow
Elbrun Kimmelman and Angela Cason
Robert Schiller and Paul Krugman
Judith Hernstadt, Joan Davidson, and Fred Larsen
Rob Gregory, Jonathan Piel, and Michelle Larsen
Lee Bollinger and Michael Sovern
Jason Colin, James Curtis, Wendy Barasch, and Susan Gitelson
Michelle and Fred Larsen
Joan Davidson and Marilyn Saltus
Ron Meyers and Michelle Larsen
On November 8th, French Heritage Society (FHS) celebrated its 35th Anniversary with an “On the Riviera” themed cocktail dînatoire soirée, where they announced they will award 1.1 million dollars for 21 restoration projects throughout France and the United States in 2017.

Held at a private club in Manhattan, the event was presented by the Ambassador of France to the U.S. Gérard Araud, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations François Delattre and Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias-Delattre, Consul General of France in New York Ms. Anne-Claire Legendre, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States Mrs. Bénédicte de Montlaur and Mr. Keith Yazmir, and the soirée chairs CeCe Black, Jean Shafiroff, Ann Van Ness, Maureen M. Nash, Jay R. Paul, Xavier Flouret and Silvina Leone with New York Chapter Chairs, Odile de Schiétère-Longchampt and Guy N. Robinson.
Jean Shafiroff, Odile de Schietere-Longchampt, CeCe Black, Elizabeth Stribling, Ann Van Ness, Maureen Nash, and Silvina Leone
A cocktail reception set to the music of The Bob Hardwick Sound commenced with passed hors d'oeuvres before an upscale buffet opened. Attendees then gathered in the main room to raise their glasses as Chairman of the Board Elizabeth F. Stribling held a champagne toast to welcome guests. Following a brief introduction to the program, CeCe Black presented Brook Hazelton, President of Christie’s Americas, to start the evening’s auction. Supporters were given the opportunity to bid on three lots that included a lavish trip to Discover Paris and the French Riviera, dinner for four at Skybox at Daniel accompanied by two magnums of 2005 Chateau d’Yquem, and a trip to La Mamounia, the legendary 5-star palace hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Maud Leclair, a FHS Student Exchange Program intern at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, expressed her great gratitude for the program, in her testimony stating, “I would not be here, without the support from French Heritage Society.” As the night proceeded, partygoers who were dressed from head-to-toe in 1920’s inspired clothing, were given an opportunity to contribute to FHS’ 35th Anniversary Restoration Grant for the Organgerie du Parc de Bagatelle as well as the FHS Student Exchange Program. They were also treated to a raffle and ended the night with music, coffee, and delectable desserts.
Judy McLaren, Ann Van Ness, Diana Frankel, Barbara Kemper Gross,and Harriet Ross
Notable guests included: Sharon Bush, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lee Black, Michael Cox Witmer, Dr. Penny Grant, R. Couri Hay, Valerie Lettan, Judy McLaren, Martin Shafiroff, Jennifer Herlein, Michael Kovner, Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Shaune Arp, Veronique Bich, Geoffrey Bradfield, J. Brooks, Yann Coatanlem, Lynn Finesilver Crystal, Ronald Lee Fleming, David B. Ford, John and Carole French, Alison Harmelin, Elizabeth Hartnett, Ursula and Paul Lowerre, Jeannie Rutherfoord, Sana Sabbagh, David Sadroff, and Betty and Stanley Scott.

The French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 as a two-way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. French Heritage Society intervenes to ensure that the treasures of our shared French architectural and cultural heritage survive to inspire future generations to build, dream and create. FHS has contributed to over 550 restoration grants and helped secure $19.5 million dollars for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. There are 11 Chapters of the Society throughout the United States and Paris.
Guy Robinson and Odile de Schietere-Longchampt Julia Ward and Victoria Vento-Brickley
Michael Harold, Elizabeth Scott, Jennifer Herlein, and Maureen Nash
John Harvey, Kazie Harvey, Marjorie Hart, Gurnee Hart, and Lee Black
Tamer El-Rayess and Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess Samer Hamadeh and Alison Harmelin
Gerald Gehman, Nancy Gehman, Jay Paul, Martha Talton, and Franck Laverdin
Gerald and Susan Baker Victoire de Vaugelas, Johnsonie Casimyr, and Ian McCullough
Spencer Choi-Schagrin, Kassidy Smith Leigh, and George Sape
Valerie Lettan, Michel Cox Witmer, and Dr. Penny Grant
Geoffrey Bradfield CeCe Black, Jean Shafiroff, and Sharon Bush
Jean Doyen de Montaillou and Michael Kovner
Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury and Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan (SilverHill); Patrick McMullan & Annie Watt (Waxman); Annie Watt (FHS)