|On Tuesday, April 4 philanthropists and artists came together at BAM to celebrate Alan Fishman—a tireless advocate for BAM and for Brooklyn—who stepped down from his role as chairman after nearly 30 years of service on the board of trustees. A Brooklyn native and graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Mr. Fishman has been a booster for his beloved borough through numerous philanthropic endeavors during his esteemed career in finance. Mr. Fishman joined BAM’s board in 1987.|
|Following a proclamation from Hon. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Council Member Lauire Cumbo, BAM President Katy Clark announced that the center aisle in the Howard Gilman Opera House has been officially renamed “Fishman Aisle.” Also, in honor of Alan’s passion for basketball, his borough, and his favorite team, Katy presented him with his own official NBA Brooklyn Nets jersey, signed by his favorite player, Brook Lopez.
Great Performances served an elegantly decadent take on a traditional Blackout Cake—Alan’s favorite dessert. (The multi-layered chocolate cake was invented during World War II by a Brooklyn-based bakery chain named Ebinger's, in recognition of the mandatory blackouts to protect the Brooklyn Navy Yard.)
|Festivities continued at the BAM Harvey Theater where party-goers were treated to stunning performances by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Helga Davis, and Rufus Wainwright, with appearances by Isabella Rossellini and Fiona Shaw. The gala after party, which coincided with the closing of the BAM Art Auction, featured a performance by avant-pop star SSION, projections and a video game installation by artist Jeremy Couillard, and DJ sets by Matthew Higgs and DJ Spinna.
Guests received a limited edition, custom printed 100% silk crepe de chine wrap emblazoned with a painting by José Parlá in a special collaboration between the acclaimed visual artist and PAOM (Print All Over Me).
|Other party attendees included Jose Parla, Leo Villareal, Steve Reich, Hank Willis Thomas, Rujeko Hockley, Fairfax Dorn, Marc Glimcher, Bruce Ratner, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Bryce Wolkowitz, Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Pam Codispoti, Tommy Tune, Hon. Tom Finkelpearl, Marty Markowitz, Judith Fishman (Mark Morris Dance Group Board Chair) William I. Campbell & Christine Wächter-Campbell (Event Chairs), Diane and Adam Max (Event Chairs), Jimmy Von Brammer (City Council Majority Leader).|
|On April 5th at Lavo, Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation held its 10th Anniversary of Celebrate Spring New York. Nearly 300 supporters raised $150,000 which will benefit the Foundation’s research programs. The evening began at 8:00 PM with cocktails, hors d’oevres, a live auction and music provided by DJ Brenda Black.
Part of the proceeds raised included a $15,000 grant to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a division of the Parkinson's Foundation, presented by longtime event Co-Chair and Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Jonathan Romero, Jr. The grant recognizes his ten years of service as a volunteer to the Parkinson's Foundation, including his role as co-chair of the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee.
|G. Pennington Egbert III, Gregory and Barbara Romero, Jonathan E. Romero, Jr., and Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan were the Co-Chairs. W. Alexander Budney, Andrew S. Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Josh and Melissa Raskin, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg were the Vice-Chairs.
Celebrate Spring New York was founded by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease. This core group joined together to engage the next generation of philanthropists, by creating the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s committee, a network of nearly 100 New Yorkers dedicated to advancing a cure for Parkinson’s. Each year, the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has brought countless young supporters into the fold to help fund the work of future leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.
|The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease. Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) in August 2016, the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care.
For more information on the Parkinson’s Foundation, visit www.pdf.org.
|At its fourth annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala The New Jewish Home payed tribute to eight New Yorkers who, in their ninth and tenth decades, continue to live lives of remarkable achievement, vitality and civic engagement. The event, held at the Mandarin Oriental on April 4th, attracted more than 450 guests and raise more than $1 million for the nonprofit’s rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health care programs, which together serve 12,000 older adults of all faiths and ethnicities each year.
The honorees were New York City power couple Barbara and Donald Tober, 81 and 85, respectively; style icon and self-described geriatric starlet Iris Apfel, 95; dance legend Carmen de Lavallade, 85; culinary star Jacques Pépin, 81; civil rights leader and businessman Vernon E. Jordan, 81; activist and television pioneer Norman Lear, 94; and philanthropist and business leader Morris W. Offit, 80. These men and women, the best of the best in their individual spheres of achievement, are movers and shakers who continue to contribute and to make waves, in the process showing the world that trailblazing is ageless.
|Said Audrey Weiner, President and CEO, The New Jewish Home. “Like the city itself, the energy and excitement that our eight honorees bring to each day and everything they do demonstrate what it means to age like a New Yorker. The people we pay tribute to were innovators, pioneers and role models 50 years ago and they remain innovators, pioneers and role models today.”
Carol Becker, Lisa Lippman and Benjamin Finkelstein, Nancy and Joel Hirschtritt, Kate Lear and Jon LaPook, Judith and Michael Luskin, Amanda and Ned Offit, Stefanie and Dan Offit, Susan and Arthur Rebell, Marcia Riklis, Tami Schneider, Sofia and Mike Segal, and Claudine Pépin and Rollie Wesen served on the Gala Benefit Committee.
|Serving New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities for almost 170 years, The New Jewish Home is transforming eldercare as we know it. One of the nation's largest and most diversified not‐for‐profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, Jewish Home serves 12,000 older adults each year, in their homes, on campuses in Manhattan and Westchester, and in senior housing residences in The Bronx, through short-term rehabilitation, long‐term skilled nursing, senior housing, and a wide range of home health programs. Jewish Home believes that high quality care and personal dignity are everyone's right, regardless of background or economic circumstances. Technology, innovation, applied research and new models of care put The New Jewish Home at the vanguard of eldercare providers across the country. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.|
|On April 4th, The Clarion Music Society presented their 60th Anniversary Masked Gala at the JW Marriott Essex House where they raised over $100,000.
Guests joined The Young Friends Committee Co-Chairs Andrea Desy and Daniel Levien in the ballroom for a seated dinner. Artistic Director, Steven Fox began by directing the nine-piece orchestra in a performance of the Larghetto from Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 413 led by pianist Nimrod David Pfeffer.
|Mr. Fox addressed the audience saying, "Clarion performs on period instruments that survive from the time of the composer, or on models thereof – in fact, the piano that is being played tonight is an exact replica of one of Mozart's instruments." He then introduced tenor Mario Chang who performed a solo, followed by a solo from soprano Lauren Snouffer before the pair performed the Act II duet from L'elisir d'amore, with the orchestra's accompaniment. Baritone Yunpeng Wang then performed an aria from Tchaikovsky opera Pique Dame, 'Ya vas Lyublyu'.
The Clarion Music Society's Gala Chair Charles N.W. Schlangen welcomed guests, while introducing Gala Committee member Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, who introduced Honoree Tatiana Pouschine saying she is "a delight, a near-perfect person with a questing intellect" and thanking her for her dedication to music and the arts.
|Ms. Pouschine was greeted with a standing ovation before thanking attendees. She described Mr. Fox's Clarion concert "Mozart: 1791," as one of the "top five musical moments of my life." Mr. Schlangen presented her with the Clarion Philanthropic Award.
The evening finished with a final musical tribute from Mr. Wang and Mr. Chang who performed the duet from "The Pearl Fishers."
Clarion encompasses one of the oldest and most highly regarded period-instrument orchestras in America, The Clarion Orchestra and The Clarion Choir. Their recording, Passion Week, received a 2017 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Choral Performance, as well as a nomination for the BBC Music Magazine Choral Award (UK.)
|On April 4th, More than 300 guests were present as The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) inducted four arts luminaries into its Hall of Fame during its annual benefit at 583 Park Avenue. The evening’s honorees were Lynn Nottage, award-winning playwright and screenwriter whose play Sweat just opened on Broadway; Peggy Cooper Cafritz, influential arts patron and former President of the District of Columbia Board of Education; Ida Applebroog, celebrated painter, sculptor, and filmmaker with an upcoming solo show at Hauser & Wirth London; and Christopher d’Amboise, a distinguished choreographer, dancer, and playwright. The gala was Co-Chaired by artist Elia Alba and industrial real estate professional Mary Lang, both members of NYFA’s Board of Trustees.
|Guests included Julie Taymor, Theater, Opera, and Film Director; Jacques d’Amboise, Dancer, Choreographer, and Director of the National Dance Institute; Charlotte d’Amboise, Actress and Dancer (Broadway’s Chicago); J.T. Rogers, Playwright (Broadway’s OSLO); Elliot Goldenthal, Composer; Vincent Fremont, Senior Advisor, Art Media Holdings, LLC; Ed Lewis, Co-Founder, Essence Magazine; Jacqueline Sischy, Director, Hauser & Wirth; Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Director, Jack Shainman Gallery; Beth B, Filmmaker; and Dread Scott, Artist and NYFA Board Member.|
|The New York Foundation for the Arts was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year they award $650,000 in cash grants to individual artists in all artistic disciplines. Their fiscal sponsorship program is one of the oldest and most reputable in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually, and their Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and support. Visit NYFA.org for rmoe information.|
| Photographs by Elena Olivo (BAM); Patrick McMullan; Sylvain Gaboury/PMC (PDF); BFA (NYFA); Stephen Smith (Clarion).