Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tireless advocates

Dinner at BAM to celebrate Alan Fishman
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.
Helga Davis
Isabella Rosellini
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.)
Mark Morris Dance Group
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).
Judy Fishman, Rufus Wainwright, and Alan Fishman
Jimmy Von Brammer
Mark Morris
William and Christine Campbell with Diane and Adam Max
Fiona Shaw and Joseph Melillo
Jamie and Marty Markowitz
Jonah Bokaer
Holly Shen, Jose Parla, Craig Dykers, and Rey Parla
James Sheldon and Karen Brooks Hopkins, BAM President Emeritus
Bruce Ratner and Alan Fishman
William Campbell, Katy Clark, and Adam Max
Katepalli R. Sreenivasan with his wife
Tommy Tune and Jeanne Donovan Fisher
Rachel Lehmann, Alan Fishman, and Jean-Pierre Lehmann
Katy Clark and Alan Fishman with a Brooklyn Nets jersey signed by Brook Lopez
Laurie Cumbo, Alan Fishman, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Gala Stawski and Joseph Melillo
Pam Codispoti (right)
Rufus Wainwright
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.
Gregory Romero, Barbara Romero, John Lehr, Jonathan Romero, Missy Egbert Sheehan, and Penn Egbert
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.
Jonathan Romero and Katy Rigley
Sam and Phoebe Polk
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
Gregory and Barbara Romero
Joshua Raskin and Melissa Raskin
George Oliphant
Stephanie Goldman and Amy Sole
Missy Egbert Sheehan, Missy Heanue, and Deirdre O'Brien
Geordie Hebard and Amy Gray
Shara Gordon, Lauren Wassner, Erica Wohlstadter, Nicole Ferig, and Michele Wolfberg
Caroline McCabe, Jessica Griffith, and Holly Bolehower
Robin Elliott and Rob Shaw
James Maund, John Carlson, and Marissa Evans
Adam Wolfberg and Hunter Brown
DJ Brenda Black
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.
Honorees Morris W. Offit, Donald Tober, Vernon Jordan, Iris Apfel, Barbara Tober Carmen de Lavallade, gala co-chair Kate Lear, and honoree chef Jacques Pépin
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.
Eight Over Eighty guests at dinner at the Mandarin Oriental
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
Honorees chef Jacques Pépin and Carmen de Lavallade with Michael Luskin and Audrey Weiner
Vernon Jordan with (left to right) grandson Jordan Adams, step-son Brody Adams, and grandsons Mercer Cook and Dwight Bush, Jr.
Honoree Morris W. Offit, Chairman, Offit Capital, and his wife, Nancy Offit
Honorees Iris Apfel and chef Jacques Pépin
Lou-Ellen Barkan her husband Mel P. Barkan
Carole and Richard Eisner
Honorees Donald and Barbara Tober
Carmen de Lavallade, honoree with son Leo Holder and Anna Glass
Gala co-chairs Kate Lear and her husband Jon LaPook, MD
Gala-co-chairs Nancy Hirschtritt and Susan and Arthur Rebell, Director, The New Jewish Home
David Fuchs, Joy Henshel, Sam Altman, Ellen Petscheck, and Susan Glickman
Michael Kessler and Keith Reinhardt
Honoree Morris W. Offit (center) with sons Ned S. Offit and Daniel W. Offit
Arlene Feltman Sailhac and chef André Soltner
Jacques Pépin wishes the gathering "Bon appetite!"
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.
Tania Pouschine and Charles Schlangen
Sara and John Cassis
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.
Steven Fox and Jennifer Wright
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.)
Jean Shafiroff, Michael Pecnik, and Valerie Lettan
Sim Meem and Maggie Schaffer
Sarah Stonbely, George Stonbely, and Christine Stonbely
Yun Peng Wang, Mario Chang, Nimrod David Pfeffer, and Lauren Snouffer
Andrea Desy and Daniel Edrei
Neill Slaughter and Jeanette Hektoen
Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel
Margot Tohn and Tara Stack
Daniel Levien and Gordon Grieve
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.
Christopher d'Amboise
Peggy Cooper Cafritz
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.
Lynn Nottage
Julia Pontes
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 for rmoe information.
Jaye Moon
Jacques D'Amboise
Elliot Goldenthal, Lynn Nottage, and Julie Taymor
Judith Brodsky and Karl Kellner
Heather Patterson, Elizabteth Yee, and Mary Lang
Christopher d'Amboise, Judith Brodsky, Ida Applebroog, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Michael Royce, and Lynn Nottage
Charlotte d'Amboise
Nell Painter and Patricia Spears Jones
Beth B, Ida Applebroog, and Barry Rosen
Rocio Aranda Alvarado and Ella Alba
Joeonna Bellorado Samuels
Vincent Fremont and Maryann Jordan
Karl Kellner, Michael Curtis, and William Draper
Ivan Cortazar, Ella Alba, Carmelita Tropicana, and Dread Scott
Grimanesa Amorós and Marjorie Martay
Photographs by Elena Olivo (BAM); Patrick McMullan; Sylvain Gaboury/PMC (PDF); BFA (NYFA); Stephen Smith (Clarion).