Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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French Consul General in NYC Anne-Claire Legendre and Donna Chapman
Houston-based philanthropist Donna Chapman was honored in New York at The American Hospital of Paris Foundation’s Award Gala at the Plaza Hotel. In addition to an enthusiastic contingent from Houston, guests and supporters of the 2016 Award Gala were luminaries from Paris, Palm Beach, Jackson Hole and the New York Tristate area.

Guests included the Foundation’s Co-Chairmen Barbara Cirkva Schumacher and Henry P. Davison, II as well as distinguished Board members and Dinner Committee Members including former U.S. Ambassador to France Howard H. Leach and Mrs. Gretchen Leach; Marshall Wais and his wife Deborah; Laura and Mark Yockey; Claude Wasserstein; HRH Princess Firyal al-Muhammad of Jordan; John Tozzi; Diane Lokey Farb; Linda Barrett; Sharon Jacquet; Dr. Gerard Khayat, Medical Director of the American Hospital of Paris as well as representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital the AHP and AHPF’s international affiliate hospital.
The dazzling evening with a French flair, featured a strolling accordionist and jazz trio.  The Gala supports the American Hospital of Paris, a unique institution that has grown and thrived for over 100 years. More than 100,000 patients from 100 countries come through the Hospital’s doors in Neuilly-sur-Seine each year. 

Mrs. Chapman, a confirmed Francophile with an apartment in Paris, joined The American Hospital of Paris Foundation Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2012. She is President of Josey Oil, a Houston-based oil exploration company founded in 1926, and is involved philanthropically with numerous charitable and community organizations including The House Grand Opera, The Houston Symphony (Trustee), The Houston Ballet, The Frick Museum and several other charities, schools and special programs throughout the Houston area.
Henry P. Davison II and Barbara Cirkva Schumacher
Since 1976, The American Hospital of Paris Foundation has been the vital link between the United States and the American Hospital of Paris. The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds and awareness in the United States for the Hospital.  The Foundation, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is based in New York and provides major philanthropic support in order to improve technology and facilities and to maintain and enhance the quality of medical and patient care at the American Hospital of Paris. It also aims to further partnerships that leverage the Franco-American spirit of cooperation at the American Hospital of Paris.

For more information on the AHPF visit
Donna Chapman and Elizabeth Sainty
Marshall and Deborah Wais
Hilary Ross, Gretchen Leach, and Daisy Soros
John Crawford and Judith Pisar
Linda F. Barrett
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
John Resor, Deborah Wais, and Max Chapman
Kitty Resor and Diane Lokey Farb
Marshall Wais and Susan Dalton
Max Chapman, Bernadette Toomey, and friend
Murray Stoltz, Natasha Brahmst, and Dave Price
The Honorable Howard H. Leach and Mrs. Gretchen Leach
The 11th Annual Policemen's Ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club, was a sell-out that drew nearly 700 supporters, friends, police officers and employees from the Palm Beach Police Department, along with local civic leaders and members of the Palm Beach Town Council, and raised more than $1,100,000, surpassing last year's record.

For the second year, Monika and John Preston served as Gala Chairmen, and Mary and Mark Freitas as Honorary Chairmen of the Ball that featured a "Jailhouse Rock," theme, and paid tribute to Palm Beach Police Department's men and women in blue and its non-sworn employees. Celebrated event designer Tom Mathieu cleverly incorporated signature elements from "Jailhouse Rock," the 1957 American musical film starring Elvis Presley, where he finds salvation in prison when his cellmate hears him sing and pegs him as a future star. Prison striped tablecloths, party favors that included handcuffs and oversized sunglasses with attached sideburns, along with an Elvis impersonator, amused the revelers inside the ballroom that doubled as a gilded jail cell, where they were entertained by the dance band, Soul Survivors.
Palm Tree Presentation: John Scarpa, Mei Sze Greene, Jeff Greene, and John Preston
The evening began with a poolside cocktail reception, which showcased new Bentleys, courtesy of Braman. Following cocktails, pomp and pageantry was provided by Palm Beach Pipes and Drums, and the Presentation of the Colors by the Palm Beach Police Department Honor Guard. A stirring rendition of America the Beautiful was performed by Palm Beach Police Sergeant Gary Walley, accompanied by Leonora Wilkinson. The Invocation was given by Fred Hess, a retired former captain.

Palm Beach Police Foundation co-founder and President John F. Scarpa and Foundation co-founder and Vice President Emeritus Tim Moran welcomed the guests. Following, John Preston introduced Jeff Greene, the Eleventh Annual Palm Tree Award recipient. Scarpa, Moran and the Prestons made the presentation to Greene, a Palm Beach philanthropist, real estate investor and entrepreneur, who was recognized for his outstanding community service and support to the Foundation and Police Department, and for the Greene School in West Palm Beach, which he and his wife Mei Sze founded last year.
Officer of Year Presentation: Kirk Blouin, David Mack, Sergeant Dan Wilkinson, and Leonora Wilkinson.
Palm Beach Director of Public Safety Kirk Blouin and First Vice President David Mack surprised the deserving Sergeant Dan Wilkinson with the Sixth Annual "Officer of the Year" award, and a $5,000 check, sponsored by IberiaBank.

An exciting live auction raised $355,500. Proceeds will remain in Palm Beach and benefit the Palm Beach Police Department. Event sponsors included The Palm Beach Police Foundation, Inc.; Neiman Marcus Palm Beach; Palm Beach Illustrated, Linda A. Gary Real Estate, and IberiaBank.

The Palm Beach Police Foundation is a charitable organization that underwrites programs, and accepts and manages tax deductible gifts and donations for the benefit of the Palm Beach Police Department and its employees.
Stephen and Petra Levin
JoAnna and Stephen Myers
Jerry and June Frank with Linda and Don Wilkins
Gail Coniglio with Howard and Michele Kessler
Gaye and Jim Engel
Linda Gary, Michael Belisle, and Tasha and Kirk Blouin
Tom and Joann Bradford, Dani Moore, and Anne and Jay Boodheshwar
Rex Ford, Marissa Duquette, and Scott and Kathleen Duquette
David Mack, Judy Bronfman, and Howard Bernick
Leonora and Sgt Daniel Wilkinson
Kirk Blouin, Mei Sze, and Jeff Greene
Bill and Wyatt Koch
John and Jana Scarpa
Darcie and Joel Kassewitz with Cameron and Jeff Preston
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
Karen and Chris Watkins
Kate, Tim, Kelly, and Bridget Moran
Lawrence Herbert and Bill Bone
Christine and Robert Stiller
Mary and Mark Freitas
Beth Pine and Andy Fox
Donald Burns and Talbot Maxey
Gary and Monica Walley
Llywd Ecclestone and Somers Farkas
Annie Falk and Bridget Koch
Eileen and Brian Burns
Monika and John Preston
Pipes and Drums
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation presented its Fourth Annual Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon on January 11, 2017 at the Mar-a-Lago Club and drew more than 225 guests.  Denise Hanley, Miriam Kimsey and Holly Maisto were the event Co-Chairmen, and Nellie Benoit, Frances Fisher, Sally Soter and Joanie Van der Grift were the Honorary Co-Chairmen  Micah Ford and Kristen Ray were the Junior Co-Chairmen of the Luncheon entitled “ Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder - Today and Tomorrow.”

The Medical Briefing Luncheon featured a panel discussion designed to provide greater awareness and education about bipolar disorder. The panelists were Boris Birmaher, MD (University of Pittsburgh); David Miklowitz, Ph.D. (UCLA); Rakesh Karmacharya, MD, Ph.D. (Harvard/MGH), and Mary Ellen McGrath, JD, the parent of a child with bipolar disorder, and Dusty Sang, the Foundation co-founder, who served as Moderator.
Micah Ford and Kristen Ray
Cathy Flagg and Pat Johnson
Joyce Sang, the Foundation co-founder presented the 2017 Shining Star Award, the Foundation’s highest honor, to Micah Ford and Kristen Ray in recognition of their unwavering support, their founding and leadership of the Foundation’s Young Friends, and their commitment to the Foundation’s mission and goals.

Corporate sponsorship support for the Luncheon was provided by Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc., Bruce Gendelman Insurance Services; Eternal Essence Candle Company; FPL; GL HOMES; Gunster; Northern Trust; and, Neiman Marcus. Four  professional tables for Palm Beach County-based teachers and counselors were underwritten by Sally Soter, Frances Fisher, FPL, Northern Trust and the Morse Genius Foundation.
Miriam Kimsey, Denise Hanley, Holly Maisto
Joyce and Dusty Sang
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charitable organization whose mission is to foster awareness, understanding and research for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder.
Nellie Benoit and Joanie Van der Grift
Sally Soter and Frances Fisher
Julie Cummings and Dede Merck
Inger Anderson and Joanne Paull
Lyn Ross and Sheila Fine
The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach hosted a cocktail book signing to celebrate the publication of "The Serial Entertainer's Passion for Parties" by designer and author Steven Stolman. The cover features a Stolman-planned wedding reception at Villa Artemis, one of Palm Beach's most iconic homes, and was photographed by the much-loved society photographer Mary Hilliard ("Cookie" to her friends.) Over 100 people attended, including Hilliard, Foundation Chair Pauline Pitt, jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski, architects Kristin Kellogg and Taylor Smith, Danielle Moore, Krystian von Speidel, Richard and Robin Bernstein and scores more.
Steven Stolman and Mary Hilliard
Terry Bowie, William Feldkamp, Miguel Rosales, and John Corey
Mary Hilliard and Pauline Pitt
Mish Tworkowski and Earl Crittenden
Milan Houghton, Mark Epstein, and Nick Gold
Jason and Natasha Rawding
Susan and John Pettenati
Bridget Occhi and Robert Reda
Kristin Kellogg and Taylor Smith
Richard and Robin Bernstein with Steven Stolman
William Feldkamp with Diana Vought
Amanda Skier with Mish Tworkowski
Mich Witmere and Sarah McKenzie
Martin Klein and Dennis Miller
Jewel and Paul Lowenstein with Rich Wilkie
Dennis Miller with Dani Moore
Louise Kaufman and Krystian Von Speidel
Photographs by Julie Skarratt & Jay Ackerman (AHPF) Capehart Photography (Police Ball, Bipolar Foundation, Stolman)