Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Young Professionals and Major Donors

Paul Sygrove, Sandra Kozlowski, Pablo Ogarrio, and Dawn Reinholtz Linda McNeil Tantawi and Ann Caruso 
The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of Susan G. Komen Greater New York City hosted its ninth annual fundraiser, Pink Madness, on Thursday, March 23, 2017.  Held at Rockefeller Center, the event sparkled over midtown, aglow with pink lights from Loft & Garden. 

Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals founder Sandra Kozlowski, Young Professionals Chair Maneet Ahuja, and Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda McNeil Tantawi
Pink Madness introduces  Greater New York City young professionals to the life-saving work of Komen Greater NYC.  This year’s Pink Madness featured dancing to DJ Jason Fioto, fabulous farm to table bites, and a silent auction loaded with trips and tickets. Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda McNeil Tantawi, YPC founder Sandra L. Kozlowski and YPC Chair Maneet Ahuja toasted the philanthropists and gave tribute to the cancer survivors who have influenced their commitment to ending unnecessary death from breast cancer.

The YPC is dedicated to finding new ways to fund innovative grassroots breast health programs that provide life-saving services to underserved residents in New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

“We raised over $65,000 with this event, which brings our fundraising total to over $1.4 million since our founding in 2009.  These funds will help underwrite Komen Greater NYC’s breast health screening, treatment and support programs, which are so critical to women who might otherwise not have access to breast health care," said Kozlowski.  “Unfortunately when my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she did not get the best care available at that time.  All women deserve that access. The YPC and I are working with Komen Greater NYC to make sure all women have what my grandmother didn’t.”

The event is made possible through the generous support of Sandra Kozlowski (Cure Sponsor); Andersen Tax LLC and Interval Partners (Research Sponsors); and Alternative Investment Management, LLC and Mary Francina Golden and Kenneth V. Handal (Advocates).

For further information about Komen Greater NYC’s Young Professionals Committee, visit www.komennyc.org/YPC.
Megan Charles, Achim Matthes, and Jennifer Charles 
Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee Member (left) Jennifer Schanes with Lindsey Gal, Andrea Chui, and Jessica Robins 
 Katie Gimpel and Libby Smith
Maha Shama, Sophie Crowley, and Samantha Kane
On March 24th, Geoffrey Hoefer and Thomas Wei hosted guests to a cocktail reception in a Fashion District loft to celebrate Cool Culture's upcoming UnGala. Harold O'Neil entertained guests on the piano while hors d'oeuvres were passed.

Cool Culture's UnGala will take place on May 25, 2017 at IAC HQ in Chelsea, NYC celebrates and honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, diversity, and arts access. It is about strengthening communities, painting a landscape of diversity and celebrating the impact art has on our lives. The Cool Culture UnGala is more than a fun cultural event, it will also support their work bridging varied communities together in order to provide enriching experiences for tomorrow's artists, art-lovers, and activists. Honorees include Artist Teresita Fernandez and philanthropist and book author Reggie Van Lee. Visit www.coolculture.com for more information.
Cool Culture Executive Director Candice Anderson and Philanthropist, Author and Cool Culture Honoree Reggie Van Lee
Geoffrey Hoefer (right) with a friend
Harold O'Neal
Reggie Van Lee, Maisha Dyson, and UnGala co-chair and Board of Director member Will DuBose
Calvin Clark on the right with two friends
t Thomas Wei, Geoffrey Hoefer, Jennifer Heinnich, and friend
Zabe Bent, David Lamb, and Thomas Wei
Rosalind Dear and friend
Despite what 7th Avenue wants you to think, fashion shows don't just happen during Fashion Week. Maggie Norris, who has dressed the likes of Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston, gave a show at a prestigious private yacht club to benefit Sailing Heals. This Massachusetts–based nonprofit offers outings on the sea for people and families facing serious health setbacks including cancer. The evening was dubbed "Cocktails & Couture." The show featured the work of Norris, whose other clients include Diane Keaton and Naomi Watts and Rene Ruiz who said, "I drew my inspiration from fashions worn by some of Hollywood's most glamorous stars such as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and Gary Cooper."

The evening of nautical-inspired day wear and evening wear was modeled by both professional models, courtesy of TRUE Model Management, and others who have benefited from Sailing Heals.
Michele Gallagher and Maggie Norris
Trisha Boisvert, Jon Ollwerther and Helen Miller were the evening's hosts that included a brief speech by Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott about how she enjoyed a rejuvenating afternoon at sea and how important this experience can be for those who have had a serious injury or illness. Ms. Abbott received exuberant applause on the runway when she took her turn as a "VIP" model. She also founded the Heather Abbott Foundation which helps amputees thrive in their recovery and live the life they love. She is a great example of someone who can harness the healing power of community and the sea in times of need.
Sebastien Boisvert and Heather Abbott Sarina Kalmogo in Rene Ruiz
Rene Ruiz with model Barbara Regna in Maggie Norris and Andrew Lambie
Modern Luxury's Fashion Director James Aguiar served as emcee for the elegant evening, and guests included Pamela O'Connor, Jean Shafiroff and Barbara Regna, who also modeled and showcased her own accessory and jewelry collection on the runway. Also in the mix were luxury vintage purveyors Bridgette Morphew and Jason Lyon, Dr. David Fox, event planner Cristina Verger, gallerist Lyle Reitzel, Dr. Christopher Calapai, Jane Scher and Royce Pinkwater. Maggie and Rene gave back 20% of sales generated throughout "Cocktails & Couture" to Sailing Heals. For more information on Sailing Heals, visit sailingheals.org.
Anna Dmitrieva in Maggie Norris Tori Keefe in Maggie Norris
Models in Maggie Norris with Sebastien Boisvert
Models in Renee Ruiz
Rose Callahan, Terry Ahn, and Cynthia Altoriso
Jon Ollwerther and Casey Cox Jean Shafiroff and Pamela O’Connor
Muji and Cash Karim
Danielle Paiewonsky and Lyle Reitzel Cristina Verger and Jane Scher
Shari Liu and Hemmerle Gollust Katherine Howe
R. Couri Hay and Sailing Heals supporters
Nearly 250 of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ major donors recently attended a special evening in honor of the Center’s Founders and Grand Benefactors, Benefactors, Grand Sponsors, Sponsors and Patron Members of the Dress Circle. 

The annual dinner was sponsored by Northern Trust, which was acknowledged for its sponsorship of this event for 21 consecutive years.  The evening’s performance following the dinner, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was sponsored by Founder members Alec and Sheila Engelstein and Zelda and Allen Mason.

The Kravis Center’s CEO, Judith Mitchell, welcomed guests and acknowledged the new Founder members in attendance, including Chao Li and Robert Ambrosi, Howard Bernstein, Colleen and Michael Bracci, Carol and Mike Cohen, Marvin Dworken, Sherry Endelson, Audrey Halperin, Elaine and Lawrence Rothenberg, Martie and Bob Sachs, Susan Stautberg, Table 26 represented by Ed Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros and UBS Private Wealth Management represented by Eileen Berman.
Diane Bergner and Mike Bracci Zelda and Allen Mason with Sheila Engelstein
Alex and Renate Dreyfoos Jane Mitchell and Bill Meyer
Joe Horton, Audrey Halperin, and Michael McCafferty
Jim and Judy Mitchell Carol and Mike Cohen
Sherry Endelson, Barbara Golden Martie and Bob Sachs
Debbie Abrams and Commissioner Steven Abrams
Eberhard and Jane Zeidler John and Judy Goodman
Tom and Sherry Barrat Charles Muoio and West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio
Outstanding young entrepreneurs and teachers from around the world were honored on March 23rd at Cipriani 25 Broadway for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)'s Global Showcase, presented by Mastercard. Over 400 guests attended the event that included a panel moderated by Forbes Editor Caroline Howard featuring Forbes #30Under30 entrepreneurs, including NFTE alumni.

The NFTE Global Showcase featured alumni and teacher delegations from the United States and around the world. Alumni were recognized as Global Young Entrepreneurs and the most outstanding teacher in each participating region received the Global Enterprising Educator Award. The Individual Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jim Yim, New England region, and the John C. Whitehead Global Teacher of the Year award was presented to Jake Lapinski, of St. Louis. These awards were sponsored by the Alper Family Foundation.
Patrick Henry, NFTE Advisory Board, with Michelle Kliszewski, Staff, NFTE Jake Lapinski, Global Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
Mastercard received NFTE’s Corporate Volunteer of the Year Award. SAP was also honored as NFTE’s Innovation Partner of the Year for their philanthropic commitment to youth development, celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit, and belief in the transformative power of tech-entrepreneurship for underserved youth across the United States.

NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people and builds their knowledge about business startup. Students acquire the entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., innovation, self-reliance, comfort with risk), alongside business, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and presentation skills—equipping them to drive their best futures in the 21st Century. NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities, with programs in 23 locations in 10 countries.
Shawn Osborne, NFTE President & CEO; Kyle Garman, SVP, SAP; and Mike Kacsmar, EY, NFTE Board Member
Michael Fraccaro, Mastercard; Susan Warner, Mastercard; Laura Ottulich, Mastercard; Shawn Osborne, NFTE President & CEO; and Douglass Hatcher, Mastercard
Steve Mariotti, Founder, NFTE, Jim Johnston, and Kim Smith, Staff, NFTE
Katie Morgan, Nancy Nolan, Kyle Garman, SAP, and Ann Marie Almeida, SVP of Marketing and Development, NFTE
Brooke York, Lucas Greenway, Young NFTE Entrepreneur, and Tucker York, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Board Member, NFTE
Helen Steblecki, Citi with Sandy Fernandez, MasterCard
Patricia Alper, Alper Family Foundation, Board Member, NFTE with David Chubak, Board Member, NFTE
Peter Boni, Chairman, NFTE Board of Directors with Kyle Garman, SVP, SAP
Evin Robinson, Co-Founder, New York On Tech; Jessica Santana, Co-Founder, New York On Tech; Ronesha Byng, Founder & CEO, Her Agenda; and Caroline Howard, Executive Digital Producer-Editor, Forbes Media
Photographs by Capehart Photography (Kravis); Margaret Fox Photography (NFTE)