Wednesday, June 13, 2018

All the world’s a stage

Cipriani 42nd Street lit up with pink for this year’s Komen Greater NYC’s Impact Awards.
Two weeks ago at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse on 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Harlem Stage hosted its annual spring Gala. The theme of this year’s event was #Disrupters and paid tribute to artists as activists, creators and catalysts, and celebrated Harlem Stage’s 35th year as an institution known for commissioning and presenting new, innovative work that reflects and responds to the complex conditions that shape the lives of our audiences, artists and communities.

This year the event honored three individuals for their artistic contributions: Tamara Tunie, who also serves as Board President at Harlem Stage, S. Epatha Merkerson, and piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker. Guests enjoyed musical performances in the historic and stunning Gatehouse, a New York City landmark built in 1890 which once served as a pivotal facility in the Croton Aqueduct system and was revitalized to serve as a state-of-the-art performance space.
Tamara Tunie, Matthew Whitaker, and Wé McDonald
Among those attending were:  the honorees Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Blue Bloods), S. Epatha Merkerson (Chicago Med, Law and Order)and piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, RAMMY award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington (who performed); TONY, EmmyTV, film and stage actor Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams, The Love Guru, My Fair Lady), TV actor Vondie Curtis-Hall (For The People, Daredevil), Vocalist and songwriter Somi; Jazz, Soul and R&B singer Charenee Wade. Also attending were TONY nominated and Olivier Award Winner Noma Dumezweni (A Raisin in the Sun, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), TV and film actress Denise Burse (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Black Mirror), Obie Award winning actor, director and writer Roger Guenveur Smith (Rodney King) Actress Lynn Whitfield, Singer and Activist Nona Hendryx, playwright Lynn Nottage, host of Deadline Crime Tamron Hall, MSNBC correspondent Joy-Ann Reid, President and CEO Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Lloyd Williams, Manhattan Bureau President Gale Brewer, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver, Councilmember Mark Levine, Head of Global Sports and Entertainment at ‎Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Drew Hawkins; Chairman/CEO of SESAC John Josephson, Vice President at Time Warner INC.; Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Laura Flanders, B Michael, Harlem Stage Executive Director Patricia Cruz, and Director of Programming Monique Martin.

Gala Co-Chairs were Angela Glover Blackwell and Richard E. Feldman.
Tamara Tunie and her mother
Pat Cruz
Charenée Wade and Somi
Matthew Whitaker
Teri Lynn Carrington
Monique Martin
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 35 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts.

With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Stew, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more.
Manu Narayan, James King, and Tamara Tunie
Denise Burse
Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

Proceeds from the gala will help support Harlem Stage's critical mission to exclusively commission and present works by visionary artists of color and the thousands of New York City schoolchildren Harlem Stage serves each year through the Frances Davis/Harlem Stage Arts Education Program. 
Deirdre May and Noma Dumezweni
Kasi Lemmons and Vondie Curtis-Hall
Carolina Zapf and John Josephson
James King, Ron Simons, and Noma Dumezweni
Tamara Tunie, Charles J. Hamilton Jr., and Pamela Carlton
Laura Flanders and Elizabeth Streb
Simon and Alex Bergson
We McDonald and Imani McDonald
Susan G. Komen Greater NYC celebrated the 2018 Impact Awards on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd St. Susan G. Komen Founder and Honorary Chair, Nancy Brinker, joined Co-Chairs Cathie Black and Margaret I. Cuomo, MD in welcoming more than 500 people from the New York City metropolitan area to the luncheon. Survivors, advocates, health care providers and supporters united for the event, which raised over $525,000 towards life-saving services for women in need.
Susan G. Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi, Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker, Luncheon Co-Chairs Cathie Black & Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., and Surviving with Impact Award Honoree Gerri Willis at the annual Impact Awards.
The Impact Awards, hosted by CBS2 News Anchor Alex Denis, recognizes impact and innovation in the fight against breast cancer by honoring those making a difference through education, outreach, and research. Honorees included Gerri Willis (Surviving with Impact Award) - Fox Business Network anchor; Genentech (Corporate Impact Award) – accepted by Greg Tobin, East Coast Cirector-HER2 Targeted Breast Cancer Portfolio at Genentech; Carlotta Jacobson (John Mack Carter Founder’s Award) - Founder of Cancer and Careers and President of Cosmetic Executive Women; and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Inc. (Community Impact & Innovation Award) – accepted by Joann Smith, President and CEO. 
Helena Vahradian, Jackie Harris, Julian Robertson, Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker, and Robin Avram
Through events such as The Impact Awards and the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure, Komen Greater NYC funds local breast health education and outreach, screening coordination, treatment and support programs for underserved, minority, immigrant, LGBT and disabled residents of the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Donna Sarrica, Mary Perry, Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi, and Janet Sarrica
Komen Greater NYC Board Member Amy Tsui Luke and Former Board Chair Laila Worrell Surviving with Impact Honoree Gerri Willis & Fox Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. and NY Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D.
Susan G. Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi and Ann Caruso Susan G. Komen Founder Nancy Brinker & Susan G. Komen CEO Paula Schneider
CBS2 News Anchor and Impact Awards Host Alex Denis
Eric Brinker Gerri Willis accepts Surviving with Impact Award
Editorial Director, Hearth Lifestyle Group Jane Francisco presents the John Mack Carter Founder’s Award to Carlotta Jacobson (Founder of Cancer and Careers, President of Cosmetic Executive Women)
Superhero Moment at the Impact Awards
Superheroes Betsy Pash & Impact Awards Co-Chair Cathie Black
Nancy Brinker in the crowd
On June 6th at the NY Athletic Club, HOBY held its annual Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Gala. The gala recognizes leaders in diverse areas of human endeavor and supports fundraising efforts that sustain HOBY programs, which provide young people with leadership development opportunities throughout the world.

HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. To date, over 495,000 alumni have emerged from HOBY programs equipped with refined leadership skills and confidence to return to their communities and create social change.

To learn more about HOBY's life-changing leadership programs, visit
Megan Alexander Mary Beth Adelson, Stephanie Jackson Altieri and Jarrod Bernstein
Jarrod Bernstein, Brandon Harris, Sarah McGee, and Javier La Fianza
Mary Beth Adelson, Sarah McGee, and Stephanie Jackson Altieri Craig Rosasco and Virginia O'Brian
Megan Alexander, Zhan Okuda-Lim, Brian Kohn, Paola Martinez, Jeff Kohn, Tina Metis, Jomysha Stephen, and Sanoj Stephen
Hildy Kuryk, Jarrod Bernstein, and Anya Hoerburger Nancy Murphy, Stephen Ham, and Tori Dziedziak
Vlad Yelizarov, Michael Kobaivaonov, Liya Kobaivaonov, and Jeff Kohn
Sarah Kurita, Kelli Cooney, Whitney Mogavero, Amy Tara, Ranika Kohn, Mary Beth Adelson, and James Cooney
Jarrod Bernstein with family and friends
HOBY Alumni
Photographs by Marc Millman & Joe Russo (Harlem Stage Gala); Natalie Bero/ (HOBY)