Friday, April 20, 2018

Around the neighborhood

Forbes Litcoff, Sophie Hirsch, Kate Slattery, Ethan Leidinger, Elizabeth Owens, Junior Committee Co-Chair, David Foxley, Livia Carega, Bosco Diaz, Isabel Widdowson, Andrew Fries at The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s annual gala,  A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s annual Spring Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, April 11th. The theme of the evening was MAKE A SPLASH! and 41 tablescapes created by renowned designers did indeed live-up to the theme.

Cocktail hour offered the 450 guests time to view the many stunning tables. During dinner, Gala Chair Diana Quasha welcomed all and thanked designers for their support. Board Chair Elizabeth Munson and Executive Director Warren Scharf talked about Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s ground-breaking work on behalf of 15,000 New Yorkers in need. Othon Prounis, a member of the Board of Directors, introduced the Honoree, Sana Sabbagh, a supporter of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s mission and work.
Sana Sabbagh and Phillipe Triebel Amy Lau, Diana Quasha, and Renee Landegger
Led by Christie’s Rachel Orkin-Ramey the Live Auction raised $100,000 for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House programs. Dinner was followed by dancing to DJ Daddy Dog.  The evening was a great success, raising significant funds for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s critical programs for thousands of struggling New Yorkers.
Jane Spinak and Warren Scharf
Harry Williams, Fransesca DelBoulzo, Elizabeth Edleman, Trinka LaBranche, Luke LaBranche, and Emilie Ghilaga
Jenny Kirschner and Michael McGraw Helene Goldfarb and Rebecca Seawright
Sam Allen, Harry Heissmann, Seth Raphaeli, and Christopher Spitzmiller
Andrea Stark and Sandy Krakoff
Guy Rutherfurd, Emily Talimo, Lupo Talimo, and Sydney Shuman
Ingrid and Tom Edelman
Adam King, Christie Colley, Tracy Quasha, and Weston Quasha
Sydney Shuman, Carmen Torruella, Margo Takian, and Randy Takian
Chris Gefaell and Lindsey Coral Harper Frederica Tompkins and Lacary Sharpe
Othon and Kathy Prounis
Richard Farley and Chele Chiavacci Farley
Gerald Bland and John Manice
Kristen Swenson, Victor Geraci, and Hilary Dick
The cake
The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s (NTS USA) annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures, drew international philanthropists and conservationists to New York’s Metropolitan Club on 12 April.

NTS USA honored endurance athlete and philanthropist Mark Beaumont BEM and celebrated architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150th anniversary. Beaumont was presented with the 2018 Great Scot Award by NTS USA board chairman Helen Sayles CBE. The gala raised nearly $400,000 under the leadership of co-chairs Naoma Tate and M. Victoria Cummock. Proceeds support the work of The National Trust for Scotland including the urgent conservation effort to save Mackintosh’s modern architectural icon, the Hill House. 
Guests enjoying and bidding on silent auction items during cocktails
Guests included: 2009 Great Scot Alan Cumming, Grant Shaffer, 2010 Great Scot Christopher Forbes, Olivia T.M. Brock, Mrs. I.W. Colburn, David Foxley, Christopher Gow, Kerry Joyce, Joan Kahn, Paula Kirby, Peter McWhinnie, Holt Massey, Sandra Ourusoff Massey, Elizabeth Owens, Mitchell Owens, Donna Schindermann, and Nina Christine Yacavino, to name a few.
Charlie Whitfield delivers the traditional Macallan Toast
Alasdair Nichol recites the Ode to a Haggis The Andy Scott sculpture that raised $22,000 in the live auction
Displaying their heritage, guests were dressed in festive tartan attire. The décor was inspired by Hill House and made possible by ANTAOde to A Haggis was recited by auctioneer Alasdair Nichol. The live auction highlight was bronze maquettes of The Kelpies by Andy Scott which raised $22,000. The Foundation launched their “150 for 150” appeal in honor of Mackintosh's 150th, garnering over $30,000 in less than 10 minutes to the Hill House conservation. In true Scottish fashion, the evening concluded with dancing and all joining in singing Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne. To learn more or contribute to “150 for 150”, visit 
Benefit Committee member Mitch Owens, Ethan Leidinger, and Junior Committee member David Foxley
Alasdair Nichol, Hanneke Scott-Van Wel, and Andy Scott
Tylee and Katie Abbott Nigel and Leslie Eccles
Alan Cumming, Nicci Beaumont, Una Beaumont, and Mark Beaumont
Sandra Murray Gregory Begg, Victoria Cummock, and Ted Osborne
Kirstin Bridier, NTS USA Executive Director, with Gala Co-Chairs Victoria Cummock and Naoma Tate, and NTS USA Board Chairman Helen Sayles CBE
Lachlan and Annie Stewart Scottish Dance Leaders Nan Chisholm and Christopher Gow with Lynda Packard
Andrew Hamilton, Anne Robinson, Gregory Begg, and Ted Osborne
Guests join Junior Committee Co-Chair Kerry Joyce
Francis Hyatt, Kimberly Jones, Leila Rovito, and Vinny Rovito
Naoma Tate, Kip Forbes, Joan Kahn, and Cynthia Friedman
Simon Skinner, National Trust for Scotland CEO, with 2018 Great Scot Mark Beaumont BEM
Christopher Gow dancing with Kimberly Jones
Tom Gold Dance, the classical dance company founded and led by former New York City Ballet soloist Tom Gold, wrapped up its seventh annual New York City season—the first program of the Company’s 10th anniversary—Wednesday, April 11, 2018, with the second of two performances of Gold’s Charm (New York City Premiere) Shanti (a revival last performed in New York in 2002), and Rapid Oxidation (World Premiere), at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Rapid Oxidation, a duet to music of The Junkman, was danced by Allynne Noelle and Stephanie Williams.
Evelyn Kocak, Allynne Noelle, Shoshana Rosenfield in Tom Gold's Shanti
Stephanie Williams in Tom Gold's Rapid Oxidation. Photos: Ani Collier
Stephanie Williams and Allynne Noelle in Tom Gold's Rapid Oxidation
Stephanie Williams and James Shee in Tom Gold's Charm. Photos: Eugene Gologursky
Afterwards, nearly 150 guests, including 10th anniversary committee co-chairs Fe Fendi, Gillian Miniter and Elyse Newhouse; along with Emma Allen, Pat and Patsy Callahan, Susan Gutfreund, Jill Kargman, and Liz and Jeff Peek gathered for a dinner of roasted salmon, poletto alla mattone, and more at Freds at Barneys.

The artists of Tom Gold Dance—dancers Marria Cosentino, Evelyn Kocak, Ms. Noelle, Shoshana Rosenfield, Mary Elizabeth Sell, James Shee, and Ms. Williams; as well as pianist Joseph Liccardo—also attended.
James Shee, Mary Elizabeth Sell, Marria Cossentino, Evelyn Kocak, Tom Gold, Stephanie Williams, Allynne Noelle, and Shoshana Rosenfield
At the dinner, Gold, wearing Sacai, and Tom Gold Dance executive director Alexander Zaretsky announced that the Company would produce its first-ever fall program this November.

The 10th anniversary celebration raised more than $115,000 for Tom Gold Dance activities.
Elyse Newhouse, Fe Fendi, Tom Gold, and Gillian Miniter
Gillian Miniter with Jeff and Liz Peek
 Lucy Dobrin, Ahn-Tuyet Nguyen, Rob Pollock, and Gary Horowitz
Betsy Morais and Emma Allen Margo Blutt and Carole Divet Harting
Pat and Patsy Callahan, Susan Gutfreund, and Sylvester Miniter
Photographs by (NTS USA & Lenox Hill); Thelma Garcia (Tom Gold)