Monday, May 14, 2018

Arts, Education, Architecture, Airmen, and Lying-In

Jacqueline Weld Drake with the Casita Maria Chamber Choir.
"I will not be performing tonight. My role is to introduce the co-chairs of Musicale 2018 and our talented children. We are deeply indebted to them, Tom Enders, and all our trustees, and event chairmen," said Jacqueline Weld Drake, the chairman of the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education at their spring Musicale Tuesday night. The annual cocktail and concert supports Casita's Gaetana Enders Music Program, which provides 250 children, ages 5-11, lessons in general music, voice, violin, piano and musical theater every year.
The Casita Maria Chamber Choir
Elise Thoron, Gaetana Enders's daughter-in-law, shared, "My mother-in-law referred to me as her friend. This always touched me." She also spoke of the universal importance of music. Co-chair Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola thanked the audience for their support. Tom Enders offered his sincerest thanks for the continued vision of his mother, Gaetana, who founded the Program.  Soprano Sarah Moulton Faux serenaded a rapt audience with "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata, as well as Spanish zarzuelas and theater pieces. The students of Casita Maria's Gaetana Enders Music Program accompanied the soprano with "Getting to Know You".  At the conclusion of the concert, Maria Celis Wirth presented her with a bouquet.
Sarah Moulton Faux
Tom Enders
Musicale 2018 co-chairs were Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Marcelo Guzzo, Rodolfito Rothschild, Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola, and Elise Thoron. The vice chairs were Annabelle Mariaca and Maria Celis Wirth. Halim Bulos served as junior chair.
Guests included David Beer, Martha Bograd, Graciela Dauhajre, Rob Donahue, Giovanna Dukcevich, Edward Gallagher, Marifé Hernández and Joel Bell, Elizabeth Jacoby, Michèle Gerber Klein, Margo Langenberg, Mary Libby, Ann Nitze, Pamela Rosenthal, Alexandra Seegers, Jocelyn Simon, Kevin Singleton, Suzette de Marigny Smith, Stephanie Stokes, Amira Thoron, Elena and Miklós Tóth, among others.  
The Casita Maria Center for Arts Education is the oldest Latin institution in New York.  Over 1,000 children come there each day for afterschool programs.  Their building also serves as a beacon for the Bronx community in what is still the poorest zip code in America.
Graciela Dauhajre, Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola, Isabella Pedroni Spinola, Karla Farach, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Haydee Morales, and Alexandra Seegers
Annabelle Mariaca and Margo Langenberg Suzette de Marigny Smith and Gordon Faux
Alexandra Seegers and Haydee Morales
Emilio Pedroni Spinola and Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio
Jacqueline Weld Drake and Michèle Gerber Klein
Maria Celis Wirth, Elise Thoron, Pablo Zinger, Sarah Moulton Faux, and Haydee Morales
Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Annabelle Mariaca, Esmeralda Pedroni Spinola, Maria Celis Wirth, and Sarah Moulton Faux with the Casita Maria Chamber Choir
On Monday, May 7th 2018, over 400 supporters of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) gathered at a private club in New York City to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, originally established in 1982.

In an introduction to the ceremony, ICAA President Peter Lyden reflected how the evening's honorees have contributed to and built upon the ICAA's long-standing heritage. Quoting the late Henry Hope Reed, Lyden said, "Inevitably out of the past some generations stand in bold relief, some works claim precedence, some heroes cast their shadows on the present, and some jewels of art shine brighter than others. Before the mass offering of our heritage we are bound to select and distinguish."
Michael S. Smith, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Interior Design)
Craig Hamilton, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Architecture)
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winner (Education)
ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham presented the awards to the following laureates by category: Craig Hamilton (Architecture); Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (Education); Stuart Cohen (History & Writing); Michael S. Smith (Interior Design); Doyle Herman Design Associates (Landscape Design); Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, Co-Presidents of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation (Patronage).  

Co-Chairs of this year's Arthur Ross Awards included Suzanne Tucker, Charlotte Moss, and Stan Dixon. Honorary Chairs included Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, Bunny Williams, and Ambassador and Mrs. William J. vanden Heuvel.
ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham with 2018 Arthur Ross Awards Co-Chairs including Charlotte Moss, ICAA Board Member Suzanne Tucker, and ICAA Board Member Stan Dixon
The Awards raised a record $550,000 in support of the ICAA's mission to advance the appreciation and practice of the principles of traditional architecture and its allied arts by engaging educators, professionals, students, and enthusiasts.
John Rosselli and ICAA Board Member Bunny Williams
Stuart Cohen, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winner (History & Writing), with Julie Hacker
ICAA President Peter Lyden with Margize Howell, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Co-Recipient (Patronage)
ICAA Board Members Phillip J. Liederbach and Steven Gambrel with James Anderson
Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, Co-Presidents of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation, 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winners (Patronage)
Kathryn Herman and James Doyle, Principals of 2018 Arthur Ross Award Winning Firm (Landscape Design) Doyle Herman Design Associates, with ICAA Board Member Phillip J. Liederbach and ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham
ICAA Board Member Suzanne R. Santry, Rhett Butler, Haruko Fukui, and Gail Lloyd
Helen Fioratti, Janet C. Ross, and John Rogers
On Saturday, May 5th, the Junior Committee of the Soldiers' Sailors' Marine's Coast Guard's and Airmen's Club held their 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Brunch. As always, guest dressed to impress with their fascinators and bow ties as they enjoyed southern food catered by Southern Hospitality.

Guests also enjoyed mint juleps, the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby. After a fierce hat and bow tie contest that involved a promenade around the club, it was time to watch the most exciting 2 minutes in sports where Justify went home with the roses.
The SSMAC Junior Committee
The SSMAC Junior Committee is a group of young professionals dedicated to assisting U.S. military personnel by supporting the Club's mission of serving those who serve our country. You can find out more information on their Facebook page and website
Ashley Puscas, Jessica Rudner, and Stephanie Stern
Ben Axler, Mary Singer, Miguel Ferreyra de Bone, Rachel Hickey, and Ian Ferreyra de Bone
Ashley Puscas and Rachel Hickey
Gautam Kannan
Pamela Rehm-De Blasi
Nasstaja Zapeda
Lilly and Mary Elizabeth Walker Maruschka Valentin
Lydia Harrison, Ashley Puscas, Matt Rimi, and Andrew Bevan
Andrew Bevan, Dounia, Greg Jones, and Lilly and Mary Elizabeth Walker
Guests on the SSMAC balcony
On Tuesday, May 8th, The annual Lying-In Luncheon to benefit NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology raised $500,000. More than 250 guests attended the event, which included a fashion show featuring the latest Fall/Winter 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection from Naeem Khan and concluded with a selection of the designer's hand-embroidered bridal gowns, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The luncheon was hosted by Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian.
Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Naeem Khan, and Dr. Laura Forese Dr. Laura Forese and Iris Apfel
Funds from the event will benefit NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose specialties include general obstetrics and gynecology, gynecologic oncology, infectious disease and immunology, maternal fetal medicine and reproductive endocrinology.

NewYork-Presbyterian's leadership in women's health dates back to 1799 with the founding of The Lying-In Hospital – New York's first center devoted solely to the care of women in childbirth. Today, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a leader in its field, setting standards in patient care, research, training and community outreach.
Naeem Khan Collection
The Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns, which will be located on the top six floors of the NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, will help continue the Hospital's mission and commitment to excellence in clinical care, education and the empowerment of patients. When completed in 2020, this innovative facility will triple the space available for the care of pregnant women and newborns at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center campus.
Naeem Khan and Judith Giuliani Naeem Khan and Dr. Frank Chervenak
Juju Chang Merrill Curtis, Dr. Laura Forese, and Nicole Hanley Pickett
Iris Apfel and Dennis Basso
Photographs by Natalie Bero (Casita Maria); Sylvain Gaboury & Aurora Rose / Patrick McMullan (ICAA); Annie Watt (SMACC); Stuart Ramson/AP Images & 4 Eyes Photography (Lying-In)