Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Arts in Education

Lehman College President José Luis Cruz and his wife, Dr. Rima Brusi; honorees Christopher Stavrou and Joanne Walsh Stavrou; honoree Kerry Washington; honoree Wendy Lehman Lash; Lehman College Foundation Chair Myrna Rivera; honorees Ivan and Phyllis Seidenberg; and Lehman College Foundation Vice Chair Ira Cohen at the Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards Dinner.
Youth America Grand Prix's mission is to advance young ballet stars.  On the evening of Thursday April 19th, at their 'Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow' gala at Lincoln Center NBC's Hoda Kotb took to the stage and addressed the standing room only crowd, “YAGP bridges the gap between young dancers and their education and performance opportunities. It sends some of the world’s top dance professionals to scout for talent all over the globe — and to select the most promising young dancers for the Finals, here in New York, where they can be seen and given the opportunities they need to grow and develop as artists. There are many talented young dancers that may not have the means to participate in YAGP’s competitions. YAGP provides financial support, based on need, to many dancers and their families so they can continue on their dance journeys.”
Hoda Kotb
VAM Productions
As is their tradition the evening included a remarkable program of both young YAGP dancers and professionals from companies including ABT, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, NYC Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, and the Mariinsky. An unusual paring of ABT’s Isabella Boylston and Kimin Kim of the Mariinsky bought the house down.

Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Marcella Guarino Hymowitz, Colby Mugrabi, Candice Miller, Lesley Thompson Vecsler chaired the dinner that followed on the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. 500 guests sat at long tables with centerpieces of Capezio pointe shoes overflowing with flowers. Sotheby's Joe Dunning conducted a spirited auction that raised over $100,000 for scholarships.  Katie Couric and husband John Molner were among the first to raise their hands with a $10,000 pledge.  Dancing continued till nearly midnight.
Marcella Guarino Hymowitz
YAGP Founder Larissa Saveliev was joined by guests Maria Cristina Anzola, Sarah Arison, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Deeda Blair, ABT's Isabella Boylston, Something Navy influencer Arielle Noa Charnas, ABT's Calvin Royal III, Kelly Rutherford, Olivier Sarkozy with his daughter Margot, Sergei Filin, Melanie Hamrick, Karen LeFrak, David Schulte, as well as YAGP board members Barbara and Gary Brandt, Suzanne Hall with Valentino D. Carlotti, Judith M. Hoffman, Christina Lyon, B Michael, Ellen Mondshine chairman Linda K. Morse with her husband Edward Morse, Richard Osterweil, Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Paley, and Terry Zucker.
Lesley Vecsler, Candice Miller, Marcella Guarino Hymowitz, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, and Colby Mugrabi
Rachel and Melanie Hamrick Christina Lyon and Katherine Jacobson
Katie Couric, YAGP Founder Larissa Saveliev, and Cheryl Bergenfeld
Margo Manhattan and Susan Gluck Pappajohn Kelly Rutherford
Kara Medoff Barnett, Sarah Arison, Valentino D. Carlotti, Alyson Cafiero, and Terry Zucker
Irene Shen and Maxim Beloserkovsky YAGP Chair Linda K. Morse and Barbara Brandt
Kathleen Kelly, John Heiman, and Maria Cristina Anzola Heinmann
Linda Fell, Calvin Royal III, and Jacek Mysinski
Difyara Timergazina and Karen LeFrak
Olivier and Margot Sarkozy
Ashley Olsen, John Molner, and Katie Couric
Suzanne Hall, Andrew Martin-Weber, and Judith M. Hoffman
Shelley Limmer, Steve Limmer, Isabella Boylston, and Rosey Limmer
Ashley Olsen, Margot Sarkozy, and Mary-Kate Olsen
Acclaimed actress, activist and producer Kerry Washington received the Lehman Award for Artistic Achievement at the Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards Dinner on April 11, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York. The event raised over $600,000 to support Lehman College student scholarships and programs.

A Bronx native, Kerry Washington, said, “ I have many precious memories of Lehman College and its beautiful campus. I’m honored to help usher in this next chapter in Lehman’s history of service to the Bronx.”
Lehman College President José Luis Cruz, said, “Ms. Washington is an outstanding role model for our students – an accomplished artist who works tirelessly for equality and education. We are thrilled to present her with the Lehman Award for Artistic Achievement.”

Iven Seidenberg, the former chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications and his wife Phyllis, both Lehman College alums, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for their work with the Seidenberg Family Foundation.
Lehman College 50th Anniversary Celebration and Leadership Awards Dinner , at the Ziegfeld Ballroom
Lehman College Jazz Ensemble
Joanne Walsh Stavrou and Christopher Stavrou received the Lehman Medal for Business, Cultural and Civic Leadership, for their work promoting educational opportunity for all.

A special President’s Medal was awarded posthumously to Edith and Herbert H. Lehman and accepted by their granddaughter Wendy Lehman Lash. Edith Lehman was a lifelong philanthropist. Herbert H. Lehman, for whom the college is named, served as Governor and as US Senator from New York.

Lehman College is The City University of New York’s only four-year college in the Bronx, serving the borough and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center.
Honorees Ivan and Phyllis Seidenberg
Lehman College Foundation Board of Trustees member Nirel Levi and friend
Valerie and Earl Washington, parents of honoree Kerry Washington
André Aciman
Wendy Lehman Lash, granddaughter of the College's namesake, and her son, William Lash.
Lehman student interviews Kerry Washington
Lehman executive Dawn Ewing-Morgan and guests
CUNY Trustee Fernando Ferrer and student
Michael Max Knobbe and friends
Lehman College President José Luis Cruz and honoree Kerry Washington
Lehman College President Jose Luis Cruz presents the Business, Cultural and Civic Leadership Award to Christopher Stavrou and Joanne Walsh Stavrou ('76)
Lehman College Interim Provost Niki Fayne and Henry Fayne
Kerry Washington and Lehman students
The Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai held its sixth annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium at 320 Park on April  18, 2018.

At the sold-out luncheon, guests started with fresh fruit and iced tea and then dined on grilled chicken, grilled corn, and cooked plum tomatoes. The program was moderated by Elisa Port, MD, FACS, Director of the Dubin Breast Center and Chief of Breast Surgery, The Mount Sinai Hospital.  The panelists included Stephanie V. Blank, MD (Gynecologic Oncology); Katharine D. Maglione, MD (Breast Imaging), Jeffrey Mechanick, MD (Lifestyle and Nutrition); Amy Tiersten, MD (Hematology and Medical Oncology); Kanan Modhwadia, MD (Psychiatry); and Christina Weltz, MD (Breast Surgery).
Moderator Dr. Elisa Port with panelists Drs. Christina Weltz, Amy Tiersten, Jeffrey Mechanick, Kanan Modhwadia, Kathleen Maglione, Stephanie Blank, and founder of the Dubin Breast Center, and Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin
The Dubin Breast Center is a comprehensive breast health clinic that provides state-of-the-art care and conducts groundbreaking research. It is one of the few clinics in New York City to offer innovative new technologies such as 3D mammography, which provides earlier and more accurate diagnosis of breast cancer, and advanced procedures such as seed localization, which allows surgeons to target and remove breast tumors more precisely.
Patient speaker Gabriela Barreto making opening remarks as the panelists look on - Drs. Stephanie Blank, Kathleen Maglione, Jeffrey Mechanick, Kanan Modhwadia, Amy Tiersten, and Christina Weltz
Nina Wexler asks a question
The Dubin Breast Center’s 15,000-square-foot facility houses a full range of integrative, wellness, screening, treatment, and support services. Patients receive highly personalized, multidisciplinary care in a calming, private, and supportive setting. With more than 170,000 patients having visited the Center since it opened in 2011, the Dubin Breast Center is a vital part of The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Christine Mack, Dr. Elisa Port, and Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin
Jana Happel, Emily Blavatnick, Caryn Zucker, Dr. Eva Andersson- Dubin, Marisa Acocella, and Paula Cleary
Dr. Elisa Port, Lila Stabb, and Nina Wexler
Patient speaker Gabriela Barreto and her sister Mariana Barreto
On a sunny afternoon in Palm Beach, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach hosted a garden tea honoring renowned landscape architect Fernando Wong of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design, who was awarded the 7th annual Lesly S. Smith Landscape Award for the design of the grounds of a 1920s-era house at 415 Seaspray Avenue, which paid a South Florida homage to a garden in Provence.

The tea took place in the Foundation's garden where Fernando was joined by colleague Tim Johnson. Heidi Greene and her husband, Michael Kluger, own the Midtown house but were traveling and unable to attend the ceremony and afternoon tea at the foundation.

For more information on the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, click here.
Timothy Johnson, Lesly Smith, and Fernando Wong
Timothy Johnson, Fernando Wong, and Amanda Skier
Kristin Kellogg, Taylor Smith and Catherine Bennett Steven Stolman and Amy Hoadley
Carol and Tom Kirchhoff
Jen and Cornelia Roach Katherine Jacob and Amanda Skier
Stephanie and Regine Branscomb
Sarah Benitz and Kathy Bleznak
Photographs by  Presley Ann for PMC & Annie Watt (YAGP); Capehart Photography (Preservation Foundation)