Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Awards and Accolades

Daniel Diaz with ESHS Students at East Side House Settlement's 19th Annual Gala Preview of the 2018 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center.
"Axel Vervoordt is a non-conformist, which is dear to my heart. He’s a modernist who embraces every period. He does not use his rooms for modern furniture, but for the best furnishings in the world, and, notably, the best art.” Thus declared Jack Lenor Larsen on Wednesday night when LongHouse Reserve honored Axel at the Hearst Tower. 

Matko Tomicic, executive director of LongHouse, welcomed guests and introduced Dianne Benson, president of the Board who said, “We are here tonight honoring a man who defies being defined by a single word. So we are right in presenting his award by a woman who also challenges conventions and titles, conceptual artist Kimsooja,” who in turn said, “It is a great honor and pleasure for me to celebrate Axel Vervoordt and his legacy tonight, on the occasion of the prestigious LongHouse Award." The artist continued, "The honor also goes to LongHouse and its mission to reflect world culture and inspire creative talent." 
Axel Vervoordt
In accepting his award, designed by Marc Leuthold, Axel gallantly offered, “Thank you all for coming. I don’t know if I deserve it, but I always do my best,” then delivered a fascinating presentation on design and his theories of art, light, and space. A smaller group of just 50 retired afterwards to Adelaide de Menil's remarkable Central Park South duplex for dinner, where each guest was presented with a signed copy of Axel’s newest book, Stories and Reflections, which is not yet available in the US.

Among the guests were Sandy and Steve Perlbinder, Adelaide de Menil, Martha Stewart, Sherri Shultz, Sherri Donghia, Julie Jensen, Kay Hall, Newell Turner, Mark and Elizabeth Levine, Nina Gillman, Suzy Slesin and Michael Steinberg, Chris Mead and Zoe Hoare, Harvey and Audrey Feuerstein, Catherine and Nathan Bruckner, Judi Roaman, Nick and Christina Martin, Lindsay and Fitzhugh Caleo, Kang Chang, Dianne Benson, Jack Lenor Larsen. 
Jack Lenor Larsen, Kim Sooja, Axel Vervoordt, Dianne Benson, and Matko Tomicic
LongHouse is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, NY, featuring works from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and William de Kooning to name only a few. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, it exemplifies curated living with art in all forms. It’s collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect diverse world cultures and inspire a creative life.
Fitzhugh Karol, Lindsay Caleo, and Matko Tomicic
Audrey Feuerstein Jaeho Chong, Kim Sooja, and Kang Chang
Josh Green, Sheri Schultz, and Axel Vervoordt
Kimsooja, Dianne Benson, Adelaide de Menil, and Eileen O'Kane Kornreich
Catherine and Nathan Bruckner Barbara Toll and Suzy Slesin
Marshall Watson and Newell Turner
Martha Stewart, Axel Vervoordt, Adelaide de Menil, and Jack Lenor Larsen
Elizabeth and Mark Levine Zoe Hoare Mead and Chris Mead
Michael Steinberg and Suzy Slesin
Sandy and Steve Perlbinder
Sherri Donghia and Judi Roaman
Tony Mosca, Julie Jensen, Charles Meyer, Wendy Van Deusen, and Philip Van Deusen
Axel Vervoordt and Kang Chang
On Thursday, March 29, 2018, East Side House Settlement hosted the 19th Annual Gala Preview of the 2018 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. More than 1,000 guests from the worlds of finance, fashion, society, and philanthropy enjoyed a private viewing of the entire auto show before it officially opened to the public on March 30.
Lee Goldberg
The Gala Preview included cocktails, a private dinner for benefactors, and a picturesque display of Porsche vehicles. Adding to the night’s festivities were specialty cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Johnnie Walker, as well as music by DJ Brendan Fallis. The Gala Preview, which honored Stephen Prince, Head, TFG Asset Management, was co-chaired by Philip L. Yang and Christopher LaSusa, with Vice Chairs including Chris J. Carrera & Emily Chen, Samuel P.C. Dangremond, Alice K. Jump, Esq., and Eric Wittenberg.
Alexandra and Daniel Diaz with Ice- T and Coco
The highlight of the evening was an exciting live auction of the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which was officially unveiled at Porsche’s NY International Auto Show booth. The other packages offered at the live auction include a reservation at Rao’s, a Jasna Polana golf package, a Meadowood Napa Valley travel package and more.

The event raised more than $1 million to support East Side House Settlement, a community-based nonprofit organization providing education and social services throughout the Bronx and northern Manhattan. The event was made possible through the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) and the New York International Auto Show, as part of a proud tradition of dedicated community service.
Guests included: Ice-T and Coco, David Donohue (American Race Car Driver), Lee Goldberg, Geoffrey N. Bradfield, Mark Schienberg, Elizabeth Kennedy, Roric Tobin, Lacary Sharpe, Samuel Dangremond, Alice Jump, Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio, Coco and Eric Wittenberg, and Daniel Diaz.

East Side House Settlement is a community-based nonprofit organization providing education and social services throughout the Bronx and northern Manhattan. East Side House believes that education is the key that enables all people to create economic and civic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their community. The nonprofit enriches, supplements and enhances the New York Education system and places post-secondary options within reach of students. ESH provides workforce development and career readiness training infused with technology to enable community participants to improve their economic status and lead more fulfilling lives. For more information visit www.eastsidehouse.org.
Philip L. Yang and Christopher LaSusa
Suzanne and John LaSorsa Claudio and Debra Del Vecchio
Katherine Kim and Lacary Sharpe
Wendy Holmes and Courtney Booth Christensen Daniel Diaz and Stephen Prince
Roric Tobin and Justin Concannon
Stephen Prince and family
Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy and Neil M. McCarthy opened their beautiful Wellington, Florida home to over 120 people to celebrate Animal Medical Center, the country's largest non-profit veterinary hospital.

Among the guests: Georgina Bloomberg, Emilia Krimendahl, Glen Senk and Keith Johnson, Steven Gambrel and James G. Anderson, Patty Raynes, Alex Hamer, Gretchen Hunt, the Moultons, and the Shaughnessys.
Kathryn Coyne, CEO of Animal Medical Center, briefly addressed the crowd and introduced the three staff doctors in attendance: Dr. Jennifer Prittie, Head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service; Dr. Chad West, Head of the Neurology Service; and Dr. Mark Macina, Head of Dermatology.

A silent auction raised funds in support of AMC's non-profit mission included: a beautiful Barbara Parker bracelet, a Steven Gambrel lacquer tray and signed copy of his newly published book, Time and Place, and an Equiline bridle. 
Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy, Kate Coyne, and Neil McCarthy Dr. Jennifer Prittie and Emilia Krimendahl
Kate Coyne, Georgina Bloomberg, and Alex Hamer
Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy and photographer David Erder
Dr. Marc Macina, Kate Coyne, and Dr. Chad West Lynda Farrington and Margaret Sackley
Barbara Nietzsche, John Finlayson, John Schmidt, and Dennis Shaughnessy
The silent auction
Ballet went country (and a little rock and roll) when Nashville Ballet’s annual fundraising gala Ballet Ball paid homage to Johnny Cash through a collaboration with his son John Carter Cash and guest appearances by several internationally recognized artists at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on March 3.

The event, which raises funds to present educational dance programming to over 30,000 underserved youth and families throughout Middle Tennessee each year, featured a set list of songs written or popularized by Johnny Cash curated by John Carter Cash and performed by some of Cash’s dear friends and/or favorite artists. The star-studded lineup included nine-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and performer Sheryl Crow, CMA, BMI and ACM Award-winning country artist Ronnie Dunn of the most successful country music duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, ACM and CMA Award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, Native American Grammy award winning artist, songwriter and flutist Bill Miller, Country music newcomer and YouTube mashup sensation Devin DawsonJohn Carter Cash himself and his wife Ana Cristina Cash.
Ana Cristina Cash John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash
To celebrate the legacy of Johnny Cash, musical guests shared the stage with Nashville Ballet dancers who performed excerpts of “Under the Lights,” a contemporary ballet choreographed by Christopher Stuart. Cash was also the collaborative partner behind Nashville Ballet’s production of this work, which debuted in 2014, and features some of Johnny Cash’s most iconic songs. Cash was no stranger to dance when Nashville Ballet approached him in 2013 to create a ballet set to his father’s music. He grew up attending ballet performances around the world with his mother while his father toured. Says Cash: “My mother always had a great respect for the art of ballet. I recall first attending the ballet as a boy while on tour in London. I am grateful and honored to be a part of the Nashville Ballet’s endeavors.”
Nashville Ballet's professional company at Ballet Ball 2018
Nashville Ballet's Logan Hillman and Katie Vasilopoulos
The gala performance celebrated the Cash legacy just weeks before “Johnny Cash Forever Words the Music” is released by Sony Legacy on April 6. The album is based off the 2016 book “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a collection of his previously unpublished lyrics and poems. John Carter Cash offered those the poems to contemporary musicians to complete and record. Featured musicians span across genres and include Kacey Musgraves, Chris Cornell and Brad Paisley.
The decor
The table settings
Recognizing his artistic collaboration and entrusting Nashville Ballet to bring the “Johnny Cash ballet” to life, Cash will receive the third annual Synergy Award from Nashville Ballet, which honors musical artists who enable and promote the creative partnership between music and dance.

Ballet Ball 2018 was chaired by Mrs. Adrienne McRae and Mrs. Suzanne Smothers with Honorary Chair Mrs. Nancy Cheadle.

The evening features a menu by Kristen Winston Catering, selected wine pairings provided by Lipman Brothers and event design by Bruce Pittman Inc.

Late Party Co-Chairs included Leigh and Brewer Adams, Rachel and JJ Ailor, Rachel and Justin Albright and Grace and Bradley French.
Grant Smothers, Suzanne Smothers, John Cheadle, Nancy Cheadle, Adrienne McRae, and Richard McRae
Amy and Owen Joyner Jason Facio and Paul Vasterling
Mike Spalding, Mary Spalding, Melissa Langley, and James King
Elizabeth and John Moore
Photographs by  Patrick McMullan (Longhouse); Griffin Lipson/BFA.com (ESHS); Karyn Photography & Susan Adcock (Ballet Ball)