Friday, March 2, 2018

Building Communities

The cocktail reception at the Hospital for Special Surgery's annual ‘HSS In Florida’ panel event at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
This past Monday, The Boys’ Club of New York held its annual Winter Luncheon with Thomas L. Friedman, the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, as the featured speaker. His talk was entitled How to Run a Country, Find a Job, and Build Community in the 21st Century. (That’s all?)

After his speech, Mr. Friedman noted that he was "honored to be here in support of an organization doing such great work around community building. The Boys Club exemplifies exactly the kind of community values I discuss in my book."

The annual luncheon was hosted by BCNY’s Women’s Board, co-chaired by Kristin Allen, Shabnam Henry and Tiffany Moller.  This year’s luncheon raised more than $688,000 for the Boys’ Club.
Tiffany Moller, Thomas L. Friedman, Kristin Allen, and Shabnam Henry
Among those attending were: Mollie Acquavella, Chris Allen, David Apple, Debbie Bancroft, Dennis Basso, Arriana Boardman, Serena Boardman, Diana Bostwick, Tory Burch, Jennifer Creel, Lauren Santo Domingo, Dasha Smith Dwin, Ina Garten, Woody Harford, Barbara Liberman, John Molner, Deborah Norville, Hilary Edson Polk, Sean Spellman, Diane Taylor, Barbara Tober, David Tyree, John Tyree, Harry Williams and Caryn Zucker.

Members of the Board of Trustees who attended the luncheon included Lee Ainslie, Sara Ayres, Zack Bacon, Jackie Williams, Colin Heffron, David Howe, Calvert Moore, Rob Pitts, Linda Hickox, Bob Ireland, Kevin Stone, Averell Mortimer, Jeffrey Moslow and Board President Bill Tyree.
Bill Tyree, Xavier Balzthar Villaran, Thomas L. Friedman, Anthony Ray, Nathaniel Gonzales, and Ritchey Howe
Members of the Women’s Board who attended the luncheon included Kristin Allen, Sara Ayres, Gabrielle Bacon, Nathalie Kaplan, Stephanie Coleman, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Travis Acquavella, Merrill Curtis, Victoria Vargas D'Agostino, Eleanor Dejoux, Jackie Williams, Danielle Ganek, Cosby George, Jamee Gregory, Shabnam Henry, Women’s Board president Ritchey Howe, Ellen Niven Deery, Karen Klopp, Dara O'Hara, Claudia Overstrom, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Betsy Pitts, Linda Hickox, Kathy Irwin, Barbara Robinson, Burwell Schorr, Kathy Thomas and Diane van Amerongen.

Throughout its 142-year history of youth development, the Boys’ Club of New York has combined a single-minded focus on boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood.  The Boys’ Club of New York accomplishes by offereing music and arts programs, mentoring, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics. 
David Ganek, Kelly Pasciucco, Dennis Basso, Danielle Ganek, and Woody Harford
Harry Williams, Jackie Williams, and Sean Spellman
Thomas L. Friedman, Charles Allen, David Apple, and Alex Robertson
Tory Burch, Caroline Dean, Dennis Basso, and Ashley McDermott
Gabrielle Bacon, Diana Taylor, Diana Taylor, Thomas L. Friedman, Michele Sacconaghi, and Arriana Boardman
Anjali Melwani and Karl Wellner
Diana Bostwick and Hilary Polk
Nicole Hanley Pickett, Andrew Thomas, Kathy Thomas, and Susannah Kagan
Victoria Vargas d'Agostino and Vanessa Cornell
Mara Shore and Cosby George
The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted its annual ‘HSS In Florida’ panel event at The Breakers in Palm Beach on Monday, February 12th. During the panel session, the nearly  400 guests in attendance learned about regenerative medicine, physical therapy, and the realities of joint replacements from the world’s leading experts in orthopedics at HSS.

This was followed by a cocktail reception. Louis A. Shapiro, CEO, and Todd J. Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director of HSS, welcomed the guests with introductory remarks.
HSS panelists taking questions from the audience
This year’s panel speakers included: David W. Altchek, MD, co-chief emeritus, Sports Medicine service at HSS; Joel M. Press, MD, psychiatrist-in-chief at HSS; Jaime Edelstein, PT, DScPT, COMT, OCS, CSCS, assistant vice president, regional off-site rehab facilities; and Douglas E. Padgett, MD, chief, Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Service at HSS. After the panel, there was a Q&A session moderated by Paul M. Pellicci, MD, chief emeritus of the Hip Service at HSS.
HSS panelists from left to right: David W. Altchek, MD; Todd J. Albert, MD; Paul M. Pellicci, MD; Jaime Edelstein, PT, DScPT, COMT, OCS, CSCS; Joel M. Press, MD; and Douglas E. Padgett, MD.
Barrie Damson with Marilyn and Arthur Levitt
Gregory Liguori, MD, anesthesiologist-in-chief at HSS, with wife Marilyn Bob and Pam Goergen
Ellen Wright with Laurie Warren and Mary K. Crow, MD, physician-in-chief at HSS
Regina Pitaro and Mario Gabelli Amy and Brent Saunders
HSS CEO Louis A. Shapiro with Helen and Robert Appel
Catherine Callagy, chief development officer at HSS, with Marina Kellen French Polly and Terence O'Toole
HSS hand and upper extremity surgeon Michelle Carlson, MD, with Mary Simses, Larry and Jayme Schinefeld, Steve Frank, and Robert Simses
Ann Jackson, Kendrick R. Wilson III, and Patricia Warner
Members of the audience with additional questions for Douglas Padgett, MD, chief, Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement Service at HSS, and David Altchek, MD, co-chief emeritus of the Sports Medicine service at HSS
Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest ballet scholarship audition program, held their first New York Semi-Finals this past Monday and Tuesday, February 26th and 27th at Symphony Space on 2537 Broadway with more than 240 young dancers participating.  

Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than a $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training.  Past winners have gone on to join the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, and many others.
The Youth America Grand Prix semi final ballet auditions at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Many of the board members — including Gary Brandt, Sergey Gordeev, Suzanne Hall, Judith Hoffman (wearing her signature designer Ralph Rucci), B Michael, Ellen Mondshine, Richard Osterweil, and Howard S. Paley attended.  Also present was the great Allegra Kent, who came “to see the future of Ballet.”

Recognizing the importance of providing access to all talented dance students, regardless of background, YAGP was founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev.
YAGP’s mission is to support and develop world-class dancers — ages 9 to 19 — of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions and educational and performance opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies, and audiences.  

Since its inception, more than 80,000 (!!) dancers have participated in YAGP’s workshops, scholarship auditions and master classes worldwide. YAGP has facilitated more than $3.5 million in scholarships to the world’s leading dance schools, and over 450 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 80 companies around the world.
B. Michael and Sergey Gordeev
Carlos Dos Santos, Judith M. Hoffman, Suzanne Hall, Sergey Gordeev, and Karine Plantadit
Dr. Karen Burke and Judith M. Hoffman
Faith Petrides and Howard Paley
Allegra Kent and Carlos Dos Santos V.K. McCarty
Howard Paley and Richard Osterweil
Judith M. Hoffman, Suzanne Hall, Ellen Mondshine, and Barbara Brandt
Larissa Savelive and Mishoe Shayne
Lorraine Spiegler, Andrea Long, and Carlos Dos Santos
Mark Anthony and Suzanne Hall
The US Team 2018 of pioneering all-women rally Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc—the first international off-road rally race of its kind exclusively for women—hosted an event at Provençal restaurant MAMO in New York City to celebrate their journey to Morocco for the 28th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, which takes place March 16-31, 2018.

The event celebrated the guests of honor, competitors Jazmin Grimaldi & Kiera Chaplin, Schanel B. and Pauline Ducret, Keanna Erickson-Chang and Claudia Barbera-Pullen, and Martine Taylor and Elena Sorre.
Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres as they learned more about the event and the women competing. Notable attendees included: Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Elena Sorre, Schanel Bakkouche, Keanna Erickson-Chang, Pauline Ducruet, Gaultier Desandre Navarre, Sarah Zendejas, Paul Trustfull, Brooke Bond, Maddy Karlsson and Danielle Harris.

The annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc sees women ages 18 to 71 from more than 30 different countries taking to the Moroccan desert without GPS — relying only on old-fashioned navigation, completely off-road. Each vehicle is equipped with satellite tracking system, powerful enough to provide minute by minute tracking, so without seeing a vehicle for hours, the women are never alone. By the end of the experience, participants—known as “Gazelles”—have created adventure-filled new memories, deepened their bonds with their teammates, and pushed themselves further than they ever thought they could.
The Rallye is also deeply committed to the well-being of the Moroccan people, as seen through the work of its non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles. In 2016, the organization’s 60-member team provided more than 4,000 medical consultations to the local population during the eight day competition. Additionally, it is dedicated to the environment—it is the world’s only motor rally with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.
Elena Sorre, Schanel Bakkouche, Keanna Erickson-Chang, Pauline Ducruet, and Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Gaultier Desandre Navarre and Sarah Zendejas Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Ian Mellencamp
Maddy Karlsson and Danielle Harris Paul Trustfull
Brooke Bond and Keanna Erickson-Chang Pauline Ducruet and Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Rallye); LILA PHOTO (HSS)