Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bursting with Spring

Audra McDonald and Andy Einhorn take a bow with the New York Philharmonic at its annual Spring Gala,  An Evening with Audra McDonald and a salute to Daisy Soros, Crazy for Daisy!
American Friends of the Louvre's Young Patrons Circle hosted their annual spring gala on May 1st at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan and celebrated the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi. This new museum is housed in a critically acclaimed building designed by Jean Nouvel and is the result of an innovative collaboration between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, together with the Louvre and 16 other museums and partners in France. Louvre Abu Dhabi is creating a new center of cultural gravity and offering the Arab world a global museum supported by French expertise.

Approximately 150 guests attended, including: His Excellency Majid Al Suwaidi of the United Arab EmiratesConsul General Anne-Claire Legendre of France, and Influencers and young philanthropists including Katya Kokoreva, Dmitri Sholokhov, Cole Harell, Liddy Berman, David Chines, Daniel Colón, Miranda Guo, Christopher Laconi, Bridget Little, Arielle Patrick, Caroline McCarthy and Bill Radin.
Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre, Sue Devine, and His Excellency Majid Al-Suwaidi
The evening included a delectable spread of Middle Eastern cuisine, champagne courtesy of Perrier-Jouët, specialty cocktails by Marie Brizard, rosé from Regal Wine Imports, Peroni beer and Alacran tequila. French and Middle Eastern music filled the air thanks to DJ Robi D Light, interrupted only by a thrilling performance of live Arabic drumming from RamiTabla. The evening also included an exquisite silent auction of luxury items and experiences including a trip to Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Guests departed with a tote from Louvre Abu Dhabi and phone holders from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi who AFL was delighted to have as a primary partner on the event.
Andres Perea-Garzon, Carrie Engerrand, and Blake Funston
Arielle Patrick, Christina Eberli, and Lilli Donahue Emily Clementine and Michael Gasparino Jr.
David Arquilla, Bill Radin, Dmitry Sholokhov, Katia Kokoreva, and Alex Rodriguez
Zachary Zimmerman, David Chines, and Daniel Colon
Natia Kvachadze, Soraya Alolama, Salma Heri, Paola Carreiro, and Zena Jawad
Inigo Betrian and Laura Waelbroeck Thomas E. Moore III and Alexandra Fenwick
Kyle Pilares and Christopher Laconi
Over 530 guests attended the 19th Annual Spring Luncheon hosted by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) on April 25, 2018 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The Luncheon raised over $750,000 which will benefit FARE, a national nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and providing them hope through the promise of new treatments.

For her commitment to FARE and for raising awareness of the seriousness of food allergies, Talia Day received the Legacy Award. For her longtime advocacy work and commitment to research and education, Stacey Saiontz received the Excellence in Advocacy Award.

Fox 5 Good Day NY Co-Anchor Lori Stokes, who is personally affected by food allergies and was recently elected to FARE's Board of Directors, was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
Andy Day, Marcia Riklis, Talia Day, Diana Riklis, Ira Riklis with Leora, and Zachary and Judah Day
Julie Ader, Liana Silverstein Backal , Abbey Braverman, Laura Tisch Broumand, Helen Jaffe, Roslyn Jaffe, Lianne Mandelbaum, Roxanne Palin, Amie Rappoport McKenna, and Melissa Rosenbloom were this year's Co-Chairs. Antoinette Griffith, Jennifer Hoine, Stephanie Leichter, Alex Mondre, and Anna Yaeger were the Vice Chairs. Harriette Rose Katz and the Gourmet Advisory Service Team were the Event Advisory Chairs. Jolie Goldring, Nicole Lenner, Melissa Meyers, Kim Raimondi, and Jennifer Fisherman Ruff were the Raffle Co-Chairs. Jessica Mukasey Barkoff, Elizabeth Hecker, Lisa Jacobs, Sarah Kugelman and Jamie Lichtenberg were the Goodie Bag Co-Chairs.
Marc Saiontz, Jared Saiontz, Elliott Saiontz, and Stacey Saiontz
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, visit
Julie Ader and Sophia Ader Denise Bunning and James R. Baker, Jr., MD
Talia Day, Lori Stokes, and Stacey Saiontz Dean Palin and Roxanne Palin
Melissa Rosenbloom, Lexi Rosenbloom, Lawrence Rosenbloom, and Harriette Rose Katz
Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes Amie Rappoport McKenna and Laura Tisch Broumand
Byron Harmon, Sharyn Mann, and Lew Leone
Abbey Braverman and Nicole Lenner Arthur Backal and Liana Silverstein Backal
At its 29th annual spring gala, the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (The Jewish Board) honored Alice Tisch, outgoing president, and Stephanie Bernheim, long-standing Trustee of the organization. The 144-year-old nonprofit's event, which took place on Thursday, April 26 at the Plaza Hotel, attracted more than 350 guests and raised $1.5 million for the programs of The Jewish Board. As one of New York state's largest social services agencies, they serve more than 45,000 New Yorkers of all faiths, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds each year.

Alice Tisch received the Saul Cohen Leadership Award for both her tenure as President of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Board and fifteen years as a board member. She has dedicated her professional life to philanthropy and service in the arts, health and social services, and education. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, where she chairs the museum's Acquisitions Department of Architecture & Design.
Tom and Alice Tisch and daughters
Stephanie Bernheim received the Madeleine Borg Lifetime Service Award, for her service as a trustee of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services for almost twenty years. An artist, Ms. Bernheim's work has been exhibited and collected in galleries and museums including P.S.1 Museum in Long Island City, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Princeton Museum, and A.I.R. Gallery. 
Bob Horne and Laurie Lindenbaum
Stephanie Bernheim, David Rivel, and Alice Tisch
Alice Tisch and David Edelson Fran Levy and Mark Rachesky
Ann Tisch and Alice Tisch
Sheri Gellman, Lisa Wilks, and Erica Tishman
Lisa and Aaron Morse
Daniela Tisch
Linda Mirels, Jeff Schoenfeld, and John A. Herrmann, Jr.
Jim Solomon, Vanita Solomon, and friend
Jean Shafiroff and Stephanie Bernheim
Helen, John, and Jackie Montag
David Moore, Greg Lyss, and Abigail Lyss
Joyce Cowin, Jean Shafiroff, and Jean Troubh
On Tuesday evening last week (May 2nd), over at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic held its annual Spring Gala with An Evening with Audra McDonald  and a salute to Daisy Soros, Crazy for Daisy!  The evening's gala co-chairs were Diane and Paul Guenther, Ann and Charles Johnson, and Sana Sabbagh. The evening's underwriters were the Johnsons, Ms. Sabbagh, and Didi and Oscar Shafer.

Daisy has been actively involved with the Philharmonic for more than 30 years. Besides being on the board, she is a longstanding member of the Volunteer Council. She and her late husband Paul Soros set up a special Conductors Fund a number of years ago so that the Philharmonic could engage the world's most distinguished guest conductors.
Audra McDonald with the NY Philharmonic
The evening began with a champagne reception at the David Geffen followed by Audra McDonald's  performance with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Andy Einhorn. McDonald who gave a rich, full 90-minute concert of  American songs which included many standards by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane, among others.  The concert was followed by a dinner on the hall's Promenade.
President and CEO Deborah Borda welcomes the Gala attendees
Decor by Van Vliet & Trap
Daisy has also long been a very active philanthropist in New York for many years, along with her husband. She has worked with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; International House; Weill Cornell Medical College; Venetian Heritage; Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra; American Austrian Foundation; The Metropolitan Opera; the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Rockefeller University, Foreign Policy Association. With Mr. Soros, she co-produced The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which supports 30 new Americans, immigrants or children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the U.S. each year.
Gala Co-Chairs Sana Sabbagh, Ann Johnson, and Paul and Diane Guenther with Daisy Soros
Mary Wallach Andrew Ross Sorkin and Pilar Queen
Didi Schafer and Chairman Oscar Schafer Audra McDonald and Will Swenson
Paul and Emily Kleinschmidt, Adrian Ulrich, Kate Gascoyne, Michael Ferriera, Julia Hathaway, and Matthew O'Hearn
Kenneth and Noreen Buckfire Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
George and Joan Hornig, Margaret Crotty, and Rory Riggs
Jackie Weld Drake, Violaine Bernbach, and Adrienne Vittadini
Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally David and Emma Rhodes
Audra McDonald and J. Christopher Flowers
Anson and Veronica Beard
Barry and Fran Weissler
Beth and Chris Kojima, and Dr. Kathryn Beal
Audra McDonald and Daisy Soros
Chairman Oscar Schafer and Daisy Soros with bronzed high-heels
Joel and Joan Picket, Leni May, and Concertmaster Frank Huang
Larry and Klara Silverstein
Marijke de Vink, Audra McDonald and her daughter, and Didi Schafer
Oscar Tang, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Agnes Hsu-Tang
Paula Root, Daisy Soros, and Karen LeFrak
Principal Bass Timothy Cobb, President and CEO Deborah Borda, and Chairman Oscar Schafer
Simon Soros with Jenny and John Paulson
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (FARE); Natalie Bero-AnnieWatt (AFL); Julie Skarratt, Chris Lee, & Linsley Lindekens (NY Philharmonic)