Monday, May 21, 2018

City of Hope

Kathie Lee Gifford, Jenna Bush, Lisa Fuld, Tracy Anderson, Savannah Guthrie, Nicole Miller, Honey Cook, and Ann Levine at the City of Hope East End Chapter/ Jeanne Kaye League's annual Spirit of Life luncheon and fashion show.
On May 14, 2018, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, the City of Hope East End Chapter/ Jeanne Kaye League held its annual Spirit of Life luncheon and fashion show. This event was attended by more than 350 guests and raised $300,000 in vital funds for City of Hope’s cancer research, treatment and education programs.

This year, Aston Martin sponsored the event. NBC’s TODAY Show co-anchor and chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie received The Spirit of Life® Award; fitness pioneer and author Tracy Anderson was honored with The Spirit of Life® Award; Award-winning American fashion designer Nicole Miller received The Champion of Hope® Award and presented her spring 2018 fashions; and Marek Reichman, Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin was honored with The Champion of Hope® Award.
Savannah Guthrie
Savannah Guthrie, Nicole Miller, Tracy Anderson, Georgia Witkin, and Marek Reichman
Nicole Miller and Countess Luann de Lesseps
Guests included: Jenna Bush Hager (who presented Savannah Guthrie with her Spirit of Life Award); Countess Luann de Lesseps from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York (who presented Nicole Miller with her Spirit of Life Award); past honoree Sandra Lee; Kathie Lee Gifford; and Lori Leibovitch, Editor of Health Magazine (who presented Tracy Anderson with her Spirit of Life Award.  Ms. Anderson also graces the cover of Health this month);  Dr. Yuman Fong (City of Hope) with remarks from Kareem Abdul Jabar on video; and Georgia Witkin who presented Marek Reichman of Aston Martin with his Champion of Hope Award.

“These honorees have demonstrated unparalleled dedication to accelerating progress against cancer and we are proud to honor their extraordinary contributions,” said Lisa Kaye Fuld, co-president, East End Chapter/Jeanne Kay League.  “They have never failed to devote their enormous energy to the needs of others.” 
Nicole Miller Fashion Show and the Grand Ballroom at the Plaza
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community practice sites throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.   For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.
Kay Unger, Lisa Kaye Fuld, Susan Sokol, Georgia Witkin, and Kathy Kaye Herman
Kimberly Pauley, Mike Tadross, and Georgia Witkin Kristin Bertell and Dr. Yuman Fong
Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Kaye Fuld, Sandra Lee, and Randi Schatz
Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie, and Jenna Bush Hager
Lori Leibovitch, Jenna Bush Hager, Tracy Anderson, Savannah Guthrie, Nicole Miller, Kathie Lee Gifford, Georgia Witkin, and Samantha Reiss
On Wednesday night, May 16th, Josie Natori hosted a cocktail party to celebrate Joseph Cicio's first book FRIENDS* *Bearing Gifts at the Club Room in The Lowell Hotel. 

The book emphasizes the importance of relationships, and is a reflection on a life filled with warmth, beauty, and ultimately exceptional memories. Lauren Bacall, Prince Charles, Audrey Hepburn, and Joan Rivers are just a few of the cherished relationships chronicled in this new memoir published by Pointed Leaf Press. Unique essays on each friend are told through the beautiful objects they gifted the author and feature stunning photography of his Connecticut home. 
Joseph Cicio
Throughout the room were huge flower arrangements, the signature of restaurateur Charles Masson, included masses of peonies, a favorite of Nancy Kissinger, who wrote the book’s elegant forward, and a central collage motif on the book's cover designed by Ernesto Artillo. Spring buds were definitely on the minds of Cicio and Kissinger as they cozied up to discuss the lilacs now blooming at both their Connecticut gardens. Following cocktails the festive mood continued with an intimate dinner at Majorelle with Dawn Melloand the book's publisher Suzy Slesin

Fashion notables Jeffrey BanksRose Marie BravoCece CordCathy Hardwick, Art & Fran ReinerCarolyne RoehmBenny Tabatabai and Adrienne Vittadini were on hand to congratulate Cicio. Media personalities Jeanette ChangAndrew Churchill, Pamela FioriSharon HogeShirley LordChristopher Mason and William O’Shaughnessy all showed their support. Gentlemen of style including Geoffrey BradfieldRichard Keith LanghamAlex Papachristidis and Ralph Pucci also came to cheer on Cicio. Other guests included Jerry & Joan Adler, Yana AvisEdgar Batista, Maria Elena ChristiansenCarmen D'Alessio, Susan GutfreundRoz Jacobs, Veronica KellyThe Amazing KreskinJeanne Lawrence, Iris Love, and Dr. Luca Parolari.

FRIENDS* *Bearing Gifts
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Adrienne Vittadini, Carolyne Roehm, and Yanna Avis
Cece Cord and Richard Keith Langham
Jerry Adler, Joan Adler, and Jeffrey Banks
John Anthony and Jeanette Chang
Maria Elena Christiansen, Paola Marzotto, Edgar Batista, and Carmen D'Alessio
Jerry Adler and The Amazing Kreskin
Nancy Kissinger and Josie Natori
Susan Gutfreund Rose Marie Bravo, Joseph Cicio, Josie Natori, and Ken Natori
Scott Currie and Andrew Churchill
Nina Lazaridi, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Helena Lehane with Jeanne Lawrence and Benny Tabatabai
Ann Van Ness and Pamala Wright recently hosted a Benefit Evening for The Museum of Democracy at Ann and Bill Van Ness’s beautiful townhouse. The Museum of Democracy (MOD) which was established with The Wright Family Collection of American Historical and Political Art and Memorabilia is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind in the U.S.  The highlight of the evening was a fashion show and auction presented by Nicole Miller that featured her one of a kind “wearable art” paper dresses reminiscent of the political dresses from the '60s. The proceeds will benefit MOD.
Ann Van Ness, Nicole Miller, Pamala Wright, and David McKeown
A fashion show featuring Nicole Miller's “wearable art” paper dresses
Guests attending include:  Nicole Miller, Andrea Catsimatidis, Cory Silverstein, Bud Konheim,  Brian Walton, Henry Sackler, Lori Sackler, Stan Singer,  Nina Junot, Dominic and Patty Freud, Judy Maclaren, Ariel Silverstein, Candace Gonzalez, Elizabeth Gabbay, Paige Van Ness, Jean Shafiroff, Linda Hoffman, Fran Pildes, Margarita Leinfelder, Donna Soloway, Meera Gandhi, Mackenzie Wright,  Austin Wright, Barbara Kemper-Gross, Diana Frankel, Jaqueline Hill, Joni Finkelstein, Stuart Sundlun, Lynn Crystal, Paola Bacchini, Michele Herbert, Patricia Shiah, and Geoffrey Bradfield.
Ann Van Ness, Bud Konheim, and Pamala Wright
Henry Sackler, Nick Rohleder, Brian Walton, and Austin Wright
Judy McLaren, Joan Finklestein, and Maria Lehman
Henry Sackler, Lori Sackler, and Daphne Bloore
Kitti and Brian Brumberg Jen Lewin and Kate Hyman
Stan Singer and Pamala Wright
Candace Gonzalez, Elizabeth Gabbay, Paige Van Ness, Linda Hoffman, and Fran Pildes
Jean Shafiroff, Andrea Catsimatidis, and Nicole Miller
Margarita Leinfelder, Ann Van Ness, Pamala Wright, and friend
Bill and Ann Van Ness Patricia Shiah and Geoffrey Bradfield
Meera Ghandi and Donna Soloway
Barbara Kemper-Gross, Diana Frankel, and Jaqueline Hill
Paige Van Ness and Candace Gonzalez Nina Junot
Chrissy Sayer and Nicole Miller
Austin Wright, Paola Rosenshein, and Michele Herbert
Stuart Sundlun
A full house
On Monday, May 14th, nine distinguished New Yorkers were inducted into MJHI's Manhattan Jewish Hall of Fame. The Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative (MJHI) honors the important and varied contributions of these distinguished individuals who have lived and thrived in Manhattan.  The event was hosted by Howard Teich and Doron Gopstein.

MJHI Class of 2018 inductees are, in alphabetical order:  Floyd Abrams, Stuart Appelbaum, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Stewart F. Lane, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Marlene Post, Jennifer J. Raab, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
Howard Teich
Hall of Fame Awards
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Floyd Abrams, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Stewart F. Lane, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, and Jennifer Raab
Bonnie Comley, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Stewart F. Lane, and Leah Lane
Floyd Abrams, Barbara Lustig, and Richard Lustig
Angela Bookdahl and Josie Levine
Stewart F. Lane and Stuart Appelbaum
Alan Gershon and Jennifer Raab
Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Marlene Post and Arieh Lebowitz
Manhattan Jewish Hall Of Fame Inductees/ honorees Alan Gerson, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Stewart F.Lane, Jennifer Raab, Marlene Post, Doron Gopstein, Floyd Abrams, Tina Weiss, Howard Teich, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, and Stuart Appelbaum
Photographs by Annie Watt (MJHI & MOD)