Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Feeling like you belong

The scene at Gotham Hall for the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children's 2018 Gala for Child Protection.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, One To World held its annual Fulbright Awards Dinner, culminating its 40th year celebration.

Honored were Creighton Condon, Partner and Former Senior Partner, Shearman & Sterling; Amb. Edward E. Elson, U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1993 to 1998; Ken Forde, Chair of the Board of One To World for two decades; and Allison Gushée Molkenthin, Managing Director, Bentley Associates.

Presenting awards were current Fulbright grantees from Colombia, Morocco, Mexico, and Denmark.
Honoree Amb. Edward E. Elson, OTW Board Member Claudette Mayer, The Hon. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, and Elizabeth Rainoff
Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Honorary Chair for the past 22 years, was in attendance. Co-Chairs were Mariam Assefa, Executive Director, World Education Services; David W. Heleniak, former Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley; Dr. Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University and Chair, One To World Board; and Clarke Murphy, CEO, Russell Reynolds Associates.

One To World is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the official coordinator of Fulbright enrichment programs in the greater New York area. In addition, One To World promotes connections with the 100,000 international students at colleges and universities here, through programs that bring these young global leaders together with Americans in homes, schools, and workplaces.
Fulbright Grantee Amanda Sotto and Honoree Creighton Condon
Fulbright Grantee Felipe Zapata
Fulbright Grantee Cecilie Kallestrup
"When you're far from your home country, the most amazing, transformational moments happen when local people bring you into their lives and communities," said Jen E. Clarke, Executive Director of One To World. "Stereotypes and preconceptions fall away, and you begin to feel like you belong."
Andrea Nemetz, Honoree Ken Forde, Stacey Simon, and Harriet Mayor Fulbright
Honoree Allison Gushee Molkenthin and Fulbright Grantee Fatima Matousse
Co-Chairs Mariam Assefa, Clarke Murphy, Dr. Sue Henderson (OTW Board Chair), and David Heleniak
OTW Executive Director Jen E. Clarke and Board Member Wenke Thoman Sterns
Bambi Felberbaum, Susie Elson, and Roger Felberbaum
OTW Board Member Dr. Madelyn Antoncic and Dr. Manhua Leng
Erika Rohrbach and Dr. Renee Cooper
Linda Tobash, Samantha Lu, and Saundra Hampton
Susan Gutfreund gave a celebratory reception on May 14th in her exquisite apartment, designed by the legendary Henri Samuel, to announce Asia Society’s fall exhibition of works by the Indian modernist painters, The Progressives and to meet its curators, Boon Hui Tan and Zehra Jumabhoy.

This will be the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the work of the Progressive Artists’ Group that connects their art directly to the birth of the modern, multi-cultural Indian nation.  Co-Chairs of the Opening Gala on Thursday, September 13th are Sangita Jindal from Mumbai and Sana Sabbagh from New York.
Guests attending the reception included Asia Society trustees Renée Fleming, Jim Zirin and wife Marlene Hess, Anne Ehrenkranz and husband Joel, and former trustee Max Berry and wife Pamela Thomas Berry and Asia Society President Josette Sheeran.  Others included Anne Bass and Julian Lethbridge, Katherine Bryan, Amita Chaterjee, Ranjeet Nabha, Kent and Marguerite Charugundla and Lily of Marlborough.
Susan Gutfreund and Anne Ehrenkranz Christian Keesee and Gala Co-Chair Sana Sabbagh
Anne Bass, Lily of Marlborough, Julian Lethbridge, and Katherine Bryan
Renée Fleming, Asia Society President Josette Sheeran, and Jason Nazmiyal
Christian Keesee, Zehra Jumabhoy, and Larry Keigwin Curators Zehra Jumabhoy and Boon Hui with "Lucky"
Max Berry, Pamela Thomas Berry, and Joel Ehrenkranz
Susan Gutfreund, Sundaram Tagore, and Amita Chatterjee
Jim Zirin, Boon Hui Tan, and Marlene Hess
Gala Co-Chair Sangita Jindal
Kent and Marguerite Charugundla Shivika Kumari Singh and Manish Mittal
Ranjeet Nabha and Josette Sheeran
Shane Williams-Ness, Shayne Doty, Shivika Kumari Singh, and Sana Rezwan Sait
Jim Zirin, María Eugenia Maury-Haseltine, Renée Fleming, and Bill Haseltine
Kent Charugundla with Nitin and Sheila Dharmarajan
Shayne Doty, Raj and Annette Rajadhyaksha, and Rebecca Ibel
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization that advocates, trains and collaborates with global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, hosted the 2018 Gala for Child Protection on Thursday, May 3 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

The fourth annual gala honored Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick with the Global Humanitarian Award for advocating for children and global health issues throughout her lifetime. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse of the Queensland, Australia Police Service was awarded the Champion for Children Award for his dedication to fighting and investigating crimes against children for more than 30 years. F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. was presented with the Global Impact for Child Protection Award for its role as a global leader in healthcare since 1896.

Master of Ceremonies Lee Cowan
CBS News’ Lee Cowan, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, served as Master of Ceremonies. Singer and actress Cheyenne Elliott, Ms. Warwick’s granddaughter, who recently appeared on Fox’s music competition The Four with judge Sean “Diddy” Combs, closed out the evening with a special performance.

Five-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick is a musical icon whose 50-year career has made her a legend of American pop music and culture. She has sold more than 100 million records and had more than 60 chart hits. She served as a Global Ambassador for Health and Ambassador for the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization. Throughout her career, Warwick has, and continues to, support and campaign for many causes and charities championing children and global health issues. 

Abduction survivor, author and actress Alicia Kozakiewicz, presented Rouse with his award. At the age of 13, Kozakiewicz became the first widely reported Internet-related child abduction victim. She has inspired millions through her powerful speeches as she shares the strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity and deny defeat through her own survival story.
Cheyenne Elliott
ICMEC is led by Ambassador Maura Harty, ICMEC’s president and CEO. The evening was chaired by Dr. Franz B. Humer, ICMEC Board Chair, and co-chaired by Per-Olof Loof, ICMEC Board Member and the CEO of Kemet Corporation. Joe Dunning from Sotheby's led a live auction which included a ten-day cruise to Antarctica, courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent.

Proceeds from the Gala support ICMEC programs while raising awareness about the issues facing children globally. ICMEC works to create a world where children can grow up free from going missing, or being abducted, sexually abused or exploited. To realize their vision, ICMEC convenes strategic partners, advocates for improved protections and provides the necessary tools and training to those on the front lines of child protection. Visit to learn more.
Jeff Koons, Dionne Warwick, Dr. Franz B. Humer, and Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi
Jeff and Justine Koons Jon Rouse and Alicia Kozakiewicz
Franz Humer, Ambassador Maura Harty, and Per-Olof Loof
Kerry and Billy Hankinson Gjilberta Lucaj and Dan Cohen
George Bickerstaff, Edineia Bickerstaff, Eric Varma, Michelle Varma, Jasmina Denner, and Alex Denner
Sheena Annalise and David Ballinger Casey Stamps, Liz Ryan, and Justin Ryan
Andre Pienaar, Tami Longaberger, and Travis Heneveld
On Tuesday, May 22nd, The 9th annual Lupus Research Lupus Handbag Luncheonand Silent Auction was held at the Plaza. More than 300 attended. CBS News Adjunct and CUNY  professor John Schiumo emceed. Veronica Vargas Lupo received the Woman of Achievement Award for her longtime dedication to fulfilling the organization’s mission.

Ms. Vargas joined the organization in 2011 and helped build the Young Leaders group. She also serves as a mentor to young women diagnosed with lupus, drawing on her own experiences to inspire, teach and support.

The luncheon also honored PUMA, the world’s leading sports brand as Corporate Visioniary Partner for the company’s innovative marketing partnership with Selena Gomez which has boosted global visibility for lupus and generated a significant contribution for the Lupus Research Alliance. 
Adrienne Freeman, Veronica Vargas Lupo, and Alison Lee
Tracy Pendleton, Veronica Vargas Lupo, Richard DeScherer, and Dr. Lisa Sammaritano
PUMA’s Tracy Pendleton accepted the award on the company’s behalf.  This spring the company launched Selena’s design, the Phenom Lux sneaker sporting her signature anklet chain sold out in hours and raised $100,000 for lupus research. A silent auction featured 75 handbags donated by top designers.  A first-ever drawing for “the” Gucci handbag also generated thousands in contributions.

The co-chairs were Felice Axelrod, Special Projects at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Alison Lee, Lupus Research Alliance volunteer and lupus advocate; and Teri Wilford Wood, Associate General Counsel of IBM. 

Among those attending were Jennie DeScherer, Carol Weisman and Cindy Secunda Arlyn Gardner, Elizabeth Schweitzer Miller, Anne Keating, Karen Giberson, Mary Belle.
Cookie jar centerpieces were available for purchase as was an Edie Parker bag! (top right)
Danielle Nicole Harry Potter huff gold and black tie uniform clutch bags
More designer handbags for sale ...
Lupus is a chronic, complex autoimmune disease that affects millions of people worldwide. More than 90% of lupus sufferers are women, mostly between the ages of 15 to 44. Women of color are especially at risk. In lupus, the immune system, which is designed to protect against infection, creates antibodies that attack the body’s own tissues and organs -- the kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, blood, skin, and joints.

The Lupus Research Alliance is the largest private funder of lupus research.
Allison Scott and Britt Sanders
Lexington Henn and Tom Hall
Stephanie Weiss, Elizabeth Miller, and Elyse Cromer
Lynn Goldstein, Jennie DeScherer, Matilda Raffa Cuomo, and Carol Weisman
Arlyn Gardner
Brianna Fitzpatrick and Alison Lee
Caroline and Sasha Ircha
Dianne Tarbell
Patti Allen and Debra Rose
Sylvia Rogers
Photographs by Ed Lefkowicz (Lupus)