Monday, April 16, 2018

Fighting the good fight

ACO Flutist Emi Ferguson performs at American Classical Orchestra's annual Gala, L’ amour et la musique, at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
On Tuesday, April 10, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) celebrated its inaugural Memories Matter benefit event at Chelsea Piers. It was the largest event in the ADDF’s history, welcoming nearly 700 guests.

The ADDF, which is the only charity devoted solely to finding new drugs for Alzheimer’s, raised $1.2 million at Memories Matter. The event was founded by ADDF Board member Wendy Wilshin and Stephanie Ginsberg. During their remarks, Ms. Wilshin said: “Both Stephanie and I know the devastation of this disease first hand, having mothers who suffer from it. It’s a shared experience that brought us together to fight for a cure.”
Mark Roithmayr
During the emotional program, several other speakers shared their own experience with Alzheimer’s disease. Event Co-Chair Roni McGuffog opened the event with a heartfelt account of her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the 10 years he spent living with the disease. ADDF Board of Overseers chair Sharon Sager talked about her grandmother’s battle, and later, her aunt’s. Rachel Williams and Marlee Berliner told a very different kind of Alzheimer’s story. At only 52, their mother developed early-onset Alzheimer’s. They thanked the ADDF and the researchers it supports for their work, saying: “We are one step closer to a world without Alzheimer’s and a world that would have allowed our mother to be a part of our life’s journey.”

ADDF CEO Mark Roithmayr and its Chief Science Officer Dr. Howard Fillit echoed that sentiment and explained why they are hopeful about finding a cure. Though estimates of how many Baby Boomers will get Alzheimer’s are rising, Dr. Fillit said that this could be the generation that stops it. He explained that there are more than 120 drugs for Alzheimer’s already being tested in human clinical trials and more are on the way, thanks in large part to the generosity of private philanthropists. Mr. Roithmayr and several other speakers noted that 100% of every donation to the ADDF goes to directly to fund life-saving research.  
Charles and Roni McGuffog
Marlee Berliner and Rachel Williams Mitch and Elyssa Margolis
Guests enjoyed a live auction of fantastic prizes, led by Howie Schwartz. Items ranged from a luxury yacht weekend to Trophy Club passes for the final round of the US Open Golf Championship to an in-home dinner by the chef of Rao’s. The silent auction was also a big hit, with guests bidding on prizes including tickets to Elton John’s farewell tour and a luxury gift set from La Mer.

The evening featured music by the Nancy Atlas Project and gorgeous décor courtesy of Lawrence Scott Events. Additional guests included founding chairs Ian Ginsberg and Ronald Dickerman; Co-Chairs Hope and Marc Altheim, Cindy and Glen Edelman, Elizabeth and Paul Greenbaum, Sheri and Seth Leist, Andrea and Jeffrey Lomasky, Charles McGuffog, Karen and Marc Spector, and Cindy and Laurence Tell; Host Committee members Jill and Michael Berman, Tracey and Mark Bilski, Karen and Len Breslow, Anne and Andrew Diamond, Kiera and Christopher Johnson, Lisa Ritter-Kahn, Carla and Rob Karen, Lori and Jimmy Krantz, Julie Levine and Dean Johnson, Elyssa and Mitch Margolis, Candace and Jeff Moskowitz, Amelia and Steven Paston, Lori and John Reinsberg, Shari and Mel Stark, Dana and Craig Vogel, and Jillian Winoker; Entertainment Chairs Cori and Sandy Goldfarb; and ADDF Board members Larry Leeds, Tom Scanlan, and Stephen Toma.
Howard Fillit, MD, Sharon Sager, and Michael Blum
Reed Ginsberg and Cristy Urquidi Val and David Osterland
Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. Lauder and Ronald S. Lauder, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) is the only philanthropy solely focused on accelerating the development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Its venture philanthropy approach and scientific expertise allows the ADDF to support the most promising ideas around the world. And 100% of every donation funds drug research programs. To learn more, visit
Lisa Somar, Sharon Sager, and Deborah Krulewitch Wendy Wilshin and Ronald Dickerman
Myra Biblowit Randi Klimberg, Kelly Grunther, and Andrea Lomasky
Jared Gropper, Kayla Sporn, and Jake McGuffog
Ian and Stephanie Ginsberg Karen and Len Breslow
Caroline Sussman and Adam Greenbaum Jay and Iris Dankner
Gloria Greenbaum and Terry Boyer
Zach Kubin, Dana Otto, and Gregory Kubin Laura and John Malone
Caroline Purr
Billy and Melissa Lawson Helene Korman and Steve Ball
Justin, Hillary, and Evan Reinsberg
Shari and Mel Stark
On Wednesday, April 11, 400 supporters raised nearly $200,000 at the 11th Annual Celebrate Spring New York event benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation at LAVO in New York City.  Proceeds from the evening will support the Foundation’s research programs.

G. Pennington Egbert III, Missy Egbert Sheehan and William B. Sheehan, Jr., Andrew Gustin, George and Peggy Hebard, Josh and Melissa Raskin, Jonathan and Katy Romero, Adam and Kim Wolfberg, and Darren and Michele Wolfberg were the Co-Chairs.  George Oliphant was the evening’s live auctioneer.  Music was provided by DJ Brenda Black.
Penn Egbert, Missy Egbert Sheehan, and Jonathan Romero
Celebrate Spring New York was founded by G. Pennington Egbert III, his sister Missy Egbert Sheehan and their close friend Georgina B. Schaeffer whose fathers both lived with Parkinson’s disease. Each year the committee hosts Celebrate Spring New York, which has raised over one million dollars since its inception and has brought countless young supporters into the fold to help fund the work of future leaders in Parkinson’s research and care.

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Kim and Adam Wolfberg Sam and Phoebe Polk
George Oliphant, Katherine Kennedy, Torri Leeds, Brooke Boyd, and Penn Egbert
Darren and Michele Wolfberg Sean Kramer and Danielle Dara
Missy Egbert Sheehan and William Sheehan
Tracy Wolfson and David Reichel Joshua and Melissa Raskin
Rachel and Gregg Moskowitz with Scott and Leah Steinman
Felicia and Andy Sale Jonathan and Katy Romero
On Wednesday, April 11, American Classical Orchestra (ACO) hosted its annual Gala, titled L’ amour et la musique, at The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. Guests were treated to a private performance by members of the American Classical Orchestra in works by Mozart and selections from ACO flutist Emi Ferguson’s debut album Amour Cruel.
ACO Flutist Emi Ferguson
Proceeds from the Gala will support ACO’s 2018-2019 season and its education initiative, Classical Music for Kids (CMK), which provides thousands of elementary students with direct access to classical music at in-school presentations led by ACO Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford and the ACO musicians. CMK is offered at no cost to New York City public schools and for many students, this is their first exposure to classical music.
The silent auction
Guests were also treated to a cocktail reception with passed hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction, dinner, and a raffle. The winner of the raffle, sponsored by lead sponsor Brussels Airlines, won two round trip tickets in Business Class from New York/JFK to Brussels on Brussels Airlines. The gala raised $100,000 in donations.
ACO Executive Director Kristine Spensieri, Cadenza Circle President Matthew Kaplan, and Ana Way Associate Board Member Daniel Hubert and Nicolette Jelen
ACO Board President Andrew L. Cheskis and ACO Board Director Peter R. Burnim
Director North America Brussels Airlines Christophe Allard, ACO Executive Director Kristine Spensieri, and ACO Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford Ira and Paula Resnick
Daniel Hall Associate Board Member Bradley Strauchen-Scherer and Erich Scherer
Musicians Emi Ferguson, Julia Glenn, Jude Ziliak, Myron Lutzke, and Paul Holmes Morton
Board Director Rob Hahn, Belle Cohen, Eva Haller, Lily Hahn, and Claudia Hahn
Christophe Allard
Dr. Deborah Antoine, Dr. Clarel Antoine, ACO Board Director Dr. Mirjana Blokar, and Dr. Ted Feder
Heidi Groshelle and Dr. Yoel Haller
Lily Hahn and Christophe Allard
Natascha Verhaert
ACO Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford, Janine Luke, and Andrea Harris
Lorin Marsh celebrated the opening of their glamorous new showroom at the New York Design Center last Wednesday with a cocktail party hosted in conjunction with Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Galerie magazine, and interior designer Jamie Drake of Drake/Anderson.

Guests were treated to a double dose of inspiration, mingling in the showroom among an incredible assortment of furnishings, accessories, and bed linens as master artisans from the Alpha Workshops demonstrated techniques employed in gilding, creating faux malachite finishes, and making hand-painted, pleated wallpaper.
Lorin Marsh showroom
The packed event marked Lorin Marsh’s move to 200 Lex after 46 years of business uptown. Jamie Drake toasted the crowd and Lorin Marsh’s Caryn Schacht and Sherry Mandell, describing the importance of good energy and relationships in the industry. The warm and festive spirit of the party demonstrated that after four decades Lorin Marsh is still surrounded by the best of New York’s design community.
Caryn Schacht, Margaret Russell, and Ken Wampler
Nick Calder, Tom Lampson, and Heather Moore
Tom Lampson and Estelle Greer Bebe Winkler and Margaret Russell
Louisa Lopez, Margarita Cittadini, and Christian Leinfelder
Josh Mash, Robert Pruzan, and David Fox
Delah Brucelli Kelly Weisenfeld, Sophia Fox, and Sofia Brozost
Jamie Drake, Tom Lampson, Lisa Cohen, and Jill Brooks
Sherry Mandell and Thom Filicia
Photographs by  Sylvain Gaboury/PMC via Getty Images (PDF); Tory Williams (ACO); Annie Watt (Lorin Marsh)