Wednesday, May 16, 2018

From New York to Nashville

Dining under the tent at the 15th annual Frist Gala at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Rockefeller University’s President, Dr. Richard P. Lifton, hosted the 21st annual Women & Science Lecture and Luncheon on Thursday, May 10th. Women & Science has raised over $1.8 million this year in support of Rockefeller University programs that advance basic and clinical research in addressing the scientific challenges related to women’s health. 

Dr. Agata Smogorzewska and Dr. Richard P. Lifton
This year’s benefit featured Rockefeller University physician-scientist Dr. Agata Smogorzewska, a geneticist who heads a lab at Rockefeller. She is a recipient of many awards including most recently, a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award and a Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. 

In her lecture, “DNA Repair: The Power of Precision Medicine in Treating Cancer”, Dr. Smogorzewska spoke about how new discoveries are fueling the development of innovative cancer therapies, including some that precisely target an individual’s tumor cells by exploiting the cells’ own defects in DNA repair.

Dr. Smogorzewska and her colleagues study patients with rare inherited abnormalities in DNA repair to learn how defects in their genes permit the formation of tumors. Many cancers, including breast and ovarian tumors, share some of the same defects, suggesting that Dr. Smogorzewska’s discoveries may lead to better detection and treatment of cancer in the broader population. 
President Lifton welcoming guests to the 21st annual Women & Science Lecture and Luncheon
The tent set for lunch
Event guests included prominent New York philanthropists Deeda Blair, Danielle Ganek, Colby Mugrabi, Bara Tisch, Bianca Gottesman, Marjorie Gubelmann, Yue-Sai Kan, Lucy Lamphere, Dawn Ostroff, Agatha Herrero, Jennifer Scully-Lerner, Tina Bhojwani, Lottie Oakley, Nathalie Kaplan, Caryn Zucker, Nancy Kissinger, Debra Black, Serena Boardman, Samantha Boardman Rosen, Marigay McKee, Katherine Farley, Claude Wasserstein, Sydney Shuman, Diane Sawyer, Susan Rockefeller and Olivia Flatto.
Emily Chen Carrera and Louise Camuto Caryn Zucker and Eva Andersson-Dubin
Diane Sawyer Yup-Sai Kan and Brenda Kan
Christine Marzano, Claude Wasserstein, and Marcia Mishaan
Marcia Mishaan and Claude Wasserstein Sydney Shuman and Lydia Forbes
Marjorie Gubelmann Gillian Steel, Lise Evans, and Judith Giuliani
Holly Andersen, Agata Smogorzewska, and Olivia Flatto Debra Black and Christine Marzano
Katherine Farley Patricia Hayot, Samantha Boardman Rosen, and Colby Mugrabi
Marigay McKee and Michelle Dipp
Deeda Blair, Colby Mugrabi, and Samantha Boardman Rosen Nancy Kissinger and Faye Wattleton
Danielle Ganek and Serena Boardman
Athens of the South. On Saturday, April 21, about 450 Nashvillians attended the 15th annual Frist Gala, which was co-chaired by Dara Russell and Mary Jo Shankle and held at the Frist Art Museum.

Roman soldiers greeting the guests
Guests were greeted by two Roman soldiers and escorted into the historic building to enjoy soft music and entertainment by a harpist and live statue. To start, the socialites enjoyed cocktails and passed Roman-inspired hors d’oeuvres while admiring the Rome: City and Empire art exhibit, which was the first-ever collaboration between the British Museum and the Frist Art Museum.

It was the only exhibit of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, which opened with works that illustrate four themes central to roman culture: social structures, military forces, devotion to the gods and the role of the emperor. Then, visitors travel back in time to find objects related to the city’s founding in approximately 753 BCE, its transition from kingdom to republic and the rise of imperial rule.

The décor of the 15th Annual Frist Gala was inspired by the extraordinary villa suburbana (or country house) belonging to Livia Drusilla, the third wife of Emperor Augustus. Rediscovered in the sixteenth century, the Villa of Livia is located in Prima Porta, about seven miles north of Rome, where an aqueduct crosses the Via Flaminia, the principal northbound road out of the city.

As guests were seated for dinner, their breaths were taken away by the lively depiction of the Villa Livia, which was portrayed by flowering plants and trees, pops of bright and natural colors, a bird in a gilded cage and a rich tapestry that lined the back wall of the tent. It was a beautiful illusion of being inside an intimate room yet surrounded by the natural world.
Dining tables under the tent
Table centerpiece Soft music and entertainment by a harpist
Gala Centerpieces
The authentic menu was put together by renowned Nashville caterer Kristen Winston. She and her team prepared the menu based on extensive research on how on how the Romans ate – long dinner parties, little to no beef and lovely fruit-based desserts. The first course, or “Gustatio,” was a Lemon Artichoke Soup Sip and Mediterranean Salad. The main course, also known as “Prima Mensa,” was a Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast with Herb Jus, Creamy Polenta with Rosemary and Fontina, Asparagus, Wild Mushrooms, Sautéed Radishes, Carrots and English Peas. And to complete the evening, guests enjoyed their “Secund Mensa” of Lemon Napolitain with lemon mascarpone mouse, berries, mint and candied zest. 

It was a lovely evening for all in attendance – one to remember for centuries to come!
Gala Co-Chairs Dara Russell and Mary Jo Shankle
Aubrey and Carlana Harwell, Frank Garrision, and Patric Johnson
Austin Maddox, Kerr Tigrett, Mary Maddox, and Melanie Tigrett
Billy and Jennifer Frist Tree and Lance Paine
Clare Armistead, Susan Simons, and Sally Henderson
Courtney Travis, Suanne Davis, Katie Crumbo, Ashley Henry, and Sara Reisner
Ashley Rosen and Katie Gambill Doreatha Churchwell and Karyn Frist
Harrison and Ashley Frist, Bryan and Elizabeth Frist, and Bentley and Gray Palmer
Jennie McCabe and Crissy Haslam
Tim and Mara Berkeley, Ansel Davis, Tricia Elcan, Jana Davis, and Chuck Elcan
Guests admiring the Rome: City and Empire art exhibit, which was the first-ever collaboration between the British Museum and the Frist Art Museum
Photographs by Scott Rudd (Rockefeller)