Thursday, January 25, 2018

Great Alliances

Dinner on the promenade of David Geffen Hall to celebrate the Friends of Budapest Festival Orchestra's annual Gala.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Iván Fischer, played to a sold-out audience that included Edie Falco and Twyla Tharp at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on Sunday. The program opened with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 played on period instruments — Maestro Fischer's wife, Gabriella Pivon, among the performers. The evening’s soloist, pianist Dénes Várjon, received standing ovations as did the whole Orchestra.

Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra hosted a gala dinner following the concert with Daisy Soros presiding as the evening’s honorary chair and Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Christine Schott Ledes, and Kati Marton serving as the evening’s gala co-chairs. Dinner guests included Tony Bechara, Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken, Nancy Brinker, Noreen Buckfire, Susan Gutfreund, Sylvia Hemingway, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lehrer, Governor and Mrs. George Pataki, Sana Sabbagh, Jean Shafiroff, Stephanie Stokes, and Barbara and Donald Tober.
The 2018 gala committee included Susan Bender, Stephen E. and Radka Benko, Nicolette Pathy Bingham, Ambassador and Mrs. Donald Blinken, Ildiko Butler, Aaron Feinstein, Sylvia Hemingway, Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Jacovides, Caron and Geoffrey Johnson, Andrew and Heidi Lee-Komaromi, Ambassador Ferenc Kumin, Doctors John and Daisy Merey, Mrs. Terez Rowley, Aniko Gaal Schott, Laine Siklos, Stephanie Stokes, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Tobey, and Sylvia Tóth.

Maestro Fisher used the occasion to announce the inaugural Vicenza Opera Festival and a performance of Verdi’s Falstaff, concerts, and a dinner hosted by Countess Caroline Valmarina and her family. Like the concert, the October Festival will soon be completely sold out.
Susan Gutfreund, Sana Sabbagh, and Steve Schott
The Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra's mission is to support programs of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Members have the unique opportunity to build a closer relationship with the Orchestra both in the United States and in Budapest through special events with Maestro Iván Fischer and the Orchestra. The Friends support major programming initiatives of the Orchestra including Dancing on the Square, Community Weeks, U.S. touring, a Juilliard Apprentice Program, as well as chamber music concerts with important visiting Orchestra members in Manhattan residences.
Sylvia Hemingway, George Pataki, Vera Blinken, Libby Pataki, and Daisy Soros
Tony Bechara and Barbara Tober
Stephanie Stokes, David Tobey, and Juliane Tegtmeyer
Stephen Benko, Kati Marton, Kathryn Livingston Forgan, and George Pataki
Margo Langenberg and Tony Bechara
Laine Siklos, Jean Shafiroff, and Sylvia Hemingway
Kathryn Livingston Forgan, Ivan Fischer, and Kati Marton
Gabriella Pivon, Susan Gutfreund, and Ivan Fischer
Carol Domina and Annette Vass
Ambassador Kai Sauer, Erika Sauer, and Edgar Batista
The Honorable Jane D. Hartley, Howard H. Leach, Charles H. Rivkin and Craig R. Stapleton, each former U.S. Ambassadors to France, were honored at The American Hospital of Paris Foundation’s Award Gala at the Plaza Hotel.

Ambassador François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations presented each honoree with an engraved petite Tourbillons crystal vase compliments of Lalique.

Ambassador François Delattre
The lively evening was attended by over 150 guests and supporters of the 2017 Award Gala who came from all parts of the country including Houston, Palm Beach, Washington DC, the tristate area – and Paris! 

Guests included the Foundation’s Co-Chairmen Barbara Cirkva Schumacher and Henry P. Davison, II as well as distinguished Board members and Dinner Committee Members. Marshall Wais and his wife Deborah; Laura and Mark Yockey; Sharon Jacquet; Strauss Zelnick and Wendy Belzberg; Susan Tolson; Ralph Schlosstein; Gretchen Leach; Violaine and John Bernbach; Donna and Max Chapman; Jérôme Deana, Development Director at American Hospital of Paris; Audrey and Martin Gruss; Frank and Joan Ginsberg; Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg; Koji Abe, Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Consul General of Japan in New York; Lorenz Baumer; Amandine and Stephen Freidheim; Ulla Parker; Kalliope and Michael Rena; and representatives from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which is the AHP and AHPF’s international affiliate hospital, were some of the luminaries in attendance.

The dazzling evening with a French flair, was held to support the American Hospital of Paris, a unique institution that has grown and thrived for over 100 years.  More than 100,000 patients from 100 countries come through the Hospital’s doors in Neuilly-sur-Seine each year.
Barbara Cirkva Schumacher and Harry Davison
Since 1976, The American Hospital of Paris Foundation has been the vital link between the United States and the American Hospital of Paris. The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds and awareness in the United States for the Hospital.  The Foundation, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is based in New York and provides major philanthropic support in order to improve technology and facilities and to maintain and enhance the quality of medical and patient care at the American Hospital of Paris. It also aims to further partnerships that leverage the Franco-American spirit of cooperation at the American Hospital of Paris.

For more information on the AHPF, visit or contact (646) 722-2640,
Ambassadors François Delattre, Howard H. Leach, Jane. D Hartley, Charles H. Rivkin, and Mr. Marshall Wais
Michael Rena and Violaine Bernbach
Denise Calicchio, Dr. Lee Hausner, and Francine LeFrak
Gretchen and Howard Leach
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Ambassador Jane D. Hartley, Max Chapman, and Donna Chapman
Amandine Freidheim, Kristina Davison, and Aleksandra Cragg
Adrienne Jones, Hilary McInerney, and Lisa Colgate
Lorenz Baumer and Kalliope Rena
Katherine McCormick and Carlos Graciavelez
In anticipation of its tenth annual Dinner Dance honoring individuals whose philanthropic spirit transform lives, Lighthouse Guild was honored at a private reception with live entertainment, hosted by The Silver Fund on Worth Avenue, which offers exceptional 20th century furniture, silver and design. 

The event drew nearly 100 guests that included honorees, chairmen, committee members and supporters of Lighthouse Guild's upcoming Palm Beach "A Visionary Evening" Dinner Dance on February 22, 2018 at Club Colette, Palm Beach.
Michael James, Grace Meigher, and Mark Ackermann
Michael James of The Silver Fund, welcomed Mark G. Ackermann, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lighthouse Guild, who acknowledged Honorary Chairman Arlene Dahl, and the 2018 Honorees, Grace Meigher and her daughters, Elizabeth Meigher and Amanda Mariner and Young Visionary Award recipient Wyatt Koch.  He also thanked Dinner Dance Chairs Thomas Quick, Frannie Scaife, Kit Pannill and Talbot Maxey and Young Visionary Chairs Michael Idy and Mathieu Rosinsky.

Among those in attendance were Judith and former NYC Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, Marc Rosen, Carla and George Mann, Lucy Musso, Thomas Quick, Kate Gubelman, Pauline Pitt, Stephen DeAngelis, Mai Harrison, Eles Gillet, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Kathy Bleznak, Allison and Don Gulbrandsen, Gigi and Harry Benson, Nancy Paul and Pam Fiore.
Rudy and Judith Guiliani with Mark Ackermann
Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, is the leading not-for-profit healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss through coordinated vision and health services.  With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives. 

For information about Lighthouse Guild's Palm Beach 'A Visionary Evening' Dinner Dance, contact Mona de Sayve at (561) 828-1522 or email
David Ober and Kate Gubelmann
Wyatt Koch and Beth deWoody
Karin Luter and Talbott Maxey Mai Hallingby and Kathy Bleznak
Pauline Pitt, Jerry Seay, and Lucy Musso
Marc Rosen with Grace and Chris Meigher
Gigi and Harry Benson Pamela Fiori and John Loring 
Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thompson
Susan Bodnar Malloy and Eleanora Kennedy
Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope's 2018 Shop the Day Away Luncheon™ Chairwomen Patty Myura and Melissa Parker hosted a private Holiday Luncheon in honor of the Chairwomen's Leadership Group at The Beach Club, Palm Beach on Thursday, December 7th.
Hosted by Chairwomen Patty Myura and Melissa Parker, both of whom were instrumental in the success of last year's event, which raised $600,000 for local cancer patients, the Chairwomen honored the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope's (CAHH) Chairwomen's Leadership Group, a distinguished group of accomplished women who have joined forces to support local Palm Beach County cancer patients in their time of need. The luncheon took place in The Beach Club's Founder's Room, with a beautiful view of the ocean and celebrated the holidays Palm Beach style.
Cynthia and Carole Martin Judi Richards and Melissa Parker
Arlette Gordon and Barbara Zand Patty Myura and Melissa Herman
Attending the Holiday Luncheon were Chairwomen Melissa Parker and Patty Myura; Grand Benefactor Chair Gloria H. Herman; Honorary Chairs Judi Richards and Barbara Zand; International Chair Janet Cafaro; Vice Chairs Ansley DiLeo, Virginia Sheerin Gildea, Jacqui Michel, Terri Schottenstein and Cindy Sites; Auction Chair Blanche Napoleon-McCoun; Junior Chairs Abby Beebe, Lindsay Connor and Nicole Dicocco; Auction Vice Chairs Michael Atchinson and Cassi Freilich; Ambassador Chair Herme de Wyman Miro; and Ambassadors Ann Bloys, Elizabeth Bowden, Shelia Buchbinder, Chris Cox, Rebecca Doane, Arlette Gordon, Adriana Luchechko, Linda Mennen, Shelly O'Neill and Kitty Silverstein.
The 2018 Shop the Day Away Luncheon™ will take place on Wednesday February 21st, 2018 and transform The Breakers' ballroom into Palm Beach's largest and most exciting silent auction, featuring more than 700 new luxury designer items donated by the world's finest luxury and designer brands, including an amazing selection of new handbags, accessories, jewelry, evening, home, cashmere, beauty, shoes, men's, furry friends, baby items, experiences, and a lot more "must have surprises", all curated for the Palm Beach luxury lifestyle.
Kitty Silverstein and Ansley DiLeo Gloria Herman and Stanton Collemer
The luncheon will welcome keynote speaker Jenna Bush Hager, NBC Today Show correspondent, bestselling author, and daughter and granddaughter of two Presidents of the United States. A fresh voice with a positive message, Jenna is a humanitarian and chair of UNICEF'S Next Generation as well as an editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine. She shows how lives can be changed when provided with compassion, community support and opportunity.

All proceeds raised from the 2018 Shop The Day Away Luncheon will benefit local children, women and men cancer patients who reside in Palm Beach county during their cancer treatment period. Cancer Alliance of Help and Hope eases the burden for qualified children, women and men cancer patients with emergency circumstances by helping to support them financially during their cancer treatment period, and providing information, guidance and resources to those in need.
Dale Connor and Chris Cox Ansley DiLeo and Jacqui Michel
Notable guests in attendance of the Holiday Luncheon included: Carole Martin, Cynthia Martin, Dale Conner, Scott Diament, Luciana Vittoria and Stanton Collemer.

For more information on this event, or to secure tickets for the 2018 Shop the Day Away Luncheon™, please contact Stanton Collemer at (561) 748-7227 or visit CAHH.ORG
Blanche Napoleon McCoun, Cindy Sites, and Melissa Parker Blanche Napoleon McCoun and Michael Atchison
Rebecca Doane, Herme de Wyman Miro, and Judi Richards
Terri Schottenstein Adrianna Luchenko
Photographs by Capehart Photography (Cancer Alliance & Lighthouse); Jay Ackerman (American Hospital of Paris Foundation); Patrick McMullan (Budapest Festival)