Thursday, August 2, 2018

In the Spotlight

The designers at the 2018 Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home magazine to benefit Southampton Hospital.
Award-winning actress Emily Blunt hosted the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS) Annual Benefit Gala on Monday, July 9th in New York City.  Emily, an AIS Board member, has been in the spotlight this year, most notably for her role in the box-office sensation A Quiet Place. Emily co-starred in the film with her husband John Krasinski who attended the Gala to lend support to the stuttering community.

This marks the 12th year since the inception of the Benefit Gala and  AIS credits Tina Brown and Sir Harry Evans for developing the event and working tirelessly to ensure its ongoing success.  They have a son who stutters and have been committed to the Institute since its founding.
AIS Chair Nolan Russo, Executive Director Dr. Heather Grossman, Emily Blunt , Arthur Blank and John Stossel
Arthur Blank, Owner of the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons, co-hosted the Gala, which was held at Guastavino’s.  The overflow crowd attracted guests from a wide spectrum representing broadcasting, finance, insurance, sports, government and the arts.  The entire AIS Board of Directors, chaired by Nolan Russo, was present to salute this year’s award recipients.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund, and renowned journalist and author John Stossel were honored with the Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award.  Both men have managed stuttering throughout their lives and have achieved extraordinary success in their chosen career paths.  In their remarks, Yousafzai and Stossel both emphasized the importance of using your voice even if you stutter because all voices matter.  Tim Millhiser accepted the Catherine Montgomery Advocacy Award in honor of his late father Ross R. Millhiser who provided the funding to launch AIS 20 years ago.
Sander Flaum
Honoree Tim Millhiser and Emily Blunt
Zia Yousafzai after Award Presentation by Emily Blunt
John Krasinski bidding at auction
AIS is a pioneer in the treatment of those who stutter and is committed to providing unique speech treatment to its members so they can speak freely and live fearlessly. The Freeing Voices Changing Lives Award is presented to individuals who have effectively managed stuttering and have had remarkable careers.
Creator of AIS Gala Tina Brown Emily Blunt , Zia Yousafzai, and John Krasinski
John Stossel, Susan Jensen, and Sander Flaum
Joe Moglia, Arthur Blank, and Emily Blunt
American Institute for Stuttering Speech Clinicians
Emily Bunt with Board Member Susan Jensen and David Reichhardt
AIS Board Member Eric Dinallo, Priscilla Almodovar, and AIS Board Chair Nolan Russo
Eve Russo, Nolan Russo, and Ashley Russo
John Krasinski, Emily Blunt with Clinician Carl Herder
AIS Speakers with Speech Clinicians
Millhiser Family
The Hampton Designer Showhouse, the showcase for America’s premier design talent, opened with a Gala Preview Cocktail Party on Saturday, July 21, 2018.  Proceeds from the Showhouse will benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY.  Nearly 400 supporters were among the first to view the magnificent designs from over 20 talented interior designers from across the nation.  Traditional Homemagazine is the 2018 Presenting Sponsor, Hamptons Purist is the 2018 Regional Magazine Sponsor, and Kohler Co. is the 2018 Design Sponsor.  Mario Buatta is the Honorary Showhouse Chairman.  Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen. 

The Hampton Designer Showhouse, now in its eighteenth year, features 20 top interior designers from the Hamptons, New York City and nationwide who have transformed a magnificent shingle style home located at 2148 Scuttle Hole Road in Bridgehampton, NY into a decorating masterpiece.  The house has been generously donated by Barsalin Building & Design.  The Showhouse Boutique is provided by Deluxe.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is open to the public Sunday, July 22 through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018 from 11:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 30 minutes before closing).  Children six and under, infants, strollers and pets are not admitted in the Showhouse. Admission to the Showhouse is $40 and includes the Showhouse Journal. 
Riin Hansalu, Greg McKenzie, and Mark Dumoulin
Mikel Welch, James Bianca, and Maxwell Janowski
Shane Judd and Steven Stolman Peter Wilson and Scott Sanders
Gary DePersia, Julie Ellis, Howard Sobel, and Brittany Sobel
Jill Waage and Tony Manning
Kate Singer, Laura Michaels, Barbara Page Glatt, and Sam Ciardi
Katharine Posillico McGowan, Lorrie Darro, Kim Radovich, and Keith Baltimore
Julie Owen, Anthony Pippo, and Sarah Conduit
Brian Brady and Jamie Drake
Mark Josephson, Beth McDonough, Bob Chaloner, and Tony Manning
On June 13, the Natural Areas Conservancy and friends gathered to celebrate summer with a cocktail reception at Distilled in Tribeca. Karen Brown, Julia Robbins, KC Sahl and Andrew Wallach co-chaired the fundraiser, and Bloomberg Philanthropies and Con Edison were leading sponsors.

The Natural Areas Conservancy is focused on restoring and conserving New York City’s forests, wetlands and grasslands in New York City – an area that spans over 20,000 acres.

In her welcoming remarks, executive director Sarah Charlop-Powers spoke about the important role nature plays for city dwellers. It improves our physical and mental wellbeing and protects communities against climate change.
Sarah Charlop-Powers
The organization has multiple initiatives underway to conserve New York City’s natural areas and connect with more New Yorkers. With NYC Parks, they recently released a 25-year management plan to restore and protect the city’s native forests. Although surprisingly healthy now, the city’s natural forests are at a tipping point and require more long term investment. To give New Yorkers better access to nature, the Natural Areas Conservancy is improving and formalizing trails in parks. The party also supported efforts to prepare city forests for climate change (including increased heat, drought and pests) and train young scientists in conservation across the city.

Join the group to visit the city’s abundant and diverse wild places this summer and fall.
Paola Sahl and Wyatt Sahl Gabriel Cummings and Maria Saenz
Shika Saraf, David Langer, Max Joel, Carter Strickland, KC Sahl, and Ted Wolff
Leila Mougoui Bakhtiari, Rob Goldrich, and Helen Forgione
Dani Simons, Marit Larson, and KC Sahl
Christine Curella, Edward Cen, and Jennifer Greenfeld
Clark Mitchell, MaryJane Boland, Helen Forgione, and Steven Handel
David Langer, Wahid Khan, Bryanna Danyluk, and Adam Flaxman
Jackie Cotugno, Sarah Floyd, Marie Spears, Valentine Goldstein, and Karen Brown
Eric Schneider, Jacob Doctoroff, and Bea Koch
Marc Wallach, Peggy Yannas, Maile Dyer, James Wacht, David Alper, Nancy Stratford, and Andrew Wallach
Barbara Doran, Paula Berry, and Audrey Liounis
Kate Ascher, Bram Gunther, Dennis Markatos-Soriano, and Nerissa Moray
Dana Gumb and Alex Zablocki
KC Sahl, Sarah Moros, Karen Brown, Shika Saraf, Liam Kavanagh, Max Joel, Julie Robbins, Andrew Wallach, David Langer, and Eric Sanderson
Hunter Armstrong, Robert Albert, Matthew Andersen-Leavey, and Eric Schneider
Amanda Bayley, Matt Ahrens, and Erin Ahrens
Cassie Novick, Andrew White, Sumit Choudhury, Shika Saraf, Puja Yagnik, and Anurag Yagnik
Natural Areas Conservancy Staff
Choreographer Abdul Latif’s Alas ~ premiered on July 5th, as part of The Ashley Bouder Project. It was commissioned by The Joyce Theater Ballet Festival. Alas ~ was set on six dancers, with live music performed on stage by the NY Jazz Philharmonic. For the set, Nantucket based photographer Daniel Sutherland provided his stunning landscape photography. His images were also incorporated into the costumes by Toronto designers Luis Padilla and Ana Carpio.

Following the performance, Abdul and his company, D2D/T, hosted a party at Michael Namer’s Gallery 151 where guests were immersed in the collaboration that became Alas ~.  Sutherland’s photography hung throughout the Gallery alongside the costumes by Padilla and Carpio. Gallery 151 will be showing Mr. Sutherland’s images though the end of July. The show was made possible by a partnership with Wallplay Management, and co-sponsored by Michael Namer’s Alfa Development and Ben Rodriguez of the Rockefeller Fund. 
Nantucket based photographer Daniel Sutherland provided his stunning landscape photography.
Luis Padilla and Ana Carpio costume design
Guests included: Devin Alberda, Dr. Phillip Bauman, Ashley Bouder, India Bradley, Ana Carpio, Alessandra DeBenedetti, Peter de Florio, Liz Gerring, Sonny Gindi, Elmes Gomez, Kelly Hall-Thompkins, Kennard Henson, Judith M. Hoffman, Abdul Latif, Lauren Lovette, Olivia MacKinon, Jonathan Marder, Zoey Martinson, Roman Meija, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Laura O'Reilly, Luis Padilla, Howard and Joyce Paley, Briana Reed, Emily Reifel, Taylor Stanley, Daniel Sutherland, and Ron Wasserman.
Sam Warner and Ashley Bouder
Ashley Bouder is a longtime principal dancer at New York City Ballet. The Ashley Bouder Project is dedicated to furthering the inclusion of women and marginalized people in leadership roles in the performing arts. ABP strives to work with and nurture talented individuals in both choreography and musical composition.  The recent Joyce program included new commissions by Lauren Lovette and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Mr. Latif’s work, the only male choreographer included in the program, was, he said, “an ode to the power of the feminine divine.”
Abdul Latif Lauren Lovette
Howard Paley, Joyce Paley, and Dr. Phillip Bauman
Ashley Bouder and Roman Meija Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Elmes Gomes
Jonathan Marder, Luis Padilla, and Ana Carpio
Lauren Lovette, Emily Reifel, and Kathleen Warner
Dancers For Good held its Third Annual Benefit to raise funds for the vital services of the evening’s beneficiary, The Actors Fund. Members from Amy Marshall Dance Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Eryc Taylor Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company and special guest stars Adrienne Canterna and tap dancer Luke Hawkins transported an audience of over 350 people by the mesmerizing and awe-inspiring capacity of the human body to express itself through the wonder of movement through dance.
Amy Marshal Dance Company opened Dancers For Good with an excerpt from DVIJA
Paul Taylor Dance Company's Images with Madelyn Ho and Christina Lynch Markham
Co-producer and Paul Taylor Dance Company member Michael Apuzzo in Runes
Host Stephanie Pope
Notable attendees included: Chita Rivera, Michael Apuzzo, Eric Gunhus, Barbara Davis, Bebe Neuwirth, Luke Hawkins, Stephanie Pope, Howard Williams, Lloyd Culbreath, Luke Hawkins, Bernt Heiberg, Cristina Cuomo, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Raul Ruiz, Simon Sutton, Don Sutton, Sylvain Bazinet, Nancy Vaden, Steve Ram, Amy Marshall, Eryc Taylor, Michel Wallerstein, Pam Tanowitz, Victor Lozano, Patricia Delgado, Jason Collins, Madelyn Ho, Christina Lynch Markham.

Between performances, Dancers For Good co-founders and co-producers Eric Gunhus and Michael Apuzzo, with the evening’s host Stephanie Pope, a renowned Broadway actor and dancer, paid tribute to Chita Rivera and Bebe Neuwirth, two iconic legends of dance.  Through their talent demonstrated via luminous careers, and also as vigorous champions of dancers, Ms. Rivera and Ms. Neuwirth embody what it means to be a Dancer For Good. Ms. Rivera was honored with the first annual Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award and Ms. Neuwirth was the recipient of the inaugural Dance Humanitarian Award for her tireless advocacy on behalf of dancers, which is exemplified by her founding of The Dancers’ Resource within The Actors Fund.
The Actors Fund COO Barbara Davis presented the Dance Humanitarian Award to Bebe Neuwirth for founding The Dancers' Resource within The Actors Fund
Dance Humanitarian Award recipient Bebe Neuwirth
The legendary Chita Rivera accepting the first annual Dancers For Good Lifetime Achievement in Dance Award
Co-producers of Dancers For Good Eric Gunhus and Michael Apuzzo
Following the performance, guests such as interior designers Bernt Heiberg and Bill CummingsCristina Cuomo, Darren Starr, David Nickle, Hal Rubenstein, Joe Lupo, architect Russell Groves, President of HBO Simon Sutton, six-time Emmy-winning Nancy Vaden, celebrity facialist Thuyen Nguyen and The Actors Fund’s Barbara Davis enjoyed chilled Fleurs de Prairie rosé, HINT water and delicious hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail reception under the stars at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Eric Gunhus, co-founder said of the evening, “Over the last three years we have seen our audience triple in size and we are immensely proud of coupling that with bringing world-class dance to the Hamptons and raising awareness for The Actors Fund's many services. We look forward to seeing the event get bigger and better and like Chita Rivera quipped on stage Friday night, ‘there's still a lot of salt left in the shaker!’”
Raul Ruiz, six-time Emmy winner Nancy Vaden, and Steve Ram
Chita presenter Lloyd Culbreath with Stephanie Pope Honorees Bebe Neuwirth and Chita Rivera
Simon Sutton, Don Sutton, and Sylvain Bazinet

Photographs by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan (Showhouse); Barry Williams/AnnieWatt.com (Natural Areas Conservancy); ©Dancers For Good, Inc.