Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Looking forward to catching up

Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, hosted a Europe Day celebration at The Frick marking 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
The 11th annual Gray Matters at Columbia Spring Benefit Luncheon was held at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and Andrea Petersen, author of "On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety" and noted mental health journalist, shared their experiences and expertise with anxiety.

Donna Hanover
welcomed the 350 luncheon guests who raised a remarkable $650,000 to support Gray Matters fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry. These fellows continue to grow and advance the future of world-class psychiatric research and treatment at Columbia, and Gray Matters assists them as they pursue their work on the underpinnings of brain disorders.
This year's Gray Matters at Columbia luncheon focused on anxiety and related disorders, which are often gateway disorders to depression and substance abuse. Dr. Albano, this year's faculty speaker, is a passionate mental health advocate and has devoted her career in clinical psychology to the study and treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. Ms. Petersen, this year's keynote speaker, spoke movingly about her personal battles with anxiety and how she has dedicated her journalistic pursuits to further understand this disorder. Past honorees at the Luncheon include Glenn Close, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Andrew Solomon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Paula Zahn, Anne Ford, and Jane Pauley.

The 2017-18 Fellows are Christine Denny, Ph.D., Guillermo Horga, M.D., Ph.D., and Eleanor Murphy, Ph.D.

To make a gift or for more information, call Shannon Harknett at 212-304-6670.
Kathy Ambrosiano, Andrea McNulty, Lori and Steve Rosenfeld, Karen Giordano, and Patricia Ramonas
Dr. David Strauss, Therese Kahn, Dr. Lourival Baptista, Monica Sagner, and Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman
Virginia Millhiser, Rosemarie Lieberman, Teresa Melhado, and Lori Rosenfeld
Sarah Long Solomon, Dr. Anne Marie Albano, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, and Andrea Petersen
Pamela Rabinovici and Marilyn Friedland
Brigitt Rok, Cynthia Ott, Ariana Mendola, and Kathleen Hammett
Phil Satow, Karen Kuflik, and Mitch Kuflik
Patricia Pei Chang, Susan Brandt, and Caroline Hyman
Charlotte Ford and Alessandro Ford-Rippolone
Anne Ford, Rosemarie Lieberman, and Emilia Saint-Amand
Dana Buchman and Dean Lee Goldman
Karen Sobel and Farrel Starker
Lucy Klingenstein, Sharyn Soleimani, and Rob Sobel
Cassidy Kahn, Ted Kamoutsis, and Dr. Amy Margolis
Deborah Korzenik, Cathleen Collins, and Dr. Sandra Comer
Last Wednesday, May 16th, Susan Gluck Pappajohn and Gregory Pappajohn hosted a cocktail reception for 50 leading artists and patrons to celebrate Dance/NYC's newest directors Juan José Escalante, Martha Newton, Reshma Patel, and Brandi Stewart and advisors Karesia Batan, Sita Frederick, Tamrin Goldberg, Elizabeth Streb, and Janet Wong.

Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors of the George Balanchine Foundation (Secretary), the Board of Trustees of Professional Children's School, the Board of Trustees of The Joyce Theater Foundation, the Board of Directors of Youth America Grand Prix, and the Board of Directors of Dance/NYC (Vice Chair). Susan joined the New York City Ballet at 17 and danced for eight years under the leadership of George Balanchine, Peter Martins, and Jerome Robbins. After her NYCB career, she returned to her academic studies and received her BA from Harvard College and MBA from Wharton Business School. Susan went on to co-found Time Warner Electronic Publishing and IBM's Multimedia Studio, and in 2013, she founded Arthenia.com out of her love for the arts, technology and learning.
Juan José Escalante, Brandi Stewart, Martha Newton, Reshma Patel, Lane Harwell, and Susan Gluck Pappajohn
Fleur Lee, Reshma Patel, Nina Kalidas, and Deborah Pevenstein
Kate D. Levin and Linda Shelton Sita Frederick and Juan José Escalante
Hazel Kandall, Harsha Murthy, and David Harris
Jeanne Suggs, Brandi Stewart, Genevieve Stewart, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Babette Coffey Fisch
Jinah Parker and Camille Turner
Elizabeth Streb Donald Borror and Monica B. Voldstad
Rodney White, Sofia Hernandez, and Martha Newton
Steven M. Pesner, Susan Gluck Pappajohn, and Michele Pesner
Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Margo Manhattan, and Sophie Flack
On Monday, May 14th, Urban Stages, an award-winning Off-Broadway theater, celebrated The Magic of Theater at their annual benefit at The Central Park Boathouse. Tony, Grammy and Audie winner Jim Dale received the Urban Stages' Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Simon Jones.

Urban Stages develops and produces new plays, tours nearly 200 programs to schools and libraries across NYC, conducts a summer theater camp and produces Winter Rhythms, an award-winning music festival. Generous patrons raised $130,000 Monday night for Urban Stages' mission of championing artists and making art available to all. 
Julie Dale, April Gow, Jim Dale, Francine Pascal, and Lynn San Andres
Jim Dale and Simon Jones
Colin Wexler, Sue Wexler, and Liz Leamy
Julie Dale, Frances Hill, Frank Dunlop, Jim Dale, Abou Lion Diarra, and Frank Dunlop
Roddy Gow, April Gow, and Jim Dale
Lyn Ahrens, Neil Costa, and Tom Toce
Julie Perlin, Paul Perlin, Ted Kaplan, and Edwina Sandys
Cynthia Bardes and Julie Perlin Sondra Gilman and Francine Pascal
Dasha Epstein and Frank Dunlop
Dan Weiss, Amy Weiss Berkower, and Laurie Wenk Pascal
Zhu Yu and Wei-Yi Lin
On Tuesday evening, May 15th, the New England Society in the City of New York (NES) held its annual Founders' Day event at a private club. Members and guests came together to toast its 213th anniversary, making NES one of the longest continually operating social and cultural organizations in the U.S.  

Established on May 6, 1805, with the purpose of promoting "friendship, charity, and mutual assistance" among and on behalf of New Englanders living in New York, the evening's focus was on friendship and good times, as well as highlighting its annual Book Awards and Scholarship programs. The NES Scholarship Program provides financial help to New York City students attending colleges and universities in the New England states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Feodor Starcevic, Jan Ogden, Tad Ogden, Roger Schmitt, Jane Pflug, and Ernst Rothe
The Founders' Day co-chairs were Anna Bulkot, Carol and Michael Lynch, Jan and Tad Ogden, and Matthew Rimi. 

As part of the festivities, the winners of the 2018 Book Awards were announced in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, Photography, and Specialty Title.  The Awards, which recognize books of merit that honor New England and its culture, will be presented to the five winning authors at a luncheon on June 14that the Union League Club. 

To learn more about events and membership in The New England Society in the City of New York, visit www.nesnyc.org
Juliet Sunara, Judy Villard, Mary Gilbert, and Bob Dawson
Ashley Picker Dubin and Ella Ray Cynthia Golding, Laurence Golding, and Ellen Scordato
Suzanne Clary, Michael Kovner, and Jean Doyen De Montaillou
Barbara Rossi and Anne Teasdale Michael and Carol Lynch
Mary Latimer-Chung, Anna Bulkot, and Erica Mason
Sunny Hayward, Richard Johnson, Mary Latimer-Chung, and Cathleen Noland
Colleen Hills, Tom Hills, and Lucy Puig Annette De Lorenzo and Alex Donner
Rick Perkins, Judy Bliss, and Alexandra Owens
On May 7th, Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United Nations, hosted a Europe Day celebration marking 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Guests included Ambassadors to the United Nations, Senior UN Officials, including UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, European Union Consuls-General and cultural representatives, as well as friends including Frick Collection trustee Mr. and Mrs. Aso Tavitian and Frick Collection Director Ian Wardropper.
Amina J. Mohammed
Frick Director Ian Wardropper
Europe Day traces its origins to 9 May 1950, when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his historic proposal for an integrated European coal and steel community, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman Declaration," is considered to be the founding document of what is now the European Union. Each year, the European Union Delegation to the United Nations hosts a celebration to mark Europe Day.
Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations João Vale de Almeida, Frick Director Ian Wardropper, Isabella Meisinger, and Aso O. Tavitian
Julian Gustavo Hernandez and friends
Gillian Bird and Kai Sauer (right) with friends
Ambassador of the European Union to the United Nations João Vale de Almeida and Alison Smale
Janis Mazeiks and Aso O. Tavitian with a friend (left)
Pamela Falk and friends
Sebastiano Cardi, Kai Sauer, and friends
Photographs by Andrea Renault (Europe Day); Annie Watt; Jeffrey Lee/On The Spot Image (DANCE/NYC); Natalie Bero/AnnieWatt.com (NES & Urban Stages); Eve Vagg (Gray Matters)