Wednesday, March 7, 2018

New York at Its Core

Peter Rockefeller, Jill Roosevelt, Mark Gilbertson, Nicole Hanley Pickett, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Alex Roepers, Amory McAndrew, Sara Ayres, MCNY Chairman Jamie Dinan, Kathy Prounis, Calvert Moore, MCNY President Whitney Donhauser, Tara Rockefeller, and Jamie Creel at the Museum of The City of New York's annual gala, The Winter Ball.
The Museum of The City of New York held its annual gala, The Winter Ball, last Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening raised $820,000 to support the museum’s mission to celebrate our great city, from general operating support and education, to distinctive exhibitions, including the critically acclaimed permanent installation New York at Its Core.

The Winter Ball welcomes a glamorous crowd of New Yorkers who enjoy a fun and lively evening dedicated to supporting the Museum’s ability to annually serve 50,000 school children and educate visitors from around the globe about our impressive city—a distinctly New York blend of sophistication with a purpose. The Museum of the City of New York’s Winter Ball is a fabulous and festive party, set in a spectacular space.  The event truly captures New York’s distinct and dazzling energy. 
Alex Roepers, Amory McAndrew, and Sara Ayres
The evening was chaired by Jamie Creel, Mark Gilbertson, Nicole Hanley Pickett, Calvert Moore, Sloan Overstrom, Kathy Prounis, Allison Rockefeller, Tara Rockefeller, Andrew Roosevelt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, and Burwell Schorr. Michael Kors company served as the Fashion Sponsor and Vhernier as the Jewelry Sponsor.

Sara Ayres, Amory McAndrew,
and Alex Roepers were honored with the Director’s Council award for their service to the Museum and to New York City. 

Nearly 500 guests were in attendance.
Julia Koch, Brad Comisar, and Sara Ayres Claudia Overstrom and Gabrielle Bacon
Evan Proach and Liz Graziolo Isabelle Trapnell Marino and Peter Marino
Debbie Bancroft and Geoffrey Bradfield Deborah Norville
Christine Schwarzman and Sara Ayres Jennifer Creel and Alexander Lind Rose
Somers Farkas, Jonathan Farkas, and Tracey Amon
Jamie Creel and Zani Gugelmann Peter Georgiopoulos and Kara Young
Rachel and Ara Hovnanian Thorne and Tatiana Perkin
MCNY President Whitney Donhauser and Mike Clifford Ulla Parker and Alex Roepers
Chris Spitzmiller and Kamie Lightburn Othon and Kathy Prounis
On March 1st, the National Audubon Society hosted its Annual Gala to honor Sir David Attenborough, environmental justice leader Peggy Shepard, and conservation expert Dave Morine at the legendary Rainbow Room.

Those in attendance included David Yarnold, Audubon’s President and CEO; Maggie Walker, Chair, Audubon’s Board of Directors; Dan Lufkin, Senior Advisor of Culbro, LLC; Rhett Taylor, President, Red Sky Productions; Jane Alexander, award-winning actress, Ron Magill, American wildlife expert; and Eames Yates, Senior Series Producer, Mashable; and many others.
Sir David Attenborough, the legendary naturalist, author, and pioneer of the nature documentary, was presented with the Audubon Medal, one of the highest honors in conservation. The medal recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation and environmental protection.
Dave Morine, an expert on conservation through land acquisition, was presented with the Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership. The Lufkin Prize is awarded to those who have dedicated their lives to the environment and on-the-ground conservation.
Audubon Honorees Sir David Attenborough, Peggy Shephard, Dave Morine
Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice was presented with the President’s award. WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate in the creation of fair environmental health and protection policies.

This year’s theme was Year of the Bird. Audubon, along with its partners at National Geographic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, by engaging participants in a year of personal actions to protect birds and their habitats.
Dan and Adrienne Lufkin Rita and Ron Magill
David Yarnold, Peggy Shephard, Sir David Attenborough, Maggie Walker, and Dave Morine
Pamela Taylor Yates and Eames Yates Shannon Sullivan and Ryan Duerring
Sir David Attenboroguh, Maggie Walker, and David Yarnold
Andrew and Bridget Miller Coleman and Susan Burke
Rhett Turner
Tom Lovejoy and Alison Richard
Allison Whipple Rockefeller
Lee and Rebecca Nadler
Sir David Attenborough and Jane Alexander
Nathaniel Reed
Elizabeth Sorrell, Sean O'Conner, and Robbianne Mackin
Rob Castillo, Nadia Makki, Mackenzie Schoonmaker, and Mark Loiacano
Phil Swan and Alexis Marino
And back over at the Museum of the City of New York on n Friday, March 2, they held a Family Party and Alexander Hamilton Disco for children and their parents in the Museum’s magnificent rotunda and galleries.

Whitney Donhauser, Celina Merrill, Frederick, Racquel
Co-chairs for the fun filled evening were Chairman Celina Apóstolo Merrill and Alexander Merrill, Peggy and Geordie Hebard, Angela and Jason Myatt, and Vice Chairmen Ana Aguilar and Taylor Smith, Rebecca Bagdonas, MD, Natasha and Colton Brown, Susan Burke-O'Neal and Michael O'Neal, Joanna Colaneri and Manuel Rodriguez, Daisy and Luc Dowling, Emily Hickman, Caroline and Lewis King, Sally and Chris Pritchard, Sarah and Douglas Reid, Nicolas Rodriguez-Brizuela, Peter Watt and Gerard Cattie, Kristen and Daniel Williams, Maria and Ayman Zameli.

The children had many exciting activities that sent them scurrying through the Museum.  They searched through history on a scavenger hunt through the Museum’s three floors of galleries and into the groundbreaking exhibition New York at Its Core that traces the city’s four hundred history from Dutch village to a pre-eminent world city.

Painters turned little faces into imaginative creatures and superheroes, Caricature artists drew whimsical portraits. A photo booth gave everyone a chance to dress up for the camera. Cookies outlined with taxis and the New York City skyline made for colorful decorating.  Alexander Hamilton’s Disco located outside of New York at Its Core “Port City” gallery filled the halls with popular tunes and the score from Broadway’s Hamilton for energetic dancing for both children and parents alike.
Dancing in Alexander Hamilton’s Disco
Caroline having her face painted
Supporters included Brenda Berman, Stephanie Bloom, Andrew Ehrlich, Sarah Johnson, Saleen Shah, Catherine Lee, Sally Pritchard, Megan Canaday, Martha Green, Heather Walker, Erin Humbaugh, Alex Agosta, Joshua Arnold, Alicia Nevarez, Rob Hornbuckle, Sarah and Hugh Boston, Noreen Ahmad, Kathy Kuo, among others. Whitney Donhauser, the Museum's Ronay Menschel Director and President, welcomed the guest to the party.
Brenda Berman and Angela Myatt with Jeffe, Arden, James, Josephine, and Emily
Peggy Hebard with Hudley, Avery, and Paige Gerard Cattie, Jr. and Alexander
Eboni Gates with Max and Trace
Celina Merrill, Joanna Colaneri, Daisy Cameron, and Thompson Mernel
Daniel Williams with Cooper and Teddy Karen Singh and Charlotte
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Audubon)