Friday, May 18, 2018

Shaking, Rattling and Rolling

Anjali Melwani, Marcie Pantzer, Jamee Gregory, Betsy Pitts, and Eleanor Ylvisaker
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted a luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue to celebrate their partnership for the annual Spring Ball, which will take place next Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

President Jamee Gregory and event co-chairs Anjali Melwani, Marcie Pantzer, Betsy Pitts and Eleanor Ylvisaker enjoyed an afternoon of shopping, dining, and philanthropy, kicking off the celebrations for Spring Ball. Last year’s Spring Ball raised more than $1 million for programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and plans to welcome even greater success this year.
“We are so grateful to have Saks Fifth Avenue generously sponsor our 11th annual Spring Ball,” said Jamee Gregory. “Today’s event was such a great way to kick off our partnership, and we look forward to a wonderful and successful event next month.”

Guests included: Kate Davis, Jenny Galluzzo, Amory McAndrew, Marcie Patnzer, Jamee Gregory, Kate Allen, Eleanor Ylvisaker, Carolina de Neufville, Amanda Waldron, Anna Kennedy, Eleanora Kennedy, Hope Geier Smith, Betsy Pitts, Anjali Melwani, Amelia Junquera, Mercedes de Guardiola, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Maria von Bothmer Villalba, Elizabeth Miller, Kathy Thomas, Kelly Forsberg, Kari Tiedemann, Eugenie Niven Goodman, Jennifer James, Webb Egerton, Susanna Hong, Martha Webster and more.
Kate Davis Amory McAndrew Jamee Gregory
Kate Allen and Elizabeth Miller
Anna and Eleanora Kennedy Kathy Thomas
Amanda Waldron, Eleanor Vlvisaker, Marcie Pantzer, and friend
Last week, Publicolor celebrated its 22nd Anniversary at their annual gala, Stir Splatter + Roll at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The evening’s colorful cocktail hour began at 6pm with 18 painting stations where guests participated with some of NYC’s leading artists, designers, and architects to create customized works of art. 

Publicolor honored longtime supporter Chris Ward (AECOM VP and CEO, Metro New York, and former Executive Director of Port Authority),  who attended with his family, along with groundbreaking composer Philip Glass, with the Catalyst for Change Award who performed at the benefit.
Philip Glass and Chris Ward
While working from the Port Authority, Ward was instrumental to secure Publicolor's 2002 community revitalization project, The Painted Promenade. Students in the Publicolor program, from high schools across the City, painted a bridge on West 39th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in sunshine yellow and turquoise blue. Sixteen years later, the colorfully painted walls have become a fixture in Hell's Kitchen (and the backdrop to the famed Hell's Kitchen Flea Market), thanks to Ward.

The event’s master of ceremonies was Publicolor’s longtime supporter, Jeffrey Banks. The evening's live auction was led by Christie's Lydia Fenet. 
Ruth Lande Shuman, President of Publicolor, and Jeffrey Banks. “It's always a joy to celebrate our students who are succeeding despite the enormous challenges of poverty- homelessness, food insecurity, lack of good role models or advocates, neglect," said Ruth. "They are realizing their potential - graduating high school, graduating college, and giving back to their communities by painting joy, respect, dignity and safety in under-resourced neighborhood facilities like health clinics, shelters, childcare centers, and community centers. They inspire us every day!” 
The Silent Auction items included the Albers Foundation, Jane Benson, Ross Bleckner, Dana Bronfman, Christo, Chuck Close, Paolo Costagli, Mark Di Suvero, Michele Oka Doner, Rainey Day Erwin, D. Pearson Feinn, Tom Geismar, Gensler, Philip Glass, Paul Haigh, Michael Hambouz, Joan Hornig, Rashid Johnson, Maira Kalman, Gene Kohn, Michael Kors, LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, Arielle Tepper Madover, Takaaki Matsumoto, Stacey Mayrock, John Morning, the LeRoy Neiman Foundation, Gaetano Pesce, Karim Rashid, Laurie Simmons, Swoon, Union Square Hospitality Group, Dan Walsh, “WhatShouldWeDo?!”, Kehinde Wiley, and Sonya Winner.
Guests included: Sarah Billstein, Chuck Close, Paige Davis, Frederick Doner, Barbara Flood, Jim Gutmann, Chloe Gutmann, Boo Grace, Joan Hornig, Steve Kohn, Gene Kohn,Julia Lescarbeau, Takaaki Matsumoto and Julie Matsumoto, Andrea Marcucci, Nicole Miller, Lori Parkinson, Monica parekh and Deven Parekh, Rosa Pietanza, Alex and Michael Shuman, Andrew Oshrin with children Sophia Oshrin and William Oshrin, Leckie Roberts, Tziporah Salamon, Suzanne Scott, Jamie Singer, Robert Soros, Suzanne Tick, John Williams, John Ward, Kate Ward, Pam Ward, Doug Wilson.  

Painting Team Leaders included Jon Otis + Diane Barnes; Rob Rogers, FAIA + Alissa Bucher; Henry Myerberg; Rainey Day Erwin; D. Pearson Feinn; Paul Haigh; Joan Hornig; Takaaki Matsumoto; Nicole Miller; Milly; Paul Aferiat + Peter Stamberg; Tucker Viemeister; Dan Walsh; Doug Wilson; Vicente Wolf; Saya J. Woolfalk, and Gerard Yosca.
Doug Wilson and Paige Davis
Ruth Lande Shuman and Nicole Miller Ruth Lande Shuman, Chuck Close, and Suzanne Scott
Ruth Lande Shuman, Chris Ward, and Pam Ward
Jamie Singer, Robert Soros, andAndrea Marcucci Nate Shuman, Michael Shuman, Ana Mei Shuman, and Barry Shuman
Andrew Oshrin William and Sophia
Bond No. 9 New York Perfumerie hosted a Bond Fire at a spectacular event on Tuesday, May 8th to promote international peace and celebrate the brand's partnership with the UN Women for Peace Association.  Notable guests included:  Laurice Rahmé, Muna Rihani Al-Nassar, Barbara Winston, Michal Grayevsky, Valbona Neritani, Avideh Ghaffari, Susan Gutfreund, Charlene Haroche, Alice Sun, May Zhao, Callie Leone, Leesa Rowland, Victor Roquette, Rachel Alonso-Mendoza, and Laura Day Webb who gathered to #BONDFOR PEACE.

The Scent of Peace Candle
Held in the private restaurant at 432 Park Avenue, overseen by Michelin-Starred Chef Shaun Hergatt, Laurice Rahmé, Bond No. 9 Founder and CEO, Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Chairman and members of the Board of the UN Women for Peace Association and UN Ambassadors and Dignitaries lit 100 Bond No. 9 Scent of Peace Candles on the venue’s 5000 square foot terrace overlooking 57th Street to promote tolerance, respect and the creation of a peaceful world.

Guests were treated to performances by violinists Frédérique Gnaman, Rebecca Telford-Marx, and Meghan Todt, young alumnae of the Music Performance program at NYU Steinhardt.

Bond No. 9 is proud to partner with The UN Women For Peace Association. For every Scent of Peace candle sold leading up to Mother’s Day, Bond No. 9 will donate 1% of sales to further the organization’s mission and promote international peace for women, girls and for all. “As a brand our mission is not just to make new products, but do something bigger,” Laurice Rahmé, Founder and CEO, Bond No. 9 said.

The Scent of Peace is sold at Bond No. 9’s five retail boutiques in New York City, Saks Fifth Avenue, Select Bloomingdale’s and www.bondno9.com. Suggested Retail Price: $330 for 100ml eau de parfum; $230 for 50ml eau de parfum; Body Silk, $125; Scented Candle, $105.
The Dove of Peace
UN Women for Peace Association, founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, raises awareness of these terrible crimes. UNWFPA promotes and advances the goals of UN agencies who provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational, and empowerment programs under the banner of a global peace building process. Proceeds go directly to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which aims to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services and programs to those affected by violence, and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on such violence.

UNWFPA Project: The UNWFPA school for Syrian refugee girls is an educational and vocational school for 160 students who face serious challenges in their daily lives such as the need for healthcare, safe water, adequate sanitation, proper hygiene, and substantial shelter (most live in nearby informal tented settlements).

The UNWFPA School for Syrian refugee girls is nonreligious and apolitical. It will teach the official Lebanese curriculum which includes science, mathematics, Arabic and English. The students will also learn vocational and skills training in nurse’s aide, computer literacy, sewing and embroidery, hairdressing and cosmetics. They will receive important child and women protection programs that strengthen their resilience against various kinds of exploitation and increase their opportunities to find jobs and avoid early marriages. Upon graduation students will receive a certificate of accreditation from the Lebanese ministry of education and higher education.
Melissa Vale, Barbara Winston, Alix Strauss, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Shari Rollings, Susan Gutfreund, Michal Grayevsky, Charlene Haroche, and Callie Leone
Jeannette Chang, Laurice Rahme, and Shelby Beamon
Shari Rollings, Jack Heffernan, and Rosie Heffernan
George and Christine Ledes Susan Gutfreund and Callie Leone
Victor Roquette, Rachel Alonso-Mendoza, Casey Kohlberg, Katherine Kerns, and Laura Day Webb
Laurice Rahme with UNWFPA's Board
The Parkinson’s Foundation 2018 Gala was held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Willie Geist, Host of NBC News’ “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” and Co-Host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, served as the Master of Ceremonies.  280 supporters were in attendance and the evening raised $750,000 to benefit the Parkinson’s Foundation, a national organization working towards a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

The Gala honored Parkinson's Foundation Board Member, Richard D. Field, retired Senior Executive of BNY Mellon and MasterCard, Founding Director of Lending Tree, financial services industry leader, and Parkinson's advocate.
Honoree Richard Field with Sky Field and family
Guests enjoyed a musical performance by a special cabaret performance by Bob Hardwick and Broadway Cast.

Karen Elizabeth Burke, M.D., Ph.D., Kate and Read Coughlin, Ian and Melissa Cutler, Peter and Whitney Cutler, Jill Taub Drury, Dickie and Beth Field, Jim and Janet Field, Sky Field, Stephanie Goldman, Isobel Robins Konecky, Arlene Levine, and Devon Pastor were the Gala Co-Chairs.

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. They build on the energy, experience and passion of the global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
Blake Foster, Isobel Konecky, and Dr. Craig Foster Amy Sole and Helen Appleby
John Lehr and Amy DeMaria
Arlene Levine and John Kozyak
Kip Morgan, Bill Thrush, and Howard Morgan
Peter and Whitney Cutler
Marsha and Stephen Ackerman
Nick Korines, Christina Korines, Leilani Pearl, and John Lehr
Willie Geist, Sky Field, and Richard Field
Stephanie Goldman and Steve Rosen
Richard Field, Dickie Field, Devon Pastor, and Sky Field
Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) celebrated efforts to improve the lives of children at their 10th anniversary “Greening Our Children” benefit luncheon in Greenwich, Connecticut on Wednesday, May 9. With 250 guests in attendance, the event raised more than $200,000 to fund upcoming research initiatives and projects at the CEHC.

The CEHC conducts innovative research around the world to identify chemical, physical, nutritional, and social factors affecting children’s health and future development. Data collected from the Center is used to educate communities, advocate for public health policies, and develop new strategies for prevention and treatment.
James Redford, The Mount Sinai Champion for Children Awardee; and Christopher Gavigan, The Children's Corporate Leadership Awardee
The Mount Sinai Champion for Children Award was presented to James Redford. Redford writes, produces, and directs for film and television. His films include the HBO films “HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution” “TOXIC HOT SEAT”, “THE BIG PICTURE: Rethinking Dyslexia”, “MANN V. FORD”, and “THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS”.

The Children’s Corporate Leadership Award was presented to The Honest Company, the mission-driven company focused on helping people live happy, healthy lives, provides 100+ safe, effective and delightful products across a wide range of consumer categories, including baby, personal care, home care and beauty. The event’s keynote speaker was Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Ethel H. Wise Chair, Environmental Medicine and Public Health  and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine; James Redford, The Mount Sinai Champion for Children Awardee; Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Children's Health Research at the Icahn School of Medicine; and Christopher Gavigan, The Children's Corporate Leadership Awardee
Ellen Lautenberg, Chair of the CEHC Advisory Board; Wendy Rubinstein, Co-Chair of the CEHC Advisory Board; Anne Robertson, Co-Chair of the CEHC Advisory Board; and Rhonda Sherwood, CEHC Advisory Board member
Eric deWater, PhD, Jeanette Stingone, PhD, Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Rosalind Wright, MD, and Christopher Gavigan
Sandy Roth and Suzanne Price, CEHC Advisory Board member
Carrie Miller, Toby Cone, Tiffany Costanzo, Susan Saunders, and Kathy Lozier
Kirstyn and Jim Bonetti
Stacy Clapp, Marina Purcell, Ashley Bradley Carrie Emery, and Heather Sargent
Ann Sherwood, Yvonne Claveloux, Elizabeth Vega, and Angela Nolan
Chiara Edmonds and Alison Pappas
Nancy Lascher and Robyn Joseph
Lori Schreiber and Anne Isom
Dara O'Hara, Tamara Odinec, and Ashley Bradley
Photographs by Higginsphotonyc.com (Parkinson's); Annie Watt (Publicolor)