Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Gift of Peace, Music, and Mentoring

The Grand Ballroom at The Plaza for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Gala 2018.
Thursday, March 8th was the International Women’s Day as well as the organization's 10th year anniversary. On that day the UN Women for Peace Association had a full day of events in celebration.

UNWFPA rang The New York Stock Exchange opening bell in honor of the special Day. HRH Princess Camilla Of Bourbon Two Sicilies rang the bell with her friends Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser and Barbara Winston, both board members of UN Women for Peace Association.
The celebration continued at the Annual Award Luncheon held at the the UN. Actress and activist Bridget Moynahan was emcee. Awards were presented to model Ashley Graham; The First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo De Varela; UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, and philanthropist Eve Branson. Award presenters included Ambassador Nikki Haley, United States Permanent Representative to The United Nations and HH Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the US. 

UNWFPA Chair Al-Nasser and President Barbara Winston bestowed awards to four individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls: First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo De Varela, received the Leadership Award for her work as a Special Ambassador of UNAIDS for Latin America and as a global spokesperson for the Zero Discrimination Movement.
Laurence Jenkell, Barbara Winston, Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, and Muna Rihani Al Nasser
Bridget Moynahan, First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo De Varela, and H.R.H. The Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro
Ambassador Nikki Haley presented National Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah with the Peace Award for her outstanding work with refugees; model Ashley Graham received the Women's Empowerment Award for her work as a body activist, and HH Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui Ambassador presented Eve Branson with the ior her foundation’s work in the Atlas Mountains.

Luncheon Chairs were Cristiana Andrade, Geoffrey Bradfield, Susan Gutfreund, Francine LeFrak, Greg Schnackel, and Ling Tian. The Young Host Committee Chair was Andrea J. Catsimatidis. Singer Mary Brown sang the opening number, “A Natural Women” a-cappella. UNWFPA’s Ambassador for Peace, H.R.H. The Princess Camilla addressed luncheon guests. 
Ambassador Nikki Haley, Barbara Winston, Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Barbara Winston, Eve Branson, HH Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Ashley Graham, Bridget Moynahan, and Noa Tishby
Other notable guests included: Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo, and Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri in Rome, Monaco and Paris, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Flaviana Matata, Serinda Swan, Kota Eberhardt, Tao Okamoto, Rema DuPont,  Michal Grayevsky,  Stephanie Winston and Linda Wells.

In the evening, UNWFPA hosted a Panel Discussion, “The Role of Media to Empower Women". The panel included actresses Edie Falco and Cicely Tyson; Hearst Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles; Nickelodeon’s Cyma Zarghami, and UN Correspondents Association’s Sherwin Bryce-Pease. The discussion was moderated by journlaist Joan Lunden in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations. 
Rachel Roy, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Barbara Winston, Michal Grayevsky, H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo, and Princess Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri in Rome, Monaco and Paris
David Batstone and Serinda Swan
Francine LeFrak H.H. Princess Laila Joumala Alaoui and Jana Jaffe
Ray Kelly, Michal Grayevsky, and Greg Kelly
Sheikha Paula Al-Sabah, Barbara Winston, and H.H. Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui
First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo De Varela, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro
Prince Carlo of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro
Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin
Reem Acra and Rema DuPont
Young Host Committee Chair Andrea J. Catsimatidis
Cyma Zarghami, Joanna Coles, Edie Falco, Barbara Winston, Cicely Tyson, Joan Lunden, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Sherwin Bryce-Pease
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) held its annual Gift of Music Gala this past Monday night, March 19, at The Plaza. The evening raised more than $925,000 to support OSL’s versatile and collaborative performances, local community and education initiatives, and the services provided to New York City’s musical community through The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

The celebratory evening began with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in The Plaza’s Terrace Foyer before moving to the Grand Ballroom where they were welcomed by the evening’s host: OSL Board Member David Hyde Pierce.
Orchestra of St. Luke's, Gift of Music Gala 2018
OSL President and Executive Director James Roe delivered remarks recognizing the many musicians and arts leaders in attendance from Carnegie Hall, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Manhattan School of Music, and the New York Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Roe commented that the “Orchestra of St. Luke’s distinct role in the city’s musical life is uniquely defined by the strength and diversity of our artistic partnerships, many of which are represented here tonight.”
Gift of Music Gala Honoree Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and OSL Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen
Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen presented the Gift of Music Award to Sarah and Howard Solomon, noting that the couple have “improved the life and cultural vitality of our city” with a “life-long commitment to the arts community and so many organizations, like OSL, that enrich our lives.” Then, long-time OSL Board Member and internationally renowned fashion designer Josie Natori introduced award winner, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, noting the master pianist’s “warmth, love, and gracious friendship with your colleagues, your audiences and your students.”

The night concluded with OSL’s Principal Conductor Designate, Bernard Labadie leading the Orchestra in an all-Handel program, featuring selections from Water Music and arias from Tolormeo, re d’Egitto and Partenope, performed by countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński (replacing the originally scheduled Iestyn Davis). The evening closed with waltzing, a celebrated Gift of Music Gala tradition.
OSL Principal Conductor Designate Bernard Labadie and Judy Francis Zankel
Host and OSL Board Member David Hyde Pierce and Brian Hargrove OSL Board Vice-Chairman Georgia Frasch and Adrienne Arsht
Bernard Schwartz, Robert Appel, and Denise Jansen
Charles Seidler and OSL Board Member Janet Seidler
Helen Appel, OSL Board Member Robert Appel, and Judy Francis Zankel
Gift of Music Gala Honoree Howard Solomon and OSL Board Member Susan Graham
OSL Board Member Josie Natori and Gift of Music Gala Honoree Jean-Yves Thibaudet Ron Frasch and OSL Board Vice-Chairman Georgia Frasch
OSL President and Executive Director James Roe and AJC Smith
Gift of Music Gala Honoree Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Guest Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, and OSL Board Member Susan Graham
Jeremy Geffen, OSL Board Member Barbara Feldon, OSL Board Member Susan Graham, and Clay Brakeley
OSL Board Member Emme Levin Deland, Jonathan Deland, Phyllis Levin, and Sandra Wijnberg
Judy Zankel, OSL Board Chairman Norman Benzaquen, and OSL Board Member Paul Sekhri
OSL Board Member Susan Graham, Laura Osnes, and Nathan Johnson
Lisa Rinehart and Mikhail Baryshnikov
Jivan Wolf and Gemzel Hernandez
On Saturday, March 3rd more than 600 guests attended the New York Junior League's 66th annual Winter Ball at the Pierre. The evening featured an awards presentation by New York Junior League (NYJL) President Suzanne E. Manning, who presented the NYJL Outstanding Sustainer Award to Nancy Houghton and Wendy Wade.

The award is the NYJL's highest honor. Every year, two Sustainers are chosen by a committee of her peers to receive. Outstanding Sustainers carry on the NYJL mission through continued service both for the NYJL and in the community at large.
Jean Shafiroff, Suzanne Manning, Kim Essency Pillari, Liz Fabsits, Nicole Ferrin, Katie Cook, Mary Catherine Burdine, Wendy Wade, and Nancy Houghton
The NYJL Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Mary Catherine Burdine, Katie Cook, Nicole Ferrin, Elizabeth Fabsits Pavone, and Kim Essency Pillari. Since the Winter Ball's beginning in 1952, five active volunteers have been selected each year to receive this prestigious honor. Outstanding Volunteers have achieved the highest standard of excellence in volunteerism in advancing the mission of the NYJL.
Jeri Powell
Suzanne Manning
Ashley Ma
The Riviera Romance themed fundraiser raised more than $530,000 for NYJL Charitable Activities. Jean Shafiroff served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Proceeds help support the charitable works of the NYJL. The NYJL has been helping build a brighter tomorrow for children and families in New York City since 1901.

Today, the NYJL is more than 2,800 volunteers strong and provides more than 250,000 hours of service to the community each year. The NYJL seeks to strengthen the health and well-being of the children and families of New York through five distinct program areas—Adult Education & Mentoring, Child Health & Welfare, Children's Education, City Impact, and Culture & the Arts.
Michele Herbert Mary Catherine Burdine
Jean Shafiroff, Jessica DeSantes, Jeri Powell, and Ashley Ma
Kim Essency Pillari and Tony Pillari Wendy Wade and Nancy Houghton
Natalie Ross, Eric Ross, and Dr. Penny Grant
Elena Ayot Brent and Nicole Ferrin
The Dream Team
Photographs by Eric Weiss (OSL); Aurora Rose/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images (UNWFPA); Patrick McMullan (NYJL)