Friday, February 23, 2018

The Year of the Dog

David O. Brien, Ingrid Ehrenberg, Mei He, Sophia Sheng, Ning Yuan, Yvonne Wong, Chien Chung Pei, Anla Cheng, and Robert Nederlander at China Institute's Chinese New Year Gala 2018.
On Tuesday, February 13th, China Institute hosted its annual Chinese New Year Gala at the Pierre Hotel to welcome the Year of the Dog. The evening was filled with a range of rich, festive cultural performances, including a traditional Chinese Lion Dance performed by the New York Hung Sing Kwoon Kung Fu and Lion Dance Club, and an acrobatic performance by Master Yang Xiao Di. Adding a modern flair to the evening, Brooklyn-based DJ HARUKA Salt played beats for the Gala attendees. Another highlight was the presentation of a Proclamation issued by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer proclaiming February 13, 2018 China Institute Lunar New Year Day.
New York Hung Sing Kwoon
The 2018 Chinese New Year Gala hosted notable guests across a range of industries and government agencies. Key guests included: Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York; Mark Kingdon, President of Kingdon Capital Management; Scott Pattison, CEO of the National Governors Association; Ed Schoenfeld, owner of Red Farm; Merit Janow, Professor and Dean, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; John Catsimatidis, Owner, President and Chairman and CEO of Gristedes Foods; Patricia Kluge; Mr. Zhao Yumin, Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Brian Goldberg, Founder of Mr. Bing; Xiaomin Zhao, Community Liaison for the New York City Council; and many others.

In keeping with the traditions of Chinese New Year, China Institute collected red envelope donations from Gala attendees. All proceeds raised will support scholarships for K-12 students participating in programs offered by China Institute's School of Chinese Studies.
Didi Pei, Ingrid Ehrenberg, James Heimowitz, Mei He, Yvonne Wong, Zhang Qiyue, Ning Yuan, Sohpia Sheng, and Robert Nederlander
Anla Cheng and Chien Chung Pei
Margo Catsimatidis, Ambassador Zhang Qiyue, John Catsimatidis, and James Heimowitz
Scott Pattison and John Catsimatidis
John Catsimatidis and Patricia Kluge
Merit Janow and Mark Kingdon
John Schiller, Anla Cheng, and Peter Walker
Brian Goldberg, Jessica Chu, Jason Kingdon, Jingping Zhang, Min Fan, Katy Chen, Patricia Pan, Benjamin Stein, and Sally Wang
Juggler Yang Xiao Di, Dinda Elliott, and guests
The 15th annual Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium raised more than $1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a record-breaking sum in the region. Held at The Breakers Palm Beach on February 8th and hosted by Aerin Lauder with special guest Joan Lunden, the benefit drew more than 400 guests. The fundraiser has supported research grants in the areas of tumor biology, metastasis, heredity & ethnicity, survivorship, lifestyle & prevention and treatment.

“When my Aunt Evelyn established BCRF nearly 25 years ago, she envisioned a world free of breast cancer. She would be so touched and honored to see this room full of so many determined individuals wanting to give back,” said Aerin Lauder.
Aerin Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, and Kinga Lampert
This year’s panel discussion titled “Conquering Cancer: Breast Cancer and Beyond,” was led by Larry Norton, MD, BCRF scientific director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The panel included world-renowned BCRF grantees Mary-Claire King, PhD, University of Washington, and Eric Winer, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.

"The Palm Beach community has been a crucial force behind our mission to eradicate breast cancer. This year's incredible 1 million in funds for BCRF — $1,074,625 million to be precise — puts us closer to the finish line than ever before," said BCRF honorary co-chairman Leonard Lauder.
Dr. Mary Claire King, Marc Hurlbert, Dr. Eric Winer, Joan Lunden, and Dr. Larry Norton
Notable guests included BCRF Honorary Co-Chairman Leonard A. Lauder and Co-Chair Kinga Lampert; Palm Beach Hot Pink Luncheon & Symposium Lead Chairs Raysa Fanjul and Ronnie Heyman; Founding Chairs Sandra Krakoff, Hillie Mahoney, Mary Alice Pappas, Frances Scaife, Judith Schlager; and Co-Chairs Donna Acquavella, Louise L. Braver, Merel Cayne, Betsy Green, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Sydell Miller.

Guests were treated to a Spring 2018 fashion presentation featuring collections provided by Neiman Marcus Palm Beach.

Event Lead Underwriters: Braman Motorcars, Louise and David Braver Philanthropic Fund, FLORIDA CRYSTALS, Goodes Family Foundation, Ronnie Heyman, Kinga Lampert, Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, The Ambrose Monell Foundation, Neiman Marcus, UBS, Westreich Finaly Foundation, Inc.

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Elaine Langone and Donna Acquavella Lisa Klein and Lisa Heiden
Sheila Lambert and Louise Braver Nancy Goodes and Barbara Greenwald
Raysa Fanjul, Ronnie Heyman, and Kinga Lampert
Rita Bronfman and Pauline Pitt Candy Hamm and Suzanne Elson
Frances Scaife and Ambassador Mary Ourisman Molly Hurley and Merel Cayne
Carole Ermel, Joan Lunden, Myra Biblowit, and Laura Lassman
Mary Alice Pappas and Betsy Green Sandy Krakoff and Myra Biblowit
Back in New York, in celebration New York's Fashion Week, Animal Ashram’s Founder Leesa Rowland hosted Animal Ashram’s Pop-Up Penthouse at Hotel on Rivington's beautiful penthouse. The non-profit Animal Ashram created a one-day only haven for yoga and animals. 

Guests enjoyed a fun filled day of animal adoptions, yoga & meditation classes; a pop up vegan shopping bazaar, which included an incredible line up of cruelty free clothing brands, handbags, nail polish, and vegan food vendors. At noon, Leesa Rowland hosted the Pelush Luxury Faux Fur Fashion Show by designer Anna Tagliabue. All to benefit Animal Ashram in support of the 7.6 million companion animals that enter animal shelters nationwide every year. 
Pelush at Animal Ashram
The yoga classes ranged from sunrise yoga, warrior flow, yoga core and vinyasa. The classes were taught by world renowned teachers Marie Belle of Raleigh, North Carolina,  Michelle Moody-Stratton of Puerto Rico, Danielle Ribaudo of Arkansas, and local teacher Rebecca Rasmussen of Connecticut. 
Daytime Yoga Class
Animal Ashram's Yoga Class
Downward Dog
Host Committee includes: Catherine Petree, Hank Stampfl, Stephanie Mattera, Cris Longoria, Sara Diorzaio, Michelle Moody-Stratton. The event was produced and designed by Hank Stampfl of Revel Rouge Events.

Vendors included: Art by Sara DiOrazio, Luxury Faux Furs by Pelush, Animal Adoption by Animal Haven, Vegan Purses by Stacy Kessler, GUNAS, Presence of Piermont, vegan shoes by Cri De Coeur, Kinetic Body Therapy, SkinTight MedSpa, Clementine Bakery, My Flower Shop, Franchia Vegan Cafe, Jacques Brasserie, Hint Sparkling Water, Gt's Kombucha, Hippeas, Cliffton Dry Sparkling Cider, Eliya Organic King Coconut Water and Wild Restaurant.

In the evening Animal Ashram hosted a cocktail & shopping reception in the chic JIA Lounge at Hotel on Rivington. There were two incredible performances, from singer Tiffany Brevard (who sang “Take me Home") and Trans-Siberian Orchestra performers Chloe Lowery accompanied by violinist Asha Mevlana. Guest enjoyed music by DJ Omi, vegan hors d'oeuvres donated by Franchia Vegan CafĂ© and Le Petit Francais wines from supplier by Jaques Azoulay. 
The Evening's Cocktail and Shopping Event
Animal Ashram Co-Founders Leesa Rowland and Larry Wohl Tiffany Brevard
Chloe Lowery and Asha Mevlana
Animal Ashram's founder Leesa Rowland and committee member Hank Stampfl addressed the over 200 guests. "Thank you all for being part of Animal Ashram's All-Day Haven for yoga and animals, we are raising funds and awareness for New York City animal shelters that desperately need our help," said Rowland, "approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats. Shockingly each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized." She went on by saying, "This years over 56 billion farmed animals will be killed by humans. This does not include the fish and other sea creatures whose deaths are so great they are only measured by tonnes. By supporting Animal Ashram's event you will be helping us support all the beautiful animals in shelters that need us."
Dogs for Animal Haven
Guest included: Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl (Co-Founder of Animal Ashram), Jeremy Burch, Todd Burnsed & Hank Stampfl, Grace Forster, John Guanlao, Yung Hee Kim, Linda Obushoska, Jaques Ouari, Anna and Steven Victor, Vera Frowen, Alex Von Salad, Jane Scher, Jane Pontarelli, Andrew Bellis & Catherine Petree, Kathryn Rotella, Anna Tagliabue, Stephanie Mattera, Cris Longoria, Sara Diorzaio, Michelle Moody-Stratton, Missy Hargraves,  Richard Teichman, Nancy Silberkleit, and Regina Kravitz. 
Cris Longoria of Clementine Bakery Fara Abramson from Presence of Piermont
Dogs and Volunteers from Animal Haven
Jane Pontarelli, Stephen Victor, and Anna Rhoads Hank Stampfl and Leesa Rowland
Artist Sara DiOrazio Anna Tagliabue and Stephanie Mattera
Grace Forester, Stephanie Mattera, Gina Kravitz, and Leesa Rowland
Leesa Rowland with another furry friend Missy Hargraves
Andrew Bellis and Catherine Petree Jane Scher
Sugandh G. Agrawal with her Gunas Bags
Photographs by Capehart (BCRF); Jenn Rosen & Presley Ann Slack/PMc (Animal Ashram)