Wednesday, October 13, 2010

T’is the Season to be on the go

Bob Fribourg, Nadine Kalachnikoff, Effie Fribourg, Lars Bolander
A lone acorn on the city streets. 10:15 PM. Photo: JH.
October 13, 2010. A warm, sunny day in New York after the night before last where a big rainstorm rolled in with hailstones the size of quarters falling in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The weatherman is predicting we’ll get our first taste of much cooler weather by the end of the week. Out come the woolens.

T’is the Season to be on the go.
Last night in New York Francesca Bortolotto Possati, President and CEO of The Bauers (hotels) and Richard David Story, Editor-in-Chief of Departures, hosted a cocktail party at the Park Avenue South home of Tom Schumacher and Matthew White. Matt is President of Save Venice. The party in honor of Departures' “The Venice Issue.”

Francesca Bortolotto, the owner of the Bauer Hotel in Venice, plays a big part in Save Venice’s activities.
Bob Fribourg, Nadine Kalachnikoff, Effie Fribourg, Lars Bolander
An autumn sky over Manhattan. 7:00 PM.
Meanwhile, over at The Rockefeller University, Agnes Gund, the president emeriti of MoMA, and artist Chuck Close, who needs no introduction, presented the New York Stem Cell Foundation Leadership Council member Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, with the NYSCF Humanitarian Award at its 5th Annual Gala Dinner.

Amanda Brooks and Paul Healy were chairmen of the evening. Gala co-chairs were Samantha Boardman MD and Aby Rosen, Maryam and Jonathan Dickey, Jodie and John Eastman, Larry Gagosian, Gail and Roy Geronemus MD, Gregg Hymowitz, Thomas Campbell Jackson and Pamela Brandt Jackson, Debbie and Peter Kahn, Richard Meier, Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Nina Rennert and Mitchell Davidson, Susan Solomon (CEO of NYSCF) and Paul Goldberger, Martha Stewart and Susan Towers.
Bob Fribourg, Nadine Kalachnikoff, Effie Fribourg, Lars Bolander
Agnes Gund, Susan L. Solomon, Chuck Close, and Dorothy Lichtenstein at NYSCF's 5th Annual Gala Dinner.
This benefit gala took place in conjunction with NYSCF’s 5th Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference which runs through today. The conference is devoted to bringing together leading researchers from the US and abroad to share data and innovative ideas to bring us closer to cures for the major diseases of our time. All proceeds from these events go to benefit NYSCF’s program of helping to accelerate the most advanced stem cell research.

Also last night over at the Frederick P. Rose Hall,
home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Ballet Theatre held its “The Innovation Initiative,” a one-night-only benefit showcasing the World premieres of four works choreographed by members of the ABT and performed by the company’s dancers.

Choreographers for the program were Gemma Bond, Nicola Curry, Daniel Mantel, and Craig Salstein.

The evening began with a dinner at 6 followed by the performance and an after-party. The performance was a culmination of ABT’s 4-week choreographic workshop under the mentorship of Kevin McKenzie, ABT’s Artistic Director and Alexei Ratmansky, ABT’s Artist in Residence, and Stephen Pier.

Bob Fribourg, Nadine Kalachnikoff, Effie Fribourg, Lars Bolander
And, in another part of the same forest (The Time Warner complex), Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education was holding its Fiesta 2010 at the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental. They honored Natalie Morales, co-host and National Correspondent of the “Today Show” and Maria Luisa Serna. Sra. Serna has for twenty years had one of the most successful radio programs in the top rated radio station in Mexico. She is well known for her professional and humanitarian work and for her development of radio programs to promote culture, health and family values.

Casita Maria was founded 76 years ago to create opportunity, foster education and to serve the predominantly Hispanic communities of the South Bronx and East Harlem. Its during- and after-school arts and education programs serve thousands of disadvantaged youth and their families. Its annual Fiesta fund-raising gala contributes greatly to its operating budget.

The Fiesta also has the reputation in New York for being one of the really fun black tie galas. The women supporters dress for the occasion. Chairmen of the evening were Jacqueline Weld Drake (who is also Chairman of the Board of Casita), Aileen Mehle and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia. Honorary chairs include Iris Cantor, Patty and Gustavo Cisneros, Francisco Costa, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Nancy and Henry Kissinger, Pilar and Juan Pablo Molyneux, Tom Quick, Frederico and Violy McCausland Seve and Daisy and Paul Soros.
The table setting.
Bob Hardwick and his orchestra provide the music and keep the dance floor jammed. Big glam crowd including Tina and Simon Beriro, Rod Drake, Muffy and Don Miller, Hunt Slonem, Peter Lyden, Tony Bechera, John and Violaine Bernbach, Raul Suarez, Yolanda Santos, Marife Hernandez and Joel Bell, Adrienne and Ghighi Vittadini, Valentin and Yaz Hernandez, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Sila Calderon, Grace and Chris Meigher, Freddie Eberstadt, Esty and Dan Brodsky, Martha Bograd, Frannie Scaife, Dayssi and Paul Kanovos, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Robert Verdi, Jamie Figg, Caroline Weber, Barbara and Donald Tober, Liliana Cavendish, Yanna Avis, Jeff and Liz Peek, Amanda Haynes Dale, Maria Eugenia Maury Arria, John Mashek, Joan and Michael Steinberg, Bill Haseltine.
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Liliana Cavendish, and Bill Cunningham. Ann Rapp and Barbara Tober.
Christian and Claire Gudefin. Jackie Weld Drake and Kate Doerge.
Don and Muffy Miller. Jeff and Liz Peek.
Bob Harwick and his Bob Hardwick Sound.
Raul Suarez and Trudy Cejas. Tony Bechara with Michael and Joan Steinberg.
Amanda Haynes Dale and John Mashek.  
Sila Calderon and Jackie Browne. Liz Peek and Grace Meigher.
  Barbara and Donald Tober.
Valentin and Yaz Hernandez. Gillian and Sylvester Miniter.
The evening's co-chairs Aileen Mehle and Jackie Weld with Tom Quick.
Frannie Scaife. Jean Shafiroff with Maria Eugenia Maury Arria.
Daisy Soros. Adrienne Vittadini and Maria Eugenia Maury Arria.
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