Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Attempting to Spring

Flowering. 6:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Sunny and bright yesterday with temperatures in the mid-40s. Dry with snow all washed away. Who could complain?
Tulips at the ready.
Last night Beth DeWoody gave a reception at her Gracie Square apartment for guests to learn more about the proposed (and almost a-building) New York City AIDS Memorial that will be ready for public viewing by December of this year. It will be located in the heart of Greenwich Village.  The memorial is the brainchild of Paul Kelterborn and Christopher Tepper.

The reception was called for 6 to 8. I got there at 7. Bill Rudin and Eric Rudin were there. The Rudin Family has had a big hand in this project. Beth spoke of those days in the 1980s when AIDS was devastating the population of men who were gay. Many of them were in their 20s and 30s. To this day, there are many who lament the tremendous creative talent that was lost.
The mock-up of the AIDS Memorial that will be installed in December in Greenwich Village.
Christopher Tepper, who with Mr. Kelterborn, created the project told the guests how he is of the generation that followed who knew nothing about the catastrophe and how it happened. When he learned about it from reading, he realized that there needed to be a memorial to remind people.

The two men put together an organization that could make this happen. They prevailed upon Keith Fox, who runs Phaidon Press to head the board. Fox told the guests that at that point there was no board.  Nevertheless, they’ve raised five million. They’re ready to go. They need another $500,000.  
Keith Fox, Paul Kelterborn, and Christopher Tepper. David Croland with his favorite DeWoody pup.
Guests, including Hermes Mallea, congregating in the DeWoody art-filled living room before the speeches.
Jon Gilman and Brad Learmonth. Tim Mendelson and Julie Cloutier from the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles.
Around the town. DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) held its 15th annual Dining by Design fundraiser on Manhattan’s Pier 94. The gala capped off 4-days of activities, which included public table viewings and Cocktails by Design. They raised more than three quarters of a million. All proceeds benefitting DIFFA.

The foundation raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by the disease, offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives.
Marc Blackwell New York.
Anthropologie designed by Alexis Givens.
New York Design Center designed by Marks & Frantz.
DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that, working together, have provided more than $40 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide.

At the dinner they honored Alfredo Paredes, Exec VP and chief retail creative officer at Ralph Lauren. Mr. Paredes was honored with the first annual David Rockwell DIFFA Service Award to recognize his efforts on behalf of the organization.
Cristina Cuomo, Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan magazine with designer Muriel Brandolini. DIFFA Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of Interior Design magazine Cindy Allen with DIFFA Executive Director Johanna Osburn.
Luca Casali of Casali (center) with Mac Stopa and Dana Grizwin of Massive Design.
Designers Jamie Drake and Alexandra Champalimaud. Designer Ghislaine Viñas with Jaime Viñas of Jaime Viñas Graphic Design.
Artist Tony Roko, Karen Dalzell of Dalzell Creative Group, and David Rockwell, Architect/Designer and Chair Emeritus of DIFFA .
Gretta Monahan,, with TV Personality & Stylist Robert Verdi. Verdi was back for year two and laid out the red carpet in his vignette for Essie. Designer Stacy Garcia with Stacy Garcia Senior Brand Strategist Amy Nercessian.
Catching Up. Two Wednesdays ago at Doubles in the Sherry Netherland, Lewis Frumkes and Jennifer Raab, President of Hunter College, hosted a 5th Anniversary dinner for the Hunter College Writing Center, honoring Barbara Goldsmith. Over the years Lewis has presented leading wreiters and Nobel laureates at Hunter such as Nelson DeMille, Joyce Carol Oates, Susan Isaacs, Freeman Dyson, Alan Guth, Lee Child, Colson Whitehead, Walter Mosely, Mary Higgins Clar, Howard Gardner, Gay Talese.
Grace Chang.
Lewis Cullman and Barbara Goldsmith. Charlynn Goins and Dr. Warren Goins.
Ed Downe and Mary Conley.
Iris Smyles and friends.
Scott and Amber Daspin.
Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Lewis Frumkes, and Iris Love.
Elinor Tatum and Sidney Offit.
John Calicchio and Denise LeFrak.
Louise Hirschfeld, Lewis Cullman, and Kaylee Cullman.
Gayle and Richard Maidman. Lewis Frumkes and Amber Daspin.
Joyce Cowin, Pres. Jennifer Raab, and Pola Rosen.
Lynn and Alphie McCourt.
Elkan Abramowitz, Lewis Frumkes, Susan Isaacs, and Norman Arnoff.
Randi Schatz and Cynthia Weiler. Jones Yorke.
Alana Frumkes with Warren and Sunny Adler.
Hilma Wolitzer, Lewis Frumkes, and John Simon.
Annie Nova, Lewis Frumkes, and Adel Manoukian.
Two Wednesdays ago at the Pierrethe Dancing Classrooms honored Dr. Roger Weissberg with the 2015 Social And Emotional Learning Champion Award at their annual gala. Dr. Weissberg's work revolves around a set of core beliefs, which include that what children think and feel matters a great deal in their development and that it is important to create the conditions through which every child can thrive. 

Since 1977, he has dedicated his life's work to finding answers to just one question, How can schools, families and communities work together to create positive outcomes in young people? "Academically, we can best describe SEL as the idea that learning emerges through supportive relationships that make learning a challenging, engaging and meaningful experience," said Dr. Weissberg. "Students participating in Dancing Classrooms have opportunities to build supportive and cooperative relationships through dance. Their sense of accomplishment and their development of social and emotional skills are associated with academic gains and increased maturity and personal growth."
Arianna Tausig-Edwards with her mother, honoree, Jephtha Tausig. Michele Redway Sugarman (Board Member) witth her husband, Alan Sugarman.
Dancing Classrooms helps children succeed in life by unleashing rapid development of essential social, emotional, and cognitive skills.  A distinctively rich, in-school Social and Emotional Learning accelerator, the program engages students in the joy, discipline, and teamwork of the art social dance and creates mutually respectful and effective learning environments. Started in one New York City public school in 1994 by Pierre Dulaine, ballroom champion and teacher, and his long-time partner, Yvonne Marceau, Dancing Classrooms has worked its magic on more than 400,000 students, their teachers and their families in 31 cities in the U.S. and abroad.  Dancing Classrooms currently serves over 45,000 students a year, 25,000 of them in New York City. 
Jeannie Egas-Trouveroy, Hugh Hildesley, and Liz King.
YDC members Elizabeth Weinstein and Marvin Hernandez.
Hugh Hildesley with students from PS 291 Bronx.

Photographs by Cutty McGill (Writing Center)

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