Thursday, November 12, 2015

Participating in the atmosphere

Father and daughter. Photo: JH.
Thursday, November 12, 2015. A mild, sunny day yesterday in New York with temperatures in the 50s, after a night of intermittent heavy rains washing more and more leaves off the trees and carpeting pavements; Mother Nature’s contemporary art.
Yesterday was the Michael’s lunch of course, and the place was packed with an excellent cross-section of New Yorkers and visitors from out of town participating in the atmosphere.

There was: Joan Gelman with producer Cynthia Kayan; Christie Hefner, daughter of You-Know-Who whose magazine empire she ran back in the 80s and 90s;  Patricia Miller with CeCe Cord, jewelry designer Nicholas Varney; Guggenheim museum director Richard Armstrong; Frederic Bloch with Laurie Tisch; Marshall Cogan; Peter Kreisky; Mickey Ateyeh with John Glover, Development Director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Jules Haimovitz of Dick Clark Productions with Ed Bleier; Dah Boyz, Dr. Gerry Imber with Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman; Joan Jakobson with Grace Meigher, Susan Braddock and Ann Kempner; Ed Kelly former CEO of American Express Publishing; Diane Clehane of Mediabistro with Seventeen’s Michelle Tan; Joanie Danielides; PR exec Norah Lawlor with Michael Travin, Melissa Kassis and Shana Schlossberg; Sony Pictures Television’sSteve Mosko; Jack Myers withDr. Mehmet Oz; Sara Beth Shrager; City Center’sArlene Shuler; modern movie mogul Harvey Weinstein; Gary Zarr; Bisila Bokoko; Joseph DeAcetis;Vidcom chairman, Christy Ferer; rare book seller Glenn Horowitz with wife, author and screenwriter Tracey Jackson; Alexis Mercedes; PR guru Steven Rubenstein; Armando Ruiz; producer Beverly Camhe with Bill McCuddy; the one-and-only Norman Lear; San Francisco architect Sandy Walker;Maria Fort; Discovery Channel Prez, Henry Schleiff; Sal Victoria; Melissa Mullin.

Last night was another busy one on the social calendar. Lenox Hill Hospital hosted is annual dinner dance at the American Museum of Natural History. The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted The Fall Party – cocktails and dinner at The Four Seasons. The American Friends of Blerancourt hosted a dinner to honor Didi D’Anglejan and Eugenie Angeles at the Harold Pratt House on 68th and Park.
Last night's American Jewish Historical Society dinner in a ballroom of the Hotel Roosevelt as guests listened to Richard V. Allen talk about Amb. John Loeb, who was awarded the Emma Lazarus Medal for 2015.
I went down to the Roosevelt Hotel where the American Jewish Historical Society hosted its Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award black tie dinner honoring Ambassador John Loeb Jr. for  320 guests in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Ambassador Loeb is a great proponent of celebrating the history of Religious Freedom in this country as well as a major supporter of the Touro Synagogue which opened in 1763 and had been visited by President George Washington in 1790. After he visited the congregation Washington wrote them a letter in which he stated:

The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy, a policy worth of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship.

... for the Government of the United States ... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance ...
Closeup of the table.
After dinner and dessert, Nicholas Loeb toasted his father for his work in promoting religious freedom and tolerance in the United States. Then Richard V. Allen who served as National Security Advisor to Ronald Reagan  in 1981-1982 and before that as foreign policy coordinator to Richard Nixon, and is currently a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.Then Ambassador Loeb was presented with the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award for 2015,  after which he recounted his motivation in pursuing his work in promoting Washington’s declaration and why.
Rachel Lithgow, Executive Director of the AJHS, addressing the guests. Nicholas Loeb talking about his father.
Richard V. Allen. Ambassador John Loeb.
Ambassador Loeb accepting the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award from AJHS Chairman Sidney Lapidus.
Sharon Handler Loeb and Somers Farkas organized the dinner. The Roosevelt Hotel which was built in 1924 is a familiar site for New Yorkers, located on Madison Avenue and 45th Street, across from the Vanderbilt Avenue entrance of Grand Central Station. It is huge with 1015 rooms, two ballrooms, part of its 30,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It was named for President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1997 it had an extensive renovation. Many New Yorkers attending last night had never been in the hotel and were surprised to see such beautiful and substantial hotel. Its ballroom where the dinner was held is one of the most elegant ballrooms in New York.
Somers Farkas and Sharon Handler Loeb.
Other New Yorkers, out of town ... last week in West Hollywood, Barbra Streisand, Carole Bayer Sager and Bob Daley, Eric Buterbaugh and Richard Baskin hosted a book party for Donna Karan and her new book “My Journey.”
Donna Karan, Barbra Streisand, Carol Bayer Sager, Richard Baskin, and Ellen Ziffren
Quincy Jones and Allen Grubman
Jason Gould and Donna Karan
Ron and Kelly Meyer
Barbara Davis and Kelly Day
Loree Rodkin, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Ellen Ziffren
Joanne Segel, Gil Segel, and Sherry Lansing
Eric Buterbaugh and Ray Azoulay
Allen and Debbie Grubman
Donna Karan and Roslyn Kind
Deborah Kolander and Patricia Knop
Ray Azoulay, Lisa Keshtkar, and Jerome Rousseau
Michael Austin, Joyce Austin, James Brolin, and Army Bernstein
Michael Luongo and Susan Lombardi
Edie and Richard Baskin

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