Monday, June 13, 2016

Beginning to lighten up

Sun setting across 65th Street. 8:20 PM. Photo: JH.
Monday, June 13, 2016. Warm, sunny weekend in New York with temps in the 80s.

Now mid-month, the social calendar is beginning to lighten up (and transfer out East to the Hamptons and environs), although we’ve still got much to report, going back to the end of the past month.  The charities and their benefits on the docket are mainly conservation and encouraging motivation in young people, particularly those who are enduring an extra amount of stress in moving forward.

The mass murder in Orlando over the weekend again presumes the motivation toward entropy. We need to apply our conservation efforts to humanity if we’re going to survive the social miasma that is swilling around us. The answer will not be found on your cell phone. Or with a gun.  There’s more truth and reality found in these following activities:

This past Thursday evening the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will hosted its annual black tie gala and afterparty at WCS’s Central Park Zoo. This year’s Gala, themed We Stand for Wildlife, celebrated WCS’s ongoing mission to advance wildlife conservation, with a focus on conserving the world’s largest wild places in 15 priority regions and six species groups: elephants, apes, big cats, sharks and rays, whales and dolphins, and tortoises and freshwater turtles.
Eva and Stanley Mohr, Lisa Schiff, Michelle Smith, Scott Schiff, Sydney Shuman, DPC, Jackie Weld Drake, and Richard Lewisohn.
Jim Breheny, Antonia Grumbach, Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Cristian Samper, and Adriana Casas.
The evening honored Sir David Attenborough and The Walt Disney Company who share Wildlife Conservation Society’s vision. World-renowned naturist, Sir David has devoted his life to educating and raising awareness about wildlife through the powerful lens of filmmaking. Guided by his knowledge and passion for the natural world, Attenborough has introduced generations to the planets most remote animal species through the countless series he produced.

They also honored the Society’s longstanding conservation relationship with The Walt Disney Company of now more than twenty years of the Disney Conservation Fund, a key pillar in Disney’s efforts to protect the planet and connect children and young people with nature. The Fund has provided more than $3 million in grants supporting WCS field projects in more than 40 countries.
Cristian Samper. Antonia Grumbach.
Beth Stevens. Ban Ki-Moon.
Disney and WCS have collaborated for more than seven decades, and look forward to their continued work to reverse the decline of vitally important species, including tigers in Sumatra, elephants in Kenya, and sharks and rays across the globe. 

The evening began with a cocktail reception around the sea lion pool followed by dinner and dancing under the stars.
Dinner under the tent.
On Wednesday night at the Plaza, the Municipal Art Society held their annual dinner at the Plaza and gave their annual Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award to William vanden Heuval for his dedication to preserving New York history as well as his complete dedication to actualizing the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.

Besides being an Awards dinner, this was a celebration of Bill vanden Heuval and his brilliant career in law and politics helping along the community as well as preserving his history. There was a big turnout. Peter Duchin and his orchestra played. Bill Moyers presented the award to Bill.
William vanden Heuvel. Photographs by Patrick McMullan.
Frederick Iseman.
Before Moyers, there was a very charming video of Caroline Kennedy speaking from Tokyo, accompanied by her pet dog who kept insisting on getting into the picture. This was an endearing scene of Ambassador Kennedy. Always a good looking girl and woman, at this moment in her life, she is a beautiful evoking memories of her famous mother and father but also with the light Irish charm passed down from her forebears including her father.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal.
After the speeches, and Bill’s recounting some of FDR’s history as a leader, he urged us all to join him in singing “Happy Days Are Here Again…” reflecting on the news that day that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee for President. Not everyone in the room shared that sentiment but you never would have known it from the singing and the cheering.
Gina Polera, William vanden Heuvel, and Bill Moyers.
Louise Hirschfeld Cullman and Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
John Conway, Elizabeth Belfer, Marie-Noelle Pierce, Melissa Pearsall Hirsch, and Scott Hirsch.
Kathy Sloane, Alexandra Howard, and Duane Hampton.
Randy Bourscheidt and Howard Holzer.
Liz Diller and Ricardo Scofidio.
Bruce Hokner and Tobie Roosevelt.
Gina Polera and Janet Ross.
William vanden Heuvel, Jennifer Raab, and Matilda Cuomo.
Sally Maynard, Howard Axel, and Rosina Abramson.
Gillian Sorensen, Warren Hoge, and Oliva Hoge.
Robert Libbey, Nancy Green, Michael Donovan, and Kent Swig.
Lane Rick, Jim Venturi, Sigmund Lerner, Dominique De Silva, and Anita Naughton.
That same night, over at the Mandarin Oriental, NAF celebrated its 13th Annual Benefit  and raised more than $1.7 Million to support its national (conservation) mission

NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are college, career, and future ready. The evening brought together students, alumni, educators, and business professionals from America’s top companies to celebrate NAF’s work in the education space, and raised over $1.7 million. These funds will go towards supporting and sustaining NAF’s mission nationally, and contributions will aid in providing programming, training, and materials for NAF teachers, directors, and students throughout the country.
Bill Teuber, Vice Chairman, EMC Corporation; Honoree Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman & CEO, EMC Corporation and NAF Board Member; Paul Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation; and Chris Goode, Senior Vice-President and Chief Public Affairs Officer, EMC Corporation.
Bruce Nohe, Area Manager at Capital One Home Loans; Karen Bishop, Mortgage Loan Officer at Capital One; Eric Declercq, Senior Director, Capital One Home Loans; and Steve Shteyn, Mortgage Area Manager at Capital One Home Loans.
Students from 12 NAF academies across the country had the unique opportunity to present their team projects to business professionals from America’s top companies, such as KPMG, Verizon, Lenovo, and Moody’s Corporation, and explained how they have used their NAF academy experience to prepare for college and careers.

Demonstrating their knowledge as it relates to a project, these future trailblazers connected to their chosen academy theme and reflected on how project-based learning experiences and internships have paved the way for their future aspirations. Ample time was provided for networking.
NAF President JD Hoye and Barbara Benioff Friedman, Trustee Emerita, Cornell University; Vice-Chair of Overseers, Weill-Cornell Medical College; Friedman Family Foundation, and NAF Board Member.
James D. Robinson III, General Partner & Co-Founder, RRE Ventures, and NAF Board Member, Jennifer Morgan, President, SAP North America, and NAF Board Member, and honoree, Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman & CEO, EMC Corporation and NAF Board Member.
The event honored EMC and its CEO, Joseph M. Tucci, who serves on the NAF Board of Directors.

NAF student speaker and junior at Pathways Academy of Information Technology in East Hartford, Connecticut, Tiyah Thompson, attended the NAF Benefit for the third year in a row and addressed the audience about how her NAF experience helped her to defy the odds as well as pave the way for future success.

“I believe that each one of us has a destiny, and for me, it is being a student at the Pathways Academy of Information Technology. My NAF Academy pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me opportunities I would never have known,” said Ms. Thompson.
NAF student speaker, Tiyah Thompson, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design.
The Honorary Chair of the event was Sandy Weill, former Chairman of Citigroup Inc. and Founder and Chairman of NAF. Benefit Co-Chairs included Ursula M. Burns, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of the Xerox Corporation; Ken Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express; Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO of KPMG; John Hinshaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Eugene A. Ludwig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Promontory Financial Group, LLC; Jennifer Morgan, President of SAP North America; Marc C. Reed, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Verizon; and Ronald A. Williams, Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC.
Jennifer Morgan, President SAP North America and NAF board member networking with Miami Beach High School, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism students.
Milanka Muecke, Director, Public Relations & Communications at Lenovo networking with NAF students.
Anne Stanton, Executive Director, Future Ready Venture at NAF, interacting with NAF students.
NAF Academy of Engineering students at City Polytechnic High School and their model house.
NAF students networking at the 2016 Benefit.
Also on Thursday, June 10th, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) announced that its new, state-of-the-art medical and graduate education building will be named the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center.  The building, dedicated last night on the CUMC campus in Northern Manhattan, will be officially open and in use in August 2016.

The Vagelos Education Center, designed by the New York-based interdisciplinary design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler as executive architect, is a 100,000 square-foot, 14-story glass tower that incorporates technologically advanced classrooms, collaboration spaces, and a modern simulation center to reflect how medicine is taught, learned, and practiced in the 21st century. The design seeks to reshape the look and feel of the Medical Center, and also create spaces that facilitate the development of skills essential for modern medical practice.
Vagelos Education Center Exterior.
Construction began in September 2013, with an initial lead gift from P. Roy Vagelos, MD, a distinguished alumnus of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), and his wife, Diana Vagelos, an alumna of Barnard College and the Vice Chair of the Trustees of Barnard College. The Vagelos Education Center was funded through the generosity of many committed friends, faculty and alumni donors.
Vagelos Education Center Interior, Clyde and Helen Wu Auditorium.
“We are so grateful for Roy and Diana's dedication to Columbia, not only through their own generous gift for this important new education building, but also the inspiration they provide to others," said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. "They are joined in this enduring commitment by Philip and Cheryl Milstein who have long supported so many parts of the university, from Morningside Heights to the Medical Center, and Mary Jaharis and the late Michael Jaharis and their family, for their long-established engagement with the Medical Center and this project. Because of their collective efforts we are adding another of several new architectural jewels on our campuses."
Jenny Gorman, June Wu, M.D., Roger Wu, M.D., Anke Nolting, Diana Vagelos, Roy Vagelos, M.D., Philip Milstein, Nicholas Wu, Bernadine Wu, M.D., David Wu, M.D., and Lee Goldman, M.D.
Lee Goldman, Eric Kandel, Kathryn and Mary Jaharis, P. Roy Vagelos, Diana Vagelos, Lee Bollinger, Elizabeth Diller, and Cheryl and Philip Milstein.
Philip Milstein, Cheryl Milstein, Mark Kingdon, and Columbia University Trustee Kenneth Forde, M.D.
Diana Vagelos and P. Roy Vagelos.
This past Tuesday, The YMCA of Greater New York celebrated the 42nd Annual Dodge Award Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Gala raised a total of $1.3 million, which will be used to continue to deepen the YMCA’s impact in New York City.

Created in memory of the Dodge family of New York City, the Dodge Award is the Y’s most prestigious honor, presented to an outstanding individual who epitomizes the Dodge family’s 164-year-old tradition of service to fellow New Yorkers. This year’s honoree was Chris Blunt, President of the Investments Group of New York Life.

“Chris’s generous spirit and relentless focus on helping others have strengthened the Y and by extension communities across the City,” said Sharon Greenberger, the YMCA President and CEO.
Sal Maglietta, Executive Vice President, US Bank; Sandie O'Connor, Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, J.P. Morgan Chase; Chris Blunt, President, Investments Group, New York Life Insurance Company; Consuelo Mack, Anchor & Executive Producer, Consuelo Mack WealthTrack on PBS; Sharon Greenberger, President & CEO, YMCA of Greater New York; 2015 Tony Award® winning actress, Kelli O'Hara; and Janice Reals Ellig, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chadick Ellig, Inc.
More than 500 attended the gala, which included a special performance by 2015 Tony Award winning actress Kelli O’Hara, who is best known for her performance in the musical The King and I. Consuelo Mack, Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS’s WealthTrack served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

In addition to the Dodge Award, the gala celebrated Taren Nila of the Vanderbilt YMCA and Daniel Gavino of the Flushing YMCA, both of whom were awarded the 2016 Von der Heyden Scholarship. The scholarship is presented annually to two high school students who have exhibited strong leadership qualities and a determination to better their communities.
Standing, l. to r.: Alessandra Tocco, Amanda Jimenez, Sandie O'Connor, Frank O'Connor, Diana Kolar, and Michael Haberman. Seated, l. to r.: Justin Jimenez, Katy Bryan, John Heiman, and Kenny King.
Standing, l. to r.: Rob Densen, Tiller Communications LLC, Renee Spelman, Gretchen Nickel, A. Mitti Liebersohn, Avison Young, Melissa Greenwald, Michael Saliba, Baillie & Gifford, Dylan Huang, Joanne Jensen, Jeff Knopping, Benefit Street Partners, Ross Richards, Morgan Stanley, and Renee Hamlen.
Each winner will receive $5,000 a year for four years for their college studies. Nila, a senior at Manhattan International High School, was the Vanderbilt YMCA Teen Volunteer of the Year in 2015. As the President of the Vanderbilt Student Advisory Board, she has dedicated her time to helping others and she will attend University of Bridgeport in the fall. Gavino, a senior at Flushing International High School, has long been a dedicated and enthusiastic leader of the Flushing YMCA’s Leaders Club. Daniel will attend Queensborough Community College.
Westside Y Youth Performers.
More catching up. This past May 26th, YWLN 153 The CollegeBound Initiative honored NY Mets star Curtis Granderson, the TODAY Show’s Al Roker, ABC News Correspondent Deborah Roberts and Calamos Investments CEO John Koudounis for their commitment to education equality. 

Founded by education activist Ann Tisch 15 years ago, CBI places full-time college counselors in 27 low-income public schools in New York City to work one-on-one with every student as early as the sixth grade to make the dream of college a reality.  Since its founding in 2001, CBI has helped enroll nearly 8,000 students in college and has secured more than $300 million in financial aid to make a college degree attainable and affordable.
Al Roker and Deborah Roberts.
Curtis Granderson.
John Koudounis.
George Hornig, Ann Tisch, Joan Hornig, and Andrew Tisch.
Deborah Roberts and Curtis Granderson.
Curtis Granderson greeting fans.
John Koudounis greeting Nicholas Roker.
And then ... On Wednesday, May 25th, Patricia Field, along with Kimberly Hatchett were honored by the Lower Eastside Girls Club at their annual Spring Fling benefit at Bower Hotel.

The event raised critical funding for Lower Eastside Girls Club programs that connect at-risk girls to healthy and successful futures. The Lower Eastside Girls Club Center for Community is a state-of the art campus on Avenue D, offering a safe haven and studies in the arts, sciences, leadership, healthy and wellness.

The Lower Eastside Girls Club’s Spring Fling, an annual event, brings together 400 of New York City most influential and connected business leaders, creative innovators, artists and philanthropists who invest in our members’ futures.
LES Girls Club.
A festive and fun evening, Spring Fling is a new take on the high school prom. The event ditches the ‘sit down dinner’ for a roaming style event that allows guests the freedom to meet other supporters. Dinner was followed by a performance from the Lower Eastside Girls Club Step Team and Chorus, and a dance party with music by DJ Natasha Diggs.

Guests were treated to specialty cocktails by 13th Street Cocktail Co., Tito's Handmade Vodka and Bluecoat Gin, and desserts from the Lower Eastside Girls Club's job training program, the Sweet Things Bake Shop.
Honoree Kimberley Hatchett.
Honorees Field and Hatchett, also Debi Mazar, Mara Hoffman, Miriam Shor, Piera Gelardi, Claire Robinson, and Rachelle Hruska- MacPherson.

Host Committee:
Amy Guttman; Amy Rosi, Aros Communications; Austin Fremont, Principal of Fremont Blue Events; Heidi Hackemer, Founder, Wolf & Wilhelmine; Jayron Larijani, Director, Method360, Inc.; Jessica Glick, Soho House, Membership Director of New York; Karen Pavlin, Client Managing Director, Xerox Corporation; Kate Englebrecht; Lisa Fox; Lori Zimmer, Curator and Creator, Art Nerd; Mara Hoffman, Designer;  Natalie Kates, Style Curator Inc.; Piera Gelardi, Creative Director, Refinery29; Rachelle Hruska MacPherson and Sean MacPherson, Co-founder, Guest of a Guest and Co-owner, The Bowery Hotel; Reyna Mastrosimone, Founder, Jane Street Productions; Shelly Dunn Fremont.
Anna Gonick, Austin Fremont, and Kate Sease.
David and Lyn Pentecost. TK Quann and Cipriana Quann.
LES Girls Club members and supporters.
Debi Mazar, Patricia Field, and Miriam Shor.
Rachel Weingeist and Riki Colon. Lou and Jenny Dubrow.
Olivier Pechou, Scooter La Forge, Natlie Kates, and Tom Dunn.
James Male, Geoffry Howell, Billy Candiloros, and friends.
Patricia Field and Spring Fling friends.
Steven Wine and Billy Noriega with friends.
LES Dance Performers.
LES Spring Fling Dance.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (WCS, WMF); Ed Lefkowicz (NAF)

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