Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Meanwhile the beat goes on

Post-marathon balloons. 10:30 PM. Photo: JH.
Tuesday, Election Day, November 8, 2016. A beautiful sunny day, yesterday in New York, with temps in the mid-50s, and more fair weather predicted for today.

Last night at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library, where they were celebrating the great achievement of its “Library Lions.” For the past thirty-five years this annual event which is one of the most prestigious events of autumn season in New York, has been honoring outstanding individuals who have a lasting impact on the world around them. This year they honored Harry Belafonte, Hilary Mantel, Javier Marias, Peggy Noonan and Coim Toibin, and there was a special performance by the great Jessye Norman. The evening also commemorated the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. The Truman Capote Archive is part of the New York Public Library’s collection.
The dinner was held in the newly refurbished Rose Reading Rose Main Reading Room which is one of the most renowned spaces for scholars in the world. The black tie Gala honored the Memory of Elizabeth F. Rohatyn, Library Chairman Emeritus who was for fifteen years, along with her husband Felix Rohatyn, co-chairman of the evening. This year’s co-chairs were HRH Princess Firyal, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Schwarzman, Mr. James S. Tisch and the Honorable Meryl H. Tisch, Mr. and Mrs. Egar Wachenheim III, Mrs. John. Weinberg, Mr. Boaz Weinstein and Mrs. Tali Farhadian Weinstein. More about this wonderful evening on tomorrow’s Diary.
Outside the New York Public Library. 10 PM.
Meanwhile the beat goes on. Last Wednesday, November 2nd, as reported here the day after, The New York Landmarks Conservancy hosted its 22nd Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza. This year’s honorees were acclaimed author and film producer Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE and Robert Bradford, financier and philanthropist Larry Leeds, musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, physician and media executive Mary Lake Polan and Frank Bennack, and Zagat Co-Founders Nina and Tim Zagat. The evening was the Conservancy’s largest and most successful gala, welcoming over 370 guests and raising more than $970,000 for the nonprofit organization.

The host for the evening was Living Landmark Paul Binder, and music was provided by Living Landmark Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. Living Landmarks Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the evening.
Honoree Wynton Marsalis and Host Paul Binder
Honoree Wynton Marsalis with Peter Duchin Orchestra
Among those who gathered to celebrate this year’s honorees included: Christopher Forbes; Geoffrey Bradfield, Bernadette Castro, Gordon Davis, Carole Bailey French and John French III, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Veronica and Ray Kelly, Janet C. Ross, Barbara and Frank Sciame, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Barbara and Donald Tober, Lindsay Wagner, Sandra and Stan Warshawsky, Sue Ann Weinberg, E. John Rosenwald, Jr., Daryl and Steven Roth, Robert A.M. Stern, Susan and Robert Summer, Gioietta and Alberto Vitale, Mica Ertegun, Linda Wachner, Robert A.M. Stern; and many more.

This annual dinner dance is held in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel to benefit the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The ballroom itself is landmarked thanks to the Landmarks Conservancy which is dedicated to celebrating, preserving and protecting the iconic buildings and diverse neighborhoods that define this great city. It is the only private organization that provides both financial and technical support in this effort.
Honoree Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE, Lindsay Wagner, and Honoree Robert Bradford
Since it was founded more than 40 years ago, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $40 million to help people save their homes and communities including cultural, religious and social institutions.

There is no other group engaged in such a hands-on way in sustaining our city’s rich architectural heritage. The Conservancy’s work benefits the city in many ways such as generating employment, promoting tourism, and enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
Honorees Tim Zagat, Larry Leeds, Frank Bennack, Robert Bradford, Wynton Marsalis, Nina Zagat, Mary Lake Polan, and Barbara Taylor Bradford, OBE
The evening honors distinguished New Yorkers from all professions as “Living Landmarks” for their contributions to the City. In its history there have been more than 150 Living Landmarks, including Peter Duchin who with his orchestra plays for the evening every year. (Peter and his orchestra played fifty years ago at Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball which was also held in this same ballroom.)

It’s one of the few evenings in New York where the speakers (the honorees) are the “entertainment” emphasizing personality and achievements which brings a warmth and informality to the affair. This year Wynton Marsalis in his “acceptance speech” kept the guests spellbound with his recollection of coming to New York as a young man and visiting and indeed playing with many of the jazz greats of the last thirty-five years, garnishing his memories with his trumpet playing in the styles of and at times with his idols and mentors such as Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughan, Sweets Edison, Sonny Rollins. It was a beautiful history lesson. And fun. Wynton is a great teacher also.
Nina and Tim Zagat
Steven Roth and Daryl Roth
Sandra and Stan Warshawsky
Carole Bailey French and John French-Noel Sutherland
Frank Bennack and Mary Lake Polan
Peggy Hassett and Jack Kehoe
Sally Minard and Norton Garfinkle
Honoree Larry Leeds and Robert A.M. Stern
Michael Aradby
7- Marla Sabo -Noel Sutherland Mason and Kim Granger
Helen and Robert E. Wankel
Janet Ross and Gordon Davis
Lewis B. Cullman and Louise Hirschfeld Cullman
Mary McFadden
Meenakshi Srinivasan and Christina Davis
Melie and John Spofford
Conservancy Board Chair Lloyd Zuckerberg and Conservancy President Peg Breen
Former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Veronica Kelly
Elizabeth Stribling and Suri Kasirer
Barbara and Donald Tober
Moving along. Two Fridays ago, the 28th of October, The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation presented the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health and honored nine scientists with the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Prizes at the Foundation’s 29th Annual International Awards Dinner at the Pierre. The evening was celebrating the transformative power of neuroscience and psychiatric research to improve the lives of people with mental illness, which affects one in five people.

Dr. Herbert Pardes and Patrick Kennedy
The annual Pardes prize -- awarded to recognize a physician, scientist or public citizen whose extraordinary contribution has made a profound and lasting impact on improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness, was presented to Dr. Vikram Patel of India for advancing mental health in the developing world and to Dr. Charles F. Reynolds, III for his breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of depression. The late Senator Edward M. Kennedy received an honorary tribute for his legacy of mental health advocacy. His son, Patrick Kennedy, author of the book “A Common Struggle” accepted the posthumous award on his behalf.

The Foundation’s Outstanding Achivement Prizes were presented to nine scientists for their work in schizophrenia, mood disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, and cognitive neuroscience: Dr. Michael F. Green and Dr. Stephen R. Marder of UCLA, who received the Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research; Dr. Francis J. McMahon (NIMH), Dr. Thomas G. Schultz (Medical Center of the University of Munich) and Dr. Pamela Sklar (Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine), who received the Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research; Dr. John L. R. Rubenstein (UCSF) who received the Ruane Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Child & Adolescent Research; and Dr. Earl K. Miller (MIT), who received the Goldman-Rakic Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, Dr. Vikram Patel, Dr. Herb Pardes, Dr. Charles Reynolds, and Patrick Kennedy - Pardes Humanitarian Prize and Honorary Prizewinners
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, Dr. Pamela Sklar, and Dr. Herbert Pardes
Beth Elliott
Dr. Herbert Pardes, Patrick Kennedy, and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein
Drs. Eric and Denise Kandel
Kevin Warren and Dr. Helen Mayberg
Leonard and Carolyn Gero and Carole and Harvey Mallement
Marc Rappaport and Lea Dartevelle
Ron and Anne Abramson
Virginia and Mark Silver
Then, last Wednesday NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women, along with journalist and television host Meredith Vieira, held its annual Amazing Kids, Amazing Care Dinner at the JW Marriott Essex House in Manhattan.

The evening celebrated the extraordinary care the Hospital provides for pediatric patients and their families. NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and Hearst CEO Steven R. Swartz, and his wife Tina, served as Trustee Chairs of the evening event whichraised more than $675,000 in support of both NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women, which provides care for women and children.
Toby Milstein
Previously known as the “Birthday Bash,” this is the fourth year NewYork-Presbyterian has celebrated the world-class and compassionate care it provides for families and children. Dr. Steven J. Corwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian were joined by 320 guests.

A $5,000,000 gift was announced from the grandchildren of Vivian and the late Seymour Milstein to name the new Infant Cardiac Unit at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The Milsteins’ gift will help create a new 17-bed infant cardiac unit to care for the youngest and most vulnerable patients. The Infant Cardiac Unit is set to open in June of 2017.
Laurence Milstein, Toby Milstein, Cheryl Milstein, Meredith Vieira, Steven Swartz, Philip Milstein, Dr. Steven J. Corwin, and Joshua Milstein
Dr. Mary D'Alton and Dr. Lawrence Stanberry Abby and Rick Elbaum
Dr. Laura Forese, Philip Milstein, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Kristin Gervasio and Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira and Ellen Levine Dr. Laura Forese and Dr. Craig Albanese
Ellen Corwin, Steven Swartz, Meredith Vieira, Tina Swartz, and Dr. Steven J. Corwin
Sakis D├ęcosard and Kimberly Petillo-D├ęcossard

Photographs by Hal Horowitz Photography & Noel Sutherland (NY Landmarks); 4 Eyes Photography/Kellie Walsh (NY Pres); Chad David Kraus (BBRFoundation)

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