Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer-like days in New York

Memorial Day at the The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument on Riverside Drive. Photo: JH.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Warm, sunny, summer-like days in New York.

This is the turning point in the social season when the events move elsewhere, out toward the resort life of New Yorkers, and remains that way until the end of summer.

The city gets noticeably quiet in the evening and on the weekends especially. Nevertheless the fund-raising machines of scores of charities continue to stage events to attract donors. Right now we’re in the process of catching up with what’s going on.
All is on quiet on Madison Avenue.
Last Wednesday, May 25th, Aaron Bludorn, Executive Chef at Café Boulud New York, brought his culinary talents to the tables of the Luncheon Club at The Carter Burden Center for the Aging.

Carter Burden and Café Boulud began this annual collaboration in 2011. Chef Bludorn volunteered for his third year to prepare and serve a special luncheon to more than 150 seniors.
Daniel Pyon – Sous Chef, Café Boulud; Susan Burden – founding Board Member, Carter Burden Center for the Aging; Aaron Bludorn – Executive Chef, Café Boulud; and William J. Dionne – Executive Director, Carter Burden Center for the Aging.
It was also Macquarie Group’s annual corporate volunteer day featuring 50 Macquarie Group volunteers helping out with meal preparation, meal service and meal delivery to the homebound seniors. On the menu this year was an Arugula-Fennel Salad with Orange followed by a Duck-leg Confit with Lentils and Roasted Veggies.

In 2006, Bludorn moved to Napa and spent three years at Cyprus Restaurant, during which time the restaurant received two Michelin stars from the Michelin Guide to San Francisco. In 2009, he came to the kitchen of Café Boulud where Executive Chef Gavin Kaysen (who also volunteered at the Carter Burden Center) had recently taken the helm and started crafting a young, talented team. Bludorn worked his way up from the fish station, to Sous Chef, to Chef de Cuisine, and now Executive Chef.
Joanna Kelly, Tracey MacDonald, Nicole Baldi, and Aaron Bludorn.
The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, Inc. is a non-profit agency established in 1971 by the late Carter Burden when he was a New York City Councilman.  The mission is to promote the well being of seniors, 60 and older, through a continuum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs oriented to individual, family and community needs.  The Carter Burden Center is dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity.  For more information, please visit
Kristen Papen, Mary Vitrano, Aaron Bludorn, and Joan Papen.
Top row, left to right: Stewart Mitchell, Amy Hillard, Megan Glover, Ralph Reynoso, Susan Sorensen, Joanna Kelly. Bottom row , left to right: Leigh Hartshorn, Tracey MacDonald, Monique Baker, and Nicole Baldi.
Also that same Tuesday, in the evening, The Nature Conservancy hosted its bi-annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City to celebrate the world that we depend on. Natalie Morales, news anchor and third hour co-host of NBC News’ “TODAY,” emceed the event. More than 450 attended and they raised over $2.2 million. An additional $8.5 million in funding for the Conservancy’s NatureVest program, the Conservancy’s impact investment unit, was announced throughout the evening.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends, and funds raised through the Gala will support the Conservancy’s work for people and nature both locally, right here in New York, and around the globe. 
Joseph Gleberman, Managing Director, The Pritzker Organization and Global Board of Directors, The Nature Conservancy, Douglas B. Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, NatureVest, Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy 
The security of our world is intertwined with the well-being of humanity. Despite the challenges our planet faces, The Conservancy believes that nature and humanity will thrive together.

The Conservancy’s global staff of more than 3,600–including 600 scientists–working on the ground in 69 countries to find and develop conservation solutions in five major areas: climate, oceans, cities, water, land.

This year’s Gala recognized honorees Dr. P. Roy and Diana Vagelos, global conservation leaders, and corporate conservation leader, JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Vagelos have made a tremendous impact on The Nature Conservancy and it work across the country and around the world, including leading The Conservancy to put climate change at the forefront of our agenda.
Natalie Morales, News anchor and third hour co-host of NBC News' "TODAY," with  Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York.
Among those attending: Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy; Douglas B. Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Vice Chair of the Advisory Board, NatureVest; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Trustee of The Nature Conservancy in New York; Bill Ulfelder, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in New York; Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock; Dan Chung and Alex Alger, CEO and CIO at Fred Alger Management and Chairman of The Nature Conservancy’s New York Board; Joseph Gleberman, Managing Director, The Pritzker Organization; Philip Milstein, Principal, Ogden CAP Properties; Leonard Tow, Founder, Tow Foundation & CEO, New Century Holdings; Phyllis Mailman, Philanthropist and Trustee, Mailman Foundation; Brad Burnham, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures; David Abrams, Managing Partner, Abrams Capital; Kevin Kennedy, Partner, KCW Management; Pamela Flaherty, Former President & CEO, Citi Foundation; Curtis Ravenel, Global Head of Sustainability, Bloomberg.
P. Roy Vagelos, Dr. P Roy Vagelos, Chairman of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Global Board of Directors, The Nature Conservancy and Diana Vagelos with Natalie Morales.
Douglas Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Dr. Lisa Petno, Peter Kagan, Managing Director, Warburg Pincus, and Susannah Smetana Kagan, Environmental Attorney and Trustee, The Nature Conservancy in New York.
On Monday, May 16th, The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University hosted its inaugural Spring gala “Party on Park” at 583 Park Avenue. Kate Snow, Cornell alum and NBC/MSNBC anchor, was emcee of the evening.

They celebrated Johnson’s 70 years of operation at Cornell. During the evening, Johnson Dean Soumitra Dutta  announced one of the largest gifts to business education at Cornell -- $25 million by Johnson alum David Breazzano, MBA’80. Mr. Breazzano’s gift will fund a new six-story classroom and office building which will be known as the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education. Also prominent alumni George Gellert, Nelson Schaenen, Chuyong Cho and Shari Asner were recognized for outstanding service.
Rod Chu, Sheenah Hankin, Karen Lim, Joseph Thomas, Marney Thomas, and Ray Potter.
Steve Sorahan, Sarah Mylod, and Tom DeCarlo.
Marilyn Gellert, Beth Gellert, Bob Geller, and Amy Lebovitz.
Dr. Jacob Mwanza and Kim Marin.
Howard Jacobs, Harvey Stober, and Meg Jacobs.
Gary Katz, Sylvia Friedman Le Vine, and Alan Le Vine.
Chulyong Cho (Regional Alumni Club of the Year Award winner), Jiwon Hyon, and sons.
Soumitra Dutta, Lourdes Casanova, Touchdown (Cornell mascot), Denise Frias, and David Breazzano.
Nicole Kushner Meyer, Jared Kushner, Dara Orbach, and David Orbach.
On Tuesday, May 17th, Brain on Fire: Compelling Advancements in Neurological Health was the focus of the Auxiliary of Lenox Hill Hospital’s annual benefit which took place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. The event drew more than 200 guests and raised more $70,000 for neurology research at Lenox Hill Hospital. 

The informative program – which was followed by a cocktail reception – explored the intriguing field of neurology and featured Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” as well as the physician who saved her life, Lenox Hill’s chairman of neurology, Souhel Najjar MD. Dr. Najjar and Lenox Hill Hospital chief medical officer Jill Kalman, MD, were event honorary co-chairs.
Souhel Najjar, MD and Susannah Cahalan on stage with moderator Dr. Max Gomez, WCBS  medical correspondent.
Cahalan’s whose book will soon be a major motion picture, shared her inspiring journey toward recovery from a rare brain disorder, while Dr. Najjar explained how he was able to identify the mysterious condition that had previously eluded diagnosis. Lenox Hill Hospital’s leadership and Dr. Najjar  also discussed the innovative research now underway at the hospital and provided insights on medical advancements to come.

Dr. Max Gomez, WCBS medical correspondent, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and author was the evening’s moderator. Proceeds from the benefit will support brain autoimmune disorder and autoimmune encephalitis research conducted by Lenox Hill Hospital’s Department of Neurology.
Lawrence Smith, MD, physician-in-chief, Northwell Health; Jill Kalman, MD, medical director, Lenox Hill Hospital; Dr. Max Gomez, moderator and WCBS medical correspondent; Robin Waxenberg, chair, The Auxiliary of Lenox Hill Hospital; Susannah Cahalan, panelist and author, Brain on Fire; Elaine Rosenblum, senior associate executive director, Lenox Hill Hospital; and Dennis Connors, executive director, Lenox Hill Hospital.
Linda Schapiro, Auxilian Barbara Kummel, Liza Hamm, and Irene Hamm.
Members of The Auxiliary of Lenox Hill Hospital.
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Then on, Tuesday, May 10th also at 583 Park, the National Institute for Reproductive Health and its Action Fund honored those whose work advances reproductive health, rights, and justice at its annual 2016 Champions of Choice luncheon.  This year’s luncheon honored Amy Hagstrom Miller, the founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health and lead plaintiff in the upcoming Supreme Court decision; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Amalgamated Bank.
Kim Heirston, Richard Ziegelasch, and Claire Lea Howarth.
Keith Mestrich and Felicia Wong.
Ben Singer and Michael Sonnenfeldt.
Lawrence Benenson, Tiffany Dufu, National Institute for Reproductive Health President Andrea Miller, and Fiona Rudin.
Lizz Winstead and Amy Hagstrom Miller.

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