Friday, November 4, 2016

The vibe

Central Park ready for the Sunday Marathon. 8:45 PM. Photo: JH.
Friday, November 4, 2016. Very warm for May, let alone for November. When I took the dogs out along the Promenade (or Esplanade), yesterday morning, the skies above and to the east were had a low, heavy cover of thick, dark clouds, and in the distance beyond, over the Atlantic, the skies were a soft orange-pink, as in sunrise. It was 9 a.m., not sunrise. And the air all around along the East River neighborhoods were wearing a veil of grey of a very light almost gritty mist. It was like a sci-fi movie.

There was an odd vibe to what my eyes were seeing, almost as if it were a feeling.  I wondered what the weather was telling us. Later in the day it went up into the 70s, still grey overcast-ish, but not rainy. I asked a couple of friends their impressions. Strange, weird, were the two words. The vibe.
Cade Tompkins "Art in an Airstream," now exhibiting prints and works on paper inside the Airstream parked on 67th and Park in front of the Park Avenue Armory through Sunday, November 6th. Cade's artists' works are in many museums and institutions including the Whitney, the Philadelphia Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, RISD. Stop by and have a look at the new artists' works on view in her Airstream.
Dicky Riegel, CEO of Aistream to Go, and Cade Tompkins.
The events calendar marches on diligently. Some think that DPC physically covers all the events NYSD covers. That is physically impossible. Although over the past two decades I’ve probably covered a thousand or two or three and several more than a dozen times.

Each event has its own style and personality as well as supporter. It depends entirely on the charity’s objective, be it health, culture, conservation, science, education, childcare, animal care, etc. Over the years I’ve tried to cover as many diverse events as possible because it is all part of the community.

Barbara Taylor Bradford and Robert Taylor Bradford.
There is probably no other place on the planet that highlights philanthropies and charities as New York. And no other place that annually raises so many millions (in the nine figures) as New York. Barbara Taylor Bradford remarked on this phenomenon in her award speech at the Living Landmarks gala this past Wednesday night at the Plaza. It was one of the reasons she gave why she thinks New York is the greatest city in the world. Indeed.

Meanwhile back to the calendar. Last Thursday a week, the Breast Cancer Alliance hosted its 21st annual Luncheon and Fashion Show, raising $1.3 million for its commitment to improving Surival Rates and Quality of Life for those affected by breast cancer.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass ... it’s about learning to dance in the rain” was the uplifting theme for Breast Cancer Alliance's event. A  record-breaking 920 supporters gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. It was chaired by Kelly Buchalter and Xandy Duffy who shared their stories of both having lost someone close to breast cancer.
Billy Baldwin and Carson Kressley.
Sponsored by Mitchells|Richards the event finale was a professional fashion show presenting an Oscar de la Renta collection after the heart-warming and emotional annual celebration of survivorship. Twelve brave women showcased fashions from Richards of Greenwich and lit up the runway with their smiles and determination. Their indomitable spirit brought the room to tears, and to their feet in resounding applause.
Breast Cancer Survivor models.
William (Billy) Baldwin was guest speaker and Carson Kressley was emcee. The two dazzled the room with their humor and commitment to the cause.

Over the past two decades the past two decades BCA has awarded over $22 million in grants, funding innovative research, regional education, dignified support, screening for the underserved, and one-year postgraduate breast surgery fellowships at more than 25 of the nation’s leading research institutions. To learn more about BCA go to:
Yonni Watenmaker, Xandy Duffy, and Kelly Buchalter.
Billy Baldwin, Carson Kressley, and Ryann Smith.
Carson Kressley, Xandy Duffy, Kelly Buchalter, Yonni Wattenmaker, Sharon Phillips, and Billy Baldwin.
Jack Mitchell, Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, and Scott Mitchell.
Nancy Smith, Sue Delepine, Mary Jeffery, Jaime Warner, and Annie Amato.
Kathy Clark and Linda Profusek. Giulia Caltagirone and Eliza Bolen.
Dale Pinto and Susan Bevan.
Brooke and William Sinclair.
Pat McLaughlin and Marika McLaughlin.
Elizabeth Rosen, Elexa Wilson, Sophie Pelletier-Martinelli, Elisa Wilson, Sue Delepine, and Alyssa Keleshian Bonomo.
Marsha and Ken Mifflin.
Jieun Wax.
Kathy Georgas and Sandra Caruso.
Sarah de Menocal, Joan Whipple, and Claire Ryan.
Jaime Warner and Trish Shannon.
The following evening, Friday two weeks, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering hosted its opening night of TEFAF at the Park Avenue Armory. The show involved more than 94 of the world’s art and antique dealers, and guests enjoyed an exclusive preview of art, design, furniture, and jewelry from antiquity through the 20th Century. All proceeds from the evening benefited The Society of MSK’s patient care, research, and education programs. 
Caryn Zucker, Michael Boodro, and Cynthia Frank
Travis Acquavella, Kathryn Pickett, and Virginia Tomenson
Karen Glover, Michael Kempner, and Victoria Kempner
Melinda Blinken, Susan Burke, Liz Gardiner, and Heather Leeds
Derek and Nicole Limbocker
Andrew and Denise Saul
Hilary Geary Ross and Wilbur Ross Jr.
Antoinette Guerrini-Maraldi and Hans Kertesss
Shelley and Michael Carr
Martha Sharp, Matt Sharp, and Kate Allen
Jennifer DuBrul and Antonia DuBrul
Martha Glass
Daisy Soros
Alexia Ryan, Bettina Zilkha, and Rachel Lee Hovnanian
Jamie Goodman and Allison Aston
Urvan Karlsson and Juan Montoya
Grace Meigher, Ophelia Branca Snyder, and Lavinia Branca Snyder
Stephine Griswold, Courtney Moss, and Hillary Dick
Tom Leeds, Heather Leeds, John Argentin, and Jennifer Argentin
Helena Martinez and Roman Martinez
Tatucre Bolder and Francine Hijmans
Elizabeth Kurpis
Bob Colacello and Patty Cisneros
Robyn Joseph
Daneille Janek and Alexia Hamm Ryan
Anna Safir Kennedy, Eleanora Kennedy, and Marianna Ciummo
Jennifer Creel
Madelon Strijbos and Hidde von Seggelen
This past Thursday a week, The Fashion Group International hosted its Night of Stars gala. The evening featured an impressive guestlist including Superstar Award honoree Riccardo Tisci. Presenters included Nicki Minaj, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Ruth Wilson and Hailey Baldwin. Simon Doonan was the evening’s host.

Among the glittering guests: Carine Roitfeld, Chris Benz, Freddie Leiba, Jeffrey Banks, Karolina Kurkova, Lizzie Tisch, Marina Abramovic, Mindy Grossman, Nicky Hilton, Brett Heyman, Nina Garcia, Pierre-Yves Roussel, Rebecca Minkoff, Reem Acra, Thom Browne, Liz Rodbell, Wendi Murdoch, Gigi Mortimer, Christina Ricci,
and Alek Wek.
Karolina Kurkova. Nicky Hilton. Rebecca Minkoff.
Nicki Minaj presented Mr. Tisci with his award. Ruth Wilson presented Erdem Moralioglu with the Fashion award; Stefano Tonchi presented Tory Burch with the Fashion Award; the Beauty Award to Pamela Baxter, presented by Dayle Haddon; Brand Heritage Award to James Curleigh for Levi Strauss presented by Kim Hastreiter; Innovation in Retail and Commerce to Julie Wainwright, presented by Amy Fine Collins; Interior Design Award to Bunny Williams, presented by Amy Astley;  Media Award  to Joey Zee, presented by Polly Mellen; Fashion Provacateur Award to: Pat Cleveland, presented by Stephen Burrows and Constance White; Auteur of Style Award to Iris Apfel, presented by Margaret Russell; Sustainability Award to Daniel Kulle for H&M, presented by Zosia Mamet; Humanitarian Award to Tommy and Dee Hilfiger presented by Hailey Baldwin; and Lord & Taylor Fashion Oracle Award to Andrew Bolton, presented by Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.
Baz Lurhmann and Catherine Martin.
Liz Rodbell and Andrew Bolton.
Stephens Burrows, Pat Cleveland, and Paul von Ravenstein. Nina Garcia.
RiccardoTisci, Christina Ricci, and Nicki Minaj.
Zosia Mamet and Daniel Kulle.
Ruth Wilson and Erdem Moralioglu. Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan.
Lady Fag and Joan Smalls.
Tory Burch, Margaret Hayes Adame, and Pierre-Yves Roussel.
Polly Mellon and Joe Zee.
Last Sunday, a week, Michael Colby, author of the memoir, "The Algonquin Kid; Adventures Growing Up at New York’s Legendary Hotel,” celebrated his 65th Birthday at TRIAD with a musical extravaganza that doubled as a fundraiser for Child Find of America.

Michael Elihu Colby’s Memoir
Colby, whose grandparents, Mary and Ben Bodne owned the Algonquin during its post-Roundtable heyday from 1946 -1987, is the lyricist/librettist behind “Charlotte Sweet,” "Tales of Tinseltown” “The Boynton Beach Club,” “Slay It With Music," and "Mrs. McThing” -- to name a few of his musicals produced off-Broadway and regionally. Veteran Broadway and cabaret performers and newcomers, including young members of TADA! Youth Theater, came out to sing a 90-minute concert to an audience of colleagues, friends, fans and family.

Child Find of America’s Executive Director Donna Linder was in attendance, and gave a brief speech of thanks and encouragement to the performers and to Michael Colby. Sandi Durell, a longtime friend of the birthday boy, and also publisher and editor of entertainment site, produced the event. Composers represented at the event were Ed Alstrom, Artie Bressler, Kenneth Faulkner-Alexander, Mary Feinsinger, Ned Paul Ginsburg, John C. Introcaso, Paul Katz, Gerald Jay Markoe, Peter Millrose, Steven Silverstein and Jack Urbon, several of whom were present.

Child Find of America’s vision is a world in which every child thrives in a safe, healthy and legal environment. “We provide outstanding professional services designed to prevent and resolve child abduction and the family conflicts that can lead to abduction and abuse,” explained  Donna Linder. “We bring missing kids home and keep them safe through programs that promote healthier family environments and strengthen parents —the key to child well-being.” Visit Child Find of America at:
Michael Colby narrating the show.
Executive Director of Child Find, Donna Linder.
N’Kenge, Star of Broadway’s Motown The Musical and Sondheim on Sondheim.
Recording and Concert Artist, Natalie Douglas.
Maureen Taylor, Olivia Broome, and Bethe Austin.
Members of TADA.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (TEFAF); Elaine & Chichi Ubinia (BCA); Maryann Lopinto (Child Find); Hunter Abrams/ (FGI)

Contact DPC here.