Thursday, November 9, 2017

Full up

Maestro Zubin Mehta with the Israel Philhamonic Orchestra, MasterVoices, and the Manhattan Girls Chorus take their bows after a rousing performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3  at Carnegie Hall. 10:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, November 9, 2017. A chilly, overcast day in New York yesterday with temperatures dropping into the low 40s by mid-evening.

Yesterday on the Social Calendar was full up. It started with a breakfast at 7:30 at (yikes!!) at Rockefeller University, sponsored by their Women & Science group, at  the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall on the campus. I told you they were serious.

The actual breakfast ran from 7:30 to 8 when the program started. The subject was “Sex and Gender; Critical Components in the Quest for Precision Medicine,” and the speaker was Paula A. Johnson, MD who is also the President of Wellesley College. It was over at 9 am.

Then at lunchtime over at the Metropolitan Club, Audubon New York hosted its 2017 Keesee Award luncheon. Dr. Stephen Kress, director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society, presented the awards.

The Thomas W. Keesee Jr. Conservation Award  was presented to Sheila Brady, Fellow of the American Society of Lanscape Architects, and to Susan and Coleman Burke. The Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing was presented to author Terry Tempest Williams.

There was a “Special Recognition” for Patricia H. Keesee as a true pioneer in the field of conservation and land preservation.

While at the same hour over at the Plaza, the Hope For Depression Research Foundation, which was founded by Audrey Gruss, hosted its 11th Annual Hope Luncheon Seminar, “The Genetics of Depression; What is Known and What is Next.”

Chuck Scarborough was emcee, and Eric Nestler MD, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was the Medical Speaker. The HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy was presented to actress Ashley Judd.
Audrey Gruss and Ashley Judd
All of the above events define what really makes Society today in New York. It is activist philanthropy with community. This is not new but it continues to grow and expand and demonstrates what is basic to all of us at this time in our history and civilization. And that is, ultimately: Survival. Those awardees at the Audubon may belong to garden clubs and have their own, which they of course take very seriously in their horticultural pursuits, but they are also well aware and committed to attempting to address the matters of the environment, our environment for the sake of all of us.

Anything that is being addressed at the Rockefeller University, funded by great philanthropies, are deeply committed to addressing the same issues in another area of our existence. The same with Audrey Gruss’ Hope for Depression Research Foundation. It’s swim or sink  for all of us creatures.

There was more last night with some lightness added to the mix. For example, the French Heritage Society celebrated its 35th anniversary with a cocktail dinatoire soiree, which (according to the invitation – I wasn’t there) was cocktails, buffet and dancing to the music of Bob Hardwick at the great Stanford White designed Racquet & Tennis Club. A little dancing never hurt.

Also noted Festive cocktail, 1920 attire, (only a week after Halloween). To celebrate their 35th, the French Heritage will award $1 million for 19 restoration projects. Preservation is the requirement.  But more about all that next week when I can see my way clearly through the calendar.

Meanwhile the New York Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Children's Wine Tasting and dinner at the Metropolitan Club on Tuesday night brought out a big crowd of supporters including Hilary Geary Ross, Princess Marina of Greece, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Jamie and Cynthia Kempner, Amanda and Neil Friedman, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Elbridge and Kitty Gerry, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Frederick Anderson, Olivia Flatto, Jean Shafiroff, Jennifer Creel, to name just a few attending this very successful evening.
Danielle Yancey, Cheryl Casone, Ainsley Earhardt, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Susan Shin, and Luiza Petre
Princess Marina of Greece and Afroditi Stathi Ulla Parker and Olivia Flatto
Karl Wellner, Deborah Norville, Michael Ferraro, Dr. Mary L. Pulido, David Hansell, and David R. Stack
Diandra Douglas and Bettina Zilkha Dr. Mary L. Pulido, Elizabeth Mayhew, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Wendy Neuss, Kathleen Giordano, and Dr. Penny Grant
Jamie and Cynthia Kempner Gigi Grinstad, Sandra Ripert, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Kalliope Karella, Jennifer Creel, and Dori Cooperman Hilary Geary Ross
Meanwhile, Harboring Hearts held its 6th Annual Benefit Gala this past Monday night. They honored outstanding individuals for their contributions in cardiac care: Dr. Erica Jones, Director, HeartHealth Program Dalio Institute of Cardiovascular Imaging at NYP/Weill Cornell Medicine; Dr. Paolo C. Colombo, Sudhir Choudhrie Associate Professor of Cardiology Medical Director, Center for Advanced Cardiac Care at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center, Jessica Karp and Jordan Brown, Co-founders of  Hu Kitchen & Hu Chocolate, and Helen Irving, President & CEO, LiveOnNY

New York Times Bestselling Authorand two-time heart transplant survivorAmy Silverstein served as Master of Ceremonies. Anthony Rapp was the featured performer where he sang two of his favorite songs –Happiness from “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” and Another Day from “RENT”.  Never heard of “Harboring Hearts”? Have a look:
http://harboringhearts.org
Dr. Erica Jones, Anthony Rapp, Jessica Karp, Dr. Paolo Colombo, Helen Irving, and Jordan Brown.
On the lighter side, way out west in L.A., West Hollywood to be specific, Stuart and Beverly Denenberg hosted a private lunch and exhibition of Juan Bastos: California Portraits, painted by the Bolivian artist.

Among those attending the lunch at the Denenberg Gallery gallery on 417 North San Vicente were: HRH Princess Michael of Kent visiting from London, along with her lady-in-waiting Lyn Rothman; Consul General of Bolivia Marco Valverde, actress Carla Ortiz, actor Renaldo Pacheco, Holly Palance, and Prince Veriand Windisch-Graetz. Guests with portraits in the show were: Audrey Bahr, Maryl Georgi, Nehama Jacobs, Synne Miller and poodle Baloo, actress Patricia Morrison; Lawrence Platt, Valerie Sobel, Carol Shapiro, and Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson
Valerie Sobel, Juan Bastos, and HRH Princess Michael of Kent attend the lunch
Consul General of Bolivia Marco Valverde, Michelle Nielsen Moretti, Juan Bastos, Carla Ortiz, and Bernardo Pena.
The Bastos portraits were painted in California between1996 and this year. Sr.Bastos has lived and worked in Los Angeles for 22 years. The Arts & Culture section of the New York Times has featured Bastos as one of the few artists working today to be recognized in the re-emergence of traditional portraiture.

Among his portraits:  Richard Harris, Sir Ian McKellen, the children of Jimmy and Vicki Iovine, Rudolph Nureyev, Patricia Morison, Lawrence Platt, Don Bachardy, Dr. Alan Shabo, Valerie Sobel, Susan Sontag, Charlize Theron, Gore Vidal, Maria Vidal, Andrew and Erna Viterbi, and Hutton and Ruth Wilkinson will be amongst the portraits on exhibit. 
Meanwhile back in the Big Town, interior designer Charlotte Moss has made her first foray into fashion design, debuting her stunning new collection for Ibu, the apparel and accessories brand that partners with women artisans in developing countries around the world who craft every piece by hand. 

Charlotte Moss for Ibu reflects the designer’s favorite, timelessly chic classics with an array of dresses; caftans; day jackets; pants; tunics in hand-dyed silks, cashmere and wool; as well as an array of must-have accessories. 
Susan Hull Walker and Charlotte Moss
Ibu founder Susan Hull Walker invited Charlotte to design a wardrobe for the 2017 fall/winter season, recognizing her strong philanthropic life and support of women. “Charlotte is the quintessential Ibu. She embodies the meaning of that word: a woman of respect, a woman of style and substance, a woman who elevates other women.”

All this came to pass at a cocktail party held at The Mansion at the Carlton House on East 61st Street. More than 200 of Charlotte's friends and Ibu devotees were there, including Nina Griscom, Richard Lambertson, Alison Levasseur, Memrie Lewis, Alexandra Loeb, Amanda Nisbet, Jane Pendry, Michele Petry, Kate Rheinstein Brodsky and Alex Brodsky, Robert Rufino, Nina Rumbough, Deb Shriver, Sophie Donelson, Pieter Estersohn, Susan Fales-Hill, Lisa Fine, Meryanne Loum-Martin, Christina Merrill, Judy Gordon Cox, Pamela Fiori, Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Susan Fisher, Kate Fleet, Hollis Forbes, Matthew Smyth, David Duncan, Georgia Spogli, Newell Turner, Mish Tworkowski, Jean Vanderbilt, Madeline Weinrib, Judy Gordon Cox, Sebastian.
Sebastian Knytter, Charlotte Moss, and Charles Ballard Kate and Alex Brodsky
Stacey Bewkes, Suzanna Salk, Susan Hull Walker, and Amanda Nisbet
Susan Fales-Hill, Pamela Fiori, and Meryanne Loum-Martin Turner Walker and Susan Hull Walker
Lisa Fine, Newell Turner, and Robert Rufino
Jane Pendry, Georgia Spogli, and Lisa Fine Judy Gordon Cox and Nina Griscom
Charlotte Moss, Christina Merrill, Margaret Moss, and Sean McNally

Photographs by Patrick McMulllan (Moss)

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