A Taste of Summer

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The Central Park Conservancy's annual Taste of Summer benefit at the Park’s Bethesda Terrace.

On Wednesday, June 5, the Central Park Conservancy kicked off summer in Central Park with its annual Taste of Summer benefit at the Park’s iconic Bethesda Terrace. More than 800 friends of the Conservancy enjoyed an unforgettable evening of dancing, delectable food and seasonal cocktails from some of New York City’s best restaurants. Generously supported by the event’s presenting sponsor, Macquarie, the benefit raised $900,000 in support of the Conservancy’s mission to restore, maintain, and enhance Central Park.

“Taste of Summer is a terrific way for New Yorkers to kick off the summer season at one of the City’s most beautiful and iconic locations,” said Elizabeth W. Smith, President & CEO of the Central Park Conservancy. “We salute the wonderful restaurants who make this evening possible, and our supporters who are vital to the Conservancy’s restoration and management of Central Park.”


Bethesda Terrace Arcade.

Event Chairmen Joyce and Barry Cohen, Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Evelyn and David McCabe, and Gillian and Sylvester Miniter were joined by Culinary Chair, Chef David Burtka, and Honorary Chairs, Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum, Melissa Vail, and Norman C. Selby. Host Committee members and notable attendees included Debra and Leon Black, Chef Todd English, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Harrison, Gillian Hearst, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Central Park Conservancy Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Alexia Leuschen, Elyse and Michael Newhouse, Yesim Philip, and Michelle Smith, among others.


Sylvester Miniter, Gillian Miniter, David McCabe, Evelyn McCabe, David Burtka, Kristy Korngold, Jonathan Korngold, Joyce Cohen, and Barry Cohen.

The Plaza hosted the Taste Café and served bites from Café D’Avignon, Eloise at The Plaza, Lady M Cake Boutique, Ora di Pasta, The Palm Court, Pizza Rollio, Sabi Sushi and Todd English at The Plaza. Featured restaurants included Amali, Beauty + Essex, Benoit New York, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard, Inc., Casa Lever, DaDong NY, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections, Doughnut Plant, FELICE, Felix Roasting Co. Fine & Rare, Junoon, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Loi Estiatorio, The Meatball Shop, The Milling Room, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Rahi, The Regency Bar + Grill at Loews Regency New York Hotel, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, Sen Sakana, Serendipity 3, Shake Shack, Sistina Restaurant, The Smith, Southgate Bar + Restaurant, Speedy Romeo, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Toloache 82, and Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. 

Guests sipped fresh cocktails from William Grant & Sons, wine from 90+ Cellars, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and water from Acqua Panna.


Lili Fast, Amanda Roberts, Kelsey Merghart, Anna Harrison, and Anne Harrison.
Norman Selby, Melissa Vail, Laurie Mandelbaum, and Jay Mandelbaum.
L. to r.: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; Anne Prentice, Rosalia Schmelzer, and Alexia Leuschen.
Thomas Kempner Jr., Liz Peek, and Jeff Peek.
Rick Cotton and Betsy Smith.
L. to r.: Todd English and David Burtka; Will and Sharon Jacob
Gillian and Sylvester Miniter.

On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance held its Sixth Annual Prize Dinner at the Consulate General of France in New York, awarding its 2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research to seven early-career pioneers in cancer research in New York City.

The evening began with remarks by Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre followed by Olivia Tournay Flatto, PhD, President of The Pershing Square Foundation and Co-founder and Executive Director of the Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance. After introductory remarks, Stephanie Oestreich, PhD, Executive Vice President of Evotec and member of the Kendall Square Orchestra, performed a beautiful violin solo. After the entrée, three current Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners were interviewed by The Pershing Square Foundation Co-Trustee and founder, William Ackman.



The 2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners are: Swarnali Acharyya, PhD from Columbia University Medical Center, who studies the systemic effects of cancer metastasis, particularly the wasting of muscle tissue; Adrienne Boire, MD, PhD from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who researchers how cancer is able to metastasize into the spinal fluid and how this can be stopped; Yael David, PhD from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who looks at cancer’s effects on sugar and how this alters the tumor microenvironment; Matthew Greenblatt, MD, PhD from Weill Cornell Medicine, who studies cancer metastasis to the bone and how different stem cells can either aid or play a protective role in this process; Liam Holt, PhD from New York University School of Medicine, who examines how cancer cells respond to physical pressure versus normal cells; Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, hopes to develop new therapies to treat cancerous mutations caused by “jumping genes”; and Daniel Mucida, PhD from The Rockefeller University, who researches the role of immune cells in the gut in colon cancer.


The Pershing Square Foundation founder William Ackman interviewing three current Pershing Square Sohn Prize winners.


The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance was formed in 2013 through a $25 million commitment by The Pershing Square Foundation, which partnered with The Sohn Conference Foundation. The Alliance is dedicated to playing a catalytic role in accelerating cures for cancer by supporting innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between academia and industry.  Annually, the Alliance awards The Pershing Square Sohn Prize to young New York based scientists who are engaged in cutting-edge cancer research. For more information, visit http://psscra.org/.


2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize Winners.
Adolfo Ferrando, Nina Kentsis, and Alex Kentsis.
Bruce Stillman and Rick Lifton.
Dan Landau, Chris Mason, Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, Stephanie Oestriech, and Yael David.
Eirini Papapetrou and Andrea Ventura.
Evan Sohn, Bill Ackman, Matthew Greenblatt, and Olivia Tournay Flatto.
Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, David Lyden, and Rui Costa.
Kivanc Birsoy, Sohail Tavazoie, John Blenis, and David Sabatini.
Mike Young, Evan Sohn, and Bill Ackman.
Moses Chao, Olivia Tournay Flatto, and Craig Thompson.
Olivia Tournay Flatto, Bill Ackman, Kivanc Birsoy, Dan Mucida, and Agnel Sfeir.
Olivia Tournay Flatto, Bruce Stillman, Rick Lifton, Jamie Nicholls, and Anne-Claire Legendre.
Richard Gregory and Uttiya Basu.
Richard Handelman, Bill Ackman, Zach Handelman, Howard Chester, Alex Kentsis, and Dan Mucida.
Swarnali Acharyya, Adrienne Boire, Bill Ackman, and Yael David.
Swarnali Acharyya, Alberto Ciccia, and Agnel Sfeir.
Christy Barrow, Dan Bachovchin, Lauren Breslow, and Ali Brivanlou.
David Lyden, George Yancopoulos, and David Sabatini.
Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, Dan Littman, and Mikala Egeblad.
Mike Young and Anne-Claire Legendre.

City of Hope presented its prestigious Spirit of Life® Award to three notable women at the annual spring luncheon in New York City. On Monday, May 13 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Andrea Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country, Stellene Volandes, and licensed associate real estate broker at Douglas Elliman Lauren Muss, received the honor for their dedication to philanthropy and community. 

Chairman of Douglas Elliman and presenter Howard Lorber & Lauren Muss.

The East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League of New York City takes great pride in presenting City of Hope’s Spirit of Life® Award at its annual luncheon, which attracts more than 400 guests. The Spirit of Life® Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for over a century – someone whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration. Past honorees of the Spirit of Life® Award include Kristin Chenoweth, Katie Couric, Cindy Crawford, Fran Drescher, Kathie Lee Gifford, Savannah Guthrie, Jane Krakowski, Hoda Kotb, Sandra Lee, Joan Lunden, Dr. Ellen Marmur, Mary Tyler Moore, Amy Robach, Kelly Ripa, Robin Roberts, Rosanna Scotto, Susan Sokol, Kay Unger, Meredith Vieira, Essie Weingarten and Paula Zahn.

The afternoon luncheon features a wildly popular auction called Bowl-A-Rama.  This year, a high-fashion show of beautifully crafted, unique leather clothing and accessories was presented by Jennifer Tattanelli, a designer representing the voice of a new generation of young, talented Florentine leather stylists.

City of Hope is a world-renowned leader in research and treatment for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Through a series of collaborations and affiliate research institutes, City of Hope continues to forge new paths in precision medicine. Utilizing the latest in genomic profiling, City of Hope is revolutionizing the care of patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBP) tumors. With the newly announced John S. McCain III Endowed Chair in Brain Cancer Research, City of Hope affiliate Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) hopes to leverage each patient’s immune system to target and control the spread of this aggressive disease. This is just one of many immunotherapy treatments currently in use at City of Hope. With a mission of patient-centered, compassionate care, City of Hope promises to deliver tomorrow’s cures to patients around the world today.


Lisa Fuld greeting.
Dr. Linda Malkas.
L. to r.: Elle Décor Editor in Chief and presenter Whitney Robinson & Stellene Volandes; Andrea Mitchell & Libby Leist, Executive Producer, NBC Today Show and presenter.

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked one of America’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.


Honoress Stellene Volandes, Andrea Mitchell, and Lauren Muss.
Past Spirit of a Life Honorees, Lisa Kaye Fuld and Georgia Witkin, with Lisa Konsker, and Past Spirit of a Life Honoree, Iris Dankner, alongside Randi Schatz, and Kathy Kaye.
Howard Lorber, Kathy Kaye, Stellene Volandes, Andrea Mitchell, Lauren Muss, Lisa Fuld, and Dr. Linda Malkas.
J Tattanelli & family.
A high-fashion show was presented by Jennifer Tattanelli.

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