A welcome respite, health care heroes, and shoes for show

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The Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted their annual Fall Luncheon at three different locations throughout the Park, including Bethesda Terrace (pictured above), Glade Arch, and King Jagiello Plaza.

On Wednesday, October 11th, the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted their annual Fall Luncheon. The event raised over $325,000 in crucial funds for the Park’s maintenance, management, and restoration.

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to give life to the core purpose of Central Park: maintaining it as a respite from the pace and pressures of city life for all New Yorkers and visitors. With that, the funds raised by the Conservancy’s events, including the Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon, are essential to supporting every aspect of the daily care of Central Park.

Fall Luncheon Co-Chairs: Stephanie Hessler, Ranika Cohen, Nicole Nunag, and Michèle Brazil.

Event co-chairs Michèle Brazil, Ranika Cohen, Stephanie Hessler,and Nicole Nunag, Women’s Committee President Jenny Price, and Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Betsy Smith were joined by nearly 400 guests on the sunny autumn afternoon. Those in attendance included Judy Hart Angelo, Katherine Gage Boulud, Ainsley Earhardt, Jocelyn Gailliot, Gillian Hearst, Tracey Huff, Sharon Jacob, Alexia Leuschen, Gillian Miniter, Margo M. Nederlander, Jenny Paulson, Hal Rubenstein, and Barbara H. Scott.

Jenny Price welcomed the group at Bethesda Terrace remarking, “The Women’s Committee is thrilled to bring together this incredible group of people who are completely dedicated to ensuring the long-term care of Central Park. We are so grateful for their generosity and support of the Conservancy’s mission.”

“The Conservancy’s important work would not be possible without the support of our loyal and dedicated friends,” said Betsy Smith. “I’m grateful to Jenny and the entire Women’s Committee for raising critical funds to help the Park remain a beautiful respite for all New Yorkers.”

Guests at King Jagiello Plaza.
Tables at Bethesda Terrace.

Guests enjoyed a fall-inspired lunch catered by Canard and centerpieces by Flowers by Philip at three different locations throughout the Park including Bethesda Terrace, Glade Arch, and King Jagiello Plaza.

Following the seated luncheon, all guests were welcomed to meet at Bethesda Terrace to mingle and enjoy the beauty of one of Central Park’s most iconic architectural features.

Post-luncheon reception at Bethesda Terrace.

The Women’s Committee is a community of Central Park philanthropists with a passion for preserving and enhancing Central Park. With a membership of 1,000, the Women’s Committee has provided invaluable support and raises critical funds for the general operations of the Park. Since its inception in 1983, the Women’s Committee has raised over $225 million and enables anyone to make a personal investment in the Park. For more information, visit centralparknyc.org/womenscommittee and follow them on Instagram @CentralParkNYCWomensCommittee.

Amy Wilson Flannery, Ann Spence, Vanessa Daugherty, Jeanne-Marie McEnerney, Michele Brazil, Susie Park, and Coco Quinlan.
Darice Fadeyi, Katherine Gage Boulud, Talene Baroyan, and Sarah Blais.
L. to r.: Dee Dee Sides, Gillian Hearst, and Krista Corl; Lizzy Quick, Louise Armstrong, and Ainsley Earhardt.
Geema Masson and Rebecca Bagdonas.
Gillian Miniter, Jenny Price, and Muffie Potter Aston.
L. to r.: Gillian Miniter, Elaine Textor, and Jennifer Cacioppo; Stephanie X. Stamas and Kate Lauprete.
Jackie Keber, Heather McAuliffe, Charlotte Snyder, and Austen Cruz.
Jenny Paulson, Mandy Sun, Gita Shaari, Connie Morgan, and Tatiana Callimanopulos.
L. to r.: Tracey Huff, Jenny Price, and Barbara H. Scott; Sharon Jacob.
Juliana Diaz, Amy Tarr, and Melody Zumaran.
Karen May, Betsy Smith, and Laurie Erlandson.
Kay Nordeman, Marisa van Bokhorst, and Katherine Birch.
L. to r.: Judy Hart Angelo and Suzanne Cochran; Vanessa de Viel Castel and Alexia Leuschen.
Kristen Duca, Nita Varia, Regina Feuer, and Christina Sethi.
Tatiana Perkin, Heather McAuliffe, Katherine Birch, Jackie Keber, Evette Ferguson, and Charlotte Snyder.
Suzie Aijala and Cynthia Chapman.
Jahanaz Jaffer, Susannah Rose, Reem Sharaiha, Yana Blackwelder, Evette Ferguson, Stephanie Hessler, Ngan Shulman, Natasha de Mallmann, Ji Park Kwak, Laurie Beard, and Lauren Muzinich.

Honoring Health Care Leaders. United Hospital Fund paid tribute at its annual Gala to Mary T. Bassett, MD, Zachary Iscol, and Literacy Partners — for outstanding contributions to improving health and health care.

Nearly 500 guests attended the event at Cipriani 42nd Street, which raised more than $1 million for UHF’s work to build an effective and equitable health care system for every New Yorker.  “Our three honorees are dedicated to improving the health and the lives of New Yorkers, particularly those in most need,” said UHF President and CEO Oxiris Barbot, MD. “They embody the core values of United Hospital Fund and the best of New York.”

Honorees Zach Iscol, Anthony Tassi, and Mary Bassett, MD.

Dr. Bassett, the former Commissioner of Health for both New York State and New York City, received the Health Care Leadership Award for her distinguished career advancing social justice in health care—and leading the City and the State through multiple health crises.

Zach Iscol, a decorated combat veteran, received the Distinguished Community Service Award for co-founding the Headstrong Project, which provides confidential, barrier-free, and stigma-free PTSD treatment to veterans, service members, and family connected to their care.  Mr. Iscol is the Commissioner of New York City Emergency Management.

Gala chair John C. Simons.

United Hospital Fund’s annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

Literacy Partners received UHF’s Special Tribute for its work to help break the cycle of poverty and improve wellness through the development of literacy and language skills; CEO Anthony Tassi accepted the award.

John C. Simons, chair of UHF’s board, served as the Gala chair.

Bruce Vladeck, Oxiris Barbot, MD, and Fredda Vladeck.
Sheila Lennon and Margaret Crotty.
David Erickson and Laine Rosenbluth.
Dan Yun, Jean Yun, MD, Eloise Burke, and Meredith Melling.
Ken Iscol, Loretta Yellen, Benjamin Stein, and Blair Stein.
Dwindally Rosado-Rivera, MD, Maria Lame, MD, Gerard Ilaria, and Ann Beeder, MD.
Kate and Sally Rogers.
L. to r.: Lee Perlman and Jeff Farber; Robert C. Osborne and Susan Chase Osborne.
Sandra Hall-Ross, MD and Susana Morales, MD.
Jennifer Mieres, MD, Jacqueline Moline, MD, Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, and Shakira Daley, DNP.
Chad Shearer, Irfan Hasan, and Elizabeth Benjamin.
Rose Duhan, Sally Dreslin, and Jo Ivey Boufford, MD.
Cary Kravet, Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, and Lisa Kravet.
Sebastian Bustamante, Dale Christensen, and Elaine Chin.
Courtney Burke, Bob Hayes, Cynthia McCollum, and Maria Friedlander.
Christina Chang, Jenna Madel-Ricci, and Sonia Angell, MD.

With the right footwear one can rule the world. Vanessa Noel and the Board of Directors of the Noel Shoe Museum kicked off the drive for their annual gala with a crowded cocktail reception at her Upper East Side townhouse last week. Surrounded by historic shoes and sprays of Casa Blanca lilies, Vanessa explained the upcoming bash as “fabulous fun with cocktails, dinner, bingo and amazing prizes.”

Guests included Lady Liliana Cavendish, Mark Dorfman, Carolina Herrera, Maribel Lieberman, Marc Rosen, Patricia von Muslin, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Vanessa L. Williams.

New York City’s only shoe museum will celebrate the creativity and imagination of footwear throughout history on October 26, 2023. Tickets can be purchased here.

Mike Dean, Vanessa Noel, Vanessa L. Williams, Loris Diran, and Kristopher Fraser.
L. to r.: Vanessa L. Williams; Dara Sowell.
L. to r.: Vanessa Noel and Carolina Herrera; Agnes Liptak.
L. to r.: Boaz Mazor; Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Lilliana Cavendish.
Roberta Sandeman, Marc Rosen.
L. to r.: Chele Farley; David Hochberg.
Arthur Houghton, Sue Phillips.
L. to r.: Maribel Lieberman; Patricia Von Muslin.

Photographs by Matteo Prandoni & Madison Voelkel/BFA.com (CPC); Andrew Werner (Vanessa Noel).

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