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ADAPT Community Network's Leadership Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The ADAPT Community Network held its Leadership Awards Gala last month at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The awards gala raised $650,000 to support the important ongoing work of ADAPT.

2024 ADAPT Leadership Award Honorees were Craig Melvin, NBC News “TODAY” news anchor, co-host of the “3rd Hour of TODAY,” and host of syndicated “Dateline NBC” broadcasts; Lindsay Czarniak, Emmy-winning sports anchor and reporter; and Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.

Craig Melvin, Lindsay Czarniak, and Willie Geist.
Jon Ledecky and James Hausman.
Laura Hickman and James Hausman.

Michael Dowling, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health, was honored with the Hausman Humanitarian Award.

Abigail Hawk, star of the CBS series Blue Bloods, returned as host of the awards gala.

2023 ADAPT Leadership Award honoree Willie Geist presented the 2024 ADAPT Leadership Award to his NBC News colleague Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak. James Hausman presented the ADAPT Leadership Award to Jon Ledecky. John D. Kemp presented the Hausman Humanitarian Award to Michael J. Dowling.

John D. Kemp and Michael J. Dowling.
Abigail Hawk.

Honorary Gala Co-Chair Mike Woods and longtime ADAPT Celebrity Ambassador Teresa Priolo gave opening remarks. Honorary Gala Co-Chair Susan Lucci introduced a video about ADAPT.

Mike Woods and Teresa Priolo
Susan Lucci.

ADAPT Community Network is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, they build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs.

Their schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among others. They are also the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 20,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Susan Lucci, Steve Gold, Luiza Gold, Laura Gold, Abigail Hawk, Steve Lacy, Teresa Priolo, Mike Woods, and Javier Gomez.

Honorary Gala Co-Chairs were Cara Buono, Willie Geist, Abigail Hawk, Susan Lucci, Deborah Roberts, Rosanna Scotto, Ali Stroker, Alex Witt, Mike Woods, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Edward R. Matthews is CEO of ADAPT Community Network.

ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala Event Co-Chairs were Liz Cohen Hausman, James Hausman, and Thomas Skrobe.

In addition to honorees and ADAPT Leadership, VIPs attending included: Gala Host Abigail Hawk, and Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Willie Geist, Susan Lucci, Alex Witt, and Mike Woods. Other VIPs attending included: Linda Laul, Steve Lacy, Kerri E. Neifeld, John D. Kemp, Paresh Shah M.D., Kori Chambers, Mr. G, Shirley Chan, Steve Gold, Luiza Gold, Laura Gold, Cristina Cuomo, Michael Berger, Alan Zack, Dr. Kathryn Beal, Kevin and Laura Hickman, Tanya Rivero, Camilla Barungi, Javier Gomez, Alyson Cambridge, and Patrick Hazlewood.

ADAPT board members who attended were James Hausman, Gideon Asher, Board Chair Gary Geresi, Thomas Skrobe, Houda Foster, and James Kase.

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Beatriz Rabassa, Craig Melvin, Cristina Cuomo, Liz Cohen Hausman, and Lindsay Czarniak.
Abigail Hawk and Jon Ledecky.
Craig Melvin, Lindsay Czarniak, Willie Geist, and Alex Witt.
Javier Gomez, Alyson Cambridge, and Patrick Hazlewood.
Craig Melvin, Lindsay Czarniak, Willie Geist, Michael J. Dowling, and Jon Ledecky.
L. to r.: Tanya Rivero; Camilla Barungi.
Jon Ledecky and Susan Lucci.
Liz Cohen Hausman, Max Hausman, Helaine Hausman, and James Hausman.
Mr. G, Shirley Chan, and Kori Chambers.
Steve Gold, Luiza Gold, and Laura Gold.
L. to r.: Michael J. Dowling and Kathy Dowling; Thomas Skrobe.
Sam Kemp, Linda Laul, John D. Kemp, Abigail Hawk, and Bryan Spies.
Steve Lacy, Teresa Priolo, and Mike Woods.
Seated, l. to r.: Alex Witt, Susan Lucci, Craig Melvin, Lindsay Czarniak. Standing, l. to r.: James Grant, Luiza Gold, Laura Gold, and Steve Gold.
Paresh C. Shaw, MD and Linda Laul.

The Jewish Museum’s 38th Annual Purim Ball, held at The Plaza on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, raised a record $3.45 million for the Museum. Approximately 1,250 guests were in attendance for the festive dinner and the After Party hosted by the Jewish Museum’s Young Patrons.

This year’s Purim Ball honored William D. Zabel, a pioneering attorney and champion of human and civil rights, who was recognized for his contributions to arts and culture, and Marta Minujín, the celebrated Argentine artist whose solo exhibition just closed at the Jewish Museum, who was honored for her 60-year legacy of exuberance and activism through art. The event also celebrated the Museum’s 120th anniversary.

James S. Snyder, Shari Aronson, Marta Minujín, William D. Zabel, Robert Pruzan, and Morris Offit.

James S. Synder, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, said, “This year’s Purim Ball produced an all-time record of $3.45 million in support of the Museum’s mission. In today’s complex climate, all museums, and especially our Jewish Museum, need to be counterpoint to the times. And the record response to this year’s Purim Ball could not be a more gratifying endorsement of our ongoing work, where cultural engagement, activism, and diplomacy are surely the pathway to a brighter time ahead.”

The Plaza was transformed by David Stark Design and Production, with decor inspired by Minujín’s work. The stunning centerpiece featured a replica of the Museum’s historic Warburg Mansion façade featuring a timeline of highlights over the Museum’s 120 years.

Dana Blumberg, Robert Kraft, William Zabel, and Deborah Zabel.
James S. Snyder, Zoya Cherkassky, Carolyn Tate Angel, and Adam Shopkorn.
Marta Minujín and James S. Snyder.
Jewish Museum Purim Ball Dinner.
The scene of the After Party.
Jewish Museum Purim Ball Young Patrons After Party Committee.
DJ Timo Weiland.
Zoe Buckman.
Ari Ackerman and Michelle Copelman Blaustein.
After Party guests.

Photographs by Gary Gershoff and Astrid Stawiard/Getty (ADAPT); Sabrina Steck/ (Purim Ball)

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