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Americares Board Vice Chair Jeffrey Becker, Linda Becker, Kent Dombal, Americares Board Chair Susan Grossman, Steve Pashkoff, Americares President and CEO Christine Squires, Americares Junior Council member Sara Bosek, Americares board member and Junior Council Chair Tim Bosek, Melissa Rwambuya, and Americares board member Alan Rwambuya at the 35th annual Americares Airlift Benefit.

The 35th annual Americares Airlift Benefit, highlighting Americares response to the war in Ukraine and its hurricane recovery work in Puerto Rico, raised nearly $1.8 million for the organization’s health programs worldwide.

Award-winning news anchor on NBC News’ “TODAY,” and co-host of “3rd Hour of TODAY” Craig Melvin served as Master of Ceremonies and Americares Senior Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs Dr. Brenda Rivera-García and Americares Director of Complex Emergencies Adam Keehn were the featured speakers.
Percival Barretto-Ko, Roberta and James Conroy, Erica Hill and David Yount, Marti Noxon and Joy and Eric Weintz, M.D., co-chaired the successful event attended by nearly 400 people at the Citi Aviation Hangar at Westchester County Airport.

Craig Melvin takes the stage.

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Since it was established more than 40 years ago, Americares has provided over $20 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

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Dr. Brenda Rivera-García, Americares Board Chair Susan Grossman, Craig Melvin, Americares President and CEO Christine Squires, and Adam Keehn.
Event co-chairs David Yount, Erica Hill, Eric Weintz, and Joy Weintz.
L. to r.: Kasia Laskowski and Billy Burke; Michelle and Ronald Coursey.
L. to r.: Christine Squires and Susan Grossman; Christian Trefz, with Margaret Bartlomowicz and Michal Bartlomowicz.
Americares Leadership Council member Ward Horton and Americares Leadership Council Co-Chair Alexa Horton (far right) with Grace Horton and Will Horton.
L. to r.: Americares Board member Mehdi Mahmud and Alvia Mahmud; Melissa and Alan Rwambuya.
Event co-chair Joy Weintz, Isabella Deangelis, Nicole Gustafson, and Evelyn Inferna.
L. to r.: Linda and Jeffrey Becker; Americares board member Walter Weil and Deirdre Weil.
Pollyanna Benassi, Americares Chicago Council member Chris Benassi, Renee Hervieux, Americares Chicago Council member Chris Robb, Izabella Tyszka, Lindsay Clarke, Cindy Pincus, and Brandy Hay.
Tim Bosek, Americares Junior Council member Kristin Bosek, Sara Bosek, Americares Leadership Council member Diane Bosek, and Jim Bosek.
Tessa Carter and Roger Ying.
The Tony Curtis Orchestra performs for guests.

Performers welcome guests with music and dancing at this year’s Americares Airlift Benefit.

Everyone had great time at last week’s FUN ON FIFTH ASSOCIATES party at Doubles. Those dancing the night away (way past midnight!) included: Alyssa Hubbard, Anait Bian, Angela Clofine, Ashley Bernhard, Ashley Tudor, Cari Callahan, Chris Brown, Claire Champy, Colleen Rogers, Daniel Morales, Diane Chachas, Doug Rogers, Eliza Williams, Georgina Schaeffer, Helen Monti, Helen Schmidt, Hillary Dick, Hillary Kenyon, Jarred Goss, Jennifer Cacioppo, Kara Ross, Kathy Reilly, Katie Tozer, Laura Wells, Lawrence Slocum, Margot Takian, Mark Gilbertson, Mayme Hackett, Mehdi Alami, Melanie Holland, Monika Ploc, Myles von Trapp, Nick Reece, Polly Onet, Ramona Boston, Randy Takian, Suzie Aijla, Tana Dye, Virginia Maloney, and Webb Egerton.

Webb Egerton, Hillary Dick, Kara Ross, Mark Gilbertson, Zari Callahan, and Chris Brown.
Diane Chachas, Suzie Aijla, and Tana Dye.
Alyssa Hubbard, Hillary Kenyon, and Lawrence Slocum.
Virginia Maloney, Nick Reece, and Alyssa Hubbard.
L. to r.: Daniel Morales and Kathy Reilly; Eliza Williams, Myles von Trapp, and Monika Ploc.
Ashley Bernhard, Jarred Goss, and Mayme Hackett.
Georgina Schaeffer, Laura Wells, and Anait Bian.
Helen Monti, Doug Rogers, and Colleen Rogers.
Mehdi Alami, Claire Champy, Ashley Tudor, and Helen Schmidt.
Angela Clofine, Melanie Holland, Jennifer Cacioppo, and Polly Onet.
Randy Takian, Katie Tozer, Margot Takian, Ramona Boston, and friend.

Recently, Christie’s hosted a reception and viewing of the Ann and Gordon Getty Collection for patrons and the Board of Trustees of Historic New England. Founded in 1910, it is the largest and oldest independent preservation organization in the U.S which maintains 38 museums, farms, and landscapes in New England.

At the reception, Christie’s Chairman Emeritus Stephen Lash spoke of their long association and introduced CEO Vin Cipolla who thanked Christie’s for its support and partnership. Cipolla spoke of Historic New England’s major collections initiatives for the 21st century including the planned transformation of its facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts. This location houses the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts. It is being reimagined to welcome the public and to transform the historic community. The collection is comprised of more than 123,000 decorative arts objects, and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, and manuscripts that tell diverse, inclusive stories of life in the region.

Vin Cipolla, Stephen Lash, Samantha Koslow, April Gow, Elizabeth Seigel, and Roddy Gow.

Guests included Deborah Allinson, Cristina Carlson, Kathryn Chenault, Olivia Cipolla, Bénédicte de Montlaur, Ed Gerber, Susan Gutfreund, Brandon Haw and Mariana Suarez, Judith Hernstadt, Lydia Kimball, Guillaume Kientz, Scott Johnson, Jeanne Lawrence, Sharon and John Loeb, Nancy Lukitsh, Miranda Massie, Celine McDonald, Ann Nitze, Diane Nordin, Sergio Orozco, Marc Rosen, Roberta Sandeman, Elisabeth Scharlatt, Kathy Sloane, Sylvia Smith, Shining Sung, Jennifer Swig, and Richard Wilson.

L. to r.:  Kathryn Chenault and Vin Cipolla; Elisabeth Scharlatt, Jane Dean, and Celine McDonald.
Orvill De La Torre and Christos Vayenas.
April Gow, Ann Nitze, and Benedicte de Montlaur.
Kathy Sloane, Judith Hernstadt, and Shining Sung.
Richard He, Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi, and June Feng.
L. to r.: Brandon Haw and Edward Fleck; Deborah Allinson and Cristina Carlson.
Marc Rosen, Susan Gutfreund, and Vin Cipolla.
Ann Nitze and Lydia Kimball.
Nancy Lukitsh and Diane Nordin.

And just last week, His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, honored Lucy A. Brusco, Head of Treasury Legal at Morgan Stanley at the 33rd Annual Saint Thomas More Award Luncheon, hosted by The Lawyers Committee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, on October 19 at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. Over 300 guests attended the festive event and raised $350,000.

Cardinal Dolan introducing Lucy A. Brusco.
Lucy Brusco accepting her award.

Thomas J. Meloro, Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, was presented with the John P. Cooney Jr. Award for Mentorship and Community Involvement. Thomas Meloro has been a dedicated Inner-City Scholarship Fund donor for 24 years.

Thomas J. Meloro (right) accepting his award.

Student speaker Shania Marte.

Shania Marte, an Inner-City Scholarship Fund recipient who is a senior at Notre Dame School of Manhattan spoke at the event about the great opportunities that her Catholic school education has offered her, including volunteering at a shelter in El Paso, Texas to support the migrant community.

This past summer, Marte gained real-world experience in the field of law through an internship at McMahon, Martine & Gallagher, LLP in Brooklyn thanks to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund Job Opportunities Program. Marte hopes to create positive change in society in the future and dreams of attending an Ivy League university after graduation.

Inner-City Scholarship Fund changes lives for the better by providing families with demonstrable financial needs the opportunity to give their children a quality, values-based K-12 Catholic education within the Archdiocese of New York.

The Lawyers Committee of Inner-City Scholarship Fund is made up of some of the most distinguished members of New York’s legal community and has long been a very active and effective ally in Inner-City’s effort to help inner-city students and their families.

Photographs by Melanie Fidler, Bryan Bedder-Getty Images, Jeff Kennel (Americares);  John Sanderson/ (Doubles & New England).

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