On Monday, October 4th, 2021, after a hiatus of nearly two years, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) was proud to welcome guests back to the in-person 40th Annual Arthur Ross Awards. Architects, designers, artisans, builders, academics, and many more gathered together, occupying two full rooms in a private club in New York City to pay tribute to this year’s honorees: Skurman Architects (Architecture), Hyde Park Mouldings (Artisanship & Craftsmanship), Bob Christian Decorative Art (Fine Arts), Hollander Design Landscape Architects (Landscape), Charles Miers and Rizzoli New York (Publishing), John F. W. Rogers (Patronage), and Michael Lykoudis, FAIA (Board of Directors Honor).
Over 400 practitioners and enthusiasts of classical and traditional architecture and design gathered to celebrate the achievements of these seven honorees, whose life’s work has enriched the built environment, beautified landscapes and interiors, filled libraries, educated thousands of students, and preserved architectural treasures. The awards were presented in two rooms by both ICAA Board Chairman Russell Windham and ICAA Board Member Mark Ferguson.
The 2021 Arthur Ross Award winners were selected by a jury that included Bunny Williams (Chair), James Carter, Elizabeth Dillon, Anne Harris, Katherine Herman, Steele Marcous, and Gil Schafer. Co-Chairs of this year’s Arthur Ross Awards include Anthony Barnes, Nina Campbell, Steven Gambrel, and Suzanne Tucker. Honorary Chairs include Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, the late Ambassador and Mrs. William J. vanden Heuvel, and Bunny Williams.
This past Saturday night at the Lotos Club, the Holland Society of New York held its 131st Dinner Dance. The Holland Society was founded in 1885 as a historical and genealogical society to honor and preserve the history of New Netherland, the Dutch settlement which became New York. The Holland Society annually awards a Medal for Distinguished Achievement for civic, cultural, or social contributions to New York. The Society’s 2021 medalists were Broadway actors Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings.
In advance of dinner, the traditional toasts were made. Following the toasts, the Reverend Paul Lent read the invocation. Next, Holland Society Director Sarah Cooney welcomed guests and introduced the medalists, highlighting that “theatre is an integral part of New York culture, and Carolyn McCormick and Byron Jennings are integral parts of New York theatre.” Carolyn McCormick read their acceptance speech, noting the Society’s focus on celebrating New York stories.
After dinner, Holland Society president Colonel Adrian Bogart III (Ret.) shared his plans for the Society’s future, including greater collaboration between societies that focus on the history of New York. He then introduced the long-running Holland Society tradition of the Parading of the Beaver, carried by Ethan Hasbrouck Van Ness and Jonathan Doucette.
Dancing followed dinner, with music by the Lester Lanin Orchestra. An after-party was held at the Lotos Club Grill.
The 20th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament was held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, New York on Monday, October 18th. The event was sold-out and attended by over 150 people. The annual tournament supports ADAPT Community Network, with all proceeds from the event helping to fund the delivery of life-affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families. The event raised $265,000.
Television and film star Jill Flint, hosted this year’s golf outing for the fourth time. Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, gave welcome remarks.
“We thank everyone who supported this year’s golf tournament,” says Ed Matthews. “We were delighted to honor ADAPT’s dedicated staff and essential workers, whose tireless work in significant ways this past year, has made it possible to continue to provide our over 100 comprehensive programs and services to thousands of children, families, and adults supported by ADAPT while keeping them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank Jill Flint for being such a dedicated longtime supporter to ADAPT, and we also thank this year’s ADAPT Golf Committee.”
The 2021 ADAPT Golf Tournament Committee was: Michael Berger, Valentino Galella, Edward R. Matthews, Jeffrey Weiss, and Alan Zack.
Following the day of golf, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served on the patio of the Brae Burn Country Club. Ed Matthews and Jill Flint presented the ADAPT Golf Tournament awards.
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, ADAPT builds a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Its 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 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.
For more information about ADAPT Community Network, go to: www.adaptcommunitynetwork.org
Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury & Jared Siskin / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images (ICAA); Matthew Lesman & Kate Oldham (Holland Society).