Health experts, business executives and leaders in philanthropy gathered for Americares inaugural Health at the Center Partner Summit on May 9th. The invitation-only event, held at Convene in Midtown, brought together thought leaders in health and the environment to explore today’s most challenging global health issues.
The summit culminated with an announcement about a new partnership between Americares and wildlife conservation organization African Parks that will improve access to health care for nearly 100,000 people living near two of Malawi’s most important conservation areas.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta was the featured speaker, discussing nearly two decades of reporting from the frontlines of disasters and his worldwide quest to find the secrets of living longer, healthier lives with CNN Anchor and National Correspondent Erica Hill.
Notable attendees included former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, African Parks Co-Founder and CEO Peter Fearnhead, actor, activist and Americares board member Tony Goldwyn, Facebook Live Host A.J. Gibson, among others. The summit included a special presentation to longtime Americares supporters Carol and George Bauer for their commitment to the organization and its mission to save lives and improve health for people affected by poverty or disaster.
Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.
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On Monday, April 29, 2019, Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) honored Sir Roger Norrington, Orchestra of St. Luke’s first Music Director, and Joseph W. Polisi, President Emeritus of The Juilliard School, at the annual Gift of Music Gala at The Plaza Hotel. Hosted by OSL Board Member and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce, the gala raised over $1,000,000 to support OSL’s citywide artistic, education, and community initiatives.
Honoree Sir Roger Norrington led Orchestra St. Luke’s in two movements from Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Haydn’s Concerto for Cello in C Major with soloist Steven Isserlis, and in selections from Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2 with cellist and current Juilliard student Zlatomir Fung.
The black-tie evening began with a cocktail hour, followed by speeches extolling the artistic visions and financial health of OSL from David Hyde Pierce and Norman Benzaquen, Chairman of OSL’s Board of Directors. Mr. Pierce then introduced the gala co-chairs: Ellen F. Marcus, Susan and Elihu Rose, and Stephen A. Novick. Mrs. Rose and Mr. Novick presented the Gift of Music Award to Joseph W. Polisi, who dedicated his award to the musicians of Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Sir Roger Norrington, who was OSL’s first music director from 1990 to 1994, was presented his Gift of Music Award by Marianne Lockwood, OSL’s Founder.
At the conclusion of the gala evening, attendees were invited to join in a time-honored OSL tradition of waltzing.
Tipper Gore, advocate, artist, philanthropist and former Second Lady of the United States, was the speaker at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Luncheon “Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness,” kicking off Mental Health Awareness Month on May 1st. Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., President & CEO of the Foundation, was the host.
Mental illness affects the lives of one in five people. BBRF presents an annual spring luncheon to support psychiatric research and address the need for public engagement to solve issues around stigma that keep people from seeking help and accepting treatment.
“Tipper Gore is a powerful voice in eliminating the stigma that is all too often still associated with mental illness. We were honored she was our speaker as we continue to expand the conversation about the importance of banishing stigma and supporting psychiatric research helping people with mental illness lead full and productive lives,” said Dr. Borenstein.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation awards research grants to develop improved treatments, cures, and methods of prevention for mental illness. These illnesses include addiction, ADHD, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $394 million to fund more than 4,700 leading scientists around the world, which has led to over $3.9 billion in additional funding. 100% of every dollar donated for research is invested in our research grants. The Foundation’s operating expenses are covered by separate foundation grants.
Photographs by Chris Williams (Americares); Chad David Kraus Photography (The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation).