Conservation and Cultivation

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Guests at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s annual Gift of Music Gala at The Plaza.

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.


Erica Hill and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Erica Hill, S. Atyia Martin, David Barash, and Kate Dischino.

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.


Tony Goldwyn and A.J. Gibson.
Glen Moriarty and A.J. Gibson.
Shweta Rawat and A.J. Gibson.
Peter Seligmann.
Glen Moriarty.

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. 

For more information please visit americares.org


Tony Goldwyn, Erica Hill, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Christine Squires and Jerry Leamon.
Francine Katsoudas and Samhita A. P. Jayanti.
Carol and George Bauer.
Lorrie Allen, Peter Fearnhead, and Jennifer Willis-Rivera.
Tony Goldwyn and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
George and Carol Bauer with Jerry Leamon.
Paul and Patricia Kuehner.
Tracy Broxmeyer and Toni Condon.
Honorable Gina McCarthy and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Juliemarie Vander Burg, Dr. Julie Varughese, and Melissa Woolford.
Celina Duran, Gus Godley, Carol Bauer, George Bauer, Dr. Rick Godley, and Dr. Kathleen Carney-Godley.
L. to r.: Rola Dagher and Francine Katsoudas; Steve Sadove.
Penni Ludwig and Erica Hill.
Kyle Graham, Emma Kingsley, Ali Gallagher, and Courtney Tincher.
Karen Kardos, Ethan Mandelup, and Lorrie Allen.
Jon Hillery and Jamie Mercurio.
L. to r.: Michael Ullmann; Elizabeth Peale Allen.
Ethan Mandelup and Michael Moretti.

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.


L. to r.: Joseph W. Polisi (Honoree), Norman S. Benzaquen (Board Chairman), and Sir Roger Norrington (Honoree); Stephen A. Novick (Gala Co-Chair), Joseph W. Polisi (Honoree), and Susan Rose (Gala Co-Chair)

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.


Georgia Frasch (Vice Chair of Board), Marc Goldberg, Valerie Broderick, and Alicia Benoist.
Charles Seidler, Jr., Marianne Lockwood (Co-Founder), and Janet Seidler (Board member).
Marco Taglietti (Board member) and Guests from SCYNEXIS, Inc.
Clive Gillinson, Anya Gillinson, Mark Gude, and Kathy Schuman.
Gerold Klauer, Josie Natori (Board member), Maria Spears, and William Spears.
L. to r.: Candace (Board member) and Jonathan Wainwright; Roberta Renard and Jo Hallingby.
Margaret and A.J.C. Smith.
Robert Appel, Denise Schwartz, Helen Appel, and Bernard L. Schwartz.
Barbara Feldon (Board member), Carlos Tome (Board member), Andrew Roitstein, and guests.
L. to r.: Host David Hyde Pierce; Joan Haffenreffer and Lailia Worrell.
James Roe (President and Executive Director).
Sir Roger Norrington (Honoree) conducting Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Sir Roger Norrington (Honoree) conducting Steven Isserlis and Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Guests at Dinner.
Guests 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.


Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein and Tipper Gore in conversation
“Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness” at 583 Park Avenue.

“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. 


VIP and Committee members.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein with Co-Chairs of the Luncheon Committee Beth Elliott, Carole Mallement, and Sheila Scharfman.
Luncheon Committee Members Judy Daniels, Lilian Sicular, Beth Elliott, and Lillian Clagett.
Carole Mallement, Ellen Levine, Dr. Myrna Weissman, and Dr. James Frauenthal.
L. to r.: Ellen Levine and Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein; BBRF Chairman of the Board Stephen Lieber and Tipper Gore.
Nancy Gabel and friends.
Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, Ellen Levine, Tipper Gore, and Dr. Herbert Pardes.
BBRF Board Members Carol Atkinson, Carole Mallement, and Suzanne Golden with Tipper Gore.
Barbara Arenz, Carole Mallement, Tipper Gore, Judy Wertheim, and Geraldine Stanko.

Photographs by Chris Williams (Americares); Chad David Kraus Photography (The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation).

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