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Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held their annual GLA Global Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The FUN ON FIFTH Associate Party at Doubles brought 170 good friends together for a great beginning-of-the-season celebration. Members and their guests dined on angel hair pasta with mozzarella, Maryland crab cakes and for dessert a strawberry & passion fruit gelato torte.

Wendy Carduner told everyone how much she appreciated their many years of loyalty and support and gave a “Thank You” toast to Mark Gilbertson as well as to those members who organized tables including: Melanie Holland, Christine Miller Martin, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Georgina Schaffer, Tim Taft, Mary Darling, Michael Reinert, Heather McAuliffe, Melissa Fischer and Paige Rustum.

Minutes later, the new flashing disco lighting was turned on and the dance floor was filled!

Tatiana Perkin, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, and Kate Earls.
Tara and Brad Sullivan.
L. to r.: Paige and John Rustum; Jason and Darice Fadiya.
Christian Murrle, Christina Miller Martin, Gina Donnelly, and Donald Dickinson.
Pamela Hunt, Mary Darling, and Lesley Craig.
L. to r.: Doug and Amy Magnolia; Mary Van Pelt and Wendy Carduner.
Brad Sullivan, Tara Sullivan, Georgia Shaffer, and Adam Klopp.
Megan Klopp, Mark Gilbertson, and Elizabeth Saint-Amand.
Bernadine Gilfond, Arlene Cruz, Nancy Sambuca, and Maud Cabot.
L. to r.: Patrick and Brooke Murray; Polly Onet, Thom Filicia, and Hilary Dick.
Thorne Perkin, Brian York Colwell, Mary Van Pelt, and Anthony Thompson.
L. to r.: Christina Culver; Anthony Thompson, Evelyn Tompkins, and Sana Sabbagh.
Tielman Von Vlek, Katherine Bouloud, and Adam Brenner.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)’s 50th Anniversary Gala on October 18, 2023 at Guastavino’s, 409 E. 59th Street, raised more than $1.7 million in support of the organization. CMOM honored legendary ballerina, philanthropist, and author Misty Copeland, songwriter Benj Pasek, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. The evening began at 6:30pm with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner. The festivities were attended by more than 400 guests.

CMOM CEO and Museum Director Dava Schub and honoree Misty Copeland.

Dava Schub and honoree Benj Pasek.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a steward of early childhood, helping all children grow and develop into their best selves. Through our programs on-site, online, and around the five boroughs, CMOM nurtures the next generation of creative global citizens as they learn through exploration and play. CMOM encourages empathy across differences by elevating and providing insight into diverse perspectives and inviting visitors of all backgrounds to join our intentionally welcoming community and create and learn alongside each other.

The museum’s program reflects the rich cultural diversity, energy, and resilience of New York City itself and has a special focus on ensuring that its program is available to those families who might not otherwise have access.

Honoree U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and Emily Tisch Sussman.

Founded in 1973 as a neighborhood organization, CMOM has grown over the years into a beloved destination and resource for children, families, and educators from across the five boroughs and from around the world. The museum welcomes 350,000 visitors each year to its Upper West Side location and engages hundreds of thousands more through its outreach programs in partnership with schools, libraries, shelters, and Head Start centers throughout New York City; its touring exhibitions; and its online tools and curricula.

CMOM Trustee Stephanie Stuchin and her husband Blake, Mallory and Stuart Schultz.
CMOM Trustee Will Blodgett, CMOM Founding Board Chair Laurie M. Tisch, and Carolyn Tisch Blodgett.
David Blumenfeld and CMOM Trustee Sarah Riegert.
Rebecca Kaden, Christina Blankfein, Dr. Marissa Lafer, CMOM Trustee Josh Lafer, and Geoffrey Appelboom.
Olu Evans, CMOM CEO and Museum Director Dava Schub, and CMOM gala honoree Misty Copeland.
Aprile Age and Anne Welsh McNulty.
John Rhea, Jasmine Green, and Mose Hogan.
Neil Simpkins, CMOM Vice Chair Miyoung E. Lee, and CMOM Trustee Laurie Zucker Lederman.
CMOM Founding Board Chair Laurie M. Tisch and Ann Tisch.
Venus and William Demas, Jessie Betts Dreyfuss, and Jamie Dreyfuss.
Russell Granet and CMOM Board Chair Matthew Messinger.
Misty Copland and Laurie M. Tisch.
CMOM Trustee Michael Boublik, Mimi Boublik, and children Sofia, Ella, and Milo.
Benj Pasek and Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek.

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held their annual GLA Global Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The annual event raises Lyme disease awareness and funds for research to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. This year’s gala was a night to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.

The spectacular event began with cocktails, dinner, and an auction followed by a special musical performance by music icon Debbie Gibson. Master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host of FOX 5 “Good Day New York” led the affair which included appearances by Broadway Star Ashley Loren as well as Celebrity Ambassador Christopher Meloni.

David Gerstner, Nancy Del Genio, Julia Knox Como, Debbie Siciliano, Diane Blanchard, Rose Anastacio, Charles Balducci, Kenzie Vath, Karen Kelly, Janet Vaquero, Brett Kristoff, Ed O’Connell, Paul Ross, and Brent Patri.

This year, the GLA honored Kenzie Vath, a Lyme warrior, devoted wife, loving mother, and dedicated hotelier, for her remarkable contributions towards raising both funds and awareness for this relentless disease. Additionally, the GLA introduced a new award for the first time this 2023, generously sponsored by philanthropists Bob and Karen Kelly, which is designed to celebrate the heroic endeavors of family members who serve as medical advocates and play an indispensable role in navigating the medical system during this battle, alongside the patients themselves.

This year’s event raised more than $1.6 million to advance GLA’s mission to conquer Lyme Disease. Save the date: The 9th Annual Gala will return to Cipriani 42nd Street on Thursday, October 10th, 2024.

Notable attendees included: Rosanna Scotto, Christopher Meloni, Debbie Gibson, Ashley Loren, Larry Scott, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catiana, Kenzie Vath, Bob Kelly, Karen Kelly, Bo Dietl, Maribel Lieberman, Leesa Rowland, Jean Shafiroff, Nicole Miller, Marc Bouwer, Pedro Oberto, Alexa Goodrow, Eric Bergan, Carmen D’Alessio, Tina Radziwell, Helen Yarmak,  Elena Krail, Lindsay Keys and Daria Lombroso, and Nadja Sayej.

The GLA Gala is among New York City’s most highly anticipated fundraising events. It is exclusively dedicated to raising awareness and supporting research and patient service programs for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The cause is more important than ever with a record number of cases reported. According to the CDC, there are 476,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year in the U.S. Support can make a difference for patients today and tomorrow.

L. to r.: Leesa Rowland; Laura MacNeill and Christopher Meloni.
L. to r.: Steph Bush, Kenzie Vath, and Tim Bush; Ashley Loren.
Christopher Moyes, Lisa Moyes, Andrew Miller, Emily Moyes, Sarah Moyes, and Greg Moyes.
L. to r.: Marc Bouwer and Pedro Oberto; Maribel Lieberman.
Kenzie Vath.
L. to r.: Bo Dietl; Nicole Miller.
L. to r.: Jean Shafiroff; Rosanna Scotto.

Rising Ground held its Fall Benefit cocktail reception at The Bowery Hotel, and over 100 donors and friends came out to enjoy drinks on the terrace to celebrate the work of New York’s nearly 200-year-old human services agency.

Originally known as the New York Orphan House, the organization later became known as Leake & Watts, and today delivers 101 programs at 138 sites across New York providing life-affirming services for over 25,000 people every day.

Sianna McKenna and Bria Saunders.

Guests heard about Rising Ground’s Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) and how our counselors help students in the New York City schools with therapy, group support, training, and education, to respond to all forms of abusive behaviors and gender-based violence, in order to promote healthy relationships and communication. A silent auction included lovely pieces of artwork created by children in our Passage of Hope Unaccompanied Migrant Children program.

Matt Del Percio, Jared Derector, and Pamela Orrego.
Duncan Turnbull and Gabriella Fuller.
Chris Owen, Sophie Gitlin, and Michael Goldstein.
Alan Mucatel and Roger Oliver.
Alexander Smith, Kendall Elliott, Alan Mucatel, and Stephen Powers.
Kerry Streets, Saundra Pinn, Dolores Osborne, Dr. Joyce Coppin-Mondesire, Jacqueline Streets, and Steven Grant.
Joe Vanacore, Cindy Camacho, and Bob Schanz.
Erik Zwicker, Richard Canjura, and Allen Waxman.
Dorothy Mehta, Dr. Ariz Mehta, and Alan Mucatel.
Julissa Martinez, Alan Mucatel, John Eyerman, and Matt Del Percio.
Erik Zwicker, Richard Canjura, and Brina Waxman.
Rosanne Gideon, Bob Schanz, Susan Benedict, and Catherine Stanton.
Alsuna Millington and Brigette McLeod-Williams.
Stephen Roman, Russell DeAcutis, and Rob Reers.
Members of Rising Ground Board of Directors.

Photos by Jill Nelson/ (Doubles); PMC / Michael Ostuni / BFA / Sansho Scott (GLA) /Ben Asen

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