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Event Leadership Jana Pasquel de Shapiro of Munnu The Gem Palace, Pauline Reyniak, Maria Giula Maramotti of Max Mara, Barbara Evans, Danielle Taubman, Melissa Vlak, Ide Dangoor, Lauren Duff, and Siddharth Kasliwal of Munnu The Gem Palace

On Thursday, February 7th, New York City Ballet held its Annual Luncheon benefit at Lincoln Center. The luncheon was attended by 660 guests and raised more than $721,100 for the Company.

The 2019 Annual Luncheon was generously sponsored by Italian luxury fashion brand Max Mara and Indian fine jewelry brand Munnu The Gem Palace.

Corps de Ballet Member Roman Mejia performing in an excerpt of Prodigal Son. Credit Paul Kolnik

This year’s program Balanchine’s Ballet Revolution paid homage to NYCB Co-Founder George Balanchine and how he created one of America’s great ballet companies. With personal stories, insider experiences, and live performances of Balanchine’s trailblazing choreography, the program was hosted by NYCB Board Member Donya Archer Bommer with panelists including NYCB Soloist and Resident Choreographer Justin Peck, former NYCB Principal Dancer and Balanchine scholar Suki Schorer, former NYCB Principal Dancer Edward Villella, as well as current dancers from the Company. An elegant luncheon followed on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater.

Announced each year as part of the Annual Luncheon is the recipient of The Janice Levin Dancer Award, which was created by NYCB in 2000 and is bestowed upon one of the Company’s most promising corps de ballet dancers. A member of the Board of Directors for NYCB and the School of American Ballet, Mrs. Levin was a stalwart supporter of young artists at both organizations. This year’s recipient was Kristen Segin.

Benefit Chairmen included Ide Dangoor , Lauren Duff , Barbara Evans, Pauline Reyniak, Danielle Taubman, and Melissa Vlak.

Maria Giulia Maramotti, Max Mara Global Brand Ambassador; Jana Pasquel De Shapiro, Munnu The Gem Palace served as Corporate Chairmen.

Guests included Charlotte d’Amboise, Serena Boardman Theodoracopulos, Katherine Brown, Noreen Buckfire, Amy Fine Collins, Carole Divet Harting, Casey Fremont Crowe,
Grace Fuller, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Michelle Hellman Cohen, Siddharth Kasliwal, Jill Kargman, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Shantell Martin, Liz Peek, Betsy Pitts, Whitney Robinson, Denise Saul, Lesley Stahl, Sara Story, BJ Topol, and Madeline Weinrib.

Program Moderator and NYCB Board Member Donya Bommer with Panelists Edward Villella, Suki Schorer, Justin Peck, 2019 Levin Awardee Kristen Segin, and 2018 Levin Awardee Harrison Coll
2019 Art Series Artist Shantell Martin with NYCB Executive Director Katherine Brown
Casey Fremont Crowe, Lilah Ramzi, Event Corporate Chair Maria Guilia Maramotti of Max Mara, and Michelle Hellman Cohen
Vanessa Eastman and Jill Kargman
Grace Fuller and Sarah Scheinin
Shannon Henderson, Rema Paranchini, NYCB Board Members Kristin Kennedy Clark and Carol Mack, and Claudia Overstrom
NYCB Board Member Susan Campbell, NYCB Board Member Bill Wright, and Jonna Mackin
Vicki Leeds Tananbaum, NYCB Board Member Allyson Tang, Daisy Soros, and Eugenia Comini
Anne Ogilvy and Darren Henault

On the evening of February 28th, 2019, French Heritage Society and notable guests gathered at Club Colette for their elegant Annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner.

The sold-out fête was held at the behest of Gala Chairs Michael A. Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou. CeCe Black, FHS Events Chair, and Suzanne Stoll, Palm Beach Representative, added their special touch to the proceedings. The presence of FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling and Consul General of France in Miami Clément Leclerc enhanced the prestige of the dinner.

Jennifer Herlein

The Dinner Chairmen for the evening included: CeCe and Lee Black, Ronald Lee Fleming, Ambassador and Mrs. Howard Leach, Liz McDermott, Chips and Sarah Page, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Thomas Thaler, Ann Van Ness, Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth.

Other esteemed guests included: Bess Ames, Alixandra Baker, The Hon. Carole Brookins, Paul Danello, Regine and Bill Diamond, Ann Fitzpatrick, Annette Friedland, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Lou Hammond, Linda and Charles Hickox, Bruce Horten and Aaron Lieber, Jeanne Lawrence, Ray Lucchetti, John and Etsuko Morris, Norman Nelson and Robin Reardon, Denise-Marie Nieman, Natalie Pray, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Thomas and Patricia Shiah, Missy VanBuren Brown, Gil Walsh and John Johnston, Sheri Wechsler, Michel Cox Witmer, Barbara Wolf, Donald and Jean Wolf.

Elizabeth Stribling, Clement Leclerc Consul General De France, and CeCe Black

Proceeds from the Palm Beach Gala Dinner support French Heritage Society’s tireless efforts to preserve French heritage in France and the U.S. and to bring together individuals who share the passion of their mission of preservation, education, and cultural exchange.

L to R.: Sarah and Chips Page; Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou
Bruce Horten, Elizabeth Stribling, and Nicole Hirsh
L to R.: Paul Danello and Virginia Loving Pope; Suzanne Stoll and Denise Marie Nieman
L to R.: Ellen McGrath and Emily Clementine; Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth
Ronald Lee Fleming, Charlotte Kellogg, and Ambassador Hector Cardenas
L to R.: Ray Lucchetti and Barry Kean; Lou Hammond and Anne Fitzpatrick
L to R.: Mai Hallingby Harrison and Michel Cox Witmer; Maureen Nash
Thomas Conner and Suzanne Hickey
L to R.: Barbara Wolf, Ann Van Ness, and Patricia Shiah; Regine Traulsen and Bill Diamond
L to R.: Jean and Martin Shafiroff; Linda and Charles Hickox
Gil Walsh and John Johnston
L to R.: Ambassador Howard Leach and Gretchen Leach; Liz McDermott and Ginny Millner
Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Sondra Gilman, Annette Friedland, Ruth Westcott, and Christopher Westcott
L to R.: Lynn and Pascal Tone; Jean and Don Wolf
Julia Hansen, Thomas W. Thaler, and Emmy Wolbach Scheerer
L to R.: Rachel Van Wyk and William Van Wyk; Kaaren and Charles Hale
Michael Kovner table
Atlanta French Heritage table

The Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of Susan G. Komen Greater New York City, hosted its eleventh annual fundraiser, Paint the Park Pink on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Tavern on the Green. Paint the Park Pink highlights the life-saving work of Susan G. Komen Greater NYC and the YPC. There was music by DJ Rose’, food and drinks, a photobooth and a silent auction.

Young breast cancer survivor, Bridget Glazarov, DDS was presented with the Sandra L. Kozlowski Young Survivor Award and Barclay’s Investment Bank with the Empowering Wellness- Empowering the Journey Award. Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda McNeil Tantawi, Founder of Susan G. Komen, Nancy Brinker, Member of the Komen Greater NYC Board of Directors, Eric Brinker, YPC Founder, Sandra L. Kozlowski and YPC Executive Chair, Maneet Ahuja were all in attendance to present the honorees with their awards.

The YPC has raised over $1.6 Million since being founded in 2009. These funds will help underwrite Komen Greater NYC’s breast health screening, treatment and support programs, which are vitally important to women who might otherwise not have access to breast health care.

The event was made possible through the generous support of Sandra L. Kozlowski (Cure Sponsor), Andersen Tax, LLC, ZRG Partners, LLC (Research Sponsors), Alternative Investment Management, LLC, Korn Ferry, Managed by Q, Phaidon International, Whitestone Branding (Advocate Sponsors).

For further information about Komen Greater NYC’s Young Professionals Committee, visit

Young Survivor Award Recipient Dr. Bridget Glazarov, DDS, Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Founder Sandra L. Kozlowski, and Komen Greater NYC CEO Linda Tantawi
Andres Londono, Member of Komen Greater NYC Board of Directors Eric Brinker, David Howard, Christian Hagedorn, Member of the Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee Founding Advisory Board Pablo Ogarrio, and Paul Ogarrio
L to R.: Lenny Tsatskin and Dr. Bridget Glazarov, DDS; Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee Members
Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee Members Emily Borich, Amanda Agati, Ava Farshidi, Peter Korbel, Lauren Herz, Francesca Montalvo Witzburg, Katie Seigel, and Sydney Kipen
L to R.: Member of Komen Greater NYC Board of Directors Eric Brinker and Founder of Susan G. Komen Nancy Brinker; Sandra L. Kozlowski and Eric Brinker
Director at Barclays Investment Bank and Komen NYC Board Chair Gracie Ormond, and Managing Director from Barclays Investment Bank Prashant Kaishap accepting the Powering Wellness- Empowering the Journey Award
Rachael Augostini, Justin Crofford, Komen Greater NYC Young Professionals Committee Members
Taylor Tharrington, Mark Skrapits, Vika Kiseleva, Mario Nelson, Trish Guay, Lizzy Klump, Dillon Weed and Alex Blumberg
Nicole Stillings (DJ Rose’), Kellen D’Oliveria, and Dr. Bridget Glazarov, DDS

Photographs by Erin Baiano & Griffin Lipson/ (NYCB); Annie Watt (FHS); Virginie Carolina (Komen)

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