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Guests wave off the plane leaving for Puerto Rico at the 2018 Americares Airlift Benefit.

On Saturday, October 13th, More than 800 guests attended the 2018 Americares Airlift Benefit, raising over $3 million for Americares health programs worldwide. Held in the J.P. Morgan Chase Hangar at Westchester County Airport, the 31st annual Airlift Benefit highlighted Americares response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

The inspirational evening culminated with Americares signature airlift. Guests gathered on the tarmac for a spectacular sendoff as 115 supporters embarked on an exciting 24-hour journey to Puerto Rico, where Americares is expanding access to health services and restoring hope for Hurricane Maria survivors.


Greeting the guests with salsa, merengue, danza, and more …


Award-winning journalist and Co-Anchor of NBC 4 New York’s Today in New York, Darlene Rodriguez, served as Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Francisco Murphy, a family physician in Puerto Rico who helped direct Americares emergency medical teams in the aftermath of the storm, was the featured speaker.

James and Roberta Conroy of Westport, Conn., Karin and Steve Sadove of Purchase, N.Y., and Islonca and James Hasso of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., co-chaired the successful event, produced by Rafanelli Events. Notable attendees included Mike Thomas of the New York Giants, author and humorist Christopher Buckley, American Ballet Theatre Dancer Courtney Lavine and auctioneer Lydia Fenet.


Lydia Fenet

Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $17 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.

For more information, visit americares.org


Arman Gokgol-Kline, Jen Kline, Tatyana Vesselovskaye, and Eral Gokgol-Kline
L to R.: Angela Harrell and Lisa Landstein; Master of Ceremonies Darlene Rodriguez
Christopher Buckley, Dr. Katy Close, Sandy Nyenhuis, and Americares President and CEO Michael Nyenhuis
L to R.: Christian and Eva Trefz; Courtney Lavine and James Grove
Event Co-Chairs James Conroy, Roberta Conroy, Karin Sadove, Steve Sadove, Islonca Hasso, and James Hasso
L to R.: Lindsay Sayre and Milt Hobbs; Jerry Leamon and Rita Leamon
Kyler Rowley, Emma Merrill, Joe Merrill, Tracy Merrill, Caroline Merrill, Charlie Merrill, and Elizabeth Merrill
L to R.: Jeffrey and Linda Becker; Gloria and Mike Thomas with their daughter
Michael Nyenhuis, Richard Blumenthal, and Jerry Leamon
L to R.: Bas NieuweWeme, Julie NieuweWeme, and Dex; NieuweWeme George Bauer and Carol Bauer
L to R.: Namrata Sharma and Sandy Goel; Sean, Tracy, and Jackson McManus
Sean and Hilary Flanagan with Martin and Aoife
Karen Sherman, Kendall Norton, Carol Santini, Lisa Karl, Michelle Bella, and John Sanna
Paul Kuehner, Grace Kuehner, Molly Tierney, and Patricia Kuehner
Dr. Francisco Murphy and Marisol Perez-Murphy
Tom Mantione, Arthur Selkowitz, Betsey Selkowitz, Tizzie Mantione, Camilla Herrera, and David Genovese

NewYork-Presbyterian held its annual Amazing Kids, Amazing Care Dinner at Cipriani 25 Broadway in Manhattan to celebrate the exceptional care provided at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women. Stephanie Ruhle, anchor, MSNBC, and correspondent, NBC News, acted as the evening’s emcee. The evening also featured a special performance by Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, Leslie Odom, Jr., who originated the role of Aaron Burr in the acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton.”



NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz, and his wife Tina, served as trustee co-chairs of the evening’s event, whichraised over $1,000,000 in support of both NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the Sloane Hospital for Women. Dr. Steven J. Corwin, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian, and Dr. Laura L. Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, were joined by 450 guests.


Steve Swartz, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Tina Swartz
Dr. Craig Albanese, Hope Copperstone, Sarah Ferguson, Sarah Lesser Avins, and Dr. Mary D’Alton
L to R.: Stephanie Ruhle and Leslie Odom, Jr.; Frank A. Bennack Jr. and Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D
Mica Hill and Dr. Laureen Hill
Stuart Rabin and Kristin Gervasio
Steven J. Corwin, MD, and event chairs Tina Swartz and Steve Swartz
Jordan S. Orange, M.D., PHD and Kaite Orange
Dr. Craig Albanese and Toby Milstein
Leslie Odom, Jr.

On October 22nd, acclaimed architects Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger led a conversation about the state of architecture and the history of the Philip Johnson Glass House at the newly remodeled Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City designed by Isay Weinfeld.


Paul Goldberger and Frank Gehry


Guests celebrated the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The event was sold out and raised well over $150,000 towards important preservation projects at the Glass House. Guests enjoyed a reception, a conversation with Frank Gehry and Paul Goldberger, and seated lunch featuring Krug Champagne.


Paul Goldberger, Frank Gehry, and Scott Drevnig
L to R.: Joni and Sidney Felsen; Michael Fedele and Richard Beaumont
Kristin Selvala, Hilary Whittmann, and Lindsay Burn
Paul Goldberger and Susan Magrino
L to R.: Scott Drevnig and Victoria Newhouse; Alex Polier and Jim Panichella
Leslie Bluhm, Mimi Sternlicht, and Scott Drevnig
Margaret Russell and William Sofield
Christa Carr and Matt Shaw
Virginia Newman, Barney Loehnis, and Amanda Loehnis
Auction lots to benefit the Glass House included a drawing by Frank Gehry

Photographs by Getty Images & Mary Alice Fisher ( Americares); 4 Eyes Photography/Kellie Walsh and Andrew Toth/Getty Images (Amazing Kids Amazing Care); BFA (Glass House);.

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