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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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);.