Fiesta Forever

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The scene at Cipriani 42nd Street for Global Lyme Alliance's fourth annual New York City Gala.

Last week at the Madison Avenue Valentino store, Carlos Souza was the guest of honor at a champagne reception celebrating both Casita Maria’s upcoming Fiesta 2018 Benefit and his Souza’s new book COMPORTA BLIST, published by Assouline.

Guests included Martha Bograd, Jennifer Creel, Amy Fine Collins, Denise DeLuca, Jackie Weld Drake, Joanna Fisher, Sissi Fleitas, Susan Gutfreund, Mark Gilbertson, Elizabeth Jacoby, Ann Dexter-Jones, Eleanora Kennedy, Margo Langenberg, Mercedes Levin, Tara Milnes, Dimity Giles de Milberg, Horacio Milberg, Elizabeth Peabody, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Jean Shafiroff Alexandra Seegers, Mary Snow, Sabrina Wirth-Sokolik, Benny Tabatabai, Eglantina Zingg, and Alicia Lubowski-Jahn.


Mercedes Levin, Jackie Weld Drake, Alicia Lubowski-Jahn, and Martha Bograd

Tomorrow evening, October 16th, Fiesta 2018 will honor Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Mary Snow, and Carlos Souza at The Plaza Hotel. The Dinner Chairmen are Jacqueline Weld Drake, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, andCarlos Mota. This year’s Honorary Chairs are Elizabeth Peabody, Christine Schwarzman, and Lynn Wyatt. 

There are still a few last minute tickets avialable!: https://www.casitamaria.org/events/fiesta


Susan Gutfreund and Carlos Souza

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education offers high quality, innovative in and after school arts programming to over 1,000 students daily in their state of the art facility in the South Bronx. Casita’s enriching programs produce engaged, well-rounded individuals, who go on to fulfill their dreams. Attached, please find the invitation.


Jackie Weld Drake, Michel Witmer, and Mary McFadden
L to R.: Elizabeth Jacoby and Michele Gerber Klein; Alexandra Lind Rose and Ann Dexter-Jones
Tara Milne, Allyson Tang, and Chellis Baird
L to R.: Enrica Arengi and Annabelle Mariaca; Dimity Giles de Milberg and Horacio Milberg
Tina Beriro,Jennifer Creel, Jackie Weld Drake, Mary Snow, Jill Roosevelt, and Debbie Bancroft
L to R.: Margo Langenberg; Elizabeth Peabody
Tara Milne, Carlos Souza, and Eleanora Kennedy
L to R.: Andrea Casanova and Halim Bulos; Jean Shafiroff and Joanna Fisher

The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, held its fourth annual New York City Gala on October 11th, raising over $2 million at Cipriani 42nd Street. The money raised at the event will support the GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test, improved treatment options, and ultimately, find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne disease. Ramona Singer and Erin Walker were honored at the gala while the audience was treated to a show-stopping performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster.

The gala experience was produced by co-chair and celebrated event producer Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, who donated his event planning and design services towards the Global Lyme Alliance’s New York Gala for the fourth consecutive year.


Gala decor by Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events


The fourth annual gala was well-attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street and recognized Ramona Singer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and star of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New York City,” and Erin Walker, mother, equestrian, business owner, and wife of 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker. Ramona has seen the devastating impact of Lyme disease first-hand through close family members and friends, and both Erin and her husband Jimmy are currently battling the disease. Lori Stokes, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.


L to R.: Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster, GLA Honoree Erin Walker; Jacqueline Sposito

Erin and Ramona both addressed the crowd in emotional testimonies of their experiences with Lyme and their dedication to raising awareness for finding a cure for this insidious disease. Jimmy Walker spoke to the crowd by way of video, thanking GLA and congratulating Erin. Global superstar Avril Lavigne recorded a special video message for the crowd, which was shown, announcing that she has officially accepted the invitation to join GLA’s Board of Directors, as well as details of the new strategic partnership between The Avril Lavigne Foundation and GLA. Avril’s new single, “Head Above Water,” is about her personal struggle with Lyme disease.


Yolanda Hadid

A New York City skyline projection scaling the wall of Cipriani 42nd Street illuminated the room in midnight purple. Each table was set with gold brass teardrop lamps or glass candle centerpieces alongside small potted foliage, and atop glittering gold or black tablecloths. Other evening highlights included a surprise performance by the Big Apple Circus and a menu inspired by Drew Nieporent of MyriadRestaurant Group, with sushi courtesy of Nobu.

The Big Apple Circus

Past GLA Gala honoree Yolanda Hadid spoke to guests about her Lyme journey and introduced a short video that illustrates the impact Lyme can have on one’s entire family. The ceremony ended with a very special performance by Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist, Sutton Foster.

The event was also attended by Tinsley Mortimer, Sonja Morgan, Dorinda Medley, Luann de Lesseps, Kat Cunning and actor Chris Jones; philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, health and wellness influencers, Amie Valpone, Jacqueline Sposito, Adrienne Nolan, Jordan Younger and freestyle soccer player, Skye Cowie.

The Co-Chairs for the event included Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Joseph Abboud, celebrated menswear designer and author; Charles Balducci, co-founder, Snyder/Balducci Group, Merrill Lynch; Chris Corrinet, senior VP, CBRE; Robert Kobre, vice chairman, Credit Suisse; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development officer,Tailored Brands, Inc.; Drew Nieporent, owner, Myriad Restaurant Group; and Peter Norley, COO, Credit Suisse Securities.

Honorary Event Chairs included Jay McInerney, Jim Miller, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Mike Schneider, Victor Slezak, and Marisol and Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty.

Platinum Sponsors included Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, Big Apple Circus, Credit Suisse, Nancy and Bob Del Genio, David Nolan Foundation, Tailored Brands, and Withersworldwide.


L to R.: Larry Scott, GLA Honoree Ramona Singer, and GLA Board Chairman Rob Kobre; Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian
Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Tinsley Mortimer, Yolanda Hadid, and Dorinda Medley
L to R.: Lori Stokes; Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan
Lew Leone, Christopher Corrinet, Peter Norle, Debbie Sicilliano, Lorie Nadel, Jarrod Nadel, Charles Balducci, and Rob Kobre
L to R.: Jean Shafiroff; Larry Scott and Luann de Lesseps
Award-winning Broadway star Sutton Foster

Last week at 74 Franklin Street in TriBeCa, they held an opening reception for Pintô Manhattan Manila 2 where works of 30 contemporary Philippine artists will be exhibited until October 15. This is the third international exhibition planned by Pintô International and sales from the exhibition will benefit the Asian Cultural Council and the Pintô Art Museum. The show made its debut last year at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen in the West Village, followed by a June 2018 showing in Tokyo.

Honorary Chairs were David and Susan Rockefeller, and Ambassador Teodoro and Louie Locsin. Chairs were Dr. Joven Cuanang and Dr. Luca Parolari. The exhibit was curated by Antonio Leaño. The Benefit Committee was Alice Eduardo, Carla Villacorta, Ernest Escaler, Federico De Vera, Joanna De Asis, Jorge Ortoll, Josie Natori, Lav Diaz, Mercedes Zobel, Rafe Totengco.


Adam Forbes, Dr. Luca Parolari, Susan Rockefeller, and Joven Cuanang

The ACC works to advance international respect and understanding through transformative cultural exchange, by awarding fellowships to Asian artists and scholars to live and work in the US, and vice versa. Several of the artists in this exhibition are themselves ACC grantees. The ACC is a registered 501 C 3 not-for-profit institution; donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

The Pintô Art Museum is a foremost contemporary art institution in the Philippines and has been the driving force in establishing a contemporary art scene in the country for the past 30 years. Its artists’ works include a wide range of aesthetics unique to the Philippines and typify its best examples. Pintô International is the arm of the Pintô Art Museum aimed at promoting Philippine art and artists globally.


Adam Forbes and Eleanor Giron
Dr. Joven Cuanang, Wendy O’Neill, and Ernest Escaler
Dr. Joven Cuanang, Ernest Escaler, Susan Rockefeller, Joanne De Asis Benitez, David Rockefeller, Dr. Luca Parolari, and Louie Locsin
Dr. Joven Cuanang, Mercedes Zobel, Jorge Ortoll, Antonio Leano, and Philippines Ambassador to UN Teodoro Locsin
Dr. Luca Parolari, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Susan Rockefeller
L to R.: Mominatu Boog and Rachael Ruddick; Mercedes Zobel and Dr. Luca Parolari
Ernest Escaler, Frank and Judy Wisner (former US Ambassador to India, Philippines, Egypt), Dr. Luca Parolari, and Dr. Joven Cuanang with friends
Erica Bibby, Owen Duffy, Sarah Haimes, and Thomas Cole Baron
Johanna Helmuth and Dr. Luca Parolari with a freind
Louie and Teodoro Locsin
Mercedes Zobel and Susan Rockefeller
Rachael Ruddick and Ged Merino
Thomas Chilton, Federico De Vera, Sam Gasmann, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Lee Masterson
Thomas Cole Baron, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and Dr. Luca Parolari

On Monday, September 17th, ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament held its 17th Annual outing at Brae Burn Country Club & Century Country Club in Purchase, New York. The annual tournament attracted over 250 golfers for a uniquely enjoyable day of golf and entertainment in support of ADAPT Community Network.

The golf tournament was hosted by Scott Stanford, seven‐time Emmy Award Winning PIX 11 News Weeknight Sports Anchor & Host of Sunday Sports Rewind.

Edward R. Matthews, CEO, ADAPT Community Network, presented the ADAPT Community Network Corporate Champion Award to Jeffrey S. Weiss, President, The Weiss Group. This was the fourth consecutive year that this award was presented recognizing individuals who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities.


Edward R. Matthews, Jeff Weiss, and Scott Stanford

VIPs attending this year’s golf tournament included: Edward R. Matthews, Scott Stanford, Jeffrey S. Weiss and family; Joshua Adler, Mark Gordon, Jason Carlough, Alan Zack, Mark Senders, John Lombardo, Michael Berger, Bill Kenny, Linda Laul, Chris Laul, Sheila Lennon, Michael Lichtenberg, Michael Reardon, and Patrick Yu.

The 17th Annual ADAPT Community Network Golf Tournament was presented by the Carmel family.


Mark Gordon, Joshua Adler, and Jennifer Ewing

The other main sponsors for the event included: Jeffrey and Robin Weiss, Pilot RB, Colliers International, United Healthcare – Oxford, Alliance Brokerage Corp., Baker Tilly, Bella Bus, Neil Chavkin, Brothers Construction, Driscoll Foods, Edward R. Matthews, HOK, Mass Mutual, Ronald Nash, Rosemont Press, Inc., Rubin, Fiorella & Friedman LLP, Shari Aronson, Shlomo Drazin, Signature Construction, Stop Pest Control, TGI Office Automation, The Weiss Group, Titan Advisors, and Weeks Lerman Group.

All proceeds from the event help fund the delivery of life‐affirming programs and services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.


Charles Stocker, Al Ragusa, John Cronin, and Chris Wolfson

ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida and neuromuscular disorders, among others. We are the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 18,000 children and adults withdisabilities and their families.


Dahlian Porter, Val Gallela, James Pearson, and William Washienko
Darren Eskow, Greg Mendelson,Ben Senders, and Paul Davilman
Ellen Krantz, Marlene Senders, Ginette Ogur, and Meryl Elbaum
Ronald Nash, Michael Slomsky, Chris Greene, and John Menneci
John Lombardo, Nancy Gilbert, Dennis Gilbert, and Mitchell Gusler
Alan Zack, Linda Laul, Patrick Yu, and Mark Senders
Michael Lichtenberg, Robin Weiss, Perri Weiss, and Terry Rubin
Scott Stanford, Edward R. Matthews, Jeffrey S. Weiss, and Jason Carlough
Shlomo Drazin, Scott Sulzberger, Michael Hillman, Michael Berger, Ira Sax, and Robert Getreu
Perri Weiss, Frank Branca Jr., Jan Gutstein, Frank Branca Sr., Patty Barich, Bari Weiss, Robin Weiss, Jeff Weiss, Mark Spivack, and Lisa Spivack

Photographs by Owen Hoffmann/PMC (Casita); Olivier Kpognon (ADAPT); Rob Kim & Dave Kotinksy for Getty Images (Global Lyme)

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