Flights of Fancy: Spring Gala Celebration to Benefit Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

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On May 2nd, more than 500 supporters and friends of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House reunited at Cipriani 42nd Street to celebrate “Flights of Fancy”— the 130-year-old nonprofit’s annual Spring Gala. This magnificent black-tie fundraising benefit — the nation’s premier tabletop event — raised critical funds to support 16,000 New Yorkers in need.

More than 40 renowned designers lent their talents in creating elaborate centerpieces to provide a breathtaking canopy for the celebration, which honored Board Member Thomas L. Melton and presented the Elizabeth Rohatyn Award for Community Service to the New York Health Foundation and Lifespire.


Warren Scharf (Executive Director), Saara Pritchard, and Tom Melton (Honoree).

Diana Quasha served as Gala Chair Emerita; Dinner Sponsors included Thomas and Ingrid Edelman, Stanley Shuman, Wilkinson Global Asset Management; Benefactors included Neha Motwani-Lepanto and Dan Lepanto, Yesim and Dusty Philip; Saara Pritchard and Thomas Melton, Marianna and Juan Sabater, Edward and Julia Weld. Preview and cocktails were followed by dinner, live music and dancing. Jennifer Wright of Christie’s led a Paddle Raise, and guests enjoyed a special mentalist performance by Magic Mike Jacobson.




Harry Heissmann (Design Chair) of Harry Heissmann Inc
Harry Heissmann (Design Chair) of Harry Heissmann Inc.

Stewarded by Honorary Design Chair and Board Member Christopher Spitzmiller, and Design Chairs Lindsey Harper and Harry Heissmann, the acclaimed lineup of designers used this year’s “Flights of Fancy” theme as inspiration for their wonderous tablescape designs.


Tom Melton (Honoree)
Tom Melton (Honoree).
Juan Sabater (Board Chair)
Juan Sabater (Board Chair).
Jennifer Wright (Auctioneer) of Christie's
Jennifer Wright (Auctioneer) of Christie’s.
Anthony Snowden, Jose Santiago (Lifespire), Rachel Bender
Anthony Snowden, Jose Santiago (Lifespire), and Rachel Bender.
Evelyn Garcia, David Sandman (New York Health Foundation), Rachel Bender
Evelyn Garcia, David Sandman (New York Health Foundation), and Rachel Bender.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier nonprofits, provides an extensive array of effective and integrated human services which significantly improve the lives of thousands of people in need each year on the East Side of Manhattan.

Learn more at www.lenoxhill.org


Anthony Bellomo of Orangerie Garden, Sharon Jacobs, Coleman McCartan, Margaret Williams, Ken Selody, Anne Selody
Anthony Bellomo of Orangerie Garden, Sharon Jacobs, Coleman McCartan, Margaret Williams, Ken Selody, and Anne Selody.
Bhavna Chablani, Neha Motwani-Lepanto (Board Member), Renee Moondra, Shilpa Asghar
Bhavna Chablani, Neha Motwani-Lepanto (Board Member), Renee Moondra, and Shilpa Asghar.
Seena Katz, Paul J Miller; Saara Pritchard, Tom Melton (Honoree)
L. to r.: Seena Katz and Paul J Miller; Saara Pritchard and Tom Melton.
Paul Steen, Kristen Steen of Kristen Leigh Studio, Raymond Schneider, Rayon Richards
Paul Steen, Kristen Steen of Kristen Leigh Studio, Raymond Schneider, and Rayon Richards.
Philip Norkeliunas, Eric Lysdahl of Eric Lysdahl Interiors
Philip Norkeliunas and Eric Lysdahl of Eric Lysdahl Interiors.
New York Health Foundation
New York Health Foundation.
Margery Riker (Board Member), Steve Riker; Marianna Sabater, Juan Sabater (Board Chair)
L. to r.: Margery Riker (Board Member) and Steve Riker; Marianna and Juan Sabater (Board Chair).
Mathilda Cox, Renee Landegger (Board Member), Brian Fix
Mathilda Cox, Renee Landegger (Board Member), and Brian Fix.
Lindsey Harper (Design Chair), Harry Heissmann (Design Chair), Mary Caroline Mumpower of MCM Interior Design
Lindsey Harper (Design Chair), Harry Heissmann (Design Chair), and Mary Caroline Mumpower of MCM Interior Design.
Soohee Jeong, Choongbum Lee, Joyce Kwok, Alex Leung
Soohee Jeong, Choongbum Lee, Joyce Kwok, and Alex Leung.
Byron C James for Highland Park Media, Ignacio Arizia II
Byron C James for Highland Park Media and Ignacio Arizia II.
Ana Maria Celis, Isaac Fuhrman; Assembly Member Rebecca Seabright, Louise Braver, Sherry Miller
L. to r.: Ana Maria Celis and Isaac Fuhrman; Assembly Member Rebecca Seabright, Louise Braver, and Sherry Miller.
Elizabeth Munson (Board Member), Karen McDonald, Anki Leeds, Karen Fagerstrom, Alice Jump
Elizabeth Munson (Board Member), Karen McDonald, Anki Leeds, Karen Fagerstrom, and Alice Jump.
Gretchen Stone, Lewis Stone, Hedi White (Board Member), Susan Miller, Tom White
Gretchen Stone, Lewis Stone, Hedi White (Board Member), Susan Miller, and Tom White.
Dean Yoder, Jonathan Grimm of Dean Yoder Interiors.JPG
Dean Yoder and Jonathan Grimm of Dean Yoder Interiors.
Paige Boller of Paige Boller Art + Design; Emily Hodge of Emily Hodge Interior Design
L. to r.: Paige Boller of Paige Boller Art + Design; Emily Hodge of Emily Hodge Interior Design.
Andrea Stark for Stark Carpet
Andrea Stark for Stark Carpet.
Steve Rabin (Board Member), Tom Melton (Honoree), Jonathan Winslow
Steve Rabin (Board Member), Tom Melton, and Jonathan Winslow.
Thomas Edelman (Board Chair Emeritus), Ingrid Edelman, Alex Farman-Farmaian
Thomas Edelman (Board Chair Emeritus), Ingrid Edelman, and Alex Farman-Farmaian.
Susan Young & Tamara Stephenson of root cellar designs
Susan Young and Tamara Stephenson of root cellar designs.
Tables by Anthony and Sage Event Design; K.A. Murphy Interiors
Tables by Anthony and Sage Event Design; K.A. Murphy Interiors.
Mallory Mathison Glenn of Mallory Mathison Inc, Jared Hughes of Jared Hughes Design
Mallory Mathison Glenn of Mallory Mathison Inc. and  Jared Hughes of Jared Hughes Design.
Lauren Soufleris, Adam Soufleris, Margaret McSpadden, Saara Pritchard
Lauren Soufleris, Adam Soufleris, Margaret McSpadden, and Saara Pritchard.
John Manice (Board Member), Anne Manice, Daisy Rutherfurd, Guy Rutherfurd Jr. (Board Member)
John Manice (Board Member), Anne Manice, Daisy Rutherfurd, and Guy Rutherfurd Jr. (Board Member).
Greg Kwiat (Board Member), Ali Kwiat
L. to r.: Greg Kwiat (Board Member) and Ali Kwiat; Kristen Morgan, Christine Colley King (Board Member), and  Kate Roush.
Heather French of French & French Interiors, Jennifer Figge, Matt French
Heather French of French & French Interiors, Jennifer Figge, and Matt French.
Chele Farley and guests
Chele Farley and guests.
Jen Potter of Fete Home
Jen Potter of Fete Home.

Magic Mike Jacobson.
Joseph Haslip (Board Member), Anthony Evnin
Joseph Haslip (Board Member) and Anthony Evnin.
Paddle Raise Auction; Table by Robert Ventolo of Crain & Ventolo Associates
Paddle Raise Auction; Table by Robert Ventolo of Crain & Ventolo Associates.
The Love Revival Orchestra
The Love Revival Orchestra.
The dance floor.



Photos by John Sanderson and David DuPuy / AnnieWattAgency.com

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