The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) presented the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, the organization’s highest honor, to Candice Bergen, Gail Collins, and Laura Walker. The awards were presented at MAS’s annual gala on May 30 at The Tisch Skylights at The Shed, one of the first events to be held in the new space. Following the presentation of the awards, the honorees were joined in conversation by NBC’s Cynthia McFadden.
“This year’s gala celebrated the role of art, criticism, and commentary in our famously outspoken city,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, President of MAS. “Our 2019 honorees are champions of public discourse at a time when candid and thoughtful dialogue is more precious than ever. From the screen to the page to the airwaves, their voices have shaped our culture and informed our perspective on the city we love. We are grateful to all three honorees for their contributions to New York and delighted to honor them.”
The event raised more than $700,000 and proceeds will support MAS in its mission to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engagement in the betterment of our city. Founded in 1893, MAS was instrumental in key battles that have shaped the future of New York, from establishing a national model for historic preservation law to saving Grand Central Terminal from demolition in the 1970s, in partnership with MAS Board Member Mrs. Kennedy Onassis herself. Click here to learn about MAS’s more than 125 years of advocacy.
American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) hosted its annual Spring Gala on May 30 at the Metropolitan Club, honoring Edward E. Elson, former Ambassador to Denmark, and iconic actress, director, and humanitarian Liv Ullmann, with special guest H.R.H. Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Gala Chairs were Charles & Monika Heimbold and Kristina Kittilsen & Steve Weller and Gala Vice Chairs included Mrs. Edward Elson, Inger G. & William B. Ginsberg, the Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Ragnar & Laureen Meyer-Knutsen, Donald Saunders, and Lise Stolt-Nielsen.
Liv Ullmann received ASF’s Gold Medal, presented by Rupert Friend and Aimee Mullins. Ambassador Elson received the ASF Award for Distinguished Public Service, presented by H.R.H. Princess Benedikte. Highlights included a performance by 2018 ASF Birgit Nilsson Award-winning soprano Jessica Faselt and music by Peter Duchin Orchestra. All proceeds will benefit ASF’s initiatives to promote cultural and education exchange between the U.S. and Nordic countries.
On Saturday, June 1, Ziel and Helene Feldman hosted an event at their Bridgehampton home to celebrate world renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Co-hosting the evening was Andrea Grover, the Executive Director of Guild Hall in East Hampton. The Feldmans are supporting an exhibition of Rondinone’s works opening at Guild Hall this August called “Sunny Days.” Guests enjoyed cocktails while taking in the Feldman’s private collection of artworks, which includes a Rondinone sculpture titled “The Rugged.” Notable attendees included John Giorno, Kim Heirston, Richard Kirshenbaum, Bill Rudin, Noble Black and Marc Rozic, Casey Fremont, Ninah Lynne, Ken Maxwell, Max Falkenstein, Lisa Dennison, Shelley and Philip Aarons, Shelley and Vincent Fremont, Todd Merrill and Kelly Bensimon.
Ziel and Helene are the founders of HFZ Capital Group, which is responsible for 100 city-shaping projects in New York and beyond including The XI, an extraordinary development located along The High Line designed by Bjarke Ingels, soon to be home to the first US destination of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.
Rondinone, who has a home on the North Fork, is a mixed-media artist who has spent the last 25 years working in a diverse range of mediums, including painting, drawing, photography, video, installation, and sculpture. He has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at major institutions around the world, including the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
Guild Hall’s “Sunny Days” exhibit explores the sun as a motif and metaphor through paintings, sculptures, and a community art project with area school children.
Fashion designer Dennis Basso presented an exclusive fashion show to a sold-out crowd at the 6th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Ladies Luncheon that raised $40,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).
In its sixth year, the event has grown to become one of the must-attend spring charity events for New York City’s most fashionable and elegant philanthropists to raise money for groundbreaking cancer research. This year, the event featured Mr. Basso and drew more than 100 fans and customers of his sophisticated designs, some who wore their favorite Dennis Basso “couture” dresses.
For the second consecutive year, Susan Gutfreund hosted the event at her famed Fifth Avenue home. Before the fashion show commenced, master of ceremonies Don Lemon of CNN Tonight introduced both Dennis Basso and Dr. Samuel Waxman, founder and CEO of the SWCRF.
Mr. Basso spoke openheartedly about cancer and how as the world’s most devastating disease, no person is immune from its effects. “We all know someone, a family member, friend, co-worker who has been affected by cancer. We strive to continue the collaboration and shared mission in understanding how this disease works to further fund research for a cure. Remaining imbedded in such a prolific cause and is something that I am personally passionate about,” he said.
“Events like this support the SWCRF research that brings together a collaboration between some of the top scientists and physicians who probe the very nature of why cancer starts and how to treat it more effectively,” said Dr. Waxman. “As we are now discovering, cancer is a disease of aging, which means the longer we live, the greater chance we have of developing the disease. Since our children and grandchildren are projected to live longer, we are working to understand the links between aging and cancer and to learn how to prevent and treat cancer.”
Welcoming the guests and prior to the informal show, models were posed wearing select evening creations on the grand winding staircase. More than two-dozen fur creations were modeled live before the attending audience under which were couture gowns fashioned by Dennis Basso. The looks appealed to guests both young and old.
Notable guests included Dennis Basso, Don Lemon, Tim Malone, Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Maria Fishel, Susan Gutfreund, Erica Linden-Fineberg, William T. Sullivan, Dr. Young Chung, Randi Schatz, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Lucia Hwong, Jean Shafiroff, Jessica Muss, Gail Propp, Debra Zimbler Lorraine Malasky, Andrea Stark, Maria Elena Christensen, Carla Brancato, Antonella Bertello, Sandy Rosenthal, Suzanne Kremer, and Maribel Lieberman.
The event was hosted by the SWCRF Ladies Luncheon Committee chaired by Lauren Lawrence, Pamela Morgan, and Marion Waxman with Erica Linden-Fineberg as co-chair. Committee members are Karen Amster Young, Chris Arlotta, Sharon Bush, Maria Elena Christiansen, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Susan Gutfreund, Nurit Kahane Haase, Yaz Hernandez, Patricia Kluge, Jeanne Lawrence, Vanessa Noel, Patty Raynes, Nicole Salmasi, Barbara Tober, Andrea Wernick, and Marcy Whitman. Catering was provided by City-Chefs Catering and wine by Palm Bay International.
Photographs by Christine Butler (ASF); Samantha Nandez (MAS); Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com (Waxman).