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Honorees Amanda Eilian, Lisa Blau, Shantell Martin, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Dre Thomas at 92Y's annual Extraordinary Women Awards.

On Wednesday, November 13, 92Y held its annual Extraordinary Women Awards at the Pierre, celebrating exceptional women who have impacted the community through their leadership and contributions, galvanizing other women to join them. Over 500 attendees raised a record-breaking $600,000 which will support 92Y’s programs for women and girls at all stages of their lives.

The room and program.

This year’s honorees included Lisa Blau and Amanda Eilian, co-founders of _able Partners; artist Shantell Martin; Judy Glickman Lauder, photographer and philanthropist; and Dre Thomas, founder of Smile On Me, who received the community-nominated Impact Award for her work to educate and empower girls in low-income communities with hygiene supplies, leadership skills and tools for building self-esteem. Thomas was selected from over 150 nominees.

Panel discussion with host Emily Tisch Sussman and honorees Amanda Eilian, Lisa Blau, Shantell Martin, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Dre Thomas.
Emily Tisch Sussman, Amanda Eilian, Lisa Blau, and Shantell Martin.
Lisa Blau, Shantell Martin, Judy Glickman Lauder, and Dre Thomas.

Each honoree was chosen for her own unique accomplishments as a leader and embodies the diverse qualities and values that 92Y strives to achieve and celebrate.

The event was moderated by Emily Tisch Sussman, a progressive strategist, host of the podcast Your Primary Playlist, and frequent commentator on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. Capital One was Presenting Sponsor, and The Related Companies was the Lead Sponsor. Polly Klane, Capital One’s SVP and Chief Counsel, spoke at the event-their sponsorship comes from their diversity and inclusion fund.

Host Emily Tisch Sussman.
Co-chair Ali Winter.

The Co-Chairs of the 2019 EWAs were Carolyn & Laurence Belfer, Constance Littman, Meredith Milstein Polivy, Amy Rubin, Susan K. Stern, and Ali Winter. 

92Y is committed to being part of the conversation and solution toward empowering women and girls and fostering change.

92Y Board Chairman Laurence Belfer, Polly Klane (Capital One), Dre Thomas, and Emily Tisch Sussman.
Honorees Shantell Martin, Judy Glickman Lauder, Lisa Blau, and Amanda Eilian.
Elizabeth Sahlman, Hillary Koota, Stacey Locker, Claudia Morse, and Nancy Isen Roberts.
L. to r.: Co-Chair Laurence Belfer kissing Renee Belfer (his mom); Honoree Judy Glickman Lauder and granddaughter Bronte Kastenberg.
Nightingale Bamford students.
Capital One sponsors (back row, l. to r.): Linda Filardi, Elida Cruz, Polly Klane, Lucy Hutchinson, and Arianna Barry. Front row, l. to r.: Karen Park, Elena Lazarou, Niyati Shah, and Thanh Tam (“TT”) Nguyen Duc.
L. to r.: Meredith Milstein Polivy, honoree Shantell Martin, and Cheryl Milstein; Elena Kiam with a friend.
Amanda and Jonathan Eilian.
Capital One sponsors Arianna Barry, Linda Filardi, Polly Klane, Lucy Hutchinson, Elena Lazarou, and Niyati Shah.
Bonnie Lautenberg, Co-Chair Laurence Belfer, and Judy Glickman Lauder.
Melonie Benett and Judy Glickman Lauder.

On November 21, 2019 The American Hospital of Paris Foundation held a festive Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City benefiting the Hospital. The Gala honored Mr. Michel David-Weill, longtime supporter and Board member of the organization for his pivotal role in creating lasting relationships among American and French counterparts.

200 guests hailing from Houston, Palm Beach, New York and Paris enjoyed a lively cocktail hour followed by dinner, an award presentation and remarks, a performance by a violinist and a silent auction of luxury items.  Dinner Chairman Donna Chapman led the Foundation’s Gala with Co-Chair Kitty Resor benefiting the American Hospital of Paris.  The Hospital is a unique institution in France that has, for over a century, been the meeting ground for the shared collaboration of French and U.S. medical exchange, science and excellence.

Cocktails at the Metropolitan Club for The American Hospital of Paris Foundation’s annual Gala.

Guests included were leadership from the Hospital in France and the Foundation in the U.S. Donna and Max Chapman, Ambassador Howard & Gretchen Leach, Kitty & John Resor, Claude Wasserstein, Laura & Mark Yockey, Francine Le Frak andRick Friedberg, Sharon Jacquet, Marshall and Deborah Wais, John Crawford, Richard Chiu, Robert Sigal, Joan and Frank Ginsberg, Christiane and Jean Claude Gruffat. In addition, John and Margo Catsimatidis, Molly Crownover, Elizabeth Matthews, Edward and Rini Ziegler, Cyrus Vance, Jr., Anne-Claire Legendre, Consulat General of France, Denise LeFrak, Ray and Veronica Kelly, Susan Gutfreund and Linda Wachner were part of the evening’s festivities.

Donna Chapman welcomes guests.

“We are honored to recognize Mr. David-Weill, an extraordinarily respected and gracious man.  We are deeply appreciative of his involvement and generous support of the American Hospital of Paris for over 30 years,” Mrs. Chapman noted as part of her remarks and introduction before offering Mr. David-Weill with a stunning sculpture honoring his ongoing commitment to the Hospital.

Michel David-Weill, Donna Chapman, and Robert Sigal.
Michel David-Weill, Donna Chapman, and Marshall Wais.

The history of the Hospital as an American institution in France is unique. Thanks to its serving as a resource to French, American and international patients for over 100 years, to providing fundamental aid to France during the two World Wars, and to its role in bringing America and France together through the sharing of expertise and best practices, the American Hospital of Paris has become one of the world’s leading symbols of Franco-American friendship and cooperation.

The Hospital provides high-quality care for nearly all major medical specialties through its 350 physicians and its continuing efforts to offer patients the latest and most advanced medical and diagnostic equipment. Patients from over 110 countries have been treated over the years at the American Hospital of Paris, a testament to its commitment to offer maximum safety of care, which is exemplified by its accreditation by the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) and the U.S. Joint Commission.

Chloe Trevor, Aperio, Music of the Americas.

As a private, not-for-profit organization, the American Hospital of Paris receives no subsidies from the French or American governments, relying on revenues from operations and on the generosity of patients, donors and patrons in order.

For more information on the AHPF please visit

Francine LeFrak, Rick Friedberg, and Gretchen Leach.
L. to r.: Laura Yockey and Deborah Wais; Kitty Resor and Jerome Deana.
Max Chapman with Ginger and RJ Redican.
Edward Ziegler, Donna Chapman, and Rini Ziegler. The Zieglers made the special trip to celebrate and honor fellow Houstonian AHPF’s Chairman Donna Chapman.
Ambassador Howard Leach and Suzanne Hoyt.
Helene and Michel David-Weill, Donna Chapman, Anne Claire Legendre, and Molly Crownover.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) held its 22nd Anniversary of Collaborating for a Cure Gala. The event sold out in advance, with close to 1,000 guests. Honorees were Kobi Halperin, Valery Joseph, and Marc Taub, who received the SWCRF Collaborating for Cure awards. CBS 2’s Chris Wragge emceed the evening.

Chris Wragge came to the stage to introduce Dr. Waxman, SWCRF founder and CEO who thanked everyone for their continued support before introducing honoree Valery Joseph. Mr. Joseph received a standing ovation after recounting his late wife Revi Joseph’s battle with ovarian cancer, which had gone into remission after her initial treatment, only to recur two years later.

Chris Wragge, Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg, Kobi Halperin, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marc Taub, and Valery Joseph.

Mr. Halperin explained that both his mother and aunt are breast cancer survivors, and credited them in inspiring his interest in fashion. His father, a Holocaust survivor, and mother and other family members traveled from Israel for the SWCRF Gala. Mr. Taub was honored for both his philanthropy and leadership as a member of the SWCRF Board of Directors.

The Gala set a record of nearly $6 million, the most raised in the event’s history. Prior to the event, the Gladstein Family presented the SWCRF with a $1 million gift and a challenge to supporters to match their gift dollar-for-dollar. The generous gift will support the SWCRF Gladstein Bladder Cancer Research Program, and will fund in part, a research collaboration between the SWCRF and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Craig B. Thompson, president and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, made brief remarks as one of the Waxman Gala program presenters.

Craig B. Thompson and Dr. Samuel Waxman.

The evening’s live auction was led by Hugh Hildesley.

This year, the SWCRF has so far funded more than $2 million for a record of 50 scientists working collaboratively to research cancer. Guests at this year’s gala were treated to a special performance by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, who just released their fifth studio album and will finish a tour opening for legendary bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Who.

Jake Taub, Linda Taub, Sandy Taub, and Marc Taub.
L. to r.: Kobi Halperin, Marc Taub, and Valery Joseph; Maria and Bradley Fishel.
Kobi Halperin, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Michael Nierenberg, Marc Taub, Valery Joseph, and William T. Sullivan.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
L. to r.: Frank Dato, Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, and Marion Waxman; Elin and Michael Nierenberg.
Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman, and Michael Nierenberg.
Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan & Rob Rich (Waxman); Jay Ackerman (The American Hospital of Paris).

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