Hospital for Special Surgery, Lifeline, and Harlem School of the Arts

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Hospital for Special Surgery's Annual Autumn Benefit at Guastavino's.

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted its Annual Autumn Benefit on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Guastavino’s in Manhattan, raising over $1.1 million for medical education.

The event honored Mathias Bostrom, MD, with the Nancy Bischoff Mentor Award; Russell Warren, MD, with the Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, Teaching Award and Peter Sculco, MD, with the Richard S. Laskin, MD, Young Attending Award. Chaired by Barbara Albert, the dinner was attended by 450 guests.

Event chair Barbara Albert; Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; event co-chair Sandra Kozlowski; Louis A. Shapiro, CEO and president at HSS; and event co-chair Mary Lee Shapiro
Honorees of the night: Peter Sculco, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS; Russell Warren, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS; and Mathias Bostrom, MD, chief of the Hip Service at HSS
Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, president and founder of FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine) and wife Hilda. Dr. Boachie-Adjei, chief emeritus of the Scoliosis Service at HSS
HSS sports medicine surgeons Jo Hannafin, MD, and Russell Warren, MD, with Bryan Kelly, MD, chief of HSS Sports Medicine
Linda Russell, rheumatologist at HSS, and Carl Triscari
Event chair Barbara Albert (center) with co-chairs Sandra L. Kozlowski and Mary Lee Shapiro
Robert K. Steel, co-chair of HSS Board of Trustees and former Deputy Mayor of NYC for Economic Development, with Kathy Leventhal and Connie Anne Phillips
Renee Flug and Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS
L to R.: John Lyden, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at HSS, and wife Carol; Bryan Kelly, MD, chief of HSS Sports Medicine, with wife Lois
Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS; Thomas Lister; Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; and Robert K. Steel
Thomas Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS, with wife Cynthia and son Peter who was one of the night’s honorees
Jo Hannafin, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, with husband John Brisson
Event honoree Peter Sculco, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS, with father Thomas Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS, and Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS
Event honoree Peter Sculco, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS (center) with brother-in-law Trevor Gibbons and sister Sarah Jane
L to R.: Han Jo Kim, MD, spine surgeon at HSS, with wife Regina; HSS sports medicine surgeon Samuel Taylor, MD, with wife Jennifer
Miriam Widmann and husband Roger Widmann, MD, chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at HSS, with Robert Yaffa
Davena Levine, and David S. Levine, MD, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, with Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS
Russell Warren, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS; Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD, president and founder of FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine); and Gregory Liguori, anesthesiologist-in-chief at HSS
L to R.: Todd Albert, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, with wife Barbara, chair of the event; Carol Lyden with Mary Lee Shapiro, event co-chair
Event chair Barbara Albert
Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO at HSS; Han Jo Kim, MD, spine surgeon at HSS; and Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD
Robert Yaffa and Connie Anne Phillips, both members of the HSS Board of Advisors
Matthew Roberts, MD, chief of the Foot and Ankle service at HSS, and wife Ann; with Karen Su, MD, and Edwin Su, MD, hip and knee surgeon at HSS
Thomas Sculco, MD, surgeon-in-chief emeritus, with Seymour and Renee Flug, and the Honorable Joyce Sparrow
Seymour and Renee Flug

In the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, Lifeline Humanitarian Organization hosted their Annual Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, October 18th at The Liederkranz Foundation.

The afternoon opened with David Hyrck (chairman) welcoming the guests and introducing Prince Alexander.

Princess Katherine of Serbia, Prince Alexander of Serbia, Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, Michael Weatherly, and Cheri Kaufman

“What energy in this room!” exclaimed board member and Vice President Cheri Kaufman, a host of the event. Kaufman introduced board member, Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly who received the Lifeline Humanitarian Award for the vital role she played in securing new equipment for the obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Belgrade. “She has been constantly making efforts to help Serbia, together with her actor husband Michael Weatherly, star of the CBS series ‘Bull’ who has joined her today”, Cheri continued.

“We live in a world where there’s money for war, but there’s no money for peace,” said HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia. “We can only give what you give us. We can only do what you have given us an opportunity to do. Today, each one of you is saving a life in a country.”

Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly

Lifeline’s board of directors includes David Hryck (chairman), Susan Gutfreund (vice president), Cheri Kaufman (vice president), Kyle Wool, Slobodan Bekvalac, Dragana Djuknic, Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, and Peter Pizzino.

Highlights of the afternoon included a performance by internationally renowned Serbian baritone, Dimitrie Lazich. Among the guests were Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Jerry Hall, Katherine Embericos LeFrak, Marina Pellecchi, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Dr. Karen Goulandris Burke, Soo Yu, Bill Sclight, and Karen Klopp.

Cheri Kaufman, Dr. Bojana Jankovic Weatherly, and Prince Alexander of Serbia
Alexander de Vogue, Susan Guttfreund, Ada de Maurier, and Carl Bolch
Bill Sclight and David Hryck
Cheri Kaufman and Jerry Hall
Gabi Garzoni, David Hyrck, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Karen Burke, Katherine Embiricos LeFrak, and Cheri Kaufman
Kyle Wool and Charlie Jia
Prince Alexander of Serbia and Princess Katherine of Serbia
Princess Katherine of Serbia and Branko Terzic
Shari Reimer, Anthony Hayes, and Su Yoo

On October 22nd at The Plaza Hotel, this year’s Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Masquerade Ball and After Party, an annual benefit gala in support of the 54-year-old arts organization, surpassed expectations once again by raising over a million dollars for the second year in a row. The event was held and was hosted by Fox 5’s very own Lori Stokes who shared the podium with co-host 9-year-old Jayden Hairston, one of HSA’s outstanding student ambassadors.

The gala, which has become the organization’s main fundraising event, helps maintain the level and quality of programs the organization can develop and offer. Additionally, these funds ensure that students who need financial support to continue their training, can count on it.

HSA President Eric Pryor with board members Janice Savin Williams, Jacqueline Nickelberry, Charles Hamilton, Jr., and Michelle Fizer Peterson

Guests attending the event were treated to spectacular performances by some of the school’s most impressively talented and gifted young music, voice and dance students, throughout the night. The evening opened with the HSA All-Stars and the Maynor Singers, taking on the Bill Withers classic, Lovely Day, under the direction of Yolanda Wyns, HSA’s music director. HSA’s dance ensemble under the direction of dance director, Aubrey Lynch, took the stage with two original dance pieces, choreographed by Leyland Simmons, a teacher at the school, titled “In Search of our Mother’s Gardens” and “Four Women.”

As in previous years, this was a night to honor and celebrate individuals who represent excellence in the arts and education communities. Actor Liev Schreiber, who recently paid a visit to the school and was thoroughly impressed with what he saw, was this year’s recipient of the Visionary Artist Award. In his speech, he talked about growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, about his mother a taxi driver who had to file for food stamps on occasion, but who “understood implicitly, that the arts belong to everyone… and that no child should be deprived of their power simply because they were born into the wrong economic conditions.” Exactly the reason Dorothy Maynor, internationally acclaimed concert soprano, founded HSA at a time when the community was in desperate need of such a place.

L to R.: Radmila Lolly; Eric Pryor and Janice Savin Williams with winner Visionary Artist Award, Liev Schreiber

The Visionary Lineage Award was given posthumously, to the late fashion icon, Amsale Aberra, who passed away in April of 2018, and to her daughter singer/songwriter, Rachel Brown. Amsale’s husband Neil Brown accepted the award on her behalf and was visibly moved by the honor, by his daughter’s tribute to her mother, and by the evening and all it represented.

Two exceptional educators, former model Rashid Silvera, a Harvard Graduate with a master’s in education, who taught social studies at Scarsdale High School until his retirement in 2017; and Tsyala Khudad-Zade, known to her students as Miss Delilah, an immigrant, from the former Russian state of Georgia, who has been teaching piano at the school for almost 40 years, were both recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award.

L to R.: Moana Luu; Neil Brown with the evening’s co-hosts Fox 5’s Lori Stokes and HSA student ambassador, Jayden Hairston

This year’s live auction did not disappoint and was once again a highlight of the evening. Among the items featured — lunch with Caleb McLaughlin, a hot item for the younger set; a visit with Liev Schreiber on the set of Ray Donovan, season 7; as well as a vacation at renowned author Ian Fleming’s former island retreat, Golden Eye.

The festivities spilt over to the After Party, held in The Plaza’s Terrace Room, with guests donning colorful masks and reveling to the monster mix and spin skills of DJ D-Nice until the witching hour.

To learn more about the Harlem School of the Arts, please visit

L to R.: Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault; Karla Otis with Harlem School of the Arts Honoree, Rashid Silvera
L to R.: Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation with Mort Gleberman; Actor Harry Lennix from the Blacklist with wife Djena
Jonelle Procope, President & CEO Apollo Theater, Alicia Bythewood, and Nina Wells
L to R.: HSA Alumna, We McDonald finalist on The Voice with Founder & CEO Williams Capital, Chris Williams; Rachel Brown pays tribute to her late mother Amsale Aberra

Photographs by Paul Bruinooge/PMC (Lifeline)

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