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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.HSAnyc.org.
Photographs by Paul Bruinooge/PMC (Lifeline)