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Ferdinand von Strantz,VPO Chairman Daniel Froschauer, VP Society Chairman Marife Hernandez, VPO General Manager Michael Bladerer, VP Society Board Members Theodora Simons, Sedge Ward, Elizabeth Ingleby, John Hargraves, and Max Jahn at a black-tie concert and dinner to benefit the Vienna Philharmonic Society.

On Thursday, March 14th at Cipriani 42nd Street, the second annual ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala was held benefitting ADAPT Community Network, which provides programs and services for children and adults living with disabilities throughout New York City.

This year’s ADAPT Leadership Award honorees were: David Muir, Anchor and Managing Editor of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir and Co‐Anchor ofABC’s 20/20; Tamron Hall , Journalist, TV host, and philanthropist; John and Mark X. Cronin, Founders of John’s Crazy Socks; Peter M. Meyer, Market President New York City for TD Bank; and Actor Tony Danza, who was presented with the Hausman Humanitarian Award recognizing exceptional humanitarian contributions that give back to the community.

Cara Buono was the event’s host. Honorary Gala Chairs were Al Roker and Deborah Roberts. Honorary Gala Co‐Chairs were Susan Lucci, Tamsen Fadal and Mike Woods. Gala Co‐Chairs were Edward R. Matthews, Marty & Helaine Hausman, Marissa Shorenstein and Alan Zack.

Gala host Cara Buono

Al Roker presented the first award of the evening to Tamron HallDeborah Roberts presented the award to David MuirBlue Bloods star Abigail Hawkpresented to Peter M. MeyerTamsen Fadal presented to John and Mark Cronin. Susan Lucci and James Hausman presented the final award of the evening to Tony DanzaEdward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network and Gala Co-Chair, and Tamsen Fadal, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of ADAPT and Gala Co-Chair, gave closing remarks.

VIPS in attendance included: Craig Melvin, Lindsay Czarniak, Amy Robach, Andrew Shue, Scott Stanford, Marty and Helaine Hausman, James Hausman, Alan Zack, Mr. G., Kori Chambers, John Muller, Kerry Delaney, Susan Constantino, Andy Adler, Mark Senders, Javier Gomez, Camilla Barungi, Lori Sokol, Patrick Hazlewood and Lauren LoGiudice.

David Muir accepts the ADAPT Leadership Award
Gala Chair Deborah Roberts

Adapt Leadership Awards Gala Sponsors included: PILOT RB, Alliance Brokerage Corp., Colliers International, TD Bank, Bella Bus Company, Edward R. Matthews, Home Clean Home, PC Connection, Precision LTC Pharmacy, Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP, Signature Construction Group, TGI Office Automation, Weeks Lerman Group, The Weiss Group, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts, Brothers Construction, D&J Transportation, The Execu|Search Group, GNET Construction Corp., MediSked, Stop Pest of NYC, United Health Care, and WPIX. The artwork displayed at the gala was created by the persons supported in ADAPT Day Habilitation programs. This year’s gala featured a special performance by the New York City’s Police Athletic League’s Cops & Kids Chorus.

Gala Chair Deborah Roberts and honoree David Muir
Gala Host Cara Buono with honorees John and Mark Cronin
Tamron Hall and Al Roker

ADAPT Community Network (formerly United Cerebral Palsy of New York City) is the leading human service not‐for‐profit and a pioneer in providing cutting‐edge programs and services for people with disabilities. Every day, we build a more inclusive world for thousands of New Yorkers through education, technology, health, residential, and recreational programs in all five boroughs. Our schools and services encompass many people who have challenges beyond cerebral palsy such as autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and neuromuscular disorders, among others. We are the largest provider of pre‐school education for children with disabilities in New York. ADAPT’s 100 comprehensive programs serve over 18,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

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James Hausman, Tony Danza, and Susan Lucci
Helaine Hausman, Martin Hausman, and Susan Strauss
L to R.: Peter Meyer and Denise Arbesu; Lindsay Czarniak and Craig Melvin
Al Roker, Deborah Roberts, Tony Danza, Tamron Hall, David Muir, and Susan Lucci
L to R.: Peter Meyer and Abigail Hawk; Gala Chair Al Roker and honoree Tony Danza
ADAPT Leadership Award Honorees Tony Danza with Tamron Hall and David Muir
L to R.: Gala Co-Chair Tamsen Fadal; Gala Co-Chair Mike Woods
Bryan Spies, Abigail Hawk, and Edward R. Matthews
Amy Robach and Andrew Shue
Christopher Masi and Kerry Delaney

Also on Thursday, March 14th, More than 550 leaders from the worlds of business, philanthropy, technology, art, and academia attended the Institute for Advanced Study’s (IAS) inaugural IAS Einstein Gala honoring trailblazing mathematician, investor, and philanthropist Jim Simons, at Pier Sixty. A former Member in the IAS School of Mathematics, founder of Renaissance Technologies, and Chair of the Simons Foundation, Simons was recognized with the IAS Bamberger Medal for his extraordinary service on the Institute’s Board of Trustees, his visionary support of the Institute’s mission, and his deep awareness of the essential need for basic research across the sciences and humanities.

Notable guests in attendance included Ellen Futter, Vartan Gregorian, Jeff Koons, Eric Schmidt, Diana Taylor, James and Merryl Tisch, and Sir James and Elaine Wolfensohn. The program for the evening featured an interview with Simons by Master of Ceremonies and IAS Trustee David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group and host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS; a musical performance by cellist Zoë Keating curated by IAS Artist-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang; and “Einstein’s Dream,” a multimedia presentation by Robbert Dijkgraaf, IAS Director and Leon Levy Professor.

David Rubenstein and Jim Simons

“The IAS Gala––named after Einstein, who was among the Institute’s first faculty, and honoring me––was the best event of this sort I have ever seen. The program was spectacular with all 550 guests continually enjoying themselves,” said Simons. “It lasted an hour longer than is normal for such mid-week events, but no one seemed in any hurry to leave. Best of all IAS raised twice as much money as they had originally expected!”

The event raised $3.5 million to support basic research at the Institute­­ where scientists and scholars are given the time, space, and independence to pursue field-leading research that provides long-term utility and new technologies, innovation, and understanding.

“The success of the inaugural IAS Einstein Gala is a testimony to Jim and Marilyn Simons and it also reflects the greater public awareness of the Institute and the importance of its mission to provide an ideal work environment to top scholars in mathematics, natural sciences, history, and the social sciences,” said Charles Simonyi of Microsoft and current IAS Board Chair. “It’s been a privilege to work with Jim on the Board and to learn from his vast experience and his august example.”

Charles Simonyi, Jim Simons, and Robbert Dijkgraaf

The event took place on the 140th birthday of Albert Einstein, who was a founding Professor of IAS, arriving in 1933 and working at the Institute until his death in 1955. Simons was the first recipient of the IAS Bamberger Medal, named in honor of Louis Bamberger and Caroline Bamberger Fuld, the brother-and-sister philanthropists who provided the founding $5 million gift to establish IAS as envisioned by the education reformer Abraham Flexner, the Institute’s founding Director. Serving as Honorary Chairs of the IAS Einstein Gala were Charles Simonyi and Sir James Wolfensohn, former World Bank President, Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, and IAS Board Chair Emeritus.

Robbert Dijkgraaf, Charles Simonyi, Sir James Wolfensohn, Jim Simons, and David Rubenstein

The Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. The Institute exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities—the original, often speculative thinking that produces advances in knowledge that change the way we understand the world. Work at the Institute takes place in four Schools: Historical Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Science. It provides for the mentoring of scholars by a permanent Faculty, and it ensures the freedom to undertake research that will make significant contributions in any of the broad range of fields in the sciences and humanities studied at the Institute.

The Institute, founded in 1930, is a private, independent academic institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. Its more than 8,000 former Members have held positions of intellectual and scientific leadership throughout the academic world. Thirty-three Nobel Laureates, 42 out of 60 Fields Medalists, and 17 of the 19 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many winners of the Wolf and MacArthur prizes, have been affiliated with the Institute.

Pia de Jong and Neil Chriss
Congressman Rush Holt, Robbert Dijkgraaf, and Vartan Gregorian
L to R.: Marilyn Simons and Jim Simons; Richard Garriott de Cayeux, Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, and Gabriel Erem
Freeman Dyson, Imme Dyson, and Adam Falk
L to R.: Annette Nazareth and Roger Ferguson; Elizabeth and Aristides Georgantas
Larry Gagosian
Nancy Peretsman and Ellen Futter
Leo Guthart, Kate Medina Guthart, and Robbert Dijkgraaf
L to R.: Byron Wien and Senator George Mitchell; David Rubenstein and Claude Wasserstein
Helmut Hofer, Luisa Fernholz, Robert Fernholz, Avi Wigderson, and John Overdeck
Elaine Wolfensohn, Pia de Jong, and Afsaneh Beschloss
Edward Witten, Helmut Hofer, Jim Simons, David Eisenbud, and Avi Wigderson
David Lang, Vartan Gregorian, Robbert Dijkgraaf
Freeman Dyson, Imme Dyson, and Esther Dyson
Sandeep Dadlani, Rohan Murty, and Arjun Narayan
L to R.: Diana Taylor and Eric Schmidt; John Overdeck and Akshay Venkatesh
Jim Simons, Rebecca Moss, and Sam Wang
Eric Schmidt, Christine Reif, and Rafael Reif
Dimitra Tsachrelia, Joseph Schein, Robbert Dijkgraaf, Vartan Gregorian, and Pia de Jong

A few weeks ago at a private club here in Manhattan, The Vienna Philharmonic Society celebrated with a black-tie concert and dinner. Limited to just 150 guests, it was arguably the most elegant event of the current social season, and under distinguished patronage including H.E. Wolfgang Waldner, Ambassador of Austria to the United States and Mrs. Gudrun Faudon-Waldner; H.E. Jan Kickert, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations and Mrs. Latica Tomasic-Kickert; and H.E. Dr. Helmut Boeck, Consul General of Austria to New York and Mrs. Barbara Boehm-Boeck.

Arriving promptly for cocktails every guest was greeted by name by the chairman, Marifé Hernández, and her husband, Joel Bell.  After just 45 minutes the concert began. Marifé’s introduction of the Orchestra made special thanks to all assembled, especially to her Board.  Because of their generosity, The Vienna Philharmonic Society is now a founding donor of the newly created Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Academy in Vienna, committed to training a new generation of classical musicians.  The Society’s participation ensures that a place would be held each year at The Academy for a gifted American student.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble playing Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

The performance was Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36; one of the master’s most demanding works, and one close to the composer’s heart as it conceals a reference to Agathe von Siebold (with whom he was infatuated) in the first movement. This was followed by a rousing encore, reminiscent of old Vienna. After thunderous applause, the patrons moved to a magnificent dinner of Quenelle de Brochet, Pan Seared Medallions of Veal in Brandied Morel Sauce served with Bundles of Baby Asparagus and Polenta, and Chocolate Soufflé with Vanilla Gelato. The music, the flowers, the red calligraphy place cards and menu cards — old world perfection.

Marife Hernandez and Max Jahn

Guests included Ambassador Ping Huang, Chinese Consul General to New York, and his wife Mrs. Lilly Zhang, Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Japanese Consul General to New York, Ambassador and Mrs. Andrew Jacovides, Ambassador Donald Blinken, Carnegie Hall Director Clive Gillinson and his wife Anya Gillinson, Arianne Batterberry, Tony Bechara, Bill Bernhard, Giancarla and Luciano Berti, Noreen Buckfire, John Dobkin, Noel Lateef, Pia Lindstrom, William Nitze, Cynthia Polsky, Daisy Soros,  Helene and Hugh Tilney, Barbara and Donald Tober, Svetlana and Herbert Wachtel and Michael Tilson Thomas, who conducted two of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall.

The Vienna Philharmonic Society, founded in 2016, supports and celebrates the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Through a variety of educational programs with their partner, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, including Master Classes for advanced students and music events for children in the community, the Vienna Philharmonic Society helps the Orchestra expand its contribution to the cultural life of New York and cities throughout our country.


Svetlana Wachtell and Marife Hernandez
Alan Reifenberg and Emma Clarke with Caroline and Max Jahn
Michael Haider, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Joanna Fisher, and Yoko Nakamura
Theodora Simons
Max Jahn and Cynthia Sculco
Latifa Kosta and Joel Bell
Hugh Tilney and John Ingleby
Daniel Rothschild
Cynthia Sculco, Elizabeth Ingleby, and Mattias Ederer
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Carnegie Hall Director Clive Gillinson and his wife Anya Gillinson
Ambassador Ping Huang, Chinese Consul General to New York, and his wife Mrs. Lilly Zhang, and Austrian Ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Waldner
Ambassador Ping Huang, Chinese Consul General to New York and his wife, and Madame Lilly Zhang
Ambassador Andrew Jacovides, Ambassador Kanji Yamanouchi, Japanese Consul General to New York, and Mrs. Pamela Jacovides

Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images (Einstein); Mike Coppola and Cindy Ord/Getty (ADAPT)

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