In the Holiday Spirit

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019. More rain in New York yesterday, sometimes heavy, and through the night, with temps in the mid to high 50s. Then turning colder into the night. 

Last night was the Animal Medical Center’s annual “Top Dog Gala” at Cipriani 42nd Street. They honored Dylan Lauren, known to many as “The Candy Queen” and also a major supporter of animal  programs and animal-welfare organizations ending animal cruelty. The “Gala” is always a major attraction on New York social calendars. The Animal Medical Center is now on a fund-raising campaign to expand their facilities here in New York.

AMC Top Dog gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Dylan with her rescue dog, Jersey, abandoned and rescued from a horrible fate and the inspiration behind the mission of her Dylan’s Candy BarN — to “make the world a sweeter place for animals.”
Dylan’s Candy dog made of Hershey’s Kisses.

The holiday spirit has come to town. JH took a brief tour of it in his nabe on the Upper East Side  …

Around the town. 

The Asian Cultural Council’s global community of supporters, grantees, and friends gathered recently to benefit the ACC Program, which makes grants to support international travel and cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S. and among the countries of Asia.

At this event, five decades of ACC grantees joined Executive Director Miho Walsh, representing a diverse, international family strengthened by human connection, cultural understanding, and mutual respect.

They honored philanthropist Elizabeth J. McCormack (ACC Chairman Emeritus) with the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Award; and internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985) with the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award.

Honoree Elizabeth J. McCormack with ACC Life Trustee Richard S. Lanier, Mary Lanier, Honorary Committee member and ACC Trustee Josie Cruz Natori, and ACC Trustees Hans Michael Jebsen and Ernest Escaler.
ACC Trustees Janet Nathanail, Hans Michael Jebsen, Ernest Escaler, Valerie Rockefeller, Julie Kohn, Gala Chair Mercedes Zobel, Michael Sovern (Life Trustee), Gala Chair Wendy O’Neill, Ruby Shang, Jonathan Fanton, Kazuko Aso, Missie Rennie, Executive Director Miho Walsh, and Life Trustee Bill Spears.

Ms. McCormack, who is in her 96th year, is a remarkable humanitarian in her own right. A New York native, She served as a member of the Society for the Sacred Heart (a nun, for the unfamiliar) for thirty years, and was President of Manhattanville College. 

She left the sisterhood to head the Rockefeller Family Philanthropic Office. Her years of experience in service as a nun, combined with her administrative and fundraising strengths as head of a college made her the ideal choice to run the charitable wing of the wealthiest family in history. 

In addition to advising the Rockefellers and their many heirs on their giving responsibilities she would engage across the philanthropic spectrum. She chaired the Partnership for Palliative Care; served as a director of the Atlantic Philanthropies; was a trustee at Juilliard School of Music. More recently, she was a featured guest on Season Sh3 of Open Door Philanthropy – a season of philanthropy interviews featuring woman-identified philanthropists.

Honoree Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985), Honorary Committee members Cai Guo-Qiang (ACC 1995, 2006) and Donna Karan, and Dan Isomura (ACC 2019).

At the ACC evening, she spoke of the pivotal moments in ACC’s history, as well as her long standing friendship with the first ACC Chairman, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller, and the indelible impact of her travels in Japan. She announced to the applause of the audience that at age 96, her great wish was to return to Japan, a country and community that had shown her incredible kindness.

ACC’s founder John D. Rockefeller 3rd believed that immersive experiences outside one’s home country not only enable greater understanding of another culture, but also provide the opportunity to learn about one’s own. 

Honoree Kengo Kuma spoke to this concept in regards to his 1985 ACC Fellowship as a visiting scholar at Columbia University. During that time, he was not only able to meet architects and designers introduced by ACC, but also developed a deeper appreciation of his own culture.

Featured Artists Basil Twist, Chen Yu-An, Yoko Reikano Kimura, Dex Fernandez, Jennifer Wen Ma.

The theme of community resonated throughout the night, starting with Chen Yu-An’s (ACC 2017) Taiwanese opera performance “Happiness for an Extending Family.” Jennifer Wen Ma (ACC 2006, 2015) led gala attendees through an interactive performance utilizing sound-generated visual projections, channeling the audience’s collective voice to convey the impact of individuals coming together through art. Fourth-generation puppeteer Basil Twist (ACC 2004, 2014) wove smoothly through the audience, bringing his mesmerizing puppetry from the stage to the tables in an intimately scaled performance.

From their active and visionary board, to their brilliant grantees, and generous donors, the ACC members are enabled to uphold the mission of advancing international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange. 

Back row: Eric Schorr (ACC 2005), Alice Reyes (ACC 1969), Issui Minegishi (ACC 2009, 2012), Basil Twist (ACC 2003, 2014), Cai Guo-Qiang (ACC 1995, 2006), Kengo Kuma (ACC 1985), Ruby Shang (ACC 1984), Sangmin Chae (ACC 2018); Middle row: Madge Reyes (ACC 2018), Joselina Cruz (ACC 2018), Dan Isomura (ACC 2019), Chen Yu-An (ACC 2017), Dex Fernandez (ACC 2014), ACC Executive Director Miho Walsh, Jennifer Wen Ma (ACC 2006, 2015); Front row: Suguru Yamamoto (ACC 2018), Michiko Tsuda (ACC 2018), Su Huang-Sheng (ACC 2019), Morgan Wong (ACC 2018), Tong Shanshan (ACC 2018), Joned Suryatmoko (ACC 2016, 2018), Utsa Hazarika (ACC 2017, 2018).

Last Thursday, the New York Botanical Garden hosted a luncheon at La Grenouille in anticipation of their annual Spring Gala which will be held on May 12th in the New Year and will celebrate the opening of KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature. Guests will enjoy cocktails in the Garden surrounded by by specially commissioned Kusama pieces.

Lunch at La Grenouille to celebrate the NYBG.

Maureen Chilton will serve as the Honorary Chair of the Gala. Gala Chairs include Janet Montag, Marc Porter, Deborah Royce, Mish Tworkowski, Georgina Bloomberg, Lili Buffett and Ariana Rockefeller, several of whom attended the luncheon.

Deborah Royce and Janet Ross.
Lili Buffett and Georgina Bloomberg.
Ashley McDermott.
Carrie Rebora Barratt.

Meanwhile, thinking of the season and Santa Claus coming to town, tomorrow, December 12th, over at Doyle at 175 East 87th Street (between Lex and Third), the Mollie Brewster Broussard Collection of exceptional jewelry and colorful accessories are being auctioned. 

Mrs. Broussard is remembered with affection and admiration to many lawyers, doctors, professors, politicians and authors for having taught Speech as well as coaching students for public speaking competitions in Oklahoma and Texas before moving to New York in 1962 to teach at Hunter College.

Lot 491
Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Lioness Bangle Bracelet, David Webb
18 kt., the stylized lioness gripping its tail with a bombé ring, pavé-set with 196 round diamonds ap. 9.25 cts., with collar of 26 round rubies ap. 4.85 cts., capped by one oval cabochon ruby, with 2 round cabochon emerald eyes, signed Webb, ap. 73.3 dwts. Inner cir. 5 7/8 inches.
Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

In 1968 Mollie married Thomas Broussard and moved to Los Angeles where her husband served as General Counsel for Technicolor, before finally returning to New York. Mollie’s collection was presented to her over the years by her husband over 51 years of birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.

Highlights of the collection feature more than 70  signature designs by David Webb and such prestigious firms as Bulgari, Cartier, Schlumbrerger, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels. Fabulous is the operative word for all of it. See for yourself!

Lot 485
Gold and Cabochon Emerald Leopard Cuff Bangle Bracelet, David Webb
18 kt., the wide cuff centering a sprawled leopard with polished clover-shaped spots & 2 pear-shaped cabochon emerald eyes, signed Webb, ap. 67.3 dwts. Inner cir. 6 inches, open back.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000

Left: Lot 459
Two-Color Gold, Diamond, Carved Coral and White Enamel Bird Clip-Brooch
18 kt. yellow & white gold, 26 round diamonds & one round diamond eye ap. .55 ct., with maker’s mark, ap. 22 dwts.
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500
Right: Lot 454
Gold, Amber, Enamel, Diamond and Cabochon Ruby Toucan Clip-Brooch, Boucheron, Paris
18 kt., the perched toucan with amber beak & blue enamel belly, small single-cut diamonds, one round cabochon ruby eye, signed Boucheron, Paris, no. 15.090, with maker’s marks & French assay marks, ap. 10 dwts.
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

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