A kick-off Cocktail Party on the evening of Friday, November 29, welcomed in the highly anticipated East Hampton House & Garden Tour benefitting the East Hampton Historical Society. This annual event, now in its 35th year, was held at the historic Maidstone Club, ringing in the East End holiday season in style!
The Cocktail Party was well attended by history buffs, local dignitaries, architects, interior designers, home enthusiasts, and design aficionados. Distinguished guests included Media Sponsor HC&G’s Kendell Cronstrom, Alejandro Saralegui, and Pamela Eldridge, Alan Patricof, Architect Nick Martin, Interior Designers Barbara Ostrom, Scott Sanders and Marshall Watson, Photographer Susan Wood Richardson, Curt and Angel Schade, and East Hampton Historical Society Board of Trustees members, including President Michael Clifford, Vice President Mary Busch, Arthur (Tiger) Graham, James Blauvelt, and Dale Ellen Leff.
The following day, the East Hampton Historical Society hosted the 2019 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of architecture in the Hamptons. From Sea to Bay and South-of-the-Highway, this year’s tour – comprising five noteworthy homes & gardens – offered a one-time-only glimpse inside some of East Hampton’s most storied residences. With over 600 attendees, the East Hampton House & Garden Tour enjoyed the biggest attendance in their 35 year history.
“The House & Garden Tour is one of our most important fundraisers,” said Event Chairman Joseph Aversano, “and all proceeds will support the East Hampton Historical Society’s museums and programs.”
Last month, Asia Society honored an all-women slate of trailblazers at its annual Asia Game Changer Awards, raising over $1.3 million.
The dinner was chaired by Betsy Cohen and Lulu Wang and hosted by co-anchor, ABC News “Nightline,” Juju Chang with special performances by Kaoru Watanabe, Kazunori Kumagai and Sunny Jain’s Addition. Special presenters included CEO of Citi Private Bank North America, Ida Liu, former PepsiCo Chairman & CEO, Indra Nooyi and 2-time Olympic Bronze Medalists, Alex & Maia Shibutani.
Asia Society’s 2019 honorees included Japan’s Yuriko Koike, the first female defense minister and first female governor of Tokyo; Chhaya Sharma, who transformed police work and the roles of policewomen in India and inspired the Netflix Documentary, “Delhi Crime”; China’s Jane Jie Sun, the dynamic and trailblazing leader of Ctrip; Faiza Saeed, the 16th – and first woman – presiding partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Pakistani champion cricket player, Sana Mir; Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi of the United Arab Emirates, a pioneer in the global art world who has tirelessly promoted greater cultural understanding and exchange in the Middle East and beyond; and the Kung Fun Nuns of India and Nepal, who have harnessed their mastery of martial arts to smash patriarchal structures and empower girls and young women, in the Himalayas and beyond.
Each guest received a special gift from Tiffany. Travel and hotel accommodations for the honorees were provided by United and Lotte Palace.
On Thursday, November 14th, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) held its 2019 Benefit, themed “We Care Across New York” at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The gathering celebrated the organization’s legacy of service across NYC and raised a record-breaking $1.6M for VNSNY’s community and charitable care programs. Susan Fales-Hill, author, producer and head writer for the TV series A Different World served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening which had more than 600 guests in attendance.
Dr. Andrew Schiff, Chair of the VNSNY Board of Directors and a Board member for 23 years, welcomed guests to the Ziegfeld Ballroom, noting the pride he feels that his “great-great-grandfather Jacob Schiff, believed in VNSNY’s founder Lillian Wald and her vision for public health, and helped lay the philanthropic groundwork for her to deliver on the mission to care for the most vulnerable.” Emphasizing the responsibility he now feels to find new ways of forwarding that mission to deliver the care needed by so many, Dr. Schiff announced that the evening had already secured its place as “the greatest fundraising event in the history of VNSNY.”
VNSNY President and CEO Marki Flannery spoke of VNSNY’s 126-year commitment to New Yorkers and congratulated everyone for their support in making the evening a success. Funds raised are “critical to our ability to care for the most vulnerable in New York,” Ms. Flannery said. “VNSNY is a true safety net, providing vital care to people who don’t have health insurance at all, and there are many uninsured people living in New York. We provide essential services to New Yorkers who wouldn’t otherwise get them. These wide-ranging programs improve the lives of tens of thousands of New Yorkers, old and young.”
Steven M. Durels, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing and Real Property at SL Green Realty Corp., was honored with the Lillian D. Wald Award for his significant contributions to the health and welfare of others. As he accepted the prestigious award, Mr. Durels spoke about the compassionate care that he has seen VNSNY deliver, noting how “important Visiting Nurse Service of New York is to our community. The breadth of the organization’s programs and diversity of its services provide support and aid to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. That support should never be taken for granted.”
Public health pioneer and founder of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), Lillian Wald, for whom the evening’s award of honor is named, first provided charitable care for a mother and her baby on the Lower East Side of Manhattan—a prelude to the work on thousands of VNSNY visiting homecare nurses, home health aides, physical therapists and other clinicians who have followed in Wald’s caring footsteps for more than 125 years.
Proceeds from the event support VNSNY’s community and charitable care programs, which each year provide direct care and specialized support services to thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers, children and families, making VNSNY one of the largest and most innovative providers of home- and community-based services in the New York metropolitan area and in the United States. Donations provide support for many services, including home health care for children from infancy to adults over 100 years of age, end-of-life hospice care and support programs for first-time, low-income mothers, fathers and their babies.
Photographs by Richard Lewin (EHHS)