On Monday, June 17th, the Frick hosted an intimate celebration to mark the naming of its Directorship in honor of Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen.
The evening began with cocktails and was followed by an elegant dinner in the Garden Court. Betty Eveillard, Chair of the Board of Trustees, began the remarks, and was followed by Ian Wardropper, now the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Director of the Frick. Ian spoke about his first meeting with the couple nearly 20 years ago (when he was the Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and how their relationship was sparked by it. He then spoke of meeting daughter Marina Kellen French, now a Directors Circle member of The Frick Collection, and a supporter of the recent Valadier exhibition.
He also spoke about the many ways the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen foundation has supported institutions in culture and medicine in New York and abroad, from MoMA to the Park Avenue Armory and the Met Opera, to bringing the Berlin Philharmonic to Carnegie Hall, as well as their support of the American Academy in Berlin. With that roster of esteemed organizations in mind, Ian shared how much of an honor it is to have his position named after Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen. He added, before making a toast, that Marina’s son Andrew Gundlach (who, with Marina played a key role in making this happen) was also present…and how wonderful it was to have him as well as his children — a fourth generation of the family — presented for this celebration.
Marina Kellen French then shared memories of the family’s connection to the institution, beginning with a fortuitous luncheon meeting decades ago with Helen Clay Chase, great-granddaughter of founder Henry Clay Frick. She warmly told a story of her first meeting in Paris with Ian, a rain storm, and wonderful dinner that followed, expressing appreciation for many ways he has enhanced the Frick’s decorative holdings over the years through acquisitions. She added, “My son Andrew and I thought that naming the Frick Directorship in honor of my parents is most appropriate because of the wonderful friendship they had with Ian and to celebrate the impact both he and in particular my Mother had in the field of European Decorative Arts and in particular by making the Decorative Arts more accessible to future generations.”
Among the guests: Vartan Gregorian, Dick Debs, Irene Aitken, Philippe de Montebello, Peter Marino, Betty and Jean Marie Eveillard , Stephen Lash, and Wolfram Koeppe.
On Wednesday, June 12th, 2019, Franck Laverdin, Chairman of the American Friends of Blérancourt (AFB), Pamela Johananoff, Board Member, and Matthew Adell hosted the summer kick-off party for their annual gala next November 8, 2019 in New York.
Pillars of AFB such as Susan Gutfreund, Mary McFadden and Sonja Tremont Morgan were thrilled to see new junior supporters of Anne Morgan’s incredible philanthropy and the Museum’s legacy.
It was the perfect occasion for the extended Blérancourt family to celebrate their friendship and prepare for their upcoming annual party. While looking over a spectacular midtown sunset, guests were conversing about the “Château de Blérancourt” and the “Anne Morgan Women of Courage” awards.
Created in 2018 to celebrate the centennial of the end of World War I, the “Anne Morgan Women of Courage” award honors women of exceptional talent and commitment to the empowerment of women throughout the world. Rita Wilson was named the first recipient to receive the award and she delivered a powerful speech on her mother and her exceptional courage.
The Museum of Blérancourt, located north of Paris, is the only museum of its kind and it celebrates the Franco-American relationship from the time of the American War of Independence, throughout World War I, World War II, and to the present day. It is housed in the chateau of the late Anne Morgan who donated her estate to the French Republic in 1931. It became the last of the 32 national museums of France.
The Arthritis Foundation New York City hosted the 2019 Women In Motion Awards Luncheon last week at The Pierre Hotel, honoring four outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business while balancing work, family, home and health.
Hosted by CBS2 News This Morning and CBS2 News at Noon anchor Mary Calvi, the event opened with an inspiring address by Swati Bhise, a renowned artist who discussed her personal experience with osteoarthritis.
Ann McNamara, Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy, Arthritis Foundation National Leadership team, brought greetings and New York City Leadership Board Chair Celia R. Clark, Esq. presided over the awards presentations. Wrapping up the luncheon, Board member and founding member of the NYC Young Professional Leadership Council Mallory Rosen described first-hand her experience with arthritis.
“I’m deeply indebted to our wonderful honorees, and I must also thank the Arthritis Foundation National, and the New York City Leadership Board for their support. We are extremely grateful for our 2019 Committee members and chair, Suzie Davidowitz and for each of our donors, sponsors and volunteers. We are very thankful for the attendance of Martine Denis, Regional Vice President, Northeast Region, and special thanks to our New York staff – Cindy Chan, Rainbow Doemel, Marisa Maltese, Donna Mangione, Antonio Quey-Lin, Diana Rosario, Laila Tai and Kelsey Torgerson,” said Senior Executive Director Teresa Gaudio.
For more information about Arthritis Foundation New York City, click here or call 929-303-7537.
Photographs by Christine Butler (Frick); Annie Watt (Blerancourt); Francisco Paulino (Arthritis Foundation).