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Elizabeth Monaco and Neil M. McCarthy hosted 150 guests in support of the Animal Medical Center, who is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year.

Last week at Hearst Tower, LongHouse Reserve’s annual Winter Benefit honored Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design, and Joseph Walsh, master furniture artist. Both were chosen by Longhouse founder Jack Lenor Larsen. Sherri Donghia, Lee Skolnick, and Michael Lewis were the evening’s honorary chairs. Matko Tomicic, LongHouse’s Executive Director, opened the program with a letter for Jack Larson (kept home by a head cold): “In the late ’40s I was disowned for moving to Los Angeles to live among all the European Designers who had emigrated there and to experience the birth of Modernity, wide open, colorful, and without domestic help. Language was new, too, with terms like fabulous, so descriptive but never again equaled.

“Today, modern design has become a powerful industry, but hardly fabulous. While both of our awardees are absolutely fabulous, they are so in very different ways. Our editor is revolutionizing print with fabulous publications: weighty, over-thick, new in layout and sequence — all with a large number of copies.

Joseph Walsh and Cindy Allen.

“Our furniture maker, on the other hand, exquisitely crafts single designs — sometimes in impressive numbers, like the 50 matched dining chairs for a Duchess, or a display case for hundreds of privately held watches, or gigantic wood sculptures — all unique and costly, all fabulous, while very different from Cindy Allen’s huge editions.

“Each awardee is young beyond their actual years. Bravo to both!”

Cindy Allen was introduced by architect Calvin Tsao who called his induction to her Hall of Fame “life changing.” “Hi guys. It’s a scandal, I’m accepting an award at Hearst,” is how Cindy opening her moving speech extolling the industry that she leads.   Beginning with her first issue (released on 9.11) through the magazines 75th anniversary issue (which included Jack Laren) and now with 250 issues under her leadership, she shared how she was the magazine’s first woman issue and her love for the industry, “I feel very lucky to live and breathe and design with you all. It is the place where my work, my soul, and my ideas are all rewarded.”

Dianne Benson, Joseph Walsh, Cindy Allen, and Madko Tomicic.

Dianne Benson, chair of the LongHouse Board of Trustees was next saying, “Now that is a hard act to follow!”  However it was Robert Taubman and Michael Lewis who both introduced Joseph Walsh. At Lewis’s suggestion  Taubman commissioned remarkable sculptural furnishings from Walsh, “I now sleep, dine, and sit on art from Joseph and live in his splendor.”

Born in County Cork, Ireland, Walsh has been called a magician of wood, a furniture artist with a style so fluid and an oeuvre so unique, that he is in demand from the most modernist Hamptons beach homes to the grandest houses of England and Ireland . He spoke of Larsen’s influence, saying, “I think this is such an important and valuable thing and very hard to quantify what we invest in in one another.” Walsh then announced a new installment of his ongoing “Making In” design seminars held at his studio in County Cork. The annual symposium brings the most exciting voices in international design, architecture, and art, together for conversations from the creators point of view. “Making In” has generously offered a special package to benefit LongHouse Reserve. This includes 2 tickets for the September 2020 conference, ground transportation upon arrival in Cork, luxury accommodations, dinners, excursions, and receptions (Contact LongHouse Reserve for more information.)

The reception was followed by a gala dinner at the American Irish Historical Society Mansion. Guests arriving at the Fifth Avenue Beaux-Arts Mansion were greeted with live music being played by a kilted piper.

Among the guests were LongHouse Reserve board members Sherri Donghia, Mark Levine, Lee Skolnick, and Suzanne Slesin. Other guests included LongHouse Curator Wendy Van Deusen, Frank Alexander, Caroline Baumann,  Dianne Benson, John Cetra, Michele Cohen, Rebecca Chapman, Meredith Cocco, Michele Cohen, Helen Drutt English, Ziel Feldman, Katja Goldman, Steven Harris, Julie Jensen, Michael Lewis, Alice Stori Liechtenstein, Joan MacKeith, Wendy Mandelbaum Lys Marigold, Deborah Nevins, Elizabeth Norman, Hiroshi Okamoto, Barry Richard,  Nancy Ruddy, Chris Scoates, and Michael Steinberg.

Save the date: On Saturday July 18, 2020 LongHouse Reserve will honor Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat at their annual Summer Benefit in East Hampton.

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L. to r.: Joanne Seacourt and Lee Skolnick; Dianne Benson and Michael Steinberg.
Selina Rockwell, Madko Tomicic, and Wendy Van Deusen.
L. to r.: Calvin Tsao and Sherri Donghia; Joseph Walsh and Alice Stori Liechtenstein.
Nancy Ruddy, Anna Granados, Lucy Wood, and John Cetra.
L. to r.: Christopher Cahill, Patricia Findlay, and Peter Findlay; Ilene Shaw and Katrina Plath.
Elizabeth Sommer, Frank Alexander, Kiki Kilgour, and Scott Kilgour..
L. to r.: Caroline Summers and Nancy Lockhart; Suzanne Slesin and Marilyn Dintenfass.
James Brasher, Emma Clurman, and Lee Skolnick.
Steve Blatz, Annie Block, and Currie Gardner.
L. to r.: Michelle Cohen and Chris Scoates; Meredith Cocco.
Katja Goldman, Michael Sonnenfeldt, Patricia Findlay, Daniella Ohad, and Nancy Lockhart.
Robin Klehr Avia, John Bricker, and Carlos Martinez.
Chris Scoates, Haiki Feldman, Robert Taubman, and Nancy Lockhart.

Lighthouse Guild, the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss, hosted its 12th annual Palm Beach “A Visionary Evening” at Club Colette on February 20, 2020.  A highly anticipated evening in Palm Beach, this year’s event honored well-known philanthropists, Audrey and Martin Gruss.

Pauline Raiff, the immediate past Lighthouse Guild Chair, introduced Dr. Calvin Roberts, a clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Weil Cornell Medical College and former Chief Medical officer for Bausch Health, who is the newly elected President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild beginning April 1. Dr. Roberts welcomed the guests, and thanked Honorary Chair Arlene Dahl, and Dinner Dance co-chairs Grace Meigher and Thomas C. Quick, for their longstanding support.

L. to r.: Andrea and Dr. Calvin Roberts; Harry and Gigi Benson.

After dinner, Dr. Roberts introduced honorees, Audrey and Martin Gruss, and presented them with Lighthouse Guild’s Visionary Award. He highlighted their distinguished accomplishments, including the founding of Hope for Depression Foundation — the leading organization of its kind in the U.S — by Audrey with Martin’s support, in memory of her mother’s struggle with depression. Dr. Roberts also cited the shared concerns between the two organizations surrounding depression and vision loss, saying that individuals with vision loss are three to four times more likely to suffer from depression.

Martin and Audrey Gruss and Dr. Calvin Roberts.

2020’s ‘A Visionary Evening’ drew 150 guests, who enjoyed an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, along with a live auction, conducted by Geraldine Nager, formerly of Sotheby’s, who was assisted by Quick.  The evening’s proceeds will support depression research related to vision loss.

Lighthouse Guild is the leading organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. We provide coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services directed at prevention, early detection and intervention of vision disorders. Reducing the burdens of vision loss is the cornerstone of what we do.

For more information, visit, or contact Maureen O’Sullivan at 561-603-5986 or email

L. to r.: Peter and Mary Dawkins; Michael James and Susan Lloyd.
Frannie Scaife and Tom McCarter.
L. to r.: Susan Meyers and Vera Serrano; Linda and Gary Talarico.
L. to r.: Lynne Wheat and Tom Peterffy; Ann Thivierge and Pauline Raiff.
L. to r.: Jackie Weld Drake and Bill Beadleston; Renee and Carlos Morrison.
L. to r.: Mai Hallingby and Stephen De Angelis; Marc Rosen and Catherine Adler.
L. to r.: Sondra and David Mack; Scott Synder and Fern Tailer.
Lucy Musso, Tom Quick, and Grace Meigher.
L. to r.: Emilia and Pepe Fanjul; Sharon Sondes and Geoffrey Thomas.
L. to r.: Carol Moran and Campion Platt; Amb Howard and Gretchen Leach.

Elizabeth Monaco and Neil M. McCarthy hosted 150 guests at their home on February 21st in support of the Animal Medical Center (AMC). AMC, the world’s largest non-profit animal hospital, celebrates its 110th anniversary this year while simultaneously launching a $70 million capital campaign to renovate and expand the hospital.

Kate Coyne and Elizabeth Monaco.

The event was co-chaired by Trustee Donna Acquavella, Gigi and Harry Benson, Georgina Bloomberg, Mary Cookingham, Reilly Cookingham, Jenny Dunion, Rachel Eidelman, Trustee Emilia Fanjul, Emilia Fanjul-Pfeifler, Alex Hamer, Marsia Holzer, Keith Johnson, Trustee Emilia Saint-Amand Krimendahl, Patty Raynes, Glen Senk, John Talley, Lyman T. Whitehead, and Cathy Zicherman.

Attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, along with pet psychics, sketch artists, and a chance to win raffle prizes. Among the raffle prizes: A bracelet from Barbara Parker Fine Jewelry, riding lessons with Olympic Gold and Silver Medal winner Joe Fargis and renowned equestrian Stacia Madden, a Marsia Holzer sculpture, and two signed books of photographs by Harry Benson. Guests also enjoyed live music performed by a professional pianist. 

Hosts Neil McCarthy, AMC’s Chief Administrative Officer, and Elizabeth Monaco welcomed guests and shared their decades-long connection with AMC. “AMC provides world-class veterinary care unmatched by any other facility,” said Ms. Monaco. 

AMC Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Coyne explained how the Gift of Love Capital Campaign will enhance the ability of AMC’s clinical team to provide the best possible patient care, while creating new opportunities for groundbreaking research, and providing an optimal learning environment for residents and interns.

Lyman T. Whitehead, Cynthia Williams, David Nation, Kathy Fogg, and Corey Fogg.
Jenny Dunion, Holly Orlando, Morgan Garber, and friends.
L. to r.: Dr. Ann Marie Zollo and Dr. Dennis Slade; Friends of AMC.
Betsy Battle and Marsia Holzer.
John Talley, Elizabeth Monaco, and Alex Hamer.
Kate Coyne (center) with friends of AMC.
Elizabeth Monaco and Neil McCarthy.
Lyman T. Whitehead, Craig Kolloff, Kathy Fogg, David Nation, Klaus Kludllinski, and Dr. Dennis Slade.
Susan Lloyd.
Guests looking over raffle prizes.
Signed books of photographs by Harry Benson.
Friends of AMC …

Photographs by Capehart (Lighthouse); (LongHouse)

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