The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) held its annual Winter Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 21st, 2019. Sponsored by Louis Vuitton, the Winter Ball raised nearly $700,000 to help fund the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and education programs that served over 50,000 students and teachers this year.
The ball was hosted by Ronay Menschel Director and President Whitney Donhauser and the Museum of the City of New York’s Director’s Council: Sara Ayres, Jamie Creel, Mark Gilbertson, Amory McAndrew, Calvert Moore, Nicole Hanley Pickett, Kathy Prounis, Allison Rockefeller, Tara Rockefeller, Andrew Roosevelt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Sana H. Sabbagh and Burwell Schorr. The Director’s Council is a group of individuals who have established an on-going commitment to the museum and its mission.
“The Museum of the City of New York tells the story of the city’s past, present and future,” said Whitney Donhauser. “To understand many contemporary issues, you need to understand the history of the city.”
On February 23, 2019, Tony Award winning actress and Grammy-nominated vocalist Jessie Mueller wowed a crowd of the world’s most discerning arts patrons at the gorgeous Palm Beach home of Hudson News owner James Cohen and Galerie Magazine Founder Lisa Fayne Cohen. Known as “The Circle” – Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Circle brings together a select group of discerning arts patrons several times a year for salon-style evenings in beautiful private homes and iconic landmarks throughout New York City and beyond.
A soft sunset provided the brilliant backdrop as guests enjoyed dinner and a masterfully spellbinding performance by Mueller, best known for her 2014 role as Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, for which she won a Tony Award.
A veritable who’s-who of arts philanthropists enjoyed this breathtaking evening, including author Annie Falk, L&L Holding Co. Chairman & CEO David Levinson and philanthropist wife Simone Levinson, Toll Brothers Co-Founder Bruce Toll and Interior Designer Robbi Toll, former Hearst Magazines Chairwoman Cathie Black, Sun Trust Bank Market President Chris Chase, Barron International Group CEO and Chairwoman Lisbeth Barron, and Tony-award winning theatrical producer, Fran Weissler. Lincoln Center’s Acting President Russell Granet recognized Lincoln Center trustees, Related Companies Chairman and Founder Steven Ross, Corporate Arts Directors Chair Betty Levin, Ronnie Ackman, Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management, Vice Chairman Keith Banks, Co-Founder of Ascena Retail Group, Elliot Jaffe and Malkin Properties chairman Emeritus Peter L. Malkin.
Photographs by Sylvain Gaboury /Patrick McMullan (MCNY); Mike Jachles/AnnieWatt.com (The Circle)