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New York City Ballet Young Patrons visited the Museum of Arts and Design for a private led tour of their exhibition, The World of Anna Sui.

The Viennese Opera Ball announced their upcoming gala at the Upper East Side residence of Sabine Riglos, a board member.

“The Viennese Opera Ball is one of the highlights of the annual charity season for Austrian Americans, with performances by extraordinary opera singers and musicans” explained artistic director Daniel Serafin as he introduced mezzo soprano Nicole Piccolomini,  who sing  “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” from Carmen.  Juilliard violinist Anastasiia Mazurok also performed a solo by Bach. All providing a taste of what’s to come at the 65th Viennese Opera Ball.

Juilliard violinist Anastasiia Mazurok.

Silvia Frieser, president and executive director said, “With it’s long-standing tradition of 65 consecutive years, the Viennese Opera Ball demonstrates  that the ballroom and the dance floor is the best platform for cultural exchange between distinguished guests and nations.” 

Each year, the Ball supports charitable projects connected to New York and Vienna. This year proceeds will benefit the musical therapy program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Their CEO, Jen Ranieri, and Associate Director of Development, Michele Keene, also shared a few words about the importance of the program.

Among the guests were Nathan Lee Graham, who will emcee the upcoming Ball, Chair Jean Shafiroff (who will be joined at the Ball by Chairs Denise Rich and Elisabeth Muhr), Host Committee members Janna Bullock, Joanna Fisher, Ana Saucedo, and Marisa Rose van Bokhorst, Junior Chairs Colgate Rumbough and Emily Mohr, and Board Member Stefan Oehner as well as Audra Asencio, Leszek Barwinski-Brown (CEO, Lang Lang International Music Foundation), Maestro Alvise Casellati, Adrian Danchig-Waring (principal dancer, NYC Ballet),  Michael Friedl, Franz Gerhardter, Eric Huebscher, and Catherine Leung.

The 65th Viennese Opera Ball will take place on February 7, 2020 and there is nothing like this in America with traditions that could only come from the oldest Royal houses in Austria and Europe. Just like in Europe, the celebration with both music and dance, with a Midnight Quadrille that enlivens the dance floor until 4am. The Viennese Opera Ball is inspired by the famous Vienna Opera Ball in Austria, but it is an American 501 (c)(3) not for profit association.

Nathan Lee Graham, Daniel Serafin, and Silvia Frieser.
Andre Barwinski-Brown, Joanna Fisher, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Lukas Barwinski-Brown.
Nicole Piccolomini, Fabiola Lwow, Silvia Frieser, and Jeane Muniz.
Maria Fishel, Ruth Miller, and Paola Bacchini Rosenshein.
L. to r.: Jean Shafiroff and Sabine Riglos; Jen Ranieri and Michele Keene.
Kristina Rose, Marissa Van Bokhorst, and Silvia Frieser.
Daniel Serafin, Sabine Riglos, Janna Bullock, and Kevin Richards.
Aron Rovner, Isabelle Rovner, Franz Gerhardter, and Tessa Gerhardter.
Amel Derragui, Michael Friedl, and Elisabeth Kovac.
Walker Dornish, Emily Mohr, Luisa Majnoni, and Cole Rumbough.

Multi-Grammy award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes was honored at Audrey Gruss’s Hope for Depression Research Foundation Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel.

During her remarks, LeAnn talked about her struggles with fame and depression. “A day after my 30th birthday I checked myself in to treatment, said Ms. Rimes, “Honestly, it was the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself because I don’t know if I would have made it to the next one.”

The packed house for Hope for Depression Research Foundation’s Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar.

The Luncheon Seminar Co-Chairs were Ann Barish, Natalie du Pont Edmonds, Peter Gregory, Tania Higgins, Margo Langenberg, Marigay McKee, Kitty McKnight, Serena McKnight Bowman, Peter S. Paine III, Vera Serrano, Nancy Silverman, Scott Snyder and Felicia Taylor.

Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough.
Honoree LeAnn Rimes.
Audrey Gruss and LeAnn Rimes.

Guests included: Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough and his wife Ellen Scarborough, Hilary Geary Ross, Margo Langenberg, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Karen LeFrak, Jay McInerney, Dayssi Kanavos, Frederick Andersen, Marigay Mckee, Ann Barish, Jean Shafiroff, Christine Mack, Marigay McKee, Jamee Gregory, Geoffrey Bradfield, Janna Bullock, Susan Fales Hill, Sharon Loeb, Susan Gutfreund, Karen LeFrak, Ken Sunshine, Jean Shafiroff, Jay McInerney, Christine Mack, Marina Pellechi, Lis Waterman, Frederick Andersen, Kim Heirston, Kristen Krusen, Hilary Geary Ross, Dayssi Kanavos, Ellen Scarborough, Felicia Taylor, Susan Lloyd, and Carol DeLouvrier.

HDRF’s mission is to fund the most innovative neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. 

In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force – an outstanding collaboration of ten of the world’s leading laboratories, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada. These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit:

Audrey Gruss, Dr. Husseini Manji, Dr. Maria Oquendo, and Terri Cheney.
Francesca Capetta, Frederick Anderson, Audrey Gruss, and Christopher Ardant.
Margo Langenberg and Annabelle Mariaca.
Jay McInerney, Bettina Zilkha, and Robert Zimmerman.
Martin Gruss.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) hosted their 2019 New York Dinner at the Restaurant Daniel at 60 East 65th Street in New York City. Dinner at Daniel was an exquisite culinary experience with a special guest performance by Academy Award Winning Artist Jamie Foxx to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and raised over $5 million. Master Mentalist, Lior Suchard performed mystifying tricks for the guests.

Notable attendees included: Michael Milken, Jamie Foxx, Lior Suchard, David Geffen, Katharine McPhee, David Foster, John Paulson, Christine Jones, Dr. Jonathan and Plum Simons, Mitchell Modell, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Seth Bernstein, Ernesto Rivera, Larry Leeds, Anne Marie Alexander, Lynn Merritt, Jan Haber, David and Sybil Yurman, Ambassador Earle Mack, Steven Cohen, Michael and Iris Smith, Omeed Malik and Caroline Morgan.

David Geffen, Katharine McPhee, David Foster, and Michael Milken.

The evening started with a splendid cocktail hour before guests were escorted to the main dining room for the dinner and entertainment. Michael Milken welcomed guests and started the main portion of the evening with trivia questions. Milken spoke about a few topics including PCF’s partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the advances researchers and scientists have made so far. Master Mentalist, Lior Suchard performed several illusions that stunned the crowd. The evening ended with a stellar performance from Academy Award Winning Artist Jamie Foxx that had guests dancing on their chairs.

The charitable organization founded by Michael Milken is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs. The memorable evening welcomed leaders in medicine, top research scientists and distinguished New York City socialites to explore refined European cuisines, world-class wines and gracious hospitality at Restaurant Daniel.

Jamie Foxx, Katharine McPhee, Michael Milken, and David Foster.

PCF’s Board of Directors includes business leaders such as Michael Milken, Lori Milken, Andrew J. Astrachan, James C. Blair PhD, Steven A. Burd, Peter T. Grauer, The Honorable Earle I. Mack, Neal I. Rodin, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD; Drew Pinsky, MD, and radio and television host Clark Howard.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding life-saving cancer research. Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, PCF has funded nearly $800 million of cutting-edge research by 2,200 scientists at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. Because of PCF’s commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down more than 52% and 1.5 million men are alive today as a result. PCF research now impacts 67 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome, and food as medicine. For more information, visit

L. to r.: Lior Suchard; Seth Bernstein and Ernesto Rivera.
John Paulson and Michael Milken.
L. to r.: Earle Mack; Christine Jones and Lynn Merritt.
David Yurman, Jan Haber, Sybil Yurman, and Plum Simons.
Dr. Jonathan Simons and Michael Milken.
Michael Milken and Jamie Foxx performing.

New York City Ballet Young Patrons visited the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) for a private led tour of their exhibition, The World of Anna Sui.  Curator Barbara Pines Gifford led the group through this extensive exhibition featuring  100 looks from the designer’s archive. This fall, along with Zac Posen, Sui collaborated with NYCB’s wardrobe team. The resulting costumes were revealed at the annual Fall Fashion gala, and worn throughout the season.

MAD’s major retrospective of American fashion designer Anna Sui features seventy-five looks from the designer’s archive; from the “Backless Chaps” worn by Naomi Campbell in the Fall 1992 runway show, to iconic “Babydoll Dresses” worn by Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, to her Spring 2019 collection. Sui’s creative process, influences, collaborations and signature aesthetic are on display spanning two gallery floors.

Barbara, leading the tour, pointed to an early photo of Sui, taken during her first trip to New York. “It was her aunt and uncle’s wedding. Everyone was very dressed up,” she explained. “Anna, when she’s taking people through this exhibition, tells people to notice the way she’s looking in the photo. She says she really thinks that was the moment that she realized that was what she wanted to do with her life.”

Barbara Paris Gifford.
Barbara leading the tour.

Guests included: Amy Bellovin, Faith Cummings, Victoria Danilevskaia, Allison Ecung, Ashley Fry, Joseph D Gedeon, Sherri Kriegel, Kate Lovett, Stephanie Lichtinger, Sara Perry, Angel Pu, Amanda Ring, Manana Saralidze, and Tom Trevisani.

The World of Anna Sui at is on view through February 23, 2019.

New York City Ballet’s Young Patrons Circle is a group of patrons between the ages of 21-40 who support NYCB and its commitment to expand the Company’s audience to the widest possible public. The Young Patrons Circle strives to cultivate the next generation of ballet patrons through advocacy, support of public programming, and events that educate and engage these future audiences. Click here to learn more.

Andre Rosas and Stephanie Lichtinger.
Victoria Danilevskaia and Mery Zaretski.
Evelyn Hoffman and Angel Pu.

Annie Watt (VOB & MAD); BFA & Patrick McMullan (Prostate Cancer); Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan (HOPE)

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