Paying tribute and looking forward

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United Hospital Fund's annual Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street.

United Hospital Fund paid tribute at its annual Gala to Steven R. Swartz, Lynne Holden, MD, Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, and J. Barclay Collins II—for outstanding contributions to improving health and health care.

More than 500 guests attended the event at Cipriani 42nd Street, which raised almost $1.6 million for UHF.  “Our four honorees truly embody the ideals of United Hospital Fund and our mission to build a more effective health care system for all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable,” said UHF President Anthony Shih, MD, MPH.

Anthony Shih, MD, MPH; Yvonne Tsang, Tina Swartz, and Steven R. Swartz.

Mr. Swartz, President and CEO of Hearst, received the Health Care Leadership Award for his leadership and Hearst’s work to help raise the standard of excellence in health care through information and technology.

Dr. Holden, a physician at Montefiore Health System and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, received the Distinguished Community Service Award for co-founding Mentoring in Medicine to inspire and equip disadvantaged and low-income students to become health care professionals. This award was generously supported by TIAA and presented by Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., TIAA’s President and CEO.

Cynthia McCollum, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., and Anand Joshi, MD, MBA.

Dr. Sullivan-Marx, Dean of NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and President of the American Academy of Nursing, was given a Special Tribute for her work to advance nursing and health care through policy, education, and clinical excellence.

Mr. Collins, Chairman Emeritus of United Hospital Fund, was honored for his 35-year commitment to UHF.

John C. Simons, chairman of UHF’s board, served as Gala chairman.

Morgan Morrison, Andrew Morrison, and Lynne Holden, MD.
Kenneth Marx, MD, Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Howard M. Meyers.
J. Barclay Collins III, J. Barclay Collins II, and Christian Collins.
George Stephenson, Kristina Durr, and Sheila Stephenson.
John Simons, Edgar Mandeville, MD, Harriette Mandeville, and Tim Johnson.
New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Bea Grause.
Neil Calman, MD, Gail Engelberg, and Alfred B. Engelberg.
Phyllis Lantos, Jerry Gliklich, MD, Jane Salmon, MD, George Lantos, and Craig Albanese, MD.
Lawrence G. Smith, MD; Cary Kravet, and Lisa Kravet.
Barbara Yastine and Sandy Sidey.
Meera Mani, MD, PhD; Amanda Parsons, MD; and David Nuzum.
Irving Sitnick and Elaine Rosenbluth.
Gabrielle Jean-Baptiste, Christopher Itua, Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, Julissa De La Cruz, Steven Lundi, and Le’Shauna Phinazee.
Seun Salami, Quincy McLain, and Robert C. Osborne.
David Rock and Helen M. Irving.
Susana R. Morales, MD.
Lori Evans Bernstein, Dale C. Christiansen, and Robert A. Levinson.

On October 18, 2019, Theatre Forward, a non-profit arts organization based in New York City, held an evening of Creative Conversation & Cocktails with Special Guests David Henry Hwang, Tony-winning playwright of M. Butterfly, Author of Soft Power, Center Theatre Group/Public Theater, and Douglas C. Baker, Producing Director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles.

The high-spirited evening was co-hosted by Elliott Sernel, Board member, Center Theatre Group, and member of Theatre Forward’s National Society and Larry Falconio. Over 30 guests attended at a private apartment on Central Park South in Manhattan including Bonnie Comley and Stuart Lane, Janet Kagan, Cathy and Charles Gropper, Steven and Joy Bunson, David Schwartz and Amy Langer, Michelle Cenis, Raja Sengupta, as well as Louie Anchondo from Center Theatre Group and Theatre Forward Executive Director Bruce E. Whitacre.

Bruce E. Whitacre (Executive Director, Theatre Forward), Douglas C. Baker, David Henry Hwang, Elliott Sernel, and Larry Falconio.

Theatre Forward supports a network of 19 prominent regional theatres in an effort to enrich communities and make theatre accessible to all.  By connecting these theatres to funding and resources on a national level, Theatre Forward helps drive education and community programs that fuel positive social change and engagement. The goal is to increase access and opportunity for all to experience theatre that builds community and sets the stage for individual achievement.

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Amy Langer, David Schwartz, Steven Bunson (Theatre Forward Board Member), and Joy Bunson.
Steve Coffrey and George Stirling.
Stewart and Bonnie Comley, with David Henry Hwang.
Catherine Gropper, Charles Gropper, and Judy Bartlett.
L. to r.: Jill Simonson Luciano and Fernando Luciano; Diego Meluk-Cabrera, Eric Cedeno, Laurie Durcan Olski, and Michelle Cenis.
Carl Sylvestre (Director of Development, Theatre Forward), Anne Griffin (National Society Member), and Joe Baio (National Society Member).
Raja Sengupta (Theatre Forward Board Member), Steven Bunson (Theatre Forward Board Member), and Janet Kagan.

The New York Women’s Foundation (The Foundation) honored two of the nation’s leading champions of social justice, DeAnna Hoskins and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), on October 7 at its 2019 Radical Generosity Dinner at The Essex House on Central Park West.

Co-chaired by Karen Choi, Jean Shafiroff and Lola C. West, the at-capacity crowd of more than 300 guests at the 2019 Radical Generosity Dinner included Hyatt Bass; Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families; Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, NYC Department for the Aging; Hon. Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of New York and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals and Chair of the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform; author and activist Ellen Bravo; Anne Delaney; and Gloria Steinem.

DeAnna Hoskins, Bryan Stevenson, and Bill Moyers.

Among the evening’s highlights was an inspiring “fireside chat” between Ms. Hoskins, Mr. Stevenson and award-winning journalist Bill Moyers about bringing justice to the justice system.

A nationally recognized leader, DeAnna Hoskins is President & CEO of JustLeadershipUSA. She is the former Senior Policy Advisor (Corrections/Reentry) for the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Division. 

Jean Shafiroff, Karen Choi, DeAnna Hoskins, Bryan Stevenson, and Lola C. West.

Acclaimed public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is the author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will enable The Foundation to invest an unprecedented $11 million in organizations engaged in advancing the economic advancement, health and safety of women and families in New York City through community-led solutions.

Grainne McNamara, DeAnna Hoskins, Bryan Stevenson, Bill Moyers, and Yvonne Moore.
L. to r.: Gloria Steinem; Bill Moyers and Bryan Stevenson.
Bill and Judith Moyers.
Bryan Stevenson, Ana Oliveira, and DeAnna Hoskins.

Cole Rumbough and Emily Mohr lifted glasses of champagne for The Viennese Opera Ball and their 2020 debutantes and escorts Wednesday night downtown at Cos Bar. The Ball, to be held on Friday, February 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street boasts co-chairs Maria Fishel, Elisabeth Muhr, Denise Rich, and Jean Shafiroff. Cole and Emily return as the Junior Chairs.  The evening will support Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation.

“How wonderful to see you all here this evening,” said Silvia Frieser, executive director, “We’re now accepting applications for debutantes and escort for the upcoming 65th Annual Ball.  It’s a celebration of classical music, operatic performances, and lots of ballroom dancing like no other in New York.”

Debutante Diana Bocsha, dressed in a pearl white gown by Victor de Souza, warmly beckoned friends from inside the boutique’s window, while Austrian wine and live violin music made everything mellow. Guests included de Souza himself as well as Michael Friedl, Austrian Trade Commissioner, American author Professor Ann Lee, professional ballroom competitor and choreographer Esther Frances of Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and entrepreneur Raluca Fuchs-Gold.

The Viennese Opera Ball, an annual white tie charity gala, celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America, connecting two continents, two cities and two centuries in one glamorous night. It was founded by Austrians immigrating to the United States 65 years ago, and is a tribute to both their former hometown Vienna and their host city, New York. Considered the most prestigious and oldest Viennese ball outside of Vienna, the gala draws an international audience that includes diplomats and dignitaries, international corporations and professionals. Performances by Metropolitan opera singers, a renowned orchestra, ballet performances, the West Point color guard, midnight Quadrille and many more surprises contribute to a glamorous and delightful night. Each year, the Viennese Opera Ball supports charitable projects connected to the communities in New York and Vienna.

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L. to r.: Debutante Diana Bocsha; Junior Chairs Emily Mohr and Colgate Rumbough.
Romy Rodiek, Miho Ishii, and Austrian Trade Commissioner Michael Friedl.
Daniel Martin, Silvia Frieser, and Stephanie Martin-Loike.
Alessa Aichinger, Adelheid Christian-Zecher, and Barbara Christian.
Silvia Frieser and Dustin Lujan.
Debutante Diana Bocsha and Victor de Souza.
Violinist Victoria Patterson.
Eileen Wang.

Photographs by Russ Rowland Photography (Theatre Forward); Sylvain Gaboury/Getty Images (NYWF)

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