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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, visit www.theatreforward.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, visit: https://vienneseoperaball.com/
Photographs by Russ Rowland Photography (Theatre Forward); Sylvain Gaboury/Getty Images (NYWF)