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Rod Colburn, Gosia Lewis, Madeline Stoller, Margery Hadar, Eric Hadar, President & CEO of Allied Partners and Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board Member, and Linda Uribe at Samaritan Daytop Foundation's 4th Annual “Where Good Lives™ Gala”.

The Women’s Committee Board of Directors of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its Annual Fall Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Monday, October 28, 2019.

The sold-out event began with a welcome reception followed by a luncheon with picturesque views of Central Park serving as a backdrop. After lunch, the guests were treated to a lively conversation between celebrated interior designers Bunny Williams and Miles Redd that was moderated by Architectural Digest’s Editor-in-Chief, Amy Astley. The event raised $400,000 which will go towards the Conservancy’s mission to restore, manage and enhance Central Park.


Elizabeth W. Smith, Bunny Williams, Amy Astley, Alexia Leuschen, and Miles Redd.

“When I first got married, we lived on Central Park West and used the Park as our entertainment space,” said Bunny Williams.  Now, I use the Park as inspiration for my garden in Connecticut.”

Alexia Leuschen, President of the Women’s Committee, was joined by Conservancy President and CEO, Elizabeth W. Smith, and Co-Chairs Heather McAuliffe, Marcia Mishaan, Yesim Philip, and Amanda Taylor. Additional notable attendees included Debra Black, Shelley Carr, Cristina Cuomo, Norma Dana, Kate Davis, Amandine Freidheim, Ainsley Earhardt, Tracey Huff, Sharon Jacob, Gillian Miniter, Margo M. Nederlander, Patricia Smyth-McEnroe, and Gigi Stone Woods.


Marcia Mishaan, Yesim Philip, Amanda Taylor, and Heather McAuliffe.

“The fact that the Central Park Conservancy is 100% responsible for maintaining, preserving and enhancing the Park is what inspires us. We don’t take the beautiful condition of the Park for granted. The joy, health and wellbeing that so many people derive from this cherished outdoor space motivates our group of supporters,” said Alexia Leuschen.

The event was supported by United Airlines. The luncheon’s seasonal decor was complemented by tablecloths from Lulu DK and Duralee.


Katherine Birch, Krista Corl, Samantha Gellert, and Juliet Arrieta.
Maisha Teacher and Barbara Scott.
L. to r.: Gigi Stone Woods and Amanda Richman Wurtz; Simone Levinson, Caterina Heil, and Lise Evans.
Carol Mack and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos.
Blair Husain, Laurie Costantino, and Ainsley Earhardt.
Kate Davidson Hudson and Lauren Kenny.
Kate Davis and Gillian Miniter.
Vanessa Eastman and Margo M. Nederlander.
Patricia Smyth-McEnroe, Claude Wasserstein, Debra Black, and Marcia Mishaan.
Suzie Aijala and Tracey Huff.

On October 29, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan raised $1.33 million at its annual Gala at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, this year honoring filmmaker and author Crystal McCrary and Citigroup Vice Chairman Raymond J. McGuire with The Laurie M. Tisch Award in recognition of their commitment to the arts and New York’s cultural institutions as powerful instruments to help children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community.


Crystal McCrary and Ray McGuire accept the Laurie M. Tisch Award from Laurie M. Tisch (CMOM Founding Chair).

In addition, the Museum paid tribute to Andy Ackerman, former Executive Director of CMOM, and the global design firm, IDEO was celebrated for its early work in helping create a new vision for the Museum’s future home, scheduled to open in 2023.

Attending the Gala were CMOM Board Co-chairs Shannon Bauer Aronson and Matt Messinger, Jackie Bezos, Laurie M. Tisch, Marcus and Maya Samuelsson, Cey Adams, Fairfax Dorn and Marc Glimcher, Halley K. Harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, Miyoung E. Lee and Neil Simpkins, Anne Pasternak, Diana Rhoten, and Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, City Council Members Mark Levine and Helen Rosenthal and NY State Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell.


Diana Rhoten and Greg Perez (IDEO).
Shannon Bauer Aronson (CMOM Board Co-chair) presents Andrew Ackerman (Former CMOM Executive Director) with a proclamation from Manha.

Proceeds from the gala will help fund the programs and services the Museum delivers to 350,000 visitors annually at its West 83rd Street home and to tens of thousands more people through outreach programs at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, Head Start Centers and hospitals citywide, national touring exhibitions, and free online health and literacy resources.


Michael Boublik (CMOM Board), Ray McGuire, and Matthew Messinger (CMOM Board Co-chair).
Marcus Samuelsson, Shannon Bauer Aronson, and Maya Samuelsson.
Rick Luftglass, Jackie Bezos, Ellen Galinsky, and Leslie Bushara.
Will Blodgett and Crystal McCrary.
Cey Adams, Diana Rhoten (IDEO), and Anya Hoerburger.
Emily Tisch Sussman, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, Ray McGuire, Laurie M. Tisch, and Crystal McCrary.
Laurie M. Tisch, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, and Thelma Golden.
Lynn Bayard (CMOM Board).
Joshua Lafer (CMOM Board), Marissa Lafer, and friend.

The Fortune Society, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit reentry organizations serving 8,000 justice-involved individuals every year, hosted its annual Hope and Justice Gala on Tuesday, October 29 at Gotham Hall in Manhattan.  The event, which attracted more than 480 people, raised a record-breaking $1.7 million to support Fortune’s vast array of services that support reentry and promote alternatives to incarceration.



As recipient of the Game Changer Award, Joshua L. Steiner, Co-Chairman of the Board of Castleton Commodities and a Senior Adviser at Bloomberg L.P., was honored for his long-standing support of The Fortune Society. At Bloomberg, he worked to design and implement an innovative fellowship program, offering a pathway to long-term employment and sustainable income for individuals with incarceration histories.


Fortune presented its highest awards at the 2019 Hope & Justice Gala.

In recognition for mentoring countless individuals and empowering them to transform their lives over her 30-year career, Nancy Lopez, Fortune’s Director of Admissions, was presented with Fortune’s Reentry Champion Award.

Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg L.P. & Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City, presented the award to Mr. Steiner.


Mayor Bloomberg presents Fortune’s Game Changer Award to Joshua Steiner, Co-Chairman of the Board of Castleton Commodities and a Senior Adviser at Bloomberg L.P.

The Changing Minds, Building Lives Award was presented to Stanley Richards, Fortune’s Executive VP for his tireless service, leadership at Fortune’s David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy, and extraordinary advocacy on myriad issues, including closing Rikers Island.

JoAnne Page, Fortune’s President and CEO, said, “Our honorees are tireless advocates and strong voices for fairness, equity and meaningful reform. They have expanded opportunities for hope and justice for thousands served by The Fortune Society every year.”


Emily Tisch Sussman, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, Ray McGuire, Laurie M. Tisch, and Crystal McCrary.
Stanley Richards, JoAnne Page, David Rothenberg, Nancy Lopez, and Josh Steiner.
Billy Fleming, Gerri Mason Hall, and Anthony Mastellone.
Patti Harris and Mark Lebow.
Dennis and Kimberly Kozlowski.
William and Angela Haines.
Susan and John Eley.
Quincy Lowery, Marco Whittaker, Nancy Lopez, Josh Steiner, Stan Richards, Jai Sims, and Latoya Shavers.
Paul Ratliff and Maggie Siff.
Mayor Bloomberg and JoAnne Page.

Samaritan Daytop Foundation hosted its 4th Annual “Where Good Lives™ Gala” on October 16  to support Samaritan Daytop Village, one of New York’s largest health and human services non-profit organizations.  Its services include health and mental health care, transitional and supportive housing, educational and vocational assistance, substance use disorder treatment, peer-assisted recovery, and specialized programs for adolescents, families and seniors.  

More than 300 guests attended the festivities at the industrial chic Tribeca Rooftop to honor New York City Councilmember Diana Ayala and John Baldo, Senior Managing Director, Cantor Fitzgerald, for their extraordinary commitment to supporting New Yorkers in need.


Councilmember Diana Ayala (8th District), honoree of the 4th Annual Where Good Lives™ Gala benefiting Samaritan Daytop Village.
Colleen Taylor, Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board Chair and Wells Fargo Executive VP, and Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village.

The celebration raised over $440,000 to support the agency’s lifesaving programs for New York’s most vulnerable residents. 

Among the evening’s highlights, The Eric D. Hadar Family Foundation made a commitment of $500,000 to support Samaritan Daytop Village’s housing initiatives.  Mr. Hadar is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Allied Partners a privately held real estate investment, development and asset management company.


Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village; Colleen Taylor, Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board Chair and Wells Fargo Executive Vice President; and Eric D. Hadar, President & CEO of Allied Partners and Founder of The Eric D. Hadar Family Foundation. It was announced at the Gala that Hadar’s foundation plans to donate $500,000 to Samaritan Daytop Foundation to support the agency’s evolving housing ventures.

The result of last year’s $1 Million Matching Challenge, whereby Mr. Hadar’s Foundation pledged to match – dollar for dollar – up to $500,000 in donations, was also announced. That effort raised a record $1,028,642.

The evening also featured a poignant appearance by William F. B. O’Reilly, Newsday Columnist and Partner at The November Team, who shared memories from his time as a teen in the early 1980s when he was in treatment at Daytop Village, which merged with Samaritan in 2015.


Daiana Mendez, Harry Scott, Assistant VP of Residential Treatment for Samaritan Daytop Village; Margaret Stephens, Health Care Coordinator of the Young Mothers Program for Samaritan Daytop Village; Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village; Lynne Corry; and Tyler Smyth. Mendez, Scott, Stephens, Corry and Smyth participated in this year’s Gala video “Connect. Inspire. Grow.”
William F.B. O’Reilly, Colleen Taylor, Chair of the Samaritan Daytop Foundation Board of Directors, and Mitchell Netburn, President & CEO of Samaritan Daytop Village.
Staci Dupont with Dominic Dupont.
From Allied Partners: Michael Paranac, Loredana Longardo, and David Okin.
SterlingRisk Insurance was the Diamond Sponsor for the 2019 Where Good Lives™ Gala.
OneGroup-Benefits Advisory Service was a Platinum Sponsor of the Where Good Lives Gala™.
View of tables during the program.

Photographs by BFA (CPC); John Dalton & Howard Wechsler (Fortune); Nkosi Hamilton Photography (Samaritan)

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