Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Sunny days so far this week with temps in the low 60s, keeping some chill in the air. The city is busy.
Down at the Sherry-Netherland, at Doubles, the private club held its Spin Into Spring dinner dance with 200 in attendance. Doubles’ directrice Wendy Carduner took a moment to thank Mark Gilbertson for all that he does to make the Doubles Associates celebrations so successful.
Mark is a born organizer and party host. When Wendy refers to his ability to gather the guests (in numbers), everyone knows what she’s referring to. Mark is one of those guys who gets on the phone and spreads the word and gets the joint jumping. Being reminded of his tasks, 200 guests happily applauded in agreement.
From there it was the great Doubles dinner menu which featured an assuredly delicious entree of Glazed Salmon with Basmati Rice followed not long after by ABBA’S favorite “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie” filled the dance floor with Hilary Dick, Mary Snow, Katherine Boulud, Bryan York Colwell, Eric Brinker, Amy Hoadley, Victor Geraci, Noel and Chris Momsen, and Paige and John Rustum among the scores of dancing guests, and a good time was had by all …
This year’s Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) Sunday Funday was the largest ever CMOM fundraising event. More than 850 people of all ages were on hand for a day of food, fun, music, games, art and more last Sunday at Chelsea Piers, Pier 60.
Marisa Leister, Stephanie Stuchin and Nessia Sloane Kushner co-chaired and raised more than $550,000 to help underwrite CMOM’s work at the museum and in the community. This includes their interactive exhibits, research-backed programs, and outreach programs to serve vulnerable children — including those affected by poverty, homelessness, and parental incarceration.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is a nationally recognized leader in early childhood development. It features four floors of interactive exhibits, daily public programs, and educator-led workshops for children and families from all socio-economic backgrounds.
CMOM experiences are research-based and designed to help young children build their intellectual, emotional, physical, and social skills needed for school readiness, and to thrive in today’s world. The programs focus on learning through arts and creativity, health and wellness, science and environment, world cultures and civic mindedness. Each year it welcomes close to 350,000 people through its museum-based and city-wide outreach programs.
Meanwhile, last week down in Palm Beach at an always-must-attend event, the Annie Watt Agency held its 3rd annual “Impromptu Portraits — One Night Only” fundraising exhibition. The invitation-only cocktail party, which was held at The Colony Hotel Solarium, brought out more than 200 glittering guests eager to catch the camera eye of Annie and her experienced team of photographers.
Annie Watt has long had a stellar reputation for ‘paying it forward’ in Palm Beach and in Manhattan in gathering philanthropic contributions. The tradition continued for this “festive and dazzling” event with the support from The Colony owners, Sarah and Andrew Wetenhall.
The 2023 Honoree, Fashion Icon Iris Apfel was in attendance, selecting the Palm Beach Police Department as the recipients of the proceeds from the exhibition’s print sales. Palm Beach Chief of Police Nicholas P. Caristo and Major John Scanlan were in attendance also.
More than 600 photos were on exhibit showcasing various events and parties, as well as portraits of well-known celebrities such as: Tom Hanks, Tommy Hilfiger, Jane Fonda, Barbara Walters, Candice Bergen, Sylvester Stallone, to name just a few.
All photos are available for purchase online through Annie’s website, www.AnnieWattPhotography.com