Thursday, October 10, 2019. Lots of rain, sometimes heavy, sometimes misty — grey and chilly with temps in the low 50s. It’s Autumn in New York. We’re in the transitional part where they don’t turn on the heat in the apartments until it reaches 55 degrees outside. So if it’s 56 degrees outside, it’s colder in them thar apartments without the heat. Later on in the season I’ll be complaining about too much of it.
Ironically, as a child, I grew up in a very old (1839) house that had no (central) heat. Getting up out of bed as a kid on those freezing cold New England winter mornings, I’d put my bare feet on the almost icy cold, linoleum covered floor and think to myself: “someday when I grow up, I’m going to have a warm room with carpet.”
At this time of the year, occasionally I am still reminded of those cold fall and winter moments and that “wish.” So it is not without irony (and a couple of laughs) that I now mutter to myself — about a briefly (hardly) cold apartment at this time of year.
This past week has been a relatively quiet what with Yom Kippur falling on the mid-week. Like the Christmas holidays, it is a no-school/ no workday for many. Although I was at Michael’s for lunch on Tuesday and it was its busy, clattering self. I should also add that all these years later, the menu and the service at Michael’s — I’ve been going there since the late ‘90s — is still excellent.
Nevertheless, quiet in the city is relative. It’s always busy somewhere, some places. Last Thursday, October 3rd, The Pink Agenda hosted its 12th Annual Gala at Tribeca Rooftop.
The Pink Agenda is a nonprofit committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease. It shares a strategic partnership with its long-time beneficiary, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) as well as Giuliana Rancic’s FAB-U-WISH initiative. Through the combined efforts of this year’s Co-chairs; with 500 attending the sold-out gala they raised $265,000.
Brad Goreski kicked-off the evening with welcome remarks, and introduced the host, Giuliana Rancic, who was later joined on stage by co-host Bill Rancic to lead the live auction. There was a presentation of The Pink Agenda Icon Award to Angela Trimbur by Cindy Citrone. Angela is an LA-based actress and dancer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37 in July of 2018.
The Pink Agenda’s Annual Gala was generously sponsored by Citrone 33, William Lauder and Lori Kanter Tritsch, Fountain of Truth, Kendra Scott, Bandier, Cushman & Wakefield, Cathy Franklin and Jeffrey Baker, Hanky Panky, Alexandra Lang and Seth Miller, and OneNine Design.
“Beauty naturally attracts. It’s only natural that beautiful people flock to this beautiful house and hostess,” so said Youth America Grand Prix’s Sergei Gordeev last Friday evening as he thanked jewelry designer Laura Lobdell and her husband, who opened their TriBeCa duplex to the Mariinsky Ballet company and 80 guests.
For the past 20 years Youth American Grand Prix has made it its business to travel the world, to find the most talented young people and help them get to the companies such as the Mariinsky and more than 30 other companies around the world where Youth America Grand Prix dancers are dancing at the world’s largest scholarship audition.
The hostess, noted for her champagne-inspired gold and silver jewelry, lived up to her reputation with cases of bubbly on hand as well as mini-knishes from Lower East Side baker Yonah Schimmel.
Among the guests were Larissa Saveliev, founder and artistic director of YAGP, and all eight of the Mariinsky dancers visiting from St. Petersburg including the recently knighted Xander Parish, OBE; and the director of the Mariinsky Ballet, Yuri Fateev, the evening’s guest of honor. Also there were ABT dancers Skylar Brandt, Patrick Frenette, Connor Holloway, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Gabe Stone Shayer, and Christine Shevchenko, as well as ballet lovers Maria-Cristina Anzola, Delin Bru, Marie de Foucaud and Renaud de Tilly, Peter Hay Halpert, Krystn Hammond, Kristina Allegra Kingston, Michèle Gerber Klein, Susan Leslie, Helen Marx, Roxanne Motamedi, Wendy Perron, Cole Rumbough and Emily Mohr, Irene Shen, Benny Tabatabai, and Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, plus devoted YAGP board members Suzanne Dance, Judith M. Hoffman, and Richard Osterweil.
Youth America Grand Prix is the largest global network of dance with more than 10,000 young dancers – ages 9 to 19 – auditioning annually. 450 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 80 professional companies around the world. 100 of these alumni are soloists and principal dancers.
YAGP fulfills its mission through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, performances, educational and outreach activities. On April 16, 2020, YAGP will host its annual Gala at Lincoln Center. For more information see https://yagp.org/
And this past Monday at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) hosted its 3rd annual Golf HSS Benefit supporting sports medicine research, on. Through research, HSS sports medicine physician and surgeons are developing breakthrough technologies and techniques to optimize surgical and non-surgical interventions, including regenerative medicine treatments.
Guests enjoyed a round of golf followed by a cocktail hour and dinner reception. The event was chaired by David W. Altchek, MD, chief emeritus of HSS Sports Medicine Institute; John P. DiFiori, MD, FACSM, chief of HSS Primary Care Sports Medicine; Brian C. Halpern, MD, HSS primary care sports medicine physician; Bryan T. Kelly, MD, surgeon-in-chief at HSS; with co-chairs Stephen Fealy, MD, HSS sports medicine surgeon; Robert G. Marx, MD, HSS sports medicine surgeon; and Brett G. Toresdahl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS. This year’s Golf HSS raised $410,000.
Photographs by Michael Blanchard (Pink Agenda); Annie Watt (YAGP); Terri Diamond Photography (HSS)