The Future Starts Now!

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Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted its annual Spring Gala benefit, The Future Starts Now!, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

On April 18th, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House hosted its annual Spring Gala benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street. The dazzling evening featured close to 40 tables, each decorated by some of the most celebrated designers in the industry, using the theme THE FUTURE STARTS NOW! as their inspiration.

The black-tie evening honored the neighborhood where the social service organization was founded in 1894 and the many friends and supporters of the Neighborhood House through the years.  Diana Quasha was the Spring Gala Chair; Thompson Dean, the Anniversary Sponsor; Sana Sabbagh, the International Chair, and Christopher Spitzmiller, the Honorary Design Chair.  The Design Chairs were Lindsey Coral Harper and Alberto Villalobos. The event included a press preview and cocktails followed by dinner, a live auction conducted by Rachel Orkin-Ramey of Christie’s, and dancing. The evening raised close to $900,000 for Lenox Hill Neighborhood House programs for those in need on the East Side of Manhattan.



2019 Spring Gala Designers included Alexander M. Reid; Aamir Khandwala Interior Design & Studio Greytak; Andrea Stark for Stark Carpet; Barba-Hill Home; B + B Interior Space by Paige Boller; BKSK Architects l Interiors; Byron C. James-Ariza; Catherine M. Austin Interior Design; Cathy Kincaid Interiors; Chauncey Boothby Interiors; Connie Plaissay-Plaza Florist; Dean Yoder Interiors LLC; Fete Home; Grace Kaynor Designs;  Harry Heissmann Inc.; Ibo Interiors-Achuziam Maha; Katherine Nedelkoff Design; Laila’s Florist; Leta Austin Foster; Mally Skok Design; McCory Interiors-Kristen McCory; McMillen Inc.;  Melanie Roy Design; New York School of Interior Design; Ngala Trading; Perry Sayles Studio; Roric Tobin; Rudy Saunders of Dorothy Draper & Company; Sam Allen Interiors; Shayla Copas; Swoop; Tamara Stephenson & Susan Young for root cellar design; The Warehouse 1924.


Alberto Villalobos, Audrey Margarite, Jennifer Potter, and Lindsey Coral Harper.
Robert Rufino and Alberto Villalobos.
L. to r.: Margot Takian and Erin Nalbandian; Judy and Stanley Zabar.
Lionel Sanchez, Achuziam Maha, Malene Barnett, and Terry Alexander.
Margery and Steve Riker.
L. to r.: Kathy Engel and Harry Heissmann; Kaitlin Dockery and Rudy Saunders.
Sydney Schuman, Renee Landegger, and Diana Quasha.
Roric Tobin and Justin Concannon.
L. to r.: Cathy Austin, Una Festa Futurismo; Shayla Copas.
LEDing The Way — SWOOP.
Geoffrey Bradfield, Kristina Stewart Ward, and William Featherby.
Jacques Azoulay, Paige Boller , Kamie Lightburn, and Richard Lightburn.
L. to r.:Victoria Wyman and Sana Sabbagh; Table by Paige Boller, B+B Interior Space.
John and Anne Manice.
Alison Spear, Mark Gilbertson, Tom Edelman, and Ingrid Edelman.
Chele Farley, Richard Farley, and Elizabeth Munson.
Warren Sharp, Francis Beatty Adler, and Allen Adler.

The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA’s annual gala, A Celebration of Scotland’s Treasures, drew tartan-clad international philanthropists to New York’s Metropolitan Club on Thursday, April 11th. The festive occasion has celebrated Scottish heritage, from poetry and dancing to whisky and haggis, for more than a decade. Under the guidance of honorary chair Naoma Tate, and co-chairs Alan Cumming and Grant Shaffer, Christopher Forbes, Joan Kahn, and Susi and Alasdair Nichol, the event raised over $300,000 to support the work of National Trust for Scotland, that country’s largest conservation charity.


Andy Scott.
Alasdair Nichol.

NTS USA honored Andy Scott, sculptor of The Kelpies (the world’s largest equine sculptures), as its Great Scot. Paul Roberts, vice-chairman of Lyon & Turnbull and president of Freeman’s, presented the Great Scot Award, introducing Mr. Scott as a “figurative rebel.” Accepting the award, he shared how moved he was by the public’s reaction to The Kelpies and acknowledged the vast team that helps him assemble these large-scale installations.


Paul Roberts presenting the Great Scot Award to Andy Scott.

Another highlight was a message of thanks from Scottish archaeologist, historian, broadcaster, and National Trust for Scotland President Neil Oliver. Last year, the gala raised funds for a groundbreaking conservation initiative at Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece Hill House and Mr. Oliver shared footage of the work attendees made possible.

Alasdair Nichol, chairman and co-owner of Freeman’s and a popular appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, charmed guests with a rousing live auction, with high spirits continuing onto the dance floor for Scottish country dancing enjoyed late into the evening.


Peter McWhinnie, Christopher Gow, Christine Scott Morton, and Keith Scott Morton.
Leila Rovita and Kirstin Bridier.
Andrew Bridier, Charlotte Burton, Bruce Burton, and Hanneke Scott-van Wel.
Simon Chambers, Olga Joan, and Andy Scott.
L. to r.: Dermod Sullivan and Anne Hall Elser;  Jana Klauer and Jean Thompson.
Paula Kirby, Lynda Packard, Jonathan Drescher, Elise Wager, and Valerie Campbell.
L. to r.: Naoma Tate and Christopher Forbes; Kerry Joyce and Jill Joyce.
Peter Drummond-Hay, Christopher Gow, and Mark Bishop.
Vinny Rovita, Hilary MacGillivray, Helen Sayles, Leila Rovito, DuWayne Sayles, and Alasdair Nichol.
Joan Kahn, Christopher Forbes, and Sana Sabbagh.
Junior Committee and friends.
Patrick Duffy.
Quinn Peeper and Linda Packard.

Friends of the Children New York feted long-time board chair and member Joan Rosenthal, and welcomed over 500 guests to “An Evening with Friends” on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan. Attending the event were OkCupid CMO Melissa Hobley, Pinsi Lei and Richard Lorenzen, comedian Dov Davidoff, celebrity chef Robby Bither, and 23 Friends NY Professional Mentors and staff, who serve the organization’s more than 170 children from Harlem and the South Bronx.



Planning the successful event were gala co-chairs Janet Y. Larose and Kazie Metzger. The event was completely underwritten thanks to top sponsors Centerview Partners, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Bettina & John Benson, Karn & Melinda Chopra, Kazie Metzger & John Harvey, Beth & Mike Neumann, Davis Polk, Weil, Wells Fargo, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Erica Baird & Kevin Gaynor, Matt Landy & Nirupama Rao, Patrick & Michelle McGrath, Anchorage Capital Group, Antares Capital, CreditSights, Davidson Kempner, Kolter, Mintz, Moelis & Company, Morrison Foerster, Norton Rose Fulbright, Prime Clerk, PJT, Stroock, and White & Case (and many more). The event was an unmitigated success, raising over $550,000.


Gary Clemons Jr.
Friends of the Children staff and volunteers.

Friends of the Children is a New York nonprofit with two sites in Harlem and the South Bronx that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving children facing the highest risks the ability to create a new story. They do this by providing the most vulnerable children with a long-term, salaried, professional mentor, called a Friend, from kindergarten through high school graduation. 12 1⁄2 years, no matter what.


Brian Rush, Stephanie Mark, Laura McCain, Gentry Hoit, Roger Hoit, Collen Hoy, Ryan Hunter, and John Servidio.
L. to r.: Dov and Jessica Davidoff; Virginia Bayer, Erica Baird, and Sandy Breakstone.
L. to r.: Kazie Metzger, Joan Rosenthal, and Janet Larose; Richard Lorenzen and Pinsi Lei.
Larry and Janet Larose.
Greg Berube, Bassam Latif, Patrick McGrath, Rob Jordan, and Scott Greenberg.
Lucky table 13!


Photographs by Annie Watt (Lenox Hill, Friends of the Children); Matt Gillis & Annie Watt (Scotland Foundation).

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