The Top Dogs

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EVP Neil McCarthy, Robert Liberman, Kate Coyne, and Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy with MTA Police Department Canine Unit at the AMC Top Dog ‘Under Construction’ Celebration.

The Stephen and Christine Schwarzman Animal Medical Center (AMC) Top Dog Under Construction Celebration honored supporters of the ‘Gift of Love’ Capital Campaign, along with Sadie, the Hero Rescue German Shepherd. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department Canine Unit was also honored. The Top Dog Under Construction Celebration raised $1.8 million to benefit the Schwarzman AMC’s non-profit mission of research, education, and charitable giving to animals in need.

MTA Police Department Canine Team

The benefit, co-chaired by Nancy Kissinger, Elaine Langone, Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy, Marianne Mebane, and Annette de la Renta, was held on Tuesday, December 14th, at Cipriani-42nd Street. Over 250 guests were in attendance, including: Donna and Bill Acquavella, Georgina Bloomberg, Brooke and Ed Garden, Emilia Krimendahl, Elaine and Ken Langone, Marianne Mebane, and Lisa Schiff. Event designer David Monn transformed the iconic venue to match the event’s ‘under construction’ theme.

“AMC has a proud 111-year history of providing the highest quality medical care for animals, and to continue this legacy, we knew that our 60-year-old building was in need of modernization, expansion, and renovation,” said Kathryn Coyne, President and Chief Executive Officer at Schwarzman AMC. “Two years ago, we launched the ‘Gift of Love’ campaign and today we have raised $85 million of our $100 million goal.”

“Tonight, we are so proud to honor the hundreds of donors from across the city and around the world who have made this transformational moment for our hospital possible. Thanks to their vision, we can ensure that the Schwarzman AMC continues to be the standard bearer for veterinary care well into the future,” said Robert Liberman, Chairman, Board of Trustees at the Schwarzman AMC.

Board Chairman Robert Liberman and CEO Kate Coyne.
L. to r.: Robert Liberman, Kate Coyne, and Brian Myers with Sadie; Alex Hamer and Georgina Bloomberg.
Grant Greenspan and Trustee Michael Heaner.
Trustee Elaine Langone.
Trustee Brooke Garden submitting a wish list donation.
Wendy Lash, Neil McCarthy, and Georgina Bloomberg.
Christopher Rehn, CFO Paul Greene, Neil McCarthy, Donna Weissman, Elizabeth Monaco McCarthy, and Michael Heaner.
Trustees Emilia Saint-Amand Krimendahl and Lisa Schiff  selecting dog toys.

Over 160 members and guests of The Society of The Friendly Sons in the City of New York gathered on Tuesday, November 30th, for a Christmas reception at the New York Athletic Club.

Founded in 1784, The Society of The Friendly Sons in the City of New York is one of the oldest charitable organizations in New York State. The Society embraces its historical mission by focusing its charitable efforts in the areas of primary and secondary education, Irish arts and culture, and legal immigration assistance. The Society hosts several events throughout the year for its members.

Its next scheduled event is the 238th Anniversary Dinner of The Society, to be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Cipriani Midtown.

Sarah Miller Dearie, Michael O’Neal, Mark Gilbertson, Christine Miller Martin, Chele Chiavacci Farley, and Susan Burke O’Neal.
Sarah Miller Dearie, Michael O’Neal, Mark Gilbertson, Christine Miller Martin, Chele Chiavacci Farley, and Susan Burke O’Neal.
Katie Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Fell.
Bridget Duffy, Kara Duffy, and Steven Duffy.
Tom Hills and Jeanne McAnaney.
Michael Burke and William Burke.
Kerrigan Coyle, Noel Jennings, Gary Sheehan, Colleen Hills, Tom Hills, and Michael Hodson.
Mark Ackermann, Bill Evans, and Ed Sweeney.
Bob Devlin and Kevin McGrath.
Joan Stout, Joan Stout, and Lola Antognini.
Joan Stout, Kevin McGrath, Lola Antognini, and Joan Stout.

On December 9th, in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation gathered for their first official London Gala dinner at London’s Spencer House.

Lang Lang With his wife Gina Alice greeted guests including Bianca Jagger, Tinie Tempah, Dame Zandra Rhodes, David Sassoon, Reuben James and 60 more of the great and good.

Gina Alice, Prince and Princess Michael, and Lang Lang.

The event marked the foundation’s official launch in the UK, celebrating partnerships with Child Bereavement UK and Richard House Children’s Hospice as well as bringing its flagship program Keys Of Inspiration, teaching music literacy, to London schools.

Following a candlelit dinner Lang Lang and his wife performed an impromptu concert.

The official London Gala dinner at Spencer House.

The next evening Lang Lang took London by storm playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations at The Barbican. All the previous night’s dinner guests  joined him along with Daphne Guinness and Stavros Niarchos. Although COVID prevents backstage visits, Lang Lang’s dressing room was besieged by over 150 fans with more waiting outside.

Founded in 2008, The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® strives to make music a part of every child’s life, offering music education to children across the world.  The Lang Lang International Music Foundation® reaches children at all levels regardless of their background or talent level. The Keys of Inspiration® program redefines what music education looks like in public schools by providing up to 30 Roland keyboards and a complete music curriculum to underfunded schools.

Lang Lang and Gina Alice perform.

This September, there are 24,000 students in 60 Title 1 schools across America receiving access to consistent, sequential music education through Keys of Inspiration®. The Foundation’s Young Scholars program nurtures the development of gifted young piano talent. Young Scholars are offered masterclasses, mentorship, and entry into international festivals and competitions. Young Scholars also received practical training on becoming world class concert pianists.

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Dame Zandra Rhodes and Lang Lang.
Gina Alice, Lukas Barwinski Brown, Prince and Princess Michael, and Lang Lang.
Gina Alice, Lang Lang, Tinie Tempah, and Eve De Haan.
Eve De Haan and Tinie Tempah.

And, late last month, The third Thorn Tree Project Benefit Art Sale was held at the Clodagh Design Studio in the Flatiron/Gramercy Park area.

The Thorn Tree Project is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization, with all donations going directly to its programs to support its schools and over 1700 students in the Samburu area of Northern Kenya. Its Board of Directors are: Linda Pagan, president; Clodagh (vp), Gerard Govaerts, David Ashen, Dede McMahon, Ellen Sweeney, Lori Lum, Maja Serdarevic and Tucker Robbins.

Daniel Aubry, Rabia de Lande Long, Peter de Lande Long, and Clodagh.

Linda Pagan welcomed the large crowd at Clodagh’s Studio and thanked the artists, the volunteers and the Board for their continuous and tireless work on behalf of the young students.

The artists who donated sculptures, paintings and photographs for the Thorn Tree Project Benefit Art Sale 2021 included: Alex Palombo, Betsy Imershein,  Andrianna Shamaris,  Billi Kid, Clodagh, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Damian De Langeron, Daniel Aubry, David Link, Dedon by Stephen Burks, Douglas Litterick Swan,  Elizabeth Brown Eagle, Glenn Palmer Smith, Hans Neleman, Jamel Robinson, James Thomas, Keating Sherwin,  Lisa Nicoll, Louise Crandell, Maggie Wells,  Manuel Santelices, Marc Lambrecht, Maya  Schonenberger, Michael Curry, Mike Elsass, Mirjana Ciric, Norma Greenwood, Peggy Covell, Peter O’Kennedy, Pagani Studio, Rachel Newman, Robin Rice Gallery, Roland, Rose Hartman, Sam Glankoff Collection, Sarah von Dreele, Sof Van Droogenbroeck, Terence Main, Terri Gold and Brian Maloney of CUSP NYC Gallery.

Linda Pagan, Tracy Nixon, Dede McMahon, and Maja Serdarevic.

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L. to r.: Clodagh and Lucia Portali Waters; Maggie Wells and Louise Crandell.
Angelo Azurin, Sebnem Gungen, and Joann Flaherty.
L. to r.: Alana Frumkes; David Natoli and Lori Lum.
Ellen Sweeney, Anders Holst, and Clodagh.
L. to r.: Dede McMahon and Deirdre Featherstone; Elizabeth Pillsbury and Rose Hartman.
Ellen Sweeney, Austin Palmer Smith, Glenn Palmer Smith, and Silva Palmer Smith.
L. to r.: Terri Gold and Lisa Nicoll; Michael Curry.
Norm Brodsky, Linda Pagan, and Elaine Brodsky.
L. to r.: Alex Palombo and Sofie Lambert; Clodagh and Jamel Robinson.
Norma Greenwood and Cathy Takagaki Yee.
Peter O’Kennedy, Laura Romanoff, and Michael Wolfson.

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