On Monday, June 3, 2019, HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery) hosted its 36th Tribute Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History, raising nearly $4.3 million for education, research and patient care. The gala honored Steve Tisch, chairman and co-owner of the New York Giants and partner at Escape Artists Productions, and presented Jonathan T. Deland, MD, chief emeritus, Foot & Ankle Service at HSS, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Al Roker, weather anchor of TODAY, co-host of 3rdHour TODAY and CEO of Al Roker Entertainment, hosted the event which also featured a special performance by the cast of Broadway musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations’. Special guest Saquon Barkley, running back for the New York Giants, helped introduce the awards.
On Monday May 3rd, Ashley Bush screened her award-winning short documentary “The Queen’s New Clothes” to a packed house at the Maysles Documentary Center.
“The Queen’s New Clothes” follows Winn Morton, a visionary, 90-year-old costume designer who honed his craft on Broadway as he brings fantasy and sparkle to a traditional debutante pageant in East Texas. The documentary won the audience award at the Dallas International Film Festival.
In attendance at the film’s screening was Winn Morton, Sharon Bush and Lauren Bush Lauren, Kathleen Ryan, Wendy Federman, Colleen Keegan, Karen Klopp, Pamela Taylor Yates, Dan Rosenstein, Jennifer and Joe Ruddick and many more.
The Maysles Documentary Center, a not for profit organization, is dedicated to the exhibition and production of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. Through their cinema and education programs they engage diverse communities in creative self-expression, communicating ideas and advocating needs.
On a perfect sun-filled evening on June 3rd at The Empire Rooftop, they held the launch of the Different & Able Foundation. President and Founder Alexandra Nicklas hosted over 100 guests with a special performance by Mandy Harvey, a profoundly deaf singer and songwriter who made it to the finals on America’s Got Talent. The audience was greatly moved by her inspirational talk and performance.
Guests included Sylvia Hemingway, Brent Nicklas, Ambassador Karoly Dan, Victoria Wyman, Kathy Sloane, Connie Steensma and Rick Prins, Rebecca Alexander, Adam Gyorgy, Graham Parker and Dr. Adam Benson, Gopa and Jay Dobson, Beth Jacobs, Drs. Mirjana Blokar and Ted Feder, Victor and Ashley Wu, Dr. Rebecca Hand, Maryanne Horwath and Michael Shaheen and many more.
Different & Able is a newly formed not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and resources to individuals with disabilities — helping them reveal their true abilities.
Photographs by Don Pollard, Howard Heyman, & Ryan Brown (HSS); John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (Queen’s New Clothes); Annie Watt (Different & Able)