Tributes, Trials, and Temptations

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Hospital for Special Surgery held its 36th Tribute Dinner at the American Museum of Natural History.

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 3rd Hour 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.


L. to r.: Dr. Todd Albert, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, with wife Barbara; Event co-chairs Ellen Wright and Kathy Leventhal.
Robert K. Steel, Robert Yaffa, and Thomas Lister. Mr. Lister and Mr. Steel are co-chairs of the HSS Board of Trustees. Mr. Yaffa is chair of the HSS Board of Advisors.
L. to r.: Stephanie March and husband Dan Benton; Elaina Scotto and husband Brett Yormark.
Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS, John Mara, Saquon Barkley, and Steve Tisch.
L. to r.: Dr. Holly Johnson, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, with husband Kurt; Stacey Malakoff, chief financial officer at HSS, with husband Philip.
Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS; Steve Tisch, and Jonathan Tisch.
L. to r.: Mary Lee and Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS; Pat Shurmur with wife Jennifer.
Steve Tisch, Laurie Tisch, and Jonathan Tisch.
L. to r.: Elihu and Susan Rose; Event honoree Dr. Jonathan Deland, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, with wife Emme.
Louis A. Shapiro, Ronnie Barnes, and Joanne and Dave Gettleman.
L. to r.: Connie Anne Phillips and Kate Doerge; Dr. Andrew Pearle, incoming chief of HSS Sports Medicine Institute, with wife Katherine.
Brandi Barber, Anthony Katagas, Catherine Schreiber, and Miles Ruthberg.
Dr. Mary Crow, chief of Rheumatology and physician-in-chief, with Marina Kellen French.
L. to r.: Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz; Carol and Dr. John Lyden, orthopedic surgeon at HSS.
Robert K. Steel and wife Gillian, with Dr. Jonathan Deland (center).
Incoming HSS surgeon-in-chief Dr. Bryan Kelly with wife Lois.
Event honoree Dr. Jonathan Deland, with Kathy Leventhal, event co-chair.
Anne and Dr. David Altchek, sports medicine surgeon at HSS.
Host Al Roker addresses the audience.
Robert K. Steel, Saquon Barkley, and Steve Tisch (center) with his award.
Dr. Todd Albert, surgeon-in-chief at HSS, presents Dr. Jonathan Deland, foot and ankle surgeon at HSS, with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Guests enjoy a special performance by the cast of Broadway musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations’.

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.


Julian LeFevre, Ashley Bush, and Winn Morton.

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.


L. to r.: Lauren Bush Lauren, Sharon Bush, and Ashley Bush; Suzan Rosenholtz Kremer and Susan Baker.
Lauren Roberts, Winn Morton, and Robin Cofer.
L. to r.: Sharon Bush and Bob Murray; Ashley Bush and Lili Buffett.
Lauren Lawrence, Jerry Baker, and Susan Baker.
L. to r.: Chid and Georgie Liberty; Jeremy Weisen and David Lauren.
Danny Donnelly and Christine Schott Ledes.
L. to r.: Darlyn Heckman and Austin Wright; George Ledes and Whitney Schott.

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.


Alexandra Nicklas.

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.


Alexandra Nicklas, Brent Nicklas, and Sylvia Hemingway.
Mandy Harvey, Alexandra Nicklas, and Rebecca Alexander.
Gopa Dobson, Sylvia Hemingway, Alexandra Nicklas, and Kathy Sloane.
L. to r.: Sergio Orozco and Maria Estrany-y-Gendre; Christopher and Catherine Cowie.
Beth Jacobs, Connie Vick, and Gloria Fieldcamp.
Rick Prins and Judy Bergsma.
Alexandra Nicklas, David Outcalt, Taylor Robinson, and Bart Osman.
Gopa Dobson, Jay Dobson, Cathy Lerebours-Chun, and Christopher Chun.
Mandy Harvey.

Photographs by Don Pollard, Howard Heyman, & Ryan Brown (HSS); John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (Queen’s New Clothes); Annie Watt (Different & Able)

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