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Family Parties and Excellence in the Classical Tradition

Jill Ross, Yesim Philip, Brooke Shields, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Sarah Kurita, and Nyssa Kourakos at Playground Partners Annual Family Party.
Last Wednesday, The Central Park Conservancy hosted its Playground Partners Annual Family Party in Central Park's Heckscher Playground at 62nd Street. This is the only event of the year held inside a Central Park playground, offering a special opportunity for New York City families. The party raised $420,000.

The event, sponsored by Goldman Sachs Gives and Brooks Brothers, had over 1,000 parents and children attend. Families enjoyed music by Kidville's Rockin' Railroad, a performance by the stars of the Broadway musical Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, rock climbing walls, cupcake decorating by Sprinkles Cupcakes, a soccer game by Super Soccer Stars and Kick & Play, a fast pitch game by Bulldog Ball Club, a storytelling adventure by Story Pirates, an obstacle course by The Little Gym, bean bag toss by Organic Avenue, New Orleans-style shaved ice by Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Ball, and much more.
This year's Honorary Chairman was Brooke Shields; the Party Chairmen were Adelina Wong Ettelson, Jennifer Evans, Nina Garcia, Sarah Kurita, Jill Ross, and Sharon Teles; Grandparents Committee Chairmen were Nancy and Daniel Paduano. They were joined by Playground Partners Co-Chairmen Nyssa Kourakos and Yesim Philip, Central Park Conservancy President and CEO Douglas Blonsky, and Women's Committee President Anne Harrison.

Proceeds from the Family Party support Playground Partners and its mission to keep Central Park's 21 playgrounds safe, clean and well-maintained.
The Benefit Committee and guests included: Kristy and Jonathan Korngold, Michelle Smith, Lisa and Jeff Blau, Gillian Miniter, Nanar and Tony Yoseloff, Jenny Price, Mary Kathryn Navab, Virginia and David Apple, Kamie Lightburn, Amy Tarr, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Aryn Grossman, Rebekah Mercer and Sylvain Mirochnikoff, Nancy Missett, Amanda Waldron, Sheri Babbio, Vicki Foley, Jenna and Paul Segal, Judith-Ann Corrente, and Wim Kooyker.
Adelina Wong Ettelson
Gillian Miniter and Selena Miniter
Brooke Shields and Anne Harrison
Karen LeFrak
Brooke Shields and Arthur Wayne
Linda Mugleston and Alessa Neeck
Nancy Paduano, Sharon Teles, Sarah Kurita, Nyssa Kourakos, Anne Harrison, Adelina Wong Ettelson, and Jill Ross
Kamie Lightburn and Yesim Philip
Nyssa Kourakos
Ranika Cohen, Begum Taft, Paige Boller Malik, and Kate Krieger
Adelina Wong Ettelson
Aileen Bruner
Jake, Nancy Paduano, Oscar, and Daniel Paduano
Four hundred and thirty architects, designers, patrons, and friends from across the country and abroad gathered in May to celebrate the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition, sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. The ceremony and dinner sold out as a measure of both the honorees and a growing constituency bound by a shared commitment to building on the past. This year, the Arthur Ross Jury selected the following five recipients:

Patronage: Jonathan Nelson
Artisanship/Craftsmanship: Timothy Richards and Miriam Ellner
Interior Design: Thomas Jayne
Architecture: Fairfax & Sammons
Timothy Richards
Thomas Jayne, Barbara Eberlein and Barbara Sallick
Jaquelin Robertson
Richard Sammons
Established in 1982 by Classical America chairman of the board, Arthur Ross, and its president, Henry Hope Reed, the Arthur Ross Awards were created to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition. From the beginning, the awards have recognized the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition.
Natalie, Debra, and Larry Boerder
Emily Bedard and Adrian Taylor
Christine and Alex Evans
Karen Bechtel, Egan Seward, and Gil Schafer III
Will Strasser and Lucinda Ballard
Tim Deal and Ed Siegel
Grant Marani and Nick Stern
Sandra Nunnerly and Angela Thompson
Leslie-Jon Vickory and Khalil Hamady
Kelly Price and Tim O'Brien
Gary Brewer, Buff Chase, Liz Plater-Zyberk and Rick Lapham
John and Elizabeth LaBombard; Suzanne and Fred Rheinstein
Nancy and Edward Madden, Will and Carol Browne
Maureen Footer and Gil Schafer III
Michael Mesko and Katie Casanta
Alexa Aron, John Cameron, Frances Cameron and Richard Cameron
Jane Lear and Katie Ridder
Francoise Skurman
Lt Col Timothy Adams and Gerry Dolezar
Anne Kriken Mann and Andy Taylor
Marie-Rose Andriadi and Bill Brockschmidt
Eleanor Alger and Bagley Reid
Suzanne Santry
Liz Plater-Zyberk and Buff Chase
Paul Gunther and Miriam Ellner
Peter Pennoyer
Janet Ross and Reva Wurtzberger
Marina Killery
Robert A.M. Stern
Paul Gunther and Gail Lloyd
Briana Miller
Jonathan and Judy Nelson
Jonathan Nelson and Peter Pennoyer
Anne Fairfax
Courtney Coleman
Pavlos Papageorgiou and Sarah Newbery
Clare McKeon
Mary Wallach
Ryan McCarthy, Richard Dragisic, and Carol Browne
Suzanne Santry and Rick Lapham
Kathy Rayner and George Gillespie
On Wednesday, May 22nd at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, 475 distinguished guests representing 34 countries gathered to celebrate the Fulbright vision of international understanding, and to salute outstanding honorees who have furthered global cooperation through their lives and work at The One To World 2013 Fulbright Awards Dinner.

The evening raised $605,000 for programs connecting Americans with young leaders from around the world in the year ahead. Current Fulbright grantees presented awards to Susan Carmel Lehrman, Founder and Chair of American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture, and a major supporter of international cultural events; Gianluigi Esposito, a founding partner of Altieri Esposito & Minoli and a Fulbright Scholar from Italy; Isaac Shapiro, Of Counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and a Fulbright Scholar to Paris. Receiving a special award was Dr. David Steinberg, President of Long Island University and a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines. Co-Chairs Wenke Thoman Sterns, J. Frank Brown, Marc Ganz, Neil Masterson and Dr. David Steinberg provided event leadership.
Susan Carmel Lehrman and Alfdaniels Mabingo
One To World brings together Americans with Fulbright Scholars and outstanding international student leaders from over 100 countries to experience each other’s lives in profound ways. One To World is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the official Coordinator of Enrichment Programs for Fulbright grantees in the New York area.

In the words of Elmir Gurbanov, a Fulbright grantee from Azerbaijan and one of this year’s presenters, “One To World gets us out of our books and classrooms, to be engaged in the community and aware of other cultures, so that we can begin to understand each other. One To World is empowering the Fulbright effect.”
Harriet Mayor Fulbright and Elmir Gurbanov
Among those in attendance were Harriet Mayor Fulbright, who was married to the late Senator J. William Fulbright and works to carry on his legacy; Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest; Count Vladimir and Countess Suzanne Tolstoy; The Hon. John O’Keefe, former U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan; The Hon. John Beyrle former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Bulgaria; Judi Flom; Hope Rockefeller Aldrich; Wendy O’Neill; Susie Gharib, Co-Anchor, PBS Nightly Business Report; Sherry Mueller, former President of the National Council for International Visitors; Pavel Spitsyn, the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the U.S.; Roland Celette, former Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of  France to the U.S.; and Kimberley Heatherington, Director of Operations at the French-American Cultural Foundation/Embassy of France.
Florence Sicard, Gianluigi Esposito, Elizabeth McColm, and Heike Vogel
Richard Fuchs, Noelle Silberbauer, and Joseph Rizzo
Zac Russell, Peter Wolf, Claudette Mayer, and Kevin Carpenter
Dr. David Steinberg and Deborah Clifford
Ambassador John O'Keefe and Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest
Kimberley Heatherington, Daniel Zavala, and Marie Helene Zavala
Ray and Barbara Simon
Barbara Roggemann, Joan Steinberg, Dr. Peter Roggemann, and Wenke Thoman Sterns
Peter Starr, Monique and Robert Schweich, Dr. Sherry Mueller, and Jeff Lee
Isaac Shapiro and Cristina Gonta
Jodi and Marc Ganz
Dr. Dario Cortes and Dr. Sue Henderson
Natalie and Alexander Potemkin
Jean Karoubi and Jessica Pliska
Christiane Fischer and Jenny Dixon
Ca Mie De Souza and Rupal Sankalia
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center hosted a spring luncheon to benefit its Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Tuesday, May 21, at Cipriani 42nd Street. Sponsored by CHANEL, the event featured a discussion titled Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: A Conversation about Beauty and Self-Image, with Dr. Gail Saltz and Dr. Amy Wechsler.  The conversation was moderated by Emmy-Award-Winning television journalist Juju Chang.
Dr. Laura Forese
Over 250 guests, including Veronica Beard; Serena Boardman; Stephanie Coleman; Cristina Cuomo; Lauren Santo Domingo, Danielle Ganek; Shoshanna Gross; Nathalie Kaplan; Julia Koch; Lizzie Tisch; Barbara Walters and Dr. Ruth Westheimer, listened as Dr. Saltz, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, bestselling author, and television commentator; and Dr. Wechsler, adjunct clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, dermatologist, and author; discussed tips on beauty and a healthy self-image.
 
The luncheon, hosted by Dr. Laura Forese, Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, raised over $400,000.  Founded in 1799, the Lying-In hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology) was New York's first medical center devoted solely to the care of women in childbirth. Under the leadership of Dr. Frank Chervenak, the department continues to set the standards in patient care, research, training and community outreach.
Kate Babb Shone, Dr. Laura Forese, Dr. Frank Chervenak, Dr. Amy Wechsler, and Dr. Gail Saltz
Lauren Santo Domingo, Bettina Prentice, and Ingrid Rockefeller
Dr. Amy Wechsler, Juju Chang, Dr. Gail Saltz, and Dr. Laura Forese
Barbara Walters
Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dr. Frank Chervenak
Pamela Gross, Judy Taubman, Serena Boardman, and Tiffany Dubin
Pamela Gross and Barbara Walters
Chloe Malle
Vanessa Traina and Julia Von Boehm
Jemilah Afshar and Jennifer Harris
Sofia Sanchez
Anya Ziourova
Ashley McDermott
Shoshanna Gruss
Hartley House held its annual 2013 Spring Benefit at the Museum of the City of New York on May 20th. The Hartley House Award for Philanthropic excellence was presented to The Honorable David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor, City of New York in recognition of his lifelong commitment to strengthening the New York City community through dedicated public service and faithful advocacy for the underserved.
Hon. David N. Dinkins and Alice Truax
Hartley House also honored the Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE), a comprehensive case management program serving the Westside of Manhattan. This program not only helps to prevent eviction and early institutionalization but also recognizes that our elderly neighbors are vital members of the community and works to improve the quality of their lives.

Hartley House has served those who live and work in New York City's Hell's Kitchen since 1897 and this evening raised the vital funds necessary to help families in the Hell's Kitchen community. Lonnie Quinn, Weathercaster CBS 2 was the Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer.
Judith Baldwin and Lonnie Quinn
Honorary Corporate Chair Harold McGraw III along with Chairs Judith Baldwin, Diane Downs, H. Hartley du Pont, Jennifer Kelly, Alexis Robinson Waller and Benefit Vice Chairs Olga D'Alto, Leigh Kirby, Nicole Rhodes and the Young Associate Chairs, Calli Snook, encouraged everyone to bid on the live auction items.

Guests included Alice Truax, President of the Board of Hartley House, Lauren Remington Platt, Ashley Wilcox Platt, Soheir Khashoggi, Leslie Crocker Snyder, Susan Henshaw Jones, JoAnne Olian, Lauren Lawrence, Laura Clare, Terri Cook, Nesli Danisman, Kim Davis, Margaret Doyle, August du Pont, Laura Guerre, Susan Ferriere, Anne Flannery, Roy W. Kean, Susan Lovell, Eleanor Earle Mascheroni, Alexandra H. Platt, Deirdre Riou, Alma Schneider, Christine Schott, George Leeds, Joycelyn Engle, Ryan Messing and Denise DeLuca.
Paul and Olga D'Alto
Kaylan Tildsley, Nora Nagle, and Nicole Rhodes
Alexis Waller, Hartley du Pont, Diane Downs, Judith Baldwin, and Jen Kelly
Laurie Diamond, Christine Barkus, Natalie Barkus, and Dodie Gumaer
Emilia Petrucci and Jeanne Petrucci
Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder and Dr. Fred Synder
Terry and Sue McGraw
Carol Bellidora Westfall and Christine Biddle
George Leeds and Christine Schott
Diane Downs, Susan Lovell, and Gregory Downs
Dave Sheehan and Nicole Cicogna
Kyle Parks and Hon. David N. Dinkins
Terri Cook
Susan Ferriere, Beatrice Leon, and Deirdre Riou
Deborah McManus, Jason McManus, and Susan Ferriere
Jacob Dunn and Jessica Brody
Louise Raymond and Terri Austin
Roy Kean, Ryan Nessing, Kathy Clingan, and Tom Clingan
Lonnie Quinn
Laura Guerra
Nicole Cicogna and Chris Kenny
Jason McManus, Tom Kurland, Josh Goldberg, and Glenn Goldberg
Hon. David N. Dinkins and Susan Henshaw Jones
Hartley duPont, Hon. David N. Dinkins, and August and Paul duPont
Soheir Khashoggi and Lauren Lawrence
August duPont, Ashley Platt, and Lauren Remington Platt
Sue McGraw, Terry McGraw, Yesenia Zuniga, Hon. David N. Dinkins, and Nicole Cicogna
Bill Cunnigham and Hon. David N. Dinkins

Photographs by Mia McDonald (Arthur Ross); Patrick McMullan & Billy Farrell Agency (Playground Partners); Billy Farrell Agency (NewYork-Presbyterian); Annie Watt (Hartley House).




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