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|Thursday, September 18 marked the date for the Annual Rose Garden Dinner Dance at The New York Botanical Garden. The Rose Garden Dinner Dance celebrates the second annual flowering of the Garden’s magnificent rose collection. The evening began with cocktails in the world-renowned Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, followed by dinner and dancing in the Garden Terrace Room.
The Chairmen of this year’s Rose Garden Dinner Dance were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Burn III, Memrie M. Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. George B. Moore, and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sullivan, Jr. The Honorary Chairmen were Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy H. Biggs, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hubbard and Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Nolen.
|This spectacular evening paid special tribute to Susan and Coleman P. Burke for their extraordinary dedication, leadership, and generosity as important members of the Garden community.
Susan has spent 22 years as a member of the Board and her service on the Horticulture, Library Visiting, and Budget Committees, and the Garden Patrons Council has helped advance the work of this institution. In addition to providing essential operating support through their generosity toward the Annual Fund, the Burkes have long been dedicated to the Special Events Program. Susan’s leadership of the Antique Garden Furniture Fair for over two decades has been instrumental to the success of this annual event.
|Susan and Coley have made a wonderful new leadership commitment to the Garden in support of the Edible Academy, the planned state-of-the-art, year-round complex that will make it possible to double the number of children, families, and teachers who can participate in NYBG’s edible gardening, cooking, and nutrition programs. They will champion the new Edible Academy by underwriting the development of its Terraced Lawn Amphitheater, the future site for large-scale cooking demonstrations, concerts, and public programs. The Garden’s preeminence among the world’s botanical gardens has been greatly strengthened through their philanthropy and dedication.
Today an astonishing array of roses is displayed in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden with nearly 700 varieties thriving in the only surviving New York City garden designed by eminent landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand. Long lauded as one of the most beautiful rose gardens in America, the Rockefeller Rose Garden has been transformed in recent years into one of the most sustainable public gardens in the world.
|New and rare roses are always being tested and added to the increasingly comprehensive collection. Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator Stephen Scanniello’s mission is to grow a diversity of varieties of roses from around the world that are not only stunningly beautiful but disease resistant as well. In recognition of this effort, the Rockefeller Rose Garden has been presented the Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award by the Great Rosarians of the WorldTM. The Rose Garden also was named the “Most Outstanding Public Rose Garden Display in America” by All-America Rose Selections.
The event proceeds help to maintain and build the Rose Garden collection, and support the curators’ continued care and development of one of the world’s premier rose venues. The event attracted 250 members of the Garden’s extended family, and raised $600,000 to support the collection.
|The Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic at The New York Botanical Garden took place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The event Chairmen and special celebrity host Mario Batali welcomed guests at one of New York's best family parties of the season. Family and friends came together to enjoy a great selection of children's activities, demonstrations, live entertainment, and an outdoor picnic which was personally designed by Mario Batali. This year more than 700 guests enjoyed a live cooking demonstration by Mario Batali and Special Guest, Carla Hall, Mario's co-host from ABC's The Chew. After the demonstration, Picnic guests attended a reception with special guests Mario and Carla in the Conservatory Courtyard, adjacent to the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and were treated to seasonal hors d'oeuvres designed by Mario and Carla. The event was underwritten by RAOUL and additional support was provided by Manhattan Magazine.|
|The Chairmen of this year's Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic were Genevieve and Peter C. H. Brown, Jennifer and John Duffy, Emma and Todd Goergen, Sharon and Bill Jacob, Nathalie and Edward Kaplan, Annie and James Lansing, Jennifer and Malcolm Nolen, Kimberly and Jean Putzer, Beth and Beau Taylor, and Julia and Ted Weld. The Grandparents Chairmen were Anne and Tom Hubbard, Edie and Hamilton Kean, Susan Lynch, and Eliot and Wilson Nolen. The Honorary Chairman was Jill Joyce. The Founding Chairmen are Julie and Nick Sakellariadis.
|This event supports the Garden's Edible Academy, hub of the children's vegetable gardening program. The Edible Academy, and its planned state-of-the-art facility, will significantly expand the edible gardening program opportunities, so that twice as many children, parents, and teachers (from 40,000 to 80,000) can learn how to grow fruits and vegetables, as well as make the important connections among plants, gardening, nutrition, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle.|
|The New York City Ballet held its 2014 Fall Gala last Tuesday a week at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao served as co-Chairs of the evening along with Marianne Lake and Jennifer and Trey Laird. Parker and Chao “co-designed” a piece of jewelry (with a value of $750,000) to be auctioned off this month, to benefit the NYCB.
|Openings of the ballet or the opera are major fashion events in New York. They were always social events, and therefore fashion events, but now there is more than a touch of Show Biz to it all and the women attending (who can afford to) dress up for the occasion. The result is a wonderful fashion show where this carpet is purple (as in born to the purple?). Also fashion empress Carolina Herrera designed the costumes for Peter Martin’s Morgen. Designer Thom Browne did it for Troy Schumacher, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen provided costumes for Liam Scarlett and his dancers, and Mary Katrantzou was the collaborator for Justin Peck’s world premiere. Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet This Bitter Earth featured costues designed for it in 2012 by Valentino.|
|The evening began with a champagne reception at 5:30 pm followed by a 7 o’clock performance. This is all moved up an hour from usual to accommodate the crowd attending the benefit with dinner (ideally) served between nine and nine-thirty. Many benefits which feature performances often don’t serve dinner until ten and after. The working partners attending begin to growl and grumble when it reaches that hour (since they’ve been working all day and have to get up for the next morning at the office, etc.). This is bad for future business.|
|The American Theatre Wing's annual Gala, held last Monday, September 15th, was the most successful in the organization's history, raising over $750,000 (besting the previous record, which was set in 2013, by more than $50,000). All proceeds from the evening will benefit the education and outreach programs of the American Theatre Wing, which include SpringboardNYC, the Theatre Intern Network, the National Theatre Company Grants and the Jonathan Larson Grants®, and will also support free access for students, aspiring professionals, and the general public to programming on AmericanTheatreWing.org, including the long running "Working in the Theatre" media program.|
|The sold-out, black-tie event was held at The Plaza Hotel and honored Broadway legend Dame Angela Lansbury for her lifelong dedication and invaluable contributions to the theatrical community. The evening's program featured a selection of numbers, performed by a glittering array of stars, including Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein, James Monroe Iglehart, Christine Ebersole, and Len Cariou. William Ivey Long, Harold Prince, James Earl Jones, and Sir Howard Stringer presented Ms. Lansbury with her honor. Anki Leeds, CeCe Black, Marva Smalls, and Sir Howard Stringer served as Gala co-chairs.
Key support for this year's gala was led by Viacom, as well as Adrienne Arsht, Sony Corporation of America, Melissa Sage Fadim, and Enid Nemy and the Dorothy Strelsin Foundation.
|Photographs by AnnieWatt & Shevett Studios (ATW); PatrickMcMullan.com|