Spring is in full swing. It has been a non-stop few weeks of events, happenings and benefits all over New York. Here is a look at some of the best in the city and a glimpse at more to come:
Delete Blood Cancer DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf hosted the star-studded 11th Annual DKMS Gala at Cipriani Wall Street to raise money to help fund the registration of lifesaving bone marrow donors. At the event, DKMS honored philanthropist Claudia D’Arpizio, Partner at Bain and Company, for her outstanding generosity and commitment to delete blood cancer.
DJ MICK provided the guests with music throughout the night. International superstar Rita Ora took the stage to present a special video during the program. Music superstar and 2015 The Voice contestant Jordan Smith closed evening with a moving performance that included “Chandelier,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “Somebody to Love.”
Stony Brook University recognized the 47th Vice President of the United States of America, the Honorable Joseph R. Biden Jr., at its annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala April 19 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Vice President Biden is being recognized for his outstanding career and dedication to the fight against cancer.
“Cancer touches us all in some way and at some point,” said Vice President Biden. “Everywhere I go, people share their stories of heartbreak and hope. And every day, I’m reminded that our work to end cancer as we know it is bigger than just a single person. It carries the hopes and dreams of millions of people who are praying that we succeed, praying for hope, praying for time – not someday, but now.”
The NYC Hospitality Alliance Awards celebrated New York City’s plethora of culture and vibrancy that emanate from its countless restaurants, bars, and nightclubs at Tao on May 9. A total of 18 awards were given to various individuals and businesses throughout the evening. The diverse range of awards give all different areas of the industry a chance to be recognized and honored, even those special ones that are often over looked. The event was presented by United Airlines and Valiant.
On Thursday, May 4th, Diva Moms founder and author of 10 Steps to Regaining Your Sanity, Sexiness and Inner Diva Lyss Stern, and model/ entrepreneur Veronica Webb co-hosted the 5th Annual Mom Moguls Breakfast at Sarabeth’s at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan. Hundreds of guests attended the morning perk you up soiree.
Lyss and Veronica led a panel of six powerful moms including Melissa Ben-Ishay – Founder of Baked by Melissa; Harris Faulkner – Co-host of Outnumbered on Fox News; Nancy Gates – Co-head of TV at United Talent Agency; Sukanya Krishnan – Lead Anchor on Pix 11 Morning News; Farnoosh Torabi – Financial Expert and Author; and Phebe Wahl – Editor in Chief of Manhattan and Beach magazines.
Jet Magazine held a special pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration with the tasty Tres Agaves Tequila. On site were some of the hottest trendsetters in town enjoying the delicious margaritas and stunning rooftop sunset.
London’s Social Concierge held a private event called Ballroom Romance at the Jane Hotel on May 3 with a hundred guests looking for love. Crowd Mixologists, eccentric and bold characters who make introductions every five minutes to get people mingle, were on hand at the lively event.
Resident Magazine recently held a lovely night out to celebrate cover star Danielle Savre. Blue Horizon International AG was on hand enjoying the festivities and giving out samples of their incredible Alpha Blu line to VIP guests.
And coming up Harlem EatUp! festival co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz announced that tickets are on sale for the third annual festival by visiting www.harlemeatup.com. Taking place May 15 – 21, 2017, Harlem EatUp! is a celebration of Harlem’s rich culture, art and rapidly growing culinary scene. The four-day festival will take place throughout the neighborhood, with events that include a kick off with a Billie Holiday tribute performance at the Apollo featuring The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Dine Ins at some of Harlem’s restaurants featuring guest chefs, and a two-day outdoor Grand Tasting at Morningside Park, one of the neighborhood’s most celebrated parks. Among the many restaurants to be featured this year include: BLVD Bistro, Chaiwali, Harlem Shake, Vinateria LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Melba’s, Minton’s, Red Rooster, Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird, and more. Additional festival programming, participating chefs and restaurants will be announced throughout the spring.
“The Harlem EatUp! Festival is inspired by the vibrancy of the Harlem community and all that it encompasses: music, art, people and of course, food,” said Chef, Restaurateur and Co-Founder of Harlem EatUp!, Marcus Samuelsson. “Harlem EatUp! is a four-day celebration of food, art, music and culture, highlighting local businesses, restaurants and artisans. If you haven’t danced in the tents in Morningside Park yet and sampled some of the city’s best food and drink, we hope to see you this year!”
As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, the festival’s net proceeds will be donated to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels. These donations will be disbursed by the newly formed Harlem EatUp! Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen community by supporting the people, cultures and non-profit organizations that empower Harlem.
For Mother’s Day, we hear that town favorite Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse will host a special meal to spoil your special lady in your life. From baked clams to prime New York sirloin steak there will be something for all mothers to enjoy.
The 2017 Taste of the Upper West Side presented by American Airlines and MasterCard will once again bring one of the city’s most exciting culinary celebrations to the UWS this May. Local restaurants, both classic and brand new, will delight guests with signature dishes, and renowned chefs will mingle throughout the tent during this much anticipated two-night tasting event. At the helm of Taste of the Upper West Side is the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit which created the event and donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification. In nine years, Taste of the Upper West Side has raised more than $500,000 for organizations improving the UWS.
“A decade later, Taste of the Upper West Side continues to be dynamic and fresh, with new restaurants showcasing their finest fare, alongside long-time favorites,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the BID. “It is a truly fun and delicious fundraiser that has brought many benefits to this community, including Columbus Avenue’s beloved sustainable streetscape, operational funds for Wellness in the Schools annually, donations to Citymeals-on-Wheels, 19 solar-operated trash baskets for Theodore Roosevelt Park, and other significant contributions.”
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