November has a busy month with some of the best fundraisers and events to date.
Alec Baldwin and Marlo Thomas chaired The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute 50th Anniversary celebration in early November. Alumni Ellen Burstyn, Renee Taylor and Lainie Kazan led the evening’s performances watched by grand guests and alumni including Jennifer Esposito.
Lee Strasberg was known as the “father of Method Acting” training Al Pacino, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, and his institute trained everyone from Angelina Jolie to Claire Danes, and so many others. Lee helped shape the broadway and film industry in America.
On the Upper East Side, Michelle and Fred Larsen and the Board of Directors of the National Institue of Social Sciences met to celebrate the 105th Gold Medal Dinner and to meet 2019 Gold Medal Honoree Peter Gelb. Yanna Avis hosted the event to celebrate the General Manager of the Met Opera and the incredible work of the organization.
Philanthropist and Attorney Thomas J. Henry’s launched the new art and music experience Austin Elevates. The two-day event was free to the public and benefited local nonprofit organizations SAFE Alliance, Superhero Kids and St. David’s Foundation Community Fund.
To kick-off the two-day event, contemporary street artist Alec Monopoly, publicly unveiled a new mural dedicated to the Lone Star State.
“I am completely taken aback and honored by the positive reaction we’ve received from the community for ‘Austin Elevates,’” said Attorney Thomas J. Henry. “It was my mission to not only bring a unique event tailored to this amazing city but to raise awareness and funds for the local nonprofits making a difference in the lives of so many every day.”
On Wednesday, November 6, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, held its 13th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel. The seminar focused on “Depression and Anxiety: Diagnosis and Latest Treatments” with top doctors sharing the latest advances in psychiatry, including a potential new treatment being developed by the Foundation’s acclaimed Depression Task Force of brain researchers.
The day culminated with multi Grammy Award Winning, singer songwriter LeAnn Rimes, who made the room of 350 attendees tear up as she shared her story about finally entering treatment for depression and anxiety.
“A day after my 30th birthday I checked myself in to treatment,” said Ms. Rimes, recipient of the 2019 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy. “Honestly, it was the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself because I don’t know if I would have made it to the next one.”
Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager premiered their film “No Safe Spaces” in Hollywood. The controversial free speech and cancel culture docudrama starring comedian Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager presents to audiences what is happening to free speech by talking to experts on the right and left, touring college campuses and examining their own upbringings to try to understand America today.
And coming up the 65th Viennese Opera Ball is hosting an invitation only kick-off celebration. The event is chaired by Denise Rich, Jean Shafiroff, and Elisabeth Muhr. The Viennese Opera Ball celebrates the cultural and economic relationships between Austria and America, connecting two continents, two cities and two centuries in one glamorous evening.