It was a night under the stars that twinkled as beautifully bright as the heroes gathered to honor and help children in need.
On a phenomenal night at Casa Cirpriani to always remember, the stars came together for the first annual Moonlight Gala. It was a moment of rare magic that New York City could only warmly embrace and give grand applause to for hosting such a beautiful and sparkling blissful affair.
On June 23, the stunning gala benefited CARE, Children With Special Needs. The lovely night was hosted by Michael Cayre, Roy Nachum, Richie Akiva and MegaMoon Museum with Casa Cipriani, and co-hosted by Richie Akiva, with Patrick Finnegan and Helly Nahmad. The gala honored Ivan Soto-Wright of MoonPay and Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX. Over $7 million was raised at the outstanding affair.
“It’s just incredible to give back,” Mayor Eric Adams said during opening remarks. We work so hard, but we always have to take care of people with needs, especially kids with needs. For me everybody is equal. It’s all about giving back and being able to celebrate life and the heroes that help along the way.”
CARE founder Meyer Safdieh with wife Victoria Safdieh also took the stage to thank attendees. Not a dry eye in the house could keep tears from flowing as a video presentation respectfully played out the purpose of the cause. It was a truly humbling experience that produced gratitude for a group coming together to be able to support and back such an amazing cause.
The program was MC’d by retail real estate mogul and respected philanthropist Harry Adjmi. A headlining performance also took place by Grammy winning recording artist Miguel, which had the crowd on their feet and dancing under the grand realm of moonlight.
A fantastic afterparty followed in the concourse ballroom, featuring DJ sets by Juske and Rachel Winters. Other committee chair members included notable art dealer Helly Nahmad, investor Patrick Finnegan, celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and Sophie Cohen.
Additional VIPS and talent in attendance included Paolo Zampolli, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gigi Hadid, Evan Mock, Moj Mahdara, Luma Grothe, Jacob Arabo, Patrick Carroll, Bo Dietl, Margo Urban, Eytan Rockaway, Ju Wong, Cami Tellez, Gabby Westbrook, Inga Rubenstein, Marta Pozzan, Nastya Swan, Sophie Sumner, Madi Webb, Natalia Bulycheva, Susanne Knipper, Julia Banas, Regitze Christensen, Mary Leest, Giuseppe Giofre, Enly Tammela and many more.
Event partners included FTX, Akiva’s new SOCIETE ultra exclusive membership club, Vito Schnabel Gallery, Jacob & Co., Give Well, Moonpay, MegaMoon Museum and MegaMoon Crown Kids
Due to the generosity of attendees, CARE is facilitating grants to over 18 diverse organizations including: Make-A-Wish, Columbia University Pediatrics, Child Mind Institute and Reach for the Stars Learning Center, among many others.
The evening’s live auction was led by Sotheby’s and featured incredible artwork including original pieces from Vito Schnabel Gallery by Jordy Kerwick ($75k value) and Fransesco Clemente ($150k value), an Alec Monopoly “Godfather” painting ($120k value), an Enoc Perez `Untitled 2014” and Martin Mull “Black Moshanon 2000” courtesy of Tico Mugrabi (Valued at $66k), and two original Peter Tunney pieces, “It’s All Good” and “Show Me The Monet,” (Valued at $110k). The live auction featured high end watches such as an Astronomia Solar Planets Zodiac luxury watch by Jacob Arabo (Jacob & Co) valued at $350k, a Patek Philippe 6168G Blue Dial watch ($165k value) and both a Rolex GMT Master II 2022 ($25k value) and Rolex Cellini King Midas ($25k), all courtesy of Allan Mendlowitz. The auction also included one-of-a-kind experiences such as a private box suite for 18 to see Harry Styles at MSG courtesy of Al Palagonia ($50k value), a private jet + trip to Bacalar, Mexico for four nights with three luxury villas at Habitas ($125k value), a NYFW experience with supermodel Gigi Hadid including two runaway seats and a backstage meet and greet plus dressing for the show by her celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell, and a multi-day lavish staycation package for two nights in the Presidential Suite at Casa Cipriani inclusive of dinner for two and in-room massages for two in the $7k per night luxury suite ($25k value).
On the NFT front, MegaMoon Museum auctioned off an original Roy Nachum “Moon Ranger” oil painting, digital video and NFT combination package ($550k value), followed by a BAYC NFT Bored Ape courtesy of FTX, with a rarity score of over 340, which went for $460k.
MegaMoon Museum, the evening’s title sponsor, founded by Nachum and Cayre, is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of digital art and NFTs. The museum, located in New York City, will provide the largest immersive space for the creative community and will be the first institutional space to educate, exhibit and sell NFTs, located at the base of The World Trade Center directly across from Oculus, set to open in 2023, with architecture by Mercer Project.
enCourage Kids Foundationen 38th Annual Gala
The enCourage Kids Foundation will host its 38th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Cipriani South Street located at 10 South Street in NYC. enCourage Kids is proud to honor Adam Doneger, Executive Vice Chairman, Newmark, and Josh Cromer, Head of Credit Investments, Rialto Capital, and their spirit of philanthropy. This year, Mount Sinai will be the recipient of The Michele Hall Duncan Humanizing Healthcare Award. This award is in memoriam of our late President & CEO Michele Hall Duncan for her over two decades of dedication of humanizing healthcare for pediatric patients and their families.
WABC 7 Sports Anchor, Ryan Field will emcee the evening alongside Dinner Chairs Jeffrey Gural – GFP Real Estate, Tony Fineman – ACORE Capital, and Adam Spies – Newmark.
Confirmed celebrity guests include Malik Yoba – Actor NY Undercover, Howard Cross – NY Giants Super Bowl Champion, Erik Coleman – Tony Richardson and Christian Peter – Former NFL NY Giants Defensive Tackle.
Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving nearly one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Our programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatments, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also supporting pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.
For ticket information please visit www.encourage-kids.org.
Southampton Inn Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Summer BBQ
This Memorial Day Weekend Southampton Inn invited hotel guests, local residents and seasonal visitors to a celebration at the most desirable location in the heart of Southampton New York, kicking off the Hamptons summer season at the 2023 Annual BBQ Bash.
Guests celebrated the holiday al fresco at the pool patio surrounded by several acres of manicured lawns and private gardens, where they enjoyed a buffet of signature burgers, platters of traditional salads and tasty holiday classics prepared by Claude’s Restaurant including a celebratory 25th Anniversary Cake. The pool patio bar kept all the participants hydrated with a wide selection of chilled refreshments to sip under the sun.
Notable attendees included: Shane Moan, Dede Gotthelf, Terri Moan, Philip Gotthelf, Jean Shafiroff, Diana Cochran, Jennifer Allsop, Roger Sichel, Eileen Sichel, Cagri Kanver, Larry Wohl, Leesa Rowland, Sara Shala, Consuelo Vanderbilt-Costin, Montgomery Frazier, Maria and Oleg Van Vlodrop, Susan Bates, Carmen D’Alessio, Elana Gibbs, Eric Andrew, Carl Bolch, Peter Pizzino and Noreen Donovan.
Visit the Inn this summer in one of 90 renovated and comfortably furnished guestrooms, with 16 specifically designed for pets to enjoy with their owners. A weekend of pure relaxation awaits as each room is prepared with high-quality linens complete with triple sheeting over Tempur-Pedic mattresses, and renowned upscale toiletry brand, Gilchrist & Soames. Guestrooms also feature complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, flat screen TV, small refrigerators and guest-controlled air conditioning and heating. Other features of the property include a library with fireplace, flexible indoor meeting spaces such as a conference room, a ballroom and a game room for children of all ages, and newly renovated eatery Claude’s Restaurant, which offers a delicious, locally-sourced all-day menu.
For the latest packages, deals and rates this summer, please call 631-283-6500, or visit www.southamptoninn.com. The Inn’s attentive staff look forward to welcoming you at the Southampton Inn.
Photo Shane Moan, Dede Gotthelf Moan, Terry Moan (Photo Credit: Lisa Tamburini)
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Presents NuWorks 2023
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director) presents NuWorks 2023, the annual experimental series of self-created work from innovative and diverse artists exploring an eclectic range of genres and techniques using poetry, text, dance, and music. Featuring new works by diverse artists Sora Baek, Jan Barry & Jenny Pacanowski, AJ Layague, Sanhawich Meateanuwat, Lyra Nalan, Sai Somboon, Cody LeRoy Wilson, Mandarin Wu & Da Xu.
Performances begin in repertory Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 7:00PM and will conclude on Sunday afternoon June 11, 2023, at 3:00PM at Theatre 1 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).
General Admission tickets are priced at $27.50 and available at https://bfany.org/theatre-row/shows/nuworks-2023/ For additional information, please email email@example.com or visit the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre website at https://www.panasianrep.org/nuworks2023.
NuWORKS 2023Schedule of Events
PROGRAM APremieres Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 7:00PM Second performance Friday, June 9, 2022 at 7:00PM
Dream ReunionWritten by Lyra Nalan Starring Genevive Shi and Stephanie Gong Directed by Nina Lam
Ting, a Chinese woman living in America, runs over various possibilities of her reunion with her mother back home, hoping to find the right words that lead to a perfect scenario.
Lyra Nalan is a bilingual Chinese writer based in New York. She is the Judith Royer Award-winning playwright for the play Paper Dream and has been nominated for the Susan Blackburn Smith Prize and the Smith Prize for Political Theatre. Her work has been showcased at the Kennedy Center, Cherry Lane Theatre, Round House Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Avant Bard Theatre, Tradewind Arts Asian American Artists, Strand Theatre, Three Cats Productions, and Adventure Theatre MTC. Lyra is currently working on a commission for Silk Road Rising theatre. She’s very honored and thrilled to be a part of Pan Asian Rep’s NuWork Festival! EDUCATION: Northwestern University: MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage. WEBSITE: Lyranalan.com.
SELL ME: I Am From North KoreaWritten and performed by Sora Baek
On her 15th birthday, a North Korean girl, Jisun makes the heart-wrenching decision to sell herself to an old Chinese man to make money for ger dying mother’s medications. However, after risking everything by crossing the Tumen River into China, she learns that she is not-sellable and finds herself on the streets.
Sora Baek (Writer/Performer) is grateful to Pan Asian Rep and Tisa for this wonderful opportunity to share her work. Sora is a New York-based actor and playwright from South Korea. She has been featured on News 12 NJ and the international Radio Show, Voice of America. Select theater credits include: SELL ME: I am from North Korea (International Human Rights Festival, Emerson Theater Collaborative, Jersey City Theater Center), The Storm, A Christmas Carol, 400 Parts Per Million, and Sworn Virgin (NYC and International Tour) with Blessed Unrest, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Calaveras Repertory Theatre). Sora won Best Actress at the Epidemic Film Festival in San Francisco. She also won Best Lead Performer at the U.K’s Scene Saver and her play was nominated for Best Play. She works with Only Make Believe where she performs interactive theater with children in hospitals and is an associate member of an internationally acclaimed theater company, Blessed Unrest. www.sorabaek.com
PROGRAM BPremieres Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 3:00PM Second performance Tuesday, June 8, 2023 at 7:00PM
A Sisyphean DreamWritten and Devised in Collaboration with Heen Sasithorn, Vin Kridakorn and Pacha Chantri Directed by Sanhawich Meateanuwat
A group of immigrant actors meets in a dream space to discuss their dreams as immigrant actors. Through challenges., self-doubts, and homesickness, they wonder if they made the RIGHT choice to travel across the world to pursue their dreams.
Sanhawich Meateanuwat (Playwright) recently moved to New York after graduating from the MFA Directing Program at Illinois State University. In Thailand, they worked as an instructor and resident director at Bangkok University, where they directed, adapted, and translated numerous plays. In 2022, they received the National SDC Directing Fellowship Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. They worked as a Directing Fellow at the National Playwrights Conference 2022 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. This year, they have been selected to be the part of The Drama League’s Directors Project as Directing Assistantships cohort and the KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Arts Leadership fellows. Website: Sanhawich.com
Bridge Back Home From WarA Conversion through Poetry About the Impact of War By Jan Barry and Jenny Pacanowski
After returning from the wars overseas, follow two veterans from different eras, different wars, navigate their experiences through an interactive writing workshop with the audience.
Jan Barry is a poet and author whose books include A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Campaigns,Earth Songs, Life after War & Other Poems and (co-editor) Winning Hearts & Minds: War Poems byVietnam Veterans. A U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, he coordinates Warrior Writers workshops forveterans and family members in New Jersey. For more information: www.janbarry.net
Jenny Pacanowski served in the Iraq war in 2004 as a combat medic in the Army. Her military service led her back to the arts, which includes writing and facilitating workshops for veterans, their families and providing guidance on how their communities can support them through theatre. Jenny and her organization, Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving do their best to assist veterans to reintegrate and thrive.
PROGRAM CPremieres Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 7:00PM Second performance Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7:00PM
Cowgirl Katarungan Is Fixin’ to FightWritten by AJ Layague
Cowgirl Katarungan is a Filipinx-American truthteller/detective who recounts – and dismantles – four historical vignettes where racism, misogyny, and the eugenics movement took center stage. And she does it in verse.
AJ Layague – she/her (Playwright) immerses into stylized historical worlds which typically center the non-binary and/or people of color, instead of relegating them to side characters or ancillary roles. They steer their narratives and their movement in their worlds, even when these narratives and worlds are bleak and not completely within their control. And as an ethnomusicologist – I lived and studied music in Southeast Asia – I am most interested in how music-cultures and cultures can evolve, respond, and even thrive during colonization. And how they sound and re-sound post-colonization.
Extraordinary AlienWritten and performed by Sai Somboon Directed by Nana Dakin
A solo show based on Sai’s lived experience expressed through movement/dance, comedy, monologues, and video projections. A reflection on their intersectional identities as a gay, cisgender Thai man, a recently naturalized citizen of the United States, and an actor/dancer navigating the audition and performance landscape in New York.
Sai Samboon (Writer/Performer) is a comedian, actor and dancer from Bangkok, Thailand. Based out of New York City, Sai has performed in Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel, FringeNYC, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter, Dallas Musicals, North Shore Music Theatre and Daegu Opera House in Daegu, South Korea. Sai holds a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology from Franklin & Marshall College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University and he is finishing up the Master of Education program at Harvard University.
PROGRAM DPremieres Wenesday, June 7, 2023 at 7:00PM Second performance Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 3:00PM
Period.Written and by Mandarin Wu and Da Xu Performed by Mandarin Wu Sound Design by Da Xu
A tragicomedy starring Handy Mandy, as she tap dances through the conflicts of being an aging Asian-American modern woman and actor, navigating through current social climate and regularly incapcitated by the periods in her life.
Mandarin Wu (Playwright/Performer) is a theatre performer singer/dancer/actor/choreographer/ director. Selective credits: “PLEASED” (Pan Asian Rep 2022 NuWorks), A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep), Follies (APAC), Orfeo ed Euridice(Met Opera). Choreography for Theatre: Skin (Rattlestick), Romance of the Western Chamber(Wildly Productive), Eastbound (NYTB), Legally Blonde_ (National ChiaYi University of Taiwan). NYU Tisch Dance MFA, UC Irvine Dance BA. Musical Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College.
Xa Du (Playwright/Sound Design) Credits: “PLEASED” (Pan Asian Rep 2022 NuWorks), The Brothers Paranormal (East WestPlayers), Uncovered(UCLA). With Los Angeles Movement Arts: Momentum, Catalyst (co-curator), and audio/visual movement works for LACMA’s Art Walk. Live Visuals: Alienware Computers, LuLuLemon. Toured extensively with the seminal Chinese rock band 舌头(SheTou) as photographer and live visual collaborator. 2021 Westben International Performer-Composer Residency participant.
Did My Grandfather Kill My Grandfather?Written and performed by Cody LeRoy Wilson
A journey to find out what it means to be Asian-American, the piece follows Cody’s mother’s immigration story. Cody investigates their family’s story and gain new perspectives on the meaning of family roots and their Asian Decent.
Cody LeRoy Wilson (Playwright/Performer) makes his Pan Asian Rep debut at Theatre Row and he is beyond grateful for the opportunity. Other NYC credits include Off Broadway: Handbagged (59E59), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus with NYSX and Prisoners of Qual Dong at Prism Stage. Regional: Book of Will, Handbagged, and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at Roundhouse Theater, As You Like It at The Folger, Measure For Measure, As You Like It, So Please You at Hudson Valley Shakespeare, and Miss Saigon at Missouri Playhouse. TV/Film: “Russian Doll,” “Impractical Jokers,” “Hello Tomorrow!,” and Money Monster.
For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.panasianrep.org/nuworks-2023.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, celebrating its 46th Milestone Season, is the most veteran Asian American theatre company on the East Coast. Tisa Chang founded Pan Asian Rep in 1977 at Ellen Stewart’s La Mama ETC with the vision to promote equity and access that Asian Americans artists can equally follow, focusing on stories of probing social justice issues with distinctive Off-Broadway Productions, Tours, National Outreach, and Community Service. Mel Gussow of The New York Times described it as “A Stage for All the World of Asian–Americans” and wrote that “Before Pan Asian Rep, Asian Americans had severely limited opportunities in the theater….” The company has nurtured thousands of artists and is a “who-is-who” of Asian American theatre history, with notable alumni/ae: Ako, Ernest Abuba, Tina Chen, Philip Gotanda, Wai Ching Ho, David Henry Hwang, Daniel Dae Kim, Lucy Liu, Ron Nakahara, R.A. Shiomi, Lauren Yee, and Henry Yuk.
Pan Asian Rep Programs are made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; and major support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Mary Li Hsu Charitable Trust, NY Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels, Lucille Lortel Foundations; and many generous individuals.
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Hampton’s Happening: The South Fork Natural History Museum Gala
The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO), is hosting its 34th Annual Summer Gala Benefit to honor acclaimed environmentalists and humanitarians in Bridgehampton on July 29th and I would love for you to consider sharing the event with your readers.
This year the event will be hosted by Sissi Bohlen, Carole Crist, Anke & Jürgen Friedrich, Kimberly Goff, Julia Haart, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, Kim & Greg Lippmann, Susan & David Rockefeller, Ada Samuelsson, and Sammi & Scott Seltzer. The evening will honor some special friends of SOFO. Some of the honorees include Yvon Chouinard, Dan and Rae Emmett and family, Basil Seggos, and Annette Sabin, the Matriarch of the Sabin Family, will receive the Post humorous Animal Advocate Extraordinaire Award for her love of nature and wildlife.
This event will take place from 6:00pm-10:00pm and benefit SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives empowering families to be responsible stewards of our planet. The evening will celebrate 34 years of leadership in nature preservation and education, and growth from a small nature clubhouse founded in 1988 by SOFO Board President Andrew Sabin and a group of South Fork naturalists concerned about the future of the area’s fragile ecosystems.
The evening will include a VIP cocktail reception with a tasting menu featuring bites from acclaimed local eateries including Almond, Peter Ambrose, Bamboo, Bell & Anchor, The Beacon, Centro, East Hampton Grill, Hen of the Woods, Page at 63 Main, Saaz, 1760 Homestead Farm, and Shellworks.
Tickets start at $550, here is the link to purchase the tickets https://sofo.org/summer-gala/.
The New Dramatists’ 71st Annual Benefit Luncheon and You are There
On Tuesday the New Dramatists’ 71st Annual Benefit Luncheon was held at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Broadway ballroom 6th floor.
Tony® Honor recipient and the nation’s premier playwright development laboratory, was honored with its 2023 Distinguished Achievement Award at their 71st Annual Spring Luncheon Tribute
Tony Award winner, Kenny Leon, director of Parks’ recent revival of Topdog/Underdog lead the tributes.
In Attendance were:
Also Artistic Director Emily Morse and Executive Director Joel Ruark,
Hiran Abeysekera (Life of Pi), Betsy Aidem (Leopoldstadt), Steven Boyer (Kimberly Akimbo), Faye Castelow (Leopoldstadt), Rashad Chambers (Topdog/Underdog), Ben Davis (New York, New York), Eisa Davis (New York, New York), Micaela Diamond (Parade), Delia Ephron (Love Loss & What I Wore), Corey Hawkins (Topdog/Underdog), Jessica Hecht (Summer, 1976), Amy Herzog (A Doll’s House), Robert Horn (Shucked), Mark Jacoby (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical), LaChanze (Here Lies Love, Kimberly Akimbo), event co-chair Caissie Levy (Leopoldstadt), Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), David Lindsay-Abaire (Kimberly Akimbo), Neil Meron (Some Like It Hot), Alli Mauzey (Kimberly Akimbo), Lauren Mitchell (A Bronx Tale), Arian Moayed (A Doll’s House), Casey Nicholaw (Some Like It Hot), Linda Powell (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical), Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots), Sarah Ruhl (in The Next Room), Stark Sands (& Juliet), Miriam Silverman (The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window), Marcel Spears (Fat Ham), Katy Sullivan (Cost of Living), David Stone (Wicked), Jeanine Tesori (Kimberly Akimbo), Paula Vogel (How I Learned To Drive), Sharon Washington (New York, New York), Scott WIttman (Some Like It Hot), Kara Young (Cost of Living), David Zayas (Cost of Living).
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