The social scene has been full of incredible fundraisers and moments of awareness this season.
On November 1, The New York Landmarks Conservancy hosted its 25th Living Landmarks celebration at The Plaza Hotel. This year’s honorees were: Christie’s Americas chairman emeritus Stephen S. Lash, garden designer Lynden B. Miller, philanthropists Liz and Jeffrey Peek, Chita Rivera, Dr. Thomas Sculco, Publicolor founder Ruth Lande Shuman, Columbia University president Michael I. Sovern, and former MTA Chair Peter Stangl. The sold-out event raised $1.3 million.
Landmark’s president Peg Breen opened the program and introduced the evening’s master of ceremonies, himself a Living Landmark, David Patrick Columbia. Music was provided by another Living Landmark Peter Duchin and his Orchestra. Living Landmarks Arie L. Kopelman and Leonard Lauder served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the evening.
The recipient’s speeches were witty in their own way. Stephen Lash turned his into a live auction. The much-loved philanthropists Liz and Jeff Peek had the crowd in stitches with a David Letterman-style list: “The great thing about being a Living Landmark…is that it sure beats the alternative.” In a moving tribute to her life’s work, Ruth Lande Shuman accepted her award alongside three Publicolor alumni. These students were the first in their families to graduate from high school and college. Dr. Thomas Sculco received praise for giving fellow indomitable honoree Chita Rivera a hip replacement. Michael Sovern’s long list of boards and charities drew applause. Peter Stangl recalled the help of Jaqueline Onassis in the restoration of Grand Central Station.
Guests who gathered to celebrate the year’s extraordinary honorees included: Renee and Robert Belfer, Stacey Bronfman, Ellie and Edgar Cullman, Jr., Mayor David Dinkins, Fe and Alessandro Fendi, Carole Bailey French and John French, Barbara and Peter Georgescu, Yaz and Valentine Hernandez, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld and Lewis B. Cullman, Harold Koda and Alan Kornberg, Margo Langenberg, Linda Lindenbaum, Gregor Medinger, Sylvester Miniter, Laura and John Pomerantz, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Emilia Saint-Amand, Barbara and John Schumacher, Jeanne and Alexander Sloane, Judy Steinhardt, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Patsy and Jeff Tarr, Elizabeth and James Tozer, Lauren and John Veronis, Sandy and Stan Warshawsky, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Candace King Weir.
On Tuesday, November 6th, Hope for Depression Research Foundation, the leading non-profit dedicated to advanced depression research, held its 12th Annual HOPE Luncheon Seminar at The Plaza Hotel. The seminar focused on “Brain Health and Wellness” with leading scientists and psychiatrists taking the stage to talk about the transformative benefits of meditation, diet, sleep and exercise.
The day culminated with author, actress and comedian Ali Wentworth, who made the room of 300 people laugh with humorous insights about her own experience with depression and psychiatric treatment. She was honored with the 2018 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy.
Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough began the event on a more somber note with a review of the year’s headlines in mental health, including the tragic suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. He reminded the audience that depression and suicide are on the rise, and that HDRF’s mission to find new and better treatments for depression is more urgent now than ever.
In honor of Veteran’s Day 2018, artist Susan J. Barron hosted a series of private receptions for her new exhibition, Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD, which runs through November 26 at HG Contemporary gallery in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.
Notable guests in attendance included actors Jack Mulcahy, Deborah Kuhn, ABC’s FBI star Anthoula Katsimatides, Consuela Vanderbilt Costin, NYC International Film Festival Founders Roberto Rizzo and Caroline Johnson, Michele Peacock, and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, in addition to HG Contemporary Gallery Owner Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim and gallery director Della Tobias.
The celebrations culminated in a book signing and dinner for the featured veterans, who traveled from around the country to attend the opening. Among the veterans present were Specialist Craig McNabb, Staff Sergeant Joshua Sandor, Specialist Dortrie (Bird) A. Jones Jr., Sergeant Russell Carter, Sergeant Mike Burke, and Specialist Ken Weinert.
The show featured a collection of 6ft x 6ft mixed-media portraits on canvas, combining photographic imagery, paint, text, and collage. Each portrait is layered with the subjects’ stories in their own words.
The exhibition toasts Freedom Fighters Outdoors and Services for the Underserved. The two organizations support veterans in their struggles with PTSD and mental health and have graciously voiced their enthusiasm for this exhibition.
Barron has shared her inspiration for the series: “When I learned the fact that 22 veterans commit suicide every day in this country, and the role that PTSD plays, I felt appalled and sad. I wanted to find a way to shine a light on this issue and to make a human connection with this situation so people don’t just hear a statistic. I wanted to give all the veterans a voice, a platform to tell their stories—that was my mission for the show.”
And on November 15, The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrated the 21st Anniversary of the annual Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, featuring an exclusive musical performance by Dawes.
The annual gala raised approximately $2.5 million to support the SWCRF “Invest in Research” efforts that fund highly collaborative research projects focused on eradicating cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala was well-attended, undeterred by the snow storm and 14 other fundraising events taking place throughout New York City. Proudly, the 21st Anniversary’s gala seating encompassed 80% personal purchases and 20% purchases from corporations, whereas the other 14 fundraising events saw a turnout comprised of 20% personal purchases and 80% corporate purchases.
Notable attendees included Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg Chris Wragge, William T. Sullivan, Dawes, Robin Lathrop, Richard Volpe, Christian Volpe, Alison Volpe, Dena K. Weiner, Howard Kurz, James E. Frankel, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin, Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young, Lewis A. Rubin, Joe Steffa, Sara Waxman, Bettina Waxman, Spencer Waxman, Scott Waxman, Joe Ades, Ten Travis, Hugh Hildesley, Julie Waxman, Lucy Salas, Elissa Held, Jamie Koff, Alyssa Greenberg, Samantha Santiago, Stokes Nielson, Ryan Bier and Corbette Jackson.