The New York Center for Children Hosts The Sunflower Party

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The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted The Sunflower Party on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the home of Henry Buhl in Southampton, NY.

During the event, guests were able to bid on a host of items in a silent auction, which included boleros from the Harrison Morgan Collection, a Sk8 Studio skateboard donated by Tracy Stern amongst other items. All proceeds raised from the silent auction and ticket sales went to the New York Center for Children, which provides relief to families and children who have been victims of abuse, providing free, comprehensive therapy for as long as they need.

Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres served at the event were provided by: Manhattan Moonshine, debuting the first premium un-aged white whiskey, Sufi Wines, Circo Southampton, Pasion Tequila, Iceberg Vodka, Fruzen Ice, Tracy Stern Tea & Co. and Gabriella Wines.

Notable attendees at the event included: Henry Buhl (Event Host and Co-Chair, Sunflower Party); Lauren Vernon (Board Member, New York Center for Children; Co-Chair, Sunflower Party); Christine Rales (Board Member, New York Center for Children); Christine Crowther (Director, New York Center for Children); Alyson Cambridge (Host Committee, Sunflower Party; Metropolitan Opera Singer); Aviva Drescher (TV Personality); Lucia Hwong Gordon (Co-Chair, Sunflower Party); Joy Marks (Host Committee, Sunflower Party); Tracy Stern (Founder, Tracy Stern Tea & Co.); Nicole Dicocco (Host Committee, Sunflower Party); Anna Mann & William Mann; Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist); Andrew Flach (Publisher, Hatherleigh Press); Andrea Greeven-Douzet (Publisher, Beach Magazine); Dr. Penny Grant; Lisa Herbert; William Kehler (Founder, Manhattan Moonshine); Maria and Mario Maccioni (Owners, Circo Southampton); Jackie Rogers (Fashion Designer); Howie Rosen (Founder, Pasion Tequila); Randi Schatz (Publisher, Avenue on the Beach); Hana Bisceglie (Founder, Fruzen Ice).

Guests joined band leader Alfredo Merat on the dancefloor and attendees were serenaded by Metropolitan Opera singer Alyson Cambridge for a special rendition of the song Summertime.

Following the performance, event co-host Lauren Vernon thanked all guests for attending, and discussed the importance of their fundraising efforts for the children and families who utilize the NYCC’s resources. At the conclusion of the event, guests received a gift bag featuring customized poker chips from Custom Made Casino.

Founded in 1995, the NYCC is the only independent center in New York that offers relief to families and children who have been victims of abuse, providing free, comprehensive therapy for as long as they need. The dedicated staff will never turn a child in need away. The NYCC is a nonprofit that relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services.

Event Co-Chairs include: Lauren Vernon, Henry Buhl and Lucia Hwong Gordon. The Host Committee for the Sunflower Party includes: Alyson Cambridge, Guy Clark, Nicole Dicocco, Jeannie J. Joshi, Petra Khashoggi, Jamie Lewis, Joy Marks, Harrison Morgan, Christine Rales and Carolyn and Kevin Ryan. Board of Directors of NYCC Include: Kate Spade, Kevin J. Ryan, Steven Alden, Christine Boeke, Michele Herbert, Jamie L. Lewis, Heidi Mitchell, Christine Rales, Linda Schoenthaler, Dr. Annie Sparrow, Sophie Ann Terrisse, Lauren Vernon and Georgette Mosbacher.

 About the New York Center For Children

Founded in 1995 by the 55-year-old national child abuse-prevention organization, Childhelp, with the aid of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mosbacher, the New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. When children come to the Center, they are greeted by specially trained staff, colorful murals on the walls and a playroom filled with toys. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — an easily-accessible and safe neighborhood for our children to be nurtured back to health.

For more information on NYCC, visit  www.newyorkcenterforchildren.org

 For more information on The Sunflower Party, visit: www.newyorkcenterforchildren.org/sunflower-party

Lauren Vernon (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan.com)

Lauren Vernon
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Christine Crowther, Henry Buhl, Susan Warren (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Christine Crowther, Henry Buhl, Susan Warren
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Christine Rales (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan.com)

Christine Rales
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Reid Drescher, Aviva Drescher (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan.com)

Reid Drescher, Aviva Drescher
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Jean Shafiroff, Henry Buhl  (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan.com)

Jean Shafiroff, Henry Buhl
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Mario Maccioni, Maria Maccioni  (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Mario Maccioni, Maria Maccioni
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Joy Marks, Alan Marks  (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Joy Marks, Alan Marks
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Alyson Cambridge (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Lucia Hwong Gordon (Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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William Mann, Anna Mann (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Will Kehler  (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Jackie Rogers  (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Nicole DiCocco, Harrison Morgan (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Atmosphere (Photo Credit: Jared Siskin/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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25A Magazine Cover Party Celebrates the July 2015 Issue Featuring Jean Shafiroff at the Southampton Inn

25A Magazine Publisher Chase Backer, Editor-In-Chief Christopher Pape and Southampton Inn owner Dede Gotthelf celebrated philanthropist Jean Shafiroff‘s July 2015 cover at the Inn this past Sunday, July 19, 2015.

25A Magazine featured cover girl glamourous philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, and spoke with her regarding her noted philanthropic work.  Jean sits on the boards of eight different charitable organizations- New York Women’s Foundation, Couture Council, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, JBFCS, Lighthouse Advisory Board, Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation – not to mention all of the other organizations she has lent her support to. She told the publication that her philanthropy began by volunteering at her daughters’ schools, which led to joining a few charity boards. Once they graduated from high school, she delved deeper into supporting charities both in New York City and the Hamptons.  Raised on Long Island, she shared with the publication that she is proud of her roots and it was there that she was instilled with the belief that you should always care for those in need. Jean is noted for her style as depicted in within the pages of 25A.

Notable attendees included: Jean and Martin Shafiroff¸ Dede Gotthelf and Terry Moan, Christopher Pape, Andrew Flach, Dawne Marie Grannum, Patricia Watt, John Wegorzewski, Patrick McMullan, Liam McMullan, Rose Dios, Bobbie Catala, Joseph Fichera, Katherine and Gary Andreassen, Helen Shelton and Flo Anthony.

Guests mingled and enjoyed cocktails from Vintage Rockefeller Wine & Spirits Group. The brand’s Signature Rockefeller Cognac, Rockefeller Vintage Champagne & Empire Rockefeller Vodka were utilized in the drinks served by Managing Director Bobby Gayer and his wife Diane. Hors d’oeuvres served by the Inn’s Café Oso in its newly renovated ballroom.

Since acquiring the Southampton Inn nearly 20 years ago, Dede Gotthelf has strived to connect out of town guests with the local culture and natural beauty of the historic village of Southampton, which is celebrating its 375th anniversary this 2015. Gotthelf serves on the committee for the village’s 375th anniversary. She is also a trustee of the Southampton Historical Museum, the Board of the Hampton Visitor Council as well as being a major supporter of WPPB, Long Island’s only NPR station, The Peconic Land Trust (donating 13 acres of waterfront property) and The Fresh Air Fund (the annual recruiting meeting as well as pool party for local family hosts and their inner city guests).  The Southampton Inn takes the phrase “doing well by doing good” quite seriously and has provided support for numerous institutions such as Pianofest in the Hamptons, a concert series presenting the world’s most promising young pianists; Rising Stars, sponsoring young, established musicians for performances in the Southampton Cultural Center; the 10th birthday of East End Regional Intervention Court (EERIC), among others. The Inn provides support by hosting events, contributing, and/or providing guest rooms and services to Southampton Hospital, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton Historical Museum, Group for the East End, The Southampton Chamber, The Southampton Arts Center, The Police Benevolent Association, Southampton Jewish Center, Greek Orthodox Church, Sacred Heart, Fresh Air Home, Southampton Association, Southampton Yacht Club junior sailing program, as well as the Brearley School, Trinity School, and Williams College among others.  Both Dede Gotthelf and Jean Shafiroff are committed to lending their support to philanthropic endeavors benefitting the community.

25A Magazine, named for the route to travel from New York City to Long Island’s luxurious North Shore, is for the discerning reader who’s interested in learning more about the businesses and the parties within this legendary Long Island area. The area known for its fabulous history, most notably known for being the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, has attracted some of the New York area’s most affluent people.

About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff is a noted philanthropist who is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several charitable causes. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources and sits on the board of eight charities. Each year she chairs, underwrites and hosts several events for many different charities. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals and the people of the cities she calls home. Jean is on the boards of New York Women’s Foundation, NYC City Mission Society, Couture Council, JBFCS, French Heritage Society, Lighthouse Advisory Board, Honorary Board of Southampton Animal Shelter and Southampton Bath and Tennis Club Charitable Foundation.  Jean is also very active with Southampton Hospital and has chaired their Summer Party 3 times for a total of $5.4 million raised.   In tandem with her philanthropic responsibilities, Jean has also hosted events in honor of the entertainment industry both in New York and Los Angeles.

About Southampton Inn:
With several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for bustling city-dwellers. Winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” Southampton Inn is a warm and welcoming haven with an exemplary reputation that is richly deserved. Celebrate the art of pure relaxation, indulge in a romantic get-away, or enjoy precious time with the entire family – Southampton Inn has everything for the discerning traveler. With 90 well-appointed guestrooms, many of which were renovated this past winter, the Inn is located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a short drive from highly-rated Coopers Beach. The outdoor patio and ballroom were also renovated to ensure the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.
For more information visit www.southamptoninn.com

About 25A Magazine:
25A Magazine is a leading luxury publication dedicated to shining a light on the businesses, events and notable residents of Long Island’s Gold Coast. At the turn of the 20th Century, the North Shore began to develop its illustrious history most notably with some of America’s best-known family dynasties including the Woolworths, Guggenheims and the Whitney’s calling it home. Long Island’s South Fork, best known as the area which makes up the Hamptons, is known for being a haven for celebrity spotting and summertime events and 25A is there to highlight all the happenings in these hotspots.
For more information visit: www.25amagazine.com

Jean Shafiroff (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan.com)

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Dawne Marie Grannum, Christopher Pape  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Dawne Marie Grannum, Christopher Pape
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Jean Shafiroff, Dede Gotthelf (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Bob Gayer, Diane Gayer  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Rose Dios  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Rose Dios
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John Wegorzewski, Katherine Andreassen, Gary Andreassen (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Bobbie Catala  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Bobbie Catala
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Lee Fryd, Dede Gotthelf  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Lee Fryd, Dede Gotthelf
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Jeffrey Bradford, Andrew Flach, Kevin Relihan (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Helen Shelton, Mia Shelton, Flo Anthony (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Joanna Kaczorowska, Annika Connor (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

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Atmosphere  (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Atmosphere
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The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Honors Marc J. Leder, Bobby Zarin and St. John at The 11th Annual A Hamptons Happening

Leaders from the worlds of cuisine, business and fashion came together in support of cutting-edge cancer research at the eleventh annual A Hamptons Happening fundraiser on July 11 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).

Held at the beautiful Bridgehampton estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the popular event was bigger than ever. Hosted for the fourth consecutive year by WCBS-TV news anchor Chris Wragge, the benefit honored business leaders Marc J. Leder, co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and Bobby Zarin, Chairman of Zarin Fabrics and real estate developer. American luxury fashion house St. John was the Fashion Honoree.

The event broke previous fundraising records in its 11-year history, bringing in more than $500,000 for the SWCRF.

True to its reputation as the Hamptons’ leading philanthropic feast, A Hamptons Happening treated approximately 500 guests to the gastronomic delights presented by more than 30 of the top restaurants, caterers and food and beverage brands in New York City and the Hamptons. This year’s featured restaurateurs were Mauro Maccioni of the Le Cirque Restaurant Group, which includes Le Cirque, Sirio and Circo, Chef John DeLancie of Crown Group Hospitality, which operates The Lion and Bill’s Food & Drink.

The benefit showcased beautiful artwork for purchase or on auction to raise funds for research. Domingo Zapata’s striking acrylic painting on canvas Thrill of Danger was offered for bid in the event’s online auction hosted on Charitybuzz. Hamptons artist Daniel Pollera presented his oil painting symbolizing the SWCRF’s mission to cure cancer “A Path to a Cure,” which benefits the SWCRF through proceeds from poster sales. Finally, American Expressionist Harold Garde, represented by ArtPort, presented 16 pieces from his SIGHTINGS collection of abstracted landscapes for sale.

The evening’s awards ceremony was hosted by Chris Wragge, A Hamptons Happening founding co-chair Laurie Schaffran and SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D., who presented SWCRF awards to honorees Marc J. Leder and Bobby Zarin.  Leta Saveikis, St. John’s Vice President of Retail – Boutiques, accepted the SWCRF Fashion Icon honoree award on behalf of St. John.  Closing the show on a rousing note was country music artist Jon Stone of the duo American Young who surprised his friend Bobby Zarin with a performance of his Grammy-nominated hit song “Love is War” in tribute to their friendship.

The live auction conducted by Grandstand Sports offered luxurious items and experiences including dinner for ten prepared by Egidiana Maccioni, mother of Mauro Maccioni, co-owner of the Le Cirque Restaurant Group, a pair of his and her electric bikes by Polaris eBikes, and a baseball autographed by the three New York Yankees Perfect Game pitchers David Cone, Don Larsen and David Wells.  The online auction hosted on Charitybuzz offered a chance to bid on special experiences such as a virtual matchmaking session with Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker.”

A Hamptons Happening was chaired by event co-founders Marion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran as well as Michael Trokel and Pamela Morgan. Additional chairpersons included Jessica Cohen as auction chair, Kara Council as marketing chair, Erica Fineberg as journal chair, Sarah Sarpolis as PR and social media chair and Christine Silverstein as chefs chair.

The A Hamptons Happening committee included Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Tammy Caress,  Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Jennifer Gould Keil, Adrienne Kantor, Robert Kantor, Marcia Lavipour, Jessica Mackin, Mario Pecoraro, Edward Sadovnik, Jamie Safier, Bettina Waxman, Spencer Waxman, and Jill Zarin.

Financial sponsorships were provided by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Northern Trust, Palm Bay International, St. John, Sun Capital Partners, Inc. and Spencer and Bettina Waxman.  Beer, wine and spirits were provided by Ommegang Beer, Palm Bay International Wines and Double Cross Vodka, respectively.  Music was by hot New York DJ Super Dave provided by Allen Dalton Production. Event production was by LBS Productions.

ABOUT SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION:

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.
For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org.

Bobby and Jill Zarin (Photos  by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

Bobby and Jill Zarin
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Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman  (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

Chris Wragge, Dr. Samuel Waxman
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Bradley Fishel, Maria Fishel, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Kenneth Fishel and Melissa Fishel (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

Bradley Fishel, Maria Fishel, Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Kenneth Fishel and Melissa Fishel
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Marc J. Leder (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Steve Boxer and Chef Philippe Chow  (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Jennifer Gould Keil, John Siegel (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Marion Waxman, David Landay, Sam Herman, Edward Sadovnik  (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Christine Silverstein, Jordan Silverstein (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Jill Zarin, Bobby Zarin, Dr. Samuel Waxman (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Leta Saveikas  (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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Jon Stone  (Photos by Tom Fitzgerald and Pam Deutchman / www.society-in-focus.com)

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33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards 2015 Honoring Joel Grey And Harvey Weinstein

On Monday June 1st, 2015, the 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film each season, honored Broadway legend Joel Grey as well as film and theater producer Harvey Weinstein at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The gala evening was hosted by Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominated actress Christina Bianco.

Presented by Patricia Watt, the Producer of the Astaire Awards and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, as well as The Fred Astaire International Dance Studios, the event began with a VIP cocktail reception followed by the show and awards presentation. For the first time, the awards were live-streamed across the United States.

Guests included: Patricia Watt (Executive Director), Jessica Zippin (Associate Producer and Executive Director), Alix Michel (Associate Producer), Carolyn Kendall Buchter (Associate Producer), Harvey Weinstein (Honoree), Joel Grey (Honoree), Christina Bianco (Host), Jennifer Grey (Presenter), Countess Luann DeLesseps (Honorary Chair & Presenter), David Alan Basche (Presenter), Alysia Reiner (Presenter), Tovah Feldshuh (Presenter), Mia Michaels (Presenter), Scott Wise (Presenter),  Lee Roy Reams (Presenter), Bebe Neuwirth (Presenter), Charlotte d’Amboise (Presenter), Kathleen Marshall (Presenter), Patricia Wilcox (Presenter), Jack Rothweiler (Presenter), Holt McCallany (Presenter), Richard Thomas (Presenter), Ryan Silverman (Performer), Leeds Hill (Performer), Leanne Cope (Nominee), Jill Paice (Nominee), Megan Fairchild (Nominee), Erin Davie (Nominee), XiaoChuan Xie (Nominee), Melanie Moore (Nominee), Robert Fairchild (Nominee), Clyde Alves (Nominee), Tony Yazbeck (Nominee), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Nominee), Philip Attmore (Nominee), Rick Faugno (Nominee), Drew King (Nominee), Richard Riaz Yoder (Nominee), Joshua Bergasse (Nominee), Christopher Gattelli (Nominee), Warren Carlyle (Nominee), Jean Shafiroff (Honorary Chair), Wendy Federman (Honorary Chair) and Michele Herbert.

The ceremony began with a performance of “New York, New York” from the three-time Astaire Award nominated musical On The Town.  Proceeding, actress and impressionist Christina Bianco channeled Kristen Chenowith and Bernadette Peters in a rousing duet of sorts to “Shall We Dance.” She brought some of her other impersonations into the performance including Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Sutton Foster and Patti Lupone. Following that performance, Astaire Awards Executive Producer Patricia Watt and Director Joe Lanteri took the stage to welcome the crowd to the awards ceremony.

The nominees for Best Female Dancer were: Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You); Leanne Cope (An American In Paris); Jill Paice (An American In Paris); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Erin Davie (Sideshow); Emily Padgett (Sideshow); XiaoChuan Xie (The King and I); Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Male Dancer were: Robert Fairchild (An American In Paris); Clyde Alves (On The Town); Tony Yazbeck (On The Town); Tony Danza (Honeymoon in Vegas); Jay Armstrong Johnson (On The Town); Philip Attmore (On The Twentieth Century); Rick Faugno (On The Twentieth Century); Drew King (On The Twentieth Century); Richard Riaz Yoder (On The Twentieth Century); Christian Borle (Something Rotten); Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time).

The nominees for Best Choreographer were: Christopher Wheeldon (An American In Paris); Joshua Bergasse (On The Town); Christopher Gattelli (The King and I); Warren Carlyle (On The Twentieth Century); Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten); Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time); Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship); Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Choreography in a Feature Film were: Longinus Fernandes (The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel); Aakomon Jones (Get On Up); Aakomon Jones (Pitch Perfect 2); Akram Khan (Desert Dancer); Alphonse Poulin (Match); Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys); Travis Wall (The Wedding Ringer).

The Nominating Committee Chair is Wendy Federman, and Nominee Committee includes Nikki Atkins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Herzog-Sheffield, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton, Andy Sandberg, Mary Beth O’Connor. The Awarding Committee is made up of Sylviane Gold (Chair), along with Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams.

Honorary Committee members include: Karole Armitage, Rob Ashford, Hinton Battle, Marisa Berenson, Anna Bergman, Patricia Birch, Chase Brock, Tricia Brouk, Ron Brown, Sharon Bush, Jeff Calhoun, Warren Carlyle, Marge Champion, Wayne Cilento, Louis Hirschfeld Cullman, Judy Gordon Cox, Arlene Dahl, Jacques D’Amboise, Graciela Daniele, Peter Darling, Marguerite Derricks, Kelly Devine, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Eve Ensler, Daniel Ezralow, Jules Fisher, Roberta Flack, Mario Fratti, Christopher Gattelli, Mitzi Gaynor, Kearran Giovanni, Savion Glover, Joel Grey, Peggy Hickey, Steven Hoggett, JoAnn Hunter, Anne Jackson, Susan Jaffee, Denis Jones, Paul Katz, Larry Keigwin, Daniel Knechtges, Spencer Liff, Michele Lynch, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Julie McDonald, Donna McKechnie, Joey McKneely, Stephen Mear, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Phyllis Newman, Casey Nicholaw, Marsha Norman, Kenny Ortega, Robert Osbourne, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Pelzig, Jane Powell, Josh Prince, Ann Reinking, Michael Rubinstein, Wendy Seyb, Lisa Schriver, Randy Skinner, Victoria Traube, Sergio Trujillo, Anthony van Laast, Chet Walker, Patti Wilcox, Matt Williams.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were established in 1982 to recognize outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film. The annual awards were established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to also honor his sister Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Fred & Adele Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and film.  Since 1982, additional awards have been added, including the award for best choreography in film, the lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.
For more information, visit www.theastaireawards.org/

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Resident Magazine Celebrated Jean Shafiroff’s May 2015 Cover At Villagio on the Park

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff celebrated her May 2015 cover of Resident Magazine at Villagio on the Park in New York City, on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015.

Guests celebrated at hotspot Villagio on the Park’s exclusive VIP event space where they sipped on cocktails and dined on a selection of hors d’oeuvres including Grilled calamari and the restaurant’s signature mozzarella burrata. Guests included cover girl Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Dorinda Medley (RHONY), John Mahdessian (RHONY and owner of  Madame Paulette), Delania Dixon (Vh1, The Gossip Table), Michael Travin (Publisher, Resident Magazine), Pamela Jacobs (Editor-In-Chief, Resident Magazine), Lisa Bernstein (Resident Magazine), Roy Kean, Barbara and Peter Regna, Martin Shafiroff, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alisa Roever, Katlean DeMonchy, Nicole DiCocco and Lucia Hwong Gordon.

In the May 2015 issue of Resident Magazine, Cover girl Jean Shafiroff discusses her passion for philanthropy. Jean serves on several charitable organizations including The New York Women’s Foundation, NYC Mission Society, Couture Council and the French Heritage Society.  In addition she lends her support to numerous other charities. As for what motivates her to work as hard as she does on behalf of New Yorkers, she told the publication, “We live in a city where 30% of the children live at or below the poverty level. I can’t just go on living here and remain idle. I must try to facilitate change. We live in an age when the middle class is having a tougher time to survive.”

Villagio on the Park is a refined Italian restaurant that allows al fresco dining with breathtaking views of Central Park. Owned by highly respected restaurateur, Alex Kalas, and business partner Thomas Billante, Villagio on the Park brings together a unique blend of spectacular cuisine, impeccable service and dazzling ambiance. Kalas and Billante have taken New York City’s dining scene to exciting new heights using the space that was once home to Mickey Mantle’s Restaurant & Bar.

Current, passionate and informative, Resident Magazine is expressly for high-net-worth residents of Manhattan and visitors to boutique hotels on the island. Whether in a luxury doorman coop or newly built condo building, Resident Magazine reaches the titans of industry, the movers of entertainment and the individuals who can and do make choices for their travel, dining, cultural and real estate needs.

About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff is a noted philanthropist who is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several charitable causes. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources and sits on the board of seven charities. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals and the people of the cities she calls home, including New York Women’s Foundation, Couture Council, Southampton Hospital, NYC Mission Society, JBFCS, Southampton Animal Shelter, Lighthouse Guild and French Heritage Society. In tandem with her philanthropic responsibilities, Jean has also hosted events in honor of the entertainment industry both in New York and Los Angeles.

About Resident Magazine:
Resident Magazine is a New York publication with the mission to inform its readers on the latest news in the five boroughs. Resident Magazine reaches its high net worth readers in a variety of different ways. Distributed in over 1,000 Manhattan doorman buildings, hotels, health clubs, doctor’s offices and concierge services in addition to being placed in high traffic areas such as Grand Central Station and Madison Avenue. Having been distributed in print for over 25 years, it is a household name amongst New Yorkers that reaches multiple generations.
For more Information: www.Resident.com

About Villagio on the Park:
Villagio on the Park, located at Central Park South is a refined space that features al fresco dining with direct views of Central Park. Owners Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante opened the restaurant by popular demand of a legion of New Yorkers who have become avid fans of their many other restaurants, most of them in Miami. Under the helm of Executive Chef Paul Johnston, Villagio on the Park makes its own pastas and imports many of the essential ingredients from overseas, such as Portuguese octopus and calamari from Europe.  Signature dishes include a gondoletta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a truffle mushroom cream sauce, and zucchini flowers, which are harvested in Palm Beach, and filled with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto.  Pizzas are baked in the wood-burning oven, and gluten-free options are on the menu.  And all desserts, such as apple pie a la mode, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate soufflé and creme brulée, are created on the premises.
For more Information: www.villagiorestaurants.com/location-new-york.php

 

Jean Shafiroff, Michael Travin, Pamela Jacobs (Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Jean Shafiroff, Michael Travin, Pamela Jacobs
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Nicole DiCocco, Harrison Morgan
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The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Announces 2015 Nominations For The 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

On Monday, May 4, 2015, The 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards were announced by New York Post Theater Critic Michael Riedel at Villagio on the Park restaurant.

Each year since the inception of the awards in 1982, The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards honor outstanding achievement in dance and on the Broadway stage. The mission of the Awards is to honor individual dancers and choreographers for their dedication, passion and artistic vision that they bring to their performances.

Festivities started with Astaire Awards Director Patricia Watt welcoming everyone to the party sharing that for the first time ever, all nominees have received a certificate celebrating their nomination. Lauren Penn then spoke and thanked Watt for everything she has done to bring dance back into the forefront of Broadway. Event emcee New York Post Theater Critic Michael Riedel started the night by sharing his admiration for all the dancers before announcing all nominees to the assembled crowd.

The nominees for Best Female Dancer are: Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It with You); Leanne Cope (American In Paris); Jill Paice (American In Paris); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Erin Davie (Sideshow); Emily Padgett (Sideshow); XiaoChuan Xie (The King and I); Melanie Moore (Finding Neverland).

The nominees for Best Male Dancer are: Robert Fairchild (American In Paris); Clyde Alves (On The Town); Tony Yazbeck (On The Town); Jay Armstrong Johnson (On The Town); Philip Attmore (On The Twentieth Century); Rick Faugno (On The Twentieth Century); Drew King (On The Twentieth Century); Richard Riaz Yoder (On The Twentieth Century); Christian Borle (Something Rotten); Alex Sharp (The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time).

The nominees for Best Choreographer are: Christopher Wheeldon (American In Paris); Joshua Bergasse (On The Town); Christopher Gattelli (The King and I); Warren Carlyle (On The Twentieth Century); Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten); Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly (The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time); Steven Hoggett (The Last Ship); Mia Michaels (Finding Neverland.

Notable guests at the cocktail party included: Michael Riedel (Emcee, New York Post Theater Critic); Patricia Watt (President, Astaire Awards); Clyde Alves (Nominee); Phillip Attmore (Nominee); Joshua Bergasse (Nominee); Warren Carlyle (Nominee); Erin Davie (Nominee); Megan Fairchild (On The Town); Rick Faugno (Nominee); Christopher Gatelli (Nominee); Jay Armstrong Johnson (Nominee); Drew King (Nominee); Emily Padgett (Nominee); Jill Paice (Nominee); XiaoChuan Xie (Nominee); Tony Yazbeck (Nominee); Richard Riaz Yoder (Nominee); Wendy Federman (Honorary Chair, Producer); Holt McCallany (actor); Lee Roy Reams (Board Member, Actor); Jean Shafiroff (Event Chair); Michele Herbert (Benefit Chair); Lucia Hwong Gordon.

This Year’s awards event on Monday June 1st, 2015 will begin with a VIP cocktail reception and an evening featuring musical and theatrical performances from On the Town, Finding Neverland, New York Spectacular and many more.

This year’s Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement award winner is Oscar, Tony and Golden Globe winning actor and dancer Joel Grey. American film producer and film executive Harvey Weinstein will receive the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre and Film.

The ceremony will be chaired by David Schiff and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and proceeds from the event will benefit non-profit organization, The Douglas Watt Family Fund.

The Nominating Committee Chair for the 33rd Annual Awards is Wendy Federman, and the composition of the nominee Committee includes Nikki Atkins, Don Correia, Sandy Duncan, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Herzog-Sheffield, Judith Jamison, Anna Kisselgoff, Pia Lindstrom, Donna McKechnie, Bruce Michael, Mary McColl, Michael Milton and Mary Beth O’Connor.

About The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards
The Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Established in 1982, formerly known as The Astaire Awards, recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway each season. The award was established with the cooperation of Fred Astaire to honor him and his sister, Adele, who starred with her brother in ten Broadway musicals between 1917 and 1931. The Awards remain the gold standard for excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway.  Since 1982, additional awards have been added to the lineup, including an award for choreography in film, a lifetime achievement award, and a unique award determined annually for exceptional contribution to the field.
For more information, visit www.theastaireawards.org

Warren Carlyle, Patricia Watt, Michael Riedel

Warren Carlyle, Patricia Watt, Michael Riedel

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Joshua Bergasse, Tony Yazbeck

Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves, Megan Fairchild, Joshua Bergasse, Tony Yazbeck

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Jean Shafiroff

Jill Paice

Jill Paice

Lee Roy Reams

Lee Roy Reams

Phillip Attmore, Richard Riaz Yoder, Rick Faugno, Drew King

Phillip Attmore, Richard Riaz Yoder, Rick Faugno, Drew King

We Are Family Foundation Hosted 2015 Celebration Gala

We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, hosted its annual Celebration Gala, honoring Caryl M. SternBill McDermott and Chaka Khan, and featured a special concert with Nile Rodgers & Chic with Chaka Khan, on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The event was attended by more than 500 guests and the money raised furthers WAFF’s global youth initiatives, Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen. These initiatives support, mentor and provide platforms for extraordinary global teens to amplify their social entrepreneurial work that positively impacts communities in more than 60 countries.

The night kicked off with a star-studded red carpet and cocktail hour with guests including Nile Rodgers (Founder & Chairman, We Are Family Foundation; Producer, Musician and Songwriter), Nancy Hunt (President, We Are Family Foundation), Chaka Khan (Humanitarian Award recipient; Musical Guest, Singer-Songwriter), Bill McDermott (Visionary Award recipient; President & CEO of SAP), Caryl M. Stern (Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award recipient; President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Grandmaster Melle Mel (Hip-Hop Artist; Special Musical Guest), Rosanna Scotto (Host; Anchor, Fox Good Day New York), Greg Kelly (Host; Anchor, Fox Good Day New York), Jess Teutonico (Executive Director, We Are Family Foundation), Nicholas Lowinger (Founder, Gotta Have Sole), Ryan Orbuch (Founder, Finish App), Susan Rockefeller (Board of Directors, We Are Family Foundation; Documentary Filmmaker), Nicole and Matthew Mellon (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation), Daniel and Ellen Crown (Board of Directors, We Are family Foundation), Tom Silverman (Director Emeritus, We Are Family Foundation; Founder & CEO of Tommy Boy Entertainment), Susan Mufson (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation; Activist & Philanthropist), Benjamin Quinto (Board of Governors, We Are Family Foundation; GM Natural-Immunogenics Corp; Founder, Global Youth Action Network), Maria Bartiromo (Fox News Anchor), Donna D’Cruz (Founder of Rasa Living, Meditation Guru & DJ/Performer), Phil Donahue (Media Personality, Host of the Phil Donahue Show), Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner), Inez + Vinoodh (Fashion Photographers), Anthony Mason (Senior Correspondent for Business and Economics for CBS), Q-Tip (Rapper and Music Producer), RZA (Rapper and Music Producer), Denise Rich (Philanthropist), David and Susan Rockefeller (Philanthropist and Past Honorees), Marlo Thomas (Actress & Philanthropist).

After an introduction by Rosanna Scotto and Greg KellyNile Rodgers welcomed everyone to the event saying he was “humbled and blown away,” by everyone in attendance. He then went on to share that although each year’s honorees are amazing, this year he was particularly moved to honor Chaka Khan, someone he has looked up to for decadesFollowing his remarks, he welcomed President of WAFF and his partner Nancy Hunt. Speaking about the global teens WAFF works with in more than 60 countries, she said, “They don’t believe in no, only in why not”. She then introduced WAFF’s new Executive Director, Jess Teutonico, sharing her story of starting out with WAFF as a Three Dot Dash Mentor, followed by Curator for TEDxTeen to her current position as Executive Director. Jess shared WAFF’s aim to “empower game changing youth to positively challenge the status quo.” She introduced 17 year-old Nicholas Lowinger, founder of Gotta Have Sole and a CNN Hero who founded his organization after visiting homeless shelters as a young boy. He realized that by not having shoes that fit, children in shelters miss out on a lot of opportunities and suffer from low self-esteem. He started Gotta Have Sole at age 12 and became a WAFF Global Teen Leader (GTL) through its Three Dot Dash program in 2013. Since becoming a GTL, his organization has impacted more than 35,000 kids across the country.

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award honoree Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of The U.S. Fund for UNICEF, was introduced by her two sons James and Lee LaRosa. After a video introduction featuring her travels to aide children in refugee camps and her dedication to helping children across the world, Dr. Jeni Stepanek, mother of the late Mattie J.T. Stepanek whom the award is named after, started her introduction with a recording of a poem written and recited by Mattie. She shared that Stern and Mattie held similar beliefs in that all children should have the opportunity to achieve all dreams and they both embrace opportunities for peace. Stern, shared that it was her mother who instilled within her the belief that one person can make a difference. She dedicated her award to the four UNICEF aide workers who lost their lives in a bombing in Somalia earlier in the week, saying that they had dedicated their lives to ensuring children could have a better future.

Maria Bartiromo introduced the Visionary Award honoree, SAP President and CEO Bill McDermott. Following a video presentation which included SAP employees and guest appearances from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Former Golf Player Gary Player and Bono, he spoke to the crowd and said, “You can get anything you want in this life if you help other people get what they want.”

Following McDermott’s speech Toby Usnik of Christie’s led an exciting live auction raising more than $250,000.

Following the auction, Nile Rodgers presented Chaka Khan with the Humanitarian Award.  After accepting the award, she joined Nile Rodgers and CHIC for three songs, “Feel For You”, “I’m Every Woman” and “Ain’t Nobody” with a special appearance by Grandmaster Melle Mel. Nile Rodgers and CHIC played their hits at the end of the night, including their new single “I’ll Be There, and ended with the audience joining the band on stage as they performed “We Are Family” and their signature song, “Le Freak”.

About We Are Family Foundation We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. Through global initiatives like Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen, WAFF has mentored and empowered extraordinary teens from more than 60 countries on six continents by giving them platforms to share their messages, tell their stories, inspire others, amplify their work and foster respect and understanding across cultures. For more information visit wearefamilyfoundation.org

Nile Rodgers and Nancy Hunt

Nile Rodgers and Nancy Hunt

Roger Goodell,  Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan and Bill McDermott

Roger Goodell,
Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan and Bill McDermott

Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly

Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly

Maria Bartiromo and Bill McDermott

Maria Bartiromo and Bill McDermott

Denise Rich

Denise Rich

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

Nile Rodgers & CHIC

New York Center For Children Hosted The 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception At Bar Clement at the Peninsula Hotel

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted its 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Bar at Clement at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City. The event raised money in support of the organization’s mission to support victims of child abuse and their families with anything they might need.

Over 130 supporters gathered at the Bar Clement for cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres and participated in a silent auction to benefit the charity, which took place through the duration of the event. Auction highlights included a three night stay in a superior suite at The Peninsula Hotel in Paris, a private dinner for eight at Clement, Personal styling and shopping with Kirna Zabete Founder Sarah Easley, a selection of clothing from designer Harrison Morgan, a weekend vacation package for the Westcott B&B in Hudson, New York and a selection of paintings created by NYCC clients.

Guests included: Kathleen Turner (Actress), Nick Loeb (Owner, Crunchy Condiments), Kevin Ryan (Chairman, New York Center for Children), Dr. Kathie Grimm (Medical Director, New York Center for Children), Michele Herbert (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Lyn Paulsin (Former Board Member), Christine Rales (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Heidi Mitchell (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Sophie Ann Terrisse (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Lauren Vernon (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Dr. Beth Worley (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Dr. Annie Sparrow (Board Member, New York Center for Children), Leane Romeo (Former Board Member, New York Center for Children), Christine Crowther (Administrative Director, New York Center for Children), Jessica Lapin (Former New York Councilmember), Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), Vanessa Von Bismarck (BPCM PR), Nicole Dicocco (Social Fixture)

Kevin Ryan, Chairman of the New York Center for Children, addressed the crowd of supporters thanking them for their attendance. He mentioned that it’s the contributions from loyal donors that help the NYCC execute its mission and provide child abuse victims and their families, regardless of financial standing, with the support they need. The Board of Directorsinclude: Georgette Mosbacher (Founder), Kate Spade (Chair Emeritus),Kevin Ryan (Chair), Michele Herbert, Christine Rales, Heidi Mitchell, Sophie Ann Terrisse, Lauren Vernon, Martin Richards (In Memorium).

Michele Herbert, Kathleen Turner

Michele Herbert, Kathleen Turner

 

Nick Loeb

Nick Loeb

 

Michele Herbert, Jean Shafiroff, Kevin Ryan, Lauren Vernon, Christine Crowther

Michele Herbert, Jean Shafiroff, Kevin Ryan, Lauren Vernon, Christine Crowther

 

Lauren Vernon, Nick Loeb, Nicole Dicocco

Lauren Vernon, Nick Loeb, Nicole Dicocco

 

Christine Crowther, Kevin Ryan

Christine Crowther, Kevin Ryan

 

The New York Center for Children 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception

The New York Center for Children (NYCC) is hosting its 20th Anniversary Spring Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Bar at Clement at the Peninsula Hotel from 6.30PM to 8.30PM in New York City. The reception will be hosted by Christine Rales, Kate Spade, Kevin J. Ryan, Michele Herbert, Sophie Ann Terrisse, Lauren Vernon and Heidi Mitchell, with Special Guest Georgette Mosbacher.

Founded in 1995, the NYCC is the only independent center in New York that offers relief to families and children who have been victims of abuse, providing free, comprehensive therapy for as long as they need. The dedicated staff will never turn a child in need away. The NYCC is a nonprofit that relies on donations to ensure it is able to provide these services.

Honorary Chair of the NYCC Board of Directors Kate Spade believes that at the Center, “Children are supported in their journey to a safer place. There is no other organization quite like it.” To date, the center has helped more than 15,000 families receive care. The NYCC also provides groundbreaking training programs about how to diagnose, treat and prevent child abuse for medical students, doctors, nurses and first responders across the globe. So far, it has trained more than 20,000 medical professions.

Cocktails andhors d’oeuvres will be served and all proceeds of the night will benefit the center.

About the New York Center For Children

Founded in 1995 by the 55-year-old national child abuse-prevention organization, Childhelp, with the aid of the late Broadway producer Marty Richards and philanthropist Georgette Mossbacher, the New York Center for Children (NYCC) is a child-friendly Center, providing free, comprehensive evaluation and therapy services to victims of child abuse and their families. NYCC also offers professional training on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of child abuse. All of the programs and services at NYCC are completely free of charge. NYCC is a not-for-profit organization that relies on donations to cover the costs of operations. NYCC serves all families, including those without insurance. When children come to the Center, they are greeted by specially trained staff, colorful murals on the walls and a playroom filled with toys. In addition to evaluation and treatment, the children at NYCC also benefit from tutoring, mentoring and extracurricular events. NYCC serves children from all five boroughs of New York City. The child-friendly space is located at 333 East 70th Street, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — an easily-accessible and safe neighborhood for our children to be nurtured back to health.

For more information on NYCC and tickets, please visit newyorkcenterforchildren.org

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We Are Family Foundation® 2015 Celebration Gala

We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY® Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s President & CEO, Caryl M. Stern, SAP’s CEO, Bill McDermott and multiple GRAMMY® Award winning music icon Chaka Khan, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The evening will be hosted by Fox 5 News anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, and will include a concert featuring Nile Rodgers & CHIC, performing with Chaka Khan for the first time on stage together.

The highly-anticipated event will celebrate three extraordinary global citizens: President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl M. Stern will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award which honors any person who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society. Since joining the U.S Fund for UNICEF in 2006, Stern has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF’s work to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, and spearheaded the organization’s efforts to aid children affected by disasters. Previous recipients of this award include, Dr. Maya Angelou, Paul Simon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Quincy Jones, Dr. Jeni Stepanek and Deepak Chopra.

Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader, will receive the Visionary Award, which recognizes a corporation or a person in the corporate world whose philanthropic efforts have made a meaningful difference in our world. McDermott leads SAP’s 74,400 employees and 2+million person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Previous recipients of this award include, Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole and Matthew Mellon.

International music icon and ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chaka Khan, will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. Since she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, Chaka Khan has since released 22 albums, racked up ten #1 Billboard Magazine charted songs, developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents, during an illustrious career spanning 40 years to date. In 1999, she established the Chaka Khan Foundation, a project of Community Partners, which includes a variety of programs and initiatives that assist women and children at risk. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award have included Sting & Trudie Styler, Sir Elton John, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers and Jackson Browne.

“We are inspired by each of our 2015 honorees who show passion to their individual mission and continuous dedication to solving some of the biggest global issues facing our world,” says Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ embodies the spirit of our honorees and the We Are Family Foundation, which brings people together to celebrate our differences and share important ideas across borders to make a difference and inspire peace.”

The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their stories and inspire millions.

To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City.

About We Are Family Foundation
We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. Through global initiatives like Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen, WAFF has mentored and empowered extraordinary teens from more than 60 countries on six continents by giving them platforms to share their messages, tell their stories, inspire others, amplify their work and foster respect and understanding across cultures.

For more information and tickets, visit wearefamilyfoundation.org

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