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The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness

  16th Annual

'Celebration of Life' Gala

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr. Lowell Anthony

TV Host Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr. Lowell Anthony and Founders Maryann and Bob Wahmann

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Neuroendocrine patient Wendy Knoll and Honorary Chair Judy San Roman at the 16th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  at the 16th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

Guests gathered to celebrate 16th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala at The Sterling,345 Hicksville Rd

Bethpage, NY 11714

The event paid special tribute to Honorary Chair Judy San Roman and 2019 Above and Beyond Award received by Dr. Lowell Anthony for his dedication to treating Neuroendocrine Cancer Patients.

The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's Board of Directors invited all to their 16th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala. It was an evening of sharing- with Dinner, Cocktails, Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles. Funds raised will benefit neuroendocrine cancer patients and get us one step closer to a cure!

Take Action, Make a Difference!

Future participation will help NCAN keep important programs like these available to neuroendocrine cancer patients:

Patient Hotline

Patient Conferences

Information Packets

Support Group Assistance

Funding for Research

The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's Board of Directors invites you to our 16th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala. It's an evening of sharing- with Dinner, Cocktails, Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles. Funds raised will benefit neuroendocrine cancer patients and get us one step closer to a cure!

Take Action, Make a Difference!

Your participation will help NCAN keep important programs like these available to neuroendocrine cancer patients:

Patient Hotline

Patient Conferences

Information Packets

Support Group Assistance

Funding for Research

Honoree Dr. Lowell Anthony joined the UK Markey Cancer Center with more than two decades of experience in oncology and a special focus in gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine oncology. His clinical interests include drug development ranging from Phase I to III clinical trials. Agents targeting specific cellular signaling pathways and injectable radiolabeled compounds make up his past and current clinical investigative interests. He brings a clinical correlative component to complement the ongoing translational activities at Markey Cancer Center.

Dr. Anthony attended Vanderbilt University Medical School, where he also completed a medical residency and fellowship training in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. He has previously been on the medical faculties at Vanderbilt University and the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.

Honorary Chair Judy San Roman is is an actress and producer, known for FAIR MARKET VALUE (2019), Rich Boy, Rich Girl (2018) and In Sickness.

For more information please visit https://www.netcancerawareness.org/

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61st Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Summer Party 

President/CEO of the Stonybrook Southampton Hospital Steve Bernstein and Celebrity Caterer Lawrence Scott pose for a photo-op at  Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Summer Party   


Honorees Jean and Martin Shafiroff pose for a photo-op at the 61st Annual Stonybrook Southampton Hospital Summer Party

Humanitarian, Charity Consultant Sara Herbert Galloway and Easthampton.com Publisher Katlean De Monchy pose for a photo-op at the 61st Annual Stonybrook Southampton Hospital Summer Party


Honoree and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op holding a bouquest of sunflowers at the 61st Annual Stonybrook Southampton Hospital Summer Party

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Humanitarian, Charity Consultant Sara Herbert Galloway and Easthampton.com Publisher Katlean De Monchy pose for a photo-op at the 

61st Annual Stonybrook Southampton Hospital Summer Party

On Saturday, August 3rd, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital hosted its 61st Annual Summer Party in the fields at Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road, Southampton starting at 6.30pm. The Annual Summer Party is a landmark event in the Hamptons and this year benefits the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department.

The renowned Annual Summer Party is the largest fundraising event in the Hamptons and raised $1.5M in 2018 and $100M+ over the past 60 years in support of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

The party was emceed by Chuck Scarborough and attended by the who's who of Southampton. Guests included: Marigay McKee & Bill Ford, Audrey & Martin Gruss, Jenny & John Paulson, Margo & James Nederlander and Bridget Moynahan.

"As the only hospital on the South Fork of Long Island, we have a tremendous responsibility to provide best-in-class healthcare to everyone who vacations or lives out here. Fortunately, we have a world class team of physicians, support staff and generous donors who enable us to run a 24/7 Emergency Department, a Heart & Stroke Center, a Breast Center, a Cancer Center and more, which all offer the highest level of care, comparable with the best medical institutions in the city and around the country. Our summer party is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and I would personally like to thank every single person who lends us their support and makes it such a great night," said Robert Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

This year's honorees were Martin & Jean Shafiroff, both longtime supporters of the hospital. Jean Shafiroff said, "It's essential that the towns and villages of the East End have access to first class healthcare which is why my husband and I are dedicated to supporting the hospital in its endeavor to bring the best and latest in medicine to our communities.

All proceeds raised from this year's event will help to sustain Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's Emergency Department, which is open 24/7 year-round for residents as well as visitors and summer guests. The Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department is South Fork's only emergency care facility, treating more than 25,000 people annually.

Dinner and décor are being overseen by celebrity event planner, Lawrence Scott. This year Scott will be interpreting the party’s theme of ‘The Colors of Summer’ in fun and surprising decorative designs.

During the cocktail hour, Hamptons Lemonade and Hamptontinis will be served along side top shelf wines and cocktails; and a new local brand, Montaukila will be serving its 100 percent agave azul tequila.

The summer soiree will offer a fun, memorable night beginning at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by an elegant dinner at 7:30 p.m. Once dinner concludes, guests will be invited to dance to the eighteen-piece Groove Society band.

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An Enchanted Evening to Benefit The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Senator Kenneth LaValle  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President CEO Steve Bernstein from the Southampton Hospital


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Supporter Dustin Lujan  


Philanthropist and Chair Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op with Supporter Jane Pontarelli





Chair Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op with Honoree Senator Kenneh P. LaValle and Co-Founder Julie Ratner

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Dustin Lujan, Fashion Designer Victor deSouza, Senator Kenneth P, LaValle and President Steven Bernstein from the Southampton Hospital

Hamptonites came out to show their support at An Enchanted Evening to Benefit The Ellen Hermanson Foundation.

Supporters enjoyed an evening of cuisine by Jean-Georges, dancing with DJ Double S Productions, Mirror Photobooth NYC, live auction & more!

The event took place at the Topping Rose House located at 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Bridgehampton, NY.

Special Honors went to BNB Bank also the event honored Senator Kenneth P. LaValle

Kenneth P. LaValle, (R-C-I, Port Jefferson) was first elected to the New York State Senate in 1976 and was appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education in 1979. Senator LaValle has helped shape higher education policy in New York State for more than 30 years where his work with education leaders at the State University of New York, City University of New York and independent colleges has earned him the respect of the academic community.In 2007, the Governor appointed Senator LaValle to the New York State Commission on Higher Education which was charged with identifying ways of improving the quality of higher education in the State. Senator LaValle also served on the National Council of State Legislatures’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education whose goal was to create awareness among State Legislatures of their role in providing accessible and affordable public higher education. Senator LaValle's achievements in education and higher education are matched by a distinguished record in health care and he is most proud of his work in establishing a Burn Unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. His legislation to protect and advance the rights of patients earned him special recognition from the Suffolk County Breast Health Partnership. St. Charles Hospice also paid tribute to his efforts in developing a program for terminally ill patients in nursing homes. His commitment to quality health care is continued in his efforts to create an east end hospital alliance, ensuring continued access to vital health services on eastern Long Island. Senator LaValle was instrumental in creating The Long Island High Technology Incubator at Stony Brook University and championed the Stony Brook University Incubator at Calverton. The Calverton Incubator was conceived as an economic engine to enhance Eastern Long Island's agricultural, aquacultural and environmental industries. The Long Island High Technology Incubator is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping new technologically-innovative companies to grow by providing them with a variety of support resources and services. Since opening in 1992, the Incubator has been associated with more than 70 businesses, and 44 companies have graduated successfully from the LIHTI program, contributing more than $2.5B to the national economy and creating jobs for more than 500 employees. Senator LaValle's environmental legacy is reflected in the enactment of the Pine Barrens Preservation Act of 1993. As the author of this historic legislation, he has assured the protection of environmentally-sensitive lands for generations to come and is often cited as a landmark initiative in the environmental well-being of Long Island. The Long Island Pine Barrens Society, the Group for the South Fork, the North Fork Environmental Council, the Peconic Land Trust, and the Nature Conservancy are but a few of the many organizations from which Senator LaValle has received praise for his positive contributions on environmental issues. Throughout his tenure in the New York State Senate, real property tax relief has been an important priority for Senator LaValle. As a major architect in the development of the STAR program, he takes tremendous personal satisfaction in the benefits this initiative has brought to homeowners in the First Senatorial District. Senator LaValle has also been a formidable advocate for the disabled. He was responsible for drafting much of the existing legislation providing disabled citizens with greater access to educational opportunities and continues to champion issues important to senior citizens. Senator LaValle has also advanced bills critical to local firefighters and veterans' organizations. In recognition of his outstanding dedication to the people of New York State, Senator LaValle has been repeatedly named "Man of the Year" and "Legislator of the Year" by diverse groups of local and statewide organizations. He was also presented the Medallion of the University from the State University of New York at Albany and the University Medal from Stony Brook University in tribute to his work in higher education. Both awards are the highest honor accorded by the universities. Extremely proud of his Italian heritage, Senator LaValle was privileged to receive the honorary title "Cavaliere al Merito della Repubblica Italiana" from the Italian Government for his work in education and promotion of cultural exchange. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Senator LaValle graduated from Hempstead High School on Long Island. He earned his undergraduate degree at Adelphi College, a degree in education from the State University College at New Paltz, and a J.D. degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Senator LaValle has completed extensive graduate study in Government and International Relations at New York University and received an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree from Dowling College. Senator LaValle is the father of two grown children, James and Lisa and the proud grandfather of Jessica Katherine and Elvis William LaValle, and Joshua Eric and Justin David Russ. He resides in Port Jefferson with his wife Penny. In addition to his standing committee assignments, Senator LaValle is Chairman of the Senate Minority Conference.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real but little-discussed or understood issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation ensures access to state-of-the-art breast health care and empowers people affected by cancer. The Foundation primarily serves breast cancer patients on the East End of Long Island, New York, and fulfills its mission by focusing on two areas:

providing educational outreach about the importance of early detection, and access to mammography and treatment to medically underserved communities

funding psychosocial support services that address the broad range of issues facing breast cancer patients, survivors, spouses, families, and friends

Ellen's Run

Ellen’s Run, an annual 5k (3.1-mile) race, is the signature fundraising event of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and an innovative, grassroots event, that raises awareness about breast cancer. Held on the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in the state of New York, Ellen’s Run draws on the strength of the community and gives back by providing mammography screenings, support and education. Proceeds from Ellen’s Run support the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital by funding state-of-the-art technology. Ellen’s Run also supports Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors under the leadership of a specially trained oncological social worker.

Ellen’s Run is a family event, aimed at both serious runners—women and men alike—and casual runners, as well as walkers and supporters of all ages. It engenders camaraderie and community as participants support or memorialize a loved one. Breast cancer survivors are recognized and applauded for their courage. A special prize is awarded to the first breast cancer survivor to finish the race. Those who have been touched by the disease or the specter of the disease have the chance to take a positive step.

The First Annual Ellen’s Run attracted more than 500 participants and raised more than $62,000—an astonishing success for a first-time event. By the third year, the amount of money raised had more than doubled. By its fourth year, Ellen's Run had become the largest race on the South Fork, with nearly 900 registered participants. As we approach our 22nd year, Ellen’s Run has grown to over 1,000 participants and The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants.

The Ellen P. Hermanson Foundation was incorporated under the not-for-profit laws of the State of New York and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to The Ellen P. Hermanson Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Copies of the Foundation's Form 990 are available at www.guidestar.org. A copy of the Foundation's Form 990 for the past five tax years may also be obtained by calling (212) 840-0916 to request a copy.

Guest also enjoyed LIVE AUCTION with Lucas Hunt of Hunt Auctioneers and entertainment by Samantha Massell Broadway Star.

Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff Jean Shafiroff, philanthropist, is actively involved as a volunteer fundraiser and leader of several charitable causes. Her managerial skills, compassion, generosity and enthusiastic dedication are among her strongest traits. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect different charitable groups with interested people and resources. Jean’s particular interests include charities related to women, health care, animals and the people of the cities she calls home.

Jean’s hands-on involvement with the multiple causes she supports is one of her strongest traits. Each year she chairs numerous galas and host events benefiting not-for-profit organizations. She has chaired numerous galas including ones for New York Women’s Foundation, Southampton Hospital, NYC Mission Society, Southampton Animal Shelter, French Heritage Society, JBFCS, Lighthouse International, American Cancer Society, Southampton Bath and Tennis Club’s Charitable Foundation and Solar One.

Jean is particularly known for her leadership in raising money for the Southampton Hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2013 she served as the chairwoman of the Southampton Hospital’s Annual Summer Galas, which collectively raised $5.4 million ($1.7, $2 and $1.7 million, respectively).

Julie Ratner is the co-founder and chairwoman of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation which she founded in 1996 with her her sister Emily Levin. Named in honor of their younger sister, Ellen, who died in 1995 of breast cancer at the age of 42, the foundation has distributed more than $4 million in grants.

Julie worked as a school librarian at the Brearley School and at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City before enrolling in the Department of Higher and Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1990. She earned her Doctorate in Education in 1996.

Currently, Julie is a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the New York State Breast Cancer Network. She has also served on the boards of the League Education and Treatment Center in Brooklyn (as President), Congressman Tim Bishop’s Breast Cancer Advisory Board, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the Hadassah Foundation, and The American Friends of the Soroka Medical Center of the Negev in Israel.

Julie received her B.A. from Simmons College with honors (1968), M.L.S. from Columbia University School of Library Science (1970), and M.A. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University (1996). She is a graduate of Project Lead, Science Training Course, sponsored by the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

She has two daughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth.

For more information please visit https://www.ellenhermanson.org

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Charlotte McKinney Host 8th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Melissa Mitchell Boyd, Kristin Sluyk from Le Barthelemy Hotel, Artists Luciana Pampalone and Steve Joester and Fashion Designer Elizabeth Arthur from www.kimimillc.com at St. Barts hosted by Actress McKinney

Charlotte McKinney Host 8th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala


Charlotte McKinney Host 8th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala


McKinney was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Her mother is Canadian. She has an older sister named Garland. She has dyslexia, and says she was the target of bullying as a result of her physical development during puberty.[

After dropping out of high school at age 17, McKinney, who describes herself as "a curvier bombshell with extremely big boobs," pursued a modeling career but struggled to find success with an agency. Opting to rely on Instagram as a portfolio, she soon became "Insta-famous" and was profiled in Esquire. McKinney credits the social networking service as a factor in her subsequent success, which includes campaigns for the fashion brand Guess. She signed with Wilhelmina Models.

McKinney was the featured model in Carl's Jr.'s All Natural Burger commercial, which was released online in January 2015 and aired regionally during Super Bowl XLIX. The viral ad featured McKinney walking around a farmers' market, stating that she is "all natural" and using double entendres to imply that she is naked with strategically placed items in the market, until it reveals McKinney in a bikini eating the All Natural Burger. The success of the commercial has led to McKinney being dubbed "the next Kate Upton," who also garnered national attention for appearing in a Carl's Jr. commercial during a Super Bowl.

On February 24, 2015, McKinney was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Keoikantse Motsepe. The couple was the second to be eliminated and finished in 11th place.

McKinney appeared as Missy in the film Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (2015). In 2017, she appeared in the film adaptation of Baywatch and the remake of Flatliners.


For one night only, the 8th ANNUAL ST. BARTH HAMPTONS GALA PRESENTED BY SOCIAL LIFE TOOK PLACE AT BRIDGEHAMPTON MUSEUM and transported guests to the ultimate luxury Caribbean island destination. Set among lush emerald fields in beautiful Bridgehampton, where modern elegance meets old world glamour, sexy guests indulged in gourmet hor's d'oeuvres, champagne and speciality cocktails.

Chic Hamptonites danced the night away while DJ Lee Kalt spinned the summer's best hits.

I had the opportunity to chat with some supporters and sponsors at the event including Sr. Executive Melissa Mitchell Boyd, Kristin Sluyk from Le Barthelemy Hotel, Artists Luciana Pampalone and Steve Joester and Fashion Designer Elizabeth Arthur from www.kimimillc.com.

Kristen from Le Barthelemy Hotel discussed the many amenties the Resort features.

This gorgeous beachfront setting is now home to the 5 star Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa. Inspired by the ambience of the “old hotel”, the owners collaborated to capture its legendary joie de vivre. Le Barthélemy is a scrumptious cocktail of Parisian chic and St Barth’s casual sophistication. Stunning from a distance, upon arrival guests will find it warmly elegant and inviting.

This is a true beach resort. Active couples —and friends— looking for watersports and a cool scene will find it here, yet there is enough romance-in-the air for honeymooners. It’s perfect for families as some of its 44 rooms connect and little ones will love swimming in the warm shallow water. Kids of all ages will love the infinity pool that faces the sea.

Accommodations include a wealth of options with views of the gardens, lake and ocean— some with special features like heated plunge pools. And the pièce de résistance: the split-level beachfront La Plage Suites. The contemporary décor courtesy of celebrated French designer Sybille de Margerie does not sacrifice comfort, and stylish baths with super-sized showers are stocked with Hermes toiletries.

It’s easy-peasy and a delight to wine & dine a whole day away here. After breakfast, pick up a cappuccino at Le Coffee Bar, enjoy light snacks, smoothies, and adult beverages from Le Turquoise pool bar served beachfront or poolside. Aux Amis Plage offers a feet-in-the-sand lunch, with a properly chilled glass of rosé. Come dinner time, Aux Amis offers French fine dining in a casual, island-inspired setting and tapas, or a nightcap, can be had at the très cool rooftop bar WTF (Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot) A DJ takes it up a notch on the weekends. Babysitting available.

This could be the vacation to try kite-surfing and there’s a 24-hour fitness center with a view. Sundown Yoga on the beach? They’ve got that. Its oh-wow spa partners with the world-renowned skincare brand La Mer. A subterranean sitting area is bathed in natural light from a glass sunroof and features a tea station. The dark-as-night ceilings of the treatment rooms have softly twinkling “stars.”

New York Designer Elizabeth Arthur talked about her sexy swimline and how it is tailored to fit curvacious ladies to extremely. "My suits are beautiful on everyone," Elizabeth revealed.

New York-area entrepreneur and fashion designer, Elizabeth Arthur, has always been inspired by butterflies. As a child playing on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago, she admired the beauty and individuality of the patterns on their wings when they’d flutter by. As an adult, she’s identified with and been inspired by their process of metamorphosis. Consequently, naming her latest endeavor— a swimwear collection— was a no-brainer. Arthur chose Kimimi, the Sioux word for butterfly, not only to pay homage to her personal mascot, but also to remind her clients to embrace their own individual beauty.

Professionally and personally, Elizabeth often seems quiet and reserved. However, when inspired by a goal or presented with a challenge, the fashion industry veteran becomes relentlessly emboldened and flourishes. For example, she began her career in 2003 at Weight Clothing, a men’s collection founded by her brother. While there, she assisted with the running of the business. She has also worked in the male-dominated construction industry as a certified electrician. “That experience,” she says, taught me to be self-reliant and to commit fully to projects.” Further, in addition to being a single mother, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College and started the Maia Venae t-shirt collection. In 2013 she founded Kimimi LLC.

A proponent of individuality and women’s empowerment, Arthur designs Kimimi swimsuits with the goal of enhancing the natural beauty of every woman. The collection of one-piece bathing suits, bikinis and monokinis is comprised of colors, fabrics, silhouettes and embellishments inspired by the graceful movements and breathtaking wing patterns of butterflies. The mission of the swimwear collection is to prompt its own metamorphosis of sorts, in which a woman slips into her swimsuit and sheds the confines of her regular attire and everyday life. In doing so, she is free to reveal new sides of herself and to embrace the extraordinary, hopefully holding onto that experience after leaving the beach or pool. Consequently, the woman, like a butterfly, has transformed and emerged with more confidence.

Looking forward, Elizabeth Arthur plans to become involved in community projects that aim to inspire and assist women. One of her deepest desires is to prove by example that women should never give up on what they want to accomplish, despite hardships and challenges. Instead, she hopes that she can teach people that those challenges and dark places should be seen as a cocoon, where one grows, gains strength and struggles to emerge forever transformed… like a butterfly.

Later I sat down with two famous Artists, Rock N Roll Photographer Artist Steve Joester who photographed Andy Warhol, the Stones and many other famous Rock N Rollers, and Luciana Pampalone.

Steve Joester is a British-born Rock & Roll photographer and mixed media artist, currently living and working in New York City.


Joester, a leading Rock & Roll photographer in the 70's and 80's, had his iconic images of the greatest rock performers appear on album sleeves, posters, exhibitions and magazines worldwide. Joester made his mark shooting icons such as Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Sting, and also documented Andy Warhol on film with Rob Halford of Judas Priest backstage at the Palladium in April, 1979.

In an explosive interpretation of the rock icons that left their indelible mark on our generation, Joester's unique mixed media works transcend his photography. Using an unconventional mixture of materials on his canvases, he echoes the raw energy of Rock & Roll with his own Interpretation of the emotion and power of the live performances. Joester was the first mixed media artist to be represented by the Morrison Hotel Gallery, and his work is included in collections internationally.

Luciana Pampalone is a Visual Image Specialist with Global experience as a Fashion-Beauty Photographer with 25 years experience in Content Creation, Artistic Direction and Fashion Travel Photography. Recently named on George Wayne's (Vanity Fair) Top 100 Creative Influencer's List.

Featured Articles: Wall Street International Magazine https://wsimag.com/fashion/53873-the-fashion-show

Featured Artist Article: ArtShesays.com

http://artshesays.com/a-queen-and-her-crown-bold-sensuality-through-the-lens-of-luciana-pampalone/

Luciana’s work has taken her to many diverse locations, including; Aruba, British Virgin Islands, Brussels, Canada, Croatia, England, France, Grenadine Islands, Jamaica, London, Paris, Scotland, St. Croix, Thailand, Mexico and Venezuela, all which have contributed to her vision and worldly sensibility.

Lastly Sr. Executive Melissa Mitchell Boyd from Social Life Magazine talked about the Hottest Restaurants, Hottest Beaches and Hottest Parties that the Sexy Rich and Famous frequent in the Hamptons darlings!

For more information please visit https://sociallifemagazine.com/

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SOFO’s 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Andy Sabin Founder of South Fork Natural History Museum 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree DR. DEMIAN CHAPMAN

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree TRAMMELL S. CROW 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Firefighter Liam Flaherty

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Dr. Demian Chapman and Dr. Katie Flowers, — with Andrea Correale and Jill Kamen Zarin at South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SoFo). and Posing for a photo-op at SOFO’s 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT — with Katlean De Monchy at South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center (SoFo).


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at SOFO’s 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Guest gathered to show their support at SOFO’s 30th ANNIVERSARY GALA BENEFIT Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

The event honored three outstanding individuals for their accomplismemts to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment.

Honorees included: DR. DEMIAN CHAPMAN, TRAMMELL S. CROW & GREG MANOCHERIAN

Dr. Demian Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU. A molecular ecologist by training, he leads the Global FinPrint project and studies the Asian shark fin trade. He has published more than 70 scientific papers and appeared on BBC and the Discovery Channel. His efforts have contributed to species protection in the form of a shark sanctuary in The Bahamas, improved shark management in Belize, and the listing of multiple shark and ray species on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to name a few. This year Dr. Demian Chapman will be commemorated with The Alan Rabinowitz 2019 SOFO Species Visionary Award.

It has been eight years since Trammell S. Crow adopted Dallas’ fledgling Earth Day celebration and turned it into an environmental expo that attracts to Fair Park every April hundreds of vendors, hundreds of thousands of visitors, dozens of politicians, and some of the most prominent environmentalists on the planet. The event grew so fast that its name could barely keep up, starting off as Earth Day Dallas before becoming Earth Day Texas and re-branding as the more global-minded EarthX.

In fact, the event has become so large it can be overwhelming to visit; and it casts its green net so wide, you encounter odd scenes like a luncheon I attended last year, in which Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick—both on the record as climate change deniers—addressed a room full of environmental scientists, clean tech entrepreneurs, and environmental activists, not to mention the oil and gas execs, local real estate characters, and other Texas types who came to hear their reps.

Greg Manocherian has earned SOFO's 2019 Environmental Excellence Humanitarian Award. He works as a real estate magnate who is passionately committed to advancing the pace of progress and discovery in medical research. Manocherian is Vice Chairman of ACT for NIH: Advancing Cures Today, a non-partisan effort committed to advancing biomedical research in the United States. He is also a longstanding supporter of environmental conservation

The event was Chaired by Carole Crist, Georgia & Dr. Gerry Curatola, Eric Goode,

Susan & David Rockefeller

VIP Cocktail Reception 6PM-7PM • Benefit Party, Honoree Presentation,

Dinner & Dancing 7PM-11PM

Special Performance by Livingston Taylor

Catered by Elegant Affairs

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) & Nature Center is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island. Founded in 1988 by a group of South Fork naturalists as The Nature Clubhouse in Amagansett, the museum opened at its permanent location in May, 2005 in eastern Suffolk County at 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, New York.

A place for children and adults of all ages to discover, explore, learn, and engage, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is open seven days a week, except on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is open for an additional hour from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (Mid September – Mid June) for free admission.

Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert environmental educators as they experience the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, all of which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.

The magic continues outside with SOFO’s Native Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin nesting gourd site and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40 acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum, and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.

The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at SOFO! We know your first visit will not be your last.

The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – SOFO – is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.

The goals of the museum and nature center are to:

Engender in children and adults a sensitivity to the natural world through direct observation and joyous hands-on nature experiences in the museum and in the out-of-doors, and to give them the tools they need to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and in the future.

Procure, preserve, document, study, and display material relevant to the natural history of the South Fork of Long Island.

Serve as a central source of local natural history information with facilities and programming designed for all segments of the public – from the interests of children to those of the scientific community.

Work in partnership with other educational and environmental organizations on the local, state, and federal level.

To carry out its mission, the museum presents hands-on interactive exhibits and guided educational experiences, in the museum and in the out-of-doors. All programs are designed to:

Encourage direct observation and hands-on exploration of the natural world.

Emphasize the universal interconnectedness of all living things and stress the need for conservation and preservation of our natural resources.

Raise the level of ecological awareness to prepare the individual to make intelligent environmental decisions.

Provide joyous experiences that will inspire the pursuit of future explorations and curiosity as well as foster a lifelong fascination and affection for nature.

"Nothing means more to me than teaching children about the environment. It's important to remember that animals, like humans, have homes, and it's our responsibility as stewards of the planet to sustain and protect the natural world," remarked Andy Sabin, President of the SOFO.

For more information please visit https://sofo.org

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28th ANNUAL BAY STREET THEATER'S SUMMER GALA

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  interviews Lifetime Achievement Honoree Star of Stage and Screen Joel Grey  and Broadway Stars Arianna Rosario and Omar Lopez-Cepero

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Singer Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Broadway Actress Tovah Feldshuh

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Arianna Rosario and Omar Lopez-Cepero (Seen as Eva & Juan Peron in Bay Street Theater's 2018 Production of Evita) and Cognac poses for a photo-op with Actress Tovah Feldshuh at th 28th Annual Bay Street Gala


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op Broadway Star Mauricio Martinez (Seen as Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet!) and Cognac poses for a photo-op with Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin at the 28th Annual Bay Street Gala


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on the red carpet at the 28th Annual Bay Street Gala and Lifetime Achievement Honoree Actor Joel Grey poses for a photo-op at the 28th Annual Bay Street Gala


 

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts presented Actor Joel Grey the first Joel Grey Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 28th Annual Summer Gala which was held at the new location of Wölffer Estate Vineyard on Saturday, July 6. The Award will be given out each year at future Bay Street Galas to honor someone in the theater and entertainment industry who has made a major impact in the world of the performing arts. The evening was hosted by Isaac Mizrahi and proceeds from the evening support Bay Street's educational and theatrical programs. The evening included a silent auction, cocktail party, live auction with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind, dinner and dancing as well as special performances.

The Gala Chairs this year were Board of Trustee member Mala Sander along with her husband Jeff Sander. In addition to Joel Grey, the evening also honored Andrea K. Wahlquist, a Bay Street Theater Trustee. Peconic Landing was honored as a dedicated Community Partner. In addition, Bay Street Theater announced the formation of the Michael Downing Acting Apprenticeship Program, in memory of the young actor who appeared in Bay Street's very first production of Men's Lives and who served as an inspiration to all who knew him.

"This year's gala is titled 'If Your Friends Could See You Now,' and it will celebrate the Broadway musicals of the 1960s," according to Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater's Artistic Director. "It's going to be so exciting to put together a dazzling dinner and performance, and to celebrate the legendary Joel Grey and our other honorees at the beautiful new Gala location at Wölffer Estate Vineyard."

The evening's show was written by Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian (Murder for Two) and includes choreography by Shannon Lewis (The Secret Silk, Stuck) who also starred as "Ursula" opposite Christina Applegate in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. The show featured a concert with songs from many of the most beloved 1960s Broadway musicals of all time, such as Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Man of La Mancha, Sweet Charity, and more.

Performers includef Mauricio Martinez, an Actor & Recording Artist from Mexico, who recently starred as 'Emilio Estefan' in the Broadway Musical On Your Feet! The Story Of Emilio & Gloria Estefan and can currently be seen in the Emmy winning NBC Universo's original TV series "El Vato" on Netflix. Also performing was Samantha Massell, a New York based actress and singer who has appeared on Broadway, TV, movies, on the cabaret scene, and in a variety of commercials. She was last seen on Broadway as Hodel in the acclaimed 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Jon Peterson Broadway & Off-Broadway credits include Midnight at the Never Get, Cabaret, George M. Cohan Tonight and Half a Sixpence. London West End credits include The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea and more.

The evening's live auction items includes a week at the beach in St. Barth's for 4 at a luxury 2- bedroom house, provided by WIMCO VILLAS, complete with unparalleled concierge service, and roundtrip flights to the island from San Juan on the high end Tradewind Aviation carrier. Other items included an 8-day cruise on Viking Cruise Lines for 2, a walk on role in the Romeo & Juliet Project featuring the music of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo with dinner for 8 guests in Mashashimuet Park. This year's auction was facilitated by GiveSmart, a third-party platform that allowed guests to bid and pay for items and receive auction updates in real time.

Past attendees at Bay Street's Gala include Broadway and film luminaries, business leaders and some of the most influential people in the theater and local communities: Arlene & Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Alec Baldwin, Chris Bauer, Joy Behar, Bob Balaban, Mel Brooks, Kim Cattrall, Chevy Chase, Blythe Danner, Edie Falco, Jules Feiffer, Dan Gasby, Kelsey Grammer, Billy Joel, Star Jones, Richard Kind, Nathan Lane, Susan Lucci, Terrence McNally, Rosie O'Donnell, Mercedes Ruehl, Liev Schreiber, Stephen Schwartz, Susan Stroman, B. Smith, Aida Turturro, Naomi Watts and Robert Zimmerman, to name a few.

This year's sponsors (list in progress) include: Age Focus, Air Hamptons, BNB, Corcoran Group, JillLynn Jewelry, Peconic Landing, Searles Graphics, Sag Harbor Florist, Sterling Affair, The Carpetman, Tradewind Aviation, Unlimited Earth Care, Viking River Cruises, WIMCO Villas in St. Barth's, and Yave Tequila. Media sponsors include Hamptons Magazine, Dan's Papers, Beach Magazine, WBAZ, WEHM and WLNG.

Stage and Film Star Joel Grey has recieved countless awards for his many accomplishments in theater, film and television. Below is just a sample of what Mr. Grey has achieved in his lifetime so far:

Broadway: Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (Roundabout Theatre Company), Anything Goes, Wicked, Chicago, George M! (Tony Award nom.), Cabaret (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: The Normal Heart, in 1986, co-directed the Tony Award-winning Broadway premiere in 2011. Film: Cabaret (Academy Award), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Dancer in the Dark, The Seven Percent Solution, Man on a Swing. Joel is an internationally exhibited photographer with four published books, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006), 1.3-Images From My Phone (2009) and The Billboard Papers (2013). His memoir, Master of Ceremonies, was released in 2016 (Flatiron Press).

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.

For more information please visit http://www.baystreet.org

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7th ANNUAL PINK TIE GALA

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Comedian Chris Roach at the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews  Radio Host Sid Rosenberg at the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Asia Lee at the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Singer/Songwriter Paul Mahos

at the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Comedian Jackie Martling at the

 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Co-founder Rich Cave and JoAnn Winkhart Cave at the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala

Guests and supporters gathered at the Carltun in Esenhower Park to attend the 7th Annual Pink Tie Gala On June 10th.


PinkTie was founded by Rich Cave and Mike Cave, the CEO of 1st Equity Title and Closing Services after both lost  their aunt to breast cancer. Their mission is to help other local organizations in the community

This year the Gala's mission is to raise money for the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. "PinkTie is helping the Stony Brook Children's Hospital again this year. They are building a new wing, and we are excited to be a part of that," revealed Mike Cave.

For the second consecutive year, PinkTie was held at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Long Island. I was lucky enough to interview several celebrities one in particular was Comedian Jacki Martling who is famous for serving as a writer for The Howard Stern Show for nearly two decades, from 1983 to 2001.

Also known as Jackie, the Jokeman, he is regarded as a living legend in the Long Island comedy scene.

On being at the seventh annual PinkTie event, Martling said, "I love it here." "I can't believe we pulled at 6 p.m. and somehow I found a parking space five feet away. I am still waiting for them to tow my car," he joked.

Jackie, revealed "I was in the room when someone said lets start a charity, I was in on it with Joey Reynolds, I met Mike Cave very early on."  Jackie also talked about his new documentary coming out soon call "Joke Land."

PinkTie.org's mission is to benefit charitable organizations through various fundraising efforts, therefore, bettering the community in which we live. In order to do so, we enlist the help of long island's business professionals, which allows us to not only raise funds and awareness but also bring them more business. Additionally, all the funds stay where raised, creating the most effective community impact. Together, we can make a difference in our community.

For more information please visit https://pinktie.org/

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The Retreat’s All Against Abuse Gala  Saturday, June 8th 

at The Muses in Southampton

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Mago from RJD Gallery a major supporter of All Against Abuse

The 2019 All Against Abuse Champion

Regina K. Scully

The Retreat is honored to present our 2019 All Against Abuse Champion, Regina K. Scully.

When Regina believes she can be effective, she puts her talent and resources to work. She has generously supported The Retreat since 2009 – a decade of commitment to ending the cycle of abuse.

"To effectively cover an issue, you have to study it. You have to understand it inside and out," host Don Lemon, anchor of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, told the sold-out crowd at last night's All Against Abuse Gala. "To truly tell the story, you have to feel it. This is where Regina Scully is a master."

Regina is known for her films in which she shines a light on the most challenging issues of our times, including gender-bias in the media, education reform, sexual assault and trauma. Artemis Rising Foundation, led by Regina, has supported an astounding slate of 200-plus films. She has skillfully brought national attention to the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and gender parity.

For her courage, her commitment to exposing issues, and especially for her gigantic heart, The Retreat is honored to have Regina Scully as our Champion.

Award-winning producer Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation and is passionate about shedding light on the most challenging issues of our times—gender-bias in the media, education reform, sexual assault and trauma. Artemis Rising Foundation has supported an astounding slate of 100-plus films and here, Regina speaks to her process when it comes to developing and promoting media, education and the arts that truly transform the culture.

The foundation champions powerful stories about some of the most challenging social justice issues of our time — including gender-bias, healing, trauma, mental health, addiction and women’s empowerment. With its focus on human rights, Artemis Rising Foundation has helped produce some of the most impactful documentary films of the past decade, inspiring meaningful policy change to legislation, education, corporate protocol and cultural norms. Films such as THE INVISIBLE WAR, THE HUNTING GROUND, FED UP, MISS REPRESENTATION and WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? address issues such as sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, women’s representation in the media, and pushing back against special interest groups. Working closely with renowned journalists and filmmakers, including Amy Ziering, Katie Couric, Kirby Dick, Morgan Neville, Ross Kaufman and Freida Mock, Artemis Rising Foundation has supported over 100 films, many of which have received Peabody, Emmy and Academy Awards. In addition to documentaries, Artemis Rising Foundation supports a variety of projects that include narrative film, television, theater, education, and social programs.

For more information please visit https://artemisrising.org

Last year when Alan Alda took the stage, he brought down the house with his compelling plea. In his distinctive voice, Alan shared the story of his neighbor’s life of terror living with a violent spouse and his mother’s lifelong injury as a result of intervening in one of their physical altercations. As Alan said, domestic violence doesn’t just affect the person being beaten, it affects us all and we have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable.

Supporters and guests gathered for the All Against Abuse Gala and to stand up for families affected by violence and abuse.

2019 celebrity host Don Lemon, CNN News Anchor & Host of CNN Tonight emceed the event to celebrate The Retreat and survivors at All Against Abuse on Saturday, June 8. At the gala All Against Abuse was pleased to honor Regina K. Scully for her work dedicated to shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.

The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence.

In pursuit of that mission, The Retreat provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their families and the Eastern Long Island community through a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education, and emergency shelter. Violence prevention education and other supportive programs are available in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

The agency values and is committed to providing compassionate, empathetic and culturally aware services to all clients/members. Interactions are approached with these values in mind, and it is expected that clients/members will be treated with compassion, respect and sensitivity during the provision of holistic, inclusive and welcoming services.

The Retreat does not discriminate with respect to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or military or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

For more information on The Retreat All Against Abuse please visit http://www.allagainstabuse.org/

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Miss Dog Mom Beauty Pageant 2019

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Desh Valcin at Miss Dog Mom Pageant 2019 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Beauty Pageant Contestant Kora Mancini at Miss Dog Mom Pageant 2019


KORA MANCINI hails from the country that gave the world Brancusi and has been a New York resident since 2001.

After an extensive art career and successful renown in Europe, Mancini trained in footwear design at Fashion Institute of Technology. Upon completing her training in design, Kora was ushered into the shoemaking industry by Nathan Clark, the renowned footwear icon who created the famous Desert Boot.

With this keen understanding of quality, Kora has successfully launched and rebranded a wide array of domestic and international contemporary footwear

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Alexandra Popescu-York at Miss Dog Mom Pageant 2019 who created Kora Mancini's gowns.


This fabulous Designer   Alexandra Popescu-York  defines The modern woman – refined, always elegant, effortlessly looking cool. She is most likely wearing ”Desire”, the new collection by Alexandra Popescu York, made for all the places where a powerful modern woman will go. When it comes to fashion, Alexandra’s style is difficult to reproduce. She brings together uncommon materials to create monumental art collections that illustrate her prolific imagination. Alexandra Popescu-York, the Romanian-born designer now based in New York, is the only designer in the world who has presented artworks of different categories at the same show, at the same time: a collection of fashion couture and a painting exhibition. She has been painting since the age of three and has studied fashion design and plastic arts at the University of Arts in Bucharest.

Her fashion motto? ”I am not creating dresses, but concepts. Not seasonal clothes, but trends, movements, emotions.” The new collection reflects this. ”Desire” is made for the resolute New Yorker, the woman who has places to go to and things to do and needs a versatile wardrobe. This collection is a celebration of women sensuality combining elegant, classy, sultry, with a glam rock feeling.

She is led by the thought that the most important thing for a designer is that the finished product is original, believing that “authenticity is increasingly rare in the world of fashion”. Many times she will paint directly onto the materials or embroideries or she will completely alter the textures through overlapping. “It is said that you cannot reinvent the wheel, but I am stubborn to prove that you can nonetheless be original in fashion,” says the creator.

Every presentation comes with a new concept inspired by her own experiences. Generally she has two couture presentations per year and, though she follows the trends, she focuses mainly on her own experiences – not copying trends but always trying to introduce elements of art. Alexandra Popescu York’s creations are unusual, one-of-a kind or limited edition luxury clothes which appeal to modern women.

She’s used to building patterns directly on the model rather than on the pattern table, as other designers often do. Over time she has created dresses without side-seams and with hundreds of stitches, admitting that she rarely uses the classical patterns unless they are needed. „A designer’s individuality consists in using the fabrics and materials that nobody else uses”, says Alexandra Popescu York.

Settled in the US for over ten years, she’s built an impressive record of national and international fashion shows and exhibitions.

Beside her many fashion awards and recognitions, her paintings have also been included in the Art Exhibition at the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Miss Dog Mom 2019 Beauty Pageant Winner Maria Ducasse

Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti, Shoe Designer Kora Mancini, Designer Alexandra Popescu-York and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Miss Dog Mom 2019 Pageant

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti at Miss Dog Mom Beauty Pageant 2019

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Founder Desh Valcin crowns Maria Ducasse as Miss Dog Mom 2019

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 Miss Dog Mom 2019

On May 19th I had the pleasure of attending Miss Dog Mom Beauty Pageant.

The Pageant was founded by Desh Valcin who sat with me and discussed her passion for things that are associated with dog lovers.

Chase & Papi is, a luxury pet event planning company that host unique pet-friendly events fit for royalty. In 2015, founder Valcin started with a single dream in mind – to supply a service where people could be sure that their pets would be taken care of with the utmost love, patience, and attention. Short on options to socialize her pets, except for going to a local dog park, she created the company, Chase, and Papi – aptly named after her two dogs – and also born out of her love for animals. Since establishing Chase& Papi in 2015, she has added a new dog to her pack -Naime.

Like most pet owners, she felt a sense of guilt leaving her dogs at home while at work, especially on the weekends for social gatherings. The solution: create unique pet-friendly events that merge glamour and fun. Chase & Papi's events are designed for owners who want to mingle and drink while their furry friends are socializing with their new "best friends”.

Through our events and services, we foster and inspire a community of pet lovers. Our company motto: “We are not your average dog party, sorry humans!”


The USP of this pageant is that there are no restrictions in terms of vital statistics of the dog moms; rather they will be judged on the basis of character, confidence level, and personality. The three segments of the competition: Interview, Style Challenge, and Evening Gown. Desh Valcin emphasizes that the Pageant is open to “outgoing, intelligent and dynamic women who are excited to represent the beauty of being a dog mom”. Also, there are no restrictions on the height and weight of the dogs. Body proportion is what will be counted and the dogs will exclusively compete in the evening wear category.

The keynote that the contestants must know is that they will be competing on behalf of an animal rescue or similar respected non-profit organizations involving dogs. Apart from winning a cash prize, but a donation will be made in the name of the winner of Miss Dog Mom to her favorite pet charity or animal rescue group. For online registration visit https://www.chasepapi.com/

Congratulations to Maria Ducasse who was officially crowned Miss Dog Mom 2019. Maria is a big supporter of Animal Rescue and is involved with East New York Dog lovers Group. A group for like Minded people that share a bond and a set of social values for their dogs.


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NORTH FORK BREAST COALITION PINK PEARL GALA HONORING LUCIA'S ANGELS 

AT EAST WIND IN WADING RIVER, NY

Honorees Co-Founder Stacy Quarty as well as Co-Founder Susie Barry Roden   of Lucia's Angels give their acceptance speech


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Breast Cancer Survivors Dori and Donna  Adams at the 5th Annual Pink Pearl Gala  at East Wind in Wading River, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Breast Cancer Awareness Supporter Jodi Wasserman and Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski Vice President & Gala Chair North Fork Breast Health Coalition at The 5th Annual Pink Pearl Gala at East Wind in Wading River, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 5th Annual Pink Pearl Gala at East Wind in Wading River

Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala Recognizes the Generosity of Lucia’s Angels In Wading River


On Friday, April 5, the North Fork Breast Health Coalition

celebrated breast-cancer survivors, providers and caregivers at the Fifth Annual Pink Pearl

Gala of the non-profit organization. The cocktail reception, seated dinner and dancing to

music selected by DJ Phil of Make Some Noise DJs was held from 6-10 PM at East

Wind, 5720 Route 25A, Wading River.

This year’s gala was a tribute to Lucia’s Angels, which was represented by President

and Co-Founder Stacy Quarty as well as Co-Founder Susie Barry Roden. The foundation

is committed to helping women and families on Eastern Long Island with late-stage

women’s cancers including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and uterine

cancer. Lucia’s Angels was created in loving memory of Lucia Terzi Bagan.

“The needs of our stage-four cancer patients are very unique and continually changing.

Advances in treatment and treatment options, changing insurance policies and other patient

support services determine how we can best help our patients now,” according to Stacy

Quarty. “We continually ask, ‘What would make your life more comfortable today?’ Our

goal is to provide the best financial and emotional support we can during a difficult and

challenging time.”

“It is our privilege to recognize the work of Lucia’s Angels. We are so grateful to them for

supporting the most vulnerable and very bravest of women who are dealing with late-stage

cancer,” says Gala Event Chair Melanie McEvoy Zuhoski.

The Pink Pearl Sponsor of this year’s gala was the Simmons Point Group of Janney

Montgomery Scott LLC, which has contributed $10,000. With an office in Riverhead, the

Simmons Point Group is an experienced group of financial professionals at Janney

Montgomery Scott LLC—one of the nation’s most prestigious investment firms.

For more information regarding The North Fork Breast Health Coalition

please visit http://www.northforkbreasthealth.org

 For more information on

breast-cancer survivors through the NFBHC website, www.northforkbreasthealth.org or

www.nycharities.org.

Shari Einhorn, an Emmy-Award-winning reporter for News 12 Long Island as the emcee

the Fifth Annual Pink Pearl Gala. She often covers health-related stories for the regional

television station. She was also master of ceremonies for the previous four NFBHC galas,

which were very successful with hundreds of people attending each of them.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is currently led by President Susan Ruffini. The

all-volunteer, nonprofit organization supports local breast-cancer patients with programs

such as Helping Hand grants. Funds raised by the gala will also allow the group to

continue to provide free services such as gentle yoga, reflexology, meditation class and

massage therapy to breast-cancer patients and survivors.

Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and her late husband, Antonio, founded NFBHC in 1998 because

they saw a great need for such an organization on the North Fork, where there is an

especially high rate of diagnosis of the disease. A retired teacher, Ann has also served as

president of the Riverhead School Board. The gala was named for the late Pearl Philindas,

past president of the coalition.

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BAILEY HOUSE GALA & AUCTION 2019

Realty TV Star Terry Artis pose for photo-ops at the Bailey House Gala & Auction 2019 with @theebillyporter & @mjrodriguez7 from the hit Tv Series @poseonfx.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Charles Pavarini

Auction Committee Host and Designer David Santiago poses for a photo-op with Honoree Charles Pavarini.  

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Purely Patricia



    

TV Host Cognac  Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Bailey House Gala and Auction 2019

On Thursday, March 7, 2019, the annual Bailey House Gala & Auction was held at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Thank you to all who have supported the event in the past. 


Honorees included

Rand Harlan Skolnick Social Responsibility Award

Daniel Beauchemin,

CEO, Chelsea Frames

Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award

Charles Pavarini III

Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy

Award

Alan Tanksley

Rodger McFarlane Social Justice Award

Billy Porter, Tony® and Grammy®

Award-Winning Actor, Singer, Director and Composer

Gala & Auction Chairs

Kathleen McGivney

Dan Scheffey


Auction Committee Includes:

Susan Anthony Evan Levy

Daniel Beauchemin Jason Lowe

Ivy Brown Corrin Mays

Philip Caggiano Kathleen McGivney

Ann Cohen Philippe Meyersohn

John Eason Jessica Moe

Matt Farber Charles Pavarini III

Nathaniel Galka Elizabeth Sadoff

Jeff Gardner David Santiago

Rose Hittmeyer Dan Scheffey

Jodi Imburgia Judie Swanson

Arthur Korant Alan Tanksley

Laura Krey J. Randall Tarasuk

Carl Lana Maggie Vergara

Elizabeth Leifer Kathleen Walsh

Bill Lenio

Barbe Levitan


 Bailey House’s mission is to help transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses through housing, health services and community. We believe that housing and healthcare are human rights. We work towards a world without poverty, homelessness, hunger, HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.


Founded in 1983 by a coalition of compassionate community leaders responding to the AIDS crisis, Bailey House is a community-based organization with a 35-year history of addressing poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, substance use and chronic illness to improve health outcomes for marginalized, low-income New Yorkers. We help more than 5,000 people each year and reach tens of thousands more through a variety of community outreach efforts.


July 2018 - Bailey House announced an exciting merger with Housing Works, the nation’s leading HIV/AIDS advocacy and service organization. This important union creates a powerful new housing development enterprise, dedicated to offering clients – served by both organizations- with an array of expanded service offerings, including primary medical care. The merger will bring renewed focus and commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. The annual Gala & Auction will remain a centerpiece of the ongoing, year-round fundraising activities benefitting the Bailey House housing programs and all related services.


For more information on how you can contribute, participate and donate please visit http://baileyhouse.org/


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SAMUEL WAXMAN FOUNDATION THE 21ST ANNIVERSARY

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE GALA

Hosts Elin Nierenberg and Michael Nierenberg


Marion Waxman, Founder & CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (Photo Credit PMC.

Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin (Photo Credit PMC) 


Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Alyssa Greenberg, Howard Shlafmitz (Photo Credit Lenny Stucker)


Pose for a photo-op at  SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

THE 21st ANNIVERSARY OF THE

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION GALA


Special performance by Dawes at the 21st Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Gala (Photo Credit PMC)

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THE 21st ANNIVERSARY OF THE

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION GALA

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.

After a lively cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg greeted the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests with a warm welcome graciously outlining over 20 years of giving and continued support from the organization’s donors. From the CBS 2 News studio, co-anchor Chris Wragge emerged on screen to introduce SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Chris Wragge was the evening’s virtual host, appearing on screen to help the evening’s program run smoothly.

Greeting the room of distinguished guests, Dr. Waxman acknowledged their efforts trekking through New York City’s winter storm in true altruistic spirit. Detailing the Foundation’s major achievements, he highlights advancements in cancers involving the liver, breast, leukemia, pediatric and lung. The SWCRF has seen great momentum since officially launching the Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging which is spearheading research to uncover the links between cancers. Research funded by the program studied the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. With a formidable but truly feasible goal of building a $32 million fund, Dr. Waxman humbly invited donors continued support.

Taking the stage, SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan instructed gala guests on how to Text to Pledge, using the mobile fundraising program which enables guests to text their donations. Each texted donation was accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared, in real-time, on large screens throughout the evening, the first of them being a $5,000 gift, “In honor of Michael Nierenberg” from Thomas Shea.

Keeping up the momentum, the evening’s live auction, led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, featured luxury items and experiences including: a Palm Bay Italy Winery experience including a six-day stay for four guests which raised $20,000; two house seats to “Springsteen on Broadway” raised $14,000; also Restaurateur Donna Lennard of il Buco Vita welcomes 10-14 guests for an intimate six-course dinner at the home décor showroom, raising $11,000. Other auction items included a Cockapoo Puppy (winning bid of $7,000), a shopping spree at John Varvatos SoHo Boutique (winning bid of $4,000) and a meet-and-greet with the evening’s musical guests, Dawes, who also autographed a guitar for the lucky winner (winning bid of $3,500).

The money raised in support of cancer research at the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation's Institute Without Walls and Aging and Cancer Programs have made significant breakthroughs, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer. The Collaborating for a Cure gala is among the top fundraising events in New York City, and this year featured an exclusive headline performance from the rock band, Dawes – the only NYC stop as part of their North American tour. With ‘An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour’ well on its way, Dawes made an exclusive stop at the gala in honor of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

The Collaborating for a Cure gala, affectionately known as “The Waxman”, has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Since 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers around the globe. Past celebrity performers have included The Avett Brothers, Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.

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Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan (PMC) | Lenny Stucker (see individual images for credit)

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About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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 nearly $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, please visit: www.waxmancancer.org

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @WaxmanCancer

About Dawes

It’s been nearly a decade since Dawes first emerged from Southern California, carrying with them a roots-rock sound that nodded to the past – including the West Coast folksingers and cosmic country-rockers who chased a similar muse during the 1970s – while still pushing forward.

Over the years that followed their North Hills debut, the band evolved and electrified. The grooves deepened. The amplifiers grew louder. Once known for their honest approach to classic sounds, Dawes grew into something different: a forward-thinking, boundary-pushing band for the 21st century, willing to follow inspiration wherever it leads.

On the group’s sixth album, Passwords, that inspiration pulls guitarist/singer Taylor Goldsmith, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Wylie Gelber, and keyboardist Lee Pardini into their most universal, topical territory to date. This is a record about the modern world: the relationships that fill it, the politics that divide it, the small victories and big losses that give it shape. Taylor’s writing is personal at points – the result of his recent engagement, which lends a sense of gravity and self-reflection to album highlights like “Time Flies Either Way” and “I Can’t Love” – but it also zooms out, focusing not on the director himself, but on everything within the lens.

“Passwords comes from a line in ‘Living in The Future’: ‘It’s the battle of the pass-words,'” Taylor points out. “So there is a slight political implication – the idea that something so seemingly innocuous and frivolous can potentially shift the direction of a life or even a country. But more broadly than that, a password – this series of numbers, letters and figures – serves as a thin veil between a world you can see and understand, and one you can’t. That means songs can be passwords, too, because they’re a means of giving access to someone else’s perspective, thereby elaborating your own. Songs can unlock something in you, change something, tighten something, enlighten some-thing, or gain access into deeper corners, and that idea makes referring to a collection of songs as Passwords feel really good.”

For more information on Dawes, please visit: www.dawestheband.com

Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @DawesTheBand 


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15th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network  

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Enjoying interviewing the Founder Maryann Wahmann and chair Gala Honorary Chair Sue Aller

And Honoree at Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's 15th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

Posing for photo-ops with Honoree Dr. Steven Libutti and Rachell Bin 

'Celebration of Life' Gala Honorary Chair 

2018 Above and Beyond Award Dr. Steven Libutti 

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15th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

For

Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network 

The Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network's Board of Directors invites you to our 15th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala. It's an evening of sharing- with Dinner, Cocktails, Dancing, a Silent Auction and Raffles. Funds raised will benefit neuroendocrine cancer patients and get us one step closer to a cure!

Take Action, Make a Difference!

Your participation will help NCAN keep important programs like these available to neuroendocrine cancer patients:

Patient Hotline

Patient Conferences

Information Packets

Support Group Assistance

Funding for Research

will help the Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network continue to provide programs and services essential to neuroendocrine cancer patients.

What is Neuroendocrine Cancer?

Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) is the umbrella term for a group of unusual, often slow- growing cancers, which arise from neuroendocrine cells found throughout the body. For years this group of cancers was identified as a specific disease called carcinoid. This term is being replaced in medical literature by the term NETs.

Here are things you may not know about this disease:

Carcinoid /NET cancers are known to affect over 125,000 patients in the United States.

12,000 people are diagnosed annually.

Initially, over 90% of all Carcinoid/ NET patients are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease.

Average time from initial onset of symptoms to proper diagnosis exceeds five years.

Many patients go untreated for years and have been told they have another disease. However, due to the generosity and selfless effort of many people, progress IS being made!

If the tumors are found early and you get proper treatment, you can live a long life. There are many 20 year survivors living in the USA. Failure to diagnose the disease and provide proper treatment, however, has the most serious consequence.

Why Contribute to NCAN?

To better reflect the community we serve, CCAN is now NCAN- a 501(c)(3) non-profit incorporated in 2004. Our Mission is to intensify awareness of Neuroendocrine Cancer including Carcinoid. NCAN provides information and support to NET patients / caregivers via e-mail, our web site, and toll free phone. The phone line, answered by a patient or caregiver at all times, is open 7 days a week 9 am – 9 pm EST, 365 days a year! We want you to know the person on the other end of the phone understands first-hand about the disease. We’ve also sent several thousand free information packets on request. We provide support groups with information, awareness items and financial support.

NCAN has produced nearly 60 conferences both national and regional around the country. These events have been beneficial for thousands of patients and their families. With these conferences, we keep patients up-to-date on information impacting the decisions made regarding their care, including new diagnostics and treatments available and upcoming. NET CARE a division of NCAN has started educating medical professionals now as well.

NCAN has been a proud member of The North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society since 2006, providing funding and support. Maryann Wahmann had served on the NANETS advisory board since 2009 through 2016, also served on the advisory board of The Healing NET Foundation. Serve on The SPORE advisory council since 2012.

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What's with the Zebra?

Did you ever wonder where the Zebra mascot got started, or those stuffed zebras and zebra bracelets came from? They were designed by CCAN back in 2003. You can say we were "The Original ZEBRA". It describes NET patients well because no two zebra's stripes are the same and NO two NET Cancer patients are the same. The other reason is that in medical school students are taught when hearing hoof beats think horses not zebras. In other words, look for the common not the uncommon or rare. Since then over 450,000 bracelets have been distributed. We also distribute other awareness items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, tote bags, rulers, lapel pins, x-mas ornaments and car magnets.

Together we can beat neuroendocrine cancer!

'Celebration of Life' Gala presented the 2018 Above and Beyond Award to Dr. Steven Libutti.

Aiming to further propel scientific discovery as well as augment and expand comprehensive cancer services for patients through collaborative efforts with Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health, Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, has been named as the new Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and will serve as Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Rutgers University. When he takes on his new roles in early 2017, Dr. Libutti will be the third permanent director in the 25-year history of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and will take over for Bruce G. Haffty, MD, who has been serving as interim director and will continue his role as Chair of Radiation Oncology. In addition to his leadership roles within Rutgers University, Libutti also will serve as Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health, further strengthening the university’s partnership with the healthcare system.

Libutti, currently serves as Director for the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York City and is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Professor in the Department of Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. A surgical oncologist, Libutti is an internationally known expert in endocrine surgery and the management of neuroendocrine tumors. He is the immediate Past President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. His clinical practice focuses on gastrointestinal malignancies including cancers of the liver and pancreas. The recipient of funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the past 20 years, Libutti is also a researcher whose work focuses on developing novel cancer therapies through an understanding of the tumor microenvironment and blood vessel formation in tumors.

“Through his vast leadership and oncology expertise, Dr. Libutti will implement a unique vision to position Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as one of the top National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country as well as expand its impact throughout the RWJBarnabas Health System and the state. We look forward to this new chapter in the history of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and together we will make an exceptional program even better,” notes Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH.

In partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, Libutti will be recruiting researchers and clinicians to build laboratory sciences, clinical research, and expand cancer services across the RWJBarnabas Health network to meet community and academic needs for inpatient and outpatient activities. These faculty and leadership recruitments along with infrastructure investments will total more than $100 million in investment in Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. “Dr. Libutti is exceptionally qualified to lead Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and cancer programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences,” states RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky. “He brings significant talents and experience to guide these outstanding institutions to national prominence. The integration of these functions serves as a further major milestone in the RWJBarnabas Health partnership with Rutgers University.”

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey during this pivotal time in its history. Working closely with my colleagues at Rutgers University, RWJBarnabas Health and community physicians, it will be my privilege to further advance the mission of Rutgers Cancer Institute and Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences to enhance and expand oncology treatment services for patients,” notes Libutti. “As the state’s cancer center, it is part of our mission to advance the understanding of the inner workings of cancer as it is a disease that impacts so many. Cooperative efforts between internationally recognized scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, industry, academia and other collaborators will help us further accomplish this goal. I look forward to helping spur continued growth in all of these areas in order to further solidify our programs and partnerships as some of the best in the nation, and to improve access and care for our patients,” adds Libutti, who also will have an appointment as a Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A graduate of Harvard College, Libutti received his MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Following his residency in surgery, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery in the Surgery Branch of the NCI and was ultimately a tenured Senior Investigator and Chief of the Tumor Angiogenesis Section in the Surgery Branch, NCI.

The author of more than 270 peer reviewed journal articles, Libutti holds seven U.S. patents, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Gene Therapy. He is the recipient of both NCI and National Institutes of Health Director’s Awards and has been recognized as a top doctor and top cancer doctor by Castle Connelly, as well as one of the best doctors in New York by New York Magazine.

About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Cancer Institute is dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and to serving as an education resource for cancer prevention both at its flagship New Brunswick location and at its Newark campus at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital. Physician-scientists across Rutgers Cancer Institute also engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice that supports patients on both campuses. To make a tax-deductible gift to support the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, call 848-932-8013 or visit www.cinj.org/giving. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCINJ.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Affiliate Hospitals: JFK Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

For more information on how to support, contribute and participate please visit

www.netcancerawareness.org

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RAND LUXURY

Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island

Charity Brunch at Private Bridgehampton Estate

 Michael Strahan, CEO Bradford Rand of Rand Luxury pose for a photo-op at RAND LUXURY

Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island

Charity Brunch  (Photo Credit: Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com)

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 Kenneth Fishel, Michael Strahan, Maria Fishel, Barry Skolnick, Missy Brody, Rajid Chaudhri, Bradley Fishel, Payal Chaudhri pose for a photo-op at RAND LUXURY

Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island

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Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island

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Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island

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Hosted the Annual Ferrari & Maserati of Long Island Charity Brunch

RAND Luxury, Inc. produced another successful private charity brunch in collaboration with Ferrari and Maserati of Long Island. The exclusive, invitation-only brunch took place at the Bridgehampton estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel and benefitted The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation which is dedicated to finding cures for cancer.

Notable attendees included: Bradford Rand, Michael Strahan, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, Bradley Fishel, Pantone Founder Lawrence (Larry) Herbert, Lisa Herbert, Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, Will Hunsberger, Missy Brody, Rajid Chaudhri, Payal Chaudhri, Liz Kwon, Justin Estill, Tracy Marzova, Diane Supinsky, Jeffrey Supinksy, Julie Pignataro, Andrea Catsimatides, Pranay Parmar, Steven Knobel, Nicole Noonan, Christopher Gravagna and Sofia Gravagna

Annually, the luxury, invitation-only Hamptons brunch showcases the latest models from Ferrari and Maserati of Long Island which included the 2018 Ferrari Portofino and the 2018 Maserati Quattroporte GranLusso. As guests arrived they eagerly awaited their personalized test drives of the all-new 2018 models. The Icon A5 light sport aircraft was among the endless rows of luxury cars on display which provided guests the perfect photo opportunities during the brunch. Guests also browsed exclusive luxury brands and experiences including home electronics & décor, private aviation, tourism opportunities, fashion and more.

Throughout the course of the event, guests had the opportunity to vote for their favorite car model to receive this year’s Best in Show People’s Choice Award. The winners from each participating brand were the custom painted 2016 Maserati Grand Turismo MC owned by Pranay Parmar and the 2015 Ferrari 458 owned by Jeffrey Supinsky.

Additional fine objects and experiences were bid upon in exclusive silent and live auctions in support of The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. During the spirited bidding war facilitated by auctioneer Howard Schwartz, CEO Kenneth Fishel of Renaissance Properties matched a $6,500 bid, and raised double, for a Rao’s VIP dinner. The top-tier experiences available for bidding also included a getaway to private villages in Bali for eight days and seven nights, five-star getaway to wine country and a private South Italy villa vacation for a group of 16.

The brunch buffet provided by Lessing’s Hospitality Group served exceptional cuisines and refreshments. Guests were greeted at the entrance to the concours with Bronco Wine featuring Bivio Italia’s Prosecco DOC Slim. The bar line up included sponsors such as fine Rose’ from Malene Wines, The Macallan, Mule 2.0, Peroni, Boxed Water, HINT and Saratoga Water.

Sponsors included: Ferrari Maserati of Long Island, Hamptons Magazine, SmartFlower Solar, Cayman Islands, Cohiba Cigars, Gigi B. Couture UVO Luxury, Compass Realty / The Breitenbach Team, Golf Pro Delivered, Godiva Belgium, ICON Aircraft, Jamaica Tourism, JetAviation, Kube by Thomas & Darden, Laviano, Le Blanc Spa Resort, Lucas Sams, North Shore Gates, Prêt-à-Fleur, Resorts World Bimini Bahamas. SI Yachts and truMedic.


About RAND LUXURY:

RAND Luxury is an international event-production company founded by entrepreneur Bradford Rand that caters to the world’s finest and most unique brands. Based in Manhattan, the RAND team has produced over 1,100 events since 1993. Events include “The Luxury Technology Show," in New York & Los Angeles, "The Luxury Lounge" during The Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival which showcase brands during exclusive film receptions to producers, directors, celebrities, film investors, directors and VIP guests, “The Hamptons Brunch Series” takes place on $6 to $20+ million dollar estates featuring driving experiences from Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Lamborghini & Aston Martin. RAND Luxury has also produced unveiling events for such brands as Rolls-Royce, SONY, Bugatti, Hasselblad, Giorgio Armani, Leica, Lexus, Aston Martin, LG Electronics, Bentley and more. Other notable shows and charity fundraisers the team has produced include The Luxury Review, Go Green Expo, The Red Cross Ball and City Harvest. The team also produces the Fashion Career Expo, a professional hiring event for the industry since 2003 that is sponsored by WWD / Women’s Wear Daily. Bradford Rand’s other conferences include The Cyber Security Summit & TECHEXPO Top Secret.

For more information, visit: www.RANDLuxury.com


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60th Annual Summer Party For Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President and CEO Bob Chaloner and the Honorees at The 60th Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Summer Party

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60th Annual Summer Party For Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Bruce Mosler At The 60th Annual Summer Party to Benefit Stony Brook Southampton Hospital

Hamptonites, supporters and honorees with their families gathered under three air conditioned enormous tents on Wickapogue Road in Southampton, New York. The event honored the Catsimatidis Family – Margo, John, Andrea and John Jr. – and the Mosler Family – Wendy, Bruce, Charlotte and David – as role models for philanthropy, service, and commitment to the underserved.

This year this anticipated event celebrated Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 60th Annual Summer Party, Their Diamomd Jubilee Event.

The festive evening benefitted Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, which is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually. The tents were completely transformed by the imagination and creativity of Lawrence Scott Events who also provided an elegant catered dinner. Music was provided by Groove Society. In addition, guests also had access to an array of fabulous silent auction items, and a raffle with a $25,000 cash prize.

The evening’s hosts were Howard M. Lorber, Chairman, Southampton Hospital Foundation, and Kenneth B. Wright, Chairman, Southampton Hospital Association. They were joined by Robert Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and Steve Bernstein, President, Southampton Hospital Foundation, in welcoming guests.

Emcee Chuck Scarborough noted the evening’s success was due to the efforts of the event’s Chairs and Committee including NancyJane Loewy, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Caitlyn Diebold O’Connell, Michael Lorber, and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Attendees included: Ernest Baptiste, Rita Cosby, Cristina Cuomo​, Marianne and Mark Epley, Somers Farkas, Ann Grimm, Dottie Herman, Father Alex and Mrs. Xanthi Karloutsos​, Jean Remmel Little, Margo Nederlander, Reuven Pasternak, Jenny and John Paulson, Julie Ratner, Alex Roepers​, Dr. Samuel Ryu and Mrs. Yoonn Ryu, Ellen Scarborough, Sammi and Scott Seltzer​, Melanie and John Wambold, Cindy and Ladd Willis, among others.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is recognized by the NYS Department of Health as a provisional Level III adult trauma center, the first one on Long Island’s East End. This designation enables the Hospital to provide care to the most critically injured patients. During the summer season when the regional population swells, it is even more critically important that trauma care be accessible close by. Faster treatment for trauma patients can mean the difference between life and death, so support for this essential service is vital. For more information please visit www.southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu.

The Southampton Hospital Foundation, Inc.

The Southampton Hospital Foundation, Inc., a separate nonprofit corporation with an independent Board of Trustees, supports Stony Brook Southampton Hospital's mission to deliver healthcare services and expand clinical programs to meet the needs of the community.

Although The Southampton Hospital Foundation, Inc., has existed for some time, recent changes to its structure and mission have put greater emphasis on fund raising. The Foundation concentrates its efforts on increasing critical philanthropic support to ensure high-quality healthcare for all of our neighbors on the East End.

Board of Trustees

Officers:

Howard M. Lorber, Chairman

Steven M. Bernstein, President

Gilbert W. Harrison, Treasurer

Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Secretary

Trustees:

Steven M. Bernstein*

Paul C. Brennan

Robert S. Chaloner*

Alan D. Glatt

John M. Hadlock, Esq.

Charles B. Krusen

Michael Minikes

Bettina A. Stelle

Darin G. Wiggins, MD, FAAEM*

Kenneth B. Wright*

*ex-officio



For more information please visit https://southampton.stonybrookmedicine.edu

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AN EVENING OF ENCHANTMENT SUMMER GALA to Benefit the 

Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Founder Julie Ratner, Gala Chair Jean Shafiroff and Honoree Jodi Wasserman

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Guests and Supporters gathered at AN EVENING OF ENCHANTMENT SUMMER GALA to Benefit the Ellen Hermanson Foundation on July 28, 2018 at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, New York.

Guests enjoyed an evening of cuisine by Jean-Georges, dancing with DJ Double S Productions, Mirror Photobooth NYC, and so much more!

The gala was chaired by Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and Ms. Jodi Wasserman, Member of the Board of Directors of

Lucia’s Angels & Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, was the Honoree.

The event also featured Alex Voz

Illusionist & Mentalist and the Live Auction was presented by Nicholas Dawes from the PBS Antiques Roadshow.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real but little-discussed or understood issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation ensures access to state-of-the-art breast health care and empowers people affected by cancer. The Foundation primarily serves breast cancer patients on the East End of Long Island, New York, and fulfills its mission by focusing on two areas:

providing educational outreach about the importance of early detection, and access to mammography and treatment to medically underserved communities

funding psychosocial support services that address the broad range of issues facing breast cancer patients, survivors, spouses, families, and friends

Ellen's Run

Ellen’s Run, an annual 5k (3.1-mile) race, is the signature fundraising event of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and an innovative, grassroots event, that raises awareness about breast cancer. Held on the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in the state of New York, Ellen’s Run draws on the strength of the community and gives back by providing mammography screenings, support and education. Proceeds from Ellen’s Run support the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital by funding state-of-the-art technology. Ellen’s Run also supports Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors under the leadership of a specially trained oncological social worker.

Ellen’s Run is a family event, aimed at both serious runners—women and men alike—and casual runners, as well as walkers and supporters of all ages. It engenders camaraderie and community as participants support or memorialize a loved one. Breast cancer survivors are recognized and applauded for their courage. A special prize is awarded to the first breast cancer survivor to finish the race. Those who have been touched by the disease or the specter of the disease have the chance to take a positive step.

The First Annual Ellen’s Run attracted more than 500 participants and raised more than $62,000—an astonishing success for a first-time event. By the third year, the amount of money raised had more than doubled. By its fourth year, Ellen's Run had become the largest race on the South Fork, with nearly 900 registered participants. As we approach our 22nd year, Ellen’s Run has grown to over 1,000 participants and The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants.

The Ellen P. Hermanson Foundation was incorporated under the not-for-profit laws of the State of New York and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to The Ellen P. Hermanson Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Copies of the Foundation's Form 990 are available at www.guidestar.org. A copy of the Foundation's Form 990 for the past five tax years may also be obtained by calling (212) 840-0916 to request a copy.

The Ellen P. Hermanson Foundation respects its donors' rights to privacy and confidentiality and does not release any information pertaining to its donors without their express written permission.

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The South Fork Natural History Museum celebrated their 29th Annual Summer Gala Benefit.

The Museum was proud to present special awards to their 

Honorees Courtney Ross, Don Church and Russell Mittermeier.


Courtney Ross

Ms. Ross is the widow of Steve Ross, the man who established Warner Communications, the corporate giant that is in existance today. According to Forbes Ms. Ross's wealth is estimated at $700 million, Courtney Ross is a powerhouse in the Hamptons. She is famous for her Ross School which had uniquely and progressively educated the minds of the East End Rich and Famous. She is also a leading philanthropist and a big supporter of the

 South Ford Natural History Museum.


Russell Mittermeier

World renowned Scientist Russell Mittermeier is a primatologist and herpetologist. He has written several books for both popular and scientist audiences, and has authored some 300 scientific papers.

Russell A. Mittermeier is Executive Vice-Chair of Conservation International, and served as President of Conservation International from 1989 to 2014. Named a “hero for the planet” by TIME Magazine, Mittermeier is regarded as a world leader in the fields of primatology, biodiversity and tropical forest conservation. Trained as a primatologist and herpetologist, he has traveled widely in more than 160 countries on seven continents, and has conducted field work in more than 30 over the past 45 years – with much of his field work having focused on Amazonia (particularly Brazil, and Suriname ), the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, and Madagascar.

Since 1977, Mittermeier has served as Chairman of the IUCN-World Conservation Union Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group, and he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Species Survival Commission since 1982. Prior to working for Conservation International, he spent 11 years at World Wildlife Fund – U.S. (1978-1989), starting as Director of their Primate Program and ending up as Vice-President for Science. He also served as an IUCN-World Conservation Union Regional Councillor for the period 2004-2012, was elected as one of IUCN-World Conservation Union ’s four Vice-Presidents for the period 2009-2012, and then was elected a lifetime Honorary IUCN-World Conservation Union Member in 2012. He also chaired the first World Bank Task Force on Biodiversity in 1988, which was instrumental in introducing the term "biodiversity" to that institution. In addition, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Stony Brook University since 1978 (and received an Honorary Doctorate there in 2007), a Research Associate at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University for more than two decades, and President of the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation since 1996. Most recently, he was instrumental in the creation of the 25 million Euro Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, a new species-focused fund based in Abu Dhabi, and serves as a member of its Advisory Committee.

In the late 1970s Mittermeier undertook one of the first studies of the critically endangered northern muriqui woolly spider monkeys in what would become the Caratinga Biological Station. Mittermeier has been particularly interested in the discovery and description of species new to science. He has described a total of 14 new species (three turtles, four lemurs, an African monkey, and six Amazonian monkeys) and has eight species named in his honor (three frogs, a lizard, two lemurs, a monkey, and an ant). The most recent of these is Mittermeier’s saki, Pithecia mittermeieri, a monkey from the Brazilian Amazon. The lizard, Anolis williamsmittermeierorum, is named in honor of Mittermeier and American herpetologist Ernest E. Williams.

Mittermeier has also been a leader in promoting species-focused ecotourism, particularly primate-watching and primate life-listing, and more recently turtle-watching and turtle life-listing, following the very successful model of the bird-watching community. To facilitate this, he launched a Tropical Field Guide Series and a Pocket Guide Series focused heavily on primates, but including a number of other species groups as well. The most recent publications to emerge in The Tropical Field Guide Series are Lemurs of Madagascar, Third Edition (2010) and Primates of West Africa (2011) with a French edition of the Lemurs of Madagascar having appeared in 2014. His own primate life-list, now totaling more than 350 species, is almost certainly the largest in the world and serves as a baseline for other primate life-listers. In 2018, he was awarded the Indianapolis Prizefor Conservation.

Mittermeier was born in New York City. He received his B.A.(summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth college and Ph.D. from Harvard University in biological anthropology for a thesis entitled, “Distribution, Synecology, and Conservation of Suriname Monkeys”in 1977.


Don Church, PH.D.

Dr. Don Church is President of Global Wildlife Preservation. Dr. Don Church works with partners to develop projects aimed at conserving globally threatened species and their habitats. A focus of his work is on identifying priority sites and opportunities for species conservation through the creation of new protected areas, and also developing innovative strategies to address threats beyond habitat loss. Globally declining amphibian populations are a focus, and he previously served as executive director of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, an international partnership of more than 100 organizations, to catalyze conservation for this especially imperiled group of animals. Prior to joining Global Wildlife Conservation, Don led the Biodiversity Division at Conservation International. Don is an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Both Dr. Mittermeier and Dr. Church's mission is to save our Rain Forest and the species of animals that inhabit them as revealed during my interview with them at the VIP Cocktail Reception.

For more information how you can support their efforts please visit https://www.globalwildlife.org


The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) & Nature Center is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island. Founded in 1988 by a group of South Fork naturalists as The Nature Clubhouse in Amagansett, the museum opened at its permanent location in May, 2005 in eastern Suffolk County at 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, New York.

A place for children and adults of all ages to discover, explore, learn, and engage, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is open seven days a week, except on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is open for an additional hour from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (September – Mid June) for free admission.

Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert nature educators as they experience the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, all of which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.

The magic continues outside with SoFo’s Native Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin nesting gourd site and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40 acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum, and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.

The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at SoFo! We know your first visit will not be your last.

The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – SoFo – is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.

The goals of the museum and nature center are to:

Engender in children and adults a sensitivity to the natural world through direct observation and joyous hands-on nature experiences in the museum and in the out-of-doors, and to give them the tools they need to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and in the future.

Procure, preserve, document, study, and display material relevant to the

 natural history of the South Fork of Long Island.

Serve as a central source of local natural history information with facilities and programming designed for all segments of the public – from the interests of children to those of the scientific community.

Work in partnership with other educational and environmental organizations on the local, state, and federal level.

To carry out its mission, the museum presents hands-on interactive exhibits and guided educational experiences, in the museum and in the out-of-doors. All programs are designed to:

Encourage direct observation and hands-on exploration of the natural world.

Emphasize the universal interconnectedness of all living things and stress the need for conservation and preservation of our natural resources.

Raise the level of ecological awareness to prepare the individual to make intelligent environmental decisions.

Provide joyous experiences that will inspire the pursuit of future explorations and curiosity as well as foster a lifelong fascination and affection for nature.

The event was chaired by Sammi & Scott Seltzer and Patsy & Jeff Tarr

Hosts for the evening included Leslie Clarke, Alex Guarnaschelli and Debra Halpert

Guest Auctioneers included Gerry Curatola and Ann Liguori.

Supporters and guests enjoyed from 6pm to 7pm a Pre-Event VIP Cocktail Reception, Special Tasting Menu by Local Leading Chefs & Restaurateurs and from 7pm-10pm Benefit & Dancing with Nancy Atlas & the Nancy Atlas Project Band sponsored by Bill Miller & Associates.

The event was catered by Elegant Affairs Catering and the the alcohol was provided by Amagansett Wines & Spirits

and Wine by Channing Daughters Winery.

Floral arrangements provided by Bridgehampton Florist

For more information on how you can support the South Fork Natural History Museum please visit http://sofo.org

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SOME ENCHANTED EVENING BAY STREET THEATER CELEBRATES THEIR 27TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA

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Actress, Comic Jane Lynch, the Emmy Award winning television star, emceed Bay Street Theater's 27th Annual Summer Gala, “A Celebration of the Golden Age of Broadway.

Supporters and guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail hour, delicious sit down dinned and a highly entertaining star-studded concert that was part of their Annual Summer Gala. This will be the last on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor due to future renovations.

All that attended enjoyed a silent auction and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Richard Kind, followed by dinner and dancing.

The Concert, A Celebration of the Golden Age of Broadway was part of the evening's program featuring songs from Broadway Musical hits featuring South Pacific, West Side Story, On The Town, and Carousel, and was written by the award-winning playwright Jonathan Tolins.

“It was a great evening to celebrate the last party on the Long Wharf,” said Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director. “We will have a new location next year, but we still have this year to celebrate with a music-filled sunset party that supports Bay Street Theater.”

The evening’s auction items included a week at the beach in St. Barth’s for 4 at a luxury 2- bedroom WIMCO villa, complete with unparalleled concierge service, and roundtrip flights to the island from San Juan on private Tradewind Aviation carrier. Other items include an 8-day cruise on Viking Cruises for 2, and a walk on role in EVITA with dinner for 8 guests at The American Hotel.

This year Bay Street Theater honored Sag Harbor businesses as tremendous supporters for the Gala for the past 27 years. Bay Street Theater was proud to honor Board Members Luigi Caiola and Erik Batt.

Actors Jane Lynch and Steven Failes also were special contributer to the event.

Ms. Lynch is an American actress, author, singer, and comedian. She is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series Glee and Earth Live in National Geographic. She also gained fame in Christopher Guest's improv mockumentary pictures such as Best in Show.

Lynch's television cameos include an appearance in the Nickelodeon situation comedy iCarly and the Showtime dark comedy series Weeds. Lynch had a recurring role in the Warner Bros. situation comedy Two and a Half Men from 2004 to 2014 and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in 2010. She has also had other notable roles in numerous mainstream comedies, such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models and The Three Stooges.

Her portrayal of Sue Sylvester in Glee has won numerous awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.

On September 4, 2013, Lynch received the 2,505th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of television located at 6640 Hollywood Blvd. Lynch has lent her voice to multiple animated films, including Space Chimps, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Shrek Forever After and Wreck-It Ralph. Since 2013, she has hosted the NBC game show Hollywood Game Night, for which she has won two Emmy Awards.

Steven Heard Fales (born March 17, 1970) is a classically trained playwright and actor who has gained broad recognition in both the theatre world gay community and the LDS community for his award-winning one-man play, Confessions of a Mormon Boy.

The first reading of Confessions was at the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City in 2001. He has performed the play off-Broadway (under director Jack Hofsiss) and across the United States and internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London's West End. The book 'Confessions of a Mormon Boy: Behind the Scenes of the Off-Broadway Hit' was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Before becoming a solo artist he performed in Shakespeare and musicals in regional theatres across America.

'Confessions of a Mormon Boy' is Part One in 'The Mormon Boy Trilogy.' Part Two and Three are called 'Missionary Position' and 'Prodigal Dad. Mormon-American Princess is his cabaret act and deals with the subject of narcissism. It premiered in San Francisco and has played Joe's Pub, New York City. Other solo shows include 'Conversations with Heavenly Mother: An Uncommon Diva', 'Joseph III', 'CULT!', and 'When All Else Fales.' He is the founder of the Solo Performance Alliance.

For more information on theater productions and how you can support the Bay Street Theater please visit www.baystreet.org

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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center

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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated their 12th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl’s Little Orchard Garden on Coopers Neck Lane in Southampton, NY. The event honored Jay Schneiderman, Southampton Town Supervisor and Susan McGraw Keber, East Hampton Town Trustee, and welcomed distinguished guests to celebrate the united efforts to rehabilitate animals and successfully release them back into the wild across Long Island.

“It’s important for us to recognize the continued efforts of everyone involved with The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center. The commitment to rehabilitate Long Island’s wildlife is a shared passion for us all. We truly thank our honorary chairs Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, hosts Joan and Bernard Carl, benefit co-chairs plus committee, and sponsors,” said Director of Development Shelley Berkoski.

The picturesque garden featured live swans in the neighboring Coopers Neck Pond while guests enjoyed The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center rehabilitated birds including; Meep the Great Horned Owl, the Red Tail Hawks Cloud and Sonia, the Eastern Screech Owls Archimedes, and Athena and the Peregrine Falcon named Millennium. Live music from Ludmilla Brazil, along with cocktails and light vegetarian fare were also enjoyed by the evening’s attendees.

Notable attendees included: Virginia Frati, Shelley Berkoski, Joan and Bernard Carl, Jay Schneiderman, Susan McGraw Keber, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Hilary Geary, Nicky Hilton, Don Lemon, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough, Henry Buhl, Leslie Alexander, Laura Carlock, Linda and Benjamin Lambert, Beth Stern, Lynn Scotti, Claudia and Billy Walters, Curtis Sliwa, Nancy Regula, Mai Hallingby Denise Cuccia, Howard Lorber, Susan Bordeaux, Kenneth and Maria Fishel, Tom Samet, Liz Deneny, Jay Flagg, Carol Nobbs, Liz Deneny, Susan Tighe, John Broderick, Dorothy Frankel, Missy Hargraves, Susanne Tighe, John Broderick, Carol Nobbs, Dorothy Frankel

Benefit Co-Chairs Included: Hilaria And Alec Baldwin, Alexandra And Peter Campbell, Joan And Bernard Carl, Kim Cattral, Brigid Fitzgerald And Michael Katz, Nancy Juvonen And Jimmy Fallon, Linda And Ben Lambert, Beth Stern

Benefit Committee included: Séan Denneny, Ingrid Edelman, Dorothy Frankel, Pat Garrity, Jane Gill, Missy Hargraves, Margot Rowan Horn, Aleksandra Kardwell, Norah Lawlor, Maryann Marston, Hope Marxe, Jill Rappaport, Renee Schlather, Kathy Walsh

This year’s GET WILD Summer Gala sponsors included: Leslie Alexander, Ingrid Arneberg and Will Marin, D. Porthault, Douglas Elliman, LLC., Ingrid and Thomas Edelman, Linda and Benjamin Lambert, Wölffer Estate Vineyard; Rosalie Brinton, Frances Jones and Keith Douglas, Howard Marton, Ellen and Chuck Scarborough; Dayton, Ritz & Osborne, Fisher Signs & Shirts, Brigid Fitzgerald and Michael Katz, Maryann Marston, Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Shinnecock Animal Hospital, Allison Stern, Kathleen Walsh and Gene Bernstein, Claudia and Billy Walters; Tara Allmen, MD, Brook B. Ashforth, BNB Bank, Pat Garrity of the Corcoran Group, Audrey & Martin Gruss Foundation, Robert J.M. Olsaon and Alexander B.V. Johnson, Patricia Preu, Veterinary Clinic of East Hampton; Alfred Geary, Hamptons Employment Agency, Hutchison Landscape Services, Weber & Grahn Air Conditioning and Heating. With special thanks to Hamptons Magazine and Leslie Wine



The event took place  on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Live Music, Cocktails and Light Vegetarian Fare; Silent Auction


at the Southampton Estate of Joan and Bernard Carl’s Little Orchard Garden

Coopers Neck Lane, Southampton, NY


The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Inc., Eastern Long Island’s only wildlife hospital, is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the rehabilitation of wild animals impacted by encroachment of humans on their habitat. It is a grass roots organization that grew from a few concerned friends to a group of over 3,000 members and supporters. The center is a full-time professional wildlife hospital staffed by licensed rehabilitators, biologists, animal behaviorists and volunteers. Over 300 people have been trained to assist in wildlife rescues. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center is located on Munn’s Pond Park through a cooperative licensing agreement with Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. The center is situated on a greenbelt of public land parcels totaling several thousand acres and stretches from Tiana Bay to Peconic Bay located on the eastern end of Long Island, NY. This is a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem consisting of salt and fresh water wetlands, Pine Barrens, deciduous forest and meadowland. Thus, it is the perfect setting for a wildlife rehabilitation center. The hospital is designed exclusively for wild animals. Unlike a veterinary hospital, there are no ambient noises or smells to stress the wildlife that are recovering within. The Wildlife Rescue Center receives more than 10,000 calls each year for information or assistance involving wild animal encounters. The center also provides educational programs to local elementary and secondary schools. Students from local colleges participate in cooperative education programs and internships. The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center annual operating budget exceeds $650,000, almost all of which comes from generous donors.

For more information, visit: www.wildliferescuecenter.org


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Sixth Annual Pink Tie Gala

Celebrity Wrestler Hulk Hogan poses for a photo-op on the Pink Carpet at the Sixth Annual Pink Tie Gala

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Celebrity Wrestler Hulk Hogan made a special appearance at the Sixth Annual Pink Tie Gala at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY on Monday, June 11th from 6 pm to 11 pm as the organization benefitted the Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

The event featured food stations, open bar, live performances, raffles, celebrity guests including: Celebrity Artist Asia Lee, Actress Maya Frank and Rock Star Natasha Komis and News 12 Long Island Reporter Elisa Distefano.

Real Estate Professionals Networking for a Cure, was founded by Mike Cave, CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services, on the premise that Breast Cancer is an all too familiar threat on Long Island, impacting just about everyone in one way or another.

The organization realizes that the Real Estate community could be doing a lot more to help put an end to this insidious disease, which is disproportionately prevalent here on the Island.

The vision was to find creative ways to bring our vast real estate network together, in support of education and research for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information, please visit: PinkTie.org

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 All Against Abuse

Saturday, June 9, 2018

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Leslie Morgan Steiner

Author and National Advocate at All Against Abuse at the Muses in Southampton, NY

Contributors, advocates and supporters gathered for the Annual All Against Abuse Gala at the Muses in Southampton, New York on June 9, 2018.

Their unique ceramic platters, created by artists and celebrities were showcased and guests enjoyed great food, music and dancing too.

Honorees included:

Leslie Morgan Steiner, Joy Behar and Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum for their incredible work bringing attention to this issue and getting the Retreat national attention that resulted the Shelter getting redecorated, a new 8 passenger van and corporate support for their services.

Leslie Morgan Steiner

Author and national advocate Leslie Morgan Steiner will be the featured speak at All Against Abuse. Her powerful real life story of survival is the basis for her book, "Crazy Love."

In it, Steiner tells her brutally honest journey of domestic violence-at 22, she fell for a man who would end up strangling her just days before they were married. As her abusive husband, he repeated the cycle of control and violence for years and Steiner kept hope that things weren't as bad as they seemed. It wasn't until he almost killed her that Steiner fully understood the truly dangerous place she was in.

"Crazy Love" is a New York Times bestseller, a People Magazine Pick, Book of the Week for The Week magazine and subject of the first TED Talk by a domestic violence survivor.

Joy Behar

Co-Host of ABC News’ “The View”

Joy Behar is among today’s leading comic talents. Whether performing standup comedy or interviewing politicians and artists, she is an original voice and leading woman on both stage and screen.

She was a member of the original cast of ABC’s “The View” for 16 years, returning as co-host in September 2015 for the show’s three most recent seasons. Along with winning the 2009 Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host, Behar is also the recipient of three MAC awards, a CableACE award and a 2000 GLAAD award for her enduring friendship with the LGBT community.

On television, she starred in two HBO specials and was a regular on the series “Baby Boom.” She recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Amazon series, “Crisis in Six Scenes.”

In June 2016, Behar was inducted into the Brooklyn Walk of Fame at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, joining an impressive list of Brooklynites honored for their distinguished work in entertainment, sports, media and the arts.

Behar has hosted her own shows including a call-in radio show on WABC, “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN and “Say Anything” on Current TV.

Her film appearances include “Cookie,” with Peter Falk; “This is My Life,” directed by Nora Ephron; and Woody Allen’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery. “

In theater, Behar starred in Nicky Silver’s play, “The Food Chain,” for which she earned rave reviews, and also in the critically acclaimed play “The Vagina Monologues.” She also wrote and performed in her own solo show, “Me, My, Mouth and I,” at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

Behar has written five books, including two children’s books. Her most recent book, “The Great Gasbag: An A-to-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World,” was released in October 2017.

Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum

Two-time Emmy® Award-winning producer and showrunner, Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum has created, launched and led production for some of the most successful shows in network, syndication and cable television. Hommel joined ABC/Disney’s The View in the Fall of 2015 as the Senior Supervising Producer. She currently oversees the show’s widely-popular Hot Topics.

Robin first teamed up with Behar in 2011, supervising production on HLN’s The Joy Behar Show. She then executive produced Joy’s nightly series, Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current TV. Robin developed and executive produced a two-hour, all-star special on Current TV called Comics with Benefits, to aid those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This past September, Robin and Joy partnered with Discovery Communications for a spinoff fundraiser, Joy Behar’s Friends With Benefits. The comedy benefit for The Retreat featured Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Susie Essman, actor/comedian Mario Cantone, Comedy Central’s Anthony Atamanuik, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Darlene Love. In 2015, Hommel and Behar also executive produced TLC’s Late Night Joy, a weekly show filmed entirely in Joy’s NYC apartment.

Her previous credits include Co-Executive Producer of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live hosted by Nick Lachey, Co-Executive Producer of Harpo Productions/ Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Nate Berkus Show and Senior Producer of Rachael Ray.

Hommel won a Gracie Award in 2017 and is the recipient of multiple Prism Awards, a Genesis Award, and a GLAAD nomination. She is also a member of the Producers Guild of America.

Robin is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She resides in Long Island with her husband and two sons.

The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and to break the cycle of family violence. The Retreat provides direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, their families and the Eastern Long Island community through:

24 Hour Hotline

Emergency Shelter

Ind. & Group Counseling

Legal Navigation/Advocacy

Prevention Education

For more imformation please visit http://www.retreatgala.org

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Southampton Cultural Center Celebrates Their Third Annual Gala "Wine And Roses" at The Muses in Southampton, New York

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at the Muses in Southampton, NY

Supporters an guest enjoyed "An Evening Of Wine & Roses" on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to support the The Southampton Cultural Center at The Muses located at

111 Saint Andrews Road, Southampton NY 11968

This was the Southampton Cultural Center's 3rd Annual Gala. Contributors enjoyed fine wines and sumptuous food while listening to music and viewing a silent auction.

Master of Ceremonies Walker Vreeland, Award-winning radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist was there to announce the

Honorees and their awards.

Chairs included Barbara Nichols-Kushner, Secretary and Broadway Producer Thomas Farrel.

Board of Directors include:

Thomas Knight, Chairman

Barbara Nichols-Kushner, Secretary

Craig Ruhling, Treasurer

The Honorable Michael Irving, Ex Officio

Kirsten Lonnie, Executive Director

Lylla Carter

Sarah Moulton Faux

Thomas Farrell

Stan Glinka

Curtis Highsmith

Steve Kaczmarek

Aura Levitas, Ex Officio

Liliane Questel

Konstantin Soukhovetski

William J. Hattrick, Chairman Emeritus

Honorees included:

SCC's Center Stage - Michael Disher, Joan Lyons, Kathy Mulligan, Dennis Milone, Sarah Moritz, Darren Ottati, Sarah Johner, Julie Crowley

Minerva Perez, Executive Director, OLA

Liliane Questel, Board Member, Director of the SCC's Rising Stars Piano Series, pianist

Joseph Romanosky, former Mayor of the Village of Southampton and Vice-Chair of the SCC

Southampton Cultural Center (SCC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, combines art, education, dance, music and theatre to engage and nourish the entire community with the arts. Established in 1985, SCC serves all East End residents and visitors by providing a variety of programming including classes, art exhibition and live performances for children and adults at affordable prices. A bequest by the late Willard Levitas and his wife Aura allowed a renovation and expansion that led to the 2006 opening of SCC’s lauded performance space the Levitas Center for the Arts.

Their mission is to provide performance, exhibition; and compelling arts and cultural education opportunities accessible to all in the greater Southampton community.

As a major contributor to the vision of Southampton Village, the Southampton Cultural Center engages their diverse community, and nourishes excellence in all creative art forms as a dynamic venue for programs centered on education, exhibition and performance. They are committed to taking a leadership role in the expansion of the Southampton Village Arts District.

To learn more information and to support, contribute and sponsor the Southampton Cultural Center please visit http://www.scc-arts.org

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2018 El Museo Gala at The Plaza Hotel, New York City

2018 El Museo Gala Honorees ; Artist Marta Minujín; Art Patron César Reyes; 

and Music Producer

Maestro Julio Reyes Copello. pose for a photo-op with 

Maria Eugenia Maury and Patrick Charpenel

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Artist Marta Minujín; Art Patron César Reyes; Music Producer

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 2018 El Museo Gala at The Plaza Hotel, New York City

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, El Museo del Barrio

celebrated their 25th annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Gala is the

Museum’s single most important fundraising event of the year, raising essential support for the

Museum’s ever-expanding Permanent Collection, acclaimed exhibitions, innovative programs,

and renowned bilingual education initiatives. This spectacular event brings together over 500

luminaries from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, business, society, and politics, all in

support of the Museum’s mission. Funds raised at the Gala enable the Museum to further

promulgate the cultural impact and legacy of Latinos and Latin Americans.

This year, El Museo’s 2018 Gala will be honoring the brilliance and pioneering spirit of: fashion

designer Esteban Cortazar; artist Marta Minujín; art patron César Reyes; and music producer

Maestro Julio Reyes Copello.

Past honorees of El Museo del Barrio’s annual Gala included acclaimed Cuban artist Carmen

Herrera; fashion and design power-couple Ruben and Isabel Toledo; Jumex Collection founder

Eugenio López Alonso; tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo; Latin music duo Gloria and

Emilio Estefan; and Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. MetLife Foundation; Time

Warner, Inc.; Ford Foundation; and MAC Cosmetics have previously been celebrated as

corporate philanthropic honorees.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Maria Eugenia Maury, Chair | Pablo J. Fárias, 1st Vice Chair | Claudia Marmolejo, 2nd Vice

Chair I Alfonso Barros, Treasurer I Christine Miller Martin, Secretary I Tony Bechara, Chair

Emeritus | Angela Cabrera | Manuel Camelo Hernandez | Doris A. Casap | Alejandra Castro

Rioseco | Agustín Coppel Luken | Moisés Cosío Espinosa | Juan Domingo Beckmann

Ella Fontanals Cisneros | Michel Goguikian | Veronica Gonzalez Powell | Myriam Guadalupe

De la Vega | Javier Lumbreras | Maria Martinez de la Cruz | Maria Teresa Mata | Jeffrey

Mercado | Clarice Oliveira Tavares | Ramiro Ortiz Mayorga | Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza | Renata

Paula | Pedro Pedraza | Yolanda Santos | Stanley T. Stairs | Monica Vidal

GALA 2018 CHAIRS

Tony Bechara | Maria & Alberto de la Cruz | William A. Haseltine | Maria Eugenia Maury |

Clarice Oliveira Tavares


EL MUSEO GALA 2018 HONOREES


ESTEBAN CORTAZAR, Excellence in Fashion

Born in Bogota, Colombia in May 1984, Esteban Cortazar is a Paris-based designer. His

distinctive style pays homage to his Latin heritage and combines it with French craftsmanship

and feminine structure. Referred to by Vogue as “the most uninhibited designer showing in

Paris” Cortazar’s collections are found in the most prestigious online retailers, department

stores and luxury boutiques. Most recently, the President of Colombia named Cortazar an

official ambassador of the arts for the country.


MARTA MINUJÍN, Excellence in the Arts

One of Argentina’s most prominent contemporary artists, Marta Minujín is best known for

producing conceptual and participatory events. Beginning her career in Paris, Minujín later

moved to New York, where she befriended Andy Warhol, whose influence can be seen in her

works that satirize consumer culture. One of her best-known works from those years,

Minuphone (1967), invited viewers to enter a telephone booth, dial a number, and watch as

sounds and colors projected from the glass panels, while a television screen on the floor

displayed the caller’s face. In 1983, following the return of democracy to Argentina, Minujín

created a monument to freedom of expression, The Parthenon of Books (1983), in which a

structure built of newly unbanned books was erected in the middle of a Buenos Aires

thoroughfare; after it was dismantled, the books were distributed to the public. Throughout her

practice Minujín explores the value of participation in the redefinition of art’s purpose.


CÉSAR REYES, Outstanding Patron of the Arts

Since the 1990s, the Puerto Rican collector and psychiatrist César Reyes and his wife, Mimi,

have established themselves as exceptionally savvy collectors of art in an international scope.

Reyes who began collecting while working at Royal Bethlehem Hospital in London (right on the

cusp of the Y.B.A. moment) has amassed important holdings by Peter Doig, Abraham

Cruzvillegas, Elizabeth Peyton, Enoc Perez, Jorge Pardo, among other artists.


MAESTRO JULIO REYES COPELLO, Cultural Pioneer

Born in Colombia, multi-Grammy award winner Maestro Julio Reyes Copello is considered the

most influential Pop Producer of Latin Music in the last 15 years by Billboard Magazine. Reyes

Copello has worked with some of the most talented and renowned voices of the Latin Music

industry as a producer, composer, and pianist, like Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin,

Il Divo, Diego Torres, Nelly Furtado, Kany Garcia, Jennifer Lopez, and many others, who

recurrently seek him for his unique ability to give music a dimension that arises from a

combination of talent, classical education and deep sensibility. His prolific career has earned

him 5 Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, more than 21 nominations including Producer of the

Year in 2010 and 2013, multiple number one hits on Billboard lists and 10 ASCAP honors


ABOUT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

El Museo del Barrio, New York's leading Latino cultural institution welcomes visitors of all

backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American

cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo's wide-ranging Permanent Collection and

critically acclaimed exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series,

cultural celebrations, and educational programs.

El Museo del Barrio is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104 Street in New York City. The

Museum’s Galleries are currently undergoing renovations and will reopen to the public in the fall

of 2018. For more information on these and other renovations, visit www.elmuseo.org.

For more information on El Museo del Barrio, please visit www.elmuseo.org. To connect with El

Museo del Barrio via Social Media, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/elmuseo,

Instagram at Instagram.com/elmuseo, and Twitter at Twitter.com/elmuseo.


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9TH ANNUAL SSMAC KENTUCKY DERBY BRUNCH

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The SSMAC 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Brunch 

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SSMAC 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Brunch 

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The SSMAC Junior Committee hosted their 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Brunch and Viewing Party!

on May 5, 2018.

Guests gathered with their finest elegant hats and trendy bow ties to an afternoon of Southern cuisine and traditional Mint Juleps and all to help a very good cause.

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, since 1919 continues to fulfill its mission, as the only private organization in the New York area to provide accommodations at subsidized rates and club-type facilities for servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees and veterans and their families visiting New York City.

The organization and club's mission is “Serving Those Who Have Served Their Country."

In 1919, Mrs. Cornelia Barnes Rogers and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. with General John J. Pershing founded The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Club. In war and peace, without any U.S. Government funding and supported solely by donations of patriotic Citizens, it has ever since been a “Home Away From Home” for over 2,500,00 men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. We have exisited now for over ninety years with our warm, friendly, and safe enviroment providing hospitality and accommodations for 15,000 Armed Forces personnel annually.

The SSMAC Junior Committee is a group of young professionals dedicated to assisting U.S. military personnel by supporting the Club's mission.

For more information on how to participate, contribute and donate please visit http://ssmaclub.org.


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NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION HOST THE 20TH ANNUAL 

PINK PEARL GALA

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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS MASSAGE THERAPIST KATHLEEN TILLEY AT THE PINK PEARL GALA FOR THE NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION AT WADING RIVER, NY

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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH  BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR MARJORIE HORNE AT THE PINK PEARL GALA FOR THE NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION AT WADING RIVER, NY

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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH  SUSIE BANDIERA, TREASURER AND HONOREE  AT THE PINK PEARL GALA FOR THE NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION AT WADING RIVER, NY

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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP ON THE PINK CARPET AT THE PINK PEARL GALA FOR THE NORTH FORK BREAST HEALTH COALITION AT WADING RIVER, NY

North Ford Breast Health Coalition hosted their 20th Annual Pink Pearl Gala at East Wind venue in

Wading River, New York.

The evening was a celebration of survivors, providers, caregivers and NFBHC supporters.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is working to encourage and assist in the prevention, early intervention, and cure of breast cancer through advocacy, awareness, networking, and research. The funds we raise go directly to programs such as "Lend a Helping Hand", which provides grants to patients on the North Fork who are being treated for breast cancer.

The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is a group of concerned citizens working in conjunction with other community resources. As a not-for-profit organization, they have no paid employees, but rather return all funds raised for services to those diagnosed with breast cancer on the North Fork. They are committed to finding an answer to the high incidence of breast cancer in our area. Their primary goal is to increase community awareness of the many issues involved in the battle against this disease which kills more than 180,000 women a year in this country.

To help support, contribute, participate and donate please visit https://www.northforkbreasthealth.org/

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The Vine Wine Bar Host 7th Annual St. Jude Fundriaser

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with St. Jude Rep Becky Gibson and Owner Lynn Mione at The Vine Wine Bar in Merrick, Long Island for St, Jude Fundraiser Thursday, April 12th 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with two beauty pageant winners Jane Rubinstein Ms. New York Senior America 2014 and C. J. Marie Ms. New York Senior America 2015 at St. Jude Fundraiser Thursday, April 12th 6:00 - 8:00 pm St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Longislanders attended the Seventh annual Fundraiser on Thursday, April 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the Vine Wine Bar in Merrick Long Island

I had the opportunity to interview Owner Lynn Mione who has established  the fundraiser in memory of her mother, Judy Mione, who died of breast cancer.

Judy passed in April 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer. Lynn Mione, the owner of The Vine Wine Bar, holds this annual fundraiser in honor of her mother, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Judy's favorite charity, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

During our interview I inquired,  "I would think your mother would be more involved in supporting breast cancer instead of St. Jude's, why St. Jude?"


LM: When my mother was diagnosed with breast cqncer as an adult she had a hard time how to deal with the ilness               and it wasn't about breast cancer.....it was about cancer.


CW: It's terrifying, I had stage one and I was terrified.


LM: Absolutely and she thought about these children....the love children....and to think that a child has to try to                        navigate through this process of treatments and finding a cure and being part of test groups and just dealing                     with  the family...she just couldn't imagine how a child could go through it because as an adult she had a hard t                time  emotionally accepting that she was sick! So when she passed away...she decided no flowers...every dollar               goes  to St Jude's Research Hospital instead of flowers at her memorial.



The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

Founder and entertainer Danny Thomas opened the doors to St. Jude in 1962 with the dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life." Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information please visit https://www.stjude.org

The Vine Wine bar is an unpretentions romantic wine bar serving gourmet appetizers and fine international wines.

Wine experts and any patron that enjoys a good glass of wine will love their charming ambiance and extensive menu of top notch wines from around the world.

The Vine Wine Bar is located at 2259 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566 - Phone: 516 812-7883

For more info please visit http://www.thevinewinebar.com

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SMITHTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY GATSBY BALL GALA

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 TV Host Cognac Wellerlane

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 Priya Kapoor - Executive Director, Director of Development & PR poses for a photo-op at the Smithtown Historical Society Gatsby Ball

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Historian Barry Rivadue and Guests pose for a photo-op at Smithtown Historical Society Gatsby Ball Gala

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Guests Attend The Smithtown Historical Society Gatsby Ball Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for  photo-ops with Best Selling Author Monica Randall, Historian Barry Rivadue, Renowned Architect Gary Lawrance and Trustee Bradley Harris at the Smithtown Historical Society Ball Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Singer Carolyn Cafiero-Cavanaugh at the Smithtown Historical Society Ball Gala

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Gents and Flappers attended the Smithtown Historical Society Ball Gala at the Elks Club in Smithtown, New York.

It was lovely evening of photo-ops, elegant dining and cocktails as guests celebrated another

 wonderful year of history

with the Smithtown Historical Society.

The Smithtown Historical Society is committed to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of Long Island’s heritage for the education and enjoyment of the public. Through research, education, conservation, and community activities, we seek to strengthen the ties to our rich heritage. Founded in 1955, the Society is chartered by the Board of Regents to preserve historic sites, structures and materials and to provide programs, which will promote interest in history and research. Merger with the Smithtown Branch Preservation Association in 1982 enlarged both scope and membership. We count on the support of all who share our concerns for the preservation of the past. Membership is open to all.

Responding to the need for a greater understanding of Long Island history, the Society has developed 4 outstanding educational programs for elementary school children. Available to all Long Island schools, the programs are designed to implement New York State Curriculum requirements for local history instruction. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Society hosted over 4,000 children. Many elementary teachers bring their classes back year after year.

For more information on how to contribute and participate please visit http://smithtownhistorical.org

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Supporters Attend Denim & Diamonds, Presented By The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Honorees pose for a photo-op at Denim & Diamonds, Presented By The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Founder Julie Ratner, Honorees Jason Belkin fromHampton Coffee Company and Shirley Ruch from South Fork Bakery

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr Louis Avvento

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TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane, Co-Founder Julie Ratner, Honoree Jason Belkin and Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff pose for a photo-op at Denim & Diamonds, Presented By The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Denim & Diamonds, Presented By The Ellen Hermanson Foundation

Supporters and guests gather ed on Saturday March 10, 2018 at Denim & Diamonds, Presented By The Ellen Hermanson Foundation at 230 Elm Productions, 230 Elm Street, Southampton, NY.

Eastenders celebrated their community with fabulous food & open bar, live & silent auctions with award-winning comedian & producer Angela LaGreca, DJ Double S Productions & Mirror Photobooth NYC.

The event Honored Dr Louis Avvento and New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, Jason & Theresa Belkin and Hampton Coffee Company, Shirley Ruch and South Fork Bakery.

Media Sponsor included: THE INDEPENDENT. Flowers Courtesy of TOPIAIRE FLOWERS. Food courtesy of 20+ local restaurants, bakeries and caterers. Proceeds will benefit The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital & Ellen's Well.


Ellen Hermanson was an articulate, courageous and indomitable warrior in the war against breast cancer. Her personal battle with the disease began in February 1989, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer while still nursing her six-month-old daughter. Ellen fought against her disease medically by undergoing surgery and

 aggressive chemotherapy.


Ellen also fought against breast cancer by becoming an activist and advocate. A journalist by training, she used her prodigious talent as a writer to give voice to the needs of breast cancer survivors and to educate her readers about the importance of being well informed, the challenges of living with breast cancer, and the availability of resources to help with the myriad problems that arise as a result of breast cancer. Her remarkable accomplishments attest to her extraordinary inner strength and selfless generosity.


Ellen became an active member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), which advocates for survivors of all types of cancer. Later she served on its board and edited its quarterly newsletter, The Networker. When Ellen looked to her own heritage for spiritual support and sustenance, she found that what she sought did not exist. Instead of bemoaning this lack, Ellen became one of the founders of the Jewish Healing Center. She also served as the organization’s founding executive director and the first editor of its newsletter, The Outstretched Arm.

Ellen was appointed the first executive director of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert. Ellen coordinated and organized their annual October symposium, bringing together doctors and lawyers to tackle cutting-edge issues in health law and policy confronting cancer patients. In the fall of 1992, Ellen was diagnosed with a recurrence of her disease, this time in her bones. Ellen continued her work. Although she underwent chemotherapy, and would remain on chemo for the rest of her life, her condition worsened. Ellen’s many projects included editing the Annual Report of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 1993. In November 1994, Ellen delivered an important speech entitled “One Patient’s Pain” at the NCCS annual conference. She was weak, barely able to walk, and facing hip replacement surgery that her doctors agreed to delay until after the conference. It was at this conference that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke of her breast cancer.


Ellen lost her hard-fought battle with breast cancer on April 11, 1995, at the age of 42. She was working on an article exploring the then new and exciting potential of the Internet as a source of information and sharing for patients and their families. Ellen left a legacy of dignity, courage, determination, grace and love to all who knew her. To honor her memory, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has been established to support and continue the

 important work she began.


The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real but little-discussed or understood issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided 

free of charge.


The Ellen Hermanson Foundation ensures access to state-of-the-art breast health care and empowers people affected by cancer. The Foundation primarily serves breast cancer patients on the East End of Long Island, New York, and fulfills its mission by focusing on two areas:

providing educational outreach about the importance of early detection, and access to mammography and treatment to medically underserved communities

funding psychosocial support services that address the broad range of issues facing breast cancer patients, survivors, spouses, families, and friends.


Ellen’s Run, an annual 5k (3.1-mile) race, is the signature fundraising event of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and an innovative, grassroots event, that raises awareness about breast cancer. Held on the East End of Long Island, where breast cancer diagnosis and mortality rates are among the highest in the state of New York, Ellen’s Run draws on the strength of the community and gives back by providing mammography screenings, support and education. Proceeds from Ellen’s Run support the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital by funding state-of-the-art technology. Ellen’s Run also supports Ellen’s Well, a program that provides psychosocial support for breast cancer survivors under the leadership of a specially trained oncological social worker.

For more information please visit https://www.ellenhermanson.org

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Whoopie Goldberg Receives 2018 Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award At 2018 Bailey House Gala & Auction

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews CEO Daniel Tietz at 

2018 Bailey House Gala & Auction

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TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Award Winning Actress and TV Host Whoopi Goldberg at  

2018 Bailey House Gala & Auction

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Stephen Henderson and James LaForce Accept

 The 2018 Rand Harlan Skolnick Social Responsibility Award

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TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane Poses For A Photo-op At 2018 Bailey House Gala & Auction

The 2018 Bailey House Annual Gala & Auction honored the important work of the organization

founded in 1983. For 2018, The organization celebrated the 35th anniversary of the organization, and recognized

steadfast support and engagement of Whoopi Goldberg, who served as host for the first benefit

for the organization in December 1984. Long time BH champions, Stephen Henderson and James

LaForce, were honored for their personal commitment and leadership on behalf of LGBTQ causes,

programs in public education, progressive political campaigns, as well as vital funding for Bailey

House. The event welcomed enthusiastic supporters and generous New Yorkers, including

business, entertainment and media, fashion, art, and design leaders to celebrate Bailey House

and its important legacy. Following the Gala dinner and Awards presentation was the 2018 BH

Auction.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing CEO Daniel Tiez.

Mr. Daniel W. Tietz has been appointed as the organization’s new CEO. Tietz comes to Bailey House from New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), where he has served as Chief Special Services Officer since May of 2014. A registered nurse and lawyer, Tietz is a respected leader with a strong record of accomplishment over his more than 30 year career in the nonprofit sector.

Tietz joined Bailey House in late October. He succeeds longtime CEO Gina Quattrochi, who passed away in December of 2016 following a valiant battle with cancer. His appointment is the culmination of a national search led by the Bailey House Board of Directors in consultation with executive search firm McCormack+Kristel.

Another supporter, Interior Designer David Santiago, revealed his commitment and participation with the Bailey House.

With over 20 years of experience in the design trade, combined with a sophisticated classical background, Mr. Santiago is eager to share with you the possibilities you can achieve within your residential or commercial space. He has a practical and common sense approach to how he works. First, he assess the project, your needs, style, function of the tasks at hand with the proposed budget. Then, he applies his traditional, unexpected, curation with his design expertise to achieve a cohesive successful concept, ultimately defining his client...YOU!

"For me, design and decorating should be fun and a celebration of one's taste, not some strange concept or radical idea that gets lost in translation. It's about telling your story through visually appealing design and decor with a beautifully curated space," Mr. Santiago reveals. As an advocate of the trade community, He is the vice president, and President Elect of the Interior Design Society (IDS), Vice President of membership of the International Furniture & Design Association (IFDA), both New York City Chapters, and a member of the American Society of Furniture Design (ASFD).

The 2018 Honorees included: Stephen Henderson & James LaForce, long-time Bailey House supporters and advocates engaged in a variety of social justice issues; Stephen is a writer, and James owner of the public relations firm LaForce; and Whoopi Goldberg, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning actress, comedian, author, and television host, who hosted the very first Bailey House event in 1984 and who has remained a fierce and dedicated advocate for many of the concerns that Bailey House champions and that impact the clients they serve. James and Stephen received the 2018 Rand Harlan Skolnick Social Responsibility Award, and Whoopi Goldberg received the 2018 Gina Quattrochi Arts & Legacy Award. Award presenters include Cynthia Nixon, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning stage, film, and television actress and champion of the LGBTQ community, and Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council and esteemed City Council member representing District 3 – in which Bailey-Holt House, the first congregate supportive housing facility in the country for those with AIDS, is located – and advocate of the rights of marginalized New Yorkers like those we serve.

The spirited Auction followed the Gala Dinner and featured four special home décor vignettes curated by the New York Metro Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); home furnishing company Bungalow 5; the New York Chapter of IDS (Interior Design Society); and NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) presented by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. These vignettes were curated with an exceptional selection of fine furniture, art, and other luxury home design items.

Other featured auction items included a VIP Dolce & Gabbana shopping experience; incredible photographs by Duane Michals, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Herb Ritts; coffee with This American Life host Ira Glass; hand-painted vintage handbag, car coat, and ball caps created by artist Scooter LaForge; airfare packages provided by Orbitz for Mexico or the Caribbean; select boutique and luxury hotel stays; dinner at Craft with a meet and greet with Tom Colicchio; and a distinctive selection of art, furnishings, and home décor. This year’s auctioneer was Kathleen Guzman, Managing Director from Heritage Auctions, New York.

Bailey House was proud to partner with the 2018 Official Media Sponsor, NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens). The 2018 Official Paint Sponsor was Benjamin Moore. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Auction and the 35th anniversary of Bailey House, a custom anniversary cake was provided by Cake Boss.

Bailey House was among the first to partner with the design community to raise critically needed funds for HIV/AIDS related services. Since the first Auction in 1988, the annual event has raised nearly $20 million. All proceeds will benefit Bailey House programs that help to positively impact and transform the lives of low-income New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, poverty, mental illness and substance use, and chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.

For more information please visit http://baileyhouse.org

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Garden City Hotel Hosts Winter White Party on December 7, 2017

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Garden City Hotel Publicist Sara Anne Fingerman at the Winter White Party


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Nicole Teitler at The Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel


Stylist Patricia Parenti poses for a photo-op at the Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel Fascinator  Designed by Dora Marra

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Warren Hance of Beautifulme at The Winter White Party at the Garden City Hotel

Just in time for the holidays, Glamorous Long Islanders attended the Winter White Party on December 7, 2017 at the elegantS Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York.


Guests enjoyed cocktails and entertainment by Singer Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano, Renowned musician Andrew Flescher playing traditional holiday tunes on the piano and Date Night with Connie & Chrissy.


The Winter White Party also included Networking, Live Music, Raffles, one Winter White Swag Bag and a Signature Cocktail.


The Silent Auction was presented to Benefit: The Hance Family Foundation: Beautiful Me.

I had a chance to chat with Founder Warren Hance who started the organization after the the tragic death of his three beautiful daughters in a devastating car crash.


Founders Jackie and Warren Hance, parents of Emma, Alyson, and Katie, lost their daughters tragically in a car accident on the Taconic State Parkway in New York State on July 26, 2009. Since losing their daughters, they formed the Hance Family Foundation, whose mission is so vital, no single word can describe it: to honor the lives of their three beautiful girls by sharing their innovative self-esteem educational programming. They have chosen to focus on how their daughters lived, rather than how they died.


Beautiful Me…the Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance Project is their nationally-known platform for females of all ages. They have a proven track record of improving self-esteem for participants. Beautiful Me teaches females how to think positively and with assurance about their bodies, their skills, and their relationships with others.


The Foundation supports children’s endeavors, such as our flagship educational programming: The EAK Projects, which foster community spirit, social skills, and self-esteem in children ages 5-18. They also add to children’s lives through their giving program: Heart Hands Hope. They give substantial donations to schools and children’s organizations, and through holiday toy drives and delivery of school supplies. The Foundation is based in Floral Park but is growing quickly, touching the lives of children across Long Island, in NYC, NJ, Chicago, Philadelphia, and potentially nationwide.


For more information please visit http://www.hancefamilyfoundation.org


I also had the chance to chat with Singer, Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano.


Sammi is a singer from Long Island, New York. She has been singing for a little over two years. Singing isn't her hobby, it's her passion. She is inspired by many amazing artists such as Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Beyonce. Her strong and soulful voice is well beyond her years. Sammi feels that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful. Most importantly, don't let anyone bring you down, ignore negative energy, and never give up! Sammi believes that you should always treat people the way you want to be treated and look for the best in everyone. Sammi is very thankful for her family and all of the support she receives from everyone. Sammi is always recording new music and making music videos. She has also been performing live at many different venues. Sammi's

For more information please visit https://www.sammiraemurciano.com/


The Garden City Hotel is a timeless and elegannt hotel with modern-day comfort.

Spacious guest rooms, luxurious deluxe and penthouse suites, first-class culinary team and genuine hospitality are hallmarks of this legendary hotel. The Garden City Hotel is conveniently located just 24 miles from Manhattan,12 miles from JFK and a 1-minute walk to the Long Island Railroad.


Perks include, 30,000 square feet of renovated and flexible meeting and event space, Red Door Spa, innovative fitness center, indoor pool, plus our outdoor Patio Bar, Polo Lounge and Polo Steakhouse. Parking is complimentary and the property is pet friendly.


For more information please visit http://www.gardencityhotel.com/

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Scotto Brothers and Fox Hollow Celebrates Their 8th Holiday Season Toys For Tots Toy Drive

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Scotto Brothers Co-Anthony Scotto at the 8th Annual  Fox Hollow Toy For Tots Toy Drive


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Scotto Brothers 8th Annual Fox Hollow Toys For Tots Toy Drive


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Scotto Brothers 8th Annual Fox Hollow Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Fox Hollow Celebrates Their 8th Holiday Season Toys For Tots


The Scotto Brothers once again hosted their 8th Toys For Tots Toy Drive.


Guests attended donating an unwrapped toy and stayed to enjoy the festivities for a fun filled evening with photos with Santa, live music pizza, hot dogs, baked macaroni & desserts.


Entertainment by North Shore Studio of Dance.


The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.


The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.


The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.


The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations.


Fox Hollow is a Luxury Boutique Hotel on Long Island.


Reminiscent of an enchanting era, The Inn At Fox Hollow is a luxurious boutique hotel on Long Island, New York. Set on a beautiful eight acre estate with gardens and waterfalls, The Inn is a tranquil retreat where you can relax, lounge, celebrate and get away on the beautiful North Shore. Located in Woodbury, on Long Island's Gold Coast, The Inn offers classic elegance, modern luxury and timeless hospitality.


Relax in luxurious boutique suites with neo-classic design, and designer furnishings. Their gorgeous suites features dining and living spaces, kitchens,The Inn At Fox Hollow - Luxury Boutique on Long Island platform beds, sleeper sofa, HD LCD TVs, safe, iHome dock, and spa bathrooms with showers or deep soaking tubs, and European products. Custom work stations, two-line phones with complimentary local calls and complimentary Wi-Fi keep you connected.

The Inn at Fox Hollow offers a trendy food and wine scene, with classic steakhouses, sushi bars, wine lounges and private dining. Start with their complimentary Dinner Buffet Monday-Thursday evenings with delicious cuisine prepared by their famous chefs. Sample creative regional foods and boutique wines at Vintage 25 Wine Bar & Lounge at the Inn at Fox Hollow, or savor modern Italian at Volpe Restaurant & Lounge located at the Fox Hollow which is adjacent to the Inn. Enhance your culinary getaway at our partner restaurants, Rare650 and Blackstone - the area's premier steakhouses - with exclusive guest discounts and free shuttle service.


For more information about Fox Hollow please visit theinnatfoxhollow.com and to learn more about Toys for Tots please visit https://www.toysfortots.org


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SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

ELIN & MICHAEL NIERENBERG

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

20th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION

William T. Sullivan, Dr. Samuel and Marion Waxman, Michael and

Elin Nierenberg, and Chris Wragge (Photo Credit: Annie Watts)


Marion Waxman, Dr. Samuel Waxman (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


Chris Wragge (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


The Avett Brothers (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)


Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Ali Nierenberg, Jonny Nierenberg (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)

Matthew Gorin, Jody Gorin, Allie Gorin (Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan)




TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION

ELIN & MICHAEL NIERENBERG

COLLABORATING FOR A CURE

20th ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT DINNER & AUCTION

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.


This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Notable attendees included Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman; Elin and Michael Nierenberg; Chris Wragge; William T. Sullivan; The Avett Brothers; Jody, Matthew, and Allie Gorin; Julie and Scott Waxman; Bettina and Spencer Waxman; Hugh Hildesley; Robin Lathrop; Maria and Kenneth Fishel; Nancy, Howard, Charles, and Emma Kurz; Barry Cohen; Phyllis and Gary Gladstein; Louis Perone; Jeff Gladstein; Mary Kantor; Dena K. Weiner; Sandy, Marc, Jake, and Chloe Taub; Tom Marano; Marc Toscano; Greg Overlander; Peter Cherasia; Chris Arlotta; Mario Pecoraro; Greg Schwab; Naira Velumyan; JK Sezlik; and Samantha Santiago-Jones and Steve Jones.


After a cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg thanked the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests before introducing Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge. Mr. Wragge welcomed SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Dr. Waxman thanked the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Nierenberg, along with all of the donors, for more than 20 years of giving, and outlined some of the organization’s major achievements before providing an update on the SWCRF’s Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging that will add more partners. Research funded by the program, which launches officially next year, will study the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. Dr. Waxman announced that the partnership has a goal of building a $20 million fund.


Following Dr. Waxman’s announcement, Mr. Nierenberg introduced a video tribute to Mr. Gorin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2017. In the video, Mr. Gorin’s family and friends, including his widow Jody Gorin, reflected on his legacy, painting the picture of an optimistic, driven, and family oriented man who never let the disease get in the way of his enjoyment of life’s moments. After the video, Mr. Nierenberg and Dr. Waxman presented Mrs. Gorin with the William S. Gorin Memorial Award, which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.


Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, then introduced the first auction of the night, in which donors bid at three high levels—$10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan then introduced the gala’s Text to Pledge, a mobile fundraising technology through which guests texted their donations accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared on large screens in the venue in real-time throughout the evening. Afterwards, Mr. Nierenberg welcomed Mary Stone of Bank of America on stage to share a heartfelt remembrance of her colleague Sonia Chun, who passed away in August after a battle with Triple-Negative breast cancer.


The evening’s live auction was led with lively enthusiasm by Mr. Hildesley. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: A ten-course meal with wine pairings for eight guests at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s exclusive kitchen table, which sold for $9,000; reservations for six at Rao’s, featuring a hand-picked, Chef prepared menu including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wine, which sold for $21,000; and the evening’s highest bid, a Palm Bay International Spanish vineyards, castle, and wine package which sold for $36,000. Other auction items included two house seats to the sold-out Springsteen on Broadway (sold for $17,000) and a private wine tasting for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants, which went for $14,000.


Silent auction items will be available for bidding at CharityStars.com until November 30th, 2017, and include: An opportunity to see one of Bette Midler’s final performances in Hello, Dolly!; Tickets to The Dr. OZ Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; a caviar luxury spa package at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City; signed jerseys from New York Jets legend Joe Namath and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris; hotel stays including the Club Barbados Resort & Spa, the Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua, and the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, California; dinner gift certificates to top New York City restaurants such as Cipriani, Casa Lever, Delmonico’s, and La Masseria; a painting by artist Alexey Klokov; and four front-row tickets to see the New York Jets play the San Diego Chargers, among many other exciting offerings.


After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by folk rock band The Avett Brothers.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is one of the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.



About William S. Gorin

William S. Gorin was the Chief Executive Officer of MFA Financial, Inc. from January 2014 through the time of his death in August 2017. He also served as a member of MFA’s Board of Directors from 2010 through August 2017. From 2008 to 2013, Mr. Gorin served as President of MFA. From 1997 to 2008, he served as an Executive Vice President of the company and, from 2001 to September 2010, he also served as its Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure with MFA, he also served as the company’s Treasurer and Secretary. From 1989 to 1997, he held various positions with PaineWebber Incorporated/Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, serving as a First Vice President in the Research Department. Prior to that position, Mr. Gorin was Senior Vice President in the Special Products Group. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Gorin was employed by Shearson Lehman Hutton, Inc./E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. in various positions in corporate finance and direct investments. Mr. Gorin received an M.B.A. from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University.


About The Avett Brothers

If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you’re lucky, their laughter. If you’re almost anywhere in America, you’ll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven’t heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration. It is not New Year’s, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band. The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along. They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that’s left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That’s the commotion, that’s the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that’s what you’ll find.

About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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. This research is the basis for developing 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. Like SWCRF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @WaxmanCancer.

Imagine a world in which cancer can be treated without disrupting life, can be cured, or can even be prevented.


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14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Founder Maryann Wahmann at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director Bob Wahmann at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Dr. Eric Liu at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Felicia Temple at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Supporter Mrs. Mueller at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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Mr. and Mrs. Ken Ertel and Mr. and Mrs. Karl Mueller pose for a photo-op at The

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Supporter Christy Chan poses for a photo-op at The 14th Annual 'Celebration of Life' Gala

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