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The New York Urban League 2023 Champions of Diversity Event
Linda G. Levy, President of The Fragrance Foundation received her first ever Catalyst Award from The New York Urban League for her leadership in advancing DEI in the multi-billion dollar fragrance industry.
The Fragrance Foundation’s initiative is to provide equitable opportunities for people of all backgrounds. The event also launched a comprehensive partnership between the Fragrance Foundation and The New York Urban League ( NYUL). The Fragrance Foundation Catalyst Initiative will benefit NYUL’s Diversity Lab and provide training, career development, mentorship, and job opportunities for professionals of color interested in careers in the fragrance industry. The initiative is supported by all 200 members of The Fragrance Foundation member companies in a focused effort, including Fragrance Houses, Brands, Retailers, and related businesses.
” I am honored to receive The Catalyst Award, from the New York Urban League on behalf of The Fragrance Foundation and community” says Linda Levy. ” It is not only about the award itself, but what it symbolizes: our long term commitment to ensuring that the entire industry reflects all people. We are 100% committed to providing opportunities and building a sustainable platform to meet the interests of those served by The New York Urban League, its innovative Diversity Lab and the lasting impact our combined efforts are designed to have.”
Hosted by Arva Rice, Emceed by WNBC-TV anchor David Ushery and chaired by Helen C. Shelton, Global Chief Diversity Officer at FINN Partners and NYUL Board Member, Champions offered an insightful forum where leaders new and established gathered to exchange ideas on advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and to celebrate those who are making a tangible impact in this critical area. Fragrance industry leaders who paid tribute to Linda and her impact as an authentic DEI leader included Fragrance Society founder Tiff Benson, Tricia Butler, president of Givenchy and Kenzo, North America, LVMH; Chris Collins, founder World Of Chris Collins; Ann Gottlieb, president Anne Gottlieb Associates; Sharne Jackson, executive director, TFF; Nicole Monson, senior VP, Estée Lauder Companies; Giancarlo Perez and Bernardo Moller, founders, House of Bo; Linda Song, senior perfumer, Givaudan; and Jerry Vittoria.
For more info on The Fragrance Foundation please visit: fragrance.org
For more info on The New York Urban League please visit: nyul.org
All Images: Getty Images for The Fragrance Foundation
Tobago: Jewel of the Caribbean, Paradise to Visit in 2023.
Photo Above by Eye Ubiquitous/REX/Shutterstock
Trinidad & Tobago are sister islands located deep in the Southern Caribbean, close to South America. While Trinidad is known to be the commercial business center, with one of the largest economies in the Caribbean and the destination for the premier Carnival Festival every February, sister island Tobago is the chill island with beautiful white sand beaches, tropical resorts, nature, wildlife and the home to three major species of sea turtles, making it one of the world’s premier turtle watching destinations.
The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is the premier resort in Tobago. Surrounded by the ocean on one side and the golf course on the other, the vast family friendly resort boasts 178 deluxe oceanfront rooms plus 22 one and two bedroom cottages with hot tubs and direct ocean front views.
There are three swimming pools including a swim-up bar, aptly called Li’l Nylon Pool, multiple dining options, a sumptuous breakfast buffet is included for all guests. Guests can dine casually in the Pembois Restaurant & Terrace daily, with theme nights and a varied daily menu for lunch and dinner. For a more refined dining experience Kali’na offers Caribbean and Creole specialties served in an elegant dining room setting, while The Salaka Grill offers seafood specialties overlooking the ocean. For a casual vibe, The Robinson Crusoe Pub, has a bar food menu and cocktails, along with weekly Karaoke nights. The resort offers all-inclusive packages so guests can experience true relaxation without having to remember their wallets.
The resort offers complimentary shuttle service three times a week to Pigeon Point Beach, where guests can lounge and swim in crystal clear waters, and can book many available tours, to the world famous Nylon pool, we highly recommend Sugar Lips, a highly rated and dependable tour guide, offering affordable diving, snorkeling and sightseeing boat tours, some with a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on No Man’s Land Beach and an open bar.
The many activities at the resort include tennis, golf, a fitness center, complimentary bikes, kids club, and a spa. The resort is happy to book excursions throughout Tobago. Our favorites are snorkeling, diving, turtle watching, bird watching and rainforest tours. Come February, Tobago also celebrates Carnival with music and festivities throughout the island.
To book your stay at The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort visit: https://www.magdalenagrand.com
To book your excursion with SugarLips Tours Tobago visit: https://sugarlipstourstobago.com/tours/
Celebrity Chefs & Stars Attended The Serving Up Smiles Food Tasting Event To Benefit The #EncourageKidsFoundation
The enCourage Kids Foundation hosted Serving Up Smiles, a premier tasting event that included decadent plates from world-renowned chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, VIP Lounge, world-class wines, cocktails, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field emceed the program and Chef Ralph Scamardella (Chef & Partner TAO Group Hospitality) served as Culinary Chair.
Guests walked around and enjoyed a variety of different foods and beverages donated by Alvin & Friends, Avo Taco, bakeyorey, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, Bryant Park Grill, Butter, HappyBoards, LAVO New York, Robert, Sfoglia, Spice Culture, Sweets to Crave, TAO Uptown, B. Stuyvesant Champagne, Dr. Perricone Hydrogen Water, Fever-Tree, FIJI Water, Jade Sparkling Wine, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery,Landmark Vineyards, Newburgh Brewing Company, Owl’s Brew, Revel Spirits Inc., Shinju Japanese Whiskey, Whitley Neill Gin, and Zyr Vodka.
“All of us at enCourage Kids are beyond grateful for the continued support of our donors, sponsors and guests who are committed to the work of our organization. It was a special night to honor the late Michele Hall Duncan, our former president & CEO and acknowledge her hard work throughout the years. We are committed to our mission to make hospitals a better place to get better and we will continue to support our enCourage Kids families,” stayed Joe Wessely, Board Chair enCourage Kids Foundation.
A beautiful memorial video played for Michele Hall Duncan, the late president & CEO of enCourage Kids Foundation who lost her battle this past June to metastatic breast cancer. Wesley Duncan, Michele’s son, delivered a beautiful and meaningful speech, honoring his mother’s 26 years of work with the organization. The organization recently established The Michele Hall-Duncan Child Life Hero award which will be an annual award recognizing a Child Life professional for their outstanding service and dedication to pediatric patients. The award will include a grant to the recipient’s institution to fund a pediatric program as another way to honor Michele’s legacy. The inaugural award will be granted at the 2023 enCourage Kids Gala.
Committed to the mission of enCourage Kids, Erik Coleman (Former NFL Safety & MSG Commentator of Odds with Ends), Jimmy Leyritz (2x NY Yankees World Series Champion), Tony Richardson (NFL Legend & Sports Commentator), and Matt Brust (Former NBA Forward & Finance Expert), who attended and enjoyed eating and dancing the night away with the music provided by Live Wire Band.
Event sponsors included ARK RESTAURANTS, BRYANT PARK GRILL, CAPITAL ONE, COUGAR Capital, The Donut Pub, Feil Family Foundation, GFP Real Estate, ROBERT, Signature Bank, Lucy and David Ball, Goldberg Weprin Finkel Goldstein LLP, CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD, BUCHBINDER & WARREN, and Emerson Amusements Company.
EKF has several life-altering programs to help make hospitals a better place to get better. Their Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Program is their cornerstone program and funds grants to hospitals for a variety of programs such as creative arts and music therapy programs and facility dogs for patients and pediatric staff. The enCourage Kids Bear program provides cuddly teddy bears to pediatric patients that provide much needed solace and serves as a valuable teaching tool to help kids develop coping skills.
About enCourage Kids Foundation Since 1985, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Serving more than one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. Their programs offer relief from the constant burden of treatment, hospital stays, and doctor appointments, while also helping pediatric facilities to meet the unique needs of their patients. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child–regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.
To get involved with the organization or make a donation: www.encourage-kids.org
Global Lyme Alliance Hosts The GLA Global Gala in NYC
Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held the GLA GLOBAL GALA 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.
The event raises Lyme disease awareness and funds for research to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was a night to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.
The evening’s honored guests included Kim & Atty Cleworth, A mother and daughter who have been impacted by Lyme. They are also Executive Producers of the film, I’m Not
Crazy I’m Sick. An exclusive preview was shown to the audience of the documentary about their struggle.
A highlight of New York’s philanthropic calendar, this year’s event raised more than $1.85 million to advance GLA’s mission to conquer Lyme. A live auction led by Jason Lamoreaux auctioned items including a trilogy of sports events, travel experiences and a golf weekend with professional Jimmy Walker for which bidding was keen. The GLA has gained national prominence for funding the most promising research in the field.
The evening program began with cocktails and dinner, a video contribution by Debbie Gibson, and speech by Broadway Star Ashley Loren, on the impact that Lyme disease has had on their lives. The event was hosted by master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host of FOX 5 “Good Day New York.” The evening also featured an exceptional live performance by Recording Artist Pia Toscano and later in the night, Erich Bergen, Star of Madam Secretary and both the stage and screen versions of Jersey Boys.
Celebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced the gala experience by donating his designs and décor to the virtuous cause for the fourth year in a row, showcasing his long-standing dedication to the Lyme community.
Notable Attendees included: Kim Cleworth & Atty Cleworth (Honorees), Rosanna Scotto (Master of Ceremonies), Erich Bergen (Entertainment), Pia Toscano (Recording Artist), Larry Scott (Lawrence Scott Events), Ashley Loren (Broadway Star), Chris Meloni (Actor), Kelley Flanagan and Peter Weber (TV’s The Bachelor), Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Jennifer Fessler, Nicole Miller (Fashion Designer), Lindsay Solmer (Influencer), Alexa Laura (Influencer), Gina Valles(Influencer), Mar Jennings (TV Show Host), Jon James Stavola (Artist).
The Co-Chairs for the event include Rose Anastasio, Amy Balducci, Charles Balducci, Diane M. Blanchard, Robert Kobre, Brett Kristoff, Jarrod Nadel, Lorrie Nadel, Paul B. Ross, Larry Scott, Erin Walker and Jimmy Walker.
Photo Credits: Jared Siskin/PMC / Rob Berry/BFA / Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images
Hamptons 3rd Annual Interactive Brunch benefitting the Children’s Museum of the East End
The place to be this coming Saturday August 6th will be the 3rd Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. Hosted by Tastemaker Vanessa Gordon with co-host LeeAnne Locken, the brunch is presented by Holistic Origen Vodka. The event is produced by celebrity event planners Brian Kelly and Sean Koski of Ticket2Events Luxury Event Planning.
Enjoy a gourmet brunch menu paired with Holistic Spirits, Origen Vodka and Baron’s Cove Culinary favorites. There will be complimentary beauty services courtesy of Beachwaver. Guests will interact with participating brands including SummerGo, Press Alcoholic Hard Seltzer, Nippies, and KoKolu.
Limited tickets are still available but are going fast: allevents.in/sag
Dressed To The Kilt Fashion Show and Dinner To Benefit The Navy Seals Foundation #NavySealsFoundation #DressedToTheKilt
Dressed To The Kilt is a night of Fashion, Food, and Fun to benefit the Navy Seals Foundation. Scottish Fashion was on hand with a slew of very impressive models including former Navy Seals Brian Valenza, Derek Valance, Lea Gabrielle a former US Navy fighter Pilot, Robin King, CEO of the Navy Seals Foundation, a Scottish Lad holding a Loch Duart Salmon, the Rolls Royce of Scottish Salmon, a couple Miss Scotland’s, Claudia Todd and Mhairi Fergusson, Brian Stern, co-founder of Project Dynamo, Geoff Day, Dr. Monica Crowley, Andy Torbet, Admiral Thomas Richards, world record holder for rowing across the Atlantic Taylor Winyard, Us Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant David Bellavia and many more.
Some of the designers showcasing their goods were Beira, Blues & Browns, Greeley Hat Works, Gwen Russell, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Sara Tiara, Sherlock Holmes Tartan, Totty Rocks, Walker Slater, Kinalba, J.Higgins, and Lucan.
The event was held at Mill Neck Manor House. A Tudor Style Mansion overlooking the Long Island Sound. In 1949 the estate was purchased by Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, the founding organization for the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. Following the Fashion Show guests enjoyed cocktails and a buffet dinner while a DJ Spun Music all night.
The Navy Seal Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to The Naval Special Warfare Community, their families and to the families of the fallen. 93 cents of every dollar donated is directly to the programs and to future programs.
Part 1: Aion Aesthetics Natural Growth Factor Hair Restoration.
Aion Aesthetics is located in a townhouse on the Upper East Side. They offer a host of treatments ranging from injections, fillers, microneedling, kybella, natural hair restoration and much more.
Hair restoration for men is a much needed and yet still taboo subject. It is gaining popularity as self-care and anti-aging treatments have blown up in the last few years, with more men opting for treatments that are natural and don’t require alot of downtime.
In this story, we will capture the process of starting a natural hair restoration treatment program for a young, healthy, and athletic 28 year old, who is just starting to feel the effects of a thinning hairline and wants hair to be full and thick.
On his first visit, Justin goes went through a thorough consultation to see which treatment would be most effective and PRF Fibrin Hair Restoration Injections were chosen as the optimal treatment. Using ones own blood that is drawn and spun in a high- tech centrifuge machine, heavier cells in the blood, the stem cells and white blood cells to collect in the bottom part of the test tube, while the platelets and plasma collect in the upper part.
The platelets and plasma are collected and injected into the areas of thinning hair. The procedure involves lots of injections with a very thin needle into the scalp where the follicles are sparse. Little discomfort was felt on the first visit and we are looking to see the results that take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to become visible. Justin did inform us that he saw visible effects after 2 weeks.
Look out for chapter 2 coming in there next couple of weeks after his 2nd visit. aionnyc.com
Barkan Vineyards Wine Pairing Dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in New York City
Barkan Vineyards Israeli Wine Dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse
Barkan Vineyards, the most awarded Israeli winery in international wine competitions held a wine pairing dinner at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in New York City to showcase their best vintages to a crowd of wine aficionados and journalists. Hosted by Head Winemaker, Ido Lewinsohn MW. Ido holds a diploma as a Master of Wine, one of only 100 people in the world to do so.
The wine tasting selection offered included the Barkan Superior 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barkan Platinum 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barkan Classic 2020, and theBarkan Gold Edition. These wines hail from the upper Galilee wine region of Israel. A selection of Segal wines featured were the Unfiltered 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Uf, Whole Clusters and the Native Marawi 2019 from the Judean Mountains and the lower Galilee wine region.
The wines were paired with fantastic food from Wolf & Lamb, ranging from Steak to Seafood with appetizers and sides served family style.
For more info on the wines and where to purchase please visit: barkan-winery.co.il/en
The Fragrance Foundation 2022 Awards Lincoln Center
Last night, back in-person after three years, The Fragrance Foundation celebrated the fragrance industry’s outstanding creative achievements at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater in New York City. With a mission to inspire the world to discover the artistry and passion of fragrance, the theme for this year’s event focused on gratitude as the industry has emerged more resilient than ever.
Actor and television host Mario Lopez and his wife, actress Courtney Lopez, hosted the event. Additional guests and presenters included producer and entrepreneur Naomi Watts, legendary designer Tommy Hilfiger, award-winning director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, acclaimed designers Jason Wu and Sergio Hudson and artist Rebecca Moses.
The program began with Mario and Courtney Lopez presenting Women’s Media Campaign of the Year to D.S. & DURGA’s “I Don’t Know What is Everywhere” campaign and the night continued with Tom Ford’s Black Orchid being crowned the winner of the Fragrance Hall of Fame. Billie Eilish, Gucci and Tom Ford fragrances were awarded the show’s most prestigious awards, with Billie’s Fragrance “Eilish Eau de Parfum” voted as Most Popular Fragrance of The Year.
Naomi Watts also took to the stage to present the winners of Luxury Packaging and Prestige/Popular Packaging of the Year and Jason Wu granted Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Parfum the winner of Women’s Prestige Fragrance of the Year.
Jeff Gennette, Macy’s Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was honored with the 2022 Hall of Fame award. François Demachy, former Dior Perfumer-Creator received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Perfumer. The evening brought together the global fragrance community as TFFAwards Finalists were celebrated in 20 categories and the 2022 Award Winners were announced.
“The Fragrance Foundation was thrilled to host a reunion at our signature TFFAwards. We shared our gratitude and celebrated fragrances that achieved great success, as consumers’ appreciation has grown for fragrance that enhances their lives,” said Linda Levy, President of The Fragrance Foundation. “Honoring Jeff Gennette of Macy’s Inc. with our Hall of Fame Award is our way of recognizing a leader who is an ambassador of our shared mission and values and has contributed to the fragrance industry in an impactful way. The Lifetime Achievement Perfumer this year is Francois Demachy whose Dior fragrances are legendary for their magnificent ingredients and success in the United States.”
On the heels of The Fragrance Foundation’s #FragranceForwardTFF initiative to advance diversity which was launched last fall, Ms. Levy? announced the winners of their Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Diversity Scholarships, benefiting FIT and students of diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing a career in fragrance. A truly unique opportunity, The Fragrance Foundation FIT Diversity Scholarship serves as an ongoing investment in the future of the industry, as well as a pillar of support in creating opportunities for more diverse students to pursue their passion for fragrance through a meaningful, industry-focused education at FIT.
Noteworthy Restaurants to Check Out in NYC This Summer
Jue Lan Club occupies the previous home of the Infamous Club from the 90’s The Limelight. Elevated Chinese Cuisine with a lounge vibe. Grand dining room, outdoor garden and various VIP rooms that can be reserved for private events. The VVIP room holds the bottles of celebs under lock & key for when they dine there.
49 W 20th St (Between 5th & 6th Ave) New York, NY 10011 (646) 524-7409
David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant located on the upper east side, owned by celebrity Chef David Burke. Situated in a cozy townhouse, the menu and presentation is equally creative. The clotheslines Bacon is not to be missed.
135 East 62nd ST, New York, NY 10065 (212) 988- 9021
UN Plaza Grill is a upscale Kosher restaurant located across the street from the United Nations. Premium Steaks, Seafood, Asian and Mediterranean dishes set in a lavish setting.
845 United Nations Plaza New York, NY (212) 223-1801
Sevilla is an old school Spanish restaurant located in the west village. Known for paellas, tapas, and sangria. The waiters still wear tuxedos. Great place for a special occasion dinner with friends and family.
62 Charles Street ( Corner of west 4th street.) New York, Ny 10014 (212) 929-3189
Baby Brasa Fuses Latin Cusine with a New York State of mind. Tapas, a raw bar, lots of latin dishes like the classic Lomo Soltado a Steak Stir fry are on the menu. There is also a lively lounge scene with bingo, and they have introduced wellness and fitness classes straight out of Brazil.
173 7th Ave. South New York, NY 10014 (646) 590-9010
HWA YUAN is a high-end Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown. The restaurant has a rich history and is now back under the tutelage of the son of Chef Shorty Tang. Known for having the best cold sesame noodles in all of NYC, perfected by original owner and chef Shorty Tang himself.
42 East Broadway New York, NY 10002 (212) 966-6002
Excuse My French is a French tapas bar on the lower east side. A cozy space resemblant of a tenement apartment from back in the day, but decorated to green and gold wallpaper, gold frames, and large paintings. The food is really good and the tapas are a great portion size. Save room for the Crepe Suzettes!
96 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 (212) 780-9600
Honest is a casual vegetarian Indian restaurant featuring street food from areas throughout India and Thailand. Every dish is cooked fresh daily, nothing is ever frozen or processed. Affordable and delicious!
176 Bleeker Street New York, NY (917) 261-2610
Hortus is a Asian fusion restaurant blending cuisines from China, Thailand, and Korea. Try the 2 course pre-fixe menu for $50, or the The Hortus 3 course tasting menu for $70, add a wine pairing to each for $25 and $40 accordingly.
271 5th Avenue New York, NY 10016 (646) 858-3784
Serendipity is a must visit in NYC for any visitor or local. Known for the decadent desserts and the world famous frozen hot chocolate. The menu is Americana, with huge portions meant to be shared.
225 east 60th street New York, NY 10022 (212) 838-3531
Yves is a quant French bistro located in the heart of Tribeca. A warm and cozy vibe, with classic French food along with lots of seafood options. A wonderful cocktail and wine menu is available.
385 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10013 (212) 431-3385
Seiless is a Asian Fusion Speakeasy in midtown. Just as much a lounge as a restaurant, Seiless has became a favorite for celebs and professional athletes. People watching is a favorite activity. The fare is upscale Chinese and seafood.
156 west 38th street New York, NY 10018 (212) 586-2675
Tiny’s NYC is a legendary family owned restaurant in Tribeca. A pink townhouse, with great food and drinks that welcomes tourists and locals alike. The Oysters & Martin Bar varieties of oysters and crudo, while the main dining room offers elevated American cuisine with some Italian and Mediterranean dishes blended in.
135 West Broadway New York, NY 10013 (212) 374-1135
Osteria Brooklyn is owned and operated by Chef Rafaelle. His energy and passion for offering the finest Italian Cuisine possible is noticed instantaneously when you walk through the front door. The menu changes weekly, with a focus on seafood, especially in the summer months. Some nights you can find the chef making guests fresh pasta table side.
485 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 (646) 750-9156
Bar Crudo is a oyster bar, seafood restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It started out as a pop-up ceviche restaurant and is now a full service restaurant with a comprehensive food and cocktail menu. Focusing primarily on seafood, there are meat, vegetarian, and vegan options available. There is also a very popular happy hour with great deals on food & drinks.
412 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 701-1894
Kokomo is a Caribbean restaurant located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The cuisine fuses flavors from the islands of the Caribbean and the eatery itself lends a chill island vibe. The cocktails are colorful invoking a vacation feel. The Jerk Chicken & The Whole Red Snapper were outstanding.
65 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249 (347) 799-1312
Chela Park Slope is a neighborhood Mexican Restaurant. The menu offers freshly made guacamole, a variety of tacos, and our favorites were the Chela Ribs, Seafood Enchiladas, and the Skirt Steak.
408 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 701-1891
The Rooftop at Exchange Place is not exactly in New York City, but it is one stop on the Path train from WTC or a 10 minute ferry ride. The views alone are worth the trip, but with fantastic food and cocktails it is a must visit for a night out with friends or a special occasion.
1 Exchange Place Jersey City, NJ 07302 (551) 256-7850
Encourage Kids Foundation 37Th Annual Gala Honoring The Legacy of Jay Anderson
The enCourage Kids Foundation celebrated its 37th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Cipriani South Street in NYC. enCourage Kids honored Jay Anderson and renamed his favorite program The Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund in his memory. Guests celebrated his legacy and paid tribute to his philanthropy and generosity of spirit that will have an enduring impact on thousands of children and families.
“It was such a privilege to honor the legacy of Jay Anderson this year and rename his favorite program The Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund in his memory,” said Michele Hall Duncan – President & CEO enCourage Kids Foundation. “I’m so grateful to all our supporters for making our 37th Annual Gala such a success.”
“We were all so moved by the evening and especially the video tribute to our father,” stated Stephen Anderson. “We are beyond grateful to my father’s colleagues and friends who came out to support this very special night and meaningful work of enCourage Kids Foundation.”
Ryan Field, WABC 7 Sports Anchor emceed the evening and was joined by over 300 supporters that included notable guests Malik Yoba, Tony Richardson, Christian Peter, and Dr. Perricone. Live Wire Entertainment provided the hits that had guests on their feet. The evening raised 1.1M which will support the Pediatric Hospital Support Program (PHSP).
The enCourage Kids Presenting Sponsor was The Lee & Jeffrey Feil Family Foundation, and Venue Sponsors include Haim Chera & Family (Cocktail Hour), Capital One (Décor), Extell (Entertainment) and CBRE (Photography).
To make a donation, please visit www.encourage-kids.org
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage In NYC December 21st through the 24th.
By Maya Litovsky
Just in time for Christmas, everyone’s favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage. New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday season with the Peanuts gang when the show plays its New York City premiere engagement, December 21 – 24 at The Palladium Times Square (1515 Broadway, NYC).
Charles M. Schulz’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning story has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life -all set to the original special’s dialogue as well as the unforgettable sounds of the classic Vince Guaraldi musical score. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage celebrates the timeless television classic as the whole family can join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage, by Charles M. Schulz, is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, and adapted for the stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer, by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. The show is produced by Gershwin Entertainment / Todd Gershwin. Directed by Robert Coulson, the cast of A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage features D’Marreon Alexander as Linus, Giuliana Augello as Violet, Connor Barr as Charlie Brown, Sophia Delucchi as Sally Brown, Chloe Gabila (Ensemble), Andrew Hainz as Pigpen, Will Jewett as Snoopy, Brent C. Mauldin as Schroeder, Lucy Rhoades as Frieda, Sam Sanderson (Ensemble), Elliot Wallace as Shermy, Emma T. Wilcox as Patty, and Leah Windahl as Lucy. The live performance features choreography by Charlotte Bydwell; music supervision and additional arrangements by Garrett Taylor,; scenic design by Adam Koch, Associates; costume design by Jeffrey Meek; lighting design by Nathan Scheuer; and sound design by Josh Samuels.
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage plays Dec. 21 – 24 at palladiumtimessquare.com (1515 Broadway, NYC). Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale at ticketmaster.com
New York Restaurants To Visit This Fall
By Maya Litovsky
Encourage Kids Foundation Serving Up Smiles Signature Tasting Event To Benefit The Encourage Kids Programs
By Maya Litovsky
The https://encourage-kids.org Foundation hosted their Serving Up Smiles premier tasting event that included decadent plates from the hottest chefs and top named restaurants in NYC, a VIP Speakeasy Lounge presented by Go Tab, Inc., Shinju Japanese Whiskey, world-class wines, cocktails, and incredible auction items at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers.
“I want to thank all the sponsors, board members, guests and my team for a wonderful and successful night. The outpouring of support for the work we do at the enCourage Kids Foundation in helping humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the child life community, is beyond humbling. We look forward to seeing everybody at our next event,” Michele Hall Duncan – CEO enCourage Kids Foundation.
Guests were greeted outside by DJ Chef who had the crowd dancing their way through the entrance doors. ABC Sports Anchor Ryan Field emceed the evening alongside Michele Hall Duncan and Culinary Chair/Chef & Partner TAO Hospitality Group, Chef Ralph Scamardella. The music and dancing continued inside with Acute Inflections and Live Wire Band. Malik Yoba (Actor Empire & NY Undercover) ate and danced his way through the evening having a great time with the guests.
“What a great event for the perfect cause, said Actor Malik Yoba. I look forward to continue to support the efforts of the enCourage Kids Foundation for a long time.”
Participating restaurants included BAKEYOREY, BRYANT PARK GRILL, BUTTER, CARDINALI BAKERY, KELLARI TAVERNA, LAMIA’S FISH MARKET, LAVO, ME CASA, MYKONOS BLEU, OMAR’S KITCHEN, SKORPIOS, SPICE CULTURE and SPYCE sauce.
Participating wines and spirits included AQUAFINA, BROOKLYN BREWERY, BUBLY, DR. PERRICONE HYDROGEN WATER, FERVOR MEZCAL, HARLEM HOPS, LOS DOS TEQUILA, OWL’S BREW, PRESSED, REVEL SPIRITS, ROUTESTOCK -WILSON DANIELS, TEQUILA ARMERO, WHITLEY NEILL GIN and ZYR VODKA.
Event sponsors included FEIL FAMILY FOUNDATION, ARK RESTAURANTS, BRYANT PARK GRILL, COUGAR CAPITAL, THE DONUT PUB, SIGNATURE BANK, LUCY and DAVID BALL, BUCHBINDER & WARREN LLC, SANDERS FAMILY, EMERSON AMUSEMENTS, and GO TAB.
About Michele Hall Duncan – President & CEO enCourage Kids Foundation
President & CEO, Michele’s expertise in the nonprofit and development space, leads the organization in developing varied Programs and overseeing the growth of the Pediatric Hospital Support Program. The relationships she has fostered over the years with Child Life staff and all levels of hospital administration, have helped her to develop an integral understanding of their needs and has helped position the organization to be on the forefront of state-of-the-art programming.
EnCourage Kids Foundation 18th Annual Golf Outing and Awards Ceremony
By Maya Litovsky
The enCourage Kids Foundation hosted their 18th Annual Golf Outing to more than 250 sponsors and guests at the Pine Hollow Country Club and The Mill River Club. After a day on the course, golfers and guests came together for an award ceremony led by Hank Celestino – L&L Holding & Event Chair, to celebrate this year’s honorees, Julie Arce of JLL, Rosemarie Krol – CBRE and Tiffany Mizen – IBM.
This year, one of the enCourage Kids, Danielle Sass along with her family attended the outing. Danielle was born with a rare neurological condition in which one side of her brain is abnormally larger than the other. From an early age, she experienced frequent seizures and the only remedy was to remove the affected half of her brain. “We are so grateful for the leadership of Michele Hall Duncan and the many programs such as Camp Pontiac, that brings happiness and a sense of normalcy to Danielle and my family,” said Hal Sass. “We are beyond grateful for their work, for the other families we have met and the experiences that we have enjoyed along the way.”
“I’m so grateful for the support of all the attendees, our sponsors and the many donors that continue to embrace our programs,” said Michele Hall Duncan – President & CEO enCourage Kids Foundation. “It is families such as the Sass family that keeps us working diligently to make a difference in the lives of the children and their families who need us most.”
“I couldn’t be happier with the work of our team and the lives that we change through our programs,” said Joe Wessley – Encourage Kids Board Chair. “I’m grateful for all those who continue to support our mission and who have come out today to make a difference.”
EnCourage Kids raised over $250,000 though sponsorships, raffles that included some amazing hotel stays, golf packages and gift certificates to world class restaurants, a Par 3 challenge, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place foursomes and Hole-in-One prizes including a 2021 Range Rover. Owl’s Brew Boozy Tea provided beverages on the course at the cocktail reception, Moo La La Catering provided a delicious ice cream station and Hydr8 provided bottled water.
About enCourage Kids Foundation
enCourage Kids Foundation helps humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. enCourage Kids Foundation envisions a world where every child—regardless of the difficulty of his or her medical journey—experiences joy, hope, resilience, and healing.
enCourage Kids has served over one million children and over 300 hospitals across the nation. www.encourage-kids.org
Cellar Dog Just Opened In The West Village And It’s Lots of Fun!
By Maya Litovsky
Cellar Dog just opened at 75 Christopher Street, former home of Fat Cat, the 9000 square foot space offers every type of game imaginable. There is pool, ping pong, foosball, shuffleboard, chess, checkers, lots of board games and even frogger and Ms.Pacman, reminds me of my high school days.
Cellar Dog is also bringing back live entertainment, we had a jazz band playing opening night. Guests sit in church pews while sipping on a beer or glass of wine. Check out the live music schedule here: cellardognyc.com A light bar menu is available featuring nachos, pizza, pretzels, and veggies and ice cream.
As people are ready to head out this summer, safety is important. Cellar Dog is employing covid safety protocols so guests can enjoy a night out with friends, a date, or after work. As a gamer myself, this is my favorite type of entertainment venue.