|On Wednesday, April 11, 2012, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held its Health Education Seminar and Luncheon at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium. Led by Society President, Dr. Annette Rickel, the seminar was titled “Immunotherapy: The Next Steps in Cancer Control,” and provided innovative information on ways vaccines can be used to prevent and treat cancer after it has been diagnosed. The presentation featured two of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s distinguished doctors who have been researching and testing the use of vaccines in treating both melanoma and ovarian cancer. Their work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, coupled with their extensive clinical expertise, set the basis for the information discussed at the lecture.
The event was co-chaired by Nancy Coffey and Libby Fitzgerald, with Martha O’Brien and Sarah Powers. The panel discussion was followed by a compelling question and answer session and a seated box luncheon.
Guests Included: Dr. Annette Rickel, Nancy Coffey, Libby Fitzgerald, Martha O’Brien, Dr. Jedd D. Wolchok, Dr. Paul Sabbatini, Martha Glass, Karen Glover, Anne Grauso, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Paige Hardy, Melanie Holland, Leslie Jones, Eleanora Kennedy, Coco Kopelman, Heather Leeds, Hampton Luthack, Lisa McCarthy, Claudia Overstrom, Sarah Peters and many more.
|The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its Inaugural Spring Luncheon on April 12, 2012 at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. The afternoon featured a keynote address by The New York Times best-selling author, Sapphire, of the famed novel, Push, the inspiration for the Academy Award® – winning movie Precious.
Sapphire’s novel depicted a horrific case of child abuse in Harlem and how one person can make a dramatic difference in saving the life of a child. Sapphire hasreceived the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award for Push. Throughout her career, Sapphire has authored three novels and two books of poetry. Additionally, Dr. Mary Pulido, Executive Director of the NYSPCC, delivered remarks about the mission of the NYSPCC, and introduced Sapphire. The Luncheon was a huge success raising $135,735 to benefit the NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program, which provides mental health treatment for children who have experienced traumatic events, such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect and family violence.
|Guests included: Betsy Bartlett (Vice President, Board of Directors), Jayni Chase, Diana DiMenna, Stephen P. Forrester(Assistant Executive Director, The NYSPCC),Shelley Goldberg (Parenting Contributor, NY1), Joan Granlund, Kimberly Guilfoyle (Host, Fox’s The Five), Karen Klopp, Elizabeth Mayhew (Chair, Benefit Committee), Robin Meltzer, Deborah Norville (Host, Inside Edition), Dr. Mary Pulido, (Executive Director, The NYSPCC), Victor de Souza (Fashion Designer), Sarah and David Stack (President, Board of Directors), Karl G. Wellner (Vice President, Board of Directors).|
|The 10th Anniversary White House Project EPIC Awards Gala was held on Thursday April 5th at the IAC building in New York City. Academy Award® Winner and White House Project Board Member Geena Davis hosted, while the awards honored Susan L. Taylor, Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine with The Marie C. Wilson ‘Impact’ Award; James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, received The EPIC ‘Go Lead’ Award. Jack Lofton and Keith Patterson, Co-Directors of the upcoming documentary Ann Richards’ Texas received The EPIC ‘Go Run’ Award; Emma Contiguglia, Girl Scout of New York City, received the Barbie “I Can Be” Award for her exceptional community service.
VIP guests included: Tiffany Dufu, President of The White House Project; Marie Wilson, creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day® & Founder of The White House Project; EPIC Award Co-Chairs and White House Project Board Members Michael Balaoing; Danielle Hootnick; Mahsa Pelosky; Board Chair Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy of Ernst & Young; Stephanie Ruhle, Correspondent, Bloomberg News Television, Inside Track; Margaret Brennan, Anchor, Bloomberg News Television, InBusiness with Margaret Brennan; Chris Benz, CFDA Award-winning American Fashion Designer; Stacey Tisdale, Business Correspondent, PBS’ Need To Know; AnnaSophia Robb, star of the new series, The Carrie Diaries; Camilla Barungi, Project Runway; Ashley Bush; Karen Toulon, Bureau Chief of Bloomberg; Janice Reals Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig; Nikiya Q. Harris, Milwaukee County Supervisor, Board Director at Kids Matter, Inc; Rita Henley Jensen, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women’s eNews; Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent for the PBS series NOW and Anchor of NPR's Latino USA; Mike Woods, Good Day New York; Javier Gomez, noted Photojournalist/activist; JGPR President James Grant and NY1 News’ Senior Reporter Kafi Drexel.
|White House Project Board Members in attendance also included Lucie Lapovsky, Former President, Mercy College; Ginny Corsi, President & CEO, Corsi Associates; Abigail Disney, Producer, Women, War & Peace; Cheryle Jackson, Vice President Government Affairs & Corporate Development, AAR Corp; Lisa-Marie Monsanto, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Sudha Shetty, Director, International Fellowship Program, University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs;
EPIC Award Board Emeritus Members in attendance included: Barbara Dobkin, Board Chair of the American Jewish World Service; Deborah Larkin, Executive Director USTA Serves at USTA; Gerry Laybourne, Chairwoman, Alloy Media Inc.; J. Christine Wilson, White House Project Board Emeritus; James Wetrich, President and General Manager of The Americas, Molnlycke Health Care U.S., LLC.
The White House Project EPIC Awards was sponsored by: American Express OPEN, Barbie, Barclays Wealth, Best Buy, Bloomberg, Barbara Bridges, Chadick Ellig, Geena Davis, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Google, Katten Muchin Rosenman, Morgan Stanley, Navigant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Target, Temin & Company, Walmart and James Wetrich.
|The EPIC Awards Gala is an inspiring, high-impact event with more than 350 leaders in business and politics, all who share a commitment to shaping the next generation of skilled, talented, innovative leaders. It generates worldwide media coverage every year.
The White House Project ignites the leadership of women in business and politics. We connect, coach and educate an ever-expanding alumnae network of more than 14,000 nationwide. With a focus on women ages 21-35, we activate the ambition, creativity, and skills necessary for innovative and effective leadership.
For more information on the EPIC Awards and the ongoing work of The White House Project, please visithttp :// www . thewhitehouseproject . org / 
|Supporters of the Playground Partners of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy gathered at the Tribeca loft of Suzanne and Bob Cochran for a spring cocktail party in honor of the Playground Patrons, the leading contributors. The essential mission of Central Park Playground Partners is to improve the 21 playgrounds in the Park, and maintain their overall quality.
Guests – including Playground Partners Committee Co-Chairmen Nyssa Kourakos and Yesim Philip, Hosts Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Central Park Conservancy President & CEO Douglas Blonsky, Nancy and Joe Missett, Kamie Lightburn, Vicki and David Foley, Kimberly and Charlie Thurston, Sharon and Tom Teles, Leelee Brown, MK and David O’Shaughnessy, Paige and Tripp Hardy, Jill Ross and Paul Cole, Mary Beth and Jonathan Adelson, Amy and Patsy Tarr, Virginia Apple, Mary Kathryn Navab, Adelina Ettelson, and Andrea Van Beuran and Roger Kass – enjoyed cocktails as well as the Cochran’s amazing loft views of the Hudson River and downtown Tribeca.
The Playground Partners will also host its popular Annual Family Party in Heckscher Playground on May 23, 2012. For more infomrmation, click here  or call 212-310-6655.
|The New York Choral Society celebrated its 53rd Anniversary with a Spring Gala on March 29 at The National Arts Club. Music Director John Daly Goodwin was honored for his 25th anniversary and final season with the New York Choral Society with the Outstanding Leadership Award and joined by friends and patrons in honoring Laura R. Walker, who was presented with the Distinguished Service to Music Award. Ms. Walker was a singing member of NYCS during the tenures of maestros Robert De Cormier and John Daly Goodwin.
The cocktail reception began at 6:00 PM and was followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 PM. Afterwards, guests were invited to enjoy a dessert reception. Entertainment was provided by soprano Angela Meade and the Young People’s Chorus of New York. The evening also featured a silent auction of items generously donated by friends and patrons of the Choral Society.
|Young People's Chorus|
|Laura Walker and Michael Colosi|
|The New York Choral Society (NYCS), founded in 1958, has become known by audiences and critics for the quality of its performances and the diversity of its repertoire, which encompass well-known choral masterworks as well as many compositions rarely heard in concert halls. The NYCS has presented eleven world premieres and has commissioned works by Paul Alan Levi, Morton Gould, Stephen Paulus, and Robert De Cormier.|
|Grace Lee, Lisa Guida, and Michelle Turner|
|Marion and Ron Stein|
|Joanna Grossman and Sylvia Hoisington|
|Jack Goodwin, Laura Walker, and Graham Parker|
|Ruth Kaplan, Jodi Conti, and Michelle Turner|
|Martin Kagan and Jack Goodwin|
|Connie Steensma and Graham Parker|
|John and Joan Levitt|
|Michael and Kathleen Hannan|
|Paula Marcus, Margie Staker, and Ed Rodriguez|
|Richard Pace and Clara Longstreth|
|Grace Lee and Martin Kagan|
|Margot Romberg and Paul Burkhart|
|Jack Goodwin, Ruth Kaplan, and Michael Colosi|
|David Uskali and Michael Colosi|
|Ruth Kaplan and Jack Goodwin|
|Jim and June Hagan|
|Daniel Stewart and Rahel Mayer|
|Jack Goodwin, Ruth Kaplan, and Jack Goodwin family|
|Angela Meade, Liz Warner, and Robin Effron|
|Kir Rodriguez with cake|