Kirby Cohn McCool, Elizabeth Deluca, and Kathryn Smith
Vanessa and Perry Sendukas
Dena Prasher, Tana Wood, and Paula Paine
Catching up in Houston. On a Saturday night in mid-May, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Promise Ball – Fairy Tale Endings at the Hilton Americas Hotel.
You could feel the energy and excitement the minute you walked into the ballroom ofthe Hilton Americas. More 700 guests were attending the evening led by Chairmen Kirby Cohn McCool, Elizabeth Deluca and Kathryn Smith. They brought in more than $1 million to the coffers of JDRF, an all-time record for the event.
Guests began the evening bidding on silent auction items ranging from a week in Cabo San Lucas to an eight-week old puppy, which was purchased by Mark and Debra Grierson for $10,000, then given to the evening’s honoree, Sam Smith, age 3.
After the auction, chaired by Millette Sherman and Julie Shannon, the guests moved into the beautifully decorated ballroom created by Scott McCool with InBloom and Rebekah Johnson of Bergner and Johnson. The ballroom décor, including an 8 foot working water fountain dripping with fragrant gardenias, was washed in shades of green transporting each guest into a magical spring-time garden. Seen dancing to the ever popular music of ELS from New Orleans, included Rosemary and Matt Schatzman, JDRF President Joycelyn Marek and husband, Andrew, Greggory and Pat Burk, Courtney and Bo Hopson and Vanessa and Perry Send.
Courtney and Bo Hopson
Debra Grierson and Sam Smith (JDRF Ball honoree)
Elizabeth Vail and Bethany Hughes
Glenna and Steve Smith
Aliyya Stude, Courtney Lanier Sarofim, and Lindsay Holstead
Rosemary and Matt Schatzman
Julie Shannon and Millette Sherman
Marvin McMurrey and Martha Rocks
Greggory and Patrick Burk
Shanna and Andrew Linbeck
Melissa and Michael Mithoff
David Schwarz and Franelle Rogers
Russell and Lisa Sherrill
Angie and Danny Hollaway
June and Virgil Waggoner
Jill and Brad Deutser
Donatella and Fred Beckenstein
Kim and Chris Miller
Tara and David Wuthrich
Tim Moloney and Brian Neal Sensabaugh
Jay and Stef Levy
Kikki and Mike Wilson
Andy and Darby Suman and Andy's mother Bettina Wright
Stephanie Cockrel and Stephanie Perkins
Pat Reed and Nita Sacco
Lucia White and John Clark
Randy and Cindy Garbs
Shannon Smith with her father, Terry Smith
Fred Hagans and Joycelyn Marek
Jim and Carolyn Drone
Robert and Stacey Swift
Julie and Christina Sacco
David and Mary Ann McKeithan
Jill and Michael Bertuccio
Mike and Erica McClure
Leslie Balthazar and her son, Larry Balthazar, Jr.
Hunter College honored Sopranos Star Dominic Chianese, Victor Gotbaum, and Muriel “Mickie” Siebert as “New Yorkers Forever.”
The Hunter College “New Yorkers Forever” Gala honored three exceptional New Yorkers who greatly contribute to the quality of life in our great city: Dominic Chianese, best known for his masterful role as “Uncle Junior” on The Sopranos. Mr. Chianese volunteers his spare time producing and performing for local senior citizen centers and community groups.
Victor Gotbaum for more than 20 years led District 37, growing it into the largest municipal union in the country and improving the standard of living for hundreds of thousands of local workers.
Muriel “Mickie” Siebert was the first woman to win a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, a remarkable pioneer who also has designed and underwritten a financial management skills course for high school students that is now a standard part of the NYC school curriculum.
Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab hosted the “New Yorkers Forever” Gala at The St. Regis.
For the past three decades, Hunter College’s Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity has played a leading role in making New York a better place to live as one grows older. Funds raised from the “New Yorkers Forever” celebration will be used to advance education and training programs, support applied research initiatives, and the development of a forum for constructive dialogue among policy makers on the diverse issues pertinent to an aging society, including health care, social service, housing, transportation, and employment.
Muriel Siebert, Jennifer Raab, and Dominic Chianese
Victor Gotbaum, Muriel Siebert, and Dominic Chianese
The Hon. Kristin Booth Glen and Dominic Chianese
Ellen Levy, Randi Weingarten, Richard Levy, Victor Gotbaum, Sam Roberts, and Betsy Gotbaum
Jane Pittson Chianese, Dominic Chianese, Tom Carey, and Governor High Carey
Howard Rubinstein and Mort Olshan
Larry Leeds, Muriel Siebert, Jennifer Raab, and Penny Schwartz
Edwin Méndez-Santiago, Klara Silverstein, and Mort Olshan
Betsy Gotbaum and Susan Burden
Suzanne Santry and Susan Burden
Jennifer Raab, The Hon. Kristin Booth Glen, Ellen Chesler, and Vita Rabinowitz
Dominic Chianese, Jennifer Raab, and Abbe Raven
Suzanne Santry and Muriel Siebert
Ellen Levy, Victor Gotbaum, Richard Levy, and Jennifer Raab
The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter hosted its annual “Forget-Me-Not” gala at The Pierre than 500 members of New York’s philanthropic, business, civic and health care communities gathered to honor the NFL, the NFL Players Association and two courageous NFL wives for their collaboration in creating the “88 Plan” – a unique financial protection initiative for former players living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Emceed by Dana Tyler, CBS 2 anchor, the event raised more than $1 million. The gala was chaired by Ben and Meredith Jenkins. Tami Schneider, Chair of the “Women in Action” Committee served as the auction chair. Among the evening’s highlights was a performance by Metropolitan Opera soprano Claudia Waite.
Sylvia Mackey, wife of Pro Football Hall of Fame player John Mackey, and Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, wife of former NFL player Ralph Wenzel, were honored with the Chapter’s “Advocate Leadership Award” for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Harold R. Henderson, NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations and Chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and Gene Upshaw, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, were honored with the Association’s “Community Leadership Award” for creating the “88 Plan”-- the most comprehensive financial protection program for dementia sufferers anywhere in the nation.
Mark Zurack and his wife Kathy Ferguson
Lou-Ellen Barkan and Steve Boxer
“So many of us are here tonight because we have been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease and want to join the fight against it,” said Lou-Ellen Barkan, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. “Tonight we honor those who took that fight a step further. Mrs. Mackey and Dr. Perfetto courageously spoke out about their husbands’ dementia – and just as importantly, the NFL and its Players Association listened.
“The “88 Plan” is a story of true collaboration, responsibility, and compassion. It is a model plan that can – and should – be replicated across the country, particularly as the disease reaches epidemic proportions, and as our health care system struggles to cope with spiraling costs of the disease,” Ms. Barkan added.
Guests bid on silent auction items including a night for two at the spectacularly restored Plaza Hotel; the opportunity to meet and have coffee with world renowned visionary architect Daniel Libeskind, Master Planner for the World Trade Center site, and tour his architectural studio; a private dinner with opera star Claudia Waite; a personal “Play-by-Play” Mets package with Ralph Kiner; lunch with David Hyde Pierce and acclaimed author of The Forgetting, David Shenk; a chance to meet the cast and crew of CBS 2 News at Noon and see the broadcast live from in-studio; luxurious vacations; exciting entertainment and sports tickets; a behind the scenes tour and tea at Christie’s; and other “priceless” experiences.
Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter Board Co-Chairs Mark Zurack and Susan Kayser; Gene Upshaw, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association; Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, wife of former NFL player Ralph Wenzel; Sylvia Mackey, wife of Pro Football Hall of Fame player John Mackey; Lou-Ellen Barkan, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter; Ben and Meredith Jenkins, “Forget-Me-Not” gala Chairs, and Dennis Curran, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the NFL Management Council, accepting “Community Leadership Award” on behalf of Harold R. Henderson, NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations and Chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee.
Judy and Ken Reiss with Lou-Ellen Barkan
Meghann McKale, Christina Shepard, Lou-Ellen Barkan, and Jeffrey Jones
Jed Levine with Marilyn and Bob Cohen
Sezzelle and James Haddon
Judith McLendon, Susan Kayser, Carol Berne, and Heath McLendon
Karen Hodgekinson-Price and Gene Upshaw
Meredith Jenkins with Judith and Heath McLendon
John McLeod, Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, Sylvia Mackey, and Claudia Waite