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Bastille Day Ball 2017

Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 AM
The 404

The Committee of French-Speaking Societies (CAFUSA) celebrates Bastille Day and provides a lively opportunity to experience the best of French-American culture and friendship at its 93rd annual Bastille Day Ball, on Thursday, July 13th at The 404 (404 Tenth Ave.) Tickets are $30 and $120 VIP and are available at www.BastilleDayBall.org. The event will feature live music by Chloe Perrier, and her jazz band, French Heart, and DJ music by Olivier Meiji. Since 1924, the CAFUSA has been promoting French culture and language in NY and strengthening French-American relations.

For more information visit http://www.BastilleDayBall.org

Summer Solstice Masquerade

 

Saturday, June 17
Les Couleurs Charity , 136 Division st #3, New York City

To celebrate the start of the summer, Les Couleurs Charity is having an Elegant/Black Tie Masquerade Soirée. All for a great cause!

Proceeds from this event will go to Les Couleurs Charity. Tickets are tax deductible.

For more information visit http://www.lescouleursnyc.org/

Images from last year’s event (click any image for gallery with large images):

 

Summer Soiree for The Floating Hospital

Monday, June 12 at 6:30 PM
Current, Pier 59, Chelsea Piers, NYC

Join us to kick-off the summer in style and celebrate The Floating Hospital’s dedication to providing healthcare to families living in homeless shelters and domestic violence safe houses. Enjoy gorgeous Hudson River views, try your luck at Boardwalk-themed games, strike-a-pose at our photo booth, and savor delicious food from Abigail Kirsch and dance to the Duke Ellington Legacy band.
Our Special Guest for the evening is Good Housekeeping Cover Star Katie Lee. Katie is Chef, author, and co-host on Food Network’s hit show “The Kitchen,” and host of the Cooking Channel’s special “Beach Bites with Katie Lee”.

For more information visit https://www.thefloatinghospital.org/soiree/

Party Pics: Animal Avengers

MC Joseph D. Reitman, Katie Cleary, and Shannon Elizabeth

On Wednesday, May 24th, Actress Shannon Elizabeth and her non-profit organization, Animal Avengers, hosted All-In 4 Africa, a charity poker tournament, at the Friars Club in NYC.  The evening’s celebrity hosts included; Theo Rossi, Wilmer Valderrama, Tamsen Fadal, Joshua Bowman, Travis Aaron Wade, and Katie Cleary.  Proceeds from the event supported Tokkie Botes’ Flying for Freedom South Africa, a conservation organization dedicated to protecting Africa’s wildlife.

Midsummer Soiree for Unicef

Thursday, June 15
The Mercedes Club 550 W 54th St New York

Therapeutic Food can mean the difference between life and death, providing quick, lifesaving nourishment to a child suffering from acute malnutrition. Known as a “miracle food,” the peanut-based paste is easy-to-ship, ready-to-eat and does not need to be refrigerated.

We are delighted to invite you to the Unicef Midsummer Soiree in the city! Bring your friends and join us at sunset at The Mercedes Club rooftop for a whimsical Midsummer Night inspired evening with an exciting line up of live music, dancing, cocktails, silent auction, and more.

All proceeds for our event go to supporting UNICEF’s critical lifesaving efforts for the children facing acute malnutrition in South Sudan.

Time: 8pm-11:30pm

Attire: Cocktail attire, white encouraged

We look forward to seeing you all there!

For more information visit https://events.unicefusa.org/event/midsummer-soiree

Bideawee Ball 2017

Monday, May 22
The Pierre, 2 East 61st St at 5th Ave

Join Bideawee and 400 socially active animal lovers from New York City’s business, social, and celebrity communities at the 2017 Bideawee Ball. The Ball, which features cocktails, seated dinner, dancing, and awards to those who have made a difference in the lives of pets, is the premier social event of the year that celebrates pets and Bideawee’s mission to be Greater New York’s leader in rescuing, caring for, and placing homeless cats and dogs with people who love them.

The Bideawee Ball will be held at The Pierre from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. A Silent Auction and Live Auction of special and unique offerings will be conducted. General Seating Tickets are $500.00; Junior Tickets (35 yrs and younger) are available for $350.00; Canine Companion Tickets are $50.00. This year we will be selling Cocktail Reception Tickets for $150 and Canine Companion – Cocktail Reception for $25.

Black Tie Optional.

For more information visit https://www.bideawee.org/Gala2017

Derby Day Fundraiser – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Saturday, May 6 from 3 to 8 pm
63 Gansevoort Street, New York

Ladies dust off your hats and get your party dresses on. Men, the bow ties are coming out!
Come join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on May 6 for the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party at 63 Gansevoort. The fun begins at 3 PM kicking off with 2 hours of Processco, Vodka Drinks, and a speciality cocktail, light bites and desserts. Mint juleps will be available from the bar!

Hamptons Cigar Manufactury and Museum is proud to be our sponsor with Cigars available for purchase that will support our charity!

We will have the big screen set up so you can watch the premiere race as if it was live, a betting station where you can win prizes, and a few surprises!

Get your ticket early for just $45.

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

 

Ballet Hispánico Carnaval Gala

Monday, May 15 at 6:30 PM
The Plaza Hotel

Ballet Hispánico will honor Puerto Rican legendary actress and EGOT winner Rita Moreno with the Toda Una Vida Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by actress Gina Rodriguez, and Ecuadorian-American Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca with the Nuestra Inspiración Award, presented by Ralph de la Vega, the former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International, at its annual Carnaval Gala in The Plaza Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 768 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Cocktails begin at 6:30pm and dinner and dancing commence at 7:30pm. Proceeds, which last year totaled over $1.1 million, benefit the creation of new Company works, scholarships in the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and community arts education programs.

For more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico has empowered and educated the next generation through dance. Through its innovative outreach programs and acclaimed performances, the organization has introduced thousands of young people to a cultural heritage often overlooked in American society.

Ballet Hispánico was founded by a Latina leader of its own, National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, who infused the organization in 1970 with her mission to provide access to arts education and give voice to the Latino artist. When Eduardo Vilaro became Artistic Director in 2009, he launched a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. He has also established programs that have nurtured a new generation of Latino leaders, many of them female.

“Ballet Hispánico builds on founder Tina Ramirez’s legacy of female leadership by celebrating the achievements of two remarkable Latina leaders who have made their mark in the performing arts and corporate America,” said Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico. “The evening is a celebration of Ballet Hispánico’s determined and increasingly necessary commitment to fostering awareness of the gifts of diversity.”

“I love what this organization does for the community; it’s inspirational. It fits with my own mission to serve our youth,” said Rita Moreno. “I am excited to find other ways of partnering with Ballet Hispánico to reach our community with the arts.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by such an impactful organization,” says Nina Vaca. “Ballet Hispánico empowers our youth to pursue their artistic dreams and reminds us all about the value of bringing communities together.Many of those touched by Ballet Hispánico go on to establish careers in the arts or found their own successful businesses.I applaud Ballet Hispánico for building and strengthening the link between art and entrepreneurship.”

Carnaval, the inspiration for Ballet Hispánico’s annual Gala as envisioned by Eduardo Vilaro, is a celebration of the impactful voices of the Latino world-an exciting and fitting way to showcase the resilience and unparalleled vision of one of America’s cultural gems. Attended by more than 500 of New York’s most influential civic leaders, philanthropists and artists, the evening is filled with live Latin music and thrilling performances by the Ballet Hispánico Company and students of the School of Dance.

The event is headed by Gala Chairs Jody Gottfried Arnhold, Richard Feldman, Kate Lear and David Pérez.

Attire for the event is festive black tie. To purchase tickets, a table, a journal advertisement, or for more information, please contact Lorraine LaHuta at (212) 362-6710, x28 or llahuta@ballethispanico.org.

Octogenarian RITA MORENO still remains one of the busiest stars in show business. She currently stars in the critically-acclaimed Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time, which is now streaming on Netflix. Ms. Moreno also lends her voice to the character, “Abuelita” in the children’s animated series, Nina’s World, which airs on NBC-TV’s Sprout Network.

Ms. Moreno is an EGOT winner, having won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Ms. Moreno has starred on Broadway; London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films (including the 1961 classic West Side Story), and countless television shows; has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and appeared as a season regular on the TV Land series, Happily Divorced, playing Fran Drescher’s mother.

Ms. Moreno was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2010. In December 2015, she received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture. In 2013, her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir instantly became a New York Times Best Seller. In January 2014, Ms. Moreno received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and she served as the Grand Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in June 2015. That same year she released her first all Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by Emilio Estefan.

NINA VACA is known around the world as a devoted entrepreneur, philanthropist, and champion for women and minorities in business. Her story and insights have been read by millions in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Kiplinger, Inc. Magazine, and Fast Company, and she has been a featured guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Fox News, and the CBS Evening News.

Ms. Vaca has been tremendously successful with Pinnacle Group, a company she founded in 1996 and still heads today. In her 20 years leading the company, it has grown into one of the largest companies in its field and one of the fastest-growing women-owned businesses in the country. In recognition of her success, Ernst & Young honored her with its coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award and elected her to its Hall of Fame. She has also been one of Fast Company Magazine’s 25 Top Women Builders, Goldman Sachs has called her one of the country’s most intriguing entrepreneurs, NBC termed her an innovator, and she has been listed among the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States for the past decade. Ms. Vaca also brings her business expertise to the board of directors of Comerica Inc., Kohl’s Corporation, and Cinemark Holdings.

In addition to her business success, Ms. Vaca has a twenty-year track record of helping entrepreneurs build businesses and communities globally. She has traveled the world as a White House-appointed Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs including in Ghana, Vietnam, and Bahrain. Ms. Vaca also founded At the Table, an initiative to provide women the resources and exposure needed to achieve the highest levels of success in business. At the Table is housed at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, which Ms. Vaca chairs. She is also Chairman Emeritus of the USHCC, serving over 4.2 million Hispanic-owned U.S. businesses.

For her legacy of leadership, community involvement, and excellence in business, Ms. Vaca was named the youngest Distinguished Alumna in her alma mater’s history and has been awarded three honorary doctorates by notable universities. Earlier this year, she was named a 2017 National Women’s History Project Honoree by the National Women’s History Project alongside other notable women in labor and business for her part in paving the way for women business leaders. Ms. Vaca was also inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame & Museum in 2016. So far this year, she has received the Women of Impact Award presented by the NFL and Off the Field Players’ Wives Association and was named one of the inaugural Women of Distinction by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

GINA RODRIGUEZ was recognized in the 2016 Time Magazine’s”100 Most Influential People” list for her role of being a voice for the Latino community and supporting and empowering young girls, Her profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the title character in Filly Brown during the Sundance Film Festival, being named the “It Girl” of the festival. Ms. Rodriguez then went on to star in the CW television series, Jane the Virgin, for which she has been nominated for 3 Golden Globes, winning in 2015. Recently, she starred in Deepwater Horizon alongside Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, and Dylan O’Brien. Ms. Rodriguez will be seen next in the Paramount Pictures film Annihilation alongside Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh for director Alex Garland.

RALPH DE LA VEGAis an acclaimed leader and innovator in business and telecommunications. As Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International, he had overall responsibility for the company’s integrated Business Solutions group which, at the time, served more than 3.5 million business customers in nearly 200 countries and territories, including nearly all of the world’s Fortune 1000 companies. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers and expanded into new growth areas such as connected cars, home security and automation. Mr. de la Vega has received numerous awards, including induction into the Wireless Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

EDUARDO VILARO was the first Artistic Director to assume the reins of Ballet Hispánico from its founding director and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez. After seven years of igniting Ballet Hispánico’s vision with a contemporary perspective in dance and culture, he assumed the additional role of CEO for the organization. Mr. Vilaro was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the Bronx. He holds a BFA from Adelphi University and an MA from Columbia College in Chicago. Upon his graduation from Columbia College, Mr. Vilaro founded Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago, a company which served as a springboard for Latino dance throughout the Midwest for 15 years. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual and historical essence of the Latino cultures. He created over 25 ballets for Luna Negra and Ballet Hispánico and has received numerous commissions from dance festivals and arts organizations. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003 he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet. Mr. Vilaro was an associate professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College, has served on the board of directors of Dance/USA and is currently on the advisory board of Dance NYC. As an invited guest on panels and forums, he speaks to the growing need for cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro is a proud 2016 inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame.

ABOUT BALLET HISPÁNICO
America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 45 years, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance. Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico has been led since 2009 by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organization’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape. Through performances of its internationally-acclaimed Company, innovative dance training programs, and community education activities that inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds, Ballet Hispánico brings the joy of dance and Hispanic culture to the world.

For more information, visit www.ballethispanico.org. Follow Ballet Hispánicoon Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

For more information visit http://www.ballethispanico.org/

HFC Spring Event

Wenesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm
Mason Jar – 43 E. 30th Street

Help For Children: NY Young Professionals Spring Event

$50 per ticket. Hosted by the New York Young Professionals Committee.

For more information, click here.

 

Fortune Society Spring Benefit

Monday, April 17, doors open at 6pm
6:15pm The Castle Performance and Award Ceremony | 7:30-9pm Cocktail Reception
City Winery, 155 Varick Street NYC

The Fortune Society’s 50th Anniversary Spring Benefit will feature a performance of The Castle play, directed by Fortune Society Founder David Rothenberg.

Honoring Neil Barsky, Founder and Chairman of The Marshall Project, and Richard Feldman, President of the SHS Foundation.

Pictured are Angel Ramos, Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan and Casimiro Torres, the 2008 “Castle” cast. That production was also directed by David Rothenberg and was reviewed at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/28/theater/reviews/28cast.html.

For more information visit https://fortunesociety.org/springbenefit2017/

 

 

Empower East Harlem Spring Benefit

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:30 Cocktails, 7:30 Dinner and Program
Guastavino’s, 409 East 59th Street

Celebrating the work of Union Settlement

Silent Auction Throughout the Evening
Business Attire

Emmy Award winning actor John Turturro will return as emcee

Honorees:

  • Tonio Burgos, CEO, Tonio Burgos and Associates
  • Julián Castro, Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Ramanathan Raju, M.D., Senior Vice President and Community Health Investment Officer, Northwell Health

For more information: https://unionsettlement.org/gala/

 

Wine on Wheels Grand Tasting & Silent Auction

April 29 at 1:00 PM
City Winery

This spring, Wheeling Forward, a charity focused on serving NYC’s disabled community brings together some of the greatest sommeliers and wines in the world inside one venue for its annual fundraiser Wine on Wheels. Currently in its sixth year, Wheeling Forward’s Wine on wheels invites oenophiles and novices alike to journey through over 200 wines poured by over 60 of the top sommeliers in the city lead by the co-founder Yannick Benjamin, a wheelchair bound seasoned industry professional and sommelier at the historic University Club. New this year on the week of April 22th-April 29th we will be celebrating Sommposium, Wine on Wheels Week with engaging seminars throughout the city lead by our Wine on Wheels Sommelier team!

Wine on Wheels will feature exciting wine producers from all over the world poured by NYC’s top Sommeliers!

Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire, Piedmont, Tuscany, Sicily, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Georgia, Washington, Napa, Sonoma, Finger Lakes, Mosel, Rheingau, Wachau, Kremstal, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Jerez, Portugal, Douro Valley, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and many more!! For more information and to purchase tickets go to: http://www.wineonwheels.org/ or email: wineonwheels@wheelingforward.org

For more information visit http://wineonwheels.org