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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):

 

Housing Solutions Gala

Tuesday, May 16 from 6 to 8 pm
The Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York

A cocktail reception to honor Rita Zimmer and the 15th Anniversary of Housing+Solutions, as well as Founding Board Members Bonnie Bach, Phyllis Chillingworth, Annabel Davis-Goff, and Alexis Perrotta, whose enduring commitment has been invaluable to its success.

“For me, doing something from the heart is the best way to be a force for change.” 

Rita Zimmer founded Housing+Solutions in 2002 to provide safe, supportive housing for women, including women with children, with a promise to guide and support them in overcoming homelessness, trauma, addictions, poverty, and the effects of incarceration in order to build lives of stability and to define and realize goals for themselves and their families. Rita also founded Win (Women In Need) in 1983 and was its President until 2000. Over the years, Rita and the organizations she has led have received numerous awards, including the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Award and the Brooke Astor Award for Public Service.

“We are always looking for new opportunities to bring about real changes that will improve the lives of women and women with children whose needs have been overlooked for far too long.”

More info and tickets here: housingplussolutions.org/15th-anniversary-gala/

 

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/

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/

 

WASH Gala

Saturday, March 25 from 7 to 10 pm
The Mezzanine | 55 Broadway, New York

The 8th Annual WASH Gala will honor Ms. Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, for her tireless commitment to protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. Ms. Mohammed was previously the U.N.’s Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, a Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goal and most recently Nigeria’s Minister of Environment.

Water Connects Us!

We are FACE Africa. We are working to bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs to remote communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe water is a catalyst for change and transformation and the first step to lifting communities out of a cycle of disease and poverty. Our WASH (Water Health, Sanitation & Hygiene) Gala will bring together 300 guests including corporate leaders in the emerging markets sector, young professionals, entertainment figures and taste-makers to raise awareness and funds to support our work providing access to clean water across sub-Saharan Africa. Our theme for this years event is “Water Connects Us”: highlighting our shared dependence on water for survival and its role in connecting the diaspora to the continent.

CELEBRATION. community. inspiration

Our Annual WASH Gala is more than just a party. It’s a gathering of friends. It’s an evening dedicated to giving back. It’s an annual celebration of Africans and Friends of Africa, coming together to make a difference. Our community of guests and supporters share common values, interests, and goals. We look forward to welcoming you where you will get the opportunity to learn more about the critical work FACE Africa does in promoting clean water access in Sub-Saharan Africa. You will leave feeling connected, inspired and empowered to give back.

Tickets and info at http://www.faceafrica.org/washgala/#2017

Purim Gala at 14th St Y

Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 6pm
Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the 14th Street Y will host its 2017 PURIM Gala at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC with Cocktails at 6pm and Dinner & Entertainment at 7pm.

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Celebrated with feasts, drink and revelry, it celebrates standing up for what you believe in and calls us to honor others through giving gifts and charity.

The 14th Street Y 2017 PURIM Gala will feature one-of-a kind live art and performances: Purim, as told by acclaimed acrobatics company Cirque-tacular, a special performance by children from the 14th Street Y After School, live music by the Bridget Robbins Trio, body Art by Sheila Jordan and more. Specialty food and drink will be offered, including aerial silks-acrobat champagne service; a Purim cocktail designed by The Surf Lodge’s own mixologist; sweet treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar and custom hamantashen and other baked goods by noted Manhattan & Brooklyn bakeries Colson Patisserie, Mah Ze Dahr Bakery, Orwashers and Zucker Bakery. The event will also feature exclusive artwork from the 14th Street Y’s innovative arts fellowship program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, children in the 14th Street Y’s early childhood programs and more. Festive Attire is encouraged.

To learn more about the night’s events and get tickets, please visit 14StreetY.org/Gala, or to make a donation, please visit http://bit.ly/14StreetYGalaDonate.

Here are pics from the 2016 event.

 

 

The 14th Street Y 2017 PURIM Gala

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 6pm Cocktails, 7pm Dinner & More
Angel Orensanz Foundation – 172 Norfolk Street, NYC

New York, NY – On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the 14th Street Y will host its 2017 PURIM Gala at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, NYC with Cocktails at 6pm and Dinner & Entertainment at 7pm. To learn more about the night’s events and get tickets, please visit 14StreetY.org/Gala, or to make a donation, please visit http://bit.ly/14StreetYGalaDonate.

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. Celebrated with feasts, drink and revelry, it celebrates standing up for what you believe in and calls us to honor others through giving gifts and charity.

The 14th Street Y 2017 PURIM Gala will feature one-of-a kind live art and performances: Purim, as told by acclaimed acrobatics company Cirque-tacular, a special performance by children from the 14th Street Y After School, live music by the Bridget Robbins Trio, body Art by Sheila Jordan and more. Specialty food and drink will be offered, including aerial silks-acrobat champagne service; a Purim cocktail designed by The Surf Lodge’s own mixologist; sweet treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar and custom hamantashen and other baked goods by noted Manhattan & Brooklyn bakeries Colson Patisserie, Mah Ze Dahr Bakery, Orwashers and Zucker Bakery. The event will also feature exclusive artwork from the 14th Street Y’s innovative arts fellowship program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, children in the 14th Street Y’s early childhood programs and more. Festive Attire is encouraged.

2017 GALA COMMITTEE

CHAIRS: Joseph Persky, Cristian Goodhart

CO-CHAIRS: Barbara and Harvey Schulweis, Pauline and Alan Weinstein, Susan Etess and Howard Zimmerman

HOSTS: Ashley and Jacob Cohen, Martha Goode, Adam Kravitz, Ronit Muszkatblit and Yonatan Israel, Brooke and John Paduano, Linda and Eric Perlmutter, Anne F. Pollack, Ludmilla and Jacques Raphael, Alissa Dicker Schrieber, Caroline and Jason Schulweis, Keri and Scott Schundler, Darci and Ben Sheena, Amanda Plotkin and Dan Weisenfeld, Elana and Andrew Zimmerman, Harron Zimmerman

CORPORATE SPONSORS: Glenwood, Goldman Sachs, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, Edrington, Unity Building Services

COMMUNITY SPONSORS: Colson Patisserie, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Goode Productions, Ivana Tagliamonte/Halstead Property, Mah Ze Dahr Bakery, Orwashers, The Surf Lodge, Union Square Wines & Spirits, The Winslow, Zucker Bakery

Program Highlights:

Purim, as told by Cirque-tacular
Based in New York City with artists nationwide, Cirque-tacular Entertainment is considered one of the premiere acrobatic production companies in the United States – specializing in cirque, circus, sideshow, carnival, specialty, and unique themed entertainment for corporate, public, community, and sophisticated social events. Its elite acrobats, artists, and one-of-a-kind originals have shared their work at events in over 70 countries, and have been enjoyed by millions live, in conjunction with the most recognized brands, venues, and arts organizations of our age. www.cirquetacular.com

A special performance by the 14th Street Y After School
Within and well beyond the walls 14th Street Y community, children compel us to see, understand and appreciate the world in new ways. The Gala program will feature children from the 14th Street Y After School in a performance that will honor both the deeply rooted East Village tradition of the performing arts, and the value and impact of community in Downtown Manhattan.

About the 14th Street Y:
The 14th Street Y is a vibrant Jewish community center serving New York City’s East Village and beyond. Proceeds from the Gala help us advance our mission as a hub of creativity, community programming, and Jewish culture in downtown Manhattan. They enable us to provide scholarships, develop enrichment programs, and enhance the lives of more than 20,000 people who walk through our doors each year. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 127-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.

For individual tickets, visit 14StreetY.org/Gala. To discuss table sales or sponsorship packages, please contact Carolyn Cohen: CCohen@14streety.org / 646-395-4333.

For more information visit https://gala14y.ucraft.com/

QCA Venetian Carnevale

Thursday, February 16 from 7 to 10 pm
The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth

The honorees:

Joel Shapiro is an American sculptor renowned for his dynamic work composed of simple rectangular shapes. Shapiro shows regularly with The Pace Gallery in New York, Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris and Galerie Karsten Greve.
Tony Vaccarois an American photographer who is best known for his photos taken in Europe during 1944 and 1945 and in Germany immediately after World War II. After the war, he became a renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer for U.S. magazines.

 

For more information visit http://www.queenscouncilarts.org/calendar/qcas-carnevale-2017

 

Young Professionals Ball

Saturday, February 18
Revolutions at Penn Treaty, 1009 Canal St., Philadelphia

Open Bar, Games, Bowling, and Much More.
An amazing celebration of entertainment, fun, great people, and VIP treatment at Philadelphia’s Premier Party – the Young Professionals Ball IS BACK! Enjoy an evening with hundreds young professionals at Philadelphia’s most incredible new venue – Revolutions @ Penn Treaty.

TIckets and More info here.

 

2016 TRU Love Benefit: Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts

Theater Resources Unlimited

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will enter its 25th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year’s theme is Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts. After 10 years of Sunday brunch benefits, TRU is moving into the evening on November 6, 2016 beginning at 6pm with pre-show cocktails at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center lobby, awards and performance in the Auditorium, plus a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception afterwards at the upcoming Lincoln Center exhibition of costumes from Olivier and Tony Award winning musicals, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Reception will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction whose prizes will include an $8000 cruise to anywhere in the world.

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016. VIP Honoree tickets will be $200 and will include reserved seating at both performance and reception; VIP tickets will be $150 and will include reserved seating at performance and unreserved seating at reception and exhibition. There will also be a $90 show-only general admission ticket, all to go on sale on Friday 9/9, so save the date now. Check for performer updates and more information at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

For more information visit http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/

Dixon Place 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

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Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director), called “a last bastion of downtown New York’s long tradition of theatrical experimentation” by the New York Times, is pleased to host their 30th Anniversary annual Gala Dinner on Monday, September 26 at 6pm at the venue (161A Chrystie Street). The evening will feature a formal dinner, a silent and live auction, and performances by a stellar cast of artists long associated with Dixon Place. All proceeds will be used to support Dixon Place’s mission to champion daring new work with another season of important works-in-progress by emerging artists, fully-produced commissions, and artists-in-residence.

New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, the first openly lesbian member of the state legislature, will be honored for her inspiring career of political activism and public service. Hosted by Ashley D. Brockington, the hysterical, provocative writer and performer, there will be special appearances by beloved playwright and actor Wallace Shawn, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, nationally acclaimed comedic performer Marga Gomez, Helen Hayes award-winning actress and writer Angelica Page, and pioneering transgender choreographer Arrie Davidson and her ground-breaking KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre.

For more information visit http://dixonplace.org/performances/donor-dinner-2016/