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Charirty Register: October

Six opportunities to give back this month.

October 01, 2012

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
What: This four-day festival brings the best wine and food together to benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The event, which has raised more than $5 million, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a party hosted by Sandra Lee and other events, including a roast of Anthony Bourdain by Rachael Ray, Eric Ripert, Guy Fieri, and others.
When: Thursday, October 11, through Sunday, October 14
Where: Locations throughout the city

City Harvest
What: More than 70 of the city’s premier restaurants join forces in support of City Harvest at Bid Against Hunger. Gramercy Tavern, Landmarc, Le Bernardin, Red Rooster, and Tribeca Grill will offer tastes while guests bid on special dinners and vacation packages in silent and live auctions. Last year’s event raised more than $1 million f or the organization, which fights hunger in New York City.
When: Tuesday, October 16
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street

Lincoln Center
What: The Young Patrons of Lincoln Center will host the annual Party on the Plaza in support of the center’s art education programming. Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the iconic Josie Robertson Plaza and Revson fountain in addition to the evening’s cocktails, music, and hors d’oeuvres.
When: Wednesday, October 17
Where: Avery Fisher Hall Promenade, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza

About Face
What: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the About Face benefit. Last year’s event honored Dr. Paul Nassif and Adrienne Maloof while raising funds for Face to Face and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Thursday, October 18
Where: Three-Sixty, 10 Desbrosses Street Contact:

Princess Grace Foundation
What: The annual Princess Grace Awards Gala toasts 25 young performance artists. This year, the award ceremony’s 30th anniversary, the foundation honors actor Patrick Page and sound designer Darron L. West with the award.
When: Monday, October 22
Where: Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street

Alzheimer’s Association
What: Now in its 29th year, the Rita Hayworth Gala continues to support the Alzheimer’s Association in its critical care and research programs. With galas in New York as well as in Dallas and Chicago, the Rita Hayworth events have raised more than $54 million. The association honors Jane Seymour, James Keach, and Trevor Albert with its Champion Award.
When: Tuesday, October 23
Where: Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue


Charity Register: September

Six opportunities to give back this month.

August 20, 2012

Mario Batali Foundation
What: The inaugural Mario Batali Foundation dinner celebrates former President Bill Clinton at an intimate evening of 180 guests including Jimmy Fallon, Ali Wentworth, Richard Ford, and the band Eighth Blackbird, who will also perform. Proceeds from the four-course dinner will benefit a variety of children’s organizations.
When: Sunday, September 9
Where: Del Posto Ristorante, 85 10th Avenue

New Yorkers for Children
What: Partnering with the Administration for Children’s Services, New Yorkers for Children raised $1.7 million last year and hopes to raise even more at its fall gala. NYFC honors the New York Giants’ Justin Tuck and Estée Lauder president John Demsey in front of 750 guests. The event is cochaired by Oscar de la Renta, Susan and Tony Gilroy, Kevin and Erika Liles, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, and Vanessa and Henry Cornell.
When: Tuesday, September 18
Where: Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd Street

What: The foundation hosts its 10th annual gala to benefit civil society programs in Brazil. Malu Millerman, founder of the BrazilFoundation annual gala, is the honoree at this black-tie cocktail and dinner event. Over the past decade, the BrazilFoundation has raised more than $17 million to help the people of Brazil.
When: Wednesday, September 19
Where: American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West

New York City Ballet
What: The fall gala toasts legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani, who will be creating costumes for three performances developed by Peter Martins. More than 800 guests are expected to join co-chairs Giancarlo Giammetti, Maria Bartiromo, Pamela J. Joyner, and Sarah Jessica Parker at the event, which previously raised $4 million to support the New York City Ballet.
When: Thursday, September 20
Where: David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera
What: Attendees are invited to opening night of the new production, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, starring soprano Anna Netrebko and directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher. Enjoy a preperformance gala reception, chaired by Judith-Ann Corrente, and a post-performance cast party in Damrosch Park.
Where: Monday, September 24
Where: Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center

New York Philharmonic
What: The 171st Opening Gala kicks off with a Champagne reception followed by a performance of the Philharmonic featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman and conducted by Alan Gilbert. After, guests will enjoy a seated dinner in the Tent at Lincoln Center. Last year’s opening gala raised nearly $2.6 million to benefit the New York Philharmonic.
When: Thursday, September 27
Where: Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza


Scoop Up NYC Wine & Food Festival Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Food Network and Food & Wine magazine festival.

July 03, 2012

Oyster Bash at last year's Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Tickets for the Food Network's big foodie festival, The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, are now on sale. The four-day event, which takes places October 11–14 , features some of the food world's biggest names, like Anthony Bourdain, Jacques Torres, Mario Batali, and more. The Grand Tasting Weekend Pass ($350) provides full access to the tasting tents on both Saturday and Sunday. The Directors Weekend Pass ($1200) gets you a ticket to the roast of Anthony Bourdain (hosted by Mario Batali), Rachael Ray’s burger bash, Tacos and Tequila with Bobby Flay, a Lady and Sons brunch hosted by Paula Deen, and more. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength and Food Bank for New York City. Get your tickets before they sell out. 

—Jessica Ferri


Charity Register: June

Six opportunities to give back this month.

June 04, 2012

What: Artrageous Gala & Art Auction sells artwork created through a collaboration of artists and children in foster homes, as well as other art and luxury goods. Funds from the auction benefit the Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, an organization that aids children in New York’s foster care services, and has received more than $15 million from Artrageous over the past 10 years.
When: Monday, June 4
Where: Cipriani, 55 Wall Street

Central Park Conservancy
What: The annual summer fête Taste of Summer brings together New York’s most influential residents for an evening of culinary treasures and endless dancing to support the preservation and maintenance of Central Park. Previous guests have included Chelsea Clinton and Yoko Ono.
When: Wednesday, June 6
Where: Bethesda Terrace, Central Park at 72nd Street

The American Foundation for AIDS Research
What: Honoring Robert Duffy, Marc Jacobs International, and Black Eyed Peas lead singer Fergie, this year’s gala finds its inspiration in the realms of music and fashion. Since the launch of the AmfAR Inspiration events in 2010, the organization has raised more than $3 million for AIDS research.
When: Thursday, June 7
Where: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue

NY Red Cross
What: Last year’s New York Red Cross Ball generated close to $1.4 million for the emergency response organization, and the group hopes to top this number in 2012. The event features special guests Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson from Dancing with the Stars and honors Ann Kaplan and Simon Ruddick for their tireless support.
When: Wednesday, June 13
Where: Plaza Hotel, Central Park South and Fifth Avenue

Wildlife Conservation Society
What: The Wildlife Conservation Society Gala, this year themed “The Coasts of Patagonia,” celebrates the natural wonder of coastal Chile and Argentina with décor by acclaimed eventeur Preston Bailey. Its honorees, Dr. Steven E. Sanderson and Dr. Juan Carlos Castilla, are both connected to the organization’s successful conservation efforts in the region.
When: Thursday, June 14
Where: Central Park Zoo, 64th Street and Fifth Avenue

City Harvest
What: Summer in the City, one of New York’s premiere restaurant tasting soirées, features dishes from some of Manhattan’s hottest chefs and most in-demand restaurants. Previously restaurants such as Da Silvano, Beauty & Essex, and Ditch Plains have served bites to benefit the city’s neediest.
When: Wednesday, June 20
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street



The Cherry Blossom Festival

An explosion of floral aromas and breathtaking pink blooms overtakes the Brooklyn Botanic Garden during April’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

April 23, 2012

Every April a tidal wave of pale pink overtakes Prospect Heights, attracting visitors (a record 37,000 one day last year) from across the five boroughs and beyond to the 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This year, the month-long Hanami celebration culminates with the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival on April 28 and 29. “Hanami is derived from a tradition practiced in Japan for centuries,” says director of public programs Anita Jacobs. “Hanami is all about observing and appreciating each moment of the cherry blossom season, from the first buds to the burst of blossoms to the carpet formed by hundreds of thousands of petals falling to the ground.”

The BBG’s more than 200 cherry trees in more than 40 different varieties are one of the world’s most diverse collections outside Japan. “Seventy-six of our specimens are the glorious, bright pink, upright Prunus Kanzan, which form two allées on the Cherry Esplanade,” says Jacobs. During the Sakura Matsuri—which literally translates to cherry blossom festival—visitors can also learn origami, watch bonsai demonstrations, participate in traditional tea ceremonies, or dance along to taiko drumming.

Next month, the BBG will also debut a new 20,000-square-foot visitors’ center designed by New York-based firm Weiss/Manfredi. Located at the garden’s Washington Avenue entrance, the sinuous glass structure will include a leafshaped event space, 10,000-square-foot living roof, interpretive exhibits, and more. 900 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, 718-623-7200


—jill sieracki


Charity Register: April/May

Six opportunities to give this month.

April 16, 2012

Share Our Strength
What: Chefs from New York City’s premier restaurants including A Voce’s Missy Robbins and Landmarc’s Marc Murphy join host chefs at The Four Seasons in preparing the No Kid Hungry campaign benefit dinner. The national movement hopes to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
When: Wednesday, April 4
Where: The Four Seasons, 99 East 52nd Street

Food Bank for New York City
What: This year’s star-studded Can-Do Awards dinner honors Barilla, Liz Krueger, and The River Fund alongside special guests Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; master of ceremonies Stanley Tucci; and chairs Mario Batali, Susan Cahn, Nancy and Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, and Michael Stipe.
When: Tuesday, April 17
Where: Cipriani, 55 Wall Street

City Harvest
What: An Evening of Practical Magic celebrates the individuals and organizations that are dedicated to helping hungry New Yorkers, and specifically honors Union Square Hospitality Group this year. Last year, the annual event raised $1.5 million for the organization.
When: Tuesday, April 24
Where: Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street

National Dance Institute
What: Board member and Conair heir Babe Rizzuto joins honorary chair Alec Baldwin in supporting the National Dance Institute at its 35th anniversary gala. The affair raises money to sponsor arts programs for public schools.
When: Thursday, May 3
Where: Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway

Operation Smile
What: The New York City Smile Event, now in its 10th year, has raised more than $1 million annually for Operation Smile. The dinner dance honors founding chairs including Vanessa and Donald Trump Jr, Lacey Tisch, and Christian and Gillian Hearst Simonds.
When: Thursday, May 3
Where: Cipriani, 55 Wall Street

Conservation International
What: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the environmental organization and the 15th anniversary of its annual New York Gala. Henry Arnhold will be honored for his outstanding contributions.
When: Wednesday, May 30
Where: Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street



Charity Register: March

Six opportunities to give this month.

February 28, 2012

Seeds of Peace
What: Throughout its seven-year existence, the Peace Market has raised $2.5 million for Seeds of Peace. Guests join chairs Matt Jung and Grishma Parekh for music and a live auction in an exotic marketplace setting.
When: Thursday, March 1
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.

New York Junior League
What: This year’s Winter Ball transports guests across the world with “Moonlight in Marrakesh.” The annual benefit’s silent auctions, cocktails, and dinner light up the night at The Pierre.
When: Saturday, March 3
Where: The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St.

The School of American Ballet
What: Diana DiMenna, Julia Koch, and Betsy Pitts chair the annual Winter Ball, featuring a special performance by the advanced students. Proceeds from the fête support the historic academy’s scholarships, student programming, and facilities.
When: Monday, March 5
Where: David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

American Museum of Natural History
What: Enjoy a festive evening in anticipation of the museum’s upcoming “Creatures of Light” exhibit at the annual Museum Dance. The event benefits the AMNH’s scientific and educational programs.
When: Thursday, March 8
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.

What: Join chef Daniel Boulud in celebrating his birthday with wine chair Daniel Johnnes and 150 other guests at a casual dinner. A silent auction featuring rare wines, among other items, precedes the meal and benefits Citymeals-on-Wheels.
When: Sunday, March 25
Where: Daniel, 60 E. 65th St.

Wine & Wishes
What: The ninth annual Make-a-Wish Foundation fundraiser, hosted by WCBS’s Chris Wragge and The Charmer Sunbelt Group, supports the charity’s Metro New York and Western New York chapters. The tasting boasts wines from nearly 40 vineyards and fare from approximately 20 of Manhattan’s top restaurants. Since its inaugural year, Wine & Wishes has raised nearly $4 million.
When: Wednesday, March 28
Where: Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, W. 23rd St. at the Hudson River



Charity Register: February

Six opportunities to give this month.

February 06, 2012

InterSchool Orchestras of New York
What: Carnegie Hall InterSchool Orchestras of New York celebrates its 40th anniversary with a gala benefit concert. The ISO Symphony and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera, will perform the premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s “Air for Flute and Orchestra.”
When: Thursday, February 2
Where: Stern Auditorium, Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue

The Drama League
What: Honoring Broadway legend Kristin Chenoweth, the 28th annual Drama League Benefit Gala will include a musical spectacular featuring songs from Chenoweth’s greatest Broadway hits. The evening benefits the organization’s educational initiatives.
When: Monday, February 6
Where: The Pierre Hotel, 2 E. 61st Street

Metropolitan Museum of Art
This year’s annual family benefit is themed “Gods & Goddesses: An Evening of Myth & Mystery at the Met.” With fun demonstrations, activities, and dancing, it’s a great event for children, too.
When: Monday, February 6
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue

City Harvest
For the first time, City Harvest brings Mardi Gras to Manhattan with “The Big Easy in the Big Apple” soirée. Southernstyle fare from restaurants such as Gravy and The Little Owl and live music energize the celebration, which supports City Harvest in its fight to help feed the hungry.
When: Tuesday, February 7
Where: Apella, Alexandria Center, 450 E. 29th Street

The American Foundation for AIDS Research
Last year’s annual New York black-tie gala raised more than $1.5 million for AI DS research and featured special performances by Elton John, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder.
When: Wednesday, February 8
Where: Cipriani, 55 Wall Street

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
What: Cycle for Survival launched just five years ago and has raised more than $9 million to fund MSKC ’s clinical trials and research studies. Held in six cities across the nation, teams of up to eight riders register a bike for the four-hour ride.
When: February 11–12
Where: Equinox Graybar, 420 Lexington Avenue Contact:


Charity Register: November

Seven opportunities to give this month.

October 31, 2011


Julie Andrews will receive the Prince Rainier II Award at the Princess Grace Foundation Awards Gala.

Princess Grace Foundation
What: Princess Grace Awards Gala. Supporters of emerging artists in theatre, film, and dance gather in the presence of TSH The Prince and Princess of Monaco and watch as Julie Andrews receives the Prince Rainier II Award for her outstanding career and philanthropic endeavors.
When: Tuesday, November 1
Where: Cipriani 42nd Street

New York Landmarks Conservancy
What: Dame Angela Lansbury and Regis Philbin are among those being honored for their contributions to the city at the Living Landmarks Celebration, while former Mayor David Dinkins receives the Lew Rudin Living Landmark Award for Public Service.
When: Wednesday, November 2
Where: The Plaza Hotel, Central Park South

Silver Hill Hospital
What: Carrie Fisher— author, screenwriter, award-winning actress, and former patient of Silver Hill—will be honored for her advocacy to address mental illness at this black-tie gala. The hospital treats its patients for psychiatric and addictive disorders in a nurturing, uplifting environment.
When: Thursday, November 3
Where: Cipriani 42nd Street

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
What: The nonprofit, which helps vulnerable children throughout the city recover from the trauma of abuse and provides other protective services, will honor New York Knicks’ assistant manager Allan Houston and his wife, Tamara, with the Strength of our Society Award.
When: Thursday, November 10
Where: The Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Guggenheim Museum
What: Guggenheim International Gala. Guests will gather to fête Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. Proceeds will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the preeminent institution for the collection, preservation, and research of modern and contemporary art.
When: Thursday, November 10
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue

French Heritage Society
What: The French Heritage Society celebrates 29 years of French-American friendship with its Gala Dinner Dance and honors the Château de Fontainebleau, the legendary palace outside of Paris where the society will hold its 30th anniversary and whose history includes the reigns of several monarchs and two emperors.
When: Wednesday, November 16
Where: Metropolitan Club, 1 E. 60th Street

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Associates Committee
What: The Fall Party, a glittering event, benefits the Pediatric Family Housing Endowment, which pays for overnight stays at nearby accommodations when children and their families come from out of town for treatment and are unable to afford the expense.
When: Wednesday, November 16
Where: The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd Street


Charity Register: September 29–October 26

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival kicks off a busy fall philanthropy calendar.

September 27, 2011

Sandra Lee and Lee Brian Schrager at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival 

Food Bank for New York City
Hosted by and benefiting the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival brings together legendary culinary icons from around the globe, as well as America’s most beloved television chefs, to fight hunger in the five boroughs.
When: September 29–October 2
Where: Locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Cabaret 2011. Proceeds will support the ongoing work of the medical center in patient care, research and medical education; a special performance by Tony-nominated singer Kelli O’Hara completes the night.
When: Wednesday, October 12
Where: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue

American Museum of Natural History
The 18th annual Family Party, one of the museum’s best-loved traditions, features educational activities and entertainment by Laughing Pizza. Proceeds from the evening help support the Museum’s programming.
When: Tuesday, October 18
Where: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

God’s Love We Deliver
The Golden Heart Awards Celebration pays tribute to those who support this charity in its work to home-deliver nutritious meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Carolina Herrera will be honored at this year’s celebration.
When:Wednesday, October 19
Where: Skylight Soho, 275 Hudson St.

Alzheimer’s Association
Rita Hayworth Gala. With the continued support of donors, the association works toward a world without Alzheimer’s, funding research that will lead to earlier identification of this fatal disease and therapies that will one day slow or stop its progression. Named in honor of Rita Hayworth, who died as a result of the disease, the evening includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, live entertainment and more.
When: Tuesday, October 25
Where: The Waldorf-Astoria, Grand Ballroom, 301 Park Ave.

Whitney Museum of American Art
What: Whitney Gala and Studio Party. Celebrate the museum’s history and future with studio cochairs Georgina Chapman, Amanda Hearst, Miranda Kerr and Naomi Watts, along with heavyweights from the art, fashion, media, business and corporate communities who support the museum’s mission of championing emerging voices and artistic innovation.
When: Tuesday, October 26
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 57

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