CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Camilla Rustambekova, chief marketing officer of Prudential Douglas Elliman, and I discussing the exciting things to come this season; celebrating the launch of Roberta Naas’ book Jewels of Time with Ruediger Albers, president of Wempe America; Alexandra Urdang, Paula Zahn, Jacalyn Weinstein, and I at the Valentine Salon benefiting East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief; event designer extraordinaire Lawrence Scott and I envisioning the Gotham Anniversary party at the Four Seasons

As spring arrives in New York, we are busy with high season in the philanthropic world, with many significant galas, gatherings, and great events taking place, including fundraisers for Conservation International, The New York City Opera, Operation Smile, and the Pajama Program. I recently attended the East End Hospice’s Valentine Salon luncheon to benefit Camp Good Grief, a three-day camp where children who have lost a parent or sibling can learn to mourn, heal, celebrate life, and bring back feelings of hope and optimism. Some of my friends who had been raising funds to support the camp, and some who had been trained to work there, started the event 13 years ago, and it has experienced great success.

April also marks the beginning of major-league baseball season, and New Yorkers cannot wait to watch our teams play ball. We are lucky enough to have—in my opinion and that of many other fans—the greatest relief pitcher in history, the New York Yankees’ own Mariano Rivera, on our cover this month. Besides being remarkably skilled on the field, Mariano is involved in many philanthropic endeavors such as his Mariano Rivera Foundation, which gives back to underprivileged kids in the US and in his native Panama. The pitcher is ranked 25th among the 30 most generous celebrities by Forbes. We are honored to have this talented and compassionate New Yorker with us this month.

It is finally time to enjoy the days getting longer and the weather getting milder, to get out and watch our great sports teams, and to support your favorite or the most in-need charities by attending a gala, working on a committee, or donating your time with hands-on volunteerism. Do not let April and May pass you by without stopping to smell the beautiful spring flowers on Park Avenue—and to all the moms, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


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