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Thursday, June 04, 2015

THE 33RD ANNUAL FRED AND ADELE ASTAIRE AWARDS

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DANCING IN NEW YORK CITY

Photos By: Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff And Harvey Weinstein



Holt McCallany



Countess Luann DeLesseps



Bebe Neuwirth



Harvey Weinstein And Joel Grey



Jonathan Ritter & Melanie Moore
The 33rd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in dance on Broadway and in film each season, honored Broadway legend Joel Grey as well as film and theater producer Harvey Weinstein at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The gala evening was hosted by Two-Time Drama Desk Award nominated actress Christina Bianco. Presented by Patricia Watt, the Producer of the Astaire Awards and The Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, as well as The Fred Astaire International Dance Studios, the event began with a VIP cocktail reception followed by the show and awards presentation. For the first time, the awards were live-streamed across the United States.


Lee Roy Reams With Joel Grey And Patricia Watt



Jennifer Grey
The ceremony began with a performance of “New York, New York” from the three-time Astaire Award nominated musical On The Town. Proceeding, actress and impressionist Christina Bianco channeled Kristen Chenowith and Bernadette Peters in a rousing duet of sorts to “Shall We Dance.” She brought some of her other impersonations into the performance including Barbara Streisand, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Sutton Foster and Patti Lupone. Following that performance, Astaire Awards Executive Producer Patricia Watt and Director Joe Lanteri took the stage to welcome the crowd to the awards ceremony.



She thanked the audience for coming and listed a few names in particular including nominee Warren Carlyle saying, “If everyone were like Warren Carlyle, the world would be a better place.” She then shared that part of the proceeds from the event benefit The Douglas Watt Foundation, and brought Executive Director of the foundation Jessica Zippin to share more about its mission.



The foundation works with children, usually on the autism spectrum, to help develop social skills and communication through dance. “For children who are nonverbal, it’s important to learn to communicate through their bodies”



Following a brief video presentation on the work of the foundation, Tony Award nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh introduced the Astaire Awards winner for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater and Film Harvey Weinstein.



She commended him for his commitment to dance in his movies despite not being “a guy who started at the ballet bar.”



“There’s a reason why Harvey Weinstein is thanked more than God,” she said adding that it is because, “He believes in us, he believes in artists.”



Proceeding her introduction, performers Jonathan Ritter and Astaire Award Nominee Melanie Moore took to the stage to perform a rendition of “Neverland” from the musical Finding Neverland, which he produces. This was then followed by a video tribute of dance sequences from his movies including Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction.

Christina Bianco



Finding Neverland choreographer and Astaire Awards nominee Mia Michaels presented the award to Weinstein. “Not only was he the father of Finding Neverland,” she said, “he was my teacher and my bad ass big brother.”



“[Harvey] You make the world and the arts a better place,” she shared before welcoming Weinstein to the stage.



Harvey Weinstein opened up his speech by stating, “I am not leader of Finding Neverland, that’s Diane Paulus. I’m just the bad ass big brother.”



Sunday, June 06, 2010

MIRACLE HOUSE HAS HUGE HAMPTONS GALA



Thelma Houston With Gerry Logue And
Countess Luann de Lesseps


Carl Bernstein With Jim And Amy Chanos


Miracle House, a New York City charity that provides temporary housing, meals and advocacy to caregivers and patients coming to the city for critical medical treatment held its 20th Anniversary Gala, in the Hamptons. It was the charity’s most successful event to date, raising over $700,000.At the event at the Bridgehampton Surf & Tennis Club, Bravo’s Andy Cohen convinced Real Housewives of New York City’s Countess LuAnn de Lesseps to give an impromptu performance of her upcoming single, “Chic C’est La Vie.” Cohen provided the “San Tropez” beat while the Countess gave a sample of her new “spoken word” tune. The Countess also generously auctioned off “Lunch with the Countess,” selling for $5,000. The Live Auction included several incredible vacation packages, as well as 8 original hand painted plates by renowned artist Damien Hirst. One of the evening’s honorees, Jim Chanos, took home the Hirst plates with a winning bid of $70,000. The evening’s featured performer, Grammy Legend Thelma Houston brought down the house with some Motown classics and her Grammy winning hit, “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” This year, Miracle House honored Amy Chanos and Jim Chanos. “Amy and Jim have had a long lasting and profound impact on the longevity of Miracle House, and I am proud to announce the naming of Miracle House apartment 7C after Amy Chanos and Jim Chanos” said Jesse Ramos, Chief Operating Officer of Miracle House. Amy is one of the organization’s founding Board Members and has brought to this role exceptional commitment and compassion. Jim has been a magnanimous benefactor and long-time supporter of the Miracle House mission. Event Chairs were Amy Chanos, Jim Chanos, ITG Investment Technology Group, Kynikos Associates LP, NBC Universal, Cory Shields, and Ziff Brothers Investments. Gold Sponsors were Arnold & Porter LLP, Converse, Mario D’Andrea & Sam Rosenblatt, Roger & Susan Hertog, and Alex Porter. Silver Sponsors are Scott Bessent & John Freeman, Rob Coburn, Gary Horowitz, Tom Wyse, Marcy Wachtel & Allison Hartel, Howard & Nancy Kurz, Doug & Joanne Millett, Paddlers for Humanity, Porterfield, Lowenthal & Fettig LLC, Tricia Quick, Craig Reynolds, and Michael Selleck. Miracle House provides temporary housing, meals, and advocacy to caregivers and patients coming to New York City for critical medical treatment. Founded in 1990 by a small group of friends responding to the AIDS crisis, Miracle House now supports over 1,000 people annually coming to New York City for critical medical treatment. Many families that stay at Miracle House would not be able to afford to come to New York for medical treatment if not for our vital services. For more information about Miracle House, please visit www.miraclehouse.org. Miracle House is a 501 (c)(3) organization.

Photos By: Rob Rich

Saturday, May 01, 2010

MAXIMILIANO PALACIO AND REAL HOUSEWIVES

Countess LuAnn De Lesseps And Maximiliano Palacio


Argentinian actor and model Maximiliano Palacio (who had been Kelly Benismon's "man" toy on Real Housewives of New York) may be Countess LuAnn de Lesseps new interest. She just commented in an episode "That Max he gets around" and it appears Maximiliano aka Max was also a weekly friend to new "Housewife" Sonja Morgan during her divorce. Girls, there is enough of Maximiliano to go around. If you want to see what has all the Housewives so flustered, you check him out daily on Telemundo's 12 Corazones, 7 PM.
Photo By: Ann Watt

Sunday, September 13, 2009

COUNTESS LUANN DE LESSEPS HOSTS GALA

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THE AUDITORY ORAL SCHOOL OF NEW YORK
AT FAMED SOUTHAMPTON INN

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Bruce Michael With Sara Ann Johnson And Theresa Bulger


Countess LuAnn De Lesseps And Dede Gotthelf


Author and Real Housewives of New York star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and producer Patricia Watt hosted a special “Friendraiser” cocktail party to introduce the work of The Auditory Oral School of New York to their East End friends at the very popular OSO Restaurant at the Southampton Inn. Celebrity DJ Izzy Gold made a special appearance and spun for the party which electrified the hip guests. The fashionable crowd munched on tiny empanadas with goat cheese and garlic shrimp served in Chinese take out buckets prepared by OSO’s award winning chef Brian Naylor. Among the guests were the school’s CEO Theresa Bulger, Caroline Lieberman, Bruce Michael executive director of Evidence, A Dance Company, Stanley Hirsh, William Morris agent Michael Mullett, Sara Ann Johnson and Southampton Inn owner Dede Gotthelf Moan and her husband Terry Moan. After hitting the dance floor, a select group stayed for an ultra elegant dinner prepared by Chef Naylor.The Auditory/Oral School of NY was founded to offer the option of an auditory-oral education to hearing -impaired and deaf children in New York. The school’s warm and professional staff is dedicated to meeting the individual educational and developmental needs of each child. The children are encouraged to rely on their ability, NOT their disability.
Photo By: Lisa Tamburini

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

THE CHAMPIONS OF EDUCATION BENEFIT BASH

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TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP
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HAMPTONS

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Kathryn Winnick


Brandon Short With Samantha Fennell, MacDella Cooper And Former America's Next Top Model Judge Nole Marin


The Real Housewives Of New York
Ramona Singer With Countess Luann De Lesseps And Alex McCord


The MacDella Cooper Foundation hosted "Champions of Education Benefit", a quintessentially Hamptons outing including an afternoon in the VIP tent at the Mercedes Benz Challenge in Bridgehampton followed by cocktails and an elegant dinner at Four Seasons Caterer Southampton. The evening raised funds for the construction of a new school for orphans of the terrible civil wars that plagued Liberia until 2006. MacDella Cooper, a native of Liberia was lucky enough to have won a scholarship to study in the United States but watching the terrible devastation that swept her homeland, she founded the foundation with the mission of empowering Liberian youth, especially orphaned and abandoned children, by providing education and the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter. It is her dream to build the MCF Academy, a tuition-free school in one of the neediest communities in Monrovia, Liberia. For this very special evening Four Seasons' Executive Chef Jeremy Palmer created a tropical themed dinner at the request of the event organizers. Guests feasted on a seafood paella filled with cockles, mussels and clams topped with edible orchids and served in tiny Chinese takeout containers ; Tuna Ka-bobs marinated in sake with yellow orange and watermelon; fillet Mignon skewers wired peppers and Crimini mushrooms in a rosemary demi-glace accompanied by sunburst squash, shiitake mushrooms, papaya grilled in a balsamic vinaigrette; fresh mozzarella with yellow and red grape tomatoes served on a banana leaf and a colorful orzo salad with pink and gold papaya, mango, kiwi and red onion in a ginger and mint vinaigrette! Among the many fashionable guests were NFL star Brandon Short, Noel Marin, former America's Top Model Judge, actress Kathryn Winnick and three of the Real Housewives of New York - Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer and Alex McCord with husband Simon Van Kempen. Also on hand were designers Alice Heusser and Olivia Kennaway. For more information on this important project visit macdellacooper.org.

Photos By: Marc Hall Photography