The Cosmopolitan Review June 2 - June 8

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 6/2/2016, 12:48 p.m.
We all know by now that once Memorial Day weekend sets in, all bets are off, and it’s summer.

We all know by now that once Memorial Day weekend sets in, all bets are off, and it’s summer. So break out the white shoes and handbags, and put the furs in storage.

As we are entering the last month of the school year, the end of the year galas benefitting children of all ages and academic affiliations are taking place. The Boys Club of New York recently held theirs, raising nearly $1.6 million. Funds are used to support all that needs supporting to continue providing services that nurture and encourage emotional and spiritual growth and development.

Former Women’s Board president and current member of the BCNY Women’s Board and Board of Trustees, Jacqueline Williams, was one of the honorees, and rightfully so. She hails from a line of society’s upper-upper crust and is probably cousin to Anderson Cooper, son of Gloria Vanderbilt, all of whom have an empathic, philanthropic spirit. Williams accepted her award with gratitude, thankful for the opportunity to perform such service for more than 20 years. The membership fee for the Boys Club is $5 a year and is one of the best investments a caregiver can make, as the organization is dedicated to guiding boys and young men to reach their fullest potential. BCNY accomplishes its mission, “through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics that introduce boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their hobbies, providing a safe and nurturing environment and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship helping to shape boys and young men into the best adults they can be.”

Then there was the annual Publicolor gala. It seems like just yesterday that I was writing about last year’s event. Some things just get better with time and this event has to be one of them. Publicolor was the brainstorm of Ruth Shuman who, 20 years ago, thought it was a good idea to have teenagers in public schools participate in projects that livened up the old and often neglected physical environment of their schools by painting the rooms and hallways in bright, cheerful colors. Gathering at the event were students and alumni who have benefitted from the design-based program that mentors them for success in college, career and life. The results of using a hands-on approach whereby the students help themselves by improving their environment have been phenomenal.

The 20th anniversary celebration at the annual Stir, Splatter + Roll gala featured 20 stations where guests enjoyed colorful cocktails while painting and splattering alongside some of the city’s leading architects, artists and designers who included Nicole Miller, Kenneth Cole, Cynthia Rowley, Michelle Smith and Madeline Weinrib. Those being honored were longtime supporters Michael Bloomberg and John Rosenwald.

Bloomberg, a champion of employee volunteerism, has supported Publicolor since its inception and continues to do so with a foundation gift to support a five-year strategic growth plan. Rosenwald was voted 2016 Philanthropist of the Year by The New York Times for his commitment to many of the city’s leading charities.

The evening’s event raised more than $1.5 million. However, the successful fundraising wasn’t the biggest thrill of the night. Bloomberg staff member Clyde Smith came on stage, dropped to one knee and proposed to Publicolor staff member Kayla Porter, who he met in 1999 when they both worked for the nonprofit as students. Did she say yes? You know she did. Ain’t love grand?

Watch out Lenox Avenue as the outdoor cafes are everywhere. You have your choice of eateries, and the balmy evenings are busier than ever. Seen perusing the lunchtime menus was Vernon Manley at Settipani, where you can still enjoy fine dining. Highly recommended. Lido restaurant, located on Eighth Avenue at 118th Street, now has outdoor seating. While I am not particularly fond of Northern Italian cuisine, it is still a popular spot among those who are.

The Bradhurst Merchants Association’s second annual Awards & Summer Cocktail Reception will take place June 23 at Mist Harlem, 46 W. 116th St. Honorees are Malcolm Punter, Harlem Congregation for Community Improvement receiving the Community Partner Award; Angie Hancock, Experience Harlem receiving the Business of the Year Award; and Christian Daniba, NYC Business Solutions receiving the President’s Award. For ticket information, call 212-926-2550, ext. 21.

Michaela Angela Davis, Nicole Sexton, Soledad O’Brien, Beverly Bond and Glenda Smiley were all at the 15th annual Women Who Care Luncheon benefitting United Cerebral Palsy of New York City. The event raised nearly $8 million to fund programs and services offered to more than 14,000 children and adults with disabilities living in New York City. Meanwhile, more than 150 guests attended the eighth annual Living Legends Luncheon, where honorees included three companion animals: Elsa, a shepherd mix; Wynton, a Russian Blue cat; and Ven, a German Shepherd guide dog. Over the years, the LLL has raised approximately $250,000 to benefit the Animal Medical Center of which Nancy Kissinger is an AMC trustee.

The 34th Fred and Adele Astaire Awards brought Maurice Hines and Judith Jamison, artistic director emerita at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, together as they were both among the award recipients, recognized for their artistic achievements. Among those in attendance were Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Adrienne Warren, Joseph Wiggin and Jason Holly. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Douglas Watt Family Fund for the Performing Arts, which provides dance and movement therapy for autistic and disabled children.

Look for an exciting lineup at the Apollo Theater, which will honor both Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix during the coming fall season. Did you know that in 1964, Hendrix won Amateur Night at the Apollo and played as a sideman for the Isley Brothers and Little Richard, among others? Also on the bill will be performances by Ballet Hispanico and Afropunk, and the second Women of the World Festival with a special tribute to artist and activist Abbey Lincoln.

Until next week … kisses.