Tsk, tsk, tsk. It never ceases to amaze me how people can be so inherently mean-spirited. Now that we are able to record acts of man’s inhumanity to man as they occur, thanks to modern technology, particularly the invention of cellphones, myths have become realities. I for one will never forget the Eric Garner video.
Added to the ongoing saga of hatred is the recent episode featuring Patrick Cherry (I refuse to call him detective, as he is a disgrace to the squad). Just who does he think he is? I find it amazing that people have to be reminded, if not taught, to be respectful of one another. Where is their home training? A quick glance at world news should reinforce how lucky we are to live in the United States of America. All we are asked is to be kind and considerate to one another. Can’t we just all get along?
The Greater New York chapter of the Links hosted their 2015 Women of Distinction Spirit Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show, celebrating 65 years with the theme “Honoring Our Past and Forging Our Future.” Wendy Lewis, senior vice president of diversity and strategic alliances for Major League Baseball, was this year’s honoree. The event, which was held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, was also hosted by Mara Schiavocampo, “ABC News” correspondent.
Guests eagerly anticipate the luncheon as a time to reconnect, enjoy camaraderie and shop, as the vendors always showcase a variety of must-haves. According to Civil Court Judge W. Franc Perry, a guest at the event, “The hats and fascinators gave us a hint of spring even as the light snow fell outside Chelsea Piers.”
To name just a few in the crowd, in attendance were Chairpersons Barbara North-Lightning and Victoria Jones; Chirlane McCray, first lady of New York; Rhonda Joy McLean, president of Greater New York Links, with Vice President Linda Zango-Haley; Glenda Newell Harris, M.D., national president of the Links; Dr. Marcella Maxwell; Hazel Dukes, state chair of the NAACP; former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and his bride, Joyce Dinkins; Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, commissioner of the mayor’s office to combat domestic violence; Tanya Kennedy, supervising judge of Manhattan Civil Court; Dakota Ramseur, Civil Court judge; Linara Davidson, there representing Mayor Bill de Blasio; Mercedes Nesfeld; Dawnn Karen, fashion psychologist; Geoffrey Eaton, president of the Mid-Manhattan NAACP; Rayne Dorsey; Milton Tingling, chief New York County clerk; Elinor Tatum; Michelle Stent; C. Virginia Fields; Kim St. Bernard of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; Angela Guy, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion for L’Oreal USA; and scholarship recipient Nechari Riley.
The fashion show was produced by T. Fraser Productions. The Links continue to do good things for deserving people, especially our young, our seniors and those of us in between.
The invitations for Celebrate Northside, the annual gala for Northside Center for Child Development, have been sent and this year promises to be exciting as ever. The Northside galas are such fun and one of the most coveted events of the season. Held this year on Monday, May 4 at Cipriani Wall Street, honorees include American Ballet Theatre Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland; Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health; and our very own Elinor R. Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the New York Amsterdam News.
Northside always honors the most amazing people, and with myriad of services they provide under the watchful eye of CEO and Executive Director Thelma Dye, Ph.D., to keep our community and all of its people healthy and happy, it just makes you want to give, give, give. For more information, contact Camy Calve at 212-218-4080 or Nina Fenton at 212-426-3440.
Congratulations to Dr. Ernst Robertson, principal of the Harlem Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, for peddling his heart out at the Cycle for Survival marathon. The fundraiser, held in Grand Central Station, sought to raise funds for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where Robertson trained as a student and was treated for his battle with cancer, which he overcame. PTL (praise the Lord). The event was a success, funds were raised, and the beat goes on. Happy birthday, Zetti Burie Tarrant, Bryant Barksdale, Rocco Nunari, Harrison Young and Bill Wright.
It was Good Friday and still the sound of pop-pop-pop-pop-pop filled the air in the early afternoon. Soon to follow were the police, yellow tape and a helicopter flying overhead, just as the neighborhood residents were beginning to feel safe walking down the street and especially in the close vicinity of the neighborhood playground. The police berate and kill us and then we cry to the police to protect us from us. This is crazy.
The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club’s 43rd annual President’s Dinner raised nearly $900,000 to fund critical after-school programs for over 12,000 young people at 10 locations throughout the Bronx. Kips, which was established 100 years ago, has since grown into a recognized leader among the 4,500 Boys and Girls Clubs nationally. Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell was this year’s chair, which celebrated designer Bunny Williams. The black-tie event honored the Kravet family of Kravet Inc., the leading distributor of fabrics, furniture, wall coverings, trimmings, carpets and accessories.
Among the Kips Bay Clubhouse alumna is Jennifer Lopez, who wasn’t at the event but sent a video clip, as she hasn’t forgotten from whence she came. In the video, she stated, “The staff recognized a spark of performing potential in me and brought that spark alive.”
Gracing the stage to take a bow was Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who praised Kips Bay for recognizing the potential for growth and success of the children ages 6 to 18, whom they serve. The club is recognized nationally as one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Among the dedicated supporters of Kips Bay is the Decorator Show House, which annually celebrates interior designers as they transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. This year’s Show House will take over the Arthur Sachs Mansion at 58 E. 66th St. in Lenox Hill. Yes, you can go and check it out. What I want to know is, is Elaine Griffith decorating? That’s the show I want to see.
Until next week … kisses