Have you picked your apples, gone to see the fall foliage or done any of the other things people do once fall sets in? Of course, there are those who prepare ahead of time and pack the summer clothes away and bring out the sweaters and long-sleeved clothing, but it is also a great time to get outdoors. The I Love New York website offers a host of fall get-away weekend packages. Check it out, you might find something just a tad bit out of the ordinary to do.
Finding plenty to do is Elizabeth Rankin-Fulcher who has advised that it is the 10th anniversary of the re-discovery of the African Burial Ground, located in Downtown Manhattan. Beginning Oct. 3, with the opening ceremony and spiritual blessings and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 7, culminating with the family day festivities, there are a plethora of activities scheduled that shed awareness, light and remembrance to the ancestors. Events are free and open to all.
God’s Love We Deliver, the nonprofit organization that has been preparing and delivering meals to the homebound for more than 32 years, to more than 6,800, including senior citizens and people suffering with HIV/AIDS and other illness, just celebrated the preparation of their 20 millionth meal. Meeting in the kitchen at the God’s Love We Deliver headquarters located at 166 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of Spring Street and Sixth Avenue), with all of the pomp and circumstance that the emotional and historic event deserves, were God’s Love President and CEO Karen Pearl and Julie Klausner, creator and star of Hulu’s “Difficult People,” to celebrate the momentous occasion. According to Pearl, “Since 1985 God’s Love We Deliver has provided nutritious meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. I couldn’t be happier with the success of the program and dedication of all of the workers.”
Recent sightings, first, at the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season, which opened with a new production of Bellini’s “Norma,” starring the power trio of Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja in the principal roles, under the baton of Carlo Rizzi, all of whom you may not know unless you’re into opera, were Rolston Braithwaite and news anchor Mike Woods, both of whom you very well might know from around the way. Also there looking fabulous among the haute couture crowd were Chrissy Barker and Kimberly Hise, posing for the photo op with famed photographer Nigel Barker. Remember him from “America’s Next Top Model?”
On the heels of this event was the luncheon for The New York Women’s Foundation, held at Le Cirque. But of course! Speaking at the event were the Hon. Jonathan Lippman, chairman of the Independent Commission on NYC Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, and Greg Berman, director of the Center for Court Innovation, who spoke about the changes needed to create an effective and humane criminal justice system in New York that protects public safety while treating the accused and the incarcerated with decency. Seen were board member Merble Reagon, Dawne Marie Grannum, Nida Khan and Darold Cuba (take your hat off when you’re indoors).
For those of you who keep an eye on the Empire State Building, you may have noticed it was most recently adorned in shimmering red lights in honor of the 106 virtuosos who performed at the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s opening gala. After the performance, more than 700 guests filled the tent erected in the middle of Lincoln Center, where they raised their glasses in a toast and raised more than $2.1 million for the New York cultural institution that we know so well and love so much. As you might know these events call for one to dress to the absolute nines, meaning your hair is perfectly coifed, your makeup is in place and your outfit is to die for. Fitting the bill were George Van Amson, Michael Littlejohn and Bill Lewis, who looked scrumptious.
Depression never smelled so good as it did at the ladies’ luncheon hosted by Marc Metrick, president, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Audrey Gruss, founder, Hope for Depression Research Foundation. The luncheon, held at Café SFA at the New York flagship store, marked the debut of the fragrance whose net profits derived from the sale thereof will be donated to depression research. According to the founder, “Hope will set a precedent by donating 100 percent of its net profits to Hope for Depression Research Foundation, which will use the funds to support cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders.” The floral arrangements used for the table setting were made up of the perfumes primary scents, gardenia, tuberose, lily-of-the valley and jasmine. Metrick welcomed guests by saying, “Partnering with Audrey and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation to launch Hope was a natural fit, and we’re proud to give our customers the opportunity to support such an important cause.” He continued by announcing, “Saks will donate $10,000 to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation.”
With the launch of this perfume, now available at Sak’s Fifth Avenue, 49th Street, everyone can make a difference knowing that with every purchase, the proceeds go to charity, helping to make the world a better place for those who live in it. Last October, the World Health Organization announced, “Depression is the No. 1 reason for disability. Those are the people who can’t get up and can’t go to work. Depression is so prevalent that 20 million adults in the United States struggle with it each year, and 350 million people have it worldwide. Everyone is touched by it—directly or indirectly.”
Eau de Parfum is 1.7 oz. or 50 mL; manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $115. Purse spray is 0.5 fluid ounces or 15 mL; MSRP is $45. Hand and Body Crème is 4 oz. or 113 grams; MSRP is $40. The Scented Candle, made of soy, coconut and beeswax, is 8 oz. or 225 grams; MSRP is $50.
I love a purse spray, so that is the first one I will purchase, the body cream is next and finally the scented candle, always good for setting the mood.
The mission of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation is to fund cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide. It was founded in 2006 by Gruss in memory of her mother Hope, who struggled with depression for decades. More than a decade after its founding, Hope for Depression Research Foundation has become the leading nonprofit dedicated solely to advanced depression research. Its impact includes more than 100 major research grants in 12 countries, 18 U.S. cities and 48 major universities, such as Harvard and Rockefeller University. On hand for the event was Veronica Webb.
Until next week … kisses.