Jazz Foundation of America Presents Cirque Du Jazz

Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th Street, NY, NY | 04.26.2014 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On Saturday, April 26th, the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) presented Cirque Du Jazz, a festive, circus-themed incarnation of its annual Jazz Loft Party at New York's Hudson Studios. The 23rd annual benefit, sponsored by Parmigiani Fleurier and the Montreux Jazz Festival, featured performances by jazz, blues, tango, folk, swing, and flamenco legends. Iconic Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis presented JFA's Lifetime Achievement Award to former Columbia/CBS/Elektra/Blue Note record company executive, Bruce Lundvall. (shown left). Musicians Matthew Whitaker, Nick Depuy, Norah Jones, and Dianne Reeves honored Mr. Lundvall with special tribute performances. Notable celebrities included actress Jennifer Beals and journalist Maria Bartilomo. more...

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health 19th Annual SportsBall Gala

Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NY, NY | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On April 11th, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) celebrated its 19th Anniversary at the Annual SportsBall Gala held at New York's Chelsea Piers. New York 1 News Anchor Cheryl Wills co-hosted the spectacular event with Mary Carillo, Sports Analyst for CBS, HBO Sports, NBC, and the Tennis Channel. The "black tie & sneakers" event brings together sports celebrities, medical professionals, academic leaders, public figures, and others who support the legacy of tennis champion and humanitarian, Arthur Ashe, who founded the Institute prior to his death in 1993. The gala, which raises funds for critical health empowerment programs in urban minority communities, honors significant contributions by individuals who further its mission. (left: Hosts Mary Carillo and Cheryl Wills) more...

Actress Anne Hathaway Hosts Women’s Media Center Awards

Guastavino's, 409 East 59th Street, NY, NY | by Merry Esparza & Alan Horowitz

Style 1 Media On November 13th, Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Hathaway (left) hosted the star-studded 2012 Women’s Media Awards, an annual initiative of the Women’s Media Center (WMC) to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women's and girls' visibility and power in media. Co-founded by Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan, and Jane Fonda, WMC actively works to ensure that a diverse group of women are present in all aspects of media. The 2012 Awards, held at New York's elegant Guastavino's venue, honored Paley Center for Media President/CEO, Pat Mitchell; Time Inc. Editorial Director, Martha Nelson; journalists and television hosts, Lisa Ling and Laura Ling; journalist Sarah Hoye; and writer/humorist/social media strategist, Luvvie Ajayi. more...

Pratt Institute Commemorates Alumni and Faculty Who Have Changed the World

Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, NY, NY | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media Waldorf-Astoria's Grand Ballroom was a nexus of creative energy on October 15th, when Pratt Institute hosted its 125th Anniversary Gala, a celebration of alumni and faculty whose work has transformed the world. More than 500 guests attended, raising over $1 million for student scholarships, and making it the institute's largest fundraiser yet. It was fitting for the golden gala to take place at the Waldorf-Astoria, which was designed in 1929 by Pratt alumnus Lloyd Morgan. The benefit honored the Pratt Family; Riedel Crystal of North America CEO, Maximilian Josef Riedel; theater, opera, and film director, Julie Taymor; and artist/portrait painter, Kehinde Wiley. (left: Julie Taymor, Maximilian Josef Riedel, Pratt Institute President Dr. Thomas Schutte, Kehinde Wiley) more...