NCS’s HEISENBERG EVENT WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS.
On Wednesday, November 30th, NCS supporters attended and enjoyed a night at the theater. Heisenberg was both funny and thought provoking. Thank you to everyone who joined us. It was an enormous success.
NCS CELEBRATES ITS COMMUNITY PARTNERS! SPRING GALA 2016
What a celebration!
On June 6th, almost 150 guests joined NCS at The Yale Club for a celebration of community partners who together are making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers most in need. During the event we screened a new video and, in the evening's highlight, heard from Louis Nine House resident Miguel Ortiz who said, "Living at Louis Nine House has changed my life. Getting housing and support gave me a chance to do the things I needed to do to become the person I wanted to become." Along with these powerful words, the night was filled with music, magic, and more!
American Psycho is Smash Hit!
On April 13th, we spent a night of "bloody fun" at the theater. American Psycho - The Musical follows the double life of Patrick Bateman (Benjamin Walker), an Armani-wearing Wall Street shark who moonlights as a serial killer. Gritty with dark humor, there were dazzling scenes of late 80's decadence reflected in the music and dance, glamorous and over the top costumes, and striking sets.
NCS is grateful to all of our friends who so generously supported this event- providing critically needed funds for New Yorkers most in need.
NCS friends enjoyed a night at the theater
On December 2nd, NCS friends enjoyed a night at the theater -- Thérèse Raquin, starring Keira Knightley and Judith Light in stunning performances. A highly-charged and intense drama kept our guests riveted until the final curtain. Then most of the cast came out for a talkback -- smart questions and astute and insightful answers. NCS is grateful to all of our friends who so generously supported this event -- providing critically needed funds for New Yorkers most in need.
NCS Honors New Yorkers of Distinction at Spring Benefit 2015
On May 12th, 2015, NCS welcomed 200 guests at The Central Park Boathouse for its annual spring benefit. The event was a resounding success and raised $300,000 to benefit NCS programs. This year, we inaugurated the New Yorkers of Distinction award and honored Stuart N. Siegel, President & CEO, Engel and Völkers New York City, Elizabeth T. Peabody, LMSW and Samuel P. Peabody, Educator. Our honorees inspire with their commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers. We salute their leadership and their personal and professional passions that speak to what is great about our city. The event honorees were joined by our host and auctioneer, C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby's, benefit committee co-chairs, Joan and Wolcott Dunham, William Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Johnson, Suzanne and David Oliver and Liz Smith and NCS Executive Director Ira Mandelker. Below are some photo highlights from the evening.
Guests on the terrace
Amy Herman Schechter (left) and friends
Guests enjoying the glorious weather
NCS Executive Director Ira Mandelker
NCS resident Brendon Patterson
Auctioneer Hugh Hildesley
Hugh Hildesley and honoree Stuart Siegel
NCS Board President David Oliver and honoree Elizabeth Peabody
Honoree Sam Peabody and host Hugh Hildesley
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Elizabeth Peabody
Board member Alice Greif and Board President David Oliver
Diana McHugh and Alexandra Villano with auction prizes
Columnist Liz Smith, archeologist Iris Love, film producer and director Linda Yellen
The Nether Theater Event
On March 10, 2015, friends and supporters of NCS gathered at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for our Theater Benefit. Guests in attendance were treated to a sold-out performance of The Nether, a wonderful new play presented by the MCC Theater, written by Jennifer Haley, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and 2015 Olivier Award nominee, and directed by Anne Kauffman. Merritt Wever stars in this haunting thriller set in the future where it is now possible to experience such sensations as taste, smell and sex, which triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. After the show, guests gathered in the theater for a talk-back with the entire cast, moderated by Artistic Director William Cantner. The actors responded to the audience's very astute questions and comments about the characters, interpretation of the play and their experience acting in this production. NCS is grateful to all of our supporters who helped to make this a very special event.
Outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
NCS supporter, Felice Michetti (left) and NCS Board Member Barbara Chocky (right) with their guest picking up their tickets for the sold-out performance.
Winners of the staff raffle, Desiree Stewart (right) and her guest, before the performance. The tickets were generously donated by NCS Board Member Stephanie Shuman.
NCS supporter Jan Golann before the show.
Friend of NCS, Jane Heffner.
The Country House Theater Event
On November 18, 2014, friends and supporters of NCS gathered at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for our Theater Benefit. Guests in attendance were treated to a performance of The Country House, a wonderful new play presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), written by Donald Margulies, a Tony-nominated playwright for his work Time Stands Still, and directed by Daniel Sullivan, director of MTC’s The Snow Geese, The Columnist, and Good People. Blythe Danner stars at the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be famous actors who spend the weekend in their family summer home in the Berkshires. After the show, guests gathered in the Solomon Lounge for a private dessert reception and talk-back with Kel Haney, an MTC Teaching Artist and Kate Jennings Grant, Sarah Steele and Eric Lange, three of the stars of the play. Our guests were thoroughly engaged in the discussion asking thoughtful questions and making astute observations. NCS is thankful to all of our friends who showed their support of our programs and helped to make this a very special event.
Outside the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
NCS Board member Ann Loeb and husband Michael (left), along with Chance for Change Program Director Ben Davis and wife Tamar (right).
NCS Board President David Oliver introducing MTC Teaching Artist Kel Haney.
Talk-back with actors Sarah Steele, Kate Jennings Grant, and Eric Lange at post-show gathering.
Actress Kate Jennings Grant talks with Tihirah Johnson (right) a resident of our program in the Bronx for homeless young adults, and her friend, a theater student, at the evening's reception.
Actor Eric Lange talks with NCS supporter Alec Harrison and friend after the discussion.
Nellie McKay Spring Benefit 2014
Now for something completely different! This year NCS changed up its spring benefit. Instead of the usual honorees and speeches, NCS presented an evening of entertainment with the fabulous Nellie McKay, singer and satirist. We promised our guests that they would be dazzled and delighted by her talent - and they weren't disappointed. On May 20th the NCS Board and Benefit Committee Chairs Stephanie Guest and Suzanne and David Oliver, hosted a very special dinner at Capitale, an exciting space in the Bowery. It wasn't long after Nellie started to perform that guests knew they were listening to someone very special. Nellie was hailed by The New Yorker as "funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented." Was that an understatement! In between her sets, Marvin, one of NCS's clients, shared his inspiring story. After living on the street and then in a shelter, Marvin landed at the NCS Residence where he got the help he needed to live independently. He now has his own apartment, a job and confidence in himself and what he can achieve. Brinton Parson, an NCS Board member who helped Marvin secure a job, gave him a big thumbs up. That moment and many more were captured courtesy of Kwame Anyane-Yeboa and Alec Harrison.
Silent auction tables during the reception at our beautiful venue, Capitale
NCS Board member Alice Greif and supporter Ronald Carr
NCS Board member Patricia Falk and supporter Gladys Thomas
NCS Board member Alice Greif and supporters Megan Newman and Matthew Greenberg
NCS Leadership Council member Sam Peabody and NCS Executive Director Ira Mandelker
Tom Kilkenny, NCS Board member, and Frank Nickell, supporter (center) share a joke while Scott Frosch and Carol Hertling look on
NCS supporters Penny Stoil and Jerry Cammarata indulge in fabulous hors d'oeuvres
NCS supporter Joe Ryan and his guest
Guests enjoyed dinner in a beautiful setting
Emcee and auctioneer Josh Beckerman
Client speaker Marvin Pressley
Marvin being congratulated after his remarks
NCS Board member Brinton Parson gives Marvin two thumbs up
NCS Board member Stephanie Shuman welcomes Nellie McKay to the stage
Nellie at the piano
Nellie and her ukulele
Friends and Board members react to Nellie
Amy Herman Schechter
NCS's newest Board member Jill Worth
NCS Board President David Oliver
Suzanne Oliver (wife of Board President David Oliver)
NCS Leadership Council member Carl Goldman and longtime supporter Vivian Pan
NCS Board members Pat Falk, Stephanie Guest and Stephanie Shuman
Outside Mulligar Theater Event
On February 12th, 2014, friends and supporters of NCS gathered at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for our Theater Benefit. Guests in attendance were treated to a performance of Outside Mullingar, a popular new play presented by the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) and written by John Patrick Shanley (who wrote Moonstruck and Doubt). Set in the rainy Irish countryside, this romantic dramedy starred Brian F. O'Byrne as Anthony Reilly, the closed-off son of a gruff farmer, and Debra Messing as Rosemary Muldoon, his fiery and spirited neighbor who has pined for him for years. Seventy-five supporters purchased tickets to the play and despite the wintry weather, we had a fantastic turnout! After the show, guests gathered in the Solomon Lounge for a private dessert reception and talk-back with Kel Haney, a MTC Teaching Artist. Our guests were thoroughly engaged in the discussion asking Kel thoughtful questions and making astute observations. NCS is thankful to all of our friends who showed their support of our programs and helped to make this a very special event.
NCS board member Thomas J. Kilkenny and his guests Marva Hamilton and Judy Disla (L-R) enjoy the post-play reception.
Board members and supporters of NCS asked thought-provoking questions during the talk-back.
Guests who attended the post-show reception were treated with delicious desserts, like these mini red velvet cupcakes!
Samuel P. Peabody of NCS's Leadership Council chats with NCS supporter Michaela Walsh in the Solomon Lounge.
The group shares a laugh during the Q&A after the play.
NCS Honors Women of Achievement Spring Benefit 2013
On May 14th, 2013, NCS welcomed 200 guests at The Central Park Boathouse for its annual spring benefit. This event was a resounding success and raised $300,000 to benefit NCS programs. This year NCS's new Women of Achievement Award was presented to three women, Liz Smith, Cathy Blaney and Dr. Mary White, stars in their own profession, who are an inspiration to us all for their commitment to service and to improving the lives of the disenfranchised, like the population NCS serves. The event honorees were joined by the emcee and auctioneer, Kathleen Guzman, NCS Executive Director Ira Mandelker, and benefit committee co-chairs, Wolcott and Joan Dunham, Suzanne and David Oliver, and Sam Peabody. Josh Beckerman joined us once again and amused attendees with his sleight-of-hand while famed photographer Patrick McMullan, a guest attending the party, captured the evening's festivities. Without private funding, NCS would not be able to provide the comprehensive services needed by most chronically homeless people, and respond to changing needs with innovative programs. The Spring Benefit is NCS's largest annual fundraising event and honors men and women in the community who are making a difference in the lives of their fellow New Yorkers. Below are some photo highlights from the evening. For even more photos, check us out on Patrick McMullan's site.
Dr. Mary White, Liz Smith, Cathy Blaney
The beautiful view from the Boathouse
Samuel Peabody, Liz Smith, Elizabeth Peabody, Scott Leurquin
Joan Findley Dunham, Dick Dunham, Katharine Fleming
Cathy Blaney with friends and family
Mary Jane Blaney, John Blaney, Jane Blaney, Cathy Blaney
Rev. Petero Sabune, Dr. Mary White, Samuel Peabody, Rev. Brenda Husson, Wolcott Dunham
Amanda Low, Gina MacArthur, Connie Verducci, Carola Mack
Che Quayle, Tom Kilkenny
Randal Tupper, Katalin Mandelker, Ira Mandelker
NCS staff and guests enjoy the beautiful location
Deborah Ellis, William Buerger, Rebecca Marriott
Galen Guengerich, Holly Atkinson
Christine Miller Martin, Christian Murrle, Susan Fosmoen. Devra Barrett, Patrick Barrett
Questa Anderson, Mary Walling, Josie McFadden
Jalyssa Brevitt, Tihirah Johnson
Robert Yancey, Bonnie Hiller, Josh Beckerman, Che Quayle, Marva Hamilton, Michelle Ferguson
Kate Reid, Beth Savage, David Oliver, Evelyn Lasry
Mickey Ateyeh, Fran Weissler
Cathy Blaney and friends
Michael Lindvall, Marta King
Matt Schechter, Heather Perlmutter, Matthew Rosen
Silent Auction Tables
Evelyn Lasry, David Oliver, Suzanne Oliver
Michael Petralia, Cathy Blaney
Cathy Blaney, Christine Miller Martin
Liz Smith, Cathy Blaney
Rev. Petero Sabune, Dr. Mary White
Liz Smith, Samuel Peabody, Elizabeth Peabody
Dr. Mary White, Liz Smith, Cathy Blaney, David Oliver
Nancy Carr, Megan Newman
Eve Stuart, Stephanie Guest, Richard Ellis
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Theater Benefit
The NCS Theater Benefit, held on January 29, 2013, was a big hit. Friends and supporters of NCS gathered at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see one of Broadway’s hottest new shows, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Scarlett Johansson, Ciarán Hinds, Benjamin Walker and Debra Monk. Ticket sales were extraordinary, selling out almost a week before the show, necessitating us to buy additional tickets to meet the demand. Despite the rainy weather, all 91 guests were in attendance and the air was buzzing with excitement. Guests included Christiane Amanpour and her husband James Rubin, Clare Potter and her guest Sean Driscoll, Stephanie Guest and Richard Ellis, Arthur and Lois Stainman, Richard and Peggy Danziger, Samuel Peabody, and finance-types including Thomas Mendell, Frank Nickell and Fred Shuman (with his wife, NCS Board Member Stephanie Shuman). The show did not disappoint – everyone enjoyed the play enormously and the highlight of the evening was a 20 minute talk-back with cast members after the performance. It truly was a special evening, and many thanks go out to all of our friends for coming out to support NCS.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Richard Rodgers Theatre
NCS Executive Director Ira L. Mandelker, Ph. D. and NCS Board Member Barbara Chocky
NCS Board Member Ann Ross Loeb and NCS Executive Director Ira L. Mandelker, Ph. D.
NCS Board Member Brinton Parson and friend Mila Tuttle
Rock Against Homelessness II
The Rock Against Homelessness II benefit concert held on July 27th at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park was a big success! It was one of those hot summer nights in the park and it was rockin!—The bands were great including a 10 year old girl (and her younger brother!) who were rapping and looked like the next hot thing. Everyone was moving to the beat including toddlers, old men on roller skates, and even some dogs. A big thanks goes out to Sandra Small and her Small World Band and Deshai Williams, our emcee (and singer) from Global Entertainment, who put this together. We'd also like to thank all our volunteers--performers, photographers, staff and NCS program participants--who donated their time and talents to benefit NCS.
Spring into Summer Benefit 2012
Nearly 200 people came together on May 22nd in the beautiful Central Park Boathouse to honor founding board member and community volunteer, Nancy Carr, and The Brick Presbyterian Church, represented by The Reverend Michael L. Lindvall. The evening started with a reception where guests, despite the rainy forecast, were able to enjoy the terrace overlooking the Lake. At dinner, guests bid on silent and live auction items, participated in the raffle and watched the extraordinary sleight of hand of NCS friend, Josh Beckerman. We were also pleased to show our latest video highlighting several aspects of NCS’s work, including education/training, resident stories and volunteerism. The best part of the evening was when Louis Nine House resident, Anthony T. shared his story and told the audience that he is now studying accounting at college, has a job as a Youth Ambassador for SUNY Albany, encouraging at-risk young people to attend college and is looking forward to an upcoming summer internship. We are also pleased to announce that due to the enthusiastic and energetic work of our auctioneer, Kathleen Guzman (head of Heritage Auctions in New York), as well as the generosity of NCS supporters, we raised over $40,000 during the good deeds auction. Thanks to all for a wonderful evening.
Being Flynn Film Screening
Our private screening of Being Flynn at Universal Screening Room was a great success. Being Flynn is a film about the relationship between a writer and his homeless father. Powerfully played by Paul Dano and Robert DeNiro respectively, these men, each struggling with his own demons, skirt each other’s lives until they connect in the homeless shelter where the son works and the father has come to reside. One of our residents, Marvin P., had a conversation with Roe Piccoli, NCS Residence director, about his shelter experience. Paul Weitz, the Academy Award nominated director, joined us to talk about bringing this story to the screen and introduced the film to our guests. We extend our gratitude to everyone who could join us, Mr. Weitz and Focus Features for the opportunity to share this important story.
Venus in Fur
Thank you to all who supported our Venus in Fur theater benefit on November 15th at Manhattan Theatre Club. After riveting performances by Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy, Assistant Director Ross Evans led a discussion with NCS theatergoers. Mr. Evans’ anecdotes and questions about the play and its characters facilitated great insight and interesting interpretations. Thank you again to our supporters who made this event a great success.
Spring Into Summer Benefit 2011
Our Spring into Summer benefit on May 24th was a great success. We are grateful that so many were able to join us to honor Alexandra and Frederick W. Peters, Not for Profit board consultant and President, Warburg Realty, respectively, and Carl A. Goldman, former NCS board member and President, Corporate Capital Consultants. Our emcee and auctioneer, Nick Dawes, encouraged bidders for the silent and live auctions while long time volunteer Audrey Silver donated her time and talent and filled the Central Park Boathouse with jazz. For the third year in a row, our friend, walk-around magician, Josh Beckerman, provided fun with his style of close-up magic and comedy. We are grateful to everyone who helped NCS raise funds for critical services to the homeless and formerly homeless of New York.
Photos courtesy of Alec Harrison
Hope Goldstein and Joseph Kanjamala of Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP with Georgia Lerner (center), Executive Director, Women’s Prison Association.
Good People Theater Benefit
We had another successful theater event at Manhattan Theatre Club. Everyone who attended witnessed a stellar performance from the cast of David Lindsey-Abaire’s Good People including Tate Donovan, Frances McDormand, and Estelle Parsons. MTC’s Associate Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield led a Q&A session with Good People cast members Patrick Carroll and Renee Elise Goldsberry.
NCS Board Member Tom Kilkenny (center) with guests John Yavroyan and Susan Tully
Long time NCS friend Joe Ryan and his guest Robin Dailey
Mauboussin Shopping Event
Over 100 people braved the elements to attend the shopping event co-hosted by Christine Cachot, COO of Mauboussin and Christine Miller Martin, Managing Director of Warburg Realty. We want to thank our friends at Mauboussin and Warburg Realty for coordinating an evening of glamour, glitter and generosity and all of our supporters who attended despite the weather.
Alexandra Peters, Christine Miller Martin, Warburg Realty President Frederick Peters
Christine Miller Martin and NCS Executive Director Ira L. Mandelker, Ph. D.
Georg Jensen Shopping Event
Tuesday, December 14th, Georg Jensen hosted a cocktail party and shopping event for NCS supporters at their store at 687 Madison Avenue.
It was a wonderful party and we are grateful to Georg Jensen and to all who attended and supported the cause.
NCS Board Member Alice Greif checks out the fine collection of jewelry at Georg Jensen
Cocktails for a Cause
On Dec. 3rd, Amy Herman hosted Cocktails for a Cause to benefit NCS at premier city hotspot Chelsea Manor. Attendees mixed and mingled while helping to support NCS' work providing housing and supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless single adults and to youth ages 18-25 who are aging out of foster care or are homeless.
Pitmen Painters Theater Event
The Pitmen Painters benefit at the Manhattan Theatre Club on October 5th was a great success and was enjoyed by all who attended. NCS is very grateful to everyone who supported the event. After the performance, Event Co-Chair and Board Member, Stephanie Guest, introduced our guests to her long-time friend and one of the stars of The Pitmen Painters, Ian Kelly. Fresh from the night’s performance, Ian told us the story of how he was introduced to Lee Hall, the writer of the production, and shared some wonderful stories about the history of the real Pitmen Painters. Ian took questions from the crowd as guests enjoyed desserts and champagne. We were all very delighted to have Ian speak after the performance—the perfect ending to a wonderful evening!
Pitmen Painters Actor, Ian Kelly and long-time NCS supporter, Lois Stainman
Event Co-Chair and Board Member, Tom Kilkenny (center) and his guests
Board Member, Brinton Parson (left) with husband Buck Parson, and Charlotte and Barry Kingham