On The Avenue

Director’s Council of New York Hosts Annual New York After Dark Gala

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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The Director’s Council of New York held their annual New York After Dark Gala on October 5 at Museum on Fifth Avenue. The evening honored Ros L’Esperance, Sloan Overstrom and Jamie Creel for their long service to the Museum. Mark Gilbertson, chairman of the Director’s Council, welcomed the 350 guests who filled the Museum’s rotunda and first floor and thanked the sponsors for the evening, Max Mara and Sana Sabbagh.


This season, the Museum of the City of New York is celebrating a major renovation, which has completely transformed the historic building. Gilbertson then introduced Whitney Donhauser the Museum’s Ronay Meschel director, who told the guests about the opening on November 18. The Museum will be hosting its first permanent exhibition, New York at its Core. The exhibit tells the story of New York at its core from its beginnings as a Dutch village to a major global city. The interactive exhibit also enlists visitors to predict the city’s future.


WNBC news anchor Chuck Scarborough served as master of ceremonies presenting the awards to the three honorees.


Guests included fellow Director’s Council chairmen Sara Ayres, Celerie Kemble, Nicole Hanley Mellon, Calvert Moore, Sloan Overstrom, Allison Rockefeller, Tara Rockefeller, Andrew Roosevelt, and Burwell Schorr, and the Museum’s chairman Jamie Dinan. Guests celebrating the three honorees included Dennis Basso, Somers and Andrew Farkas, Nathalie Kaplan, Anjali and Prakash Melwani, Katie Tozer, Karen Klopp, Kristen and Charles Krusen, Jeff Pfeifle, Kathy and Othon Prounis, Sylvia Hemingway, Ellen Niven, Daryl Brown Uber and Bruce Uber, Ritchey and David Howe, Dana and Larry Creel, Mary Snow, Eric Villency, Michael Lorber, Rachel and Ara Hovnanian, George Farias, Grace and Chris Meigher, Amory and Sean McAndrew, Tatina Perkin, Randall Burkert, Judgie Graham, Gloria Fieldcamp, Stephanie Hessler and Alexandra Lebenthal.


Attendees enjoyed a full bar on both sides of the first floor, and the night ended with a dance performance by a group that Gilbertson referred to as “the sexy dancers.”


Visit The Museum of the City of New York’s website at mcny.org.


All photos courtesy of Patrick McMullan.




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