Philanthropists of all stripes gathered at espace on Monday night for the fifth-annual Culture For One benefit.
The program was emceed by Sade Baderinwa, while comedian Caroline Rhea lightened the mood during a live auction. The cast of The Great Comet of 1812 (including star Josh Groban) performed three songs from their hit Tolstoy-spoofing musical. Diana and Joe DiMenna received the Culture For One Inspiration Award.
But the real focus of the night was on Culture For One and all the good it does. Founder Linn Tanzman gave a moving speech about starting her organization, and about its mission to expose disadvantaged foster children to cultural experiences. Following Tanzman’s speech, Culture for One beneficiary Jahlika Hamilton told the crowd about her own life-changing experiences with Culture For One, and how the organization helped her overcome her own traumatic memories.
Benefit chairs included Jennifer Bandier and Neil Boyarsky, Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt, Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Lenore and Bob Cohen, Janet and Howard Kagan, Shelley Lazar and Linn Tanzman and Sanford Rosen. Other attendees included Alexandra Richards, Patti Hansen Richards, Caroline Rhea, Ann Caruso, Frederick Anderson, Shruti Ganguly, Harold Koda, Joan B. Horning, Susan Clatworthy, Hofit Golan and Susan Shin.