The Planet Rocked This Fall

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Rob Rich/
Monday, November 26, 2018

For Bill Clinton, Sam Waterston, Morgan Freeman, and Ted Danson, it was our oceans. For Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury, it was agriculture. And for Chuck Scarborough, animals. In short, the stars showed up to some of the 2018 Fall galas to help protect our planet.

“If only fish could write, they’d have some choice words [to describe the state of our oceans], said Waterston during Oceana’s New York Gala at The Rainbow Room on October 12th. Waterston and Freeman were named Ocean Heroes for their dedication to protecting seas worldwide. Danson emceed the evening and Nile Rodgers performed.

Morgan, a long time supporter of the organization, said his fascination with the sea, his “second home,” started with blue-water sailing. Clinton, also an ocean preservation devotee, reminded the audience that when looking at other planets, the first thing we search for is water. “Water is the one non-negotiable fact of life.”

Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr. hosted the gala and along with fellow co-chairs Sydney Davis, Dede MacMahon, Kelly and James Hallman, Violaine and John Bernbach, raised $1.5 million.

Other guests included Leslie and Robert Zemeckis, Andy Sabin, and Lynn Woodruff Waterston.

Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Karolina Kurkova, and Archie Drury were feted at Teens For Food Justice (TFFJ)’s Feast 2018 at Tribeca Rooftop on October 30th. The honorees told the audience that they were so enthusiastic about the cause, which teaches Title 1 students in New York City how to grow food hydroponically, they were expanding the program to their hometown of Miami.

Each of the participating NYC school’s urban indoor farms yields as much as 22,000 pounds of fresh produce annually. Director and Chief Executive Officer Kathy Soll, who started TFF in 2013, said that, “All New Yorkers should be committed to ending food insecurity, hunger, and poor nutrition.” The banquet, created by Chef David Laris, featured food grown by the students.

The evening’s attendees included Michael and Iris Smith along with daughters Kaily and Tara Smith Swibel, Ashley Williams, Lois Stevens, Pamela Morgan, Michael and Marcy Warren, and Jason Wu.

“This is a three hankie event,” advised WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough as he hosted The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)’s Annual Humane Awards Luncheon at Cipriani on November 15th.  “The tears begin to flow the minute you sit down and continue until the end of the ceremony,” agreed former award recipient Jill Rappaport.

Guests included Lily Chee, Linda Lloyd Lambert, Arriana Boardman, Natalie Pasquarella, Ellen Scarborough, Mark F. Gilbertson, Lisa McCarthy, Barbara Cates, Jeff A. Pfeifle, Allison Aston, Donna Acquavella, Jane Parver, and ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker.

In addition to featuring the organization’s efforts to help animals displaced by the fires in California, six animal heroes who have helped humans and animals in extraordinary ways were recognized: Noah (Dog of the Year), D-O-G (Cat of the Year), Roman McConn (Kid of the Year), police dog, Bear (Public Service Award), The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC).


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