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Monday, November 10, 2014

NIGHTLIGHT: The New York Landmarks Conservancy's 21st Annual Living Landmark Gala Most Successful Ever In Its History Raising $1.3 Million Honoring Mort Zuckerman, Leonard Lauder, Daryl Roth, Jordan Roth, Mitch Rosenthal, and Gael Greene Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel

"Thank you! I love being a Living Landmark and I love being a part of the Landmarks Conservancy, because you all are doing a great job." -Leonard Lauder
The Landmarks Conservancy celebrated its 21st Living Landmarks gala on November 6, 2014 evening with a capacity crowd at the Plaza Ballroom. The evening was the Conservancy's largest and most successful ever - raising more than 1.3 million dollars for their many programs & services of this most worthwhile organization that you should consider becoming involved with, if you aren't already. 

This year's honorees included restaurant critic Gael Greene, philanthropist and businessman Leonard Lauder, Phoenix House founder Dr. Mitch Rosenthal, Broadway impresarios Daryl and Jordan Roth, and media and real estate mogul Mort Zuckerman.  (We interviewed Leonard's late wife the phenomenal Evelyn Lauder here.)

Landmark Liz Smith was the host; Tommy Tune, also a Living Landmark, sang and tap danced for all to enjoy. David Hyde Pierce was a guest presenter to the Conservancy's first mother and son duo, Daryl and Jordan Roth. And Landmark bandleader Peter Duchin and his orchestra provided the evening's music.

The audience of more than 500 persons included several past honorees: Paul Binder, Ann Buttenwieser, Louise Hirschfeld Cullman, Lewis Cullman, Clive Davis, David Dinkins, Barbara Goldsmith, Vartan Gregorian, Joel Grey, Agnes Gund, Linda Leroy Janklow, Sirio Maccioni, Mary McFadden, Jimmy Nederlander, Jr., Pete Peterson, and John Rosenwald.

Each year the Conservancy recognizes distinguished New Yorkers who have made extraordinary contributions to the City and honors them as Living Landmarks. 

Our friends Elizabeth F. Stribling, Chairman of Stribling, and her husband Guy Robinson
Libba and Guy, who believes the LA Kings will have a strong repeat run in this year's quest for Lord Stanley's Cup.
 Our friends Donald and Barbara Tober
Our friends Shelley and Paul Binder (we missed the rubber chicken) 
Read Paul's book:
 Rick Bruner of the New York Landmarks Conservancy and colleague
 New friends guest and Sally Susman 
 Barbara and Boo
New friends Karin and Irving!  We sat with them during dinner. 
New friends Guest and Gregg Fisher

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is the only 501c3 covered every year since 2009 when Whom You Know began, and this great organization excels more and more with time.  We are honored to work with the New York Landmarks Conservancy and feel it is one of the most important organizations in the city, as well as being one of the most underrated.
2014 Honorees

Gael Greene is a legendary restaurant reviewer and novelist who inspired generations of New Yorkers and others with the pleasures and foibles of dining out as New York magazine’s “insatiable critic.” She has said that her passion for food was awakened by a year in Paris while she was an undergraduate. A pioneering “foodie,” Gael began her career as an investigative reporter for UPI and then the New York Post and famously used those skills later to hide her identity from restaurateurs. For more than 30 years, she has championed the City’s homebound elderly as co-founder and board chair of Citymeals-On-Wheels, which has delivered nearly 50 million meals to New York’s most frail and vulnerable seniors. Ms. Greene has authored two novels, “Blue Skies, No Candy” and “Doctor Love.” Warner Books published her memoir, “Insatiable: Tales from a life of Delicious Excess,” in 2006.

A devoted New Yorker, Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies, a global pioneer in the cosmetics industry. He joined the company in 1958, served as president from 1972-1995, and as CEO from 1982-1999. He added the title of chairman in 1999 and served in that capacity through June 2009. Under his leadership the company launched many new brands and also began expanding through acquisitions. A visionary philanthropist, he is a passionate art collector and patron of world renowned institutions including the Whitney and Metropolitan museums, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His generosity includes support for the University of Pennsylvania, Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, World Monuments Fund, and FINCA International to name but a few. Among many memberships and affiliations Leonard is co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and along with his late wife, Evelyn, created the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

A respected psychiatrist, Dr. Mitch Rosenthal founded Phoenix House in a brownstone on the Upper West Side in 1967 while serving as deputy commissioner of New York City’s Addiction Services Agency. He left his City post in 1970, and in 1972 Phoenix House became an independent nonprofit organization. It has since grown to become the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention services operating more than 123 programs in eleven states, and serving nearly 7,000 people daily. As a psychiatrist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California from 1957 to 1965, he established the first service-sponsored therapeutic community for the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and character disorders. He has been a White House advisor on drug abuse, a special consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and chaired the New York State Advisory Council on Drug Abuse from 1985 to 1997.
Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. The recipient of eight Tony Awards, her over 85 award winning productions include: Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; The Goat or Who is Sylvia; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); A Raisin in the Sun (2014 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; War Horse (2011 Tony); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; and The Year of Magical Thinking. Currently running: Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award Best Musical); You Can’t Take it With You. Recent honors: Albert Einstein College of Medicine Humanitarian Award; Broadway Association Visionary Leader Award; Family Equality Council Award; Live Out Loud Humanitarian Award; and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. A strong advocate for animal rescue, she produced the documentary My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story. Opening 2015: It Shoulda Been You, a musical comedy by Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove, directed by David Hyde Pierce.

As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan Roth oversees five Broadway theatres, presenting some of the most influential and successful musicals and plays on Broadway today. Current productions include the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Jersey Boys, and Kinky Boots. Jordan produced the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Best Play Clybourne Park, and his first show was the long-runningThe Donkey Show Off-Broadway. Jordan is the Founder and CEO of Culturalist, where you can shape, share, and debate your opinions about anything and everything through Top Ten lists. He appears frequently on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and hosts a Broadway interview series at the 92nd Street Y. He serves on the boards of The Broadway League, Broadway Cares, The Paley Center, The Times Square Alliance and Freedom to Marry. Join Jordan on Twitter and Instagram at @Jordan_Roth.

As a media mogul and real estate leader, Mort Zuckerman has certainly made his mark in New York and around the country. He is the co-founder, executive chairman, and former CEO of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the nation. Mort is also the owner and publisher of the New York Daily News and owns U.S. News & World Report, where he is also a columnist and editor-in-chief. He is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and “The McLaughlin Group.” Mort is a former Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale. His recent pledge of $200 million to endow the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and $100 million gift for the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are just two examples of his visionary philanthropic initiatives. In his free time, Mort enjoys spelunking and hunting for buried treasure.
Honorary Co-Chairs 
Agnes Gund, Arie Kopelman

Celebration Committee Chair
Steve Roth
Celebration Committee
Paul Binder
Daniel Boulud
Ina & Robert Caro
Barbara Cook
Louise Hirschfeld Cullman & Lewis B. Cullman
David Dinkins
Barbara Goldsmith
Victor Gotbaum 
Vartan Gregorian
Joel Grey
Marian Heiskell
A.E. Hotchner
William J. vanden Huevel
Ray Kelly 
Angela Lansbury
Sirio Maccioni
Mary McFadden
Arthur Mitchell
David Rockefeller
E. John Rosenwald, Jr.
Amy & Howard Rubenstein
Tommy Tune
Bunny Williams
Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò

 Coverage on Whom You Know for this Gala the past five years prior:






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Peachy and Barbara Tober

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Smile by Cosmopolitan Dental
Dress by Halston, upkeep by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner
Tights by Emilio Cavallini
Skincare and Lipstick by La Prairie
Our favorite waiter, Baleigh, who is the most cheerful in his vocation every year

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