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Six-Figure Golden Gala

Nearly 550 people celebrated Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s 49th annual auxiliary event held at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor. The celebration raised approximately $500,000 to help pay for major renovations and expansion of the hospital. The hospital is planning on a new four-story private-room patient tower and an expanded Emergency Department. “The gala is the centerpiece of our annual fundraising efforts,” says Hudson Valley Hospital President John Federspiel, “and it celebrated three individuals who are so meaningful to our building campaign.” They are Jeanne Riedel of Yorktown Heights, Entergy’s Michael Balduzzi of Cortlandt Manor, and Pat and Marion Dugan of Garrison, New York. Guests were treated to cocktails and a raw bar before dinner and dancing. There was also a silent auction. Among the items bid on: a 10-day Amazon cruise for two, a week in Cabo San Lucas, and a five-night stay in Honduras.

Maurice Poplausky, MD, and wife Hanna of Rye Brook, HVHC President John Federspiel and Judy McQuade of Cortlandt Manor, and Liz and Tony Aiello of New Rochelle
William Higgins, MD, and wife Ellen of Peekskill with Egesta and Neritan Mani, MD, of Briarcliff Manor
Michael and Sue Balduzzi with their son Michael and his fiancée Krystle Peterson
Author Marilyn Johnson of Briarcliff Manor and Maurice Freedman of Mount Kisco at the Westchester Library System’s 50th anniversary celebration and annual meeting held at the Woman’s Club of White Plains

Singer Jon Secada with Bernie Williams of Armonk at the Jorge Posada Foundation’s Heroes 4 Hope 2009 gala, benefiting craniosynostosis research and held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in Manhattan

 Claudia B. van Hengel of Sleepy Hollow, Lisina M. Hoch of Irvington, Harry A. Jacobs of Irvington, and Maarten van Hengel of Sleepy Hollow at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center’s 22nd annual Champagne Ball, held at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor


At the Neuberger Museum of Art’s 2009 gala and 35th anniversary celebration, Champagne + CaviART, held at the museum on the Purchase College campus:

Photos by Lynda Shenkman Curtis


Laurel Garcia Colvin of Chappaqua with Richard and Ellen Chassin of Armonk


Emcee Mary Alice Williams
Janis Cecil of North Salem

At a New Rochelle Council on the Arts dinner fundraiser held at a dozen private homes around New Rochelle and at Wykagyl Country Club for dessert and cabaret:

Photos by Cristina Cerone

Sean and Mary Clare Reilly with actress Frances Sternhagen, all of New Rochelle
James and Angelique Francis, Gwen and Alvin Clayton, and Kymberly and Michael Graves, all of New Rochelle
Susan Kettner of New Rochelle, George Latimer of Rye, and Lynn Green and Judith Weber, both of New Rochelle


Wendy Nadel of Bedford with Peter Kelly of Blauvelt, New York, at the Yonkers Partners in Education’s 2nd annual gala held at Empire City Yonkers Raceway

Christine Menocal of Yorktown Heights with rocker Rick Springfield after his sold-out concert at the Paramount Center in Peekskill

Alice Kossin Gordon of Briarcliff Manor, Gail Simpson of Somers, Mary Brown of Briarcliff Manor, Kathy Antonaccio of Pleasantville, Jeanette Steiner of Yorktown Heights, and Marti Byne of Granite Springs at the Goodforkids winetasting and silent auction held at the Schoolhouse Theatre in Croton Falls

Drs. Mantu and Lopa Gupta of Scarsdale with Kenneth and Jane Gould of White Plains at ArtsWestchester 2009 gala held at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown


 At the Brides of All Nations dinner-dance, the Westchester chapter of the United Nations Women’s Guild’s 60th anniversary benefit held at the Abigail Kirsch venue at the New York Botanical Gardens:

Photos by Maria Dorn

Maleta Mogwe and husband Leroy Wilson, Jr. of White Plains
Rafael and Albertina Barbieri of Eastchester
Dori and David Yewer of Eastchester


Ellie Usoff of Scarsdale, Margo Maron of Hartsdale, Ann Oppenheim of Scarsdale, and Kathy Segall of Larchmont at the Brandeis National Committee Westchester Chapter’s book and author luncheon held at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale

Allison Spitalny, Stefanie Elman, Karyn Zeldman Aaron, and Rochelle Waldman, all of Scarsdale, at the opening event of UJA-Federation of New York’s Scarsdale Women’s Philanthropy/Westchester Women’s Philanthropy event held at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale

Photo by Arthur Jacobs



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