Westchester Magazine November 2011: Foto Files

Blockbuster Bash

Steven Spielberg—the legendary director, producer, screenwriter and the man who brought us E.T., Jaws, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and many other memorable films and who co-founded DreamWorks and contributed so much more to cinema and to popular culture—came to Westchester to help the Jacob Burns Film Center celebrate its 10th anniversary. Said Steven Spielberg at the event, which was attended by 600, “I have not heard of anything like this Jacob Burns Film Center happening anywhere else in the world. What makes this Center unique is not the fact that more films are shown here annually than there are days in the year, or your researcher that must drive himself crazy looking for those films. The thing that makes this Center different from every other well-intentioned organization that brings community and film together is the educational outreach to so many schools.” Board member and Greenwich, Connecticut, resident Ron Howard, a noted actor and director himself, presented Spielberg with the Burns’s 2011 Vision Award. Shortly after the event, it was announced that Spielberg woul join the Burns Center’s Board of Directors. Proceeds from the evening benefited the Center’s education and outreach programs, which serve some 12,000 students in grades pre-K through 12, many of whom participate free of charge.

Photo by Lynda Shenkman Curtis

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Steven Spielberg with JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon of Pleasantville
Directors Ang Lee of Larchmont, Ron Howard of Greenwich, CT, and John Sayles with actress Debra Winger of Irvington

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and wife Sheila McCloskey of Mount Pleasant
Gail Wagner, MD, and Barry Shenkman of Chappaqua

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Laureen Barber of Pound Ridge, Kim and Brendan Maloof of Katonah, and David Barber of Pound Ridge
Amy and Frank Linde of Chappaqua

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Michael A. and Jeanne Martinelli of Yonkers, jazz singer and guitarist Madeleine Peyroux, and Gina Decrescenzo and Michael Martinelli, Jr, both of Yonkers, backstage at a Peyroux concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall

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Jon Fontane of Westport, CT, Heather Adessa of Mamaroneck, Nat Mundy of Mount Kisco, Karen Hertz of Briarcliff Manor, and Steve Katz of New City, NY, at a private screening of the racing movie Senna to benefit the NY/NJ/CT chapter of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and held at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco


At the third anniversary party for Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco:

Hanna Dillman of Garrison, NY
Michael Benjamin of Rye with Patrick Phelan and Courtney Lynn McTeigue, both of Greenwich, CT
Mark Lorenzetti of Manhattan with Stephen Stills of Bedford
Andi and Chris Tropiano of Verplanck


At the third annual Top Chefs of Northern Westchester fundraiser for the United Way of Westchester and Putnam held at the Mount Kisco Country Club:

Photo by Shannon Cobb/United Way

Nancy Burkley of Briarcliff Manor, Seth Berman of Yonkers, Naomi Adler of Rockland County, Sorraya Sampson of White Plains, Randi Brosterman of Chappaqua
Shaileen Brighton-Ortiz of Croton-on-Hudson, Rhonda DeLetis of Danbury, CT, Laura Sinitsky of Newtown, CT, and Carol Steiner of Mount Kisco

Photo by Diana Costello/Co-Communications

Suzanne Siebert of Brewster, NY, Chris Hickey of White Plains, and Shareeda Kayum of Mount Kisco


At the CrossTalk: Burritos Over Broadway event organized by the Katonah Museum of Art and the Katonah Village Library held at the library:

Frank Cantor, Van Kozelka, and Esmeralda Santiago, all of Katonah, with Daisy Martinez of Brooklyn, NY

Photo by Margaret Fox

Photo by Margaret Fox

Chazz Palminteri of Bedford with Judy Blundell of Katonah


At the Fountains at Rivervue ten-year anniversary gala held at the retirement community in Tuckahoe:

Mike Hughes of Scottsdale, AZ, ex-Knicks Forward Anthony Mason of New Rochelle, and Mary Arefieg of Yonkers

Photo by Margaret Fox

Photo by Margaret Fox

Robert Bracken of Tuckahoe
Sybil Pierot and Jeanne Bravata, both of Tuckahoe

Photo by Margaret Fox


Reader’s Digest North America President Dan Lagani of Mamaroneck with performer MC Hammer at Reader’s Digest annual management conference in White Plains where the book Life…The Reader’s Digest Version was launched.


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