The guests of Mother Nature | New York Social Journal


Friday October 15, 2021. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day in New York with temperatures reaching the mid-70s and beyond. Lately we’ve had a series of cloudy / dull days that can make you dull and overcast yourself. The forecast for today is sunnier in the mid-1970s this week.

We were almost there Wednesday, when the Central Park Conservancy’s Women’s Committee hosted their annual fall luncheon at four different locations in New York City’s fantastic 843-acre neighborhood backyard. And because the weather was nice but not too hot, we were Mother Nature’s guests. There were four locations. My table was located in an area known as Glade Arch, just inside the park, next to 77th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The tables of Glade Arch.
Lunch is served at Glade Arch.

I never go to the park on a weekday and it’s always interesting to see the activity – all ages enjoy the space, the green, the serenity, the beauty. It’s really amazing what it does for the city, and what it does for your head when you’re actually in the park.

There were ten or twelve tables of ten. A decor inspired by autumn: red and white tablecloth fabric provided by Meg Braff Designs and beautiful centerpieces by Flowers by Philippe. Then there were the gourmet picnic baskets, prepared by Canard, Inc. containing a main course – a piece of salmon in a fresh salad of lettuce, beans and carrots (and a bit of dressing) and dessert in a glass that looked like something brown or baked topped with a large spoonful of what looked like whipped cream. It wasn’t whipped cream; it was even better. I don’t know what it was but I ate the whole (small); delicious.

Gourmet picnic baskets prepared by Canard.

There was also attached to each chair a black paper bag with the name David Yurman above. Inside was a black box. I took it home naturally, curious as to what it was, knowing it would be something the women of the Conservancy would love. A scented candle. Ample / will last. I turned it on right away. A happy dog ​​residence can always use a little touch.

He was summoned for noon so everyone could be out by 2 p.m. And so it was. I was the only man at the table, surrounded by wonderful, beautiful, interesting and sympathetic women, full of interesting conversations. Something to learn and company a joy for this guest. Surrounded by the splendours of Mother Nature which seem exquisite thanks to the efforts of these members of the Women’s Committee who manage to raise millions to maintain this treasure. A whole pleasure for all.

The lunch co-chairs were Hana Warner Bittonn, Julie Richardson, Barbara Scott and Julia Power Weld joined by Yesim Philippe the president of the Women’s Committee and Betsy Smith, Chairman and CEO of Central Park Conservancy.

Ainsley Earhardt, Gillian Miniter and Yesim Philip.
Betsy Smith, Yesim Philip and Julia Power Weld.

The $ 400,000 fall event took place at four locations in Central Park, including Bethesda Terrace and Conservatory Water.

The lunch supports the Conservancy’s mission to raise essential funds for the ongoing maintenance, management and restoration of the park and its many programs that make it a thriving green oasis and respite for all New Yorkers. And in case you didn’t know, 75% of Conservancy’s budget depends on us New Yorkers.

Table settings at Bethesda Terrace.
Lunch is in full swing at Bethesda Terrace.

Yesim Philip reminded guests that “What a lot of people don’t realize is that Central Park is supported in large part through private funding that the Women’s Committee largely supports through events like this.”

The 2021 Women’s Committee Fall Luncheon was generously supported by David Yurman. As part of the partnership, David Yurman created a Tree of life amulet, engraved from Central Park Conservancy, which will be sold online and in their New York area stores from November 2 to December 31, with 20% of net proceeds going to Conservancy.

Katherine Birch and Heather McAuliffe.
Betsy Smith and Evan Yurman.

The Central Park Conservancy is a private establishment, non-profit organization that manages Central Park and is responsible for increasing the park’s annual operating budget. The Conservancy’s staff of over 300 people are responsible for all aspects of park stewardship, from maintenance and day-to-day operations to ongoing restoration and reconstruction projects. In addition, the Conservancy manages the park’s visitor centers, delivers public programs, and serves as a resource for other parks in New York City and for public-private partnerships around the world. For more information, please visit

Part of Central Park Conservancy, the Women’s Committee is a community of Central Park philanthropists passionate about preserving and enhancing Central Park. With a membership of 1,000, the Women’s Committee has provided invaluable support and raises essential funds for the overall operation of the park. Since its inception in 1983, the Women’s Committee has raised over $ 200 million. For more information visit’s committee

Tattin Lyon, Kay Nordeman, Helena Khazanova Gautier, Katherine Birch and Krista Corl.
From left to right : Darice Fadeyi, Kathleen Tait, Barbara H. Scott and Tiffany Gardner; Julie Richardson and Michèle Balfour Nathoo.
Sheila Labrecque, Eleanora Kennedy and Robyn Joseph.
Claudia Severin, Tara Krolick, Hana Bitton, Gretchen Englander, Lauren Starr and Lara Metz.
Virginia Apple, Lucinda Bhavsar, Meg Braff and Shannon McLean.
From left to right : Shelley Carr, Elizabeth Fuller and Jill Roosevelt; Charlotte Snyder and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Margo M. Nederlander and Alexandra Doan Drucker.
Lee Tucker, Desiree Rogers and Michael Murphy.
Holli Cutting, Blair Clarke, Kate Davis, Angela Clofine and Andrea Ranawat.
From left to right : Heather McAuliffe, Sarah Wetenhall and Vira Capeci; Karen May and Judy Hart Angelo.
Becky White, Louise Armstrong, Jennifer Reardon, Lizzy Quick, Ainsley Earhardt, Camille Hellwig and Alexandra Doan Drucker.
Betsy Pitts, Kathy Thomas and Blair Husain.
From left to right : Tracey Huff, Mei Gao and Andrea DuBois; Eve Vaterlaus, Amie James and Catherine Armitage.
Jackie Keber, Krista Corl, Marisa Van Bokhorst and Sana Clegg.
Carole Bellidora Westfall, Janine Turner, Bonnie Comley, Janet Kagen, Roxanne Taylor, Stewart Lane and Lee Fryd.
From left to right : Joan Smalls; Madison Friedman and Ava Frankel.
Ann-Marie Embiricos, Amelia Prounis, Jackie Yale, Sharon Jacob and Julie Lanning.
Jackie Yale, Neva Navab, Lucinda Bhavsar, Shannon McClean and Lisa Baquero.
Eileen Riano, Linda Kurtz, Suzie Aijala, Leslie Craige, Jackie Yale, Regis Worsoe and Joyce Fitzsmons.
Michele Nathoo, Mai Gao, Julie Richardson, Carrie Abramson, Catharine Osborne, Linda Kurtz and Eileen Riano.
Caroline Meade, Kristen Harper, Megan Rams, Amory McAndrew, Kashmala Seagal and Casey Marks Sills.
Eliza Bolen, Jenny Price, Betsy Smith and Sarah Deid.
Elyse Newhouse, Enrica Arengi and Fe Fendi.
Mia McDonald, Margo Nederlander and Gillian Miniter.
Lisa McCarthy.

Also for our friends, neighbors and readers, this Sunday 17th October, is the 16th WALK / RUN FOR ABILIS!

It will take place at Greenwich Point Park. Participants can walk or run in person or participate virtually from anywhere in the world! Registration is free for walkers and $ 40 for adult 5 km runners and $ 20 for runners ages 11 to 17. Online registration is available until noon on October 15 and available in person at the Walk / Run event starting at 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The event will be fun for all ages with the popular Bubble Bus for kids, music, dancing and an energetic warm-up before the walk with a famous fitness instructor Billy Blanks Jr., gift items from Abilis Gardens & Gifts and more.

This is a fun family event featuring a 5 mile run and a stroller accessible 1 mile walk around beautiful Greenwich Point Park. “Friend lover””For Abilis, the non-profit organization that serves more than 800 people with special needs and their families across Fairfield County.

Abilis celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2021 as a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 people with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis is a community service leader with special needs in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in cities like Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long standing reputation. date for individualized and high quality care. . For more information visit

Sunday in Greenwich!

Photographs by Darian DiCianno / Matteo Prandoni / BFA & Rob Rich /


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