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    Event Planner Larry Scott Of Lawrence Scott Events produced Global Lyme Alliance Fifth Annual New York City Gala

    Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education, awareness, and patient services today announced that its fifth annual New York City Gala raised over $2.5 million last night at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan. The money raised at the event will support GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test, improved treatment options, and ultimately, find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

    The gala experience was produced by sponsor and celebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, who donated his event planning and design services towards the Global Lyme Alliance’s New York Gala for the fifth consecutive year. Showcasing his unique commitment to philanthropic causes, the spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was an evening to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.

    The 2019 gala was Global Lyme Alliance’s largest fundraising gala to date, which welcomed more than 700 business leaders, philanthropists, noteworthy scientists, past honorees, board members and Lyme warriors including 2015 honoree, actress, author and Lyme advocate, Yolanda Hadid. Television personality and host, Dr. Oz., board member and past honoree, Erin Walkeralongside PGA Tour Champion, Jimmy Walker, rising star of Netflix’s new hit series, “Family Reunion,” Talia Jackson, actor and entrepreneur, Crystal Hefner and television host, producer and author Genevieve Gorder, among many others.  

    The evenings honored guests included Bob and Karen Kelly, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, Lyme patients, and staunch advocates dedicated to finding a cure for this insidious disease;Adrienne Nolan-Smith, wellness and patient advocate, speaker and founder of WellBe (@getwellbe), a media company and lifestyle brand focused on bridging the gap between the healthcare system and the wellness movement and David Nolan, father of three Lyme survivors and former vice chairman of Millennium Partners. Rosanna Scotto, co-host of FOX 5’s “Good Day New York” hosted the event.

    With over $600,000 raised during the evening alone, top auction items included an ultimate VIP guest experience with Grammy-nominated pop rock icon Avril Lavigne at Live in the Vineyard in Napa Valley, CA; an exclusive golf weekend with Jimmy Walker at his home course, The Club at Cordillera; and an intimate dinner for ten prepared by James Beard Award winning chef Charlie Palmer.

    To close out the evening, the audience was entertained by the legendary Big Apple Circus and a very special performance by 2019 TONY Award-Winner for “Best Leading Actor in a Musical,” Santino Fontana of the Broadway musical, Tootsie. Guests dined on a menu inspired by master chef and American hospitality entrepreneur, Charlie Palmer. Palmer’s Aureole provided hors d’oeuvres for the event.

    The Co-Chairs for the event include Amy Marissa Balducci, executive, Sotheby’s International Realty; Charles Balducci, co-founder, Snyder/Balducci Group, Merrill Lynch; Genevieve Gorder, television host and producer, home product designer, and author; Yolanda Hadid, actress, television star and passionate Lyme advocate; Robert Kobre, vice chairman, Credit Suisse; Avril Lavigne, internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter; Lorrie Nadel, GLA board member; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development officer, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Karma Newberry, owner/president, Discovery Hydrovac; Peter Norley, COO, Credit Suisse Securities; Charlie Palmer, celebrated restaurateur and author; Larry Scott, owner, Lawrence Scott Events; Marisol Thomas, philanthropist and animal rights activist; Rob Thomas, Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter, producer; Erin Walker, GLA board member; and Jimmy Walker, six-time PGA tour winner and 2016 PGA championship winner.

    Honorary Event Chairs included Donna de Varona, Jim Miller, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Mike Schneider, Victor Slezak, and Amy Tan.

    Platinum Sponsors included Avison Young, The Avril Lavigne Foundation, Big Apple Circus, Credit Suisse, Bob and Karen Kelly, Lawrence Scott Events, David Nolan Foundation and Withersworldwide.

    Everyone is at risk for Lyme disease. Each one of us is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Case of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are more than 50 percent inaccurate, resulting in failed and missed diagnoses.

    For more information, please visit www.GLA.org

    About Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is destroying lives. Failed diagnostics and dismissal by many in the medical community leave thousands undiagnosed. This results in worsening symptoms and makes the disease nearly impossible to treat. Everyone is a risk of contracting Lyme through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, and its estimated there are 900 new cases every day, 200 of which are children. A recent joint study by scientists at GLA and Brown University estimates the number of post-treatment Lyme disease cases could exceed two million by 2020. Countless are suffering and we need to find answers.

    About the Global Lyme Alliance

    Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme disease through research, education, awareness, and patient services. GLA has gained national prominence for funding the most urgent and promising research in the field, while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians.

    About Lawrence Scott Events

    Lawrence Scott Gottesman brings unparalleled creativity and imagination to his signature special events. A native New Yorker, Larry started his career in catering before opening one of Long Island’s most successful restaurants, Larry and The Redhead. In 1989, he established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime”, A Larry Party™ brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Larry is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Larry’s commitment to community has spanned decades of support for charitable causes including Global Lyme Alliance, The Feinstein Institute and Southampton Hospital, to name a few. Larry’s reputation is that of a generous and charismatic man who considers his employees “family” and treats his clients with adoration and respect. They return to him time and again to celebrate all of life’s important occasions knowing their party will be like no other — and one that they… “will NEVER, EVER forget!”

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    MERCI! FIAF presents Bastille Day on 60th Street, Sunday, July 15

    The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) today announced details for Bastille Day on 60th Street, New York’s largest annual fête of Franco-American Culture. This year’s celebration will feature a free live screening of the World Cup final in Florence Gould Hall at 11am, activities for children and families, wine and champagne tastings, live performances including the popular can can, a special screening of the film Le Brio (2017), and more than 80 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophile culture. Attracting more than 40,000 people per year, the street fair will take place Sunday, July 15, from noon to 5pm on East 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues.

    This year’s highlights include:


    A special free screening of the FIFA World Cup Final in FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, at 11am. Whether or not Les Bleus advance to the championship match, FIAF will host a first-come first-served viewing party in its state-of-the-art 361-seat theater.

    Live performances by Sense and La Jarry, electropop singer Marie-Line Grinda and DJ Lara Gerin, the Hungry March Band, hip-hop performers It’s Showtime NYC!, and the always popular can-can led by Karen Peled.


    Champagne & Jazz Party — 1:30-3pm and 3:30-5pm in the FIAF Skyroom — featuring vintages from Pol Roger, Ayala, Champagne Delamotte, and Besserat de Bellefon, as well as sparkling cocktails courtesy of Grand Marnier, served along with treats from Maman Bakery and Voilà Chocolat. Jazz singer Chloé Perrier will sing favorite French and American songs accompanied by a guitarist. Tickets to each session are $75, $65 for members.

    Summer in the South of France — 12-1:30pm1:30-3pm, and 3-4:30pm in FIAF Tinker Auditorium — showcasing wines provided by Sud de France, Kronenbourg beer, Bayonne ham, cheese from Président, and artisanal breads from Maison Kayser. Tickets to each session are $25.


    A special screening of the film Le Brio (2017), starring Daniel Auteuil and Camélia Jordana and directed by Yvan Attal, follows the outdoor street fair in FIAF Florence Gould Hall at 5:30pm. A 2018 César nominee for Best Film, Le Brio follows the relationship between a young Arab student from the Paris suburbs and a racist professor, whose perspective changes when he becomes her mentor. Tickets are $14, $8 for members and students.


    Dancing and interactive activities, including a zouk lesson with Franck Muhel, mime demonstrations by Catherine Gasta, and dancing and sing-alongs with Jacques & Marie’s Paris Swing Band.

    Kids’ Corner & FIAF “Pop-Up” Library will invite all ages to participate in French-inspired games and arts-and-crafts organized by FIAF’s Language Center, as well as story time.

    Bastille Day on 60th Street once again is the finishing point for the annual Citroën Bastille Day Rally & RendezVous, where car lovers will be able to get up close to classic models of the popular French automobile.


    More than 80 booths showcasing the best of French food (Café Macaron, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, Epicerie Boulud, Le Souk, Le Bec Fin Fine Foods, and many others), Francophile culture (La Martinique and TV5Monde/SlingTV), and retail (Miroslava Palavicini and Hanami Jewerly).

    A new addition, The French Garden, will feature a premium shopping area with exclusive fashions and accessories from French boutiques Jérôme Dreyfus, Emma & Chloé, Tissage Moutet, 727 Sailbags, and many more.


    More than 30 lots donated by companies participating in Bastille Day on 60th Street will be raffled off, including a seven-day trip to Martinique and a three-night stay in Paris, both including airfare.


    • 12:15pm: Zouk Dance Lesson with Franck Muhel (main stage)
    • 12:45pm: French Mime Catharine Gasta (60th street)
    • 12:55pm: Citroën Car Show (60th Street at Fifth Avenue)
    • 1:00pm: Marie-Line Grinda and DJ Lara Gerin (main stage)
    • 1:30pm: Can-Can Dancing with Karen Peled (main stage)
    • 1:45pm: It’s Showtime NYC! (main stage)
    • 2:30pm: Jacques & Marie’s Paris Swing Band (main stage)
    • 3:00pm: Can-Can Dancing with Karen Peled (main stage)
    • 3:00pm: Hungry March Band (street)
    • 3:15pm: La Jarry (main stage)
    • 4:00pm: SENSE (main stage)
    • 4:45pm: Prize Drawings (main stage)

    More information is available at bastilledayny.org.


    French Wines are provided by Sud de France.

    Bastille Day on 60th Street is made possible with the generous support of key sponsors Credit Agricole, La Martinque, Perrier, and TV5Monde/SlingTV.

    Additional support provided by Supporting Sponsors Président Specialty Cheeses; and St Michel.

    Special thanks to our media partners France-Amérique and French Morning.


    FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross-cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. fiaf.org.

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    Vinho Verde Wines is thrilled to announce the return of the exciting, forward-thinking industry festival, The Vinho Verde Wine Experience. Noted as one of the most anticipated events on NYC’s summer social calendar and will be taking place on Saturday, June 9 at New York City’s Canoe Studios (601 West 26th Street). For more information, please visit: https://www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com/.

    Taste and enjoy wine from over 30 top, specially curated wineries in the Vinho Verde region as well as food bites from some of NYC’s hottest restaurants. The daylong festival, broken down into three sessions, will also include sommeliers hosting informative sessions about Vinho Verde, mixologists custom curating delicious beverages at the Vinho Verde Cocktail Bar, live music, live artist painting, and a photo booth to capture memories with friends and family.

    Tickets for the Vinho Verde Wine Experience are now on sale at www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com. For wine enthusiasts and foodies alike, this event is bound to give attendees an experience to remember.


    WHAT: The Vinho Verde Wine Experience

    WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 2018

    • Session 1 VIP + GA: 12PM-3PM

    • Session 1 GA: 1PM-3PM

    • Session 2 VIP + GA: 3:30PM-6:30PM

    • Session 2 GA: 4:30PM-6:30PM

    • Session 3 VIP + GA: 7PM-10PM

    • Session 3 GA: 8PM-10PM

    WHERE: Canoe Studios | 601 West 26th Street, #1465, New York, NY 10001

    TICKETS: https://www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com/buy-tickets-now

    *VIP admission means you’ll gain early access one hour before the crowd, so you’ll have more time to sample and mingle.

    For morning information, please visit:

    Website: https://www.vinhoverdewineexperience.com/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinhoverdewines/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/vinhoverdewines

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vinhoverdewines/

    Official Hashtag: #VinhoVerdeWineExperience

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    NY Premieres from Paris Opera & Ballet: “Samson et Dalila” and “Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine” at FIAF

    This spring, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, and the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet are thrilled to announce a new series presenting HD screenings of opera and ballet performances from the Paris Opera & Ballet for the first time in New York City.

    New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to experience the company’s outstanding productions, filmed live in HD. The program launches with two acclaimed recent performances from the Paris Opera & Ballet repertoire: Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine on Sunday, May 20, and Samson et Dalila on Sunday, June 24, both at 1pm in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall.

    Millepied/Robbins/Balanchine by the renowned Paris Opera Ballet features beloved works by two of the 20th century’s great American choreographers and the premiere of a new creation by Benjamin Millepied with music by composer Nico Muhly.

    Samson et Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns’ lushly romantic re-telling of the biblical tale, will be presented in a new production conducted by lauded Paris Opera music director Philippe Jordan and staged by Damiano Michieletto.


    Sunday, May 20 at 1pm

    Introduced by Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Balanchine Trust

    “Fireworks! Sets packed with energy and magnificent duos!”—Le Figaro

    “Paris Opera Shows off Its Brilliance! … A dazzling display of formal craft!”—The New York Times 

    “Benjamin Millepied shines in the footsteps of his masters…”—Le Monde

    Benjamin Millepied pays tribute to George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, two extraordinary choreographers, both of Russian origin, who helped to redefine dance in Europe and the US in the 20th century.

    In time to celebrate the Jerome Robbins centennial this year, the HD screening will feature the Paris Opera Ballet’s introduction of Robbins beloved 1979 Opus19/The Dreamer to its repertoire, which will be paired with the company’s revival of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

    The centerpiece of the program is the premiere of Benjamin Millepied’s acclaimed new ballet, Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward, featuring new music by composer Nico Muhly, which was created during Millepied’s tenure as director of dance at the Paris Opera.

    Screening will be introduced by Susan Gluck Pappajohn, a former soloist and principal ballerina with the New York City Ballet and a current trustee of the Balanchine Trust.

    Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward

    Music: Nico Muhly

    Choreography: Benjamin Millepied

    Scenography: United Visual Artists

    Lighting design: Lucy Carter

    Opus 19/The Dreamer

    Music:Sergei Prokofiev

    (Concerto for violin n°1 in D major)

    Choreography: Jerome Robbins

    Violon: Frédéric Laroque

    Theme and Variations

    Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Choreography: George Balanchine

    Étoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet

    Conductor: Maxime Pascal

    Paris Opera Orchestra

    Film director: Vincent Bataillon

    140 minutes, with intermission

    Cinéma Distribution: FRA Cinéma

    Complimentary herbal tea and madeleines will be available during intermission, courtesy of Kusmi Tea and St Michel.

    Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila

    Sunday, June 24 at 1pm

    “From the marvelous opening of solo winds scattered across the night, one realizes that Philippe Jordan has set the bar high…masterful direction that brilliantly revives the flesh and breath of this too often forgotten music.” Le Monde

    Based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, the opera is one of the most popular and often performed in the French repertoire. The seductress Dalila is one of the great opera roles for a mezzo-soprano and includes the well-known arias “Printemps qui commence” (“Spring begins”) and “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” (“My heart opens to your voice”).

    The new, 2016 production of Samson et Dalila, staged by Damiano Michieletto, returned the work to the Paris Opera after a 25-year absence. Anita Rachvelishvili, “an exceptional mezzo-soprano of seamless quality” (Opera News) plays the femme fatale and murderous priestess, and Aleksandrs Antonenko, “who tore into Samson’s music with a genuine heroic tenor” (Opera News) is the conflicted, tragic hero.

    Samson et Dalila

    Opera in three acts and four scenes (1877)

    Music by Camille Saint-Saëns

    Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire

    Conductor: Philippe Jordan

    Director: Damiano Michieletto

    Set designs: Paolo Fantin

    Costume designs: Carla Teti

    Lighting design: Alessandro Carletti

    Chorus master: José Luis Basso

    Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

    Dalila, Anita Rachvelishvili

    Samson, Aleksandrs Antonenko

    The High Priest of Dagon, Egils Silins

    Abimélech, Nicolas Testé

    An Old Hebrew, Nicolas Cavallier

    Philistine Messenger, John Bernard

    First Philistine, Luca Sannaï

    Second Philistine, Jian-Hong Zhao

    Screening in French with English subtitles.

    Film Director: François-René Martin

    Cinéma Distribution: FRA Cinéma

    In French with English subtitles

    205 minutes with two intermissions

    Complimentary herbal tea and madeleines will be available during intermission, courtesy of Kusmi Tea and St Michel.

    About American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet

    The purpose of the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet is to share the many treasures of the Paris Opera directly with the American public and to foster artistic cooperation between the Opera National de Paris and the creative community in the United States.

    Based in New York, the organization was incorporated in 1984 in response to a request by Rudolf Nureyev, then the Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, to tour the company in the United States. Recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt foundation in 1985, the group has helped underwrite numerous U.S. tours of the Paris Opera, Paris Opera Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet School, traveling exhibitions from the Paris Opera Museum and appearances of guest artists from the Paris Opera Ballet, as well as many productions at the Paris Opera that prominently feature the participation of American artists, such as Jerome Robbins, Trisha Brown, William Christie, Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson.www.afpob.org

    About the Paris Opera & Ballet

    Recently announcing what The New York Times called a “boldly ambitious 2018–2019 season,” the Paris Opera & Ballet is a world cultural treasure with a rich history that underpins an innovative, vital present. The Paris Opera traces its beginnings to King Louis XIV of France, who established a formal academy of music and dance at court in 1669. Over the centuries, the company has undergone many transformations as a public institution. Today the 430-member company of musicians and dancers, led by general director Stéphane Lissner, ballet director Aurelie Dupont, and music director Philippe Jordan, collaborates with acclaimed directors, choreographers, and singers, and enjoys a position as one of the leading opera and ballet institutions in the world.  In 2019, it will celebrate its 350th anniversary, and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the larger of its two theaters, the Opéra Bastille. www.operadeparis.fr


    The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org


    Tea courtesy of Kusmi Tea. Madeleines courtesy of St Michel.

    Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, Cordier Enjoy la Vie, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jacadi, JCDecaux, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NY State Council on the Arts, and Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt.

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    New CHIHULY Experience to Debut Next Year in Spring 2017 at NYBG

    For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York.
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    Returning to The New York Botanical Garden beginning in spring 2017 (official exhibition run dates to be announced), CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, will be a new experience with monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the Botanical Garden’s landscape.

    The new exhibition will also feature a display of Chihuly’s drawings.

    On select evenings, the installations throughout the Garden will be dramatically illuminated in a celebration of color, form, and light.

    Visit the Garden’s Web site, nybg.org, for more information and to purchase tickets.

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    For Your Weekend – The Orchid Show at NYBG

    Any plan for the weekend?

    Please don’t waste this such good weather in New York City.

    How about going to a beautiful garden?

    The orchid show is on at NYBG!

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    Each year, this eagerly anticipated exhibition displays thousands of orchids in the country’s largest curated show featuring orchids. In 2013, The Orchid Show dramatically transforms The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a lush rainforest.

    This year’s exhibition is inspired by the 19th-century craze sparked by a single orchid bloom, which came to be known as Orchidelirium.Scan 164Visitors to the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory will be transported on an epic journey that engages all of thesenses and underscores the allure and intrigue of these exquisite beauties.12

    The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium features:

    Thousands of orchids in a stunning array of colors, sizes, shapes, and textures.

    Highlights of the far-flung adventures of daring explorers who risked life and limb to secure these captivating and exotic flowers from danger- laden jungles around the world for determined collectors.

    Aesthetic delights in the Haupt Conservatory, such as displays of orchids as they grow in the wild, in much the same way the Victorian- era explorers first encountered them, to cultivation in the greenhouse.


    Open to the public February 27 through April 17, 2016.

    Plan your visit via http://www.nybg.org/visit/tickets.php.