NYSID Annual Dinner 2016

 Cipriani 25 Broadway

Cipriani 25 Broadway

On Thursday, March 10, NYSID held its Annual Dinner to benefit NYSID scholarships. It was a beautiful and festive evening celebrating outstanding design and designers as well as NYSID's 100th anniversary, which was commemorated by the presentation of the NYSID Centennial Medal, designed by Michele Oka Doner. The dinner took place at Cipriani 25 Broadway, the Cunard Building, a New York City landmark that is as rich in history as it is in architectural grandeur. You can see photos from the evening here. At each table, Ariston Flowers created stunning arrangements of cherry blossom branches that stretched toward the painted ceilings of the rotunda more than 60 feet above.

The event was co-chaired by NYSID trustees Alexa Hampton and Newell Turner and more than 360 designers, writers, publishers, executives, philanthropists, and friends, including NYSID trustees and alumni, gathered to salute our honorees. Designer Ellie Cullman was presented with the Albert Hadley Lifetime Achievement Award. Industry leader Jim Druckman, president and C.E.O. of the New York Design Center, received the NYSID Centennial Medal. Real estate investor and manager Michael Phillips, president of Jamestown, LP was awarded the Green Design Medal. Lastly, renowned landscape architect Deborah Nevins received the Thomas N. Armstrong III Award in Landscape Design.

Among those who attended the benefit were: Martha Stewart, Margaret Russell, Cynthia Frank, Bunty Armstrong, Newell Turner, Michael Bruno, Jamie Drake, Kevin Sharkey, Hunt Slonem, Gil Shafer, Wendy Goodman, Michael Boodro, Lucy Danziger, Mieke ten Have, Tracey Pruzan, Alex Papachristidis, Ed Hollander, Marlene Hess, James Ziron, Adam Tihany, Mark Ferguson, Natalie Jacobs, Pamela and David Hottenroth, Michele Oka Doner, Susan Zises Green, Etienne Coffinier, Ed Ku, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Ellen Ward Scarborough, Kimberly Kravis, Jonathan Schulhof, Laura and Gerry Holbrook, and Hugh and Tiziana Hardy.

NYSID chairman of the board Patricia Sovern was in attendance along with NYSID trustees Amory Armstrong, Jill Dienst, Elliot Greene, Alexa Hampton, Jodie King, Anne Korman, Ellen Kravet, Dennis Miller, Betsey Ruprecht, and David Scott. The event was covered in Architectural Digest and The New York Social Diary.

Thank you toWe are thankful to everyone who helped make this our most successful dinner yet! The generous participation of NYSID’s friends and partners will provide much needed scholarship support to our students, the designers of the future.