NYC Gala Season Kick-Off

With The Frick Collections annual Autumn Dinner on September 28th, so begins New York City’s gala season. This year’s dinner was in honor of Sidney R. Knafel who in addition to being a Managing Partner at SRK Management Company, is also a benefactor of The Juilliard School and Wellesley College. The Dinner is held in the galleries of the museum itself, in the century old 70th street mansion of its namesake Henry Clay Frick. As such the dinner is intimate and has a feeling of “coziness” as described by attendee David Leuschen. Leuschen and his wife Akexia are habitual attendees of the dinner and avid benefactors of the Frick Collection. The dinner is the only time during the year were benefactors and guest have the opportunity to dine amongst the collection, as such invitations are coveted. Attendees dine amongst the works of artists such as Goya, Rembrandt, and El Greco.


On the same night as the Frick Collections Dinner, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture celebrated its 90th anniversary at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A Schwarzman building. The Center which is a research unit of the New York Public Library system, is located in Harlem. The event honored the Ford Foundation for its commitment to the Center, in addition to Elizabeth Alexander and Norman and a handful of other honorees.


Following the night of the Frick Collection Dinner and the Schomburg Center’s anniversary, The New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala was held on the 30th, raising a total of $2.67 million. Attendees included Ivanka Trump, daughter of GOP candidate Donald Trump, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker.  The highly anticipated Gala featured costumes by Peter Copping, Hanako Maeda, and Marques Almeida.