June 6, 2023

Hot! Parties and Parties! Week in Review See Who Partied Where and Why

This week in parties, artist will.i.am supports sustainable living, The Opportunity Network held its annual gala and so much more. Take a look at the rundown.

H.Smith,R.Smith, J.Pliska, J.Wright

This past Monday, Cipriani Wall Street welcomed a slew of charitable types for an evening dinner in honor of The Opportunity Network, a New York City nonprofit that puts high-achieving, low-income students on the road to top colleges and successful careers. In attendance at the eighth annual Night of Opportunity gala, were Deloitte LLP Chief Executive Officer Cathy EngelbertFounder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners Robert F. Smith, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, founder and CEO of The Opportunity Network Jessica Pliska and Chairman and APAX Partners Jason Wright, Narciso Rodriguez’s husband Thomas Tolan, Zero+Maria Cornejo designer Maria Cornejo and Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether.  All total the organization raised over $2 million far exceeding their expectations.


Also on Monday, W Hotels invited to musician will.i.am to present their newest sustainability initiative: a new line of sheets created in partnership with the musician and The Coca-Cola Company. In the coming months guests will find EKOCYCLE™ branded sheets, which are made in part with rPET (polyester partially made using recycled plastic). As an FYI each king size sheet set utilizes approximately 31 recycled 20 oz. plastic bottles – which equates to more than 268,000 plastic bottles across all W Hotel beds in North America. Despite the unconventional materials, the hotel promises that guests will experience the same luxurious night sleep that they’ve come to expect from the hotel but much more friendly to the environment. “W guests want to live a stylish, more sustainable lifestyle and this partnership is a way to allow them to do so when they are on the road,” explained Sarah Doyle, Global Brand Director of W Hotels Worldwide. “Working with will.i.am and Coca-Cola’s EKOCYCLE™ brand allows us to ‘change’ our sheets, reset our alarm clocks and pledge to make a difference one W Hotel stay at a time.”

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Honors Nathan Lane With 15th Annual Monte Cristo Award - Arrivals

Funny man, Nathan Lane was honored on Monday at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 15th Annual Monte Cristo Awards which was held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Lane received the Monte Cristo Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the American theater. The evening featured tributes to Lane from Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Susan Stroman as well as performances by Jason Simon, Tim Shew, Bobby Creighton, Patrick Page, Carson Elrod,puppeteer Tyler Bunch and Jenni Barber. Additional attendees included Joe Grifasi, Marin Ireland and Hal Prince.

Guests in front of Flour Shop installation

On Wednesday a slew of Brooklyn types took over the Brooklyn Museum for an evening of dinner and dancing. All total, over 800 people attended the fifth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball. The evening honorees on hand included Kiki Smith, Takashi Murakami, retiring Shelby White and Leon Levy Director Arnold Lehman, and representatives from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Foundation, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, all of whom were lauded during the dinner portion of the event. Following the dinner, another group of guests arrived to kick back with a fun late night dance party. The crowd enjoyed entertainment curated by Fool’s Gold Records and featuring Bosco, Leaf, Shash‘U and Nick Catchdubs, as well as a performance by balloon artist Robert Moy and a Murakami-inspired gum ball installation by FlourShop.  As well, throughout the night, people were eagerly bidding on the online auction, housed on Artspace.

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Last night, Nick Loeb joined executive Producer Philip M. Cohen at a private event at Provocateur in New York City to celebrate the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Cohen’s new movie, “The Road Within.” Guests, including Jordan Woolley, Carol Alt, Alt, Henri Jarecki, Elisa Jordana, Randy Jones (Village People), Amazing Kreskin and more, sipped cocktails while congratulating the executive producer. Loeb spent the major of the night mingling with friends near the bar while posing for several photos.


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