Ackman, the founder and chief executive officer of Pershing
Square Capital Management LP, plied his gifts earlier in an
onstage talk with Bruce Berkowitz, president and director of
Fairholme Funds Inc.
The conference combines philanthropy with a forum in which
top money managers share their wisdom. It took place at JP
Morgan Chase’s headquarters on Madison Avenue in New York.
The event raised more than $400,000 for Boys & Girls Harbor
Inc., an East Harlem-based agency that runs college-preparation
and arts-education programs.
“We think it’s every child’s birthright to have a great
education,” said conference founder Mark Axelowitz, director of
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Axelowitz, a Harbor
board member, was co-chairman of the event along with Ackman.
Featured speakers included Craig Nerenberg, managing
partner of Brenner West Capital Partners, and David Darst,
managing director and chief investment strategist at Morgan
Stanley Smith Barney LLC, who disclosed the budget plans for
many in the room:
“Are we going to give our wealth to our kids? No. We’re
going to spend it on Botox and being stretched on a yoga mat by
a swami,” Darst joked.
Artist David Salle and choreographer Karole Armitage used
to date in the 1980s. Now they make beautiful parties together.
On Thursday night the pair put on a fundraiser for Armitage
Gone! Dance at Capitale, an event venue in Lower Manhattan
located in a former bank.
The Chinese New Year and art spectacle included a giant pig
sculpture and dancers in skimpy black underwear.
Alba Clemente, gala cochairwoman, shopped Chinatown for the
table centerpieces, which featured fortune cookies, jumbo paper
parasols and red silk lanterns.
Guest Marcia Mishaan had her own food news. The healthy
frozen kid’s foods company she founded with Claude Wasserstein,
Samantha Schlumberger and Susie Cover, Susie’s Supper Club LLC,
is introducing its macaroni-and-cheese cupcakes in 11 Whole
Foods stores on Feb. 8.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the
arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions
expressed are her own.)