“It’s ok to applaud for the Yankees,” Greenlight Capital Inc.’s David Einhorn said this morning at Cipriani 42nd Street.
The one-time bidder for the Mets was at the lectern at the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual Heroes Award Breakfast to present an award to Harlem RBI, which counts Yankee Mark Teixeira as one of its supporters.
Teixeira agreed it was a good time to throw baseball rivalries aside, in light of Robin Hood’s work year round and especially in the wake of Sandy’s devastation.
“The fact of the matter is, what we do is entertainment, until something like Sandy happens, and then you realize what’s important,” Teixeira said. “Baseball is secondary to human beings and the struggle they go through.”
The breakfast for 400 brought home what many New Yorkers are going through right now. “Most people don’t know about Red Hook,” Sister Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services, said during a discussion of Sandy’s impact, moderated by Harlem Children’s Zone founder Geoffrey Canada.
“It is 10 minutes from Wall Street, it’s three minutes from Cobble Hill. It’s one of the largest housing projects in the city, and the people who live there have not had water, heat or light for 11 days now and sadly there’s no sense of when that’s going to be remedied, because we’re so close to the water, the water is seeping up from the ground.”
The Robin Hood Foundation is doing its part, said chairman Lee Ainslie of Maverick Capital LLC., to an audience that included SAC Capital Advisors LP’s Steve Cohen, Elliott Management Corp.’s Paul E. Singer, Third Point LLC’s Daniel Loeb, and Blue Ridge Capital LLC’s John Griffin.
More than $12 million has been raised for Robin Hood’s Sandy relief fund, which, Ainslie said, is looking at short-term and long-term needs. Cash has been disbursed for gas, food, refrigerators, blankets. How to help those who overnight went from being working class to working poor is another challenge.
There is hope in the stories of those recognized this morning. One of Harlem RBI’s first students, Jason Medina, is now a police officer in Washington who has started a youth baseball program.
Sara Rivera, a single mother raising two children, spoke of the job interview she landed with the help of another Heroes Award recipient, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation Employment Center.
“It didn’t feel real, it felt like a dream,” she said. “Now I have a great job with some wonderful people.”
The Fund for Public Health in New York Inc. also received a Heroes Award, and donated its time at the lectern to the panel on Sandy recovery, which meant the program ended at 9 a.m. on the dot. The awards come with $50,000 cash for the nonprofits that receive them.
Meanwhile, Robin Hood board members John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, and Harvey Weinstein, the film executive, are producing a concert to benefit the Sandy relief fund, along with James Dolan, executive chairman of the Madison Square Co.
“12-12-12” will take place at the Garden on Dec. 12. Details about performers will be announced in the coming days, according to a Clear Channel spokesman.
The Robin Hood Concert for New York City on Oct. 20, 2001, was also at the Garden. It benefited the foundation’s relief fund for victims and families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. Performers that night included Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, The Who and David Bowie.
Wilbur Ross, who rode out Sandy in Palm Beach, Florida, was back in New York last night in time for the snow and sleet of a nor’easter. “I’m being punished,” he joked.
Attending the first Salon at the Park Avenue Armory wasn’t part of the sentence. Ross was happy to see a Magritte, a painter he collects, and pronounced the displays “wonderful.”
“It’s not just a lot of old stuff,” Ross said.
The Salon’s opening night, a benefit for Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, kicked off a fair featuring 53 exhibitors of art and furniture vetted by Christian Deydier, head of France’s Syndicat Nationale des Antiquaires. The fair opens today and runs through Nov. 12.
Ronald Lauder passed a Monet on his way through the fair. Hedge-fund manager Israel Englander took a tour with the designer Jacques Grange.
The booth with the most mystery and grandeur belonged to the Kraemer family of Rue de Monceau in Paris. Inside the space’s white-felt walls and white carpet was a music-making cabinet and writing desk that came from the Imperial palaces of Russia. A chilled bottle of Ruinart champagne ready to be opened rested nearby.
At Alice Tully Hall, Brian Stokes Mitchell inaugurated the Adrienne Arsht stage with a concert drawn from his new album “Simply Broadway.”
Arsht’s $10 million gift was acknowledged by Reynold Levy, the outgoing president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as he compared the high-energy philanthropist’s initials to the AA batteries so many New Yorkers wished they’d had as darkness descended last week on parts of the city.
The event also raised money for the Actors Fund of which Stokes Mitchell is chairman.
At Arsht’s request, the baritone star sang “The Impossible Dream” before dining on mahi mahi.
A new store near Lincoln Center called It’s Sugar provided an entertaining variety of dessert treats in the Halloween mode (The concert was rescheduled from Oct. 31).
Arsht said she was so excited at the prospect of naming something in a building already named for a woman, she forgot the sum of money she was being asked for.
The dinner drew composer Charles Wuorinen, mentalist Gerard Senehi, Cathleen P. Black, former chairman of Hearst Magazines, Warburg Pincus LLC vice chairman David A. Coulter, and two of the city’s pre-eminent event designers, Bronson Van Wyck and David Monn.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)
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