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Happy Holidays. Our latest cover star is a dear friend I have known for years. Kimberly Guilfoyle is smart, beautiful, and never afraid to share her honest opinion- even with a former President of the United States. A broadcaster, former prosecutor, and now a political activist, Kimberly is a proud American who is loyal, fearless, and calm in the eye of the storm. It's no wonder so many people want to know what's on her mind.

This year has been a busy one. We saw the successful roll-out of Metropolitan Palm Beach magazine which featured some incredible covers including Top Doctor Dr. Sherrell Aston, sports legend Jack Nicklaus, and Supermodel turned Supermogul Kathy Ireland just to name a few. Excited that Kathy who has sold over $1B in products in 2021 has included Metropolitan Magazine on her new streaming video platform with the executives of YourHomeTV to help our magazine content reach over 100M households globally. I should mention that another beautiful and intelligent woman, Xen Sams, the host of IheartRadio's "A Moment of Xen," has been invaluable in helping our hard-working editor Adam put Metropolitan Lifestyles all together, while I have been laser-focused on opening a new MedSpa in Palm Beach that will offer regenerative medicine in a gorgeous new space entitled, Advanced Aesthetics.

Grateful for my daughters and friends and associates and for the opportunity to continue to bring the best of the best to our wonderful readers and growing audience. Thank you!


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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. The Parade brings New Yorkers out in frosty weather to toss a football and share laughs and friendship. There is much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, as a city, country, and world. For the staff of Metropolitan, we are grateful for each other and for our readers, friends, and business associates who make all the hard work worthwhile.

I first met Kimberly Guilfoyle years ago in the green room at Fox Business News with some PR clients. Polite, and friendly. Beyond beautiful. Kimberly was the host of Fox Strategy Room. The next time was at a Metropolitan magazine party at Nerai Restaurant where she showed up with her new boyfriend Donald Trump Jr. I made my way over to her and re-introduced myself to Kimberly as Chase's new Editor in Chief and suggested that we feature her on an upcoming cover. She agreed and the next thing I knew I was in her West Side apartment at the Beresford in the summer of 2018 for a photo shoot that involved our publisher and Kimberly's longtime friend Chase Backer, moving furniture around and instructing the camera person Jill Lotenberg and her crew on capturing the perfect shot. This issue marks the third time Kimberly has graced the cover of the magazine.

Supermodel turned Supermogul Kathy Ireland and YourHomeTV are bringing online customers top brands for the holidays and incredible new programming on their new streaming video platform. Metropolitan Cover Star and business contributor Xen Sams and Metropolitan Magazines' other talented contributors are teaming up with Kathy's creative team to launch Metropolitan Lifestyles, a show dedicated to the best of the best (Like Chase's beautiful new MedSpa in Palm Beach, Advanced Aesthetics). Excited for our loyal and new readers to get an inside look at how we assemble our magazines and for them to learn more about the various thought leaders, top brands, and businesses we spotlight in the magazines. One business I am particularly excited to spotlight is Adam Kluger Public Relations (www.adamklugerpr.com)which is celebrating our 20th year (gulp!) of excellence, creativity, and integrity. I am so thankful for my family and friends, our team members over the years, strategic partners, clients, and stakeholders for the opportunity to work together and develop lifelong friendships while helping others. And of course, thank you, Chase. An amazing publisher and friend.

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Happy Holidays!
Adam Kluger Editor in Chief
“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”
– Charlie Brown

Today, as an emblem of Tiffany & Co. and a figure who changed the world of jewelry, altering the possibilities of what can be designed from nature’s sight and transformed into emblazoning pieces, Schlumberger’s extraordinary wonders have continued.

Giannis Antetokounmpo


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The leading emerging designer runway show established to be a catalyst and provide a national platform for independent and emerging designers was back for another successful season during New York Fashion Week and showcased six talented designers who hail from across the country including South Africa. The in-person live runway show was held on September 13, 2022 at Leman Ballroom (41 Broad street – New York, NY).

Emerge! showcased a talented roster of emerging designers presenting their awe-inspiring collections during the show. For 11 years Emerge! has consistently championed and provided support for an array of multicultural designers from around the globe to the frontline of fashion. This season designers included: Makarassi (New York, NY), SCALO Designs (Johannesburg, South Africa ), Stevie Edwards (Los Angeles, CA) Ivan & Erin (Washington, DC) Justin Haynes ( Springfield, MA) Malcolm Staples (Washington, DC).

In addition to the fashion show, each season Emerge! presents the coveted 'Fashion Innovator Award' recognizing icons for their worldwide fashion influence. This season the award was presented to MISA HYLTON, Fashion Architect, Designer & Founder of the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy. Presenting the award was Media personality, Best-selling author & Actress Bevy Smith.

Past honorees have included: Andre’ Leon Talley (presented to him by Diane Von Furstenberg); Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week (presented to her by Bibu Mohapatra); Constance C.R. White, Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine (presented to her by designer Tracy Reese); legendary model Patricia Cleveland (presented to her by legendary fashion designer, Stephen Burrows); celebrity stylist Law Roach (presented to him by Claire Sulmers), just to name a few.

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Fashion Show continued its mission to support emerging designers during New York Fashion Week, hosting its runway show spotlighting black designers Honored Fashion Stylist, Designer and industry icon Misa Hylton; Photos by: TimeFrozen Photography
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The EMERGE! Fashion Runway Show, the annual Fashion Innovator Awards and EMERGE! Design Talk are all brands of, and are created and produced by Dionne Williams of Chicago-based D. Williams Public Relations Group. These have become among the top emerging designer platforms during “New York Fashion Week,” and have been consistent in providing national outlets for emerging designers to showcase their work. Hundreds of designer submissions are reviewed by an elite designer committee, which selects some of the top designers from around the world to be featured and/or honored. For more EMERGE! news and updates, please visit our website, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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First Long Island Investors, LLC, founded in 1983, is an independent, employeecontrolled full-service wealth management company, which focuses on achieving client investment goals to develop individualized investment plans.

Most people are not taking travel for granted anymore due to the impact of the pandemic. Numerous clients at First Long Island Investors, consisting of high-net-worth individuals and families are seeking out and going on vacations that provide unique, immersive experiences such as educational travel, expedition tours, adventure travel, and personalized trips. Our clients love to travel, desire to experience life, and want to be financially responsible as well. Our team of professionals assists clients to ensure travel expenses are appropriately budgeted as it relates to their financial plan and long-term investment goals. Working alongside our clients, we develop financial plans and strategies to meet liquidity needs, plan for taxes and estates, implement legacy and philanthropic initiatives, and consider broader life goals. Each client has unique challenges and objectives, which is why we strive to understand these goals so we can help our clients accomplish them, make their lives easier, and provide financial peace of mind.

Those clients whose travel dreams have become a reality are comforted knowing they have the financial flexibility to pursue a deeper, more enriching life. Establishing a level of trust with our clients is the key to making this possible. We’ve earned that trust in a unique way, by investing our own assets alongside theirs, thus when we say we understand our client's objectives, it is because we share them ourselves. My colleagues and I at First Long Island Investors have had a fondness for travel-related experiences. We have also shared our personal satisfaction with contributing to a client’s dream destination vacation becoming a reality.

Personally, I’ve been fortunate to have completed my goal of visiting all seven continents. I’m thankful for experiences that have spanned the globe, ranging from enjoying a Yankee game in the Bronx with the family, on safari in South Africa, scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, visiting the Colosseum in Rome, witnessing the Great Wall in China, observing the beauty of Iguazu Falls in Argentina to hanging out with penguins in Antarctica. Experiencing the different continents has enabled me to better

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understand and appreciate the diverse cultures in the world around me. The best part of this goal is the journey along the way as traveling opens up your world, transforming and enabling you to grow personally and professionally. I believe traveling allows you to develop empathy and understanding, travel experiences are valuable in connecting with a wide variety of friends, family, colleagues, and clients.

An empathetic, holistic approach to wealth management does indeed resonate and establish a personal connection with our clients. Our clients can experience the freedom of travel even in uncertain times knowing and believing in our long-term approach to investing and wealth management, with the goal of preserving, managing, and growing their net worth. With the proper financial planning in place, clients can better understand their ability to maintain a certain lifestyle under a wide range of market conditions. Foremost on investors’

minds are rising interest rates, inflation, a possible recession, and the pandemic that continue to impact global economies. We believe that uncertainty, whether it be economic, political, or company-specific, causes investors to shorten their time horizons and ignore the longterm fundamentals of quality companies. When company-specific fundamentals are appreciated in the market again, our portfolio companies should perform well. A prudent asset allocation and a buffer of cash is our prescription for weathering the complexity of the current investment environment. Over the long term, earnings growth and increasing dividends have led to an appreciation in assets that’s benefitted our clients for many years. We expect that this will continue to enable our clients to achieve both their investment and personal goals.

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Makes This Year’s Holiday Season All the Sweeter…

MarieBelle New York is getting ready to bring holiday “Joy to the World” in the most stylish of ways. Showcasing outstanding chocolate creations for all to admire; the beloved house of sweets will have everyone singing holiday cheer.

MarieBelle artisan chocolates are known for their exquisite tasting ganache, hot chocolate and truffles, presented in artistic packaging, creating memories that last a lifetime. The charming offerings of the chocolatier are an expression of joy that is especially felt this time of year. The designs are reflective of a lifestyle that embraces chocolate not just as a sweet treat, but rather a work of culinary art to appreciate and adore.

Make a lasting impression this holiday season with gourmet chocolates and made-to-order selections from artisan Maribel Lieberman. Maribel founded the company over two decades ago and is proud to be a “woman owned business”. She has stayed true to her roots and love of chocolate using cacao from her native Honduras and, as a proud New Yorker (at her Brooklyn factory) hand-making the gourmet ganache with the finest ingredients and all-natural flavors.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, get set to treat guests to incredible finds such as the gourmet Thanksgiving Party Flavors of Six. Add a hint of whimsy and decadence to your table with these delightful party favors that reveal two pieces, Pumpkin Spice Pie and Milk Chocolate ganache. Another sumptuous offering is the Vintage Book Chocolate Ganache Cake - a rich, decadent cake made from the finest chocolate ganache and delicate European wafers. This is elegantly nestled in a limited-edition box simulating an antique book, it's the sweetest way to spoil any chocolate lover.

Winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve are made even more divine with boxes that showcase

flavors of Hazelnut, Mint, Passion Fruit, Vanilla, Espresso, Cinnamon, and Caramel Sea Salt. A selection of LimitedEdition holiday designs that can feature Holiday, decorating a tree or, outdoor winter scenes are beautiful and colorful. Choose from boxes that range in size from 2 – 100 pieces.

Share even more joy this holiday season by choosing one of the gift sets featuring ganache, hot chocolate, truffles, bars and chocolate bites. These unique curated gifts will be long remembered and craved the following year.

Whether you are gifting family, friends or colleagues, a gift of MarieBelle will tantalize the taste buds, enjoyed, and treasured as it is presented in a keepsake box.

Elevate the experience and create a gift that is truly your own. MarieBelle Corporate offers many customization options for companies that want to include their branding. These gifts are perfect for VIP, client appreciation, events, activations, amenity and hospitality, just to name a few...

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Old Stove Pub


The iconic Hamptons dining staple Old Stove Pub has opened in New York City with the distinguished restaurant opening its doors at 1076 First Avenue in Midtown Manhattan at 59th Street this Fall. Whilst in many cases the trend has been for New York Restaurants to open an outpost in the Hamptons Old Stove Pub, which has been the local go-to dining destination for over 50 years in the Hamptons, is sure to establish itself as a new hotspot cocktails and dining destination in the neighborhood.

The menu boasts quite a medley of delectable dishes including, but not limited to, entrees like their savory prime steaks, succulent rack of lamb, and juicy roasted chicken; the freshest seafood plates such as branzino, salmon, scallops, and jumbo shrimp; a raw bar featuring fresh plump oysters and jumbo shrimp; and delicious sides like their creamed spinach and roasted cauliflower.

Owner Joseph DeCristofaro has brought the Old Stove Pub to New York City in 2022, at the perfect time as the Big Apple is re-establishing itself as the world's dining capital. For good reason, the successful eatery is legendary among culinary aficionados in the east and has attracted a regular clientele of celebrities, CEOs, families, and first dates.

The welcoming atmosphere DeCristofaro has created complements the needs of the foodie while

appreciating the value of an incredible atmosphere. The new Manhattan location offers quality steaks and entrees that will rival the best steakhouses in the city, as well as an immaculate setting with a comfortable dining room and outdoor seating.

With dinner service running daily on Tuesday through Sunday, guests can enjoy the steakhouse that carries a Mediterranean flair plus a full bar and specialty cocktail menu. Old Stove Pub will offer more than 20 wines by the glass, daily Happy Hour specials beginning at 4:00pm with a special bar menu and an extensive house martini and cocktail list. Plans do include opening for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday later this month.

Born and raised in Southampton, and part time Upper East Side resident, Joey DeCristofaro is a restauranter as well as a notable real estate developer. With an aptitude for home renovation and design, he quickly put together a team to revitalize the iconic Hamptons eatery and before long it was better than the original and has now brought that same focus and determination to Midtown Manhattan as Old Stove Pub will be a destination for foodies and locals alike.

With delightful entrees for dinner to fun and family-oriented brunches with live music, the new venue on First Avenue is sure to shine above the competition.

For more information, visit: www.oldstovepub.com

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"Our mission is to continue the 130-year tradition of innovation and excellence, providing unique restaurant concepts, exclusive wedding venues, distinctive catering, and skillfully executed management," offers a friendly-but obviously quite busy-- Michael Lessing, President of Lessing's Hospitality Group

The hospitality conglomerate was founded by Maxwell Lessing in 1890 and is operated to this day by 15 Lessing family members. “The company has been going strong for six generations with most recently my son, Mike Jr. and my cousin Lawrence, coming on board.” Lessing says.

The secret to the Lessing family's success?

"We've always focused on being a family business, says Lessing, "and we've built a culture that ensures you don’t have to have the last name ‘Lessing’ to be a part of the family.”

The Lessing family has provided food service to New Yorkers for over 130 years without interruption. Both the longevity and the success of this legacy company are unprecedented. For Michael, upholding and building upon the family legacy is a serious business that requires an extreme attention to team building and corporate culture.

"I have a great team around me. There's an incredible responsibility to running the family business and it's not just about keeping the business alive. It's about growing and diversifying. My job is to develop the company to be bigger and stronger so the next generation can continue to build the legacy."

Lessing's expanded their portfolio to Florida with the Pelican Club, Crane Club at Tesoro, Charlie & Joe's at Love Street, and most recently the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

"My family and I spend a lot of time in Florida, so the connection was already there,” Lessing says. “We noticed many people visiting from New York and realized our name is well known in the area. Pelican Club and the four restaurants at Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street in Jupiter all overlook a historic lighthouse. I don’t think there’s a better view in all of Florida.”

In 2021, through a partnership with Ellen Hart Sturm in New York City, Lessing’s Hospitality now operates the world-famous Ellen's Stardust Diner & The Iridium. The company is currently comprised of over 100 locations throughout the Northeast and Florida. Lessing’s operates 21 wedding and catering venues, 20 full-service restaurants, 2 pop-up kitchen concepts, over 60 corporate and academic dining centers, and a historic inn.

No matter the state or venue, Lessing’s Hospitality Group always strives to make sure that every employee and guest feels like family.

Website: www.lessings.com

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How was the recent Metropolitan magazine cover shoot?

Working with Publisher Chase, a longtime friend with whom I have collaborated on numerous photoshoots and his outstanding creative team was lots of fun. Chase has an exceptional eye for fashion and photography which is evident every single time we work together. I loved wearing, and working with, the fabulous fashion designer Oscar Lopez who is also a dear friend, a Cuban American designer, whose pieces demonstrate his appreciation for dance, ballet, music, and theater. His collections are sexy and special.

Chase and Oscar are a home run team! And Metropolitan Magazine is always a must read and a must see for its beauty and exceptional content.

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Last time on the cover you were sporting incredible jewelry from David Birnbaum and Rare1, who were you wearing this time around?

For this cover, I wore jewelry from Provident Jewelry. Provident has locations in the chicest Florida markets, and these pieces came from their boutique in Jupiter. One of the partners, Nick Linco, is not only a friend, but also a giving community partner. Nick had the most gorgeous stones and jewels for the shoot. I am particularly in love with the sapphires! Florida is my home and to showcase talented, passionate entrepreneurs and companies from our community is very important to me.

That last cover shoot in New York City was also really fun. How's Florida?

The photoshoot in New York was lots of fun which we shot in my former apartment at the Beresford. It is a special place. And it is a special city which was my home for many years.

Don and I are full-time Florida residents – and we love every moment being here. We relocated our entire families, and it is a joy being close to everyone -- Eric and Lara are nearby, Jared and Ivanka are in Miami as are Tiffany and Michael. And, of course, President Trump, Melania and Barron are in Palm Beach, at their beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago.

What you may not know, before we became permanent residents, we spent many happy times as a family in Palm Beach – during spring breaks and all the holidays, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is a natural level of familiarity and warmth which made the full-time transition much easier and welcome. One day, Don and I looked at each other, and said: “Let’s make the move.”

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What makes you and Don Jr. a great team?

Don and I knew each other for years but, when we went on one date years later that was it. Sparks. In fact, we have been together from that night on, happily ever after! Just simply, Don and I are a perfect match. We are similar in many ways and beautifully complement one another in other ways, a true yin and yang. We share the same inner passion and fighting spirit.

What people may not know is that I am very traditional, which I learned from my parents. My father adored my mother, and she adored him. He put her on a pedestal, and she respected him tremendously. She was an incredible woman, working hard lovingly teaching children with special needs and coming home to take care of her husband and my brother, Anthony, and me whom she loved more than anything. Tragically we would lose my mother when I was 10 years of age, and my brother was 8. She was only 37. But the impression and the values that she instilled in us will last a lifetime.

I love taking care of Don, the way that I saw my mother lovingly take care of my father. I go out of my way to make sure he has everything he needs – making coffee in the morning, cooking our favorite meals, doing our families laundry, and caring for our home. He appreciates this about who I am, and I respect him, his strength, loyalty, and his undaunted courage. He is truly fearless. We love raising our 6 beautiful children together. My son, Ronan Anthony is my treasure and my greatest joy. I could not be more proud of him as a mother. His middle name is after my father and brother, and my mothers and my favorite saint, Saint Anthony.

I love being an independent career woman and strong female, with my own opinions and passions. Don loves that I am traditional and yet fiercely independent. We are partners in this incredible journey they call life, and I totally love it!

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The last few years has been a whirlwind for you!

America is the greatest country in the history of the world. So, every day is a great blessing. I am an optimistic person by nature and love life and live life out loud.

President Trump is my long-time, dear friend of 19 years and he gave up an incredible life by anyone’s measure to fight to save our Country. He sacrificed a great deal for the chance to give back and put Americans first.

And he delivered – the county was thriving by every metric. President Donald J. Trump has been through attack after attack; he handles with a fight for truth. He inspires people, which is a quality of an exceptional leader. Historic, in fact.

What a thrill, from covering it all as a journalist on television to living and experiencing it first hand with a front row seat to American political history. Life on the campaign trail, the thousands of rallies, countless events that I joyfully hosted for President Trump, it was exhilarating and an honor as his Senior Advisor and his National Finance Chairwoman.

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You have been very successful in law, media, now politics – clearly you are a leader committed to excellence. You also have spent a lot of time involved with mentoring, how do you find the time and why is that so important to you?

Life is short and precious, and you have to make it count in the best way possible every single day. My mother was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, my father was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. They met in the Mission District in San Francisco, worked hard to provide for their children and humbly appreciated living their American Dream. My father served proudly in the United States Army and my parents gave my brother and me a great education. I miss my parents every day. I strive to honor them in every way possible – their love of family, their sacrifice, and strong faith. When you have been abundantly blessed, it is incumbent upon you to give back. My mother and father always taught me that this life is about other people, it’s about human beings.

Every opportunity in your path; how you handle them is the glory and magic of life. This is why it is so important that young students and professionals have mentors who will inspire and positively challenge, those who teach and lead by example, and understand the importance

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of being good citizens who give back. Giving back and passing on blessings to others is who I am.

Well, thank you, Kimberly. I don't think we've ever had the same person on the cover three different times ...I think that's a record. A true compliment and an honor!

Did you know that along with publishing magazines and a new streaming video program, that Chase is also working on a 5-star Luxury MedSpa in Palm Beach called Advanced Aesthetics?

I do know, Chase never rests! Chase is very creative and embodies what I have been talking about –he is continuing to live more chapters in his book. Cannot wait to see it come alive!

Lastly, can you give us a sneak peek into what you are up to next?

I am an entrepreneur at heart. A little teaser… launching my own new show on Rumble -- this incredible platform is hot. Rumble's average global users is now a massive 71 million - increased 97% from 2021. Wait until you see what we have planned. THE BEST IS YET TO COME!

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Canadian/American filmmaker J.B. Sugar directs and produces the sequel to “Faith Heist” called “Faith Heist: A Christmas Caper,” an actioncomedy film starring Jonathan Langdon, Eden Cupid, Aaron Poole and Sagine Sémajuste.

The film follows Reverend Benjamin Wright (Langdon) and his “lean on me group” as they come face to face with thieves’ intent on stealing a bejeweled Christmas star on loan to the local mall where they must evade capture and stop the heist to save themselves…and Christmas.

In the Sequel, Monroe Baptist Church has been a staple of the African American community for over a century. Despite a devoted congregation, the building is in disrepair. They turn to a financial advisor who promises a foolproof investment but ends up embezzling the church’s money. The Reverend and a group of parishioners must do the impossible - pull off a heist to get their money back and save the church before it's too late.

“The sequel sees the return of our fantastic ensemble, along with some great new additions, for more heisty hijinks in a story modeled after Die Hard meets Home Alone,” says director, J.B. Sugar.”


“Our film represents a totally different holiday film from what audiences are seeing on the Hallmark and Lifetime Channels during this time of year,” said director, J.B. Sugar. ‘it’s tone is more in the flavor of an independent comedy—we’re really breaking the mold.”

The film was shot entirely at the City Center Mall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which is being destroyed and redeveloped in January 2023. The film is produced by J.B.s production company, No Equal Entertainment, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary in 2023.

The film is the sequel to a multi award-nominated film called Faith Heist (2021), which was nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards, the Directors Guild of Canada Awards, and the Canadian Screen Music Awards. The film gained nominations for directing, cinematography, sound editing, production design, original music and screenwriting as well as for best TV movie.

J.B. Sugar is an award-winning American Canadian film and television director, writer, producer and showrunner based in Toronto, Canada.

J.B. started his career studying at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he won the Student Academy Award for his short film “John,” and later went on to earn an Emmy Award nomination for producing Showtime’s “A Separate Peace” based on the classic novel by John Knowles. J.B. worked alongside Douglas Coupland on JPod, the 13 part series for CBC , and co-created and produced a game show with Henry Winkler (Barry, Happy Days, The Waterboy)

Throughout his career, Sugar has produced and directed multiple one hour and half-hour episodic series and a variety of films. His work is diverse and ranges in genre from drama, to supernatural, to comedy, true crime thrillers, a social justice documentary and children’s series, among others. Most recently, he produced and directed “Don’t Hang Up” starring Wendall Pierce and Lauren Holly as well as “Faith Heist: A Christmas Caper” (2022) and “Faith Heist” (2021) for BounceTV.

He previously directed Hallmark Channel’s original movies “Nostalgic Christmas” and “A Midnight Kiss” as well as produced an investigative social-justice documentary feature film called “The Guardians” for CBC’s D ocumentary C hannel, which had its world premiere at Toronto’s foremost documentary film festival, Hot Docs.

Sugar developed and produced three seasons of “Bitten” based on the New York Times bestselling novels by Kelley Armstrong for Space Channel, Syfy and Netflix. He served as executive producer and directed multiple episodes of the series. His directorial work continued on Syfy and Space Channels’ long running series “Dark Matter" where Sugar directed one of the final episodes as well as the 2nd unit for multiple episodes.

Prior to “Bitten”, Sugar wrote and directed three of the thirteen episodes of CBC’s JPOD, based on the best-selling novel by Douglas Coupland, on which he also served as executive producer and showrunner.

For more information, visit: http://noequalent.com/

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Defines the Candidates for 2023 Awards Season Gold

very September, Hollywood players head to Ontario, Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The timing is critical as it’s the first significant North American festival where the films that will likely garner the awards early in 2023 are screened and discussed amongst those in the know. Eligibility for some awards have stringent requirements for where and when a film must be screened to be considered – Toronto is an important testing ground for the “Award Whisperers” to gauge what is hot, and what might be not. Here is one perspective on the Films that are golden this awards season;

Allelujah (1hr 39mins)

The adaptation of the play of the same name by Alan Bennett, Allelujah had its premiere during this year’s TIFF and tells the story of a rural community’s fight to save the local hospital’s geriatric ward from closure. Starring Jesse Akele, Jessica Baglow, Judi Dench and Jennifer Saunders.

The Banshees of Inisherin (1hr 54mins)

A tale of the complexities of friendship set against a backdrop of a small community in 1920s Ireland and bringing together the stars of In Bruges, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.

The Fabelmans (2hrs 31mins)

Steven Spielberg immerses you in the world of his childhood, seeking to uncover the things that propelled him into a career as a filmmaker. Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogan and Gabrielle LaBelle as the young Director. (www.thefabelmans.movie)

The Good Nurse (2hr 1 min)

The true story of a nurse in New York who comes to the realization that one of her colleagues is a serial killer who may have killed hundreds of patients. Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain star. (www.netflix.com)

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (2hrs 6mins)

Zac Efron, Russell Crowe and a cameo by Bill Murray highlight the telling of a true story about the effort of one man to take his friends a

taste of home – into the battelfields in the middle of the Vietnam war. Based on the book written by Joanna Molloy of Rush & Molloy fame. (www.greatestbeerrunevermovie.com)

In Her Hands (93 mins)

A documentary following the youngest female Mayor in Afghanistan in the run-up to the return of the Taliban in 2021. Made by Afghan Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen, and executive produced by a team including Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, the documentary works to bring home the complexity of the twenty year conflict through the lives of the people living it. (www.netflix.com)

The Inspection (95 mins)

Written and Directed by Elegance Bratton, This is the true story of an African-American man who joins the US Marines after a decade living in housing precarity after being kicked out of his home – all the time grappling with his sense of belonging and sexual identity. (www. a24films.com)

Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blue (1hr 44mins)

A beautiful documentary treatment of the Life of Jazz Legend Louis Armstrong through his personal audio diaries. Louis was a prolific recorder of audio diaries which Director Sacha Jenkins has turned into a treatment of the subtlety and complexity of the man behind the music (www.appletv.com)

My Policeman (1hr 53mins)

Based on the book by Bethan Roberts, a story set in 1950s Britain which grapples with social change, sexual identity and romance starring man-of-the-moment Harry Styles, Emma Corrin and David Dawson. (www.amazonstudios.com)

The Swimmers (2hrs 14mins)

Director Sally El Hosaini tells the remarkable true tale of sisters Yusra and Sara Mardini, who fled their home in war-torn Damascus, Syria to seek a new life in Europe and earn the chance to compete in the 2016 Olympics. (www.neflix.com)

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Among the Fab Four, fans labeled Paul the cute one, John the smart one and Ringo the lovable one. This left George Harrison with the simplistic role of “The Quiet Beatle”.

In George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters (Chicago Review Press, Aug 4, 2020), Grammy-winning music writer Ashley Kahn dispels this misnomer through Harrison’s own words. Kahn collects and arranges interviews and articles spanning Harrison’s career, from the Beatles’ first radio interview in 1962 to online chats in 2001, the year he passed away. Included is the full breadth of Harrison’s remarkable career, featuring interviews with TV hosts David Frost and Dick Cavett, and noted journalists from Rolling Stone, NME, Billboard, the Village Voice and many more.

Harrison’s words display his true nature, refuting his reputation as an introvert to reveal an artist who wasn’t merely outspoken, but wellspoken, and prescient about topics and ideas that remain relevant today: the role of music and spirituality; social justice and responsibility; humor and humility. Through Kahn’s chronological arrangement, Harrison shares his life story in real time, allowing readers to witness the personal and spiritual growth of an icon.

Kahn’s research unearths rare insights covering the entire spectrum of Harrison’s life: columns written by Harrison for the Daily Express in 1964, his first US interview, which ran in a high-school newspaper in southern Illinois in ’63, a BBC Radio encounter from ’79 with a young

Michael Jackson and conversations with his swami, Sri Prabhupada. In many cases, Kahn discovered interview tapes that were never shared publicly in-full, and includes them here unfiltered, without bias or interpretation. George Harrison on George Harrison does justice to its subject, providing The Quiet Beatle with a platform to be heard.

Harrison’s interviews and correspondences illuminate the impact of his legacy beyond music. He was a pioneer in using celebrity to advocate for those in need, a champion of multicultural collaboration and a dedicated leader of his film company. His words, delivered raw and direct, reveal the complexity of his character. Wise but at times naïve, sensitive but also self-deprecating, and always refreshingly, unabashedly human.

About the Author:

Grammy-winning author Ashley Kahn has received widespread critical acclaim for A Love Supreme: The Making of John Coltrane's Signature Album and Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. His other books include The House That Trane Built and, as cowriter, The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana's autobiography. He teaches at New York University, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone and other publications.

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Following a highly-successful run that was halted in its final days by the outbreak of COVID in March 2020, The White Blacks triumphantly returns to the stage for a limited time, bringing their Production back to Theater for the New City.

Featuring a cast of 18 actors who present a traditional Southern “Creole” family in New Orleans, the play tells the story of Playwright Melanie Maria Goodreaux’s aunties who left the city to “pass for white” and the family left behind.

Told with humor and heart, the playwright exposes a common but largely untold story of “light-skinned” Black people in the South. While set in the seventies, audiences recognize modern themes of what constitutes “enough” when it comes to color and race, “cancel culture,” the path to authenticity, and the complexities of family.

In 1970s New Orleans, a Black “Creole” family is torn apart by members who ‘pass for white’ while others build Black Power and the matriarch clings to racial ideals that are fading fast. Inspired by the playwright’s

own family, the story offers an insider’s look at the common but largely untold story of Southern Creoles— a culture proud of its Black heritage but plagued with grief over those “passing” to flee racism and achieve status and opportunity. Love lives long here in the gumbo of acerbic wit, romance and pain, abandonment and longing, hiding, personal authenticity and the complexities of “coming home.”

The cast of The White Blacks includes; Justine J. Hall*, Kristina Rose King*, Marsha-Ann Hay*, Christine Sloan Stoddard*, Tiffany Adams, Christian Miranda, Hollie Harper, India Stachyra, Carlos Carrillo, Danielle Hauser, Dave Baez, Linda Greene, Anthony Harper, Albert Elias, Fernanda Garcia, Dan Kelley, Jonathan Duran, Stacey Griffin, Jada Bennett and Alex Yuille (*Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity).

Co-Producers of The White Blacks are Mark Holloway, Issa Okamotoa and Nadya Okamoto.

For more information please visit: www.theaterforthenewcity.net

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(Photo Credits: Nikki Johnson, Nicolette Richards Ambassador Images) Playwright Melanie Maria Goodreaux’s Returns to Center Stage at Theater for the New City


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For over 25 years, Tim has maintained his studio in Sarasota, FL while participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.

Jaeger’s paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections as well as promoniment galleries throughout Florida.

In addition to his studio practice, Jaeger is also the Director and Chief Curator of Galleries + Exhibitions at Ringling College of Art + Design, a long-time art instructor. For more information about Jaeger's work, visit: www. timjaegerpainter.com

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Reverend Jen is a performer, painter, playwright, columnist, Troll Museum Founder, underground movie star, screenwriter and director, open mic host, ordained Reverend and "Renaissance Elf." She is a former Nerve columnist and the author of six published books including Live Nude Elf (Soft Skull) and Elf Girl (Simon & Schuster.) Her handcrafted art books can be found in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MoMA Library, National Gallery of Canada, DIA Center for the Arts, the Warhol Museum and more. In 1994, she received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and has since shown her work in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions.

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Experience arts & culture in The Palm Beaches

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum

Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

November 29-December 18, 2022

Vaudeville meets ancient Rome in this fast-paced, witty, musical farce from Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim

Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon | Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by Dorothy Fields

January 10-29, 2023

Tony Award®-nominated, dance-filled, comedic musical that captures Charity Hope Valentine’s search for love in the Big Apple jupitertheatre.org

Phenomenal performances. Exhilarating exhibits. Awe-inspiring art. Find endless inspiration in The Palm Beaches, Florida’s Cultural Capital®

Figurative Masters of the Americas

Opening: January 4, 2023

An exhibition of 20th century masters of figuration

Harry Benson Picturing History

Opening: February 15, 2023

An exhibition of photographs that breathe life into history ansg.org

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Sachiko Bower © Andy Warhol, 1977, 40” x 40” x 1 1/4 n. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas Image courtesy Heather James Fine Art Harry and Paul McCartney © Harry Benson 1977


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Sinhala. Tempera on canvas, 1970. 56 x 60 inches. Signed and dated lower left, Signed, titled, Dated verso. Provenance: The Estate of the Artist

Resolution. Oil on canvas, 1957. 50 1/2 x 82 3/4 inches. Signed, titled and dated verso. Provenance: The Estate of the Artist.

Exhibited: Bertha Schaefer, New York, 1958 (label verso). American Federation of Arts Exhibition, Nov. 1959

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Arcata. Acrylic on canvas, 1963. 44 ¾ x 44 ¾ inches. Signed and dated upper right. Provenance: The Estate of the Artist

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Arago. Oil on canvas, 1974. 60 x 46 inches. Signed lower left. Provenance: The Estate of the Artist

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Marjolijn de Wit

"Sorry for the Damage"

October 27 - December 17, 2022

sya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present “Sorry for the Damage” by Marjolijn de Wit, an exhibition of oil paintings by the Netherlands-based artist. Exuberant and lush, the paintings are in a relatively small scale for the artist, whose oeuvre includes larger canvases and floor installations, as well as collage based works that are inspired by or incorporate ceramic pieces. In her third solo exhibition, De Wit hones in on the startling disconnect between the advertising and the editorial content of National Geographic magazines from the 1970’s and 80’s. Seen from the vantage point of our time, the articles and imagery that promote the wonders and diversity of the earth are negated by a lifestyle bent on our planet’s ruination. Extraction of gems, minerals, or fossil fuels, luxury underpinned by unseen carbon footprints; food delivered from every corner in every season at an environmental cost; these issues have grown more prominent today. Nonetheless, her paintings are not meant to hector. De Wit throws together isolated symbols seamlessly as she adamantly luxuriates in her medium. Her jewel-like paintings flutter their painterly eyelashes at us, coyly cooing into our psyches. Schematic compositions resist clear readings, as each opaque yet aesthetically jarring composition provokes the viewer to parse De Wit’s connections.

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"Diamonds are a Man's Best Friend" , 2022 Oil on canvas | 19.75h x 15.75w in

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"Variety of Life, an Exquisite Range of Food" , 2022 Oil on canvas 41.25h x 33.50w in

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Marjolijn de Wit Reverie , 2022 Oil on canvas

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Maja Dlugolecki (b. 1992) is a polish-american painter based in los angeles. with a background in design and music, her work draws from experiences and impressions in her own life through an abstract lens. maja’s intuitive paintings feature layered washes and a variety of textures, creating movement and emotion through bold pigments. with an ever evolving palette and method, maja enjoys experimenting and challenging new ways of expression through technique. each piece reflects a specific personal moment in time. in lieu of a daily journal, maja assigns past recorded thoughts to her titles. she feels this process best reflects the emotional elusivity of a moment and how time to reflect provides a clearer understanding of the self.

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Fachie Market was created in 2020 by 15 year skincare expert Lauren Fache (Fachie) while working in her Miami formulation lab. Being surrounded by luxury skincare, and as a skincare manufacturer (knowing the actual cost to make each item), Fachie set out to create a fair and transparent marketplace. Fachie Market was created as a clean one-stop-shop for all consciously priced skincare and wellness products sourced and created directly by her lab to consumers. Its in-house brand called Fachie features skincare, body care as well as local brands whose ethos align with the new standard.

What makes your products different?

“Being the manufacturer for so many of Amazon’s top sellers, dermatologists, influencers, etc. gave me the understanding necessary to create my own product line which I consider to be of uncompromised quality. When I say “uncompromised”, it means that we always use the highest quality ingredients in our products, regardless of the cost involved in their production. Another unique point is that we develop and manufacture our products in the US, from start to finish, allowing us to control the process and to give you the best quality products on the market.”

How do you connect with your community?

“At Fachie Market, we want to help build conscious communities by supporting and connecting with other clean brands. This is precisely why we align with brands and their founders who share our passion, authenticity, and reflect our genuine love and care for their customers and our planet.

We also have been hosting clean beauty workshops at places like SoHo Beach House, Casa Tua members club, and Life House Hotels. It’s a lovely interactive experience where we set up a long beautiful brunch table and walk women (and men) through curated clean beauty routines for their skin type and explain how it benefits and works for them. It’s wonderful to be able to teach and grow with your customers.”

What makes your company conscious and eco-friendly?

“Our containers are made of recyclable glass, our boxes are hemp, and our packing paper are post-consumer recycled materials. We use either PCR or recyclable materials to leave as little of a footprint as we can on our beautiful planet.

We also donate 1% of our proceeds to one tree planted which is dedicated to global reforestation. Their goal is to plant trees to help restore nature and its biodiversity. They also raise awareness about the importance of trees, offer businesses like ours a simple sustainability solution, and motivate younger generations to do something positive for the environment

Check out our Instagram: @fachiemarket

Article Tara Quinn

Editor Brandon Staudinger

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our products are designed not only to be safe for the ocular surface, but also to give eyes moisture and protection. You’re the first ophthalmologist to have created such a line. Why has it taken so long for a product line like yours to emerge in the marketplace?

Makeup products weren't originally designed to support the wearer's health, merely enhance their beauty. It's only in recent years that we are seeing a dramatic increase in dry eyes in women and also a dramatic rise in ocular complications from poor eye beauty habits, and the link realized by eye doctors. We have been realizing it, and discussing in our conferences, but as doctors it is difficult to be in a position to do anything about it. I was lucky enough to have a patient who was in the industry and helped me to get in touch with the proper team to help me to formulate these products and the brand. I consider twenty/twenty beauty to be part of the next generation of good-for-you beauty.

What motivated you to create Twenty Twenty Beauty?

I've been a board-certified ophthalmologist for over 25 years in my own General Ophthalmology practice in

NJ. In recent years, I have seen a dramatic increase in patients I have been treating with complications from their eye makeup and eye beauty practices, The number of dry eye patients in America has tripled in recent years, and is estimated to be 35 million. Two thirds of these are women. These patients can’t tolerate regular eye cosmetics, and we eye doctors believe that inflammatory toxins in the cosmetics are causing dry eyes. I made products that do not cause dry eyes, and can be tolerated by dry eye patients. Additionally, my products focus on hygiene, so they treat and prevent blepharitis, styes, and dry eye caused by harmful beauty products and practices. Healthy eyes are beautiful eyes; no one should have to choose between safety and style.

When a product description includes ‘ophthalmologist tested’ on its packaging what does that actually mean in terms of product safety?

Ophthalmologist tested means that it's been submitted to clinical testing performed by an ophthalmologist, who has deemed it safe for use in the eye area. I have developed and conducted tests on all of my products,and have had them tested by independent ophthalmologists well.

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How responsible is the FDA in terms of regulating the product safety of cosmetics in general?

In my opinion, the FDA is being needlessly irresponsible. The EU and Canada hav banned about 1300 hazardous ingredients for use in cosmetics, while fewer than 15 are prohibited from use in cosmetics in the United States. The founders of many brands, myself included, take it upon themselves to avoid these harmful ingredients, but it's time that the FDA reexamined standards for the industry at large. The current standards are from 1938 and have not been changed since that time.

Over 30 million Americans suffer from dry eye disease. Is our excessive dependence on computers contributing to to this epidemic? What are computers actually doing to our eyes? Dry eye disease is caused by many factors, device use being one of them. Think about your habits when scrolling through your phone, working on your computer, or watching television — you blink less frequently, depriving your eyes of essential moisture and nourishment. When you don’t blink as frequently, the oils are not expressed into the tear film and the tears evaporate quicker, drying eyes out. Every twenty minutes of device use, you should take a twenty second break to look twenty feet away — blinking as much as is comfortable — to give your eyes a much-needed break. You can also use preservative free tear drops to lubricate when you are on the computer for long periods of time.

What cosmetic ingredients threaten ocular health? What should the consumer avoid wearing at all costs?

Some ingredients that I won't formulate with due to their hazardous nature include carbon black, a byproduct of petroleum; glitter, loose powders, or loose mica, which can cause corneal abrasion and contaminate the tear film; prostaglandins and prostaglandin analogues, the harmful ingredients in most growth serums; and benzalkonium chloride, which can be damaging to the skin as well as the meibomian glands.

What are the safest eye drops to use?

The best and safest eye drops to use are preservative free tear drops. They can be used as frequently as you want throughout the day with and without contact lenses. They will keep your eyes feeling moist and comfortable, and provide moisture to your eye structures.

Like most women, I have been wearing eye makeup since I was in high school. What are the potential risks of wearing eye makeup over time?

The chemicals especially powders can leach into the tear film and release onto the ocular surface and cause dry eyes. Also pigments can release onto the conjunctival surface and cause pigment tattooing of the conjunctiva. Applying makeup to the waterline and failing to remove your makeup every night can cause permanent damage to

the meibomian glands, leaving eyes feeling perpetually dry, scratchy and irritated. Infections from eye makeup are also quite common, often due to using old product or contaminated products or tools.

Does 20/20 have an eye makeup remover in development? If not, what do you personally use to remove your makeup at night?

Yes, we do have an eye makeup remover coming down the pipeline — stay tuned! Until then I recommend use cotton pads or a microfiber cloth saturated with plant oils like poppy seed oil to remove makeup. They're clean, safe, and gently remove makeup without stripping the eye area.

When will your mascara launch, and what will set it apart from other existing formulations?

I launched my first mascara, Clean Sweep, in April. It is better than other mascaras because it does not have usual allergens like carnauba wax or beeswax that cause eye irritation at the end of the day. I also use a safer preservative than other mascaras, so it is safer for the ocular surface. I have a second mascara launching which will provide a more dramatic result than my first formula, Clean Sweep, which was developed to create a subtle, daytime look. My new mascara is different, it's a tubing formula designed without the hazardous ingredients you'll find in most mascaras. It's gentle and easy to remove — all you need to take it off is warm water — and is safe for sensitive eyes. The two can be worn together to really create a dramatic look.

What are the most important things I’ve can do to prevent eye disease and vision loss?

Practicing proper hygiene is one of the most important things you can do to keep your eyes healthy. I love recommending my Easy on the Eyes face mist to help sanitize the skin, lids and lashes. Avoiding hazardous beauty practices, taking breaks from using technology and wearing contact lenses to keep your eyes oxygenated and hydrated, and wearing sunglasses when outdoors will also help preserve your ocular health. Above all, you should schedule regular, yearly visits to your eye doctor. Checkups with them will allow them to track any changes to your eyes and keep you in good health. We only get one set of eyes — it's critical that you do all you can to preserve them.

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Celebrates Twenty Years of Excellence, Creativity & Integrity

On November 23rd, 2003 Adam Kluger Public Relations launched into unchartered waters with a 300+ person party at Planet Hollywood in Times Square, featuring 6 live bands, costumed characters from Troma films and a mermaid (actress Maria Setaro) wearing a $10,000 rubber tail flown in from Northern California just for the event. AKPR was originally known as Bonehead Public Relations and the name was a perfect fit for a rag-tag bunch who thought outside the box and looked at running a PR firm as part performance art and part intuition. For about a year prior, I had gone back and forth from freelancing as a television writer producer (Fox5NY, MSNBC, E! News) and trying my hand as an independent publicist. One of my first clients in 2002 was a highschool pal who wrote a novelty book called "The Guide to Picking Up Girls" After helping promote the book over the course of a few months, the book peaked on the Amazon Best-Seller list at #77. That was after a second Howard Stern Radio Show appearance and after Jay Leno's producer saw some funny late night commecials we had written/cast and produced for the Guide that Jay featured on The Tonight Show.

Publicity didn't seem that hard. Even kind of creative and fun.

The motto then was "Excellence, Creativity & Integrity." Along the way, we have all been blessed to have developed trusted friendships and life-long relationships that we will always cherish. Here's an old article on AKPR written by New York Times reporter Diana Greenberg...so honored and grateful that all the folks mentioned in this interview are still dear friends and a big part of our inner circle. Thank you all so much! -AK

Adam Kluger recalls picking up garbage in Central Park with his classmates from Horace Mann School as part of a good citizenship project when he was about five years old. The endeavor became much more exciting for him when a TV cameraman started filming the group. He was eager to see himself on the evening news.

“I guess I should have realized then that I would either become a garbage man or work in TV,” he joked in a recent interview in which he talked about the 12 year odyssey of his Manhattan based public relations firm that bears his name (www.adamklugerpr.com) (also known as AKPR). He opened AKPR in November 2003.

Mr. Kluger had more than a decade of media experience before he took on the challenge of running a PR firm. After earning a liberal arts degree from Vassar College, he spent ten years as a writer and producer for CNN. He was also an independent and contract producer for a couple of years, working for major television stations, such as Fox5 , MSNBC and E! News. He revealed that his interest in public relations as a career came to him through a serendipitous encounter.

“A former classmate wrote a self-published book and asked me to help publicize it,” he explained. “I was able to get him 30 placements, including an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

That success led Mr. Kluger to begin his new career. After hosting a party with six bands at Planet Hollywood at Times Square to launch his new

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Adam Kluger Public Relations: Over a decade of Big Bottom-Line Results

The motto then was "Excellence, Creativity & Integrity." Along the way, we have all been blessed to have developed trusted friendships and life-long relationships that we will always cherish. Here's an old article on AKPR written by New York Times reporter Diana Greenberg...so honored and grateful that all the folks mentioned in this interview are still dear friends and a big part of our inner circle. Thank you all so much!

firm with the assistance of lighting guru, friend and future client, Bentley Meeker (www.bentleymeeker.com), he got down to business. He surrounded himself with talented leaders who he employs on a contract basis. “We have a rotating staff of about 15 people ranging from senior publicists to interns, depending on my current clients’ needs,” he said. “Our award-winning senior PR Team led by Mark Goldman and Robyn Stevens is among the best in the business–They are efficient, accountable, loyal and they somehow manage to make me look smart every day.” “They honor me daily with their friendship and trust and I am devoted to all of them as on-going strategic business partners.”

With his fluctuating staff, Mr. Kluger has provided multi-dimensional, individualized public relations services for more than 100 clients, averaging about five to 15 clients at a time. His services include a full range of solutions: traditional and social media placements, managing corporate reputation and strategic communications, event management, web design and search engine optimization, and media branding campaigns resulting in improved market share and big bottom-line results.

With a relatively small client base, AKPR is able to give each client maximum time and attention. “My fees are at the boutique PR firm level, but our results are on par or better than larger firms,” Mr. Kluger said. He credits his clients and several mentors for helping him to learn the “art and science” of public relations, as well as the ins and outs of running a small business. Mr. Kluger is thankful for many business mentors, including his client, Brian Drum, CEO of Drum Associates, an executive search firm (www.drumassociates.com), and Jay Levy, a business development advisor who was a recipient of Crain’s New York Business Top Five Entrepreneurs to Watch in New York. (www.uproot. com)

AKPR has provided services for a large variety of clients, from authors, top doctors and CEOs to small and medium-sized businesses. Mr. Kluger is particularly pleased to work with Brain Balance Achievement Centers, which offers a program to help children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, or Asperger’s syndrome to overcome behavioral and learning difficulties. The centers have grown in number from five to over 60 with Mr. Kluger’s help. “I am especially devoted to my clients who make the world a better place,” he said.

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One of AKPR’s first clients, Subin Associates, LLP, a personal injury law firm (www.subinlaw.com), has stuck with AKPR through the years as the recipient of abundant media placements. “Adam Kluger Public Relations got us more press coverage in a week than my firm has gotten in 20 years,” said Herb Subin, Esq. He added that Mr. Kluger is a ”pleasure to work with, has great insight, and is a real gentleman.”

Bill Tush, who worked with Mr. Kluger at CNN but is now retired and works as a freelance entertainment journalist, also has been a client with AKPR since the firm’s beginning. “Adam keeps my name out there,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll do four of five media interviews in a row. We’re friends and sometimes I’ll call Adam on Sunday just to say hello, and he’ll start thinking of places to pitch.” PopCap, maker of video games, has been a “huge client” in terms of revenue. AKPR recently pulled out all the stops for the company, with a major broadcast tour, satellite radio tour, and celebrity Twitter campaign. (www.popcapgames.com)

Mr. Kluger defines success for his clients as “achieving their goals” – whether they are media placement, web design, branding, or any mix of PR objectives. He affirmed that the most important measure of success is getting big bottom-line results. He is more philosophical about his own success. He said, “It has been a challenge to keep the business going, especially during the recession.” He offered an analogy: “My team and I have been in the eye of the hurricane, but we’ve been in a lifeboat where everyone is equal, and we’ve

discovered how to manage and get through the storms.” Kluger adds, “if it wasn’t for my family and good friends having my back during the tough times–I never would have made it this far or for this long.”

“One rule in our office is that we treat each other with kindness and respect,” Mr. Kluger said. He also allows his young internal staff to be independent and work the way they see fit. He joked, “Everyone is their own boss, and I’m their assistant.”

On a more serious note he said, “The secret to being a good leader is to be a good role model, to care about people, and to help them realize their potential and achieve their goals.” Lauren Shepland, who worked at AKPR as a publicist and office manager for about a year while she was a student at Sacred Heart University, said she has Mr. Kluger to thank for her landing a “fantastic job” at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, upon her graduation. “Working for Adam was a great experience,” she said. “I learned about the tools and work skills I needed for a PR position.”

Currently an event manager at a popular hotel, Karina Mkrtchian said she “learned everything about public relations from working at AKPR,” adding, “Adam would say, ‘I’m here to help you find and release your inner greatness.’ I always thought that sounded kind of cheesy, but I realized he was absolutely right. Adam helped me discover what I was good at and use it to the best of my abilities.”

That was also true for Bernadette Marciniak, who started working at AKPR as an intern when she was a student at Montclair State

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University, eventually becoming a publicist handling social media, design work, and photography. She said Mr. Kluger noticed that she had artistic talent and helped her to develop it. She went on to work as a photographer for North Jersey Media Group, owner of the Bergen Record, but she still works for AKPR as a freelance photographer and publicist. “

“I’m really proud of all the members of our inner-circle over the past 12 years– Millenials may lack experience– but they are also tech-savvy super-stars, who are smart and tough. I like to be surrounded by young people who are unafraid to take risks, to develop new skills and offer a fresh perspective. That ethos has always been vital to who we are as a company.”

Mr. Kluger also gave some thought to his own job satisfaction. “Like journalists, public relations practitioners usually work on a deadline, and every day is different. You find structure out of chaos, and you tell a story, solve a problem. There is a feeling of pride in that. Then the next day is new again, and you’re challenged again, meeting new people, solving new problems.” “Ultimately, it’s my job to help people–and nothing beats that.” Mr. Kluger would not give any definite predictions about the future of his company, but he said, “I hope that if my sevenyear-old son Robbie reads this article in the future he will know I believe that my greatest accomplishment is being his Dad.”

Asked if he would like Robbie to choose public relations as a career, Mr. Kluger replied, “I want him to be happy, to do something worthwhile, and to share his talents and joy with the world. I want his motivation to be love. The reason anything is worth doing is because of love.”

To learn more visit: www.adamklugerpr.com

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“Working on “A MoMent of Xen” continually expands my worldview. Xen has created a platform in which every field collides in a foolproof, educational and entertaining manner where both herself and her guests bring a massive amount of knowledge to the table. I am lucky to act as both a viewer and member of this show.” - Maygan Thompson


Maygan Thompson is an award winning filmmaker currently serving as Supervising Producer and Editor on the iHeartRadio show “A MoMent of Xen”, a multi-platform show centering around indulgent discussions with host, icon, and millennial mom, Xen Sams, and a crew of diverse guests that build out a complex pool of knowledge on film, fashion, pop-culture, cannabis, health, fintech, and cryptocurrency (Saturday nights 9-10 p.m. EST on 710 WOR / The Voice of New York / iHeartRadio).

The Brooklyn based, Vermont raised head of all things post production is far from new to the world of non-scripted content– compounding her formal education at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and over half a decade’s worth of professional experience, with an in-depth love of the ever evolving world of doc and otherwise human narratives. Thompson has most recently taken home the award for Best Commercial from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, in addition to being nominated for Best Editor and Best Director for her branded content work (co-writer, producer, director and editor).

Life is all about the connections you make and those connections can be made in a variety of beautiful ways, even through the cutting of video. Working on “A MoMent of Xen” has given her the opportunity to meet an incredible array of individuals with an endless amount of knowledge within a diverse group of topics. She’s worked with top influencers, CEOs, experts, brand ambassadors, and most importantly strangers who no longer feel like strangers because of the countless hours she has spent with their words and stories. She finds herself energized by the neverending cycle of guests and constant excitement of building a new connection.

While she’s built a vast portfolio in narrative, documentary, and commercial work she finds herself most passionate in the cutting room working with the incomplete sentences, rambling, and plethora of “uhs” and “ums” of real people telling real stories. Growing up she first became involved with video as an editor at her local public access channel where she discovered the magic of finding her own voice in other’s voices. As an editor she aims to find a unique yet seamless way to weave together the stories those around her intend to tell. Just as watching a film is a journey, the process of editing one is a similar journey within itself; full of conflict yet, ultimately, resolution. She finds being in such a pivotal role as she dictates the viewers’ own personal journey with the film to be both an honor and trust she recognizes as nothing short of special. Inquisitive, energetic, and bound for exponential success, it should go without saying that Maygan Thompson is one to watch out for on the other side of the screen.

Follow along at www.mayganthompson.com

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Millenial Mom, IHeartRadio & TV Host 'A MOMENT OF XEN'
"People need banking, not banks. I love OGPAY for just that."
-Xen Sams


Brad Feinstein is the founder and CEO of Romulus Entertainment, one of the largest independent production companies on the East Coast. Brad has financed and produced prestigious films like Academy Award winning Fences (2016), starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson’s The Banker (2020), Jungleland (2019) with Charlie Hunnam and Jack O’Connell, Halle Berry’s directorial debut, Bruised (2020), and City of Lies (2018), starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker. Utilizing over twenty years of experience as an investment banker and financial advisor, Brad’s

transition from corporate finance has allowed him to fund and produce more than seventeen notable creative projects.

Launched in 2016, Romulus Entertainment provides filmmakers with the resources and the freedom to help bring their distinctive visions to life. “We aspire to tell stories that expose, inspire, and challenge the complexities of life, not merely to entertain, but to provoke an everlasting effect on those that experience them.” Brad is motivated to create transcendent, thoughtprovoking films that drive social commentary.

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Over the last 21 years, the No Quit Tennis Academy has been developing nationally-ranked tennis players out of one of the most underserved areas in Las Vegas. Although Nevada’s public educational system is ranked 49th out of 50 states, graduating players have attended every Ivy League school, plus Stanford, USC, Oxford, Cambridge and more. They do this without state-of-the-art facilities - in fact, most of the lessons take place in a public park.

How do they do this? One major piece is mental training, and their partnership with a mental health nonprofit called the Inspiring Children Foundation, co-founded by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Jewel.

“What we set out to do, because there was a huge need, was to teach children not only how to hit a tennis ball, but how to master their relationship with themselves, their diet, sleep, friends, parents, and emotions. We give them a psychology for life” says academy founder and Foundation co-founder Ryan Wolfington.

Unsurprisingly, this formula creates champions on the tennis court. Players from No Quit have won over 300 sectional titles, 4 NCAA titles, and many professional titles. 8 of their players have been ranked #1 in the U.S. But if you ask them, their true victory has nothing to do with tennis. Just as players’ mental progress leads to excellence on the tennis court, their efforts on the court lead to tremendous emotional and mental growth.

19-year-old player Cole Brashear knows this well: “When you're put in a competitive setting, where it's just you and one person across from you, all of your emotions come out in the most obvious way possible. So as a sensitive little boy, I felt extremely pressured in those instances. Eventually, I quit the sport when I was 15 years old.”

After quitting the sport, Cole tried to take his own life multiple times. Luckily, his coach noticed him struggling, and recommended he join the Inspiring Children Foundation’s annual mental health retreat.

“I didn't think it was okay to cry as a male. But [the Foundation’s] attitude was that I should take a hard look at what I was going through, and talk about it. I should try and acknowledge it, because that's really the best way to deal with it. So I did, and I started playing tennis again. I started learning how to love competition. I started learning how to love anxiety. I started learning how to love battling.”

Although it doesn’t reflect the old school mentality of “toughness”, players like Cole develop a certain grittiness through their healing journeys. They learn how to become successful, as well as happy, healthy whole humans.

“Without tennis” says Cole, “I would not be half the person that I am.”

The Inspiring Children Foundation is holding an online fundraiser to make mental health tools more accessible. To participate, please go to NotAloneChallenge.org .

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SPOTLIGHT with Julianne Michelle

Mommy’s Heart, Inc.: Mommy’s Heart is a 501 (c) 3, which provides free legal representation and mental health services to fit mothers and children, who have been subjected to intimate partner violence and have been victimized by the civil rights violations of the family court system. Mommy's Heart provides much needed resources to eligible parents, so that no parent ever has to fear losing a child to their abuser for reporting violence.

Connect @mommysheartfoundation www.mommysheartfoundation.com mommysheartinc@gmail.com

From Mommy’s Heart

On Friday, October 21, 2022, global business leaders, philanthropists, socialites, and celebrities came to support Mommy’s Heart to benefit abused and neglected children and families struggling through the family court system. Mommy’s Heart is the only organization of its kind providing much needed legal and mental health services to eligible families suffering retaliation by their abusers for reporting violence. The evening included cocktails,

dinner, dessert, a silent auction, and live entertainment by cellist Chris James and celebrity comedian Dan Nainan in a private Fifth Avenue residence in Manhattan’s upper east side. The event was generously catered by Amaranth Restaurant. Appetizers included lentil vinaigrette caprese salad with mixed green vegetables accompanied by thin crispy focaccia with robiola cheese from Amaranth’s brick oven. Guests were served entrées of Lobster ravioli alla vodka, mediterranean branzino filet with spinach,

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baby chicken poussin with mashed potato and asparagus, and veal scallopine alla provençale with jasmine rice. Alcohol for the evening was generously provided by McCabes Wine & Spirits. Guests enjoyed gift bags by Diptyque of scented notebooks, coasters, and signature fragrance. Other sponsors included Le Maison du Chocolat, Serafina, Custom Candle Company, Zitomer, Eros Flowers NYC, and Morton Williams Supermarkets. The host committee included Sean Stone, Billy Bob Thornton, Sally Kirkland, Charles Matthau, and Florence Anthony. Guests included Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, representing the East Side of Manhattan, former District Attorney Charles Guria, Esq., Dr. JP Farrell, and Craig Herskowitz, Esq. Board members, Michael J. Golia, Esq., Myles von Trapp, Lorraine Silvetz, MSW, Paige Bluhdorn, and Noelle Dunphy were also in attendance. Additional notable attendees included Joycelyn Engle and Joseph Di Palma, Edward Drengot Stroh, Andrew Reese, Julia Lindenthal, Eliza Williams, Miss China USA, Renee Yuting, Rianna Polin, Brett Peck, Art Hotz, Diane Poole-Chessin, Nicole J. Chessin, Esq., Dr. Robert Silvetz, Alec Andronikov, Farzana Niemann, Barbara Tate, Dr. Awadhesh Gupta, Eleanor Vale, Esq., and Chanel Korby. Photographers for the evening included Michael Ostuni/Patrick McMullan Company and Jeff Smith.

Mommy’s Heart is honored to report its alliance with Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, who announced her endorsement of Mommy’s Heart and that she will work with the organization to create new legislation to support human rights.

Lorraine Silvetz, MSW, Director of Mental Health Services at Mommy’s Heart and Executive Director of Global Stress Initiative under the auspices of the International Committee Against Mental Illness (ICAMI) announced, during the evening, the positive results

received by a Mommy’s Heart client after a one month's treatment for PTSD utilizing their non-invasive protocol, individualized transcranial magnetic stimulation (iTMS). This treatment, valued at over $12,000, is administered at a Global Stress Initiative clinic affiliate in Syosset, New York, five days a week, for 40 minutes each day and includes 3 EEGs or brain scans in the first month of treatment. In their experience, they've had 99% efficacy treating PTSD for the military, domestic violence and other survivors of trauma.

“I am proud to be on the board of a nonprofit that is much needed in America today. Not only does domestic violence need to end, but the court needs to stop re-victimizing us,” said board member Noelle Dunphy.

Actress Julianne Michelle (Reeves Stroh), LMSW, founder and executive director of Mommy’s Heart, urged guests to please reach into their heart and their wallet to donate what they could afford to give to this 501(c)3 that hits close to home, as many board members suffered from domestic violence or had parents who abused or neglected a spouse or the children. “There are so many wonderful causes. However, our children here at home are in crisis, and we need to take action now. Failure is not an option. We are so grateful to Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright and DA Charles Guria for their support and attendance. We are so grateful to all those who donated to our cause.”

The evening raised significant funds for abused and neglected children and families.

To learn more how you can help, please visit www. mommysheartfoundation.com

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Myles von Trapp, Eliza Williams, Rianna Polin, Julianne Michelle, Renee Yuting, Noelle Dunphy, Dr. JP Farrell, Brett Peck, Michael J. Golia, Esq.

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Swank Farms Benefit MoviesMakingADifference S

wank Farms kicked off their season with a SOLD OUT benefit for MoviesMakingADifference on November 13. The Harvest Hoedown had the whole party up and dancing to the sensational sounds of Philippe Harari & His All-Star Country Band along with Mark Paulino, everyone's favorite line dance instructor.

But this wasn't any old BarBQue. 6 courses were elegantly prepared farm to table by some of the top chefs in Palm Beach County.

Guests got to meet Ruby Jessop from Netflix' "Keep Sweet...". Ruby and her family were adopted by MoviesMakingADifference when they escaped the FLDS 12 years ago. Ruby told the audience that she "wouldn't be here had it not been for my MMAD Family".

It was such a success that it's already on the calendar for next fall!

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Actress, Philanthropist, and Author Leesa Rowland hosted her “Royal Ball” at The Lotos Club in New York City – an affair combining Regal Spendor with a heartfelt tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The light-hearted party was a throwback to the times of Kings, Queens and the Royal Court. Guests wore their best Court inspired costumes while enjoying cocktails, and dancing to live music.

The Reception was held in the exquisite Library at The Lotos Club and all around where cut-outs representing leading members of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom along with Guardsmen, the Royal Carriage and, of course, the Queen’s Corgi’s.

Event Décor, Cocktails and dinner were created by Revel Rouge with many personal touches from Leesa Rowland. Fashion Designer Marc Bouwer designed Leesa’s Costume.

Notable attendees included: Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, Marc Bouwer, Pedro Oberto, Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg, Ramona Singer, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley, Nikki Haskell, Bill Sclight, Cheri Kaufman, Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt, Randi Schatz, Nicole Noonan, Dr. Penny Grant, Cindy Guyer, Hillary Latos, Dr. Nicolas Perricone, Hank Stampfl, Steven Knobel, Nicole Noonan, Allan Lazare, Arlene Lazare, Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, Alan Helene, Marla Helene, Nancy Pearson, Wayne Diamond, Werner Haase, Nurit Haase, Dave Warren, Luciana Pampalone, Dara Sowell, Nadja Sayej, Elyse Slaine.

The daughter of an artist and college professor, Leesa Rowland grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied broadcast journalism and later became a classically trained actress at the world-renowned Stella Adler Studio in Los Angeles.

Beyond her extensive career and credits as a film and television actress, she is also well-known for her work as a philanthropist and animal

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rights activist. A vegan dedicated to healthy eating, she has been active with the national non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals since 1989 and is the president of the New York non-profit group Animal Ashram, which she founded in 2013.

As she continues to develop her work as a philanthropist and involvement with these and other charities while exploring new dramatic roles, Leesa recently began adding something else exciting to her sizzle reel: comedienne. A lifelong sitcom fan, she has been taking comedy classes with Richard Kline - the actor best known as Larry on the late-1970s classic Three’s Company - in Los Angeles. She has also been studying improv and sketch comedy in New York at the famed Upright Citizen’s Brigade whose alumni include Amy Poehler, Horatio Sands, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian McKay.

Leesa’s new book, The Charisma Factor: Unlock the Secrets of Magnetic Charm and Personal Influence in Your Life, is available in bookstores and online.

For more information, visit leesarowland.net.

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Raises $1.8m to tackle Lyme Disease at their Glittering GLOBAL GALA 2022 in New York City

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases held the GLA GLOBAL GALA 2022 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

The event raises Lyme disease awareness and funds for research to improve diagnostics and treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. The spectacular and one-of-a-kind gala was a night to remember for invited celebrities, business leaders, and top scientists alike.

The Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) is the leading 501(c)(3) dedicated to conquering Lyme disease through research, education, awareness and patient services. GLA has gained national prominence for funding some of the most urgent and promising research while expanding education and awareness programs for the general public and physicians. We support patients through our patient services program and those around the globe needing information about tick-borne diseases.

The evening’s honored guests included Kim & Atty Cleworth, A mother and daughter who have been impacted by Lyme. They are also Executive Producers of the film, I’m Not Crazy I’m Sick. An exclusive preview was shown to the audience of the documentary about their struggle.

A highlight of New York's philanthropic calendar, this year's event raised more than $1.85 million to advance GLA's mission to conquer Lyme. A live auction led by Jason Lamoreaux auctioned items including a trilogy of sports events, travel experiences and a golf weekend with PGA Professional Jimmy Walker, which ended up being auctioned off twice, thanks to Jimmy’s generosity.

The evening program began with cocktails and dinner, a video contribution by Debbie Gibson, and speech by Broadway Star Ashley Loren, on the impact that Lyme disease has had on their lives. The event was hosted by master of ceremonies Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host of FOX

5 "Good Day New York." The evening also featured an exceptional live performance by Recording Artist Pia Toscano and later in the night, Erich Bergen, Star of Madam Secretary and both the stage and screen versions of Jersey Boys.

Celebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced the gala experience by donating his designs and décor to the virtuous cause for the fourth year in a row, showcasing his long-standing dedication to the Lyme community.

Notable Attendees included: Kim Cleworth & Atty Cleworth (Honorees), Rosanna Scotto (Master of Ceremonies), Erich Bergen (Entertainment), Pia Toscano (Recording Artist), Larry Scott (Lawrence Scott Events), Ashley Loren (Broadway Star), Chris Meloni (Actor), Kelley Flanagan and Peter Weber (TV’s The Bachelor), Margaret Josephs and Joe Benigno (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Dolores Catania (Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ)), Jennifer Fessler, Nicole Miller (Fashion Designer), Lindsay Solmer (Influencer), Alexa Laura (Influencer), Gina Valles (Influencer), Mar Jennings (TV Show Host), Jon James Stavola (Artist).

The Co-Chairs for the event include Rose Anastasio, Amy Balducci, Charles Balducci, Diane M. Blanchard, Robert Kobre, Brett Kristoff, Jarrod Nadel, Lorrie Nadel, Paul B.

The event brought together a number of sponsors in support of the GLA’s efforts. The Underwriter of the Global Gala was the Ackerley Family Foundation. Diamond Sponsors included Karen & Bob Kelly, David P. Nolan Charitable Fund. Platinum Sponsors were Robert & Nancy Del

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Ross, Larry Scott, Erin Walker and Jimmy Walker. Photo Credits: Jared Siskin/PMC / Rob Berry/BFA / Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

To learn more about GLA’s unrivaled focus on the

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The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) 26th Annual New York Dinner took place at Restaurant Daniel in New York City, raising $4 million to support its research programs.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding life-saving prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, PCF has raised close to $1 billion in support of cutting-edge research by more than 2,200 research projects at 245 leading cancer centers in 28 countries around the world. Thanks in part to PCF’s commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down by over 50% and countless more men are alive today as a result. PCF research now impacts more than 73 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome, and food as medicine.

The end-of-the-year benefit supported PCF’s programs and celebrated the millions raised and achievements made in the past quarter-century through the PCF. The charitable organization founded by Michael Milken is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs.

The memorable evening welcomed leaders in medicine, top research scientists, and distinguished New York City socialites. The gala began with a lively cocktail reception and the lavish dinner party with Master Mentalist Oz Perelman gave way to a special musical performance from Idina Menzel.

Michael Milken and Charles Ryan’s update on the work of the Foundation encompassed the on-going work of the PCF’s Young Investigator (YI) program as well as the PCF’s inaugural TACTICAL (Treatment According To Intercept Cancer Lethality) Awards which aim to develop new therapies against the most life-threatening forms of prostate cancer.

Additionally, the Home Run Challenge (HRC) partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB)

was highlighted, which has participation from every MLB Team of which some of the team owners (Larry Baer (San Francisco Giants), Jerry Reinsdorf (Chicago White Sox), Thomas Ricketts (Chicago Cubs), Mark Walter (LA Dodgers) and long-time PCF Ambassador (and former New York Yankees Manager) Joe Torre were present.

Idina Menzel rose to fame for her role as ‘Maureen’ in the popular Broadway musical RENT, and her career took off when she won a Tony Award for her role as ‘Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West,’ in the smash musical, WICKED. She will reprise her leading role as ‘Elsa’ in the highly anticipated release of Disney’s Frozen 2 in November and join Adam Sandler, Eric Bogosian, Lakeith Stanfield and Judd Hirsch in the Safdie Brothers’ A24 film Uncut Gems. Notable attendees included: Michael Milken, Charles Ryan, Daniel Boulud, Master Mentalist Oz Perelman, Special Musical Performer Idina Menzel, Rob Citrone, Cindy Citrone, Thomas Ricketts, Cliff Robbins, Darius Bikoff, Andrew Tisch, Ann Tisch, Mark Walter, Jerry Reinsdorf, Joe Torre, Ali Torre, Larry Baer, Larry Leeds, Ginger Leeds, Eric Schmidt, John Paulson, Alina de Almeida, Jill Bikoff, Neil De Feo, Sandy De Feo, Igor Tulchinsky, Tom Lee, Daria Barry and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans.

Oz Perelman’s unique blend of mentalism and mind-reading create an interactive experience that redefines the very nature of a magic show. Oz has appeared on a variety of both national and international networks including NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show & ABC World News plus has been profiled in Forbes and The New York Times, to name a few.

Learn more at www.pcf.org.

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peration Warrior Shield (OWS) held their Healing for Heroes Event in support of Military Veterans and First Responders at The Water Club in New York City which honored Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and author of Successful Philanthropy, The Doris Day Animal Foundation accepted by Jim Pierson and Patricia Deshong of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Operation Warrior Shield is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, whose primary mission is to provide comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans and first responders, with a focus on “Healing Their Hidden Wounds” through no-cost holistic wellness services.

Chief Master Sgt. Ed Schloeman, Chairman and CEO of Operation Warrior Shield commented on the aims of the organization, “Our goal is to provide specially trained, loving and supportive canine companions to veterans and first responders and their families who live with physical and emotional injuries incurred during their time in service." Bethann Carbone, CSO of Operation Warrior

Shield explains, "We developed Operation Canine Companion because veterans are committing suicide every day. We know how important healing from trauma is. OWS' Operation Canine Companion pets provide safety, camaraderie, unconditional acceptance, and a unique emotional support that helps reduce the stress and challenges that our heroes face every day."

The evening commenced with a cocktail hour and silent auction before the start of the program led by the Chairman of OWS, CMSgt (Retired) Edward Schloeman Sr. Opening the ceremony was the USMC Color Guard from 1st Marine Corps District and an invocation by Monsignor Hilary Franco, who has had the distinction of serving six Popes.

There were presentations on the importance of supporting the work of the charity to help reduce suicide risk amongst veterans by Paul Bucha, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Deputy Inspector Mark Wachter and Lt. Col. Wilem Wong of NYPD Health & Wellness discussed the challenges faced by first responders. A live auction by Auctioneer Rudy Saviano sought to raise funds to help provide trained dogs to veterans.

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OWS then presented awards to the honorees of the 2022 Healing for Heroes;

Jean Shafiroff, Philanthropist and author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation accepted on behalf of the Foundation by Jim Pierson.

Ms. Patricia Deshong of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Amongst the notables who Attended were; Jean Shafiroff, CMSgt Ret. Ed Schloeman, Pat Deshong, Monsignor Hilary Franco, Medal of Honor Recipient Paul Bucha, Deputy Inspector Mark Wachter NYPD, David Tupper & Yellin, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Lorri Scott, Marvin Scott, Nene Kodjoe, Rebecca Seawright, Tatyana Horoshko, Judy Gilbert, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Luigi Nicolae, Michelle DellaFave, Barry Fixler, Patric Hale, The Honorable Randall Eng and Jim Pierson.

Organizations sponsoring the Healing for Heroes Gala included: The Doris Day Animal Foundation, David Lynch Foundation, Interstate Toyota, Helen Buford, John Legere, Pharmasphere, Soho Johnny, American Legion Post 1291, Beyond Steel, Ray Brumfield, Francesca De Vito, Barry Fixler, Elisabeth Halfpapp, Jobpaths, Patrick Kernan, Teddy Maldonado, NYPD Health and Wellness Section, Anthony Rodriguez, Edward Shloeman, Schloeman Family, Jean Shafiroff, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, T-Mobile, John Walsh, Wendy Waugh, Westgate Hotel, Wilem Wong and Veterans Airlift Command.

Healing for Heroes wanted to extent special thanks to: Judy Shloeman, Michael Heil, Bethann Carbone, Sarah Strauss, Errol Rappaport and Maria Rodriguez.

For more information, visit www.operationwarriorshield.org and follow @operationwarriorshield on Facebook

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