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JUNIOR SANDLER Bringing bursts of color to the Palm Beach art scene UNCOMMON CURIOSITIES Your guide to the hottest housewarming gifts on Palm Beach’s Worth Avenue BEAR LAKES COUNTRY CLUB An elite, golf-centric club nestled in the heart of West Palm Beach

DANIELLA LEHAVI Israeli accessories brand combines style, quality and functionality

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH WILT CHAMBERLAIN Pioneering sportscaster Ann Liguori looks back on her iconic “Sports Innerview” guests

DR. VALENTÍN FUSTER Visionary cardiologist keeps Mount Sinai Heart on the cutting edge

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Here at Mann About Town, we are always looking for new content on the hot topics that our readers want to know more about. I would like to give special thanks to Karen Wish and Burt Drayer from Mount Sinai for drawing my attention to the importance of the topic of healthcare as of late. Healthcare is a major concern in our country, and Mount Sinai is constantly innovating to bring their patients the best care possible. Another topic that has been receiving a great deal of attention is our sports section. Those of you that have known me for many years may know that I was a passionate basketball player in high school and college, and I still love to keep up with the world of sports today. Our articles featuring iconic sports figures have elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from our readers and I’m confident our feature in this issue on Wilt Chamberlain will be no different. I still remember his record-setting 100-point game, and his interview with Ann Liguori is a fun trip down memory lane. Our sports section is also home to our coverage of the hottest golf courses in the country, and our feature this issue on Bear Lakes Country Club is truly next level, thanks in no small part to the help of Director of Marketing and Membership Jeff Moore. I am also proud to say that the excitement about Mann About Town has spanned across all generations, from Baby Boomers down to the young adults of Gen Z. We are constantly searching for the best, cutting-edge content that will appeal to all readers, regardless of their age bracket. Thanks to our team’s dedication, we are able to provide you all with a wide range of topics that can appeal to all demographics. I would also be remiss to not mention that our magazine has been brought to new heights thanks to our collaboration with Maribel Alvarez and her team at Altima Palm Beach Public Relations. Maribel is one of the finest women I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, and our sucessful expansion in Palm Beach has been helped greatly by her hard work. As always, thank you for sticking with us, and we hope you enjoy the cutting-edge content we’ve put together for you.



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features 36 NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE FOLKSBIENE All the details of what’s on the stage at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in 2022 38 KIL N.Y.C. Edgy jewelry brand relaunches classics collection 40 THE SHAKA CLUB A new social club for NYC 42 DANIELLA LEHAVI Israeli accessories brand combines style, quality and functionality 48 HUBLOT PARTNERS WITH LEDGER Merging high-end crypto technology with traditional watch craftsmanship 52 SUSHI AMANE Hidden Michelin-starred sushi restaurant serving up fresh omakase 54 MIRIAM Upper West Side sister of Park Slope hotspot brings 1[ZIMTQ ÆI^WZ 56 ICHIRAN The world’s leading expert in Tonkotsu ramen, right here in NYC 74 DR. VALENTIN FUSTER Visionary cardiologist keeps Mount Sinai Heart on the cutting edge 78 MOLIVING <PM _WZTL¼[ ÅZ[\ VWUILQK hotel concept is coming to the Hudson Valley



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84 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: WILT CHAMBERLAIN Pioneering sportscaster Ann Liguori looks back on her iconic “Sports Innerview” guests 86 BEAR LAKES COUNTRY CLUB An elite, golf-centric club nestled in the heart of West Palm Beach 94 PACSUN & EMMA CHAMBERLAIN The Gen Z style icon celebrated the brand’s Spring 2022 campaign 96 FRESH CLEAN TEES Men’s apparel brand releases new Eco Fresh Tee 100 EMILY IN PALM BEACH Le Bilboquet Palm Beach launches new breakfast menu 102 UNCOMMON CURIOSITIES Your guide to the hottest housewarming gifts on Worth Avenue 106 LYMARIS ALBORS New CEO of Acacia Network, the largest 0Q[XIVQK TML VWVXZWÅ\ QV New York State

114 SIGN(S) HERE Artist Kadir Lopez wows Palm Beach art collectors

124 MARRISA WILSON NY 112 Designer brings together JUNIOR SANDLER digital and physical Bringing bursts of color to worlds through fashion the Palm Beach art scene NFTs

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G O LF CL ASSIC Monday, May 16, 2022 El Caballero Country Club Tarzana, California 2022 COMMITTEE Co-Chairs Anthony Behrstock

David Sonnenblick

Commonwealth Land Title

Sonnenblick-Eichner Company

Zach Brandler

Ron Friedman

Jeff Mann

Michael S. Rosenblum

Corcoran Global Living

Marcum LLP

Mann Publications

Jonathan Canter

Carrie Jenkins

Deborah Medway

Law Offices of Michael S. Rosenblum

JP Morgan Securities

Triumph Business Capital

Stewart Title

Steven Cohen

William Mark Levinson

Eric Nelson

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Carlton Fields

Rimrock Real Estate Ventures

Fred Lionetti

Christine Ouzounian

Charles Eberly

Business Broker and Consultant

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Todd Sherman First Pacific Financial

Matthew Winnick Managing Partner Kilowatt Capital

Don’t miss this opportunity to play at the newly redesigned course at El Caballero Country Club. Reserve your foursome or sponsorship today at or contact Keri Henning at 818.905.1300 or The health and safety of our guests is of the utmost importance. We will be complying with the latest COVID-19 guidelines and strive to make your experience as safe as possible.

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Welcome back to Mann About Town! It is with great excitement that I introduce you all to our March/April 2022 issue, which we’ve filled with the best luxury lifestyle content for you, including the latest and greatest trends in dining, shopping, travel, fashion and more. For our cover story for this issue, we are thrilled to feature incredibly talented, larger-than-life fashion designer Christian Siriano. I first met Siriano in February of 2020 while attending the taping of the Season 18 Project Runway finale here in New York City, which happened to be mere weeks before the beginning of the city’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic that turned all of our lives upside down. The world that existed when he and I first met seems far away now, but I still remember the carefree joy of that time fondly. You can imagine the excitement I had at the chance to speak with him again and catch up on all of the wonderful things he’s been up to over the past two years. Siriano’s new fall collection is stunning, and he also has a number of other cool and exciting projects in the works, which I hope you all enjoy reading about. In this issue, we also have a number of other amazing features, including Israeli accessories brand Daniella Lehavi, hip new social club The Shaka Club, rising fashion brand Marrisa Wilson and so much more! At Mann About Town, we are always looking for ways to expand and provide our readership with content we know you will love, and I look forward to continuing to bring you all the cutting edge luxury lifestyle content you enjoy.

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11th Annual White Coats-4-Care Scholarship Fundraiser Raised $600,000 to “Dress and Equip” FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s Newest Class enerating a record-breaking $600,000 in scholarship funds to support the newest class of medical students at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Medicine, the College’s annual White Coats-4-Care (WC4C) major scholarship fundraiser was held at the new Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence in Boca Raton, Florida.


“It is because of the generosity and dedication of our community that we can continue to attract the best and brightest medical students from a diverse array of backgrounds and deliver on our mission of advancing the health and well-being of our community by training future generations of humanistic physicians,” shared Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Interim Dean Sarah Wood, M.D.

“Recognizing that raising medical scholarship funds is an essential mission, it was especially poignant and inspiring to gather again as a community after nearly two years of pandemic impact,” shared Co-chair Bonnie Kaye, who with Kaye Communications (KCOM-PR) partner Jon Kaye has co-chaired WC4C for 11 consecutive years since its inception.

“This well-rounded class has an array of talents, skills and experiences, including competitive collegiate athletes in sports ranging from rock climbing \W LIVKQVO IZ\Q[\QK \ITMV\[ ZIVOQVO NZWU OZIXPQK IZ\Q[\[ \W XQIVQ[\[ Æ ]MVKa QV languages spanning from Catalan to Arabic and Malayalam and diverse experiences ranging from a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and 8ZM^MV\QWV \W I [WN\_IZM MVOQVMMZ _WZSQVO WV IZ\QÅ KQIT QV\MTTQOMVKM ZM[MIZKP Because we strive to train physicians to mirror the communities they will serve, this class has it covered,” Wood continued.

With the average cost of a medical education reaching $250,000 in-state to W]\ WN [\I\M \W WN \PM KWTTMOM¼[ [\]LMV\[ ZMY]QZM Å VIVKQIT assistance. Heavy debt often impacts students’ choices of medical schools and their medical specialty based on its income potential to repay loans. “Scholarship money raised through the annual White Coats-4-Care initiative gives students the ability to follow their hearts, not their debts, into lifelong medical careers,” noted Co-chair Jon Kaye. Since its inaugural reception, White Coats-4-Care has raised more than $1.5 million.

To learn more about the White Coat Society or other gift options, contact Assistant Vice President for Development David Green, by phone at (561)297-4243 or by email at

Photos courtesy of Florida Atlantic University

This year, Ann and John Wood committed $400,000 to support 10 medical students in the class of 2025 as part of the inaugural year of the Robert A. Wood FAU Medical Scholars Fund. This visionary fund will support these deserving students through all four years of medical school. It was announced that WC4C will double its commitment for next summer’s incoming class with $800,000 to support 20 medical students for all four years.

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Robert Weinroth, Pamela Weinroth, Donna Biase, Dr. Sarah Wood, Lori Berman, Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles MANN ABOUT TOWN • MARCH/APRIL 2022


Mark Larkin, Patricia Carpenter, Holli Rockwell Trubinsky, Joseph Trubinsky

Dr. Joseph Biase, Donna Biase, Constance Scott, Dr. Gladys Martinez, Kim Champion

Tom Mersch, Dr. Patricia Anastasio, Dr. Michael Dennis, Bonnie Kaye, Jon Kaye, Maurice Plough



Sixth Annual

Boca Raton Mayors Ball Photos by Jeffrey Tholl and Gina Fontana

Aaron & Nikki Miller, Gwen & Bob Tucker



OUT ON THE TOWN Lori Ann & Dr. Allen Konis, Dr. Ron Rubin, Candace Rojas, Kim Champion, Bruce Spizler

Betsy Fletcher, Arlene Herson, Shaheer Hosh, Gloria Hosh, Carole Wilson


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Le Bilboquet Hosts Dinner to Honor Chairs of Young Friends of Peggy Adams “Party Animal” Theme Transforms Bilbo’s Private Dining Room Photo Credit: Nick Mele


e Bilboquet Palm Beach hosted an intimate dinner in honor of Nick Mele and Stacey Leuliette, co-chairs of Young Friends of Peggy Adams. The event took place in Bilboquet’s private, Provence-styled dining room, located above the restaurant. Charlotte Munder of Charlotte Munder Design decorated the room to complement this year’s gala theme, “Party Animal,” which will take place November 19th at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

Upon entering the room, guests were greeted with Bilboquet’s Libation 21, created by mixologist Ben Wood to commemorate Bilboquet Palm Beach’s first anniversary. The light and colorful cocktail based on Italicus (a bergamot liquor), lemon oil, sparkling wine and Peychaud’s bitters is garnished with an edible orchid and upcycled pineapple fronds. It fits in with the patio’s décor of climbing wall jasmine and exotic potted palms. “The design intent for the evening was to honor the whimsical French elegance of the restaurant while adding layers of color and texture. To bring the space to life, I incorporated a mix of natural materials, including raffia and burlap. Fresh fruits and florals added a pop of color to accompany the curated vintage china and glassware. The juxtaposition of contemporary and vintage elements added depth and richness to the space,” said Munder. Following cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a three-course dinner, which began with Le Bilbo Royal, a beautiful tower display of oysters, lobster, ceviche du jour, shrimp and accoutrements. For the entrée, guests had a choice of Bilboquet’s signature Cajun chicken or le saumon à la plancha. A variety of Bilboquet signature desserts, including le vacherin, la mousse au chocolat along with the sorbets and ice creams, topped the evening off sweetly. In addition to the co-chairs, Nick Mele and Stacey Leuliette, guests and committee members in attendance included Molly Mele, Hollis Bradley Pica, Devon McCready, Michael Gregson Reinert, Austin Bryan, Samantha Cerny, Tristan Dyer, Charlotte Munder and Kent Anderson.



Mixologist Benjamin Wood

Charlotte Munder, Michael Gregson Reinert, Sue Jin Seth

Samantha Cerny, Tristan Dyer

Sue Jin Seth, Hollis Bradley Pica, Devon McCready, Stacey Leuliette, Michael Gregson Reinert


The Continental Magazine Photos by Sean Zanni/PMC

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Guests, Andrea Wynn, Steve Wynn

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H&M to Release Collection in Collaboration with Fashion Icon Iris Apfel H&M’s latest collaboration is a glamorous and vibrant project created in partnership with a true style icon — the incomparable Iris Apfel. The Iris Apfel x H&M collection celebrates the 100th birthday of the beloved tastemaker. The collection will launch on and in select stores in the U.S. and Canada on April 14. )XNMT Q[ ZMVW_VML NWZ PMZ Æ IUJWaIV\ NI[PQWV Å MZKM QVLQ^QL]ITQ\a IVL JWTL W]\Å \[ ;PM KPIUXQWV[ \PM QLMI \PI\ [\aTM IVL QV[XQZI\QWV KIV come from anywhere and anyone, regardless of price. Inspired by Iris )XNMT¼[ ]VQY]M Æ IQZ IVL UWZM Q[ UWZM IM[\PM\QK \PM 1ZQ[ )XNMT ` 0 5 KWTTMK\QWV W‫ ٺ‬MZ[ IV I[[WZ\UMV\ WN [\]VVQVO XQMKM[ LM[QOVML NWZ M^MZa one, the retailer said. The clothing and accessories have all been created to honor Iris Apfel’s unwavering independence and original sense of style.



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Koolaburra By Ugg Announces “Frenshe’s Picks” Curated by Ashley Tisdale Rooted in quality, comfort and craftsmanship, Southern California-based lifestyle brand Koolaburra by Ugg (a division of Deckers Brands) is excited to announce “Frenshe’s Picks,” a curation of favorite styles in partnership with Frenshe founder, Ashley Tisdale. Frenshe is a community-driven platform inspired by Tisdale’s desire to be authentic about mental health and wellness. The site creates a haven for individuals to inspire each other on everything from style, beauty, interiors and well-being. Frenshe’s Picks brings together Frenshe’s message of creating an inviting, comfortable space to be authentic about all aspects of life with the belief that Koolaburra by Ugg footwear brings comfort in the wearer’s everyday — the ups and the downs.




“I’m excited to partner with Koolaburra by Ugg to curate Frenshe’s Picks,” said Tisdale. “Frenshe is a community that welcomes and creates a space for individuals to be comfortable expressing themselves. As a brand, Koolaburra by Ugg celebrates comfort in the everyday through [\aTM _PQTM W‫ ٺ‬MZQVO _MIZMZ[ \PM WXXWZ\]VQ\a \W M`XZM[[ \PMU[MT^M[ _Q\PW]\ [IKZQÅ KQVO Y]ITQ\a º .ZMV[PM¼[ 8QKS[ IZM UILM ]X WN Å ^M [XZQVO ZMILa [IVLIT [\aTM[ \PI\ ZM Æ MK\ \PM QKWVQK MI[M WN ;W]\PMZV +ITQNWZVQIV TQ^QVO \PI\¼[ I[[WKQI\ML _Q\P the Koolaburra by Ugg brand. The curation features a palette of soothing gray, striking black, welcoming natural and a pop of roseate with each style able to seamlessly incorporate into one’s wardrobe. The BRB Slide ($59.95), available in black or gray, blends sport inspiration with comfort and features a quilted faux leather upper with a plush faux fur top sole that’s perfect for a lazy day athleisure look. Lovers WN NI]` N]Z _QTT Å VL RWa QV \PM VI\]ZIT KWTWZML .]bb Q\ [IVLIT ! ! featuring beautiful crisscross straps that’s perfect for a casual day out with friends while the Furr-ah sandal ($59.95) in black features duo straps with decorative buckles and a sawtooth sole that makes them endlessly wearable. The spring season blooms with the Cameal Slide ($59.95) in rosette and pale blush. The fresh take on a traditional slide is a chic closet staple and sports a faux fur, braided upper with an open-toe silhouette bringing I PQV\ WN ZWUIVKM \W IVa W]\Å \ )^IQTIJTM VW_ [PWXXMZ[ KIV ^QM_ IVL purchase Frenshe’s Picks on

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On the Stage at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in 2022 Film stills from The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis


n January, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene drew back the curtain on the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” co-presented with New York City Opera. Directed by Michael Capasso, and with a libretto by Michael Korie, the limited engagement ran for eight shows — most of which sold out, even despite the winter weather — at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in lower Manhattan. “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” is based on Giorgio Bassani’s 1962 novel of the same name. Set on the eve of World War II, it tells the story of an aristocratic Italian-Jewish family, the Finzi-Continis, who believes it will be immune to the changes happening around it. As it makes a gracious haven for itself in the garden, walling out the unpleasantness of the world outside, Italy forms its alliance with Germany and begins to enforce anti-Semitic racial laws. But the Finzi-Continis discover too late that no one is immune or untouchable. “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” not only continues New York City Opera’s mission to produce new and important works by American composers, but continues the opera company’s tradition of “showcasing outstanding talent,” Capasso said. “I am very excited about our cast, which includes many young and emerging artists in leading roles alongside established NYCO stalwarts.” Rachel Blaustein (Micól Finzi-Contini), Brian James Myer (Alberto Finzi-Contini), Mary Phillips (Mama), Franco Pomponi (Papà), Anthony Ciaramitaro (Giorgio) and Matt Ciuf-



CENTER STAGE Å \MTTQ 5ITVI\M TML \PM KI[\ _PQKP NMI\]ZML XZWL]K\QWV LM[QOV by John Farrell, costume design by Ildikó Debreczeni, lighting design by Susan Roth and production stage management by Diana Vassall-DuMelle. The cast also included D’Marreon Alexander, Robert BaloVMS )LIU +QW‫ ٺ‬IZQ 8M\MZ 3MVLITT +TIZS ,IVQ /WTL[\MQV Spencer Hamlin, Kristee Haney, Rebecca Hargrove, Sarah Heltzel, Adam Klein, Meredith Krinke, Melanie Long, Violet Paris, Gabe Ponichter, Sami Sallaway, Drew Seigla, Markos Simopoulos, Rosy Anoush Svazlian, Tim Roller and Rachel BI\KW‫ ٺ‬ “We are proud to co-produce the world premiere of ‘The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,’” said National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. “This important new work illuminates an important part of Italian-Jewish history, and sadly, its themes of discrimination and anti-semitism still resonate in our world today.”

Anthony Ciaramitaro (photo by Steven Pisano)

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the U.S. and the world’s oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company and is now celebrating its 107th season. In recent years, the renowned Folksbiene presented the award-winning “Fiddler on the Roof ” in Yiddish, which was directed by Joel Grey and drew [WTL W]\ I]LQMVKM[ JMNWZM Q\ UW^ML \W 7‫* ٺ‬ZWIL_Ia ]X\W_V Under the leadership of Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek and Executive Director Dominick Balletta, Folksbiene is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. And this spring will be no exception as Folksbiene prepares to open another major production. In April, Folksbiene will present the New York debut of “Harmony: A New Musical,” which tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, an ensemble of six talented young men in 1920s Germany who took the world by storm with their signature blend of sophisticated close harmonies and uproarious stage antics, until their inclusion of Jewish singers put them on a collision course with history.

Rachel Blaustein, Anthony Ciaramitaro (photo by Alan Chin)

Photo by Steven Pisano

“Harmony,” by Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator Bruce Sussman, will open in the Museum’s Edmond J. Safra Hall on April 13 (with previews beginning on March 23). Directing and choreographing “Harmony” will be Tony Award winner and Emmy-nominated Warren Carlyle, who most recently choreographed the current Broadway revival of “The Music Man” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Among the stellar cast are musical theatre icons Chip Zien and Sierra Boggess as the elder Rabbi and Mary. Zien most recently was seen as the bombastic Mr. Stopnick in The Roundabout’s acclaimed production of “Caroline, or Change.” He created the central role of the Baker in Sondheim/Lapine’s award-winning “Into The Woods” (L.A. Drama-Logue Award, Outer Critics nomination) and created the role of Mendel in William Finn’s highly decorated “Falsettos.” Sierra Boggess has been seen on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical “School Of Rock,” “It Shoulda Been You” directed by David Hyde Pierce, two separate engagements of the Broadway production of “The Phantom of the OpMZIº \PM Å Z[\ NWZ \PM [PW_¼[ \P IVVQ^MZ[IZa IVL \PM [MKWVL opposite Norm Lewis), the revival of “Master Class” (opposite Tyne Daly) and “The Little Mermaid” (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, Audience Choice Awards).

will venture beyond Yiddish when presented with opportunities to tell important Jewish stories, in other languages, particularly when these stories otherwise would not be told.”

Amid the pandemic, Folksbiene also produced a number of virtual specials, continuing to engage audiences online and reaching an international audience as well. Among its most popular, ongoing features have been “15 Minute Yiddish Les:MÆ MK\QVO WV \PM [MI[WV 5TW\MS [IQL ¹<PM KWZM WN 6A sons” and “A Yiddish Renaissance.” Virtual programming TF’s mission will always be the promotion of the great literary, can be accessed on-demand online at dramatic and musical traditions of the Yiddish theater. We MARCH/APRIL 2022 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 37



Amelia Ring in Sterling Silver

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Kelly Sword Earrings in Sterling Silver

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Toi et Mort Ring, in Silver with Black Diamond and Opal

my perspective in those pieces, so I decided to create my own! I wanted pieces that were bold but easily wearable every day. I’m constantly inspired by the world and people around me, and this colTMK\QWV LMÅ VQ\MTa ZMÆ MK\[ \PI\ 5IVa WN \PM [\aTM[ are named after the people who have helped them come to fruition.”

ewelry collector and designer Konstantinos Leoussis is a connoisseur of antique jewelry, specializing in Stuart to Edwardian era works. An avid world traveler and lover of history, Leoussis explores the globe searching for antiques to buy, sell and draw inspiration from. His passion for mythology and the reinterpretation of timeless motifs have become the blueprint for his Classics Collection, a capsule of bestselling jewelry that rethinks traditional symbols, such as skulls, hearts, arrows, swords and eyes. From embracing “emo” teenage years to honoring powerful women, the Classics Collection by Kil N.Y.C. is created for anyone to wear every day, no matter one’s identity.

The Kelly Sword Earrings and Pendant are Classics Collection signatures, memorializing Leoussis’ late friend, Kate Kelly, a social activist who fought for gender equality worldwide. Swords symbolize power and strength, and the Kelly Sword Earrings are no exception. The striking pieces are customizable, from all sterling silver to an 18K gold and diamond inlay, for a look that best represents the wearer’s inner warrior.

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In the tradition of memento mori, Kil N.Y.C. uses the skull throughout the Classics Collection, reminding one of the inevitabilities of death and the jux\IXW[ML KMTMJZI\QWV WN TQNM <PM 7[[QÅ KI\QWV :QVO Toi et Mort Ring and Nehama Pendant all utilize skulls, which have historically symbolized protection as well as the unavoidable nature of mortality. <PM PIVLUILM 7[[QÅ KI\QWV :QVO Q[ MTMOIV\ IVL striking, with diamonds as the eyes of the skull — a nod to gothic fashion. The Toi et Mort Ring is a cheeky play on popular Toi et Moi rings, which showcase two gemstones, symbolizing two lovers, a literal “you and me” in French. The Toi et Mort Ring is a bypass ring displaying two small silver skulls, also reminiscent of “you and me,” but rather in death than in life. Lastly, the statement Nehama Pendant is named after Sarah Nehama, a close friend of KIL N.Y.C. and a talented goldsmith. A percent of all sales of this pendant will be donated to Friends of Long Beach Animals in honor of Sarah’s dearly departed cat, Sterling. Stories of ancient Greek gods and mythology inspire the Classic Collection, as Konstantinos re-

ON THE UPSWING Aoshima Pendant. Back View Agape Pendant

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Æ MK\[ WV XI[\ KQ^QTQbI\QWV[ IVL \PMQZ ZQ[M IVL NITT through art and jewelry. The Diamond Selene Ring, with 14K gold and black diamonds, showcases a crescent moon of black diamonds with a white diamond centrally placed as an eye. Selene is the Goddess of the Moon, and the ring symbolizes PW_ \PM UWWV I‫ ٺ‬MK\[ \PM MIZ\P _Q\P \PM MaM I[ the centerpiece — a symbol of protection. Next, the Sapphire Helios Ring, featuring 14K gold with sapphires and diamonds, is a celebration of Helios, the Sun God. In the ring, bright sapphires are arranged to shine like the sun, with the diamond MaM ZMXZM[MV\QVO \PM []V¼[ M‫ ٺ‬MK\ WV MIZ\P Leoussis designed a variety of dainty stacking rings as part of the Classics Collection as well, including the Pave Limle Shield Ring, Pave Starbright Ring and the Pave Witchy Love Ring. The Pave Limle Shield Ring symbolizes protection and safety. Its simple and comfortable shield design, with a stunning choice of gemstones for the pave, protects the wearer from negative energy. The Pave Starbright Ring is inspired by the North Star, showcasing a star with ravishing diamonds, leading the wearer towards the right path. Next, the Pave Witchy

Sadboy Pendant in Sterling Silver and Blue Topaz

Love Ring represents a witch’s heart, a symbol of love and protection. It exhibits a playful heart, twisting with glistening rubies that are eye-catching, pairing beautifully with the other rings. Kil N.Y.C. also has two heart pendants within the Classics Collection. The Agape Pendant showcases many of Kil N.Y.C.’s favorite symbols: an evil eye, a witch’s heart and two arrows crossed. These notable symbols of protection, all fused into one, creates a transcendent piece — the ultimate talisman for protection and preservation. The Varlow Pendant blends the three swords tarot card, with a hand carved protective eye in the center, representing both great loss and protection in one piece. The Classics Collection statement rings are the Amelia Ring and Ursus Ring, two bold pieces in all sterling silver. The Amelia Ring, named after the designer’s close friend, showcases a daring vampire bat, a symbol of longevity, with beautiful detail. The Ursus Ring displays a bold, full centerpiece of an intricately carved grizzly bear, symbolizing strength in silence, the perfect gift for the strong, silent type.

Lastly, Kil N.Y.C. Sadboy Pendants are inspired by Leoussis’ teenage self, who had “emo” days, like many teens. The pendants commemorate emotional vulnerability, out of fear of looking weak or not being “cool” enough. Sadboy Pendants are customizable, from sterling silver to 18K gold, and illustrate a striking eye with three gemstone drops, as the tears beneath it. Celebrating that bad days are normal and that shedding tears heals, the Sadboy Pendants commemorate the beauty in everyday pain. Across collections, Kil N.Y.C. strives to create and package jewelry mindfully and sustainably. The company’s production cycle takes place in NYC, with local labor and casting done by a woman-owned business, also located in NYC. Precious metals and gemstones used are reclaimed and recycled as much as possible in order to decrease environmental impact. Shipping is carbon negative, using recycled, biodegradable materials. To contact Kil N.Y.C, please email sales and operations director India Mankes-Falcon at, or call/ text (718)909-6429. MARCH/APRIL 2022 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 39

The Shaka Club A New Kind of Social Club for NYC By Lauren Schuster



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and respect that is used in both Hawaiian and surf culture. With these values in mind, the Stefanick sis\MZ[ W‫ٻ‬KQITTa TI]VKPML <PM ;PISI +T]J QV ;MX\MUber 2021. So what does membership in The Shaka Club really entail? After being accepted and setting up a membership fee payment plan, members can then register for fun and engaging events, which take place on a weekly or semi-weekly basis. These event tickets cost $40 to $60 and can accommodate 10 to 50 people at a time depending on the venue for the event. Because The Shaka Club does not have a single location as a clubhouse, their events take place at cool and unique locations all around New York City, giving their members special access to the hottest spots in town. Some of the club’s past events include a private cabana and open bar at Pig Beach; a private section and open bar at The Wayland; a private room and open bar at the historic White Horse Tavern; a full buyout of the Club Car at the McKittrick Hotel for I PWTQLIa XIZ\a KW PW[\ML _Q\P 1V[\IOZIU QVÆ]MVKMZ “Overheard on Wall Street;” private golf simulators with bar service at Five Iron; a three-course brunch at Ainslie in Williamsburg with food and drinks included and a comedy show with Brooklyn Underground Comedy at the Roost. If all of that wasn’t tempting enough, there is also, of course, the club’s main promise: the opportunity to connect with other 20- and 30-somethings living QV \PM KQ\a IVL _WZSQVO QV I ^IZQM\a WN ÅMTL[ QVKT]Ling but not limited to art, entertainment, tech and ÅVIVKM _PW PI^M I ^IZQM\a WN XI[[QWV[ IVL PWJJQM[ The Shaka Club encourages its members to pursue whatever kind of connections feel most authentic to them, and is open to members forming business, platonic or romantic connections with other members I[ \PMa [MM Å\ To apply, there is no application fee, and a quick and simple interview process to determine your acceptance. Overall, The Shaka Club is focused on admitting members that are authentically and enthusiastically interested in engaging with the city and with their peers. While the club does attract many young XZWNM[[QWVIT[ \PMZM IZM VW [XMKQÅK ZMY]QZMUMV\[ ZMlated to having received a college degree or landed a corporate position to be admitted. There is also a The Shaka Club pop-up in the works set to appear in The Hamptons this summer, with details coming soon! To start your application process, visit


Daniella Lehavi Accessories Israeli Accessories Brand Blends Beauty, Craftsmanship and Practicality By Lauren Schuster

Photos courtesy of Daniella Lehavi Accessories




stablished in Tel Aviv in 1991, Daniella Lehavi is well known as a pioneering accessories brand in the Israeli fashion scene. The eponymous founder drew her inspiration from her busy lifestyle in Tel Aviv, one that was simultaneously organized, driven and creative. Her timeless and elegant designs convey a strong, earthy and sophis\QKI\ML TWWS 0MZ ÅZ[\ KWTTMK\QWV _PQKP KWVsisted of no more than 10 handbags, quickly grew until she was soon creating numerous collections of bags, purses, wallets, belts and other accessories each year. In 2004, the brand expanded its collection to include a line of shoes, including boots and sandals, which soon became part of Daniella Lehavi’s recognized designs. The family-owned company is now led by Ori Lehavi, Daniella’s son, who made it his mission to continue his mother’s legacy after she passed away from cancer in 2013.

“Growing up in an era where women didn’t have such legitimacy to go and open their own business and be independent, [my mothMZE _I[ XZM\\a U]KP \PM ÅZ[\ 1[ZIMTQ QVLMXMVdent designer to open her own company. And because she was a pioneer, it was a very, very LQ‫ٻ‬K]T\ XZWKM[[ QV \PM JMOQVVQVO º 7ZQ 4MPIvi said. “For her, it was about convincing people that design is something important for life and also that a woman can be a good business owner that is reliable and independent.” *MKI][M ,IVQMTTI 4MPI^Q SVM_ ÅZ[\ PIVL what challenges working women faced, she created bags that were meant to work for them and meet their everyday needs. “[My mother] started designing something that is for real people,” Ori Lehavi said. “Soft bags that are good for everyday working women, and mostly bags that people can see themselves using over and over again for many, many years. The design aesthetics became something so strong in the Israeli design scene that everyone recognizes it even without using huge labels and logos all over it. It’s just something very, very recognizable.” This beloved design aesthetic became Ori Lehavi’s foundation for continuing the brand after Daniella’s passing. “I felt it was pretty easy for me, after she passed away in 2013, to just take out all the archives and all the shapes that she designed and just build a very strong heritage and DNA base, that from there we can just build on and on for new collections,” Ori Lehavi said. “Some designers work with a color palM\\M WZ QV[XQZI\QWV [\WZa WZ I ÅVIVKQIT J]LOM\ but this is my framework; it’s the archives and the heritage.” “She didn’t think, and I don’t think so either, that a woman should be a commercial or an advertising billboard for some brand,”

Ori Lehavi continued. “I think exactly the opposite. Every woman’s personal style and personality [PW]TL JM ZMÆMK\ML QV _PI\ she’s wearing.” The studio’s design team, with Ori Lehavi at the helm, still creates a new collection every season. Each collection tells its own story and is characterized Ja LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ UI\MZQIT[ KWTWZ[ IVL \PMUM[ QV[XQZML Ja LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ [W]ZKM[ IVL QVÆ]MVKes. Ori Lehavi and his team most recently showcased their spring/summer 2022 collection and debuted their fall/winter 2022/2023 collection in New York City this February. “For spring, the main idea was to keep it more natural with earthy tones — this is always our base — then to build on that I added whites which are always beautiful, fresh for spring,” Ori Lehavi said. “Especially after these very rough two years [of COVID-19], I think this spring people will _IV\ \W PIVO W]\ W]\[QLM IVL [PW_ W‫ ٺ‬1 would say, their happiness with whites and brights. Our brights are also earthy; Q\¼[ VW\ ÆI[Pa WZ VMWV JZQOP\[ J]\ \PMZM are still some.” “For fall, it’s a very nostalgic collection for me,” Ori Lehavi continued. “It’s a nostalgic season, and I think this is a very nostalgic collection which is a lot about neutrals. I love the transition from chocolate and browns that we’ve seen in the last two seasons to a more taupey kind of area in colors, which is in the middle between a grey and a brown. I love the pop of navy; I think navy is a good transitional color from spring to fall.” For Ori Lehavi, the COVID-19 XIVLMUQK PI[ IT[W UMIV\ ÅVLQVO inspiration from his own community in Israel for new collections. ¹-^MV _PMV aW] LWV¼\ Æa IZW]VL the world all the time and [instead] [\Ia PWUM aW] KIV ÅVL \PM UW[\ beautiful things and the most beautiful people, and everything you need is actually 10 minutes around you,” Ori Lehavi said. “So, a lot of the inspiration is the Mediterranean vibe and Tel Aviv, which is the city where I live, and I love it.” The brand prides itself on creating carefully hand-crafted, small and unique collections. The brand aims to reduce waste and to ensure high-quality, thoughtfully made designs at the MARCH/APRIL 2022 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 43

same time. The company employs over 60 experts in design, manufacturing, logistics, management, sales, marketing and more. The brand also prides itself on its long-time partnerships with small, local, family-owned factories, across the supply chain. The brand only works with suppliers and manufacturers that can guarantee a safe work environment to all employees. “On one hand, keeping traditional craftsmanship and maintaining some artisan people who do traditional crafts and keeping those small businesses alive is something that is really important to me,” Ori Lehavi said. “And on the other hand, so is mixing it with the high-end technology of new developments in leather. Nowadays there are amazing technologies that don’t involve chemicals and they make better sustainable materials: sustainable leathers and vegan materials that are more sustainable. So, these are the kinds of innovations that I try to bring into the company.” Going forward, Ori Lehavi’s main goal is to keep inspiring others with beautiful pieces for everyday use that can be a spark of happiness in women’s daily lives. “The main asset of the brand is creation and I want to keep creating and innovating and I think it’s endless, what we can create and make people happy with,” Ori Lehavi said. “I hope these are the things people will need and want and these are the things that will keep people busy, not other horrible things happening [in the world]. This is what I feel I can bring to the world, beautiful things that can make people happy and make them realize these are the things we need.”

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DOMENICO VACCA Luxury men’s and women’s fashion designer Domenico Vacca has reopened his flagship store on Madison Avenue. Born in Italy, Vacca‘s family has been deeply-rooted in the craft of fashion for decades. In 2002, Vacca launched his own label and opened his flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Equinox Hotel Electric Lemon 501 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 212.869.2296 New York, spearheading the sartorial trend in Rooftop Terrace fashion.

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Sushi Amane

A Hidden, Michelin-starred Sushi Experience


oncealed within Mifune’s subterranean dining room lies a hidden treasure: Michelin-starred Sushi Amane, newly appointed Executive Sushi Chef Tomoyuki Hayashi’s intimate, eight-seat omakase bar.

Chef Hayashi began his career in Japan and apprenticed under top sushi masters in Tokyo for many years before leaving Japan to seek opportunities in America. Upon arriving in New York, he worked as sushi chef at Matsuri Restaurant, formerly housed in Chelsea’s Maritime Hotel. He then became the executive sushi chef at Sushi Azabu where he helmed the kitchen for 12 years.

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Chef Rafael Hasid Opens Miriam Restaurant on the Upper West Side


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HOURS: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 10pm Thurs and Friday: 10am – 11pm Saturday: 9am – 11pm Sunday: 9am – 10pm

LOCATION: 300 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10023 WEBSITE: PHONE: (646)590-2657 INSTAGRAM: @miriamrest

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Ichiran The World’s Leading Expert in Tonkotsu Ramen Concept Ichiran is the world’s leading expert in Tonkotsu ramen. Conceptualized by President and CEO Manabu Yoshitomi in Fukuoka, the epicenter of this ramen movement, Ichiran has 83 locations throughout Asia with three more in New York City. The family-owned business started in Fukuoka as a simple ramen stall in 1960 and ultimately created the “Five Originals” for Tonkotsu ramen, including Original Spicy Red Sauce, aromatic Tonkotsu broth, solo dining booths, order forms and the Kae-Dama ordering system. Ichiran designed the concept so customers could focus only on the ramen that sits before them, savoring the fragrance of the broth and experiencing each slurp of ramen. The team at Ichiran is committed to XZW^QLQVO \PM UW[\ I]\PMV\QK IVL Y]ITQ\a ÆI^WZ <WVSW\[] ZIUMV M`XMZQMVKM ][QVO \PM ÅVM[\ QVOZMLQMV\[ masterful techniques and family secret preparations by gifted artisans.

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New Captain Morgan Cherry Vanilla Combining Notes of Nostalgia with a Modern-Day Twist for the Perfect Pairing


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Spring Cocktail Recipes Spring has sprung, and it’s time to brighten up your next gathering with these refreshing cocktails!

Down the Garden Path

Ingredients: • 2 ounces of Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose vodka • 1 ounce lemon juice • 0.5 ounce simple syrup • ice • grapefruit Directions: Step 1: Add liquor, lemon juice and simple syrup to shaker Å TTML _Q\P QKM Step 2: Shake contents of shaker and strain into glass Step 3: Cut grapefruit wheel for garnish Step 4: Garnish glass and enjoy!

Silver Jubilee Ingredients: • 2 ounces Empress 1908 gin • 0.75 ounce lime juice • 0.75 ounce simple syrup • 1 egg white • seltzer • ice • lime

Directions: Step 1: Dry shake gin, lime juice, simple syrup and egg white until frothy Step 2: Add ice to shaker and shake again Step 3: Strain mixture into glass Step 4: Top with seltzer Step 5: Cut and twist a piece of lime peel for garnish Step 6: Lay lime twist on top of foam and enjoy!

(Recipes created by Barrett Cortellesi) Photos courtesy of Lauren Schuster


Runway to Red Carpet & Beyond

Christian Siriano BY LAUREN SCHUSTER

Siriano gets up close and personal with his designs in the “People Are People,” exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art (photo credit: Sara Kerens)

COVER FEATURE Siriano poses with models from his fall 2022 show at New York Fashion Week (photo credit: Kevin Tachman)





rom the New York Fashion Week runway to red carpet awards season in Los Angeles, Christian Siriano is the man you want to see. Ever since Siriano ÅZ[\ [\WTM \PM [PW_ I[ \PM _QVVMZ WN [MI[WV NW]Z WN “Project Runway” in 2008, his bold and beautiful designs have been leaving their mark on fashion and culture. Fourteen years later, Siriano’s eponymous brand is thriving, and has dressed everyone from everyday women to celebrities and fashion icons like Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama, just to name a few.

“From when we started the company around 2008, we were just able to build and grow and turn it into really this luxury lifestyle brand, where we kind of have all tiers of shopping,” Siriano explained. “[We have] things that are on the scale of couture clothes to the most wearable things that can be sold at a mass retailer. That’s been really great; we’ve kind of built [the brand] over the years doing that.” Siriano has never strayed away from making a statement. After all, who could forget the iconic Billy Porter tuxedo dress moment he created for the Oscars in 2019? Siriano has also long been a trailblazer of size inclusivity in the fashion industry, dressing plus sized icons like Lizzo and Ashley Graham. “We’ve had a huge celebrity following and a red carpet following, which has been really great,” Siriano said. “We’ve gotten to dress some of the most amazing people in the world.” This February, Siriano dazzled the New York Fashion Week runway _Q\P PQ[ VL KWTTMK\QWV ÅTTML _Q\P \M`\]ZM IVL [PQUUMZ NMI\]ZQVO blue, navy, black and nude shades. “We just showed for fall 2022, and that collection was so exciting,” Siriano said. “We got to show at the Empire State Building, which was amazing and iconic and felt very special [and] very New York, now that Fashion Week was back and people were in person and seeing shows. So, I wanted the collection to feel somewhat powerful and romantic like that feeling was.” 1V ILLQ\QWV \W ÅVLQVO QV[XQZI\QWV QV \PM [PW_¼[ TWKI\QWV ;QZQIVW IT[W delved into the feelings that many of us have experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic began when he was designing his new fall 2022 collection. “I called the collection ‘Victorian Matrix’ because I felt like that’s kind of what we were living in in the past few years,” Siriano said. “Where are we? Are we in this real digital world, like a matrix world, or are we in a Victorian time where we’re back and can’t do anything and can’t go anywhere and we have no resources? So, I had all these elements that I kind of put into the collection and I think it still turned out to be what I wanted it to be, which is glamorous and beautiful and sexy, as I always like to do.” When designing his collections each season, Siriano likes to stay WXMV \W \PM XW[[QJQTQ\a WN ÅVLQVO QV[XQZI\QWV NZWU IVa\PQVO \PI\ presents itself in his life and sparks his creativity. “Inspiration really comes from everywhere: a movie I just watched, it can be a piece of art (I’m really into artists and architecture right now, [so] I take a lot of inspiration from that), interiors, (I’m a big


“I keep my inspirations as open as possible because I kind of feel like there are no rules and anything can inspire me, which has helped me throughout my career.”

lover of fabrics — sometimes one fabric can inspire an entire collection, even) [or] a city I’ve traveled to,” Siriano said. “So, I keep my inspirations as open as possible because I kind of feel like there are no rules and anything can inspire me, which has helped me throughout my career.” For Siriano, his greatest reward is seeing the joy on his clients’ faces when they connect with the pieces he creates for them. “I think the transformation for our customer is the best feeling — it really is,” Siriano said. “When we see someone come in and they’re in jeans and a T-shirt and they throw on a spectacular dress and it’s for a friend’s party or a wedding or any event, they’re getting honored somewhere, anything. It’s so wonderful to see the joy of the transformation. They walk out of the dressing room and they’re in this moment and they’re like ‘wow, I feel [like] my best self ’ and I think that’s still, for me, the best part of the job.” 68


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Siriano in front of the “People Are People” exhibit, which showcased his designs at the SCAD Museum of Art (photo credit: Sara Kerens)

Fashion is not the only industry Siriano is setting out to bring his glamorous personal touch to: He and his team have also recently launched new venture, Siriano Interiors, a full-service interior design studio. “We’re really excited. We just launched an QV\MZQWZ LM[QOV J][QVM[[ IVL W]Z ÅZU PI[ JMMV doing some really exciting projects,” Siriano said. “We have two hotels coming out that we’ve been designing, [and] we just launched a furniture line just last year and that’s been doing really, really well. We love it.” Beyond runway collections and red-carpet ensembles, Siriano has also recently gone back to his roots as a self-proclaimed theater kid whose love of costume design initially sparked his interest in fashion. “We’ve been doing a few costumes for some movies that will come out next year,” Siriano said. “It’s been great. We’re just having fun creating.”

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Dr. Valentín Fuster A True Visionary in Cardiology at Mount Sinai for More Than a Quarter Century Photos courtesy of Mount Sinai Health System





ver the past 25 years, one man has guided Mount Sinai Heart to international preeminence: Valentín Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart, the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, and the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health; Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked sixth in the nation in cardiology and heart surgery by “U.S. News & World Report” and fourth in the world by “Newsweek.” These distinctions have been achieved, Dr. Fuster said, largely due to the very high caliber of personnel at all levels — nurses, physicians, technicians and administrators. “At Mount Sinai, it’s all about the people,” he emphasized. “We would not have become one of the world’s leading centers in cardiology if we did not have such an amazing team and a true sense of unity throughout Mount Sinai Heart.” Having served as president of the American Heart Association and president of the World Heart Federation, Dr. Fuster has made unparalleled contributions to cardiovascular science and medicine, with an h-index of 204 within Google Scholar Metrics, representing the scientific impact of his work. He is a prolific author and the only cardiologist to have received the highest awards for research from the four leading international cardiology organizations: the American College of Cardiology (Living Legend and Lifetime Achievement Award), the American Heart Association (Gold Medal and Research Achievement Award), the European Society of Cardiology (Gold Medal Award) and the Inter-American Society of Cardiology (Gold Medal Award).

Prioritizing the Patient Experience “The number one objective in medicine is the patient,” Dr. Fuster says. “Most of what you learn about a particular patient is at the bedside.” A grateful patient says, “Anyone that has been a patient of Dr. Fuster can speak to how special he is, whether you are getting phone calls from him on the weekend, or he is coming in at 4:30 in the morning to see you in your hospital bed. Dr. Fuster is the most committed, dedicated and compassionate person you’ll ever meet. And as a patient, you just feel lucky to have him in your corner.” Dr. Fuster’s revolutionary understanding and delivery of life-saving treatments has made an immeasurable difference for cardiac patients. “I am proud of what’s been accomplished thus far, but we have only just begun to address the challenge of creating a ‘global culture’ to combat cardiovascular disease,” he said. “Based on science and modern technology, we need to accelerate our work in preventive measures to avert a heart attack before it happens.” Driving Innovation Dr. Fuster’s forward-looking areas of research include imaging techniques for earlier detection of atherosclerosis — the buildup of plaque in arteries and surrounding the heart that leads to coronary artery disease. The progression of coronary artery disease is usually undetected. It is often identified at an advanced stage or after a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack. Dr. Fuster has served as the lead investigator on several studies analyzing the

effectiveness of imaging in diagnosing early signs of atherosclerosis in 12,000 individuals. The results suggest that there is a benefit to incorporating cardiac imaging into routine clinical care as it may lead to a more effective diagnosis within this age group. As a result, this protocol is being enacted at Mount Sinai Heart. Another area of study is the potential of anticoagulants in treating treat Alzheimer’s disease in people age 50 and older. A study of Dr. Fuster’s, recently published online in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology,” examined whether anticoagulants could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that treating mice with an oral anticoagulant delays memory decline and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Future studies will analyze whether oral anticoagulants have therapeutic value in the prevention or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Recruiting Leaders of Tomorrow Dr. Fuster’s efforts to mentor and educate the next generation of leaders in cardiology have been key to ensuring that Mount Sinai continues to embody the highest standards in cardiac research and patient care. “I’m a product of mentorship,” he noted, “so I put a lot of effort into training and motivating young people, because the impact can be very significant.” In fact, Dr. Fuster has mentored so many fellows that his protégés have created the VF Society, a nonprofit organization of more than 250 alumni who trained with him. The VF Society reunites biDr. Fuster and his muppet “Dr. Valentín Ruster”

A consistent recipient of awards granted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dr. Fuster has also been named doctor honoris causa by 33 universities. In January 2022, he traveled to Thailand to accept the highly recognized Prince Mahidol Award for his international leadership in promoting global cardiovascular health and groundbreaking contributions to cardiovascular medicine over the last four decades. Five of the past winners of this award have subsequently received the Nobel Prize. In February 2022, Mount Sinai launched the $100 million VF100 campaign to rename Mount Sinai Heart in honor of Dr. Fuster. The announcement of the campaign declared, “Dr. Fuster’s history of excellence in patient care, research, education, and community outreach is unparalleled. We are delighted to join these two icons, Dr. Valentín Fuster and Mount Sinai Heart, in this meaningful and historic way to endure Dr. Fuster’s vision and legacy continue far into the future.” Dr. Fuster’s vision, which will be supported by the campaign, rests on five pillars for redefining heart health: prioritizing the patient experience; driving innovation in basic, clinical, and translational cardiovascular research; recruiting the leaders of tomorrow; educating the next generation and changing habits in the community. MARCH/APRIL 2022 • MANN ABOUT TOWN 75

ADVERTORIAL annually to strengthen their bonds with one another and The Mount Sinai Hospital. Under the guidance of Dr. Fuster, Mount Sinai Heart has become a world leader in both clinical outcomes and research innovations for patients with coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, valve disease and all other cardiac conditions. The expertise of Mount Sinai Heart is available across the eight hospitals of the Mount Sinai Health System, including Mount Sinai South Nassau, and at Mount Sinai Heart in Jupiter, Florida. Mount Sinai Heart was an integral part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, pioneering a protocol based on Dr. Fuster’s depth of knowledge as a scientist and a clinician. In March 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, Dr. Fuster closely observed patients with blood clots in their legs who had been admitted with COVID-19. After hearing from colleagues in China of other cases of small, pervasive and unusual clotting that had triggered myocardial infarctions, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms, he initiated decisive action. “We became one of the first medical centers in the world to treat all COVID-19 patients with anticoagulant medications,” said Dr. Fuster, a pioneer in the study of atherothrombotic disease. “It was a decision that we believe saved many lives.” Dr. Fuster advising a patient



Building on treatment protocols developed at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Sinai Heart launched the global Freedom COVID-19 Anticoagulation Trial to determine the most effective dosage and regimen of anticoagulant therapy in improving the survival rate of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. “We are finalizing this large study in about four weeks, with a total of 3,600 patients entered, the largest in the field,” Dr. Fuster said. Educating the Next Generation All these achievements and honors notwithstanding, Dr. Fuster strongly believes that his mission— the prevention of cardiovascular disease globally— can be achieved only by working from the ground up. He is most passionate about educational interventions with young children between the ages of three and five, at a time when they are most able to absorb important information about health. Since 2006, Dr. Fuster has partnered with “Sesame Street” to reach children at this “golden age.” In the guise of “Dr. Valentín Ruster,” a physician Muppet sporting a familiar shock of silver-gray hair, he helps motivate children to stay healthy through exercise and good diet—currently broadcast in Spanish-speaking countries. The Familia Project, one of Dr. Fuster’s proudest

educational accomplishments, works with parents and children around the world to create family-based cultures of health. This pioneering initiative seeks to reduce obesity, heart attack, and other conditions by addressing cardiovascular risk factors at an early age and at the family level. “Expansion of this program will not only bring more children and their families under the educational umbrella, but will give us the chance to study the effects of socioeconomic factors and teacher characteristics on outcomes,” says Dr. Fuster. This year Mount Sinai will expand these efforts throughout the five boroughs of New York City, seeking to reach 2,000 children ages five to seven by the time it concludes. After decades in the forefront of cardiology, Dr. Fuster continues to look ahead. Colleagues, students, friends, and family have all heard his characteristic phrase many times: “We move forward; move on.” While it may be hard to imagine Dr. Valentín Fuster as anything other than a renowned cardiologist, he had another dream as a youth in Spain: to become a professional tennis player. His mentor and fellow tennis enthusiast, Pedro Farreras Valentí — a medical professor and textbook author who was considered the top physician in Spain at that time — encouraged Dr. Fuster to become a physician and cardiologist instead. Mount Sinai and the field of cardiology are so very fortunate that he did.

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We’ve done hard things before, we do them all the time. For most cancer patients, the usual options are surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. So we’re working on ways to get the immune system to deploy billions of cancer-killing cells and help more patients survive. When some people experienced mysterious COVID symptoms and had nowhere to go, our team created the first Center for Post-COVID Care. It wasn’t that long ago we had to open up your whole chest for heart surgery. Now we’re pioneering a bypass that goes through a few tiny incisions. With this surgery, we can get you back on your feet in weeks instead of months. So if anyone ever tells you there’s no other way—don’t listen.





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n 1992, after NBA great Wilt Chamberlain wrote his book, “A View from Above,” I interviewed him for my Sports Innerview TV Series. He was 56 years old at the time, looking back on his legendary career that included two NBA Championships, one with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1967 and the other with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1972; however, he is perhaps most remembered for setting the single-game scoring record in the NBA, scoring 100 points in a 169-147 win over the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962. Many of his scoring and rebounding titles are still in the record books.

But it was my conversation with Chamberlain about several of his personal issues that stand out in my mind all these years later. The 13-time NBA All-star and four-time NBA MVP was one of the greatest players in basketball history. He was also one of the most controversial sports icons in the world. He had just written a book in which he admitted to bedding over 20,000 women. The book included much more about his life and career, but of course, his bragging about the preposterous number of women he slept with created the most attention in sports media back then (and surely if he bragged about \PI\ \WLIa PM UQOP\ PI^M []‫ٺ‬MZML UWZM LQZM KWV[Mquences by women’s organizations). Everyone wanted to know how that number was even possible. Putting my disgust about the topic aside, I asked Chamberlain about it, and he talked about the “orgy” culture of sports at the time and about how easy it was to connect with ‘groupies’ in the hotel, at the games, etc. The conversation quickly shifted to the fact that Chamberlain thought he was misunderstood throughout his life. “I was played the villain so much because I was bigger and stronger than most, and they cast me as the villain everywhere I went,” shared Chamberlain. “A ‘villain’ is hard to really get to know on a personal level, and you see them as ‘mean, insensitive type’ people. Also, when you have this great size, sensitivity, once again, is not given to you.” “They talk about all these things that you can do and whatever,” he continued. “But never do they say you are gentle, really, sensitive about things. We are, and we had that going for us. A big dog tends to be much more at ease with kids and gentle with them. The little one was always yelping and yelping. I don’t know where they get that ‘because you’re JQO aW] PI^M \W PI^M \PQ[ OZ]‫ٺ‬VM[[ IJW]\ aW] ¼º “You do mention the sensitivity issue in the book,” I continued. “When you talked about sex, and how ZM_IZLQVO Q\ NMT\ \W aW] \PI\ _WUMV _W]TL ÅVL aW]

very sensual and sensitive and that it was such a shock to some people that you could be that way.” Chamberlain lit up and answered, “Yeah. Well, let’s talk about that a second. I mean, I think my being LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ PMTXML UM QV I TW\ WN _Ia[ QV TQNM 1 \PQVS my attraction, if there was an attraction that womMV PIL NWZ UM _I[ \PM NIK\ \PI\ 1 _I[ LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ 7N course, when you’re famous, you have a little more money than some people, and you’re involved in something like professional sports. That’s an attraction. I think a lot of ladies have found me attrac\Q^M JMKI][M 1 _I[ LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ IVL 1 IK\ML WV \PI\ QV a way.” For an athlete who seemed to have everything in the world — a legendary career, an extravagant lifestyle and the presence of a “gentle giant,” Chamberlain ILUQ\\ML \W LMITQVO _Q\P ^IZQW][ Q[[]M[ \PI\ I‫ٺ‬MK\ed his psyche his entire life. His main issue was his height, because he had already grown to seven feet tall by the time he was 14 years old. “Can you imagine,” he asked, “going through America at that time, a man of color, a little boy, 14 years old, that height? I was looked upon as a freak! Today, when you see someone close to my size or whatever, people think ‘sports, basketball, zoom, dollar signs,’ and they don’t think of ‘circus freak’ or what have you. It has changed a lot today, but the toughest thing for me was growing up and being stared at and being looked at and being talked about in that particular way. Other than that, it was a good childhood. But I wanted to hide a little bit.” One of the great debates in sports history pertains to who was better: Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell, another legendary center in the NBA, who played for the Boston Celtics from 1956-1969, was a 12\QUM 6*) )TT ;\IZ I Å^M \QUM 6*) 5>8 IVL \PM centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won 11 NBA championships during his 13-year career. At 6’10” and with a 7’4” wingspan, Russell was known for his dominating defensive play. At the time of our interview, Chamberlain told me he hadn’t talked to Russell in “maybe 22 years.” I asked him if that was because Russell once criticized Chamberlain, saying that he didn’t give 100% in a game and didn’t feel like going out there. Chamberlain explained, “What he said is, ‘It would take nothing less than a broken back for me to sit on the bench.’ He didn’t realize that I’d asked to come back into the game, those kinds of things. Didn’t know. That was why he said it. Someone had provoked him by asking, ‘If Wilt Chamberlain had been playing, do you guys think you would have won?’ Here’s a guy who already won 10 world championships and against Wilt Chamberlain a lot

of them! He didn’t want to hear that BS.” Chamberlain continued, “I think that he was pitted against me unfairly for both of us. They were saying _M _MZM LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ \aXM[ WN JI[SM\JITT XTIaMZ[ M^MV though we played the same sport in the same position. I think that maybe some people in the world wanted to see us butt heads. They wanted us to fail.” Of course, I had to ask Chamberlain the question: Who was better, him or Bill Russell? What followed was one of my all-time favorite interview moments: “I picked him (Bill Russell) as the number one center of all time probably because he was a complete, complete basketball player,” Chamberlain said. This surprised me greatly. “Well, yeah. I’m going to pick him over me right now,” Chamberlain continued. “Yeah, because he also helped his team to win a lot more than maybe I could have helped my team to win.” “That’s what Bob Cousy said when he was quoted IJW]\ \PM LQ‫ٺ‬MZMVKM[ JM\_MMV aW] IVL *QTT :][[MTT He said, ‘you might have out-scored, out-assisted, out-rebounded, but Russell made the other guys better. He wasn’t as individualistic of a player,’” I pointed out. 1 KTIZQÅML IOIQV \PI\ PM _I[ KPWW[QVO :][[MTT “I mean for you, Ann, right now, I’m going to take a JIKS [MI\ 1 UIa NMMT I TQ\\TM LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ UIaJM \WUWZrow,” he said. “Kind of as whimsical as your choice in women,” I joked. “Yeah, well no, not really,” Chamberlain said. “I mean, what I’m trying to say here is that picking who is the best is almost like picking a great dessert. You might feel like apple pie tonight or lemon merengue custard tomorrow. You know what I’m saying? It depends on how you feel that particular night. Both are great desserts. Maybe you have this great desire for ice cream.” “Your tastes (and opinions) change every day,” I remarked to him. “Your tastes do change about good things,” he conceded to me. The entire TV interview with Ann Liguori and her guest, Wilt Chamberlain, can be viewed on To learn more about Ann Liguori and her legendary sports broadcasting career, visit ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: Ann Liguori Productions Inc.

Bear Lakes Country Club


The Hidden Gem of Palm Beach

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hat happens when a long-standing club in a prime location in Palm Beach County receives a full clubhouse renovation, a golf course re-design from its legendary architect and a new management team to lead it?

The result is a hidden gem in the club world experiencing unprecedented popularity and memberships available to accommodate a new generation of members.


“golden bear” himself. The Lakes Course, which received a $2.6 million renovation in 2021, is the pinnacle of Palm Beach County golf, with tour quality KWVLQ\QWV[ \PZW]OPW]\ Q\[ \ZILQ\QWVIT 8IZSTIVL LM[QOV IVL Å^M LQ‫ٺ‬MZMV\ \MM JW`M[ \W XTIa NZWU [W OWTNMZ[ KIV IT_Ia[ ÅVL \PM ZQOP\ Å\ NWZ \PMQZ OIUM 1\[ [Q[\MZ KW]Z[M The Links Course, is a traditional Scottish-style links layout, with undulating fairways and rolling hills, a unique challenge in South Florida.

That’s what’s happening at Bear Lakes Country Club, an elite, golf-centric club nestled in the heart of West Palm Beach, just a short drive from downtown, Palm Beach Island, Singer Island and other luxurious south Florida destinations.

A Player’s Club Bear Lakes is known as a “player’s club,” with over 100 single-digit handicap golfers and the most competitive daily game in South Florida. For amateurs who \ISM \PMQZ OWTN [MZQW][Ta \PMZM¼[ VW JM\\MZ XTIKM \W ÅVL I PQOP TM^MT WN KWUXM\Q\QWV than at Bear Lakes. The club also features a robust women’s league, with golfers of all levels competing in weekly games, tournaments and events.

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any length, there’s a game at Bear Lakes for any golfer who appreciates the best in course conditions, amenities and services. The membership is extremely active in \W]ZVIUMV\ XTIa I[ _MTT _Q\P *MIZ 4ISM[ W‫ٺ‬MZQVO I J][a [KPML]TM WN M^MV\[ <PM \PZMM LIa 5MUJMZ /]M[\ <W]ZVIUMV\ [MM[ XTIaMZ[ Æa QV NZWU IZW]VL \PM KW]Vtry to challenge themselves on a pair of immaculate courses while The Founders’ Cup is one of the longest-running club tournaments in Palm Beach County. “Bullish on the Bear” Part of the reason for the meteoric rise in popularity in Bear Lakes over the past aMIZ PI[ JMMV \PM QVÆ]MVKM WN \PM VM_ TMILMZ[PQX \MIU TML Ja /MVMZIT 5IVIOer/COO Chris Hull, who took over in February of 2021. A veteran of the club QVL][\Za PI^QVO _WZSML I\ [WUM WN \PM ÅVM[\ KT]J[ ]X IVL LW_V \PM -I[\ +WI[\ (including Baltusrol Golf Club and Addison Reserve Country Club) Hull brought a culinary background and hospitality excellence to Bear Lakes, helping to elevate an already stellar product.

“Shortly into my interview process, I recognized the potential of the club,” Hull said. “The newly renovated clubhouse, championship golf courses, strong food and beverage program and most important — the special membership we have at the Bear. We engaged and I hit the ground running. I immediately began to J]QTL \PM UIVIOMUMV\ \MIU IVL ZMKZ]Q\ML \WX TM^MT \ITMV\ ?Q\PQV Ua ÅZ[\ UWV\P at the club, I hired Mike Rienzi (director of golf course maintenance). Mike developed his eye for detail and ability to produce championship playing conditions at Augusta National and Kiva Dunes. Shortly after his arrival at Bear Lakes we began to see his skills and the members have been thrilled with the quality of the turf he produces ever since. Adding Jimmy Gascoigne, the director of golf, was our next win. Jimmy brought his experience running 36-hole golf facilities from Ocean Reef Club, and the Boca Resort to Bear Lakes. He is a skilled player, instructor and manager. We don’t see an individual that brings all three attributes ^MZa WN\MV QV \PM LQZMK\WZ ZWTM J]\ 2QUUa Q[ \PM »\WX [PMTN PI\ \ZQKS ¼ *ZQVOQVO 2M‫ ٺ‬ 5WWZM WV \PM \MIU _I[ W]Z VM`\ VMMLTM UW^QVO UWUMV\ 2M‫ ٺ‬RWQVML ][ NZWU \PM Polo Club adding his marketing and sales expertise. This team likes to function at


“Our goal is to provide an elite golf experience for our members, then pair that with a friendly, welcoming social environment offering up-scale food, service and amenities with four star-service attunement between the staff and the membership without pretension.” —Chris Hull, General Manager/COO a high level and our members enjoy the results.” Hull continued, “Our goal is to provide an elite golf experience for our members, then pair that with a friendly, welcoming social MV^QZWVUMV\ W‫ٺ‬MZQVO ]X [KITM NWWL [MZ^QKM IVL IUMVQ\QM[ _Q\P NW]Z [\IZ [MZ^QKM I\\]VMUMV\ JM\_MMV \PM [\I‫ ٺ‬IVL \PM UMUJMZship without pretension. By delivering what our members desire KWV[Q[\MV\Ta _M PI^M KZMI\ML PQOP TM^MT[ WN KWVÅLMVKM IVL \Z][\ We have an abundance of member pride and the environment at Bear Lakes is electric.” The Lakeside Lounge and Nicklaus Dining Room feature wallto-wall sliding doors that open to overlook the Lakes Course and provide members with an indoor/outdoor setting to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather while they dine. From casual post-golf lunch to happy hours with friends to up-scale dinners, Bear Lakes W‫ٺ‬MZ[ I KWV[\IV\ ^IZQM\a WN LQVQVO WX\QWV[ \W Q\[ UMUJMZ[ Memberships Available The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an incredible rise in both golf popularity and northerners migrating to Florida, the combination of which has led to a tremendous demand for golf and country clubs. This has left many potential club members on waitlists and without a club to call home. Unlike many of its competitors, however, Bear Lakes is still accepting new members while maintaining a manageable membership size. ¹?M PIL ZWWU \W OZW_ º [IQL 2M‫ ٺ‬5WWZM LQZMK\WZ WN UIZSM\QVO and membership. “So, we’ve been able to welcome over 100 new members in the past two years without any overcrowding to our OWTN KW]Z[M[ IVL UWZM QUXWZ\IV\Ta _Q\PW]\ [IKZQÅKQVO \PM UMUber experience.” At its current pace, the club will reach its cap within the next year, but for now there is room left to continue capitalizing on the popularity that has come with its recent success. “We’re really excited about the energy around the club with all of our new members,” noted Moore. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of Bear Lakes Country Club.” For more information on Bear Lakes Country Club, visit For UMUJMZ[PQX QVNWZUI\QWV KWV\IK\ 5MUJMZ[PQX ,QZMK\WZ 2M‫ ٺ‬5WWZM I\ RM‫ ٺ‬ or call (561)623-5033. 90



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Pacsun & Emma Chamberlain Host Preview at DTLA Flagship For Spring 2022 Campaign Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea for Getty Images


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me. Bora Bora is a place that I have always dreamt of visiting, and creating a virtual version of myself was equally as exciting as it was fascinating. The combination of the beautiful setting, innovative ideas and awesome people created such an exciting campaign. I’m excited for everyone to see it!” said Chamberlain. To amplify the campaign, Pacsun created a movie theater-like setup in the alleyway outside the store to stream the virtual reality experience video on loop. Guests enjoyed entertainment from a DJ, bites from Monty’s Burger at its food truck and beverages by Kin Euphorics. A video gaming truck was also on-site with a variety of games to play, and Pacsun The Game, Pacsun’s ÅZ[\ M^MZ ^QLMW OIUM _I[ I^IQTIJTM \W LW_VTWIL and test out via QR code displays. Inside the store,

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Fresh Clean Tees Launches its First Line of Sustainable Tee Shirts Photos courtesy of Fresh Clean Tees




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Emily in Palm Beach Did Someone Say Breakfast? Palm Beach’s Favorite Restaurant Just Became an Early Riser By Carolina Camps Photos courtesy of Le Bilboquet





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Uncommon Curiosities Where to Find the Most Extraordinary Housewarming Gifts on Worth Avenue By Carolina Camps


n the big-box, prime-shipping, one-click shopping world we live in, sometimes it’s refreshing to engage in the lost art of tracking down a gift so unbelievably unique. It speaks to both giver and receiver. Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Island is unrivaled terrain for exercising those purchasing muscles. Don’t forget a hand-written note with monogrammed stationery from Il Papiro!

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LYMARIS ALBORS, CEO of Acacia Network

Lymaris at 2021 Acacia Network Gala (photo by Argenis Apolinario)


t the start of 2022, Lymaris Albors was appointed as the new CEO of Acacia Network, the largest 0Q[XIVQK TML VWVXZWÅ \ QV 6M_ York State and a leading provider of social services \PZW]OPW]\ 6M_ AWZS +Q\a ;PM Q[ \PM Å Z[\ _WUIV to lead the organization since it was established 20 years ago. Here, she shared her journey with us. Tell us a little about Acacia Network and why it is important. Acacia Network is the largest Hispanic-led nonXZWÅ \ QV 6M_ AWZS ;\I\M IVL I TMILQVO XZW^QLMZ of social services in New York City, where we are headquartered. We serve over 150,000 individuals annually through integrated programs that span primary care, mental health and addiction services, I[ _MTT I[ []XXWZ\Q^M I‫ ٺ‬WZLIJTM IVL \ZIV[Q\QWVIT housing — and much more. We are a robust network comprised of over 100 I‫ٻ‬ TQI\M[ IVL ZMTI\ML MV\Q\QM[ \PI\ WXMZI\M \PZW]OP W]\ 6M_ AWZS +Q\a *]‫ ٺ‬ITW )TJIVa ;aZIK][M IVL Dunkirk, as well as in Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Puerto Rico.



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cuing and protecting community-based assets, especially Bronx-based community centers and initiatives that he understood to be the legacy of Puerto Rican, or Nuyorican, pioneers. Many of the organizations within our network have MVKW]V\MZML \PMU[MT^M[ WV \PM JZQVS Å VIVKQITTa IVL )KIKQI¼[ I‫ٻ‬ TQI\M UWLMT MVIJTM[ \PMU \W []Z^Q^M IVL \PZQ^M )KIKQI LWM[ VW\ ZM JZIVL W]Z I‫ٻ‬ TQI\M[ Rather, we preserve their original identities and histories and their grassroots, community-based expertise informs our own. ?Q\P W^MZ I‫ٻ‬ TQI\M[ ]VLMZ W]Z ]UJZMTTI 1 LIZM say the Loisaida Center is my baby, because I helped I‫ٻ‬ TQI\M Q\ \PM aMIZ \PI\ 1 RWQVML )KIKQI )T\PW]OP as an arts and culture organization, Loisaida might seem like an outlier in our portfolio, I deeply believe in the healing power of the arts to address trauma. And it’s important to note, our community is more than the hardships and inequality we have faced. We also have a rich cultural heritage that is worthy of celebration, preservation and pride. One of my earliest projects with Acacia Network was to rescue the Loisaida Center and nurture it into a self-sus-

PHILANTHROPY Lymaris planting at a 2021 Earth Day celebration at Acacia Network’s BASICS Men’s Residential Treatment Center in the Bronx (photo courtesy of Acacia Network)

\IQVQVO IZU <WLIa Q\ Q[ Å VIVKQITTa [\IJTM _Q\P I million operating budget and preparing to present its 35th annual Loisaida Festival this summer. Can you tell us about your journey and your various roles that led you to become CEO? I joined Acacia Network one decade ago in 2012 and was hired to take on key strategic initiatives. Russi used to call me his “Navy SEAL” because he could deploy me on any number of missions which I would tackle with head-on determination. 1 JMKIUM KPQMN WXMZI\QVO W‫ٻ‬ KMZ IVL _WZSML \W LZQ^M XZWÅ \IJTM IVL [][\IQVIJTM OZW_\P NWZ \PM WZOIVQbI\QWV \PZW]OP Å VIVKQIT LQ[KQXTQVM LQ^MZ[QÅ KI\QWV WN W]Z N]VLQVO [W]ZKM[ IVL Ja ZMÅ VQVO XZW cesses and systems of quality control as our work scaled. I restructured various departments, created our procurement division and managed Acacia’s expansion into Puerto Rico. I was appointed CEO this year and now have the pleasure to work alongside our president and prior CEO, Raul Russi, who mentored me for this opportunity across a number of years. I have my master’s in public communication from

Fordham University. I was a fellow in the 2014 Executive Leadership Program of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) and hold an Executive 4MILMZ[PQX +MZ\QÅ KI\M NZWU 0IZ^IZL =VQ^MZ[Q\a¼[ John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School and from the Center for Creative Leadership. I serve on the board of the Legal Action Center (LAC). Can you tell us more about the values and goals that drive Acacia Network? At Acacia Network, we meet people where they are, without judgment, and begin connecting them to \PM [MZ^QKM[ IVL XZWOZIU[ _M W‫ ٺ‬MZ \PI\ JM[\ []Q\ their needs. Our goal is to integrate care in service of the whole person, the whole family and ultimately, to uplift the whole of our community. We also prioritize trauma-informed care and culturally competent services. I am very proud that )KIKQI 6M\_WZS Q[ TML IVL [\I‫ ٺ‬ML Ja XMWXTM _PW KWUM NZWU IVL ZMÆ MK\ \PM KWUU]VQ\QM[ _M [MZ^M and who speak their languages. Approximately 90% of our board of directors and executive leadership are people of color. That is rare in the VWVXZWÅ \ [MK\WZ .]Z\PMZUWZM WN W]Z _WZS

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