Photo Gallery: Afya Foundation's Benefit Awards Dinner at X2O Xaviars in Yonkers and Other Local Westchester Events



Some 200 people attended the Afya Foundation’s first inaugural Benefit Awards Dinner honoring visionaries in global health, which was held at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. The Yonkers-based nonprofit health organization honored the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Dr. Jacques Sebisaho, whose relief efforts go to help the residents of the island of Idjwi,  located between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
“By providing medical equipment and care to people in need, Afya fills a crucial gap in many people’s lives worldwide,” said Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “The moving speeches by Evenel St. Vil from Haiti and all of the outstanding honorees really showed the impact this organization has around the world.” X2O Chef Peter Kelly crafted a menu inspired by the cuisines of Africa and Haiti. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction at 7 pm and then continued with dinner and an awards program.

PHOTOS: Ken Goodman Photography

Samantha Simmonds of Hastings-on-Hudson, Michael Altman of Armonk, and Karen Palumbo of Hastings-on-Hudson
Katherine Odell of Bronxville, Evenel St. Vil of Haiti, and Founder and Executive Director of Afya Foundation Danielle Butin of Hastings-on-Hudson
Drs. Raj and Rini Ratan of Scarsdale

 

At the opening reception for the American Vanguards and Visionary Sugar exhibits at the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College:

PHOTOS: Ed Cody

Tony Maddalena of Pleasantville, Pattie Grabel of Manhattan, Paul Zukowsky of Armonk, and Marc David Miller of Manhattan
Charles Cecil of North Salem, Helen Stambler Neuberger of Manhattan/Cortlandt Manor, and Janis Cecil of North Salem

 

 At Landsberg Jeweler’s Men’s Night Out held at the Rye Brook store:

Evan Tyler of Manhattan, Stacy Cohen of Rye Brook, and John Landsberg of West Harrison
Andrew Berkowitz of Armonk with Jeff Cousins of Purchase
Susan and Jeff Landsberg of Scarsdale
 


At the second anniversary party of the Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics in Bedford Hills:

Dr. Laurie Hess with husband Peter Mozarsky and children Luke and Brett, all of Mount Kisco
Angela Cerone of Port Chester
Samantha Clark of Irvington, Serena Fiorella of Sleepy Hollow, and Dr. Michelle Ravich of Mount Kisco
Jessica Eisenberg of Ossining with Annette Etheridge of Bronxville

 

At The Food Bank for Westchester’s 16th annual Take Heart Against Hunger Valentine’s Day Wine-Tasting dinner that raised $170,000 and was held at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown:

Ray Thomas of Brooklyn, John Perkins of Hartsdale, Patricia Lanza of Eastchester, Betty Perkins of Hartsdale, and Anthony Lanza of Manhattan
Scott Boilen of Chappaqua, Jean Marie Connolly of Yorktown, and Charles Day of Goldens Bridge
Mary and Ernie Molina of Croton Falls
Cristina and Robert Weisz of Greenwich, CT

 

CBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Lou Young of Manhattan with Father Thomas Collins of White Plains, Stepinac High School President, at the school’s Souper Bowl of Caring event in which students donated 50,000 cans of food to Grace Church Community Center and Don Bosco


 

At the book launch party for V Is for Vagina held at Massa’ in Scarsdale:

Co-authors Robin Westen of Brooklyn and Dr. Alyssa Dweck of Chappaqua
Linda Fears, editor-in-chief of Family Circle Magazine, and Cindy Bressler, both of Chappaqua
Jené Luciani of Scarsdale, author of the Bra Book, with Mary Amy and Paul Moore of Rye