1 Here I am with Marlo Thomas, the recipient of the 2013 "Living Award" and her husband, Phil Donahue.
3 As in years past, the Gala was held in the clerestory in our offices. It's a wonderful space for many meetings and events.
4 A small stage was set up for our panel discussion, led by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, an award-winning broadcast journalist, physician, educator, and advocate for healthy living.
5 The bonsai tree is unique in that it can live and thrive for centuries and grow more graceful and interesting with age. For that reason we made it the symbol of the Center for Living, where we promote and celebrate all the many ways to live gracefully and healthily into our older years.
6 Graceful, gauzy bonsai banners adorned the space. Our friends at Spoonflower generously created these beautiful banners for us. Spoonflower is a design company in North Carolina that lets you create your own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap. http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome
7 The table settings were simple and quite pretty.
8 After greeting the crowd, I spoke a bit about the concerns so many people have about aging. What has become clear, and frightening, is that although we have succeeded at extending the human lifespan, we have not succeeded at expanding our thinking about what that means for our society.
9 Our panel consisted of James Murphy – yoga instructor, educator, and Director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York; Michael Moss – Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist; Dr. Albert Siu – internist, health services and policy researcher, and one of the nation’s most eminent geriatricians; and Dr. Nancy Snyderman.
10 We had a fascinating discussion about the latest research and insights into living fully, optimistically, and productively into our older years.
11 Union Square Events catered the dinner. The first course had a beautiful presentation of greens, asparagus, and Gulf shrimp.
12 Waiters then ladled a delicious asparagus soup over it, delicately flavored with lemon and tarragon.
13 Guests at my table were Jill Deinst, Barry Levinson, and Marlo Thomas.
14 James Murphy has been my yoga teacher for many years. Some of the students from the Iyengar Institute demonstrated yoga poses and how you can adapt them at any age. http://iyengarnyc.org
15 Jeffrey Hatfield and Erin Furey - Erin and Naomi DeManana on our Weddings staff created this delightful installation.
16 Madge Donaghy, Kate Waters, Peggy Smyth, and Maureen Williamson
17 Posing with my lawyer, Allen Grubman and Andrew Stein
18 Faces from our Ad Sales team - my niece, Kristina Christiansen, Elizabeth Allerton, and Laura Petasnick
19 Tomoko Jasen, Jamie Unwin, and Tomoko Iwaki
20 The editor of Martha Stewart Living - Pilar Guzman, and her husband Chris Mitchell - the publisher of GQ
21 My longtime employees Lisa Wagner - SVP Video Executive Producer Editorial Content and Hannah Milman - Executive Editorial Director Crafts, and Lisa's son Alexander Goldberg
22 Posing with Bill Roskin - MSLO board member and his wife Elayne
23 My friends Jill and Dan Dienst
24 Alain Joseph, culinary assistant to Emeril Lagassi and Elise Knudson
25 The guests seemed to be really enjoying this gala.
26 Our Ad Sales group
27 Kate Jalkut and Tina Lo Regio
28 Elizabeth Allerton, Katie McCarthy and Emma Cochrane
29 Brent Price and Kelly Galvin
30 Audra Henderson and Daphne Semet
31 Stephen Orr, editorial director and gardening expert at Martha Stewart Living, Memrie Lewis, Holly Bannister, and Doug Newhouse
32 Marla Schaefer with her daughter, Nicole Weishoff
33 Jeanie Park and Janice Lau
34 Gardner and Daphne Semet.
35 Daniella Sirkin
36 I said hello to almost everyone.
37 My daughter, Alexis came with Jude
38 The entree was a delicious herb-roasted chicken with spring vegetables and ramp pesto with hazelnuts and wild mushrooms.
39 Bill Tomson and Muffin Dowdle
40 Barry Levinson - director, actor, and producer and Marlo Thomas
41 Stacey Naggiar and Dr. Nancy Snyderman
42 Here I am with Phil Donahue and Susan Magrino
43 With the great people from PetSmart. From left to right - David Jame, Angel Filip, Clinton Gorga, Concetta Marano, Jim & Cindy Morris and June & Joe Peralta
44 Jean Graham (center) works with Mount Sinai on the Center for Living. Here she is with Kaitlyn O'Conner and Lauren Carlson of Buckley Hall Events, which orchestrates many of the benefits I attend. http://www.buckleyhallevents.com
45 Nia Berdebes, Larry Militsky, and Denise Berdebes
46 Kevin Sharkey posing with Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue
47 Dessert was a delightful lemon tart with lemon ice cream.
48 At the Center For Living, we have established the Living Award, which we present each year to an individual over the age of 65 who continues to make a positive impact on the public good, not just despite their age but because of their invaluable perspective and wisdom.
49 I was so proud that our honoree for the evening was the award-winning actress, author, and activist Marlo Thomas, who gives of herself so generously as national outreach director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the renowned cancer research and treatment hospital.
50 St. Jude was founded by Marlo's father, the actor and comedian Danny Thomas. Marlo has done so much to offer hope and support to children suffering from cancer and their families – so far she has raised more than $700 million dollars for St. Jude. That’s a staggering amount.
51 When you ask Marlo how she does it, she says, "One dollar at a time." Marlo was presented with a Philippine Tea bonsai, a gift from our friends at Shanti Bithi, my favorite bonsai nursery in Stamford, CT. http://www.shantibithi.com/
52 A nice shot of me and Marlo