2017 National Benefit in NYC

Board President Andrew M. Senchak, Barbara Senchak, Andy Senchak, and Rumena Senchak.

Event Chair Anne Stark Locher and Board Member Robert Olmsted.

Fellows Rebecca Taichman and Paula Vogel, director and playwright for “Indecent.”

NSangou Njikam, Niegel Smith, and Fellow Matt Phillips.

Fellow Scott Wheeler, Fellow Sheri Fink, and Rick Moranis.

Executive Director Cheryl Young, Benefit Chair Christine Fisher, and Todd Fisher.

Our bustling cocktail hour.

Fellows Kermit Frazier and Anthony Schneider.

Fellow Larry Krone, Board Member Josh Siegel, Fellow Kathryn Stockett, and Fellow Wyatt Williams.

Fellow Missy Mazzoli and Fellow Michael Harrison.

Fellow Martha Mooke, Fellow Leslie Robertson, SawTeen See, and Fellow Tania León.

Soprano Manna Knoji sings an excerpt from the new opera “Little Rock Nine,” created by Fellows Tania Leon and Thulani Davis, as mezzo Tesia Kwarteng and tenor Christopher Lilley look on.

Board Chairman and Host Michael Chabon welcomes guests to the MacDowell National Benefit.

Fellow Brian Selznick introduces a clip for the new film “Wonderstruck,” for which he wrote the source material/screenplay. The film is directed by Honorary Chair Todd Haynes and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, May 18.

The cast of Indecent performs an excerpt from the play.

Our guests enjoy dinner in the grand atmosphere of Capitale.

Board Member David Baum eats fire as a reward for reaching our $60,000 pledge goal!

All images by Steven Tucker

The National Benefit in NYC 2017

May 1

Capitale, NYC

On Monday, May 1, more than 300 MacDowell Colony Fellows and supporters gathered under the glittering glass ceiling of Capitale in downtown Manhattan for the 2017 National Benefit. The Benefit is MacDowell’s largest annual fundraiser – and this year it raised a whopping $600,000 for the artist residency program. Board Chairman Michael Chabon hosted an evening that included powerful excerpts from the new opera Little Rock Nine, with music by Tania Leon (‘16) and a libretto by Fellow Thulani Davis (’89, ’90, ’92 ’93) with research by Henry Louis Gates Jr. There was also a video greeting from Honorary Chair, Todd Haynes with some flattering remarks about Brian Selznick (MF ’09), who penned the source material for Todd’s latest film, Wonderstruck, and introduced an exclusive clip of the film ahead of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, guests were lucky enough to watch a scene from Indecent, introduced by its playwright, Paula Vogel (’82-’83, ’89, ’94, ’97, ’11) and director, Rebecca Taichman (’11), the night before its multiple Tony award nominations! The evening was capped off with a Dutch-style pledge drive, where Board Member David Baum rallied guests to raise $60,000, and then ate fire to reward them for their generosity!

Thank you to all those who came out to celebrate MacDowell and for your continued support.

Capitale
Capitale

HONORARY CHAIRS

TODD HAYNES
STEPHEN KARAM*
GLENN LIGON*
KATHRYN STOCKETT*
TATIANA VON FURSTENBERG
KARA WALKER

*MacDowell Fellow

BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS

CHRISTINE FISHER
ANNE STARK LOCHER

BENEFIT COMMITTEE

JULIE HEFFERNAN
CAROL OSTROW
BARBARA SENCHAK
RINA STONE

NATIONAL BENEFIT PATRONS
SUSAN DAVENPORT AUSTIN & KENNETH AUSTIN
WILLIAM N. BANKS
ELEANOR BRIGGS
KIM BRIZZOLARA
MARY CARSWELL
FRED CLARKE & LAURA WEIR-CLARKE
EDMÉE & NICHOLAS FIRTH
CHRISTINE & TODD FISHER
GERALD & TERESA GARTNER
ELIZABETH & RUSSELL GAUDREAU
PETER C. & EILEEN JACHYM
PENNY BRANDT JACKSON & THOMAS CAMPBELL JACKSON
ADELE GRIFFIN & ERICH MAUFF
JOHN HARGRAVES & NANCY NEWCOMB
DIANE POSNAK
ANNE STARK LOCHER & KURT LOCHER
ROBERT M. & STEPHANIE L. OLMSTED
CAROL OSTROW & MICHAEL GRAFF
TOM & BABS PUTNAM
ANDREW & BARBARA SENCHAK
SZILVIA SZMUK-TANENBAUM
HELEN S. TUCKER

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