David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

27 May 2015

United Cerebral Palsy, The Opportunity Network, 92nd Street Y, The Animal Medical Center, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, and Bachmann-Strauss

The Animal Medical Center (AMC) honored three beautiful companion animals — Molly, the Ganaraskan, Max the cat and Cookie the Cocker Spaniel — at its Seventh Annual Living Legends Luncheon held at the Harmonie Club on Tuesday, May 12th. Nearly 200 guests attended the event, which was co-chaired by Susan Lazarus, Alison Minton, Kane Nussbaum, Joanne Ronson, Helene Stein, Eva Usdan and Janet York.

Thanks to generosity of AMC's dedicated donors and supporters, the event raised $50,000. Since its inception 7 years ago, The Living Legends has raised nearly $300,000 to benefit The Animal Medical Center, a non-profit hospital whose veterinarians provide the highest level of compassionate care for companion animals. An iconic NYC institution since 1910, The AMC is also a world-renowned facility for veterinary education and research.

2015 Living Legends Co-Chair Joanne Ronson, AMC Cardiologist Dr. Dennis Trafny, Honoree Molly with Emily and Phil Durand, Honoree Max with Mary Jane Constant and Dr. Tina Waltke, Honoree Cookie with Mihaly Felbert and Fatima Dias, 2015 Living Legends Co-Chair Helene Stein and Kane Nussbaum, CEO Kate Coyne, AMC's Dr. Allyson Berent, 2015 Living Legends Co-Chairs Alison Minton, and Janet York

Guests who shopped for the cause included: Gordon Beck, Bettina Bennett, Sophia Bishop, Daniel Colon, Annika Connor, Nicole DiCocco, Montgomery Frazier, Kathleen Giordano, Dr. Penny Grant, Melanie Seymour Holland, Shane Inman, Carol Lane, Lauren Lawrence, Valerie Lettan, Judith Lidsky, Joy Marks, Ben Mindich, Adele Nino, Jane Pontarelli, Rosemary Ponzo, Kathy Prounis, Richard Rojas, Joanne Ronson, Matt Semino, Jean Shafiroff, Michel Witmer, Janet York, and Jordana Zizmor. The Elaine Turner store donated a generous 20% of sales to The AMC and donated a beautiful clutch bag for a raffle that was won by Sophia Bishop.

The Living Legends Luncheon will take place at the Harmonie Club on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Luncheon chairs are Susan Lazarus, Alison Minton, Kane Nussbaum, Joanne Ronson, Helene Stein, Eva Usdan and Janet York. For more information or to purchase tickets please contact Allison Hagemann at

Sandra and Erwin Pearl, Nicole DiCocco, Kathleen Giordano, James Andrew, and 2015 Living Legends Luncheon Co-Chair Alison Minton