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April 10th, 2006

Health People’s Authors and Artists Celebration at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor

by Edward Callaghan

This winter we happened upon the Health People‘s Authors and Artists Celebration, held at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor. This organization, which supports South Bronx families ravaged by HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, held a winter fete to raise money for its’ worthy cause.

Chris Norwood, Executive Director, was toasted by celebrities such as April Gornik and Eric Fischl, E. L. Doctorow and Helen Henslee, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, Barry Sonnenfeld and Susan Ringo, Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ralph Gibson, Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale, and Cindy Sherman.

Ted Conklin, proprietor of the landmark hotel generously donated private dining rooms, wines, champagne, filet mignon, smoked salmon and a variety of wonderful food for the event. Concert pianist Andrew Wargo entertained the guests with Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Johnny Mercer tunes.

Applauding Norwood for her remarkable work in combating chronic diseases were:

Tulla Booth, Walter and Molly Channing, Alvin Chereskin, Myron Clement, Rebecca Cooper, Lorraine Dusky, Connie Fox, Dorothy Frankel, Gail Furman, Judith Hope, Brian Hunt, Sheila & Ambassador Heyward Isham, John Norwood Sr. and Junior, Amy & George Kane, Janice and Alfred Kelman, Lisa Kerkorian, Palma Kolansky, Kate and Jim McMullan, Joe Petrocik, Lee Skolnick, Ned Smyth, Susan Stevenson, Ruth Terry, Diana & Laura Weir, Tony Vargas, Patricia Weiss, Lynda & Hugh Wyatt, Bob & Mary Zaino, Benjamin Zwirn and Health People Board Chairman Reid Strieby and Board members Hal Strelnick and Nancy Konipol.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the great work of Health People or to contribute to their cause, contact them at: www.healthpeople.org. *

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