Serving New York City’s aging community was all the rage on Monday, November 4, 2019 as the Carter Burden Network (CBN) honored fashion icon, role model, innovator and philanthropist Fern Mallis at its newly named Annual Gala, the Silver and White Night. The fundraiser, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, celebrated CBN’s 48-year commitment to fighting isolation among aging New Yorkers. Members of New York City’s philanthropic, business, fashion, health care and aging services communities joined forces to honor Mallis’ impressive contributions to the world of fashion and for showing the world how to age with dignity and impact.
Also in attendance was Susan L. Burden, CBN Founding Board Member and Honorary Chair of the event; Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging; actress Sela Ward; as well as the evening’s Silver Influencers on Aging including Iris Apfel, businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon; award-winning designer Stan Herman; award-winning filmmaker and journalist as well as former editor at large of Allure Joan Kron; and Tony Award-winning producer Fran Weissler. Event Co-Chairs Michele Ateyeh, leading corporate business manager, retail director and licensing expert for fine jewelry and designer accessories; Jeffrey Banks, acclaimed Menswear Designer; and Brett Beldock, interior designer and product designer, were on hand at the event as well.
Fern’s commitment to living her most authentic life and encouraging others to do the same makes her the perfect recipient of CBN’s first annual Silver Star Award. The award-winning creator and organizer of Fashion Week in New York and cities across the globe, Fern Mallis has been an industry game changer in the world of fashion and design for more than 35 years. A former senior vice president of IMG Fashion and executive director of CFDA, she is the author of Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, published by Rizzoli, which features no-holds-barred interviews, combined with never-before-seen personal photographs of industry leaders. She is currently the president of her own leading international fashion and design consultancy, Fern Mallis LLC.
The evening offered a cocktail reception, dinner, award presentation, and a special performance by The Carter Burden Network Singers.
William J. Dionne, Executive Director of the Carter Burden Network, said, “Here at the Carter Burden Network, we see growing older as a reason to celebrate, as an opportunity to explore new goals, and as embodying a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring into future endeavors. The incomparable Fern Mallis and tonight’s esteemed Silver Influencers on Aging are showing the world what it means to age with dignity and impact. I would like to thank them for being leaders and role models not only for the seniors we serve, but for society as a whole. And thank you to our always inspiring Carter Burden Network Singers and their volunteer choir leader, Peter Hill, for sharing their talent and pure joy with us tonight. I’d also like to thank everyone here whose dedication and contributions make it possible for us to best serve New York City’s aging community.”
A leader in aging services, the Carter Burden Network promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness, and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs in New York City.
Carter Burden Network promotes the well-being of seniors 60 and older through a continuum of services, advocacy, arts and culture, health and wellness, and volunteer programs, all oriented to individual, family and community needs. The organization is dedicated to supporting the efforts of older people to live safely and with dignity. As a leader in aging services in NYC, the Carter Burden Network welcomes seniors to participate in programs and attend centers offering vital resources, including social services to access benefits that support independence and provide opportunities to form connections that enrich their lives. Carter Burden Network provides programs that nourish body, mind and spirit of vulnerable NYC seniors. CBN’s programs and services are partially funded by the NYC Department for the Aging.