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Pamela Morgan, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Lazare, Wendy Federman, Jane Pontarelli
Pamela Morgan, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Lazare, Wendy Federman, Jane Pontarelli

By W. A. Muller

Pamela Morgan, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Lazare, Wendy Federman, Jane Pontarelli
Pamela Morgan, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Lazare, Wendy Federman, Jane Pontarelli

"Ladies Who Lunch for a Cure"

Benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation launches "Ladies Who Lunch for A Cure" on May 6, 2014 at a private East Side landmark residence owned by Dena K. Weiner and David Rozenholc.  The event will honor Nicole Miller who will showcase her Spring/Summer 2014 collection before a private audience, and benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Nicole Miller states, "I am honored to have been asked to launch this event that supports the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.   It is through research that an end to this dreaded disease will be realized. I am delighted to support such a worthy cause."

Nicole Miller's "Versailles" period inspired the Spring/Summer collection. "This beautiful home could not be more picture-perfect to present my fashions. It seamlessly sets the stage for my collection with its winding staircases, marble floors, grand chandeliers and elegant period furniture," she notes.

The luncheon is the first event of its kind to raise funding for the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. "We are honored that Nicole Miller accepted our invitation to be the first celebrated fashion designer to launch the event.  Not only will her support draw attention to our cause, it will raise the much needed funding to our cancer research programs," states Dr. Samuel Waxman, Founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

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Susan Stroman, Lee Roy Reams
Susan Stroman, Lee Roy Reams

32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards Nominees Announced at Social Bar

The nominees were announced by NY Post columnist Michael Riedel at Social Bar for the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards which will be held on Monday, June 2 at 7:30pm at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Select tickets are available to the public priced at $425, $200 & $75; tickets can currently be purchased online at

The nominees are:
Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show: Julius Chisholm (After Midnight), Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Virgil Gadson (After Midnight), Jared Grimes (After Midnight), Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Andy Karl (Rocky) & Desmond Richardson (After Midnight).

Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show: Krystal Joy Brown (Big Fish), Dormeshia
Sumbry Edwards (After Midnight), Karine Plantadit (After Midnight), Gayle Rankin (Cabaret), Monique Smith (After Midnight), Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway) & Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway).

Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show: Casey Nicholaw  Aladdin), Susan Stroman (Big Fish & Bullets Over Broadway), Warren Carlyle (After Midnight), Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine (Rocky), Josh Prince (Beautiful), Peggy Hickey (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) & Rob Marshall (Cabaret).

The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film and were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and the late Douglas Watt (a critic and writer for the NY Daily News and The New Yorker, his 100th birthday would be this year). This year will also honor 5-time Tony Award nominee and 2-time Emmy Award-winning veteran choreographer Pat Birch with its Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award and legendary dancer and dance instructor Luigi with the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award.

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