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Fountain Gallery Celebration of Life Benefit

Honorees Bruce Mosler and John McGinley.

Pauline Anderson, Jeffrey Aron.

On November 5, The Grand Hyatt New York was the scene of Fountain Gallery's Sixth Annual Celebration of Life benefit, where more than 500 attendees viewed 150 original artworks displayed for sale by artists living and working with mental illness. Bruce Mosler, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, and John McGinley, vice president - Property Management, Grubb & Ellis, were honored with the Esther Montanez Leadership Award for outstanding service to the Gallery, a not-for-profit cooperative located at 702 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. All Fountain Gallery artists are members of Fountain House, an internationally renowned organization which since 1948 has provided resources for people with mental illness. The event raised $260,000 to benefit the Gallery.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate Levin addressed the gathering. Celebration of Life co-founders Dario Gristina and Gerard V. Schumm served as co-chairs of this year's benefit committee, along with Peter DiCapua, Betsy Seidman, and Andrew Stenzler.

Dario Gristina, Gabriel Stefania, Richard Hiler, Peter DiCapua, Rick Froio, JuneAnn Patrick, John McGinley, Patricia McGillen, Edward Wasilewski, Betsy Seidman, Leslie Weiss, Frank Sinatra, Andrew Stenzler, Kenn Dudek.

Alex Herzan, John McGinley, Christine Quinn, Betsy Seidman, Kate Levin.

Merry Esparza, Harry Kritzer.

Jennifer Schwartzman, Leslie Harwood, Brittain Youngblood, Richard Courage.

Charles Marsden, Betsy Seidman, Peter DiCapua, Lynn Nicholas, John McGinley, Lorna Hyde Graev, Dario Gristina.

Maureen DiCapua, Nicolette Sinatra, Frank Sinatra.

Lawrence Shindell, Nancy Isenberger, Pauline Anderson.

Carmel Fromson, Gail Shamchenko.

Thomas Farrell, Nancy Farrell, Elaine Keane.

Mary and Frank Lazzaro.

Charles Lawrence, David Arena, Joe Brady.

Peter DiCapua, Gabriel Stefania, Richard Hiler.

Justine Hall, Nick Nicholas, Lynn Nicholas.

Photos: Leslie Barbaro
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