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New York City Opera Spring Luncheon
Celebrating Women’s Contributions to the Arts
Mandarin Oriental HOtel
April 21, 2009


Written by Wendy R. Williams

Photographed by Tristan Cook

Opposite Photo:
George Steel and Honoree Anita Contini

The 2009 New York City Opera was held at the Mandaring Oriental Hotel. This year's luncheon honored Anita Contini and Mimi Levitt and featured a performance by City Opera soprano Julianna Di Giacomo who was accompanied by Kevin Murphy on the piano.

According to the press release from Lisa Lori Communications: "One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Spring Luncheon will support New York City Opera’s award-winning Education Programs. These programs, which reach over 5,000 students each year, take artists into classrooms, bring young people to performances and provide exciting behind-the-scenes glimpses of City Opera at work."

Spring Luncheon Chairs: Helen Little, Mary Sharp Cronson,
Princess Alexandra of Greece, Olivia Flatto,
Roberta Freymann and Emilie Roy Corey

Notable Attendees at this year's luncheon were: Princess Alexandra of Greece, Susan Baker, Yildiz Blackstone, Celeste Boele, Fabienne Bousquet-Chavanne, Amy Fine Collins, Anita Contini, Emilie Roy Corey, Mary Sharp Cronson, Brooke Hayward Duchin, Fe Fendi, Olivia Flatto, Roberta Freymann, Liz Lange, Mimi Levitt, Helen Little, Patricia Lovejoy, Liliane Peck, Heather Randall, Paola Schulhof, Lee Slaughter, Annaliese Soros, George Steel, Anne de Louvigny Stone, Barbara Tober and Shen Wei.

Susan Baker, Jennifer Collins and Eileen Imber

George McNeely and Amy Fine Collins

Here are biographies of the honorees from the press release from Lisa Lori Communications:

"Anita Contini is Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate and Public Affairs for CIT, a longtime corporate supporter of City Opera and the leadership supporter of its popular Opera-For-All program, offering $25 tickets at all performances. Prior to joining CIT, Contini served as Vice President and Director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Alliance for the Arts. She is an active member of the Financial Women's Association, Art Table, American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter, and the LMDC's Cultural and Community Enhancements Fund grant program. She was also the founder and President of the not-for-profit and award-winning arts organization, Creative Time.

Mimi Levitt is President of Levitt Properties & Trustee of the Mortimer Levitt Foundation. She serves on the Boards of Young Concert Artists, Bard Music Festival, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, and the Friends of The Upper East Side Historic District Inc. Mimi has been a loyal supporter of City Opera since 1980."



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