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Hetrick-Martin Institute Celebrates Fall at Horizon Hill
By Kathryn Matthews
Beneath a vibrant canopy of crimson, orange and gold, 130 guests gathered on September 25th for the 5th annual Hetrick-Martin Institute Fall Fest Cocktail at Horizon Hill, the 35-acre Dutchess County property of A/X Armani Exchange CEO Harlan Bratcher and his partner, Toby Usnik, Christie’s international head of corporate communications. The event, which included both a silent and live auction, raised $95,000 for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), home of Harvey Milk High School in Manhattan’s East Village, which offers a comprehensive array of social services (from substance abuse support and HIV prevention, to job -readiness training) to over 1,500 at-risk LGBTQ—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning—youth on-site and an additional 2,500 throughout the tri-state Metropolitan area.
Mitchell Klein, a partner at Brady, Klein & Weissman law firm, Harlan Bratcher, Toby Usnik and Joe Grabarz of Betty Gallo & Co in Hartford
HMI executive director Thomas Krever and GQ advertising director Brendan Monaghan; sculptor Andy Gertler carving pumpkins
Rebecca Soltes with Philip Heavey of Pepsi (seated); Suzanne Butler of Pepsi and Nicolette McGinley (both standing); HMI associate executive director Darra Gordon, Andy Mrakovcic and Dayton Halstead, Sydney Wealth Strategies Group COO
Service consultant Gina Pereiva and marketing manager Jennifer Sweet, both of Friendly Motorcars in Wappinger Falls; Ralph Lauren’s manager of corporate philanthropy Shawn Kirschner and HMI volunteer Shauna Eisenberg
HMI executive director Thomas Krever and Wachovia Bank VP of Community Relations Jose Rivera Alers; Volunteer Taryn Gates and director of revenue Louise Parsons-Davey, who donated a night at OTA (On the Avenue), a boutique hotel on the Upper West Side to the auction
Cerami & Associates president John Longman and Bill Ross; CIA director of media relations (also a co-creator of Big Gay Hudson Valley Stephan Hengst and Laura Pensiero, owner of Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck.
Monique Heeremans, owner of No Sugar in Rhinebeck and Michael Harder of Linda Baldwin Flowers in Pine Plains, who designed the floral décor for the event; Macy’s executive vice president and HMI co-chair Rob Smith and Alfredo Rabines, D.O., an ER physician at St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx
Scott Huber of JP Morgan and Citibank SBA director Don DiMartini; Nicole Kornegay, an alumnus of Harvey Milk High School, with girlfriend Ashley Allen
Tina Cesa Ward and Susan Miller, executive producers and writers of the award-winning web series, Anyone But Me; Redwood Capital advisor Francisco Pujol with daughters Hailey Crafton-Pujol and Camden Crafton-Pujol, and friend Alette van Dijk
Brayden McCarthy, HMI board member and co-founder of the Young Professionals Council, and Greg Zaffiro, marketing and business development director for Platinum Partners; young guests Sebastian, Oliver and Ryan attempt to drive Harlan Bratcher’s John Deer Gator
Galen Guengerich, a senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York and Holly Atkinson, M.D., a recent past president of Physicians for Human Rights; Nicole Minoli and Leeds Equity Partners managing director Peter Lyons, with Michael Minardi, Jason Gugliotti and Courtney Jones of The Nielsen Company