Silver Hill Gala kick-off

For those keeping up with us at AVENUEinsider, gala season is well underway, which means for us attending a slew of kick-off parties that help raise awareness for the charity.  On Tuesday night, Shafi Roepers hosted a fashionable crowd at her gorgeous uptown apartment for the 2011 Silver Hill Gala, being held at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 3rd. Silver Hill is a non-for-profit psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut that provides both acute crisis control and longer term residential treatment for psychiatric disorders including addiction and depression.

In attendance at the cocktail fete were this year’s Gala honorary co-chairs Michael Cominotto and designer Dennis Basso, who inspired the first gala event in 2010. Through their dedication and generous efforts, they raised $1.3 million for scholarships for adolescents and young adults needing financial aid to fund residential care at the hospital, something that is not covered by insurance.

Once again, net proceeds from this year will be directed to scholarship support for residential treatment at Silver Hill; this year, however, the focus will expand to include patients of all ages.

Among the fashionable and charitable-minded who turned out to show their support were: Gala Chairs Dr. Sigurd Ackerman and Cecilia McCarton, Pamela Fiori, Janine and Lawrence Haynes, Dr. Amiya Prasad, Jill Roosevelt, Christian Leone, Jamie Gleicher and Rachel Heller.  Mr. Basso gave a speech that was simultaneously witty and heartfelt, saying that “The Silver Hill hospital is very near and dear to us,” and elaborated that “Silver Hill is a rehabilitaton hospital, but it is not JUST that.” He then dryly concluded: “if I forgot anything, I did my best, so…have another drink.” Well, only some of us did.

Speaking of those known for their quick wit, Carrie Fisher—esteemed author, award winning actress, and former patient of Silver Hill – will be honored at the November 3rd Gala for her advocacy work on behalf of mental illness.  While she was not present on Tuesday night, she will be front and center at the Gala celebration, and will undoubtedly entertain and inspire all those who attend.  Definitely an evening we will mark on our ever-busy social calendar.

Celebrity Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad Supports “Work to Ride” Charity Event and Fundraiser Hosted By Polo Superstar/Model Nacho Figueras

Dr. Prasad Provides Highly Sought-After Facial Care Gift Package for Silent Auction to Support Equine-Based Cause


Fundraiser Brings in Nearly $10,000

Work to Ride Polo Fundraiser
Polo superstar and model Nacho Figueras and Park Avenue Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad at 2010 AVANTAIR Sunday Classic Polo Event and Fundraiser benefitting Work to Ride non-profit organization.

New York City: September 22, 2010 – Celebrity Park Avenue Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad lent his support to recent Work to Ride Charity Event and Fundraiser hosted by Polo superstar and model Nacho Figueras, helping to raise nearly $10,000 to support Work to Ride (  This is a program that uses the opportunity to work with horses to help troubled teens and pre-teens from ages 7 to 19 to sort out their lives and break destructive behavior patterns before they become ingrained.

The private polo match and cocktail-party held at Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton, New York as part of the 2010 AVANTAIR Sunday Classic was attended by many East Coast socialites, trendsetters and celebrities all eager to support the worthy cause. These charitable celebrities included Kelly Bensimon, former model and star of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri, photographer and star of Bravo TV’s “Double Exposure,” along with singer-songwriter Matt White.

In addition to attending the event, Dr. Prasad donated a highly-valued facial skincare gift package for the silent auction fundraiser. Other donated high-value silent auction items included autographed memorabilia from famous musicians, sports legends and actors.  From the entertainment world, these included an autographed Taylor Swift CD, an autographed Bono album, personally-signed guitars from James Taylor and Avril Lavigne, as well as autographed photos of actors Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino.

From the sporting world, silent auction items included autographed baseballs signed by Phil Rizzuto and Robinson Cano, dinner with Polo celebrity model Nacho Figueras.   Fashion items were also auctioned, including a dress from Jill Stuart, a ring from Judith Ripka and tickets to the NYC Fashion Show presented by Charlotte Ronson.

Additional funds were raised for the charity through ticket sales and donations. In total, nearly $10,000 was raised for the Work to Ride charity.

Work to Ride is a 501c3 non-profit, community-based prevention program that aids disadvantaged urban youth through constructive activities centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education.

The program is housed at Chamounix Stables, located in Fairmont Park, Philadelphia.  This setting provides a rare opportunity to bring urban youth in contact with animals and nature.  Work to Ride is designed as a long-term program for 7-19 year old youth, who must commit to a minimum of one year of participation.

It is however, expected that participants will choose to remain with the program through high school graduation.  Work to Ride graduates receive help with college enrollment, and most also choose to return to mentor new participants.

Dr. Amiya Prasad ( is a pre-eminent Manhattan and New York area facial cosmetic surgeon with offices in Park Avenue Manhattan and Garden City Long Island.  He is the author of the forthcoming beauty guide, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger – A Leading Cosmetic Surgeon’s Guide to Long Lasting Beauty.”


For more information about Dr. Prasad, or to arrange an interview, please contact Mary Vail at or at 702-289-2225