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On Thursday, February 1, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) celebrated the artistry of wine and music at the annual Wine Dinner and Charity Auction. The evening brought together nearly 120 supporters in the elegant Le Bernardin Privé for dinner designed by Chef Eric Ripert, music by PMP’s extraordinary young artists, and an exciting live auction directed by Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine. The event raised an unprecedented $760,000 in support of Toby and Itzhak Perlman’s students, alumni, and faculty. 

The evening kicked off with a stylish reception sponsored by Krug Champagne. Guests enjoyed Krug Grand Cuvée poured from magnums while placing their bids on fun silent auction packages. Highlights of the silent auction included: fashion by Karl Lagerfeld Paris and New & Lingwood, club seats for the Mets at CitiField, dinner at Lincoln Ristorante, and vintages of Dalla Valle, Domaine Faiveley, Grace Family Vineyard, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Pontet Canet, and more.

Maestro Itzhak Perlman gave a warm welcome, and encouraged guests to raise their paddles high for PMP! An exquisite five-course dinner was served, designed by Chef Eric Ripert, and including a cheese course personally selected by Michael Affatato of the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck, NY. Courses were paired with vintages from Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa, generously arranged by Kongsgaard Wine, Duclot la Vinicole, Acker Merrall & Condit, and Katherine and Peter Kend.

Jamie Ritchie took the podium and presided over a thrilling and spirited live auction. Highlights included Krug Champagne, Sine Qua Non, Marcassin, an Imperial of 2015 Chateau Margaux, Chateau Petrus, Chateau Latour, dinners at Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, The Modern, and Tribeca Grill, a weeklong getaway in a luxury Paris apartment, and a complete Napa Valley travel experience with visits to Meadowood, the Napa Valley Reserve, Bryant Family Vineyard, Cardinale, and Quintessa.

Toby Perlman introduced three musical interludes performed throughout the evening by PMP’s captivating young artists: excerpts from Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F Minor, the Handel / Halvorsen “Passacaglia” for Violin and Cello, and – to top off the evening – the incredible Mendelssohn Octet for Strings. At the close of the auction, Toby moderated an impromptu Q&A between PMP alumni and the delighted guests.

The PMP Charity Auction would not be possible without the inspiring leadership of the dedicated Co-Chairs: Stephanie and Gavin Albert, Leslie and James Attwood, Bettina S. and Donald L. Bryant, Ann and Michael Bunyaner, Carol and Douglas Cohen, Vanessa and Henry Cornell, Ellen and Rodger DeRose, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Katherine and Peter Kend, Vera and Robert Loeffler, Eilene and Ronald J. Oehl, Pamela and Edward S. Pantzer, Joanna S. and Daniel Rose, Roger S. Schagrin, Hannele and Michael Troise, Diane and Thomas Tuft, and Eileen and Ronald Weiser.

The evening’s generous guests and donors included: Daniel Ahuja, Anne and Daniel Ammons,
 Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Arango, Teresa and Mark Aubert and Aubert Wines, Samantha Barry, Dr. Nesli Basgoz, Christine and Randall Blank, Ebru Birgin, John Blondel and Carol Rossetto, Kim Brizzolara and Carol Penn, Chef Daniel Boulud and db Bistro Moderne, Ann and Michael Bunyaner, Jonathan Caplan and Angus Cook, Christopher Carpenter and Cardinale,
 James Clark, Alison Chernick, Michael Cinque and Amagansett Wine & Spirits, Jane Cranston, Lily Hahn and Isabelle Cohen, Cooper Cox, Naoko Dalla Valle and Dalla Valle Vineyards, Steven DeRose,
 H.R.H. Prince Robert of Luxembourg and Domaine Clarence Dillon,
 Jay S. Dweck
 and Yi-Fang Huang, Tanaz Eshaghian, Jennifer and Jeff Eslin, Erwan Faiveley and Domaine Faiveley, Folio Fine Wine Partners, 
Marc Gagnon, Chef Shea Gallante and Lincoln Ristorante,
 Barbara Gladstone, Bari and Neil Goldmacher, Addis Goldman and Stan Parish, Nancy Goodes and Kim Campbell,
 Barbara and Henry Gooss,
 Ann and Dick Grace and Grace Family Vineyards, Deborah and John Gross, Harlan Estate, Caren and Fritz Hatton and Arietta,
 Alan Hergott, Cornelia and Ralph Heins,
 Kathleen Heitz Myers and Heitz Cellars, Laura Sloate and the Hermione Foundation, Daniel Jusidman and Batya Kahane,
 Larry Kanter,
 Vicki and Christopher Kellogg,
 Jim Kelly, Levi Kelman, Ken Kiehl and Houseman Restaurant, Josh Klausner, Andrea Klein, Karen Kochevar, Cliff Korn and No Limit Wines, Suzie and Bruce Kovner, Pamela and Richard Kramlich, Elaine and Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non, Krug Champagne, William P. Lauder, Marsha Laufer,
 Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeFrak, 
Laura Lehmann, Donna Leone, Lisa de Lima, Dr. and Mrs. Robert G. Loeffler, Shelly London, Denise and Jim Martin, Madame Corinne Mentzelopoulos and Château Margaux, Danny Meyer and The Union Square Hospitality Group, 
Jeff Meyers, Sir Peter Michael and Peter Michael Winery,
 Paula Michtom,
 Biriçim and Mark Miller, 
Kristin Miller, Hee-Jung Moon, Drew Nieporent and Myriad Restaurant Group,
 Elijah Duckworth-Schachter and New & Lingwood, Philip and Carol Norfleet on behalf of The Napa Valley Reserve and Meadowood Napa Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Oehl, Tessa Perliss, Elizabeth Peyton, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, 
Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon Rabin, Catherine and Wayne Reynolds, Lauren Ridenhour, Emmanuel Roman and Topaz Page-Green, Roger S. Schagrin,
 Chef Jesse Schenker and 2 spring, Baruch Shemtov, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Ed Sands and Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits, Jeannie and Nicholas Selch, Jonathan Serko,
 John Shafer and Shafer Vineyards, 
Paula Diane Silver and Stephen Sheppard, Liz Pressman and Gary Taratunio, Ashley and Jim Toth, Jane and Geoffrey Troy and New York Wine Warehouse,
 Caitlin Tully, Jeff Weidenthal, the Wilpon family and the Mets Organization, Kinne and Michael Yon, Randall Yuen, 
Paula and Fareed Zakaria, Betsy and Ed Zimmerman, and a generous anonymous collector.

PMP is especially grateful to: Jamie Ritchie for his expertise and presence at the podium and Sotheby’s Wine for their incredibly generous support, Joel Rubins and The Wine Vault @ Western for generously storing and shipping the evening’s valuable vintages, Per Holmberg for skillfully preparing the auction catalog, and Chef Eric Ripert and the entire team at Le Bernardin Privé for providing a spectacular venue and experience.