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American Museum of Natural History
2011 Museum Gala

Coldplay performance
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On Thursday, November 10, 2011, the American Museum of Natural History held the 2011 Museum Gala, its largest annual benefit. More than 600 guests attended this year’s dazzling ball. Following cocktails in the Roosevelt Rotunda, guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner and a performance by Coldplay in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

The event featured host Brian Williams and an auction of extraordinary prizes, overseen by auctioneer Jamie Niven of Sotheby’s. This year the winnings included an array of priceless items including:

  • Tickets to a taping of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” including a meet-and-greet with the funnyman himself;
  • Breakfast at the Museum and front-row seats to New York’s one and only Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade;
  • Tickets to legendary Studio 8H for a live recording of “Saturday Night Live,” followed by dinner with the cast and crew at the afterparty;
  • A children’s expedition through the Museum, including a visit with Museum scientists and viewing rarely-seen Museum treasures behind-the-scenes;
  • An exquisite pendant from Graff Diamonds, composed of a multi-shaped diamond double-flower pendant with round emerald centers;
  • Tickets to the opening night of “La Fille du Régiment” at the Metropolitan Opera—including dinner for four at The Grand Tier at Lincoln Center before the opera and an exclusive afterparty with the cast, hosted by Museum Trustee Ann Ziff;
  • Exclusive naming opportunity for the newly-restored black bear diorama in the Hall of North American Mammals.

Jodie and John Eastman, Kathy and Tom Freston, and Alice and Lorne Michaels were the Gala Chairs. Guests who joined Museum President Ellen V. Futter and the Gala Chairs were: the Museum’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard, Jimmy and Nancy Fallon, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Blythe Danner, Steve Martin and Anne Stringfield, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Jane Krakowski and Robert Godley, Jack McBrayer, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Abby Elliott, Nasim Pedrad, Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Steve Higgins, Taran Killam, Jay Pharoh, Brian and Jane Williams, Allison Williams, Jamie Niven and Lee Auchincloss, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Claire and Collin de Rham, Ariana Huffington, Michael Stipe, Muffie and Sherrell Aston, Frank and Mary Lake Bennack, Dr. Michelle Copeland and Dr. Jonathan Halperin, Bethany and Niko Elmaleh, Tom and Maarit Glocer, Carney and Melissa Hawks, Patti Harris and Mark LeBow, Greg and Kim Lippman, Joella and John Lykouretzos, Hallie and Larry Nath, William D. Rueckert, Bob and Eva Shaye, Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman, Sibyl Golden and Chip White, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Ralph Schlosstein and Jane Hartley, Marlene Hess and James Zirin, Kitty Kempner, Shelly and George Lazarus, Ted Mathas, Allison and Roberto Mignone, Valerie and Jeffrey Peltier, Alan and Jill Rappaport, Connie and Kirk Spahn, Ann Ziff, Josh and Judy Weston, and Laura Sillerman.

Proceeds from the evening help support the Museum’s educational and scientific programming.

Gala Chair John Eastman, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, David Westin, and Gala Chair Jodie Eastman
Gala Chair John Eastman, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, David Westin, and Gala Chair Jodie Eastman.

Museum Gala Chairs Kathy Freston and Tom Freston with Sherri Creighton
Museum Gala Chairs Kathy Freston and Tom Freston with Sherri Creighton.

Gala Chair Lorne Michaels
Gala Chair Lorne Michaels.

  Ann Ziff
Ann Ziff.

Museum’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard and Ted Mathas
Museum’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard and Ted Mathas.

Host Brian Williams and Alec Baldwin
Host Brian Williams and Alec Baldwin.

Ricky Van Veen, Allison Williams, Brian Williams and Jane Williams
Ricky Van Veen, Allison Williams, Brian Williams and Jane Williams.

  Roberto Mignone, Allison Mignone, Jacqueline Sackler and Mortimer Sackler
Roberto Mignone, Allison Mignone, Jacqueline Sackler and Mortimer Sackler.

Jamie Niven and Lee Auchincloss
Jamie Niven and Lee Auchincloss.

Jimmy Fallon, Nancy Fallon, Andrew Garfield
Jimmy Fallon, Nancy Fallon, Andrew Garfield.

  Marianne Lafiteau, Andres Soriano, and Donya Sabet
Marianne Lafiteau, Andres Soriano, and Donya Sabet.

Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen
Tina Fey, Bill Hader, Fred Armisen.

Richard LeFrak, Karen LeFrak, Judy Cox, Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston
Richard LeFrak, Karen LeFrak, Judy Cox, Muffie Potter Aston and Sherrell Aston.

Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman
Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman.

Claire de Rham and Collin de Rham
Claire de Rham and Collin de Rham.

John Hess and Susan Hess
John Hess and Susan Hess.

Emma Stone
Emma Stone.

  Lowery Stokes Sims and Kate Levin
Lowery Stokes Sims and Kate Levin.

Judy Weston and Josh Weston
Judy Weston and Josh Weston.

Alan Rappaport and Museum President Ellen V. Futter
Alan Rappaport and Museum President Ellen V. Futter.

Joella Lykouretzos and John Lykouretzos
Joella Lykouretzos and John Lykouretzos.

Peter Kairis, Josephine Kairis, Muffie Potter and Sherrell Aston
Peter Kairis, Josephine Kairis, Muffie Potter and Sherrell Aston.

Patty Smyth and John McEnroe
Patty Smyth and John McEnroe.

  Kirk Spahn and Connie Spahn
Kirk Spahn and Connie Spahn.

Jessica, Nate, Kitty, and Trevor Kempner
Jessica, Nate, Kitty, and Trevor Kempner.

Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Fred Armisen, and Taran Killam
Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Fred Armisen, and Taran Killam.

Caren Brooks
Caren Brooks.

Nasim Pedrad, Abby Elliott, Vanessa Bayer
Nasim Pedrad, Abby Elliott, Vanessa Bayer.

  Paul Brittain and Jay Pharoah
Paul Brittain and Jay Pharoah.

Steve Higgins and Anne Stringfield
Steve Higgins and Anne Stringfield.

Jane Krakowski and Robert Godley
Jane Krakowski and Robert Godley.

Fred Armisen, John Mulaney, Jack McBrayer, and Jeff Richmond
Fred Armisen, John Mulaney, Jack McBrayer, and Jeff Richmond.

Jason Sudeikis, guest, and Seth Meyers
Jason Sudeikis, guest, and Seth Meyers.

Photos: Images 1-3,6,8-22,30: © AMNH/D. Finnin. Images 4,5,7,13,23-29,31-33: © AMNH/C. Chesek
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