The Crowd: Henry Segerstrom honored in NYC


— A grand evening in

New York City

on Monday brought together America's business, cultural and social elite honoring

Orange County


Henry Segerstrom


The occasion celebrated the

Carnegie Hall

Medal of Excellence bestowed upon Segerstrom, who attended the gala escorting his chic bride,


, and joined by extended family along with more than 100 Newport-Mesa guests who had flown in for the evening.

The medal was presented to Segerstrom, developer of South Coast Plaza and founding chairman of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, by former Carnegie honoree

Terry Lundgren

, chairman, president and CEO of Macy's Inc. New York Mayor

Michael Bloomberg

proclaimed June 7 as "Segerstrom Center for the Arts Day" in the city.

Recognized for outstanding leadership in arts philanthropy, Segerstrom has forged a unique relationship with Carnegie Hall working with the renowned executive and artistic director

Clive Gillenson

. In fall 2009 that partnership created a programming schedule billed as "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices," which brought Chinese culture from New York's Carnegie stage to the Segerstrom Center in

Costa Mesa

in conjunction with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, led by


ean Corey

. It was the first time Carnegie Hall festival programming had ventured forth outside of New York City.

This year, debuting in October 2010, the partnership will bring to Orange County audiences a program billed as JapanOC, a close cousin of JapanNYC at Carnegie Hall focusing on the vibrant array of both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

The success of the continuing venture was celebrated by more than 350 guests attending the black-tie evening on the Starlight Roof at

The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel

on tony Park Avenue. Former CitiCorp and Smith Barney Shearson

American Express


Sanford Weill

, who also serves as chairman of The Carnegie Hall Foundation, and his beautiful wife,


, wearing an elegant and classic shimmering grey cocktail suit welcomed the Segerstrom family and their


guests. Actor

Michael York

and his wife,





Billy Friedkin

and his wife, former chairwoman of Paramount Pictures

Sherry Lansing

, telecommunications czar

Irwin Jacobs

and his, wife,


along with family members






, restaurateur






and the ultra glamorous

Gwendolyn Meyer

wearing an exquisite copper-colored flowing satin gown under a floor-length-coordinated evening coat were all front and center for Henry Segerstrom.

Also turning out to support Henry and Elizabeth were

Susan Pack, Pamela Hoefflin, Judy Zankel, Laura Pomerantz, Bruno Laguardia, Lucia Hwong Gordon

and co-chairs of the evening in from Orange County

Gloria and R.J. Brandes

, chairman of Belgravia Capital Corporation/JMB Realty Corp.

The entertainment for the celebration came from world-renowned opera star Denyce Graves. Maestro

Valery Gergiev

served as chair for the honorary artists committee that included the high-profile contributions of

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Joshua Bell, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Frank Gehry, Lang Lang, Helmut Jahn, Charles Lawrence, Anna Netrebko, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Richard Serra and Robert Wilson

, all of whom have been associated with Henry Segerstrom over many years in different capacities.

Also spotted in the crowd were

Tim Jessell, Dean and Kaly Corey, Moira Kamgar, Linda and Alan Beimfohr, Sabra Bordas, Michelle Rohe, Zee Allred and Drago Gligic, Debra Gunn Downing

and Henry Segerstrom's daughter

Andrea Grant