IPI Hosts Gala Awards Dinner and Dance
|The first International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) Gala Awards Dinner and Dance took place on Saturday October 22, 2011 at Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The guest of honor was Jason Aronson MD, Premier Publisher of psychotherapy books and Co-Founder, IPI, and inaugural recipient of the David and Jill Scharff Award for contributions to mental health. The dinner was held in Dr. Aronson’s honor and in appreciation of founding board and faculty members 1994-1996. The event was organized by Gala Chair Sheri Rosenfeld and her committee Joanna Bienko, Anabella Brostella, Karen Greenberg, Jill Scharff, andLea de Setton.
|Sheri Rosenfeld, IPI Board Development Chair welcomed the guests to the IPI benefit and handed over to Michael Stadter, IPI Founding Faculty and Board Vice-Chair, as Master of Ceremonies.
|Michael introduced faculty to describe IPI’s community involvement. Caroline Sehon (Chair, IPI Metro Washington) spoke about the videoconference teaching program for therapists in remote areas. Colleen Sandor (Co-Chair, IPI Salt Lake) attested to the value of IPI’s affiliation with Westminster College. Carl Bagnini (Co-Chair, IPI Long Island site) his work with Latino fathers. Lastly Vali Maduro (Chair, IPI Panama) and Anabella Brostella (Chair, Foundation for Healthy Relationships at IPI Panama) showed IPI-Panama’s film of work with Operation Smile plastic surgery programs to correct children’s congenital deformity, suicide prevention efforts, and programs for teenage mothers.
|Books by IPI authors were on display for guests to browse.
|After dinner, in a short program to honor and thank colleagues and supporters, Geoffrey Anderson IPI Director, recognized the contributions of founding faculty 1994-1996. Pictured, from left, are Founding Faculty members Carl Bagnini, Yolanda de Varela, Charles Ashbach, Walton Ehrhardt, Sharon Dennett, Judith Rovner, Lea de Setton, Mike Stadter, and Michael Kaufman. (Not present: Kent Ravenscroft and Paula Swaner)
|Chris Hill, Treasurer, IPI recognized the Founding and Inaugurating Board of IPI (then IIORT) 1994-1995. Pictured are Kent Morrison, David Scharff (Founding Co-Director), Jill Scharff (Founding Co-Director) Jason Aronson (Founding Board Member, NYC). (Not pictured are Dennis Blumer, Yvonne Burne, Dickson Carroll, and Lorna Goodman.)
|Michael Stadter, Board Vice-Chair, IPI announced the inauguration of the David and Jill Scharff Award. Drs. David and Jill Scharff are co-founders of the International Psychotherapy Institute. They teach and supervise at IPI and IIPT and practice psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with children and adults, couples and families in Chevy Chase. They spearhead IPI’s international outreach, our message carried in translations of their many books on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, and Russian.
|David Scharff, Co-founder, Board Chair, IPI and Jill Scharff, Co-founder, IPI introduced the recipient of the award. Dr. Jason Aronson, a physician and psychoanalyst, founded and directed for over 35 years Jason Aronson Inc., the premier publishing company of highly regarded, professional, scholarly books by respected and gifted authors in the field of psychotherapy until 2003, when Jason Aronson became an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. In 1994, Dr. Aronson joined David and Jill Scharff as the third co-founder of IIORT, now called IPI, and has been a good friend to IPI ever since. Dr. Aronson was the founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Psychiatry. He resides in New York City with his wife Alice Kaplan. His daughter Jane and her family live in California.
|A delighted audience rose to its feet in thanks and expressed its exuberance on the dance floor thereafter.
The Gala was a terrific success, both in terms of attracting support and in giving all our guests an enjoyable, entertaining evening. Donations of table décor from Jonathan Willen, graphic design from Leanne Poteet, photography by Darin Del Rosario, and plant materials from American Plant Food were gratefully received. With their help and the generosity of our guests, IPI raised $22,000 to support outreach programs.
Dorothy and Larry Arnsten, Arnsten Foundation, in honor of Jason Aronson
Nancy and Richard Bakalar
Lawrence Birnbach, in honor of Jason Aronson
Jim and Elise Blair
Meg and Jim Cooper
Steven, Susan and Malka Drucker, in honor of Jason Aronson
Walt and Carol Ehrhardt
Bonnie Eisenberg, in honor of the Founding Faculty
Cleo and Michael Gewirz
Michael Kaufman and Maria Ross
Steven and Susan Levine
Jaedene and Chuck Levy
Doris and Scott Mattingly
Kent and Dale Morrison
Mary Jo Pisano
Helen and Paul Schmitz
Eleanor and Arthur Siegel
Suzanne St. John, in honor of Charles Ashbach
Stan and Hilary Tsigounis
Wendy S. Wall, in honor of Jill and David Scharff
Kim and Judy White
Tappy and Robin Wilder
Dennis and Tansy Blumer
Henri and Rachel Parens, in honor of Jason Aronson
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Rumford
Harold and Nancy Zirkin
Jason Aronson and Alice Kaplan
James Finkelstein and Laurie Ferreri
Sheila and Chris Hill
Hugh Hill and Sandra Read
Anna Innes and Charles Carter
Chuck Muckenfuss and Angela Lancaster
Michael Stadter and Jane Prelinger
Director’s Circle ($3000-$3499)
Jill and David Scharff
Angels ($3500 and above)
Sheri and Rob Rosenfeld