On Tuesday, October 1st, Solar One held its Fall Equinox Celebration at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to kick off its final capital campaign to support the development of Solar 2 – a global arts, entertainment and educational center that will rise majestically on the East River at 23rd Street in Manhattan. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Solar One’s 2013 Sustainability Achievement Award to Glen C. Dailey, managing director and head of prime brokerage, Jefferies LLC; and Jeanine Behr Getz, author and founder Kids Think Big LLC. Glen Dailey was introduced by his good friend, Rob Davis, managing director McAlinden Research Partners and founder of Hedge Funds Care. Jeanine Behr Getz was introduced by John Hannan, director of external affairs, Audubon. Greg Kelly, co-anchor of 'Good Day New York,’ Fox 5, was the emcee.
Solar One Board Chairman Richard Cherry, Solar One Executive Director Christopher Collins, and Event Chairs Jamie Figg and Barbara Tollis welcomed 300 guests including Karolina and Robert Albertson, Vanessa Arredondo, Christian E. Bekmessian, John Budzyna, Catherine and Bryan Carey, Susan Chalom, Lauren Colonna, Marisa Saur, Chris Coulson, Sandra Dailey, Michael Dailey, Mary and Michael Darling, Virginia Davies, Walter Deane, Tiffany Dubin, Charles Feit, Suzanne and Ramsey Frank, George and Dana Getz, Robert Getz, Mark Gilbertson, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Gabrielle Guttman, Amy Hoadley, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Robyn Joseph, Tori Kempner, Jeff Kollin, David Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou, Keith Langham, Kamie and Rich Lightburn, Maritess and Jarrett Lilien, Stephanie and James Loeffler, Kristina Loverro, Stewart Manger, William Manger, Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, Richard and Elizabeth Miller, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Anne and David Ogilvy, Polly Onet, Othon and Kathryn Prounis, Alison and Michael Scanlon, Lisa Selby, Jean Shafiroff, Rhonda and Dave Sherwood, Brooke Shields, Hope and Ted Smith, Laura Blair and Scott Soper, Laura and Frederick Tanne, Amanda Taylor, Melissa and Thor Thors, Evelyn Tompkins, Jieun and David Wax, Julia and Ted Weld, Barbara Winston, Eric Whitney, Priscilla and Jim Wong.
With event design by Polly Onet and Amy Hoadley, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking Central Park, was the perfect setting for a celebration of ‘thanksgiving’ which is associated with the Fall Equinox. Guests were served an autumn feast of vegetables and other seasonal foods from the bounty of the land. DJ Chang kept guests on the dance floor until most New Yorkers were asleep and the sun was coming up in other parts of the world.
Solar 2 will be the first fully resilient, energy positive building in Manhattan and the country that will be constructed in compliance with new government regulations in response to Superstorm Sandy’s devastation. As we approach the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Solar 2 – which is part of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s unprecedented and comprehensive sustainability program – is the blueprint for the future. Net proceeds of the event will go directly to the construction of the building and will leverage the $9 million that has already been raised.
Solar 2 will replace Solar One Solar One, the only building below East 42nd Street lit up against the darkened Manhattan skyline when Superstorm Sandy came ashore in October 2012. During Sandy relief efforts, Solar One was a beacon of hope and safe harbor for those who lost electricity in Manhattan. Neighbors came in flocks to Solar One to recharge their smartphones, laptops, iPads and other life’s necessities for quality of life. Solar One – which also provided solar power to other communities in the New York area ravaged by Sandy -- is very much a part of the national and local dialogue regarding the vital role solar energy played during Sandy, and how it will provide power to American communities in the event of future man-made and human disasters. For information about Solar One and how you can help build Solar 2, please visit: http://www.Solar1.org