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THE INNOVATORS “Individual philanthropy has always been part of the way the family has given back to the community,” says Sandy Crystal, of Crystal & Company insurance. “In recent years,” says Sandy’s brother Jamie, “we have broadened our service to the nonprofit community through CrystalCares, our employee-led volunteering program.” Recent initiatives include reading to children through the Pajama Program, planting a garden on Governors Island and collecting suits for Goodwill Suits Vets. crystalco.com CRYSTAL & COMPANY: SPARKLING MISSION In 2009, Sandy Golinkin, former publisher of Lucky , Travel + Leisure , Allure and Departures , founded Raising the Bar, a consulting firm to help businesses and individuals “realize their potential by sharpening focus and exploring new opportunities,” she says. “A year ago, I began focusing on working with young adults finding their paths and first jobs.” The media veteran currently mentors two young clients on a pro bono basis: “I am hard-wired to help people,” Golinkin says. raisingthebar 1 .com SANDY GOLINKIN: GAME CHANGER “We give support to under-resourced charities,” says Rachel Justus, founder of the grassroots organization Aware (Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education). The 50-member, all-volunteer Aware has provided fundraising, outreach and services for disabled domestic violence victims, female veterans and sex trafficking victims. On Oct. 26, the group hosted a benefit for West End Intergenerational Residence, a homeless shelter. awarenyc.org –James Servin RACHEL JUSTUS: SOCIAL SUPERHERO CUPID’S ARROW Guests are all smiles at the Frick Ball. THE BEST GALAS TO MEET SINGLES e matchmakers at Platinum Poire weigh in on the prime charity events for nding the one. CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY’S EVENING IN THE GARDEN ARM IN ARM From top: Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin and Dr. Elisa Port; Austria Rodriguez. ANNIVERSARY GALA: DUBIN BREAST CENTER I Board member Austria Rodriguez on the Dubin Breast Center’s life-saving services As this event is geared toward upcoming professionals, the majority of guests will be singles. Also, it’s a lovely time of year to get back outside and enjoy the spring weather, which lends itself to flirting! $175, annually in June, centralparknyc.org NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S SPRING GALA ’ll never forget the moment I answered my phone to hear the voice of Dr. Christina Weltz on the other end. She was calling to ask me to come to her o ce to discuss the results of a lumpectomy. Dr. Weltz had already performed a lumpectomy on my left breast, and I prayed the worst was behind me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. All I could think about was how I wanted to be able to go on spring break vacation with my husband and two kids. Instead, I spent spring break 2014 recuperating from a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. at’s bad news for sure, but in the process I found my Dubin family. ey became my go-to for support, friendship, guidance and care. e Dubin Breast Center was created by Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, a cancer survivor and one of the strongest women I know. It is a serene space within Mount Sinai Hospital. I remember talking to Dr. Dubin the day after my diagnosis. Her words were: “You will be taken care of by the best team in the business.” She was right. DBC o ers a multidisciplinary approach to treatment with oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, breast surgeons, plastic surgeons, massage therapists, research and, most importantly, hope. As the Dubin Breast Center prepares to celebrate its fth anniversary at the Mandarin Oriental Dec. 5, I can honestly say I do not know what I would have done without them. From $1,500, 212.245.6570, dubinbreastcenter@eventassociatesinc.com This elegant affair caters to everyone from celebrities to your next-door neighbor in the most glamorous of settings. You never know who may pirouette into your life! From $350 for the cocktail reception (reduced admission for Young Patrons Circle and guests under 40), and from $1,500 for dinner tickets, nycballet.com THE FRICK COLLECTION’S YOUNG FELLOWS BALL A glamorous evening of cocktails, fashion and art is guaranteed at this event sponsored by Donna Karan. This is a sophisticated venue in which to mingle, and the annual themes for dressing up provide an easy way to break the ice with others. frick.org 93 MAN HA T T AN N O V EM B ER 2 0 1 6

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