New York Social Diary: Rolling out the Red Carpet

June 3, 2022


NYC’s storied hotel industry celebrated an eagerly anticipated return to the spotlight during its annual “Red Carpet Hospitality Gala” hosted by the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation at Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan. The sold-out event drew hundreds of attendees as the HANYC Foundation honored Hilton Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Laura Fuentes and John Gore Organization President and Broadway League Chair Lauren Reid. Loews Hotels Chairman & CEO Jonathan M. Tisch introduced the honorees.


Hotel Association of New York City President and CEO Vijay Dandapani co-chaired the gala along with HANYC Foundation Chair and Regional Vice President for Aimbridge Hospitality Heather Davis and Hotel Association of New York City Chair Fred Grapstein.

Fred Grapstein, Laura Fuentes, Jonathan M. Tisch, Erica Gordon, and Vijay Dandapani.


A special performance by MJ The Musical delighted guests. Proceeds from the Gala support the HANYC Foundation’s charitable goals including ending human trafficking through the organization RestoreNYC.


The Host Committee included Steve Batta; Peter Clarke; Jim Connelly; Charles Flateman; Erica Gordon; Karambir Kang; Suri Kasirer; Lisa Linden; Tyler Morse; Mark Pardue; Charlotte St. Martin; Alan Steel; and Jonathan M. Tisch.

Vijay Dandapani, Laura Fuentes, and Jonathan M. Tisch.


Today the Hotel Association of New York City is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $5 billion tourism industry, representing nearly 300 of the finest hotels with over 80,000 rooms and approximately 50,000 employees.


The HANYC Foundation seeks to advance issues of importance to New York’s vital hotel industry such as economic viability, sustainability and corporate and social responsibility through educational and crisis relief initiatives.

Tony Sclafani, Sonia Low, Lisa Lopez, Shane Beardsley, Alan Steel, Ed Byrne, Jordi Dupont, and Jacqueline Tran.

Hoan Ton-That and Karambir Kang.

L. to r.: Robert Wankel; Charlotte St. Martin and Lauren Reid.

Lauren Reid, Raj Seshadri, Kathy Wylde, and Vijay Dandapani.

Broadway Across America.

Fred Grapstein, Jonathan M. Tisch, and Vijay Dandapani.

Charlotte St. Martin, Jonathan M. Tisch, and Lauren Reid.

Aramie Payton and Ayana George.