Momentum Women™ Honor The LeFrak Women

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Honoree Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Carol Saline, Ceslie Armstrong (photo: Patrick McMullan)

Throughout the year, CESLIE- THE WOMEN'S NETWORK™ hosts the Company's social and business networking affiliate Momentum Women™. The members and invited guests gather to honor a woman with the Momentum Award™ who personifies the qualities that set the standard for today's modern woman. In April of 2008, CTWN and N.O.F. (National Osteoporosis Foundation) were pleased to honor three women in the same legendary family: Mrs. Ethel LeFrak and daughters Denise LeFrak Calicchio and Dr. Francine LeFrak Friedberg for their leadership and contributions to the arts, women's health, education, real estate, and philanthropy.

The host committee of JILL EIKENBERRY, JANET HUBERT, MELBA MOORE, JOAN RIVERS, MELISSA RIVERS, CAROL SALINE, SHARON MARANTZ WALSH and CESLIE ARMSTRONG are all advocates of the N.O.F. and their mission to educate women as the country's leading resource about Osteoporosis. The N.O.F. website is incredibly educational and informative and includes programs, downloads, and resources available globally. The N.O.F.'s message of strength and wisdom from mother to daughter is so important that for the first time ever, the Momentum Award™ was given to three honorees simultaneously.

For two hours, over 125 members and guests of Momentum Women™ gathered at The World Bar to network, share information, and learn about Osteoporosis prevention. N.O.F. host, author, and TV personality Carol Saline addressed the guests and Ceslie presented the Momentum Award™ to Denise LeFrak Calicchio and she spoke about her family endearingly and accepted the prestigious award on behalf of her sister Francine and mother Ethel. It was an emotional, although, meaningful and beautiful evening filled with tears and laughter.

Everyone toasted the LeFrak women with POM Wonderful PomTini's and enjoyed the beautiful food and atmosphere as the lights from the United Nations shined brightly across the street from the elegant World Bar in Trump World Tower.

The Momentum Women™ members were so pleased to welcome the senior staff of the N.O.F. who work diligently to improve women's health: Leo Schargorodski – Executive Director; Piper Dankworth Sutton – Director of Development; Molly Carey – Director of Communications; Kelly Austin – Sr. Development Officer, Special Events; Curt Withrow – Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Relations. To learn more about the N.O.F. upcoming events around the USA, click here.



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One in two women and one in four men over age 50 will suffer a broken bone from osteoporosis in her/his lifetime

A woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer




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A graduate and Trustee of Barnard College, Ethel LeFrak also was a Trustee of the Cardozo Law School.  She has been active as a trustee or member of the board of directors for many cultural, philanthropic, educational and medical institutions, such as vice-president of the Little Orchestra Society – whose music programs for children, teenagers, and young adults have continued to stimulate interest in classical works by a vast new audience of appreciative listeners; a Trustee of the Carnegie Council on Ethic and International Affairs – comprised of intellectuals, scholars, and educators, who have kindled world-wide exchange programs and published papers on such issues as politics, economics, ethics, religion, the environment, and relevant topics affecting contemporary civilization; a Trustee of the Albert Einstein Medical College; and a Patron of the Asia Society and a member of its President’s Circle.  The Asia Society is an international organization, which generates greater understanding and appreciation of Asia art, literature, and culture.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera’s “Golden Horseshoe” and “Opera Club,” Ethel LeFrak also is a Patron of Lincoln Center; a Conservator of the New York Public Library; a Member of the Council of the Salk Institute; and a Member of the Board of the United Nations International Hospitality Committee – which was instrumental in having her and her husband, Dr. Samuel J. LeFrak, honored with the United Nations’ “Distinguished Citizens of the World” Award in 1994.

Among the many institutions recognizing the philanthropic generosity of the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Foundation are the Guggenheim Museum of the City of New York, which has named a gallery and sculpture garden terrace in honor of Dr. and Mrs. LeFrak; Temple Emmanu-El on New York Fifth Avenue, whose highly esteemed Learning Center has been named after them; Queens College, which has named one of the foremost musical auditoria in America the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall – on its New York City campus; and Pratt Institute, one of the nation’s most prestigious schools of engineering and architecture, which has named the LeFrak Arcade in honor of Dr. and Mrs. LeFrak.

Mrs. LeFrak’s alma mater – Barnard College – recently announced that the gymnasium and auditorium on the main administration building, Barnard Hall, also will be named in their honor in recognition of a major campus refurbishment and scholarship program funded by the LeFrak Foundation.

With her husband, Dr. LeFrak, Ethel LeFrak also has co-authored two books on their family art collection:  Masters of the Modern Tradition and A Passion for Art.  The LeFrak collection has been hailed by Art & Antiques magazine as being one of America’s top 100 collections.

In 1996, Mrs. LeFrak was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Degree, from Seton Hill College.  In 1998, Marymount Manhattan College also presented her with a Doctor of Human Letters, honoris causa, Degree.

Seton Hill College.  In 1998, Marymount Manhattan College also presented her with a Doctor of Human Letters, honoris causa, Degree.

(L) Sujaan Grimson, Deborah Neilson (C) Susan Arnes, Pamela Peeters (R) Tracy Eyers, Natasha Haynes-Smith

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(L) Ceslie Armstrong, Candace Muzny, Cynthia Ekberg Tsai (R) Carol Mackey, Paula Batson, Beth Goehring

(L) Carol Saline, Leo  Schargorodski of N.O.F., Denise LeFrak Calicchio, (RC) Cynthia Ekberg Tsai, Ceslie Armstrong (R) honoree Denise LeFrak Calicchio


Denise LeFrak Calicchio began her real estate career in 1986. A member of a prominent real estate family, she was introduced to the field many years earlier. Denise worked in the family business, LeFrak Organization, for several years. A specialist in Manhattan real estate at Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) since 1991, Denise has represented some of the most exclusive properties in New York. Her reputation as an effective broker stems from her talent to close deals. Denise’s many interests include charitable and cultural pursuits. As a trustee of Marymount College, she is active in setting and maintaining the standards of post-secondary education. She is also Chairman of the Guggenheim Museum’s Patron’s Circle and plans trips and all events to artists studios and cultural endeavors. Denise is an active member of the Chairman’s Council of the Metropolitan Museum.



(L) Denise LeFrak Calicchio accepts the Momentum Award™ on behalf of herself, her sister Francine LeFrak Friedberg and their mother Mrs. Ethel LeFrak (LC) Denise LeFrak Calicchio, Carol Saline (RC) Erin Donnelly, Divya Gugnani (R) Fran Heller, Ceslie Armstrong


Francine LeFrak is an award-winning Broadway and television producer, successful entrepreneur, partner in a real-estate company and distinguished philanthropist.

LeFrak Access, President 

A business acceleration company aimed at providing high level introductions, strategic planning and unique enhancement services to individuals, companies and non-profit organizations.

Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Foundation, CEO

A philanthropy whose mission supports institutions of higher learning; hospitals and research facilities; and cultural programs that sustain and encourage literary, performing, and visual arts. 

LeFrak Organization, Partner

One of the most extensive real estate companies in the United States, having created tens of thousands of apartments; millions of square feet of commercial, office, and retail space; and scores of prestigious mixed-use structures and communities.


American Friends of Versailles, Member of the Board; Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Member of the Board, Dinner Chair 2000-present; Fire Department of the City of New York, Honorary Deputy Commissioner; The Guggenheim Museum’s Patrons Circle, Co-Chairman; The Harvard Club, Member; Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, Member of the Advisory Board; Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Arts, Tourism and Education Advisory Council Member to redevelop the World Trade Center; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Member of the Chairman’s Council; Museum of Modern Art, Member of the Contemporary Arts Council, Liaison to Film Department; New Museum, Member of the Producer’s Council; Smithsonian Museum of American History, Member of the Board; Whitney Museum, Member of President’s Circle; Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School, Member of the Board


 15 Tony Awards   39 Tony Nominations    4 Emmy Awards   14 Emmy Nominations         1 Cable ACE Award           6 Cable ACE Award Nominations              The Peabody Award       6 Cine Golden Eagle Awards      3 Golden Globe Nominations      The Humanitas Prize           41 Drama Desk Awards    2 Laurence Olivier SWET Awards     3 Outer Critics Circle Awards    The Television Critic’s Association Award   The Banff Television Festival Rockie Nomination    Telefilm Canada Best English Language Production, 1998   1994 Outstanding Woman of the 90’s Neurosurgical Society    1998 Van Cleef & Arpels Women to Watch List   Foreign Policy Association’s Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award     Finch College Lifetime Achievement Award     Barnard College Certificate of Honor,  Commitment to Arts & Culture   2002 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World    2003 Human Spirit Award, The Christopher Reeve Foundation   2004 Our Town “East Sider of the Year” Award  2006 USO Woman of the Year   2007 Women Together Award, United Nations    2007 Euro-American Women’s Council: The Goddess Artemis Award


Student Seduction (2003): Executive Producer, Lifetime Television.

LeFrak: A Century of Vision (2002): (Documentary) Executive Producer, Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Shot Through the Heart (1998):  Executive Producer, HBO Pictures; 1998 Peabody Award. Telefilm Canada Best English Language Production.   Cine Golden Eagle Award. Banff Television Festival Rockie Award Nomination.  Gemini Nomination for Best Film.

Life of the Party (1998): Executive Producer, Lifetime Television. Golden Globe nomination. Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

The Infiltrator (1995): Executive Producer, HBO Showcase film. Cine Golden Eagle Award.

Redwood Curtain (1995): Executive Producer, ABC/Hallmark Hall of Fame.  Emmy Nomination.

A Body To Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994): Executive Producer, HBO. Cine Golden Eagle Award. Three Emmy Nominations. 

Mi Vida Loca (1993): Co-Producer. Sony Classics; premiered at Cannes Film Festival.  Named best Hispanic film of 1994 by Hispanic magazine.

Fade To Black (1993): Executive Producer, USA Network.

Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story (1992): Executive Producer, HBO.  Cable ACE Award for Best Children’s Special. Cine Golden Eagle Award. Writers Guild Award Nomination.

Miss Rose White (1992): Executive Producer, NBC/Hallmark Hall of Fame.  Four Emmy Awards including Best Television Movie or Special.  Ten Emmy Nominations. The Humanitas Prize.  

Prison Stories: Women on the Inside (1991): Executive Producer, HBO.  Cine Golden Eagle Award, four ACE Nominations, including Best Dramatic Special.


Cafe Crown (1989): Starring Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. 2 Tony Nominations (Best Revival), Tony Award (Best Scenic Design). 

Les Liasons Dangereuses (1986): Laurence Olivier SWET Award, Time Out Award, Plays and Players Award, London Evening Standard Award.

Leader of the Pack (1985): Tony Nomination (Best Musical).

Noises Off (1985): 4 Tony Nominations (Best Play).

My One and Only (1983): Starring Tommy Tune and Twiggy. 9 Tony Nominations (Best Musical), 3 Tony Awards (Best Actor, Best Featured Actor, Outstanding Choreography), Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Musical), 9 Drama Desk Awards.  

Nine (1982): 10 Tony Nominations. 6 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress, Outstanding Choreography), Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Musical). 12 Drama Desk Awards (Best Musical).

Crimes of the Heart (1981): 4 Tony Nominations (Best Play), Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

March of the Falsettos (1981): Outer Critics Circle Award (Best Musical).

They’re Playing Our Song (1980): Laurence Olivier SWET Award (Best Musical)


2007: VIP Delegate, Forbes CEO Conference, Singapore

2007: Arab International Women’s Forum, London

2006: International Forum of Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs- Beijing, China

1996: Peace Delegation to Jordan’s King Hussein


Bachelor of Arts -- Art History, Finch College.

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Manhattanville College.

Sarah Lawrence College in Florence, Italy

L’Ecole Superiore in Neuchatel, Switzerland 



(L) Jennifer Hessel, Sujaan Grimson (C) Karen Abrams, Ceslie, Erika Weinstein, (R) Margot Steinberg, Denise LeFrak Calicchio

event goodie bags and the N.O.F. Pearls of Strength


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