The Horticultural Society of New York honors Piper Kerman at Luncheon: PHOTOS

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Alison Strong, Piper Kerman, Kamie Lightburn (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Horticultural Society of New York gathered to honor “Orange is the New Black” writer Piper Kerman at 583 Park Avenue for their 23rd annual luncheon.

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Andrea Fahnestock, Dr. Marianne Engle, Noreen Buckfire (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)

Kerman received the Bobby Margolis Award of Excellence because of her work on prison reform. The Society runs a horticultural therapy program at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. In total, the event had 220 guests and raised over $200,000. The event began with a panel discussion between Kerman and the director of the Rikers program, Hilda Krus, then guests mingled during a reception and silent auction and finally sat for lunch.

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Alison Strong, Piper Kerman, and Hilda Krus (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)

In addition to Kerman, notable guests of the event included: Kamie Lightburn, Alexia Leuschen, LLNYC-cover star Nicole Miller, Norma Dana, Frances Schultz, Warrie Price, Missey Condie and Karen Condie, Marianne Engle, Lee Anderson and Susan Gutfreund.

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Nicole Miller, Anne Shearman (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Sara Hobel, Hugh Hogan (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Paola Bacchini, Cece Black (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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(credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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(credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Kathy Prounis, Kamie Lightburn, Piper Kerman, Mark Gilbertson (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Frances Schultz, Karen Tompkins, Neda Navob, Nina Griscom (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Kathy Prounis, Alexia Leuschen (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Elaine Arace, Kate McNamara (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)
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Michael Kovner, Susanne Clary (credit: Patrick McMullan // Owen Hoffmann)