Special thanks to our friend Shawn Punch who sent me this picture he took of us on the red carpet at the Charity Water Ball last week. He’s got great stuff you can check out at his website: http://www.shawnpunch.com
Archive for December, 2008
Though the non-profit organization, Charity Water, is only three years old, I don’t think you could find a person in city who would say they haven’t made a splash in the New York charity circuit while also aiding thousands of people with over 1000 water projects in 13 developing nations including Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Rwanda.
As Adrian guided the program, our friend Richie Rich drank his “bubbles” and brought his usual cheer, “The Hills” actors Whitney Port and Olivia Palermo scmoozed as cameras for their new show “The City” tagged along, model Camilla Barungi educated others about the benefits of the African Moringa supplement, designer Keith Lissner mingled with other fashion forwards, and our favorite crew of Scott, Naeem, Liam McMullan and Lydia Hearst surveyed the scene.
Following the tradition from last year’s gala, a runway was set up where brave souls carried 80 pounds of water in gas tanks from one end to the other to symbolize how the people in places such as Ethiopia must carry dirty water (to drink) in these empty gas containers. We carried a few jugs ourselves with each jug generating $40 dollars in donations from a corporate sponsor (they were heavy even for Olympians!).
Highlights of the night included commiserating with musician Amos Lee (who performed at the gala) about life on the road, listening to Charity Water’s founder Scott Harrison’s tell about his incredible journey from a New York scene promoter to philanthropist as he thanked the gathered crowd, and chatting with the very nice Adrian Grenier about the Olympics and Charity Water.
Lastly, we would be remiss if we failed to mention that we are looking forward to more fun at the Guest of a Guest Holiday party tonight!
I’m going to try to upload a new work out video each week around Tuesday. Please let me know what you think and also if you have any questions.
This seems really well intentioned, and I’m loving that we are even trying to raise money for the athletes, and that anyone would donate anything is also amazing, especially in these times of economic turmoil, but this sign at the recent NAC competition in Colorado, Springs was just too funny.
Fill in the blank…
$5 a month will help provide a fencer with______________________________
In the first competition of the new season, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, I took home my first gold medal on the North American Cup Circuit. I have finished 2nd and 3rd on many occasions, but this time I finally broke through for a victory!
Posted by Jason Rogers
On Friday, we performed a New York rarity: hosted a party for nothing more chance to see all of our friends before the holidays steal them away for the winter. The evening proved to be an interesting scene, and was definitely a nexus of the old and the new.
That is, old friends including athletic trainers Scott Weiss and Marc Bruck and Olympic Silver Medalist compatriots James Williams and Erinn Smart intermingled casually with new friends Richie Rich, Adrien Field, Nicole Sawyer and Geraldine Laiz (aka Little Richie).
Guests sipped on Green Tea Sake Martinis (the drink of the night) and admired the hip décor of one of Chelsea’s newest, coolest Japanese restaurants, Rock N Sake, which although seeming like an odd place for a Christmas party did not disappoint when it came to providing the requisite holiday cheer.
Vanity Fair online’s Society and Style section had an article about all the events in NYC last night and how Michael Phelps, Oprah and Britney were all within blocks of each other.
In their write up of the Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the year” party they mentioned four people that were in attendance– Michael Phelps, Eli Manning…(and then amazingly they mentioned)…Jason Rogers and me!
From Vanity Fair:
“Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers, the Olympic silver medalists in fencing who have been very conspicuously making the party rounds in Manhattan lately. “
Totally funny. Are we making progress to promote our sport? (Hope so!) Kudos to Vanity Fair writer Jessica Flint for the mention…we’ll have to get her fencing sometime soon!
Michael Phelps Honored as SI “Sportsman of the Year” as NY Giants Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs, NY Ranger Legend Mike Richter and Olympic Silver Medalists Tim Morehouse and Jason Rogers Turn out to honor HimDecember 3, 2008
Tuesday night at the Gehry designed IAC building, legends of New York City sports and several hundred guests turned out to honor Michael Phelps as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
Special guests included New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, (perhaps a long lost brother of Phelps?), running back Brandon Jacobs, NHL Hall of Fame Ranger Mike Richter, Super Mom Deborah Phelps, NY Giants legend Harry Carson, several NHL players and yours truly Olympic Medalists/Good Guys/Fencing Promoters Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse.
Why the rave reviews? Cabanas, amazing food, synchronized swimmers performing in the pool mid-party (seriously!), women’s soccer team members doing conga lines with their gold medals, every athlete in attendance(post competition of course!) and the list goes on and on…
Sadly, in Beijing there were no SI parties (although any rumor of one spread like wildfire), but luckily they had this one in NYC! And true to form, the party did not disappoint. The AIC space was decked out with the SI logo (pillows on the couches to the logo on the napkins), the music was rocking and a cool electronic wall sported various sponsors logos and Olympic highlights. And as would be expected, copious amounts of the Michael Phelps SI issue were strategically placed throughout the space.
Brandon Jacobs proudly showed off his super bowl ring (so big that it would be a bracelet for most people), Eli Manning was extremely gracious, staying long after most athletes had left to talk to fans, take pictures and sign autographs. Mike Richter chatted about the good old days of the Rangers, and super mom Deborah Phelps was even in attendance and she mixed and mingled with all the athletes like a true pro while keeping a motherly eye on her son .
Where will we be next?
You can catch up with us from 6:30pm-9pm on Friday at our Holiday Cocktail Party at Rock N Sake (139 W. 25th).
Olympic Medalists Jason Rogers and Tim Morehouse Join Scott, Naeem and Lydia Hearst at Aspen for the Trinity Place Shelter FundraiserDecember 3, 2008
Post by Jason Rogers
Given that there was no snow on the ground in New York City, we thought we should pay a a quick visit to Aspen for the night…Aspen Lounge that is. As guests of friends Scott Buccheit and Naeem Delbridge (the famed Scott and Naeem of Guestofaguest.com), we hung out fireside in the Chelsea area lounge and bought raffle tickets to support the Trinity Place Shelter.
I am sad to report that neither I nor Tim had the good fortune of winning any prizes, which ranged from round trip airfair on Jet Blue to a full treatment at appropriately titled men’s spa, Why Not. However, the ironry of the latter prize’s being won by the always lovely Lydia Hearst was entertainment enough to soothe our disappointment.