|"I remind myself every morning: nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening."- the words of Larry King, this year's honoree at the fourth Annual Palm Beach Dinner Dance, benefiting NARSAD (National Alliance For Research on Schizophrenia and Depression).
NARSAD has, for the past 20 years , awarded nearly $200 million to fund over 2,000 grants to 2,200 scientists at nearly 350 universities and teaching hospitals worldwide. These grants are for the support of research of the brain. NARSAD has been rated A+ by the American Institute of Philanthropy for financial efficiency, and one of the "100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. It has no Government funding, and all operating costs are covered by grants from two family foundations.
Larry King, who has conductd more than 40,000 interviews, has helped raise public awareness about mental illness by discussing his own experience with depression after his heart surgery. He has interviewed many high profile individuals who have battled depression, including Marie Osmond, Mariel Hemingway, Patti Duke and Mike Wallace. It was Mike Wallace introduced Larry King.
Last year’s honoree, Anderson Cooper, did a 5-day profile of depression on his show Anderson Cooper 360. He covered the painful ordeal his brother suffered which sadly ended in suicide. Past honorees have included Nobel Laureate John Forbes Nash, PhD., Nobel Laureate James D. Watson, M.D. PhD, and author Kathy Cronkite.
|Polly Onet, President of Ober, Onet Associates, did a masterful job creating the perfect evening. The large ballroom of the former Marjorie Merriweather Post estate (a recent addition by Donald Trump, who was seen popping in on the festivities and pledged a NARSAD donation in honor of Larry King) was transformed by dim lighting, draping fabric and hanging butterflies. During the appetizer of Lump crabmeat cocktail with roasted corn, there were acrobats from Antigravity, performing amazing feats hanging from rings and displaying amazing agility a la Cirque du Soliel. Frank Sinatra music played during dinner, herb crusted veal tenderloin and the most delicious truffle mashed potatoes ever. There was triple chocolate terrine for dessert. I am not sure how many people had a chance to taste it because, by then, the Dreamettes, complete in Dreamgirls costumes, did a fantastic interpretation of Diana Ross and the Supremes, complete with arm and hand gestures familiar to every generation there. Baby Love, Reflections, Itching In My Heart and so many other timeless classics had guests dancing past midnight --quite a feat in early-to-be Palm Beach.
It is interesting how the many generations come together for an event, and how natural the mix is. Perhaps because it is a smaller community, and due to the recent influx of younger families moving to Palm Beach , this will probably be a more common occurrence. At my table, there were people I had not seen in 30 years: a school mate of my sister’s, the sister of an old skiing pal of mine from Klosters, and the man whose apartment this writer is buying! Expert seating, courtesy of Ober,Onet!
The event Chairs included: Karen and Jerry Callaghan, Sasha Lickle, Sallie and Alex Rensselaer, Mary and Mike Wallace. Committee members and guests in attendance included: Ginny Bond, Rick Moeser, Polly Onet, CeCe Farris, Talbot Maxey, Lucy Webster, Beau and Jackie Breckenridge, Stephen M. Sans and Elizabeth Finkle, Liza Pulitzer, Warrington Gillette, Ross Meltzer, Carlos and Renee Morrison, Jonathan Mann, Laura Evans, Stephen M. W. Hofrichter, Rusty Staub, Judy Grubman, Barbara and Bill Harbach, Robert Nederlander,Pat Cook,Lily Holt and Patrick Dillon, Jennifer Garrigues,Harrison LeFrak,Garrison Lickle and Michele Henry,Hillie Mahoney,Tom Quick, Erik T. Waldin, Johnny and KC Pickett, Dale Carlson,Dragana Connaughton,Jeanne and Whitney Pidot, Ann B. Copeland, Joseph Paul Davis, Susie Dwinell, Konrad Kent Keese, Mieke Van Waveren and many others.
For more information on NARSAD go to www.narsad.org. To get involved in future NARSAD events, contact Ober, Onet & Associates.
|The Masterpieces of French Jewelry exhibition moved to The San Francisco Fine Arts Museums Legion of Honor with a Gala Opening held last month.
The exhibition will run through June 10, 2007 and will be on display in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
|Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) held its annual Palm Beach gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club on Sunday, March 11. 2007. Nearly 300 supporters of BIDMC attended the event.
Event co-chairmen for the evening were Judith and Allyn Levy. After a warm welcome from the co-chairwoman, Paul Levy, president and chief executive officer of BIDMC shared an update of the breakthroughs happening at the Medical Center and introduced the medical staff to the audience which included Dianne Anderson, RN, MS, Dr. Michael Atkins, Dr. David Avigan, Dr. Mark Callery, Dr. Lewis Cantley, Dr. Bruce Dezube, Dr. Josef Fischer, Dr. Mary Jane Houlihan, Dr. Alan Lisbon, Dr. Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Dr. Stuart Rosenberg, Dr. Jeffrey Saffitz, Hester Hill-Schnipper chief of BIDMC oncology social work, Dr. Lowell Schnipper, Dr. Mary Ann Stevenson, Dr. Peter Warnke, and Dr. Mark Zeidel.
Another highlight of the evening were remarks made to the audience by Larry Lucchino chief executive officer of the Boston Red Sox. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. His remarks were followed by Lois Silverman, chairwoman of the BIDMC board who announced that more than $15 million in donations to the Harvard teaching hospital had been made recently to support not only specific programs but also initial phases of planning for growth of the physical plant of BIDMC.
Among those on hand for the evening were Ginny and Roy MacDowell, Carol and Philip Finn, Linda and Alan Goldstein, Sandy and Robert Krakoff, Anne Moran, Randi and David Zussman, Carol and Alan LeBovidge, Darlene and Jerry Jordan, Gilda and Alfred Slifka and Nancy Katz and Edward Schwarz.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and ranks third in the National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. It operates 585 licensed beds and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. For additional information please call 617-667-7000.
|H.O.W. (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper), an affiliate of Palm Healthcare, held its 5th annual benefit, but first evening event, the “Turquoise and Denim Dinner Dance,” at the beginning of March at the Breakers on in Palm Beach.
Fern Fodiman, Andrea Stark, Kathryn Vecellio and Ruth Perelman served as chairwomen; Betsy Matthews served as honorary chairwoman. H.O.W., which was founded by Jacquie Liggett after she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer six years ago, is dedicated to raising money and awareness while informing women in Palm Beach County of the symptoms and tools available for early detection of ovarian cancer.
The H.O.W. Turquoise and Denim evening was a departure for a Palm Beach charity evening event. The dress code was denim casual and the atmosphere laid back, relaxed and full of fun! Following a lively cocktail reception, replete with a country duo washboard band and margarita bar, guests were seated for dinner in the Venetian ballroom and welcomed by Chairwomen Kathryn Vecellio, Fern Fodiman, Andrea Stark and Ruth Perelman. The ladies offered their thanks, informed guests of raffle prizes and dedicated the evening to Marilyn Weisman. Mrs. Weisman, the mother of H.O.W. board member, Cobey Rapaport, recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
|The Chairs worked tirelessly to bring together incredible raffle items for the “Turquoise and Denim Dinner,” including an 18 karat gold and diamond watch by Le D’or, valued at $13,000, donated by Neiman Marcus; an 18 karat white gold watch from Piaget, valued at $9800; a Graff watch, valued at $9600; and three watches donated by Bulgari, ranging in value from $4000 to $7000.
A live auction item, a stunning pair of turquoise and diamond drop earrings were designed by the renowned jeweler Laura Munder, who was inspired to create and donate them to H.O.W. The earrings were unveiled and presented to H.O.W. at a thematic western-style cocktail reception at Munder’s elegant Worth Avenue boutique on February 15.
The Venetian ballroom, which was styled to resemble a barn, down to the bales of hay and many authentic southwestern accents included steer horns hanging from the chandeliers, patchwork tablecloths and lanterns as table lights. Waiters donning cowboy hats and attired in western wear, served lamb chops with tomatillos in cornhusks. The innovative and high-energy Marcia Mitchell Band delighted the crowd.
Among those on hand to enjoy the evening were Jacquie and Jack Liggett, Fern and Sanford Fodiman, Andrea and John Stark, Ruth and Raymond Perelman, Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Lori and Bruce Gendelman, Cobey and Bob Rapaport, Laura Munder and Eric Gantwarg, Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Nancy and Donald Carter and Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone.
To learn more about H.O.W. and the Jacquie Liggett Fellowship, call Palm Healthcare at 561-833-6333.