Monday, November 26, 2007

Chicago, Atlanta, L.A., Palm Beach, & Miami

The 15 past Harvard Club of Chicago presidents with the current president, architect Margaret McCurry
The Harvard Club of Chicago is the oldest Harvard Club in the world. The Club held a gala reception and dinner in early November at the Chicago Hilton to commemorate its 150th birthday. Drew Faust, Harvard’s new president and its first woman president, attended. This was the first Harvard Club that President Faust has visited since taking office this past October. Harvard’s new president is also an eminent historian, an academic leader, and an expert on the Civil War.

President Faust presented the Club president Margaret McCurry with a sketch of the Johnston Gate which still proudly stands in the Harvard Yard in Cambridge.

Tom and Gaile Leahy
The festivities included a visit from members of the Harvard University Glee Club who flew in from Boston for the occasion. They sang pieces from their repertoire and college fight songs plus “The Ode to the President” that is always sung upon a Harvard president’s inauguration.

Guests also viewed The Harvard Club of Chicago – 1857 through 2007, a book of almost 200 pages written by several Club members for the occasion and relating the history of the club founded by six Harvardians including Samuel Greeley, class of 1844. Greeley’s descendents were North Shore residents and were instrumental in founding the Greeley School in Winnetka.

Chairing the dinner was Paul Choi of Northbrook. Nancy Berman and Richard Shepro of Chicago, Robert Hastings of Kenilworth, Walter Keats of Wilmette and Suzanne McCullagh of Winnetka, were members of the celebration committee.

Alumni guests included Chicago Public Schools head, Arne Duncan, A. Robert Abboud, Leo Mullin and David Vitale, former executives of the First National Bank of Chicago, Adele Smith Simmons, former head of the MacArthur Foundation; Roger Myerson, 2007 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics; Charles P. Slichter, former Overseer of Harvard University from 1970 to 1996.

Fifteen of the past presidents of the Harvard Club of Chicago also attended. They were Frank Bixby, Richard Burnstine, John Challenger, Craig Coit, William Hall, Alan Hammerman, Robert Hastings, George Heisler, Lawrence Howe, Thomas James, Christopher Janus, Leo Mullin, Mari Terman, Desmond Wong and Charles Zeitlin.
Christopher and Chaffee Haskell
Hanna Stotland and Kristin Rakowski
Gina and Roger Myerson (2007 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics)
Jack Riordan, President Drew Faust, and David Vitale
Liz Stein with Northwestern University Law Professor Steve Presser
Mary Finnegan and Stephen Baird
Lisa Choi and John Himmelfarb
Marilyn and David Vitale
Amelia Silva, James Hilboldt, and Barbara Rinella
Glee Club members Sam Strike and Chris van Buren with Sarah Levine
Atlanta, G.A. — Late last month, art supporters in Atlanta converged on Lenox Mall to kick off the 12th Annual High Arts Day. Participants enjoyed an early-bird shopping spree at Bloomingdale’s, private visits to two of Atlanta’s finest homes and guided tours of Inspiring Impressionism and Louvre Atlanta: The Louvre and the Ancient World — the Museum’s two premier fall exhibitions. High Arts Day is one of several annual Art Partners events that raise funds for the High Museum of Art.

The sponsors for High Arts Day were Georgia Power, Nalley Automotive and SOVEREIGN. Additional partners included Bloomingdale’s, Lenox Square and Scapes Signature Landscaping. Media partners are Flavors Magazine and The Atlantan.

Art Partners at the High Museum of Art

Formerly the Members Guild, Art Partners is a dynamic social and volunteer member group in Atlanta that supports the Museum with events, programs and fundraisers. Members of Art Partners enjoy exclusive programs and educational opportunities, including visits to artists’ studios and galleries, tours of private art collections and a variety of social gatherings on a monthly basis.

Art Partners holds four annual fundraisers for the Museum: High Arts Day, The Big Finish, The Artful Garden Tour, and Vive le Polo!
Co-Chair Anne Sapp, Bloomingdale's General Manager Tom Abrams, Co-Chair Marion Ventulett, and Art Partners President Marilyn Cain
The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s Media Arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema.

In November 2005 the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit
Co-Chair Marion Ventulett, Committee member Katherine Davey, and Co-Chair Anne Sapp make sure everything is in order before guests arrive
Nalley representatives James Jackson and Ed Sweeney wait to greet guests
Nola Hartzfeld, Jan Hartzfeld, and Paula Brasch check in
Karen McNatt, Margaret Hathaway, and Olivia Holt enjoy the continental breakfast
Polly Denur and Bobbi Kornblit enjoy the shopping
Veronique Krafft-Jones tries on the hats
Heading for the buses
Marilyn Cain tells everyone about Art Partners
Arriving at the Hardin home
Touring the Living Room of the Hardin home
Keisha Quinn from Nalley Automotive shows off the Jaguar
Arriving at the Ellis home
The dining room at the Ellis home
Docent Nan Tucker, Bob Clayton, Patra Evans, and Lynne Douglas tour the den of the Ellis home
Checking out the silent auction
One of the many unique centerpieces, this one by artist Juanita Kaufman
Cecelia Ratcliffe greets her friends Dale Stice, Daisy Richardson, Betsy Holland, and Pam Wakefield
Gill Roberts and Deirdre Finan make purchasing decisions
Enjoying lunch with friends
Marcia Tantum, Caye Teegarden, and Connie Denihan
Burma Weller and Kevin McBride flanked by Bloomingdale's models during the luncheon
Kathryn Roberts from the High's Advancement department
Joani Gruczkowski from DE Fine Art shows off her "catch"
Etienne Le Grand and Stephanie Russell are excited about their purchases
Tom Abrams and Mara Maddox from Bloomingdale's are happy with a tree to decorate their offices
Penny Nett and Joan Whitcomb admire the sculpture
Touring Louvre and the Ancient World
The Eye of Josephine galleries
Margaret Hathaway (left) and friend heading home
Kay Summers, Anne Sapp, Katherine Davey, and Marion Ventulett. The day's over and it was a good one!
West Palm Beach — They recently held 4th International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach. The conference was under the direction of James A. Orsini, DVM, DACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. The goals of this three-day conference, are for the better understanding, prevention and treatment of Laminitis and other diseases of the equine foot.

Mr. and Mrs. John K. Castle are the driving force and leadership behind this conference  and were among the major sponsors. Their efforts were made in loving memory and legacy of their beloved horse Spot. Spot, an Appaloosa, became afflicted with Laminitis. Vowing to do whatever they could to encourage research into this disease, the Castle’s granted the seed money for the First Laminitis Conference in 2001 and have been deeply involved ever since.
James Orsini, Theresa Garofalo, John Castle, and John Garofalo
The Castles were honored during the conference for their support and leadership.  Other major sponsors include Merial, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Purnia Mills. Also honored were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jackson, owners of Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby champion who succumbed to the same disease. Barbaro’s trainer Michael Matz was a featured speaker.

Among the awards presented were The Spot Castle Courage Award for advancing clinical treatment and management of Laminitis and The Spot Castle Awareness Award for promoting interest and support of the conference mission. 

The conference is a joint effort of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. This year’s conference offered something for everyone from veterinarian, owner, trainer, breeder and anyone who loves horses. There were topical sessions and workshops as well as the inaugural Foot Bowl – an intercollegiate game of education and fun.
Toni Orsini, John and Marianne Castle, and James Orsini
Marianne Castle with Larry and Bonnie Steinbaum
Kristin Chaney and Rustin Moore
Chris Pollitt, Andrew Vaneps, and Claire Underwood
Mark and Carol Zebrowski, Patty Welch, and Toni Orsini
Ashley Stokes and Amanda House
Kate Judge, Denise Rotko, and Kathryn Watts
Mr. and Mrs. Renirie with Aaron Gygax
Los Angeles, C.A. — On the first Monday in November, more than 50 dinners featuring prominent writers and celebrities were hosted in private homes throughout greater Los Angeles. Each host gave a dinner for a minimum of 16 guests — including the host, hostess, author, and author’s guest.

Participating writers included A. Scott Berg, Laurence Bergreen, Jackie Collins, Phyllis Diller, Janet Fitch, Mark Frost, Bob Newhart, Jay McInerney, Sidney Poitier, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, David L. Ulin, Marianne Wiggins, and Gore Vidal.

Hal and Eunice David join hosts Jane and Steve Ackerman
Hosts included Judi and Gordon Davidson, Carrie and Stuart Ketchum, Nancy Livingston, Veronique Peck, Nelson and Sharon Rising, Carla and Fred Sands, Geneva and Chuck Thornton, Mary Lu and Gordon Tuthill, and Liane and Richard Weintraub.

A special reception honoring the authors, hosts, and event patrons was held the day before on November 4th at Central Library with an elegant dinner held afterward at The California Club. 

This is the sixth consecutive series of literary dinners, which began in 1997 and have taken place every two years. The 2007 Literary Feasts have raised the most money to date — more than $600,000 — with all net proceeds supporting children’s and teen reading programs at the Los Angeles Public Library.

The Literary Feasts were organized by The Council of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, an organization of 350 civic-minded members who serve as ambassadors for the Library, facilitate special programs and fundraising events; and increase public awareness of the library’s resources.  In the years since 1994, members of The Council have raised more than $12 million to fund programs and services for the Los Angeles Public Library. Joan Hotchkis and Carol Mancino were the 2007 Literary Feasts co-chairs and Veronique Peck served as honorary chair.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles was founded in 1992 to encourage private support through memberships, corporate sponsorships, gifts, trusts, and bequests for the benefit of the Los Angeles Public Library. To date, the foundation has raised more than $75 million to help support the Central Library and its 71 neighborhood branches with everything from new books and materials to capital improvements, reading enrichment programs, technology, cultural events, and exhibitions.
Nathaniel Philbrick and his wife join dinner hostess Judith Krantz
Author Da Chen joins his hosts Celeste Pinto and Tom McClain
Nathaniel Philbrick with hosts Amanda and Nicholas Stonnington
Library Council President Betsy Applebaum with Jay McInerney
Lisa See with her son Chris Kendall
Author Laurence Begreen with host Judi Davidson
Marilyn and Alan Bergman
Gore Vidal with host Nancy Olson Livingston
L.A. City Librarian Fontayne Holmes with A. Scott Berg
Phyllis Diller entertains the gathering of authors and hosts
Down in Miami, Sergio Rossi Creative Director, Edmundo Castillo, made his first appearance at the Bal Harbour boutique to meet and greet Miami’s social set and celebrate the sexy and feminine Fall/Winter collection.

Hostesses Rachel Alters, Vivian Kurzweil, Tina Carlo, Lisa Heiden, Page Haggarty, Jennifer Quinton and Lizzy Dascal along with other VIP’s, were able to get their new Sergio Rossi shoes personally signed by Edmundo.

However, the featured shoe of the evening and one that was purchased by many guests was Sergio Rossi’s ‘Veronika’, a patent leather stiletto that has been worn by Cameron Diaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Mendes, Rosario Dawson, Alicia Keys and Demi Moore.

In honor of Edmundo’s Latin heritage guests sipped on Mojitos and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres while mingling and shopping the new collection. Belkys Nerey, Candela Ferro, Dana Shear and store manager, Arnaldo Colon, were also in attendance.

Born in Puerto Rico, Edmundo Castillo’s fascination with shoes began as a teenager.  After attending Altos de Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic, Castillo moved to New York City and started working in established shoe stores where shoes became a true passion. Castillo has worked with designers such as Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY men’s shoes and in 1999, took his first steps toward creating his own line of shoes for women. He started designing at Sergio Rossi in 2004. Today, having perfectly encapsulated Sergio Rossi’s strong heritage, he excels in re-interpreting the essence of the brand extending it on the international scene.

In June 2001, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Castillo with the Perry Ellis Award for Best Accessories Designer.
Arnaldo Colon with the Hostesses
Megean Schasel and Tiffany Ortiz
Belkys Nerey and Arnaldo Colon
Natalia Diaz and Cesar Sotomayor
Candela Ferro and Edmundo Castillo
Arnaldo Colon fitting a guest
Hortensia de Sdminihac and Vivianne Kurzweil
Bettina Alvarez and Michelle Feller
Jessica Pfefer and Carol Bell
Tina Carlo and Edmundo Castillo
Dana Shear, Sharon Polo, and Laurie McWilliams
Back to Chicago where the Solti Foundation celebrated the life of Sir Georg Solti at The Casino in Chicago this past November 7th on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Before the dinner, there was a concert by sopranos Nicole Cabell and Marjorie Evans and baritone Quinn Kelsey who sang melodies by Bellini, Puccini and Gershwin. John Sharp, principal cellist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played an Adagio and Allegro by Handel. Sir Andrew Davis, music director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, acted as the master of ceremonies for the evening. For a finale, violinist Rachel Barton Pine played a movement from the Richard Strauss Sonata in E-flat Major.

The Solti Foundation was formed to assist outstanding young American musicians at the start of their professional careers. The awardees are Solti’s legacy to the world of music. Anthony Barrese, a young conductdor, was announced as the 2007 Solti Foundation Award winner.
Carolyn and Jack McHugh
Mitzi Freidheim and Maggie Daley
Sir Georg was conductor of the Chicago Symphony from 1969 to 1991, and Laureate Conductor until his death in 1997. Much loved and revered, Sir Georg is remembered by many friends and associates throughout the world.

Honorary Chairman of the Foundation is Lady Solti, who flew in from London for the event. Renee Fleming is the Honorary President. Chairing the dinner was Mitzi Freidheim of Chicago. Mrs. Freidheim announced that the net proceeds from the dinner were more than $150,000. The event was sponsored by the Bessemer Trust.

Members of the dinner committee included Mary Gray, Diana Davis Mason, Elaine Muchin, and Amelia Silva of Chicago, Kay Mabie of Northbrook, Lyn Little and Cathy Osborn of Winnetka, Ingrid McNeill of Wilmette, and Avis Herseth of Oak Park. The musical community was well represented by William Mason, president of the Lyric Opera, Deborah Card of the Chicago Symphony, Bernard Haitink, Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony, Adolph Herseth, former principal trumpet of the Symphony, and Sel Kardan of the Music Institute of Chicago.
Lady Valerie Solti and Mitzi Freidheim
Michelle Jameson and Irene Pritzker
Diana Davis with William and Carol Vance
Sarah Kane
James and Maxine Farrell
Nancy Kempf and Carolyn Thomas
Nicole Cabell and William Mason
Jo Moseley and James Mabie

Photographs by Dan Rest (Harvard); Howard Pasamanick (L.A.)
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