|By Hilary Geary Ross
It wasn’t a white Christmas in Palm Beach but I was humming “it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas” as we opened the door to the beautiful casa of Emilia and Pepe Fanjul for their annual Christmas dinner.
The Fanjuls’ grand house was decorated for the holiday with wreaths, holly, garlands, poinsettia, mistletoe and best of all, a fifteen foot tall fully decorated Christmas tree surrounded by tons, tons, and tons of presents. The beauteous Emilia greeted us in a silver and white Azzarro, Pepe was "best dressed" in velvet smoking jacket, and everyone else looked very glam in their black tie finery as we sipped cocktails in the wood paneled library with Christmas cards from their worldwide assortment of friends on display.
Afterwards we were ushered into a seated dinner starting with Leek and Potato soup, Roast Beef and Buche de Noël for dessert.
Amongst the guests were Alfy and Raysa Fanjul (she gets the best dressed award in silver sequins pants) Brian and Mila Mulroney, Lally Weymouth, Christina de Caramen, Percy Steinhart, Pauline Pitt and Gerry Seag, Raymond and Maria Floyd, Pari Sima Pahlavi, Dixon and Arriana Boardman, Peggy Siegal, Arnaud and Alexandra De Borchgrave, John Mashek, Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone and more.
What do you do when a dear friend creates a book? Well, throw a party and that is exactly what Wilbur and I did when the great Harry Benson and John Loring got together to create Tivoli Gardens.
Harry Benson is one of the world's greatest photographers and is the only living photographer to have a retrospective at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC amongst other numerous achievements.
John Loring has penned more than a dozen books so this is a must buy! Everyone popped in to toast the duo from Paige Rense and Ken Noland to Arnold Scaasi, Parker Ladd, Arnaud and Alexandra de Borchgrave, Michele and Howard Kessler, Muffy and Don Miller, Sharon Hoge, Terry Kramer and Nick Simunek, Gigi Arledge, Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola, Hillie Mahoney, Tom Quick and more.
|Catching up with Palm Beach: The March of Dimes “Glitz” fundraiser was held at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on December 14th. The theme was “007 Bond Style.”
Among the guests were Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Victor Spillatra and his fiancée, and Carlos and Renee Morrison.
After dinner the guests danced to the “Sultans of Swing. For the final event there was an “art performance” when a nearly naked girl was rolled out on a platform daubed in gold paint a la “Goldfinger.”
Lori Stoll and Annie Falk chaired the evening.
|That toddlin' town Chicago: More than 1300 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on a Saturday earlier this month for the 49th annual Children’s Ball which is sponsored by the Medical Research Institute Council (MRIC) of Children’s Memorial Hospital. The ball was a celebration of the MRIC 2007 campaign which raised $3.1 million for pediatric medical research.
Co-chairs were Lisa Lewis of Oak Park and Jenny Patinkin of Chicago. The theme was Galaxy Gala, a nod to the era of space exploration of the 1950s and 60s.
The space ship theme was evident from the cocktail hour with time machines, an alien band of musicians, robotic drink-dispensing machines as well as roaming “alien” guests in black tie.
|Michael Lerich’s 17-piece orchestra provided the evening’s soundtrack, with professional dancers boogeying on stage with the crowd boogeying on the dance floor.
They announced the co-chairs of the 2008 campaign and ball: Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and Emily Emmerman. The Medical Research Institute Council was established in 1951 as a private independent initiative to raise funds for innovative biomedical research. Since 1991, the MRIC has been raising funds exclusively for research at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by rankings published in the U.S. News & World Report. Its physicians are on the faculty at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
|Photographs by Brent Jenkins (Glitz).|