Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Florence, Miami, and Palm Beach Social Diary

Palazzo Corsini in Florence.
FLORENCE, ITALY — Famed fashion photographer, Raphael Mazzucco, kept Italy waiting at a celebration in honor of his new limited edition coffee table book, The Collected Art, hosted by celebrity art dealer, Andy Valmorbida.

Mazzucco was unable to attend the rendezvous as he was shooting Bar Rafaeli for Sports Illustrated in the Grenadines. Guests at the Palazzo Corsini in Florence for the exclusive dinner included Margherita Missoni, Eugenie Niarchos, Francesca Versace, Laura Gucci, Leonardo Ferragamo, Dasha Zhukova (girlfriend of Roman Abramovich) and Fawaz Gruosi (owner of de Grisogono).
Erin Quiros, Fawaz Gruosi, and friend
Jane and Graze Balzarini
Dasha Zhukova
Ida Buer
Leonardo Ferragamo and Erin Quiros
John Coote and Maria Valmorbida
Margherita Missoni and Francesca Versace
Vildane Zeneli and her guest, John
Sandy Meyer and Ermanno Scervino
PALM BEACH, FL — On Friday, November 14, Andrea and Brian Kosoy, Nicole and Ryan Munder, Tracy and Matthew Smith, Darcie and Joel Kassewitz, and Crissy Poorman and Doug Luce joined Maybach at a sunset cocktail reception, which showcased Maybach’s 62 S model. The evening benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida.

Oscar de la Renta models
Highlights of the evening, which took place poolside at the club, included gaming at four tables, which included roulette, blackjack, and craps, in and among the exceptional cars. The gaming aspect of the evening was considered to be a kickoff to the Make-A-Wish® Bootlegger’s Ball held every March.

Maybach generously donated the grand prize for the night, which was ten hours (date is the winner’s choice) in a chauffeur-driven Maybach 62 S. Oscar de la Renta showcased an assortment of his magnificent collection of jewelry and gowns.

The evening of bringing visions to life benefitted Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida, making dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Each year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida, the fourth largest wish granting chapter in the world, fulfills the wishes of more than 500 children in 13 South Florida counties who have life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida, please call 954.967.9474, or visit www.sfla.wish.org.
Darcie and Joel Kassewitz
Doug Luce and Crissy Poorman
Katherine Lande and Brandie Herbst
Elisabeth Munder, Andrea Kosoy, Claudia Player, and Nancy Kloberg
Tom Clinton and Nicole Munder
Nicole Munder and Norm Wedderburn
Tracy and Arna Smith
Steven Stolman and Alicia Bythewood
MIAMI, FL — A few weeks earlier Norma and Luis Quintero, Gala and Stanley Cohen and Kendall and Robby Elias joined Maybach at another sunset cocktail reception, which showcased Maybach’s 57 and 62 S models. The evening benefitted the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida.

Highlights of the evening included a wishing well (complete with pouches of coins to wish upon), dream interpreter and informal modeling of Oscar de la Renta’s magnificent jewels and gowns.
Maybach was able to grant the wish of a 17-year old girl named Hope from Florida that has Cerebral Palsy; she will be traveling to Los Angeles to meet pop star Miley Cyrus.
Greg and Jean Marie Kouri with Charlie Berg
Hosts Norma Quintero with Stanley and Gala Cohen
Jen Klassens and Sande Taylor
Ric and Raquel Watters
Kendall Elias and Adele Graham
Angela Caraway, Jessica Pfeffer, and Tracy Galya
Marc De Navailles, Gabriela Arango, Ikebana Arango, and Krishna Arango
Ivette Diaz, Brian Elias, Alfredo Gonzalez, and Christi Elias
Oscar De La Renta models
Amy Sayfie, Gina Arcic, and Lori Del Vecchio
Andres Asion and Melissa Ramos
Back in Palm Beach ... Michael R. McCarty held his annual Thanksgiving Celebration ...
Michael R. McCarty, Christina Morgan, Alex Gulden, and Brewster Jennings
Tinsley Mortimer and Dabney Mercer
Mary Tobin and Nevin Donahue
John Ylvesaker, Piper Quinn, Andrew Quinn, and Blakely Page
Page Kahle, Alex Daigh, and Carter Kahle
Christina Matthews and Benjamin MacFarland
More from Palm Beach ... At the start of every Palm Beach season, the same issues arise with the predictability of an annual crop of corn who had her face done, who’s doing whom, and, this year, of course who has any money left? It’s all disgustingly fascinating as America’s richest resort magnifies all to excruciatingly minute detail. Why? It’s a simple matter of geography. In big burgs like New York, Chicago and LA, it’s easy to fly under the radar screen if one chooses. But on a little sliver of gilded sand like Palm Beach, everyone knows everyone’s “bizness,” which, to be brutally honest, is why a lot of folks call Palm Beach home. In other words, it ain’t a town for the painfully shy.

Victor Moore and John Tatooles
So it’s in that spirit that we bring you the barrage of pre-parties, parties and post-parties that pepper the Palm Beach Social Calendar.

Thanksgiving weekend kicked off with Bryce Lingo’s Wednesday evening drinks party in honor of the chairmen and committees for the upcoming “A Votre Sante!” block party deluxe to benefit FoundCare, the area’s new non-profit community health center for uninsured and underinsured children and adults. Last year at this time, the facility was still a construction site. Now, it’s a brand spanking new state-of-the-art primary health care center that will become the equivalent of a family pediatrician, physician, dentist and pharmacist for at least 10,000 of Palm Beach County’s quarter million uninsured.

Bryce, model handsome and about as horsey as a guy can get, hails from Delaware where his family has operated the area’s largest real estate brokerage firm, Jack Lingo, for generations. And while Rehoboth Beach and Middleburg, VA are his usual stomping grounds, he’s made quite a name for himself in Palm Beach as a gracious host. Who wouldn’t, what with a big, rambunctious Ann Downey-decorated crib to play in? All the signature Downey touches abound ... color saturated walls in shades of glazed papaya, tangerine and leaf green, leopard prints, cabana stripes, treillage and over-the-top shtick like gigantic palm tree torchieres and Moroccan lanterns plucked from some palace.
M.A., Liz, and Chip Quinn
Yolette Bonnet and children
The scene, poolside
Adding to the booze and cheese puff-fueled cocktail chatter, corporate sponsor Salvatore Ferragamo basically cleaned out their Worth Avenue store and set up a mini-boutique in the dining room, giving all guests a jump on their holiday shopping- along with a first gander at this year’s Grand Drawing First Prize- a 2009 MINI Cooper Clubman donated by Grand Benefactor Mark Brentlinger.

There ... benefits chairs Tommy Quick and Mona de Sayve, Dr. David Dodson and Donna Ross, Jimmy Tigani, Eles Gillet and Jim Kaufman, John Tatooles and Victor Moore, Jennifer Garrigues, Bob Dowling and Crosby Renwick, M.A. and Chip Quinn, Mia Morrison, Melissa Parker, Betsy Fry and Franklyn DeMarco, Lee Bierly and Chris Drake, Scot Karp and Jeff Arciniaco, Ken Wyse and Larry Laslo.
David Dodson and Donna Ross
Talbott Maxey and Mona de Sayve
Bryce Lingo and Ann Downey
Eles Gillet, Jim Kaufman, and Bryce Lingo
Mark and Mary Freitas with Tommy Quick
Trent Steele and Lydia Crozier
Connie Schackelford and daughter Jackie Breckenridge
Betsy Fry and Melissa Parker
Dan Drennan, Chris Drake, and Christopher Phillips
Betsy Fry and Franklyn DeMarco and MINI Cooper Clubman
Jennifer Garrigues and Jimmy Tigani
Bob Dowling and Connie Shackelford
Gloria and Joseph Stolman with Stacey Stolman Webb
Chad Hoeft and Matt McCormick go shopping
Models in Ferragamo fashions
Mark Montgomery, Melissa Parker, and Victor Moore
John Tatooles and Bryce Lingo
Geoffrey Thomas and Mona de Sayve
Eles Gillet and Bryce Lingo
Steven Stolman and sister Stacey Stolman Webb

Photographs by Wire Image (Mazzucco); Lucien Capehart (Ross & McCarty).
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