Friday, February 1, 2008

More Palm Beach

Palm Beach Zoo gala decor.
By Hilary Geary Ross

Back to Palm Beach for more fun in the sun. First stop was Lee and Ali Hanley’s for a cozy tiny dinner. But as this is Palm Beach, the most glamorous small town in the world, it was also a dazzling little dinner with guests like former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his beautiful wife Mila, plus five time NY Times best selling author and columnist Ann Coulter, charming Maria and Bruce Bockmann who’ve just bought a house in PB, plus my husband Wilbur Ross. The venue was the Hanleys’ divine Keith Irvine decorated, Architectural Digest-featured, Ballinger Award winning house filled with treasures including both contemporary and traditional paintings, and decorated in bright colors that make you smile, as do the Lee and Ali’s adorable pooches running around -- Coco Bunny, Clementine, and Daisy.
L. to r.: Hostess Ali Hanley and her adorable pooches; Brian Mulroney; Mila Mulroney.
Clockwise from above left: Mila Mulroney, Wilbur Ross, and Ali Hanley; Brian Mulroney in the Hanley's living room; Ann Coulter and Bruce Bockmann.
After cocktails on the loggia we headed into the candlelit dining room to feast on a  menu of salad, veal, and best of all dessert -- my most favorite ice-cream in the world Graeters. You can order this tasty treat at and they'll Fedex it to your door.

Lisa Selby, birthday boy Steve Deering, and Sue Belle Robbins
What do you do when you are chairing a benefit and need to choose a menu? Well, the answer is a foodies dream! Go have a tasting to choose and possibly tweak the choices. So off I went to the fabled Breakers hotel to check out possible menus for the Preservation benefit to be held March 7th. This is certainly one of the highlights of running a benefit, tasting a ton of food  all for a good cause -- if only it was calorie-free.

Next stop was Steve Deering’s “Le Salon” to take a peek at Lisa Selby’s collection of very wearable Chanel-style knits by Myra.

These made-to-order suits, coats and dresses are not only great looking but wonderful for traveling, as the fabric is lightweight, really seasonless yet heavy enough to hide those nasty lumps and bumps.

Speaking of Steven Deering, everybody’s favorite hairdresser in Palm Beach, it was his birthday on Sunday so Jeannie and Dick Pearman along with Bill Bernard and Catherine Cahill tossed a surprise party for him at Pizza al Fresco with pizzas, pastas, salads, and of course a birthday cake from Blue Provence topped with Sparklers.

Among the gang toasting the birthday boy were Pat Wood, Robin and John Pickett, Liz and Stretch Gardiner, Sandy and Buddy Thompson, Sarah Murphy and more.
Clockwise from above left: Lisa Selby with a selection of black and white knits by Myra; Pastel knits by Myra; Myra Easter egg jackets on display at Steven Deering's shop; Maggy Scherer taking a peek at Lisa Selby's Chanel-type knits by Myra at Steven Deering's shop.
The Palm Beach Zoo held its 2008 Dinner Dance last Friday in the Grand Ballroom of Mar a Lago in Palm Beach. This important social event is the primary fund raising event for the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, and it was a tremendous hit. In recent years, the event has raised more than one million dollars to support the Palm Beach Zoo. The Bob Hardwick Orchestra and Bruce Sutka International were engaged for the party, the planning of which was under the creative direction of  Renee Wood

Jimmy and Charlene Nederlander with Melania Trump
Kane Baker, Chairman of the Board for the Palm Beach Zoo said, “This party is always a highlight of the social season in Palm Beach, and it stands out because the benefactors know they are supporting a cause that has a direct connection to the environment. They can realize that benefaction by introducing their children and grandchildren to a real and wonderful place.”

Dr. Terry L. Maple, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo said, “I am always amazed and deeply moved by the generosity that people show when asked to support the zoo. I think people in the Palm Beaches have a genuine love for animals and for the natural world. They have chosen to live in one of the nation’s most beautiful environments, and they are determined to have an excellent zoo for their children, grandchildren, and their community.”

The Palm Beach Zoo is a non profit zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach, housing over 1,500 animals within 23 acres of lush tropical habitat. Its mission is to provide an open-air classroom of living creatures to foster awareness, appreciation and respect for the natural world.
Stephen and Elizabeth Sans
Luis and Lillian Fernandez
Kelly and Danielle Hickox Moore
Anthony Baker and Mona de Sayve
Tiffany and Doug Raborn
Brian O'Connor and Tina Flaherty
Kirstin and Averell Harriman Fisk
Robert Spencer and Valerie Fleming
Ginny and Guy Millner
Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone with Candy Hamm
Callista and Newt Gingrich with Gay Gaines
Kathy and Alan Bleznak
Lavinia Baker Logan with Kane and Mary Baker
Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter
Ralph and Colby Gaines with Gay and Stanley Gaines
Donald Trump, Tippi Hedren, Melania Trump, and Frances Hayward
Mark Freitas and Mary Fairbanks
Tippi Hedren and Frances Hayward
Ann and Bill Mann
Charlene Nederlander and James Kaufman
Lesly Smith, Winston Guest, and Renee Wood
Tricia and Tom Quick
Charlene Nederlander, Herbert Ward, and Margo MacNabb
Donald and Melania Trump
Talbott Maxey and Tom Quick
Mayor Jack MacDonald and Kim Campbell
Lesly Smith and Jim Walsh
Tim and Susan Bodnar Malloy
Alynn Massey and John Baily
Charles and Amanda Schumacher
Gay and Stanley Gaines
Mark Stevens and Suzette Smith
Frances Hayward and Jimmy Nederlander
Tim and June Rooney
Youthful exuberance prevailed at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ for the annual Gala Benefit two weeks ago. Dancers from the Joffrey Ballet performed their “Cool Vibrations” program to the music of Prince, Motown and the Beach Boys for the evening’s attendees.

Taking a cue from the title of the Joffrey program, Rafanelli Events washed the Gimelstob Ballroom of the Weiner Banquet Center in “hot and cool” colors of fuchsia and turquoise for the black-tie dinner dance that followed the performance.

Helen K. Persson
More than 300 people attended. Proceeds from the evening help sustain the Kravis Center’s $19 million operating budget for diverse programming, including the center’s comprehensive arts education and community outreach programs. Laurie Silvers, a member of the Kravis Center Board of Directors, was Chairman of the festive event.

The Kravis Center honored one of its longtime supporters by announcing the Helen K. Persson Endowment Society as the center focuses on building its permanent endowment. The Persson Society recognizes members whose financial contributions to the Kravis Center’s permanent endowment will keep the center operating for generations to come. Kravis Center Chairman William A. Meyer made the announcement during the gala.

“It fills me with great pride and humility to have my name associated with this very important society,” Mrs. Persson told those who attended the gala. “I am ecstatic about the possibilities that a strong and healthy permanent endowment creates for the future of the Kravis Center.”In her remarks to the crowd, Silvers recognized those who lent support to the Kravis Center Gala Benefit. Carole and Barry Kaye/Barry Kaye Associates generously sponsored the performance by the Joffrey Ballet and Grand Sponsor Carol Cohen sponsored the gala décor in memory of her late husband, Kravis Center Founding Director Julian Cohen.
Bill and Denise Meyer
Mary Schott, Ira Harris, and Lewis Schott
Other sponsors of the evening included The Breakers, Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob, Sidney and Dorothy Kohl, George and Paula Michel, Jane M. Mitchell, Helen K. Persson and Van Cleef & Arpels. Additional support was provided by Tiffany & Co., Lawrence and Florence DeGeorge, Kenneth and Elaine Langone, Patricia and Alan Lebow and Hillie Mahoney.

Silvers also thanked members of the 2007-2008 Gala Benefit Host Committee, including her husband Mitchell Rubenstein, Hollywood Media Corp., Alexander  and Renate Dreyfoos, Barbara and Jerome Golden, Cindy and Ted Mandes, Sydelle and Arthur Meyer, Denise and William Meyer, Jane M. Mitchell, JPMorgan Private Bank, Alexander “Sandy” Myers and Barbara K. Sommers, Michael Bracci/Northern Trust, Helen K. Persson, Dan Ponton, Lewis and Mary Schott, University of Miami, Department of Medical Development, Leo and Kathryn Vecellio and the Weitz Company.
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Jane Mitchell and Jeff Bland
Paula and George Michel
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
Jeff Johnson and Christiane Ouvier
Alec and Miriam Flamm
Barbara Sommers and Sandy Myers
Julie and Amin Khoury
Ted and Cindy Mandes
Barry and Carole Kaye
Alex and Renate Dreyfoos
Jerry and Barbara Golden

Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Kravis & Zoo).

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