|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 www.Graeters.com and they'll Fedex it to your door.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Kravis & Zoo).|