|More than 500 guests visited the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) for the Eleventh Annual Summer Gala, sponsored by Lexus in Newport.
It was an industrial building transformed for revelry with flickering lanterns, towering panels of black and citron fabric, and a classic Beetle Cat sailboat positioned center stage, complete with Hollywood-star lighting. People came to support two organizations that make Newport wholly unique -- tying this waterfront city to its maritime past and present. The theme of the evening, "A New Launch," celebrated the joining of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting. The event raised a record-breaking sum of $660,000.
Joe Dockery and Carol O'Malley—who together surpassed the fund-raising record they achieved as chairs of last year's event—were joined at the gala by title sponsor Lexus; platinum sponsors Castello delle Regine, Condé Nast Publications, Prestige Lexus of Ramsey (N.J.), and Sentient Jet Membership; and a host of ardent supporters who together made the evening a great success.
World-class sailor and journalist Gary Jobson served as auctioneer for a series of items prized by those who value their time on the water and world travel. In addition to the live auction, platinum sponsor Sentient Jet Membership hosted a Collectors' Gallery, which included exotic vacation opportunities and art objects.
The gala crowned an entire weekend of festivity, including an opening reception for an exhibition and sale of American marine art to benefit IYRS and the Museum of Yachting at William Vareika Fine Arts, an auction preview party on Friday staged around the Museum's three new exhibitions, on-the-water activities aboard a fleet of classic and modern yachts, and a farewell brunch at the New York Yacht Club.
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|Chicago’s old guard and gilded youth gathered at The Casino for the Chicago Branch of the English-Speaking Union’s annual gala, The Ascot Ball.
The evening featured cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the music of Stanley Paul and his Orchestra.
The House of Harry Winston was chief sponsor for the evening. A Harry Winston lacquer fountain pen with a palladium-plated diamond pave cap and clip was raffled off and won by Faye T. Pantazelos of gold-level sponsor the New Century Bank. The Lorelei Foundation and Citi Smith Barney also sponsored the evening.
Chicago Branch President Joan M. Templeton served as co-chair of the gala. The Ascot Ball raises funds for a variety of scholarships, particularly the annual Shakespeare Competition, which provides scholarship funds for Chicago-area high school students.