Thursday, February 21, 2008

Palm Beach, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago

Maggy and Allan Scherer's party at Rory's at Michael R. McCarty's.
How sweet it is! That is all I could say after another blissful weekend in Palm Beach and especially when I chat on the phone with my New York pals moaning and groaning about the nasty weather up there!

Let me recap a typical day: After an al fresco breakfast, it's off to the bike trail that runs along the Intercoastal for a power walk to keep healthy (plus burn some calories). It’s especially delightful to cruise down this path and get a close-up look at some of the most amazing houses that line the trail. For example: Henry and Marie Josee Kravis’ new digs are almost finished in record time. Next I grabbed some lunch at home and afterwards popped into the fabled Colony Hotel to see my pal Ana Cristina Alvarado, director of Giovane Jewelry, showing off the very wearable and pretty jewelry along with some great big dazzling show-stopper rocks. And who did I spot there — Pat Cook and Bob Nederlander, also Nanette Ross with Sue Belle Robbins.
Ana Cristina Alvarado
Sue Belle Robbins and Nanette Ross
Pat Cook
Giovane jewelry collection at the Colony
Next, off to the tennis courts for a ferocious doubles game; then raced home to get spruced up for Maggy and Allan Scherer's dinner in the new private back room, "Rory's," at Michael McCarty's hot hot restaurant. The Scherer's are famous for their stylish parties and who could forget their costume party "Night in Rhajastan," or their grand Argentinian Barbeque, or their dinner dance at Club Colette which Maggy transformed with the very talented florist Bill Beers.

Ever chic Maggy enlisted Beers again at McCarty’s. They used pale pink roses, pale pink cushions along, with pink lighting flooding all over the room – making all the gals look pretty in pink. Thank you Maggy and Bill!
Maggy Scherer and Michael McCarty
The table settings at Rory's
Our hostess greeted all in a Shanghai Tang white silk top and Steve Stolman pants, while our dapper host Allan looked very snappy in his blazer and open buttoned down shirt. This time it was casual, cozy with comfort food — such menu choices as grilled steak, or chicken; and my all time favorite Graeters ice cream (too good to be true; bet you can’t NOT eat it all!) and cookies for dessert.

Among the gang were Wilbur Ross, Robin and John Pickett, David and Jill Gilmour, Kathy Ford and Frank Chopin, Michel de Bourbon Parma and Maria Pia de Savoie, Jean Tailer, Harry and Gale Theodoracopoulos, Annette Tapert and Joe Allen with houseguest Peggy Siegal in tow, former Palm Beach mayor Lesly Smith, Manalapan’s Mayor Bill  Benjamin and wife Maura, Frayda and George Lindemann, Mike McCarty, the man himself, Candy and Bill Hamm and many more
Hilary Geary, Palm Beach Social Diary
Annette Tapert and Frayda Lindemann
Joe Allen and Rod Drake
Maggy and Allan Scherer
Robin Pickett and Maura Benjamin
Peggy Siegal and Maggy Scherer
Meanwhile, down in Houston a couple of weeks ago at the Hilton Americas Hotel, the American Heart Association celebrated its 25th Anniversary “Life is a Ball,” a lavish black-and-white gala featuring a major league line-up of honorees and underwriters. The guests danced the night away to the tunes of Houston’s own Scott Gertner and enjoyed a heart-felt pre-gala reception hosted by Fulbright & Jaworski, the international law firm.

The annual Heart Ball is one of Houston’s premier social events, attracting more than 850 guests from the corporate, philanthropic, and medical communities. This year, the ball, chaired by Angela and Albert Myres and AHA board chair Wayne McConnell hit a grand slam and raised more than $1.5 million.
2008 Life's a Ball Houston Heart Ball Honorees, event chairs and VIP reception underwriters Fulbright & Jaworski gather (l. to r.): Steve Dillard, Cathy Dillard, Albert Myers, Angela Myers, Dan Duncan, Jan Duncan, Rev. Dr. William Lawson, Audrey Lawson, Kelli Coselli, and Dr. Joseph Coselli
The evening’s honorees were Dr. Joseph Coselli (medical honoree), Jan and Dan Duncan (corporate honorees), Drayton McLane (community honoree). In the crowd: Philamena and Arthur Baird, Harriet and Gilbert Gertner, Judy and Wayne McConnell, Angela and Albert Haje Myres, Anita and Gerald Smith, Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Jr., Mary Ann and David McKeithan, Kelly and Dr. Joseph Coselli, Reverend and Mrs. William Lawson, Traci Lee, Marcy de Luna, Leisa Holland-Nelson.
Chairman of the Houston Board of Directors for the American Heart Association Wayne McConnell and his wife Judy
Medical Award Honoree, Dr. Joseph Coselli and wife Kelli
Guild President Lesha Elsenbrook and her husband Tom Elsenbrook
AHA Board Member and Houston business woman Ellie Francisco and husband Michael
Kay and Fred Zeidman
Ed McMahon and Leisa Holland-Nelson
Jeannette and Jim Woods
American Heart Association Board Members Keith and Jyle Calcote with Beverly and Jim Postl
Judy McConnell with Heart Ball Chair Angela Myers
Community Leadership Honoree and owner of the Houston Astros Baseball Team Drayton McLane with Heart Ball Chair Albert Meyers
Carol and Dr. Tom Sawyer
AHA Board Member Jay Comeaux and wife Linda Comeaux with Roseann Rogers and husband Dr. Aashish Shah
Silvia Lopez de Mesa and Elias Levy
Mary Ann and David Keithan
Tim Connolly and Jan Carson
Roz and Alan Pactor
Angela and Albert Myres, Heart Ball Chairs
Scott Gertner and Melanie Lawson
Rosemary and Matt Schatzman
American Heart Association Houston Division Board President Dr. David McPherson and his wife Maryl
Philamena Baird, Margaret Williams, and Jan Carson
Humanitarian Award Honorees Beth and Charles Miller
Anita and Gerald Smith
Corporate Award Honorees Dan and Jan Duncan, Jane Ellis, Community Leadership Honoree and Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane with wife Elizabeth
Don Friedell with wife and emcee of the Heart Ball Lisa Malosky and partner emcee Milo Hamilton
Jan and Dan Duncan with Angela and Albert Myres
This year marks the 16th anniversary of Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit performance by dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet to benefit MANNA.

Jermel Johnson and Barette Vance
MANNA delivers nourishment to people at nutritional risk in the Delaware Valley.  A small professional staff and 1,000 dedicated volunteers deliver more than 40,000 nutritious, freshly prepared, meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

The original works of Shut Up & Dance, choreographed and performed by the dancers in their uniquely spirited, funky and enthusiastic style, return to The Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia on this coming Saturday, February 23.

The dancers go to great lengths to produce Shut Up & Dance every year, generously donating 100% of their time and talent to the performance in their endeavor to help MANNA. Rehearsals are typically squeezed in between lunch hours and an intense schedule with Pennsylvania Ballet. 
From Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit performance by dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet to benefit MANNA.
For more information about Shut Up & Dance and MANNA, please visit 
Meg Rider and Jimmy Contreras with a friend
Leslie Kaplan and his wife, MANNA Board Chair Barbara Kaplan with Tim Bellew
Gerry Greengrass, MANNA Advisory Board Chair Steve Korman with wife Jennifer Korman, and MANNA CEO Richard Keaveney
Rob Saxon and Michaela Majoun
Rachel Maher, Michael Patterson, Megan Dickinson, and Rebecca Azenberg
Tara Keating, Philip Colucci, Meredith Rainey, and Hawley Rowe
And over in Chicago — Bunky Cushing' held his annual Valentine's Tea ...
Megan McKinney and Linda Heister
Karen Goodyear and Carol Prins
Bunky Cushing and Candace Jordan
Lynn McMahan and Hazel Barr
Melinda Swift
Rebecca Besser and Mary Ann Murphy
Zarada Gowenlock and Susanna Homan
Yvette Cusack, Lisa Malkin, and Hazel Barr
Peggy Jester and Sherrill Bodine
Cindy Yingling and Susie Healey
Diana Cortino and Paula Doherty
Laurie Marchese and Sherry Holson
Karen Goodyear, Laura Barnett, Gerri Shute, and Noren Ungaretti

Photographs by Natalie Hope McDonald (Manna); Ken Rest (Chicago).