|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.
|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!
|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
|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.
|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.|
|This year marks the 16th anniversary of Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit performance by dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet to benefit MANNA.
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.
|For more information about Shut Up & Dance and MANNA, please visit www.mannapa.org|
|And over in Chicago — Bunky Cushing' held his annual Valentine's Tea ...|
|Photographs by Natalie Hope McDonald (Manna); Ken Rest (Chicago).|