Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sicily, L.A., and Greenwich Social Diary

Arrival to the village for Luisa Beccaria and Lucio Bonaccorsi di Reburdone's 25th Wedding Anniversary at their Castelluccio estate in Sicily.
Luisa Beccaria and Lucio Bonaccorsi di Reburdone celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at their Castelluccio estate in Sicily.

The celebration, dubbed “Early Summer Night’s Dream,” was a three-day program including a classical theatre presentation of Agamemnon, dinner that Friday night in Siracusa; a ball at Castelluccio (the Bonaccorsi family property) the following Satuday; and a luncheon at Castelluccio on Sunday.
The Bonaccorsi family at the cake table.
Poolside luncheon at Castelluccio the following day.
Guests included close family and friends, as well as people who have known Luisa and Lucio for many years. U.S. guests included Pamela Page, Alex Apsis, Kimberly du Ross, Pia Miller Getty and her new boyfriend Mykle Chandris, Mario and Ariadne Calvo Platero. From London came Donella Bossi Pucci and Panfilo Tarantelli, Treeny Woodle, Dora Lowestein and Manfredi della Gherardesca, Allegra Hicks, Pia Han, Irina Abramovich. And from Italy: Princess Mafalda d’Assia and Ferdinando Brachetti Peretti, Carlo e Isabel Clavarino, Princess Bianca d’Aosta and Giderto Arrivabene Gonzaga, Carlo e Camilla di Borbone, Giancarlo Giannini, Prince Augusto Ruffo di Calabria, Matilde Borromeo Arese, Barbara Berlusconi, Allegra Versace, Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, Margherita Missoni.
Francesca Versace
Irina Abramovich
Lucilla and Barbara Berlusconi
Pia Getty and Mykle Chandris
Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Maria Buccellati
Luisa Beccaria, Antonia Dell'Atte, and Anne Gastel
Dinner table setting
Sofia Mattioli, Caroline Pera', Allegra Versace, and Paola Pecori Giraldi
Luisa beccaria, Principe Filippo Lancellotti, Lucilla Bonaccorsi, and Patrick Droulers
Paola Pecori Girladi, Luisa Beccaria, and Allegra Versace
Allegra Hicks
Paola Orsi, Anna Gastel, Luisa Beccaria, Marina Sordillo, Gaia Gaetani, and Alessandra Zampolli
The stars came out in Beverly Hills at the home of Patricia Kennedy, saluting Veterans on Armed Forces day. Mrs. Kennedy, founder of the Step Up 4 Vets, is also designer of the Peace One Earth Medallion.

Wayne Newton was recipient of the first Peace One Earth Medallion. Stefanie Powers and Kate Linder were honored for their years of service to the USO. Brigadier General Michael R.S. Teilman, Executive Director of the USO of the Greater Los Angeles Area, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Also honored were Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and World War II veteran and actor Hugh O’Brian (who at age 17 was the youngest Drill Sergeant in Marine Corps history).
The Condor Squadron, Missing Man Formation Flyover
Presentation of Colors, United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps
The visual highlight was an aviation presentation from The Condor Squad of seven vintage World War II planes flying over the home in the lost man formation. Other highlights included speeches from Congressman Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and Shad Meshad, founder of the National Veterans Foundation.

Special presentations were made to the many Veterans in attendance, including four who recently returned from Iraq: SSgt. Paul McQuigg (Marines), HM1 Aaron Q. Seibert (Navy), HN Phillip A. Mishaga (Navy) and Cameron White. A special presentation was made on behalf of Mark Metherell, the former Navy Seal who was recently killed in Iraq. Accepting for the Metherell family were his parents Alex and Pamela Metherell, sister Alison Metherell, and former Navy Seal and friend of Mark Metherell, Tony Duchi.

Towards the end of the evening, all guests were presented with Peace One Earth Medallions. The medallions are available at the website. Step Up 4 Vets ( is a non-profit organization aiding returning vets as the readjust, redirect and rebuild their civilian lives.
Buzz and Lois Aldrin
Marie-Louise White and Farideh Bachmann
Robert Raphael and Fernando DeJesus
Buzz and Maidee Kirkeby
Alex Dubé, Roberta Silbert, and Robin Broidy
Elaine Calhoun and Lt. Peter Bernard
Ronald and Kate Linder
Elaine Rogers
Bonnie Nissenbaum
Joanne DiVito
Farideh and Thomas Bachmann
Lynn Meshad, Shad Meshad, Founder and President of the National Veterans Foundation
Lt. Commander Ernest Cowell USN Cadets Corps. and Paul Bernard
Kate Linder, Patricia Kennedy, Mike Teilmann, and Stephanie Powers
Yuki Takei and Maidee Kirkeby
Carol Ann Saikhon, Lois Aldrin, and Robin Broidy
Valerie Sobel, Patricia Kennedy, Buzz Aldrin, and Lois Aldrin
Jack Simon
Debbie Dresner and Lawrence Benenson
Master of Ceremonies Mike Teilmann
Cpl. Cameron White, Buzz Aldrin, and SSgt. Paul McQuigg
SSgt. Paul McQuigg and Wayne Newton
Patricia Kennedy and Congressman Robert Filner
Patricia Kennedy presents PEACE ONE EARTH medallion to Kate Linder
Patricia Kennedy presents PEACE ONE EARTH medallions to the Metherell family in honor of Mark Metherell, killed in Iraq on April 11, 2008.
Patricia Kennedy pins on first PEACE ONE EARTH medallion on entertainer Wayne Newton
Patricia Kennedy presents PEACE ONE EARTH medallion to actor Hugh O’ Brian
Patricia Kennedy presents PEACE ONE EARTH medallion to astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Congressman Robert Filner
Cpl. Cameron White
Pam Metherell wearing PEACE ONE EARTH medallion in honor of her son, Mark Metherell, Navy Seal Team 5
Hugh and Virginia O’ Brian
General Michael Teilmann with Kathleen and Wayne Newton
Aaron Schulman and Lt. L.J. Fay
SSgt. Paul McQuigg and Wayne Newton
Sarah and David Vanderveen
Stephanie Powers receives PEACE ONE EARTH medallion
Ira Kurgan and Debra Menin
Cpl. Cameron White and Cathy Rotunno
Kathleen Newton, Wayne Newton, and Susan Casden
More than 400 arts patrons and Bruce Museum supporters attended the museum’s 2008 the annual Renaissance Ball held on the grounds of the historic Greenwich Bydale estate, celebrating the Museum’s 100th anniversary.

Themed “The Century Ball: Diamonds Are Forever,” brought in more than $1 million dollars – a first in the history of the museum. The idea came together when they realized, as Diane W. Darst, Bruce Museum Board of Trustees co-chairman pointed out, that “The Museum is a jewel in Greenwich and the surrounding area.”

Patricia Chadwick and Nancy Raquet
The ball’s stunning 40s-style décor, reminiscent of an Art Deco club, was punctuated with diamond accents. This was the brainchild of New York City designer Frank Alexander.

Dazzled guests who also experienced the culinary delights of Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships. During the cocktail hour, everyone had the opportunity to view rare diamond pieces from the House of Graff, the lead event sponsor, who also donated a $50,000 necklace to the auction.

Guests later danced to the sounds of Valerie Romanoff’s Starlight Orchestra under a silver, silk-draped tent, complete with a diamond-shaped disco ball. After dinner and an ovation for event honorees, Nat and Lucy Day, Pam and Bob Goergen, and Linda and Steve Munger, the auction began.

Guy Bennett, Christie’s senior vice president and head of Impressionist and Modern Art, auctioned off a variety of sought-after items, including, in part, a Betteridge diamond and emerald pin, a New York / Paris fashion extravaganza, a vacation in a spectacular St. Barths private home, and a contribution to the acquisition of a Twachtman painting for the museum that raised $120,000 alone.
Larry Simon, Patricia Chadwick, Peter Sutton, Nancy Racquet, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Diane Darst, and Lucy Ricciardi
The evening was topped off with a cliffhanger. Each guest went home with a Saks box holding a key, one of which promised to open a vitrine housing a pair of GRAFF diamond earrings, valued at $35,000, which awaited the winner at Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich. Guests also toted home a Tiffany crystal paperweight in the shape of a multi-faceted, round cut diamond and a GRAFF catalogue to inspire future purchases. Graff, the world renowned British jeweler, is famous for the most fabulous jewels in the world.

A diamond company extraordinaire, Graff produces polished diamonds from the rough sourced from mines around the world making it one of the world's leading diamond companies. For further information please visit

Ball chairs were Nancy Raquet and Patricia Chadwick.
Graff models
For 100 years the Bruce Museum has been a vital community resource, conducting a wide array of educational programs for all ages, drawing on our world-renowned exhibitions and public programming. The Renaissance Ball is the Museum's major fundraiser, with net proceeds accounting for approximately 16 percent of the Museum's annual budget. Funds are earmarked for education programs and exhibitions.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive in Greenwich, Connecticut, General admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and free for children under five and Bruce Museum members. Free admission to all on Tuesdays. The Museum is located near Interstate-95, Exit 3, and a short walk from the Greenwich, CT, train station. Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of eight or more require advance reservations. Museum exhibition tours are held Fridays at 12:30 p.m. Free, on-site parking is available. The Bruce Museum is accessible to individuals with disabilities. For information, call the Bruce Museum at (203) 869-0376, or visit the Bruce Museum website at
Lucy and Nat Day
Patty McLaughlin with Pam and Bob Goergen
-Linda Munger and Cindy Anderson
Out there in West Hollywood, Suzanne Rheinstein of Hollyhock held a booksigning for and a lecture by Ellie Cullman and her new book "Decorating Master Class," which she wrote in collaboration with Tracey Winn Pruzan and photographer Durston Saylor.
Ellie Cullman and Joel Chen
Nick Bianco and Scott Mangan
Patty Cherin and Key Hall
Laurie Benenson, Ellie Cullman, and Bill Benenson
Jeffry Georgianni, Suzanne, and David Phoenix
Ellie Cullman and Joe Nye
Norma McIntyre and Brooke Anderson
Susan Lewis and Cooper Ray
Suzanne Rheinstein and Ellie Cullman
The view from above
Ginger Nix
Chery Horacek and Susan Niven
Jerry Greenberg and Amy Higgins
Jill Grey, Justine Bloomingdale, and Lisa Bell
Alison Greenberg and Oliver Furth
Robert Willson and David Serrano
Arton Kebashi, Lauren King, and David Jones
Ross Cassidy and Jeffrey Marks
Vince Russo and Kevin Kolanowski
Shawn and Charles Silver
K.C. McCook, Hal Valentine, and Larry McCollister
Steven Fischer and D. Crosby Ross
Victoria Goulet and Laurie Benenson

Photographs by Stephanie Keenan (Cullman)

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