Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Palm Beach Social Diary

Harry Benson's CBE, presented to him at Buckingham Palace by HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.
Just in the nick of time for Easter, the temperature in PB soared into the 80s and the sky was bright and sunny. Because of the holiday, everything everywhere was packed -- from Worth Avenue to the restaurants, the clubs, to the ice cream shop Sprinkles where they were lining up for those yummy cones.

Worshippers in their Sunday best on Easter were overflowing into the gardens of the storied church Bethesda-By-The-Sea. Visitors were flying in from all over the place to soak up the sunshine. Liz Ward flew "over the pond" with her family in tow for a two week stay. Another Brit, Lord Charles Spencer Churchill is house guesting with Felix Miranda for a bit.
Bethesda-By-The-Sea on Easter Sunday.
Sprinkles Ice cream shop on Royal Poinciana Way.
Dan Ponton and Ambassador Nancy Brinker at the Susan G. Komen foundation breakfast.
So what do you when pals buzz in from out of town? Well, you know the answer, give a PARTY! Tom Quick had a dinner for Liz last Friday night at his divine house. Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd gave not one but two, for Liz -- one at their art filled house on Tuesday, and then a cozy dinner for six at Cafe Boulud on the terrace.

We all know Arnold is a world famous dress designer but did you know he creates fabulous fake jewels that he sells on Home Shopping Network or on line, Arnold will be showing his "rocks” on HSN on Tuesday May 5 at 5 pm and then again at ten pm. He has re-created this great looking line that he designed for his traveling clients in the 60s, who did not want to take their jewels along on trips.
Parker Ladd and Lesly Smith, former PB mayor.
Liz Ward and Arnold Scaasi at Cafe Boulud.
The season is about to wind down so seems like everyone is loading up the calendar with parties of all sizes, before the town empties out. There was a breakfast honoring Ambassador Nancy Brinker at Club Collette for all her hard work for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which fights breast cancer. Jim Held and Ken Karakul opened up their spectacular house to introduce the "Youth Music Fund," an organization started by Talbott Maxey and Ken to promote excellence in classical music education. It seeks gifted children and helps provide exceptional programming for their needs in Palm Beach County.
Talbott Maxey with her daughter, Alice.
Jim Held, Talbott Maxey, and Ken Karakul.
Jim Held and Ken Karakul's Palm Beach living room.
Later that same night Anna and Bill Mann gave a big glamorous dinner. A medium sized dinner was also given by  the beauteous Averil Haydock and Clive DuVal at “Rory’s” the private room at the ever popular Mike McCarty’s restaurant.
Averil Haydock and Laddy Merck.
Averil's brother Blair Meyer and Willy Surtees.
Lucy Anthony Webster and Whitney Tower.
David Ober.
We also went to a perfect little dinner at Tom and Clelia Zacharias sleek and chic penthouse apartment. Clelia is a terrific decorator and her apartment is a glowing example of her work.
Clockwise from top left: Clelia Zacharais at the dinner table; Details from the Zacharais' living room; Clelia's place setting.
Audrey Gruss
Tom Zacharais
Zacharias' view
Clelia Zacharais
Martin Gruss
On another night, the talented artist Edwina Sandys and her husband architect Richard Kaplan feted world renowned photographer Harry Benson and his enchanting wife Gigi at a dinner in their art filled, natch, house.
Harry Benson and Winston Churchill.
Gigi Benson and hostess Edwina Sandys.
Tim Malloy and Kathy Rayner.
Edwina's pool with her sculptures.
Carol Mack and Luce Churchill.
Richard Kaplan and Geoffrey Thomas.
We had drinks outside by the pool flanked by Edwina’s sculpture, while being serenaded by the wonderful Confrey Phillips at the piano. Our hosts were toasting Harry, as he was awarded the CBE medal from Princess Anne, the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace last month. Harry, Gigi, and their two daughters Tessa and Wendy Landis flew over to London for the ceremony. Here in PB, we all applauded and toasted Harry for this wonderful honor. Bravo Harry!
— Hilary Geary Ross
Betsy and Wally Turner roll up to a kickoff party for "POP!" (Party On the Plaza), the upcoming spring fundraiser to be held on May 3rd.
Palm Beach's 20, 30, and 40 something set is rising to the occasion to champion the causes that need championing.

Truly the most compelling in these parts is FoundCare, which just opened a major non-profit community health center for uninsured and underinsured children and adults of Palm Beach county — a number that has reached 250,000 and continues to grow with each and every job layoff.

To give you a handle on the need, on the day they opened their doors for 5-day-a-week services last week, they already had 1000 appointments on the books. 
Chez Tatooles-Moore
Poolside in Palm Beach
To kick off their upcoming spring fundraiser, a dance party at Royal Poinciana Plaza on May 3rd entitled "POP!" (Party On the Plaza,) co-chairs Victor Moore and John Tatooles invited fellow chairmen Andrea and Brian Kosoy, Elisabeth and Adam Munder, Sarah Groff and Piper Quinn and all of their buddies for a poolside cocktail party that was lubricated by sponsor Bacardi's Grey Goose vodka and Martini and Rossi Prosecco Bellinis.

End result: a boozy Sunday afternoon gathering that appeared straight out of a Slim Aarons' photograph.
Alex Snyder, Liz Lind, and Scott Moses
PJ Layng and Lon Morris
Andrea Kosoy, Elisabeth Munder and Sarah Groff
Andrea and Brian Kosoy
Liz Quinn samples a Bellini
Rick Moeser and Alex Snyder
Victor Moore and Robin Azqueta
Steven Stolman and Marsha Wilson
POP! Chairmen
Piper Quinn and Sarah Groff
Marianne and John K. Castle hosted a dinner at Morton’s in Palm Beach for Rosita, the Duchess of Marlborough ...
Alice Lynch
Elizabeth, HRH, The Princess of Bavaria, Marianne Castle, and Rosita, The Duchess of Marlborough
Ginny Burke, Charles Holman, and Rosita, The Duchess of Marlborough
Michael Harris
More from Palm Beach ... Dressed in white, more than 350 friends felt the sand beneath their feet and the ocean breeze as they danced the night away at the 8th Annual Barefoot on the Beach party sponsored by Nancy and Richard Rogers. The “White Hot” beach bash, which was held at the Breaker’s Beach Club, benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Committee Chairman Reid Boren hosted the sold-out event. “Thanks to all our sponsors, committee members and attendees… this year’s Barefoot on the Beach raised the most money in the event’s history,” says Boren.  

Erica Reid and Reid Boren
Chad Renfro Design turned the entire Breakers Beach Club into a sea of white with a splash of red. Huge banners lined the entrance as the guests arrived and where greeted by Boys and Girls Club members. Alex Donner’s Party Band kept the guests dancing under the gazebo the entire evening. The event also included a raffle that featured a red Vespa LX, A Porsche Racecar Experience, a Two Night Stay at the Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, and items from City Cellar, Kearsley Home, Kiwi Magic MotorSports, M Spa, One Call, PRP Wine International, Rocco’s Tacos, Store Wine Storage, Studio E Gallery, Very Important Paws and much more!

Additional sponsors of Barefoot on the Beach included Lawrence and Florence De George, Jim Harpel and Rick Pollock as the Grand Benefactors. The Benefactors were Anthony and Vanessa Beyer, Alex Donner, David G. Lambert Foundation, Kelly and Danielle Moore, Bill Pope, Tom Quick and E. Burke Ross, Jack and Lora Atkinson, Brooks and Allison Bishop, Mark and Paula Cook, Deutsche Bank. Alex Brown, Jim Held, National City, Matt and Tracy Smith and the Stanton Family Foundation were the Patron Sponsors. Donald A. Burns, Michael Charles, Laura Evans, Bruce and Jill Goodman, Gunster, Magellan Mortgage, Wally and Betsy Turner and Very Important Paws were also Sponsors.
Kate and Alex Donner
Michael and Sabrina Ault
The Honorary Chairman was Tom Quick, and Taylor Collins served as the Junior Chairman. Committee chairs included Clay Hyslop and Chad Renfro as the Decorations Chairmen, Tirzah Roberts as the Raffle Chairman, and Zoë Panarites as the Menu Chairman. The Barefoot Committee members include: Spencer Antle, Lora Atkinson, Beth Beattie, Thierry and Staci Beaud, Liz Belkin, Danielle Bennemann, Anthony and Vanessa Beyer, Brooks and Allison Bishop, Genevieve Blake, Beau and Jackie Breckenridge, Carolyn Broadhead, Michael Capponi, J.C. Collado, Mark and Paula Cook, Will Corrente, Michelle Davis, Robert and Merrill Debbs, David Denton, Stacey Dowdle, Laura Evans, Kim and Nicole Fonseca, Bruce and Jill Goodman, Brandi Herbst, James Held, Ed Hinckley, Bob and Anne Kanjian, Charlie Kappler, Kenn Karakul, Alison Kavanaugh, JP and Stephanie Kelly; Kevin and Karyn Lamb, Mark Lindblom, Jessica Marulli, Ross Meltzer, Richard Moeser, Kelly and Danielle Moore, Sally Narwid, Lia O’Connor; Zoë Panarites, Kristin Pisardik, Lindsey Pisardik, Rick Pollock, Alexis Posada, Piper Quinn, Jason and Wilder Regalbuto, Seneca Reynolds, Anthony and Lisa Rizzo, Tom Samet, Chris and Brewer Schoeller, Matt and Tracy Smith, Alexandra Snyder, Jared and Linda Soper, Wally and Betsy Turner, Linda Uribe, Jackie Vega, Scott Velozo and Nate and Katherine Ward.

Proceeds from “Barefoot on the Beach” went towards the 13 Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Palm Beach County, which provide a safe haven for children ages 6-18 during non-school hours. The Clubs serve more than 7,500 children, who find positive role models, learn healthy values and participate in challenging, fun programs including educational and sports-related activities. For more information, please contact the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County at 561-683-3287 or visit
Ann Fuchs and Jim Harpel
Mary Catlett, Mark Gilbertson, Alex Snyder, and Laura Evans
Brett Price, Llwyd Ecclestone, and Tom Quick
Amy Hoadley, Walter Ross, and Polly Onet
Lora and Kristin Atkinson
Dani and Kelly Moore
Wally and Betsy Turner
Even more from Palm Beach ... An exhibition was given at the home of Diahann and Jay Cochran for the renowned African sculptor and silversmith, Patrick Mavros ...
Stephen and Kerri Myers
Cheryl and Jeff Giangrande
Carter and Afsy Pottash
Diahann and Jay Cochran, Alexander and Benjamin Mavros, and Rafe Cochran (below)
Margaret Becker, Donatella Linari, Joyce Maison
Steve and April Finch
Ron and Dee Romeo
Jessica and Dana Koch
Katy Dew Amling and Jeff Amling
Jack and Melinda Bass
Patrick and Lily Holt Dillion
Alexander Mavros, Giana Allen, and Steve Myers
Michael and Sabrina Ault
Anastasia Georgas, Diahann Cochran, and Dora Kino

Photographs by Hilary Geary and Lucien Capehart.

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