Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Palm Beach Social Diary

Dining by the pool at Mar-a-Lago the night of the Andrea Bocelli concert.
Don’t want to sound like a broken record but it really is still cold down here in Palm Beach.

The ladies are wearing furs, the men are in velvet smoking jackets and the fires are lit as the temperatures are still way below the norm.
Bikers bundled up in Palm Beach.
This past weekend was nonstop fun despite the low temp! We headed Friday night to Edwina Sandys wonderful art show and cocktail party. You know that Edwina is not only a very talented artist but also the granddaughter of Winston Churchill.

Her irresistable sculptures and paintings have a touch of  Matisse with a dash of Magritte and a whole lot of cheer. They make me smile. We spotted Henry Buhl and Carlos Morrison in the crowd amongst many others.
Edwina at her art show in West Palm Beach. Henry Buhl, a fan of Edwina's work.
On Saturday we bundled up for tennis and golf and that night  practically had to wear running shoes to race around to all the events. We popped into Kristy and Jim Clark’s dazzling art filled house, Il Palmetto, formerly owned by Janet Annenberg Hooker. This showplace sits right on the Intra coastal and was a splendid setting for a chamber music concert in honor of Toby and Itzhak Perlman, hosted by the Clarks along with Emilia and Pepe Fanjul.
The fountain at Kristy and Jim Clark's Il Palmetto.
We then popped into Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson’s dinner party as they were celebrating John’s birthday. They had rented a house for a month or so and hopefully will spend more time here.
MaryLou Whitney and Jean Tailer holding a photograph of the two of them taken years ago at Whitneys dinner for John Hendrickson's bday.
John Hendrickson and Jorie Kent at Marylou Whitney's.
Last stop was Diana and Llwyd Ecclestone’s bash to celebrate Tommy Quick’s birthday. The theme was “Tommy’s Bar” as one of Tom’s favorite clubs is Harry’s Bar in London — mine too I might add. The seated dinner party was great fun as pals flew in from all over the place as everyone loves Tommy! By the way, the dinner was wonderful too and started with butternut squash ravioli followed by chicken Milanese.
We had dessert al fresco by the pool followed by dancing to a terrific DJ.
Tommy Quick's bday party hosted by the Ecclestones.
The Ecclestone entrance.
The menu at Ecclestone's dinner for Tom Quick. Fires burning in PB.
The birthday boy, Tom Quick with Evelyn Lauder.
Wilbur Ross, Grace Meigher, Ambassador Earle Mack, and Pauline Pitt.
Llywd Ecclestone and Wilbur Ross. Chris Meigher and Joanne de Guardiola.
Counterclockwise from top: Rod Drake and Mark Henderson; Diana Ecclestone toasting Tommy Quick at her party; Alberto Meija and Fernanda Niven.
Sunday night we were guests of Michele and Howard Kessler at Mar-a-Lago for an Andrea Bocelli concert with special guest, Broadway star Heather Hadley. What a dynamic  duo!! After dining by the pool lit by a full moon, we headed into the sold-out concert. What a blast of a weekend!

Dining outside at Mar-a-lago before the Bocelli concert.
Emilia Fanjul, Rudy Giuliani, and Wilbur Ross.
Mila Mulroney, Judith Giuliani, and Howard Kessler.
Bill Acquavella and Richard LeFrak.
Donna Acquavella, Pauline Pitt, and Hilary Geary Ross.
Jeanine Pirro. Rush Limbaugh and his fiance Kate Rogers.
Pepe Fanjul and Mila Mulroney.
Hilary Geary Ross, Donald Trump, and Howard Kessler.
Michele Kessler and Jerry Seag.
Pepe Fanjul, Melania Trump, and Former Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney.
The concert ticket.
Bob Nederlander, Pat Cook, Kate and Hashem Khosrovani ready for Andrea Bocelli.
Donald Trump introducing Andrea Bocelli along with Heather Headley.
Andrea Bocelli in concert at Mar-a-Lago.
Cocktails for Palm Beach's Society of the Four Arts Biennial Gala in the Garden.
In a land of parties, parties, parties, there are moments when even the most jaded partygoer gets blown away — and that’s exactly what happened the other night at Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts Biennial Gala in the Garden.

In a clear tent hung with massive sparkling crystal chandeliers that randomly faded from red to violet to blue to green, pretty much the entire town showed up. To describe the crowd as glittering would be an understatement — with jewels in abundance and literally hundreds of women in red-carpet gowns topped with chinchilla, mink or sable wraps to brace from the cold. And yes, after a dinner of foie gras, filet mignon and chocolate pyramids guests did dance the night away to the music of Bob Hardwick.
Palm Beach Opera's Samuel Read Levine performs
But in between the caviar topped blinis, Palm Beach Opera’s stirring young artists and the handsome squad of Cartier pages was an evening of exquisite taste and sophistication primarily due to one person co-chair Susie Elson, for whom a gallery at the Museum of Art and Design is named. Susie’s eye for simplicity and edge was evident everywhere, from the gunmetal taffeta tablecloths softened with white organza to the Lucite ghost candelabrum, to the (as Bill Blass used to say) “flowerless décor” with only touches of wheat grass and palms courtesy of event wizard Bruce Sutka.

Mrs. Elson presided over the evening like a chief curator, along with the much-loved Melinda Hassen, who simply dazzled in an emerald green Oscar de la Renta gown. To even attempt to list the names of the 500 plus attendees would be an exercise in futility. If you weren’t there, you shoulda been — if only to see Palm Beach at its traditional best, in support of an institution that is part and parcel to this toney town.
Bob Nederlander and Pat Cook
Susan and Dom Telesco
Jasmine Horowitz and Donald Scott
Buddy Thompson and Susie Elson
John Andreu, Edie Dixon, and John Terracino, Regional Director of Cartier North America
Leonard and Evelyn Lauder
Rose Sachs and Fulton Brzycawski
Herman and Regina Porten
Steven Stolman and Martha Hunnewell
Tom and Melinda Hassen with Susie and Amb. Edward Elson
Anka Palitz and Craig Dix
Nancy Raquet and John Andre
Aura Wilkin, Chris Phillips, and Pandy McDonough
John Terracino, ALicia and Norman Volk, and Michel Witmer
Bill and Kit Pannill
Frank Chopin and Kate Ford
The Cartier Pages
Tommy Quick and Talbott Maxey ablaze in Cartier panther earrings
Photographs by Lucien Capehart

More from Palm Beach ... Lighthouse International held its third annual dinner dance at Club Collette on February 24, and honored the POSH Palm Beach chairmen and committee.

The event began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the tented courtyard.
From the courtyard the guests moved to the dining room where Arlene Dahl, who served as Honorary Chairman for this year's events, thanked everyone, especially the volunteers and her co-chairmen, a stellar group of stylish women that included Catherine Adler, Iris Apfel, Kathy Bleznak, Kim Campbell, Linda Donahue, Michele Kessler, Carla Mann, Talbott Maxey, Grace Meigher, Lucia N. Musso, Kit Pannill, Nancy Paul, Tricia Quick, and Junior co-chairmen, Blair Griffin and Frances Webster. Lighthouse International’s CEO Mark Ackerman was in town especially for the occasion with his wife, June.

The guests enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing, and those who attended, were treated an exclusive preview of the POSH Palm Beach sale the following day, held in space donated by Sterling Partners, owners of Poinciana Plaza. The sale opened to the public on February 26 and 27, and featured clothing and accessories donated by socialites, celebrities, designers and luxury fashion retailers.
Mark and June Ackerman
Parker Ladd, Sally Richardson, and Arnold Scassi
That evening, it was announced that a first-time event would take place in Palm Beach County, a POSH Plus sale to be held at The Gilded Spa & Salon in Palm Beach Gardens. The North County sale will kick off with a by-invitation cocktail reception on March 18th and followed by the sale on March 19 and 20th at Gilded, which generously donated the space for the sale.

Also in attendance: Sonja Abramson and Mark Stevens, Isabelle Leeds, Britty Bardes, Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, Myrna and John Daniels, Clo and Charles Cohen, Audrey and Enrique del Rosario, Arlette and Bob Gordon, Barbara and William Harbach, Jasmine Horowitz and Donald Scott, Maureen and Orator Woodward, Donna and James Borynak, and Nancy Paul, and other Lighthouse International friends and supporters.

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is dedicated to preserving vision and providing critically needed health care services to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss and blindness and enjoy safe, independent lives.
Arlene Dahl, George and Carla Mann, and Marc Rosen
Rand and Jesse Araskog
Candy and Bill Hamm
Melinda Porter and Jay Page
Fran Weissler and Hope Kessler
Iris and Carl Apfel
Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Tom Quick, and Somers Farkas
Kate Gubelmann and Talbott Maxey
Grace Meigher, Tom McCarter, and Frances Scaife
Frances Webster and Mary Nichols
Photographs by Lucien Capehart

A colorful and enthusiastic international crowd attended the opening of new works by British-born artist, Edwina Sandys, as part of the "Art at The Whitney" exhibition series in downtown West Palm Beach.

Curated by Bruce Helander, the show included a selection of the artist's signature sculptures, along with recent prints that play on positive and negative space.
Edwina Sandys and Richard Kaplan
Suzette Smith and Valerie Louthan
Bruce and Claudia Helander
Sandys, who has had a life-long passion for flowers, in particular daffodils, unveiled her latest work, "Daffodil Woman," which celebrates her unique outlines and cut-out style that makes the artist's work instantly recognizable. Sandys’ work can be viewed in public collections around the world, including Ontario, Rio, Toronto, Vienna, London and Geneva.
Jennifer Garrigues and David Miller
Sylvtte Davis and Confrey Phillips
Joan Sargent and Paul Fisher
Dr. Layne Nisenbaum, Ginny Bond, and Mark Foley
Kirsten Fisk and Ava Roosevelt
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund’s 19th annual Discovery Ball was held Saturday, February 20, at The Breakers. The enchanting black-tie evening brought together civic, business, and philanthropic leaders with Dana-Farber physicians and scientists in support of the Institute’s lifesaving work.

Sheila, Peter, and Leon Palandjian were chairs of the evening, Michele and Howard Kessler were honorary chairs, and Patrick Park was vice chair. Nearly 350 guests attended the Ball and helped raise more than $1.3 million for cancer research.

Patrick Park and Nathalie Fernandez
“This year,” said Peter Palandjian, “despite the world’s economic turmoil, we have achieved our ambitious goal. We come together year, year after year, to show our support and gratitude to an institution that consistently sets the highest standards in the world for research, prevention, and cancer care.”

Phyllis and Paul Fireman, Patrick Park, and RUSSELECTRIC were grand benefactors. Renee and Robert Belfer, James W. Harpel, Michele and Howard Kessler, and the Palandjian Family were grand patrons of the 19th annual Discovery Ball. Tiffany & Co was also the Corporate Platinum Donor of the Ball.

Joining the Palandjians and Mr. Park were Helaine Allen and Larry Ochstein, Colleen Bain and Shaun O’Hearn, Cynthia and Theodore Berenson, Sandy and Richard Bornstein, Carolyn and David Brodsky, Martha Brown and Jeffrey Libert, Rhoda and David Chase, Nancy and Elliot Comenitz, Doris and Marvin Goldenberg, Abe Gosman, Julie and Amin Khoury, Sandra Krakoff and Martin Philips, Paula and Peter Lunder, Marilyn Mades and Burton Silberstein, Beverly and Herbert Myers, Suzanne and Robert Tomsich, Nassrine and Norman Traverse, Susie and Skippy Weingeroff, and Randi and David Zussman.

The night included a silent auction featuring men’s and women’s Atlas watches donated by Tiffany & Co which were won by Diana and Stephen Lewinstein and Maureen and Bill Goldfarb respectively while Beverly Constantino and Steven Colanero were the winners of the New England Patriots Season Ticket Package.
A portion of the proceeds from the Discovery Ball help a local organization dedicated to helping children with cancer.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding.
Peter Plandjian, Dr. Edward Benz, Shelia Palandjian, and Leon Palandjian
Jeff and Liz Bateman
Robert and Renee Belfer
Jim Harpel and Ann Fuchs
Phyllis and Paul Fireman
Photographs by Lucien Capehart

South Florida — Be A Voice Feel The Magic Gala benefitting Voices For Children Foundation, the fundraising arm of the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem Program, was a tremendous success. The magical evening included dinner and dancing to the music of DJ Kucha. South Florida’s own Channel 10 News Anchor, Laurie Jennings, served as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremony.

Performers from Cirque Du Soleil amazed the audience with high flying silk acrobatics and hand-to-hand balancing acts.

Carolina Sanchez and Nelson Hincapie
A pivotal moment of the evening was a moving testimonial by two sisters, Olinda and Carol. They told their heartbreaking story of hardship, abuse and sadness, but thanks to their Guardian Ad Litem advocate, they are succeeding. The testimonial brought the entire room to tears.

Veena Panjabi
and Aimee Owens, co-chairs for the evening said,” The testimonial we just heard is the unfortunate story of one of so many children in our community.  It is only through the generous support of our friends, contributors, and volunteers, that this vicious cycle of abuse and abandonment will stop and children can have bright futures.”

As a result of the testimonial, so many of the guests stepped up and pledged much needed funds for Voices for Children, 28 Angels in total made substantial contributions. Upon making the contribution guests were entered to win a $5,000 shopping spree at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables. The winner surprised everyone, as she gifted Olinda and Carol with the shopping spree.

Many other guests in the audience stepped up and pledged to help, including covering the last year of tuition at FIU for the older sister, to helping both of sisters find a job, to free shoes. Nelson Hincapie, President and CEO of Voices For Children said, “Tonight is all about giving a voice to Miami-Dade’s abused, abandoned and neglected children and we are grateful for everyone’s support, generosity and commitment to our children.”
Cindy and Jorge Gonzalez
Ellen Block and Veena Panjabi
The Be A Voice Feel The Magic Gala was sponsored by Mandarin Oriental, Miami; Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida; Cathay Pacific Airways; Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz; The Continental Group; Florida Power and Light; Ramesh and Veena Panjabi; Michael and Diane Rosenberg; Stearns Weaver Miller Weisller Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. and Swire Properties.

In attendance was: Pulitzer Prize winning author and Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, Mayor Tomas Regalado, Philanthropists and Designers Lisa and Donald Pliner, Commissioners Carlos Gimenez, and Sally Heyman, Judges Cindy Lederman and Jeri Cohen of the 11th judicial circuit court, Claudia Puig, Senior Vice President/Eastern Regional Manager, Puerto Rico, Miami, New York for Univision Radio, The Honorable Alan Gold, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Yolanda and Jeff Berkowitz, Beth Tasca, Veena and Ramesh Panjabi, Aimee and Stephen Owens.
Adeline Cassin and Luis Rojas
Aimee and Stephen Owens
Beth and Richard Tasca
Eric and Melissa Zeitlin
Darrina D and Jami Gursky
Evelyn and Luis Villanueva
Donald and Lisa Pliner with Richard and Jennifer Postrel
Jeanie Hernandez and Stephen Schoff
Dr. Michael and Diane Rosenberg
Jeff and Eraina Benson
Fernando and Kimberly Crespo
Linda and Pat McEnany
Jeff and Yolanda Berkowitz
Lydia Touzet and Liz Feder
Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez
Mayuena Jean and Joseph Gibson
Oscar Farach and Jackie Nieves
John Salman and Laurie Jennings
Lena Arabatzis, Tim Couch, and Nikki Daniels
Michael Ridgway and Amanda Berman
Melissa and Eric Zeitlin
Paul and Swanee Dimare
Richard Amundsen and Claudia Puig
Rob and Kelley Marihette
Rosa de la Camaram and Michael Mejido