Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Palm Beach Social Diary: 2017 Foreverglades Gala

Rock icon and founding member of The Who, Roger Daltrey CBE, shook the coconut palms and the SRO crowd at The Breakers Saturday night for the Everglades Foundation's annual benefit. If you missed it, Daltrey and The Who, along with Pete Townshend, are booked March 30th at London's Royal Albert Hall.
2017 Foreverglades Gala: The Who's Who @ The Breakers
By Augustus Mayhew

"Color me in" was the theme for the Everglades Foundation's 12th Annual 2017 Gala Benefit held during President's Day weekend at The Breakers, attracting more than 800 guests, CBS This Morning co-anchor Norah O'Donnell, an amusing comedian named Tom Papa who had the audience laughing louder than Midtown's flyover jets, and musical legend Roger Daltrey. While Palm Beach has added weekend gridlock to its must-see attractions and The Breakers appeared to be at capacity, it was good to see the foundation's well-organized event complemented by the hotel's first rate service, from the non-stop well-choreographed valet parking stand to the helpful security squad, efficient table waiters, and superb menu. Yes, it was probably the brown sugar bacon twist and the chocolate teapot filled with strawberry trifle that tipped the scales for me.
2017 Foreverglades benefit, invitation. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Florida's natural ecosystems that make up the Everglades.
12th Annual Foreverglades committees.
Norah O'Donnell kept things moving; speeches were kept to stopwatch bullet points. The fate and future of Florida's Everglades must continue to be among everyone's top priorities. Last year Florida was under a state of emergency for eight months when toxic blue-green algae in record amounts was discharged from Lake Okeechobee, choking coastal lakes, rivers, and beaches that resulted in an environmental disaster. Beaches were closed as the tourist and real estate industry were devastated. Clearly, state and federal authorities must act. For more information on how to make the Everglades great again, contact the Everglades Foundation.

Meanwhile, on with Saturday night's rousing benefit, one of the few multi-generational events on Palm Beach.
6:45 p.m. The Breakers, façade and port cochere entrance.
The hotel's original Leo Lentelli-designed 1926 fountain was replaced last year with figures casted from new molded forms.
The Breakers, main lobby.
18 February 2017
2017 Foreverglades Gala Benefit
Ponce de Leon Ballroom – The Breakers
Jamee and Marshall Field V, chairman of the Everglades Foundation board of directors. "Remember, the Everglades is the water supply for us tonight at The Breakers and for the 8 million Floridians that call South Florida home." – Marshall Field V, chairman.
Joanne Field and Jennifer Field.
Tony Bohannon, Lia Reed, and Nathaniel Reed, co-founder of the Everglades Foundation.
Mike and Ashley Ramos, chairs of the Foreverglades benefit at The Breakers.
Norah O'Donnell and Geoff Tracy. Co-host of CBS This Morning, O'Donnell was the evening's emcee.
Emma Scott, Izzy Swanson, and Dashiell Schulte.
Garrison du Pont Lickle and Michelle Henry, chairs of the evening's benefit.
Quinn Hiassen, Fenia Hiassen, Eric Eikenberg, the foundation's CEO, and author Carl Hiassen, who with his wife Fenia were also chairs.
Thomas Peterffy, a benefit chairman. Myrna Haft.
Deborah and Chuck Royce with Iliana Moore, right.
Kelly and Joe Rooney. Frances and Todd Peter.
Kiwi and Landon Hilliard.
Mieke Van Waveren. Cathleen and Dale Hedrick.
Barbara Zweig and Jonathan Jenkins.
Patrick Dillon, Lily Holt Dillon, and Michael Reynal.
Georgina Bloomberg and Vanessa Stevenson.
Clo and Charles Cohen.
Lucy and Nat Day.
Guests made their way to the ballroom's courtyard.
Christina and Ron Gidwitz.
Gail Van Brock and Tucker Frederickson.
Francesca and George Pilafas. Jane and Christopher Chase.
Tim Shaffer and Pamela Taylor.
Courtney Sexton, Miss Florida 2016, performed her official duties. George Rependa and Denise Bell.
Jane Holzer.
Lyn Parks and Alysia D'Alembertte.
Peter Vasconcelos, a gala committee member, and Bill Walsh.
Jimmy Buffett, right, listens closely.
I was a guest at Ashley Ramos' table.
I had the pleasure of meeting Caroline Rafferty, seated to my left.
The table settings were artful.
At the tables between the courses.
Comedian Tom Papa. Our table thought he was primetime funny.
Vanessa Stevenson thought he was really funny.
Eric Eikenberg, left, and Paul Tudor Jones II, cofounder of the Everglades Foundation. There were moments when Jones' devout enthusiasm had the fervor of a tent revival meeting.
Roger Daltrey in performance

In 2014 The Who celebrated their 50th anniversary with UK and US tours. For the past seventeen years Roger Daltrey has been a patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK, later establishing Teen Cancer America in the US based in Los Angeles. He is currently at work on a solo album.
We'll soon, soon, soon be home ...
The palms between the courtyard and the ocean.
The Breakers, west loggia.
The Florida Everglades. Everglades Foundation. Photography by Mac Stone, conservation photographer.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Palm Beach-A Greater Grandeur