Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Palm Beach Social Diary: Shop The Day Away

The Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope benefit attracted an SRO crowd of savvy supporters to the Mediterranean Ballroom at The Breakers for a Shop The Day Away silent auction, followed by a luncheon in the Venetian Ballroom highlighted by keynote speaker former First Lady Laura Bush.
Cancer Alliance benefit + Book signing @ Trevini Ristorante
By Augustus Mayhew

However much silent auctions are a mainstay at many Palm Beach fundraisers, there was something about the curated offerings at the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope silent auction that took this ubiquitous platform to another level. Apparently, the nearly 600 guests kept the bidding going, making it difficult to have the luncheon start on time.

Formed in 2003, Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope (CAHH) provides assistance to cancer patients and their families while they are undergoing treatments. CAHH provides short-term financial aid for basic living expenses, something many cancer chemotherapy patients need. CAHH’s board of directors is led by Chris Cox, along with Laura King, treasurer, Stacy Coffee-Thorne, secretary, Judi Richards, 1st vice-chair, Don Urschalitz, 2nd vice-chair, and Nancy Mobberley, immediate past chair. Board members include: Abby Beebe, Corey Brown, Sheila Buchbinder, Roy Cacciaguida, MD, Melissa Parker, David Sarama, Barbara Zand, and Janet Levy.

A pleasure hearing former First Lady Laura Bush, a natural. From The Breakers, I trekked over to Trevini Ristorante on Sunset Avenue where former Warner Brothers producer Allan Shayne was signing his first novel.
As I arrived at The Breakers for the luncheon, Garden Club of Palm Beach members had just finished a tour of the resort’s grounds and were organizing a commemorative group photo.
A moment later, it appears the Garden Club succeeded.
February 21, 2018
Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope
Shop the Day Away Auction & Luncheon
Mediterranean Ballroom & Venetian Ballroom – The Breakers
2018 Chairwomen and Ambassadors for the Shop the Day Away luncheon benefit. The event’s supporters include:  Gloria H. Herman, grand benefactor, Judi Richards and Barbara Zand, honorary chairs,  Janet Cafaro;, international chair, and vice-chairs, Ansley DiLeo, Virginia Sheerin Gildea, Jacqui Michel, Terri Schottenstein and Cindy Sites. Blanche Napoleon-McCoun, auction chair;: Abby Beebe, Lindsay Connor Seigel, and Nicole DiCocco, junior chairs. Herme de Wyman Miro serves as ambassador chair: with the following ambassadors: Ann Bloys, Elizabeth Bowden, Shelia Buchbinder, Chris Cox, Rebecca Doane, Arlette Gordon, Adriana Luchechko, Linda Mennen, Shelly O’Neill, and Kitty Silverstein.
Guests entered the Mediterranean Ballroom from the South Loggia.
Mediterranean Ballroom.
Cindy Sites and Melissa Parker.
Blanche & Gordon McCoun. Blanche was the auction chairman.
The silent auction offered an array of designer comforts.
Beth Pine. Catherine Thompson.
Lucille Hume & Sunnie Eggarhos.
Dee Banker & Anka Palitz.
Jeanne O’Neil.
Kathy DiCocco & Nicole DiCocco.
Kathy Vaughan. Jean Scharf.
Laurie Monahan.
Wendy Roberts, Judi Donoff, and Gail Worth.
Lee Alderton. Board member David Sarama.
Laurie Sherman and Lori Berg.
Lonnie Winter. Barbara Crocker.
Leslie Hogan.
Patti Siganos. Tiffany Ford.
Maureen Woodward.
Mediterranean Ballroom.
12:30 – Luncheon
Venetian Ballroom – The Breakers
Luncheon menu was not your typical hotel fare, quite good; service was attentive.
The Venetian Ballroom was at capacity.
Katie Vecellio & Melissa Parker.
Linda Priscilla. Arlette Gordon.
Karen Klopp & Beth Pine.
Sheila Spaeth and Ellen Weiner.
Audrey Goodman & Carole Martin.
Denise Nagle.
Sevi Sari.
And the raffle winner at our table was … Katie Vecellio.
Table 5.
Table 10.
Luncheon Program
Keynote Speaker – First Lady Laura Bush
Security in place.
Co-chairwomen Melissa Parker and Patty Myura thanked their supporters and introduced Mrs. Bush. After Mrs. Bush’s talk, Patty and Melissa conducted a question-answer segment.
Astute, sharp, self-effacing, charming, and terribly funny.
The event’s major donors and sponsors were welcomed to a private meet-and-greet-and-photo with Mrs. Bush after the  luncheon.
Main Lobby – The Breakers.
February 21, 2018 – 3:30 pm
Book signing with Allan Shayne
Trevini Ristorante – 290 Sunset Avenue/Palm Beach

Cynthia Friedman, Carole Ruhlman, Pamela Acheson Myers, and Susan Nernberg hosted a book party at Trevini Ristorante marking the publication of former Warner Brothers television producer Alan Shayne’s first novel Finding Sylvia. Shayne’s book is a mystery about a movie producer and a missing woman. Barbara Taylor Bradford  describes it as  “a compelling first novel.” I stopped by as Shayne and his supporters were preparing to greet more than 80 guests to the event.
Alan Shayne autographing his new book Finding Sylvia.
Alan Shayne with Cynthia Friedman.
Alan Shayne with Phillip Bergmann, director of music and  film programming at The Society of the Four Arts, who interviewed Shayne about the new book.
Jeff Jacobus, owner of Classic Bookshop, Palm Beach’s #1 book store on South County Road.
Susan Nernberg and Carole Ruhlman were two of the event’s hosts. Pamela Acheson Myers also hosted.
Author Alan Shayne with K. K. Sullivan.
Alan Shayne and Norman Sunshine. Shayne and Sunshine are the subjects of the book Double Life: A Love Story.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

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