Victoria Amory; Harry Loy Anderson; Nane Annan; Donna Estes Antebi; Salvador Assael; Muffie Potter Aston.

Victoria Amory. Palm Beach, married to Minot Amory, hostess, party planner and newspaper columnist.

Harry Loy Anderson.
Palm Beach native, socialite and banker.

John Livesay and Donna Estes Antebi

Nane Annan. The beautiful Swedish-born wife of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, lawyer, artist, half-niece of the legendary World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg. Mrs. Annan, who frequently travels worldwide with her husband, is actively involved in in WASH, an international campaign promoting the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene to women and girls in the world. "Access to water and sanitation is necessarily a community concern, and the special needs of women and children have teo be understood at a political level. Because it is the women and girls who bear the brunt of the burden of lack of safe water and sanitation. They are the ones washing babies and infants, and they are teeeh ones most intimidated by the lack of sanitation.”

Donna Estes Antebi. Los Angeles/Hollywood socialite and activist for children’s

Salvador Assael. King of the pearls, retailing and wholesaling in New York (see NYSD 12/3/03).

Muffie Potter Aston. A lot of socialites hate the label and like to think of themselves as working girls, or businesswomen or philanthropists. Muffie Potter Aston, who has a name that drips “socialite” a la Wodehouse or Patrick Dennis, actually is authentically all of the above. Before her marriage to Dr. Sherrell Aston (pictured right), one of the world’s most prominent cosmetic surgeons, Muffie was vice-president in charge of public relations for Van Cleef and Arpels. And she worked, nose to the grindstone, non-stop indefatigable. In fact when it was announced that she and Dr. Aston (it is a second marriage for both) would wed, many worried about who would take care of Van Cleef.

Muffie Potter Aston and Dr. Sherrell Aston
An East Coast bred and schooled girl, Muffie is one of those “doers” whom everyone wants to have on their committee because she can bring in the ticket buyers, raise the millions, organize the party from hiring the hall down to the putting the place cards on the table (and anything in between), and then show up looking like she’s done nothing but spend the day getting ready to look glamorous.

She’s a whirlwind and sometimes that is evident just in her conversation which covers a vast amount of territory – from culture, books, to fashion and downright eyebrow raising dish. Intense, curious, easy to laugh, she’s chaired most of the major gala committees here in New York over the past few years. Everybody wants her because she’s famous for getting it done and getting it done right.

On weekends, she and her husband escape (and with her energy, that is the applicable word) to their place in Locust Valley where daytimes are spent in the garden and nighttimes are spent, phone off-the-hook, invites regretted, putting their feet up, diving into a bowl of popcorn, absorbing to a couple of good flicks and catching a few well-deserved Zzzzz’s. For there’s always a very busy week ahead.

Albemarle, Rufus

Aston, Muffie Potter

Basso, Dennis

Benedict, Daniel

Capehart, Jonathan

Cominotto, Michael

Curry, Boykin

Dahl, Tessa

DeWoody, Beth Rudin

Duchin, Peter and Brooke

Duff, Patricia

Eaton, Phoebe

Fales-HIll, Susan

Fekkai, Frederic


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