A big big crowd turned out last Wednesday night for Dennis Basso's flagship store opening on Madison Avenue
Dennis Basso and Pamela Fiori
Joan Collins
Alexandra Lind Rose
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
Dominick Dunne and Nina Griscom
Marc Rosen and Arlene Dahl
June Haynes
Liza Minnelli
Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd
Felicia Taylor, Dennis Basso, and
Debbie Bancroft
Bonnie Pfeiffer Charles Evans
Steve Bender
Dennis Basso and Rocco DiSpirito
Sale Johnson and Donna Dixon
Patti Labelle
L. to r.: Star Jones; Susan Fales Hill; Rena Sindi; Patrick McDonald; Pamela Fiori.
L. to r.: Mary McFadden; Bettina Zilkha; Marjorie Raein; Nicolas Petrou; Naomi Campbell.

Photographs by Billy Farrell/PMc

Children’s Defense Fund celebrated its 30th anniversary with a star-studded gala
L. to r.: Denyce Graves; Executive Honoree Bill Lynch.
Jessica Lange, Iman and David Copperfield joined Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) celebrated the organization’s 30th Anniversary, honoring the many achievements of the CDF. CDF has been the leading voice in the halls of power representing the needs of America’s children. The organization has made significant improvements in the lives of millions of children and families with research and advocacy that has lead to better early childhood education, expanded health insurance coverage for children, new child welfare protections and guaranteed education for children with special needs.
Marian Wright Edelman
Iman and Jessica Lang
Michael Klein
The gala, which raised over $800,000 for CDF was held at the Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater on Tuesday, November 11th, featured a special live performance by Denyce Graves, star of The Metropolitan Opera. Chuck Prince, CEO Citigroup, presented honors to both Bill Lynch, President of Bill Lynch Associates, LLC; and Michael Klein, Chairman & CEO Citibank International plc., for their outstanding work with children in the community.

In addition, CDF presented the annual Beat the Odds® awards to three New York City area high school seniors; Martin Garrett, 17, from Elmont, NY, 17-year-old Sophie Parr from the Bronx, and Marquita Davis, 17, from Brooklyn. The awards were presented to them by David Copperfield, Iman and Congressman Charles Rangel, respectively. Beat the Odds® was created in 1990 by CDF to recognize and reward young people who have overcome tremendous obstacles in their lives, and who continue to work hard to achieve academic excellence while giving back to their communities.

People Magazine's third annual "Heroes Among Us" luncheon
Paula Zahn and Bebe Neuwirth
Muffie Potter Aston and Patricia Duff
John Edward
Josh Groban
People magazine held its 3rd annual “Heroes Among Us” luncheon at the New York Public Library on Monday, November 10.  This signature event brought to life the magazine's mission to cover stories of  "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" and paid tribute to six individuals whose inspiring stories of courage and commitment, strength and compassion were covered in PEOPLE during the past year.
Michael J. Fox
Liz Smith and John Stamos

Photographs by Chance Yeh/PMc

At PM for the launch party of Wendy Straker's book Sexy Jobs in the City, hosted by Kahlua
Lori Blackman,Wendy Straker,Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, and Dylan Lauren
Gigi Stone and Laura Eisman
Gigi Stone
Wendy Straker and Diana Miller
Bailey Chase and Wendy Straker
Erica Levy and Geraldo Rivera

Photographs by Jamie McCarthy/PMc


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