The Henry Street Settlement Spring Dinner Dance at Pier 60 of Chelsea Piers
Ahmet Ertegun and Sonia Morgan
Dana Taylor and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes

The Henry Street Settlement held its annual Spring Dinner Dance last Tuesday night at Pier 60 of the Chelsea Piers honoring Marlene Hess and Daisy Soros for their humanitarian efforts and philanthropic contributions with Beverly Sills presenting them with their awards.

The Henry Street Settlement was created by one of the most influential and respected social reformers (back when social reformers were the Real Thing) of the 20th Century, Lillian Wald, in 1893 when she "settled in" on the Lower East Side (then a teeming neighborhood of immigrant families) to care for the poor. In 1895, financier and philanthropist Jacob Schiff purchased a property at 265 Henry Street and repaired and furnished it and Miss Wald moved in. Seven years later the Settlement added buildings at 299, 301 and 303 Henry Street, including a gymnasium, opening one of the city's first playgrounds — providing a safe environment for children theretofore forced to play in crowded and unsafe city streets.

Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald was a woman born into a life of privilege. At age 22 she came to Manhattan to attend the New York Hospital School of Nursing. When she founded the Henry Street Settlement she began teaching health and hygiene to immigrant women on the impoverished Lower East Side. Thereafter Miss Wald devoted herself to the community full-time.

By the early 1900s, the Settlement included a team of twenty nurses and was offering an astonishing array of innovative and effective social, recreational and educational services. The salary of the first public school nurse in New York City (in 1902) was paid for by Henry Street. Her success led the Board of Education to appoint nurses in city schools. In 1908, they opened the first summer camps for children. A few years later they build a "neighborhood playhouse" theatre which to this day continues to showcase many Settlement Arts programs. In 1927, they opened the Henry Street Music School which through the years has hosted and produced hundreds of concerts and operas and trained thousands of musicians.

Lillian Wald remained involved in the Henry Street Settlement for more than thirty years, until she retired in 1930. Since its inception, and throughout the past century, many families who were assisted by Lillian Wald's work have continued to support the Henry Street Settlement. This year's honorees, Mrs. Hess and Mrs. Soros are prime examples of the spirit of Henry Street — community minded, humanitarian, hard-working women who participate daily and directly in supporting life in New York.

This year's Co-Chairs were Laura Hunt, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, Pilar Crespi Robert, and Jill Swid. DJ Tom Finn kept the evening dancing and Sotheby’s executive vice-president and auctioneer Jamie Niven conducted a live auction with irresistible items to bid on. In the crowd: Zac Posen, Jaime Johnson, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Samantha and Serena Boardman, Rena Sindi, Eliza Reed Bolen, Tory and Chris Burch, Coralee Charriol and Dennis Paul, Jennifer Creel, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Gigi Mortimer, Julia and David Koch, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Valesca and Matthias Guerrand-Hermes, and Gilles and Kelly Bensimon.

L. to r.: Yvonne Scio; Fernanda Kellogg and Barbara Tober; Bob Harrison and Daisy Soros.
L. to r.: Coco and Arie Kopelman; Denise and Larry Wohl with Bonnie Pfeifler and Charles Evans; Eva Lorenzotti.
Bob Harrison, Dale Burch, and Daisy and Paul Soros
Celia and Silas Chow
Mica Ertegun and David Koch
John Morgan and Ahmet Ertegun
Ginna Dunlop and James Niven
Leslie Stevens
Julia and David Koch
Jill Swid and Gilles Bensimon
Alexandra Posen and Jennifer Lynn
Marisa Brown and Zani Gugelmann
Larry and Jennifer Creel
Lars Nilson and Ann Grauso
L. to r.: Valesca Guerrand-Hermes; Marlene Hess and Pilar Crespi Robert; Laura Hunt; Prince Dimitri and Stephen Robert.

Photographs by Jimi Celeste/PMc


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Preview party of the New York International Art and Antique Show
Alice Tisch, Joseph Sabbadini, and Sloan Barnett
Benjamin Steinitz and Marcy Epstein
Joseph Cicio, Julie Minskoff, and Mario Buatta

The goodie bags at this year's Preview party of the New York International Art and Antique Show at the 67th Street Armory were donated by Penhaligon launching their new fragrance "Lavandula" (as in lavendar). Penhaligon's president and man-about-New York Joe Cicio conceived of the first-time idea of launching a fragrance on an international venue.

Event designer David Monn — whose creations are now all the rage on the social gala scene, laid down a lavendar carpet at the entrance to the show, filled the front of the Armory with 20 foot high lavendar branches, and set up a lavendar garden in the center of the exhibition area. Penhaligon very generously gave everyone attending a sample of the great new fragrance — for the perfect Proustian moment for all you would-be Provencals out there or, as it is for us dog-lovers, the perfect antidote to canine-scented air of living in dogs’ houses; I kid you not. Thank you Lavandula and Joe Cicio.

Meg Wendy and Alice Tisch
Wilber Ross and Hilary Geary
Elizabeth Loomis, Tinsley Mortimer, and Adelina Ettelson
Earle and Carol Mack
Lars Nilsson, Diana Braussard, and Vincent Daudin
Diane Wendy, Joseph Cicio, and Meg Wendy
L. to r.: Baird Penny; Diana Quasha; Marjorie Reed Gordon, Cecil Auchincloss, and Judy Gordon.
L. to r.: Heather and Steven Mnuchin; Julie Minskoff and Alice Tisch; Pepe Lopez, Alice Tisch, and Alan Wanzenburg.

Photographs by Patrick McMullan/PMc



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