American Cancer Society's annual Spring gala
Heather Randall, Tricia Walsh-Smith, Jack Klugman, Anna Moffo, Marty Richards, and Michele Herbert
Rue McClanahan, Al Reynolds, Star Jones, and Marty Richards
  Notes from a friend on last Monday night’s American Cancer Society’s annual Spring Gala:

Lauren Vernon and Marty Richards
I tell you the Mandarin Oriental ballroom looked SOOOO beautiful ... the flowers were incredibly magnificent, the food delicious, Bob Hardwick was great, the honorees Marty Richards, Anna Moffo and Tony Randall (Jack Klugman accepted the award for Tony) were so touched and most moving in their short (thank God) speeches. But, Best of all ... we had the balloon auction where we send children with cancer and their siblings to Camp Adventure for a week of fun ... and in about 3 minutes we raised $110,000 by selling balloons at $650 a piece representing one child. Michele Herbert and Tricia Walsh-Smith were terrific Co-Chairs.

I should mention, too that everyone went home with a goody bag worth $750!!!!
Charles Gargano and Leba Sedaka
Chuck Scarborough, Libby Pataki, Michele and Larry Herbert, Tricia Walsh-Smith and Philip Smith
Dennis Basso
Charles Gargano, Maria Theresa Fauci, Caroline Hirsch, and Andrew Fox
Diana Feldman and Libby Pataki
Marilena Greig and Anna Moffo
Marty Richards and Maria Theresa Fauci
Raul Esparza
Miss USA Shandi Finnessey, and Tricia Walsh-Smith
Richard Kandel, Marjorie Andrade, and friends
Elliott Vernon and Ralph Destino
Patricia Neal and Arlene Dahl
Jack Klugman and Joy Rosenthal
Tricia Walsh-Smith conducting the balloon auction
View of the ballroom

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Notes from a friend on the Bal de Berceaux
Anne Cohen
The Children's Storefront Chorus
The Bal de Berceaux is a deb ball and a fundraiser, but for people of all ages, including the most sober of dignitaries and financiers, who arrive from near and far dressed rather fancifully and to the hilt, and it never fails. They allow, and even welcome, a trace of camp.

The 63rd Annual Bal des Berceaux 2004,
held on April 30 at the Plaza Hotel, honored philanthropist and newly published author Elsie Aidinoff for the creativity and energy she has devoted for over 25 years towards developing educational programs and funding for The Children's Storefront, a remarkable tuition-free independent school in Harlem. Mrs. Aidinoff, who has maintained lifelong ties to France, thanked the French-American community in New York for supporting her effort. Then, the school's chorus serenaded her with a rock 'n' roll a capella rendition of Amazing Grace that had the whole ballroom clapping along in time.
Escorts: Jean Marie Mussat, Frederick Bronstein, Christopher Boensch, Henry Ballard Terepka, Trent Swift, Tristan Serge Leclère, Spencer Biddle Milius, Garret Ienner. Débutantes: Caroline Elizabeth Chappell, Alexa Elizabeth Broida, Carina Saary, Hanna Rebecca Lundqvist, Anne-France de la Mothe Karoubi, Talia Alexiane Leclère, Julia de Peyrony Foster, and Anais Merle pos with the MVAgusta 750 Brutale, 2004.
The Parade in the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel
To arrange this signal event every Spring, French-American Aid for Children relies on corporate support from multiple sources (generously provided in 2004 by Air France, Altria, American Airlines, BNP Paribas, Cartier, Chanel, Christie's, Crédit Lyonnais, Dassault, Fred, Frédéric Fekkai, Hachette Filipacchi, Hermès, L'Oreal, McCann-Erickson, Payard, Société Générale, Stribling, and others), and upon a wide circle of devoted friends - and of course our ravishing débutantes - to celebrate and help support the resilience of children who are offered a fresh chance to improve their lives.

This year, interior designer Odile de Schietère Longchampt and Stanley Weisman filled the Grand Ballroom with cherry tree branches in full bloom, for a magical backdrop to a colorful evening. In addition to honoring Mrs. Aidinoff, the evening's proceedings included solo renditions of both national anthems, a newly choreographed presentation of the débutantes, and a live auction of luxury items, including the 2004 MV Agusta Brutale motorcycle which raised a record $97,500.

Bal des Berceaux 2004 itself raised a total of $400,000, which will be distributed in its entirety to six beneficiary organizations dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of needy children: The Children's Storefront, The Children's Village at Dobbs Ferry, The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in the Bronx, Le Centre Français de Protection de l'Enfance, Le Centre Augustin Grosselin; and La Societé de Charité Maternelle de Paris.
Madeleine Douglas and Victoria Chappell
Christine and Jean-Jacques de Saint-Andrieu
Douglas and Florence von Erb
Béatrice and Didi Pei
Auctioneer George McNeely and Ball Chair Marie-Louise Quéré-Messing
Douglas and Anne Stone
Mrs. and Mr. Joerg Klebe
Leonard and Sharon Zack
Edith de Montebello and Pierre-Louis Roederer
xJean-Marc de La Sablière and Richard Duqué
Stanley Weisman with Katharina and Jacques Bouhet
Elsie Aidinoff
Lorenzo Weisman and Stanley Weisman
Odile de Schietère Longchampt and Diane Ackerman
Charles-Henri Mangin and Emmanuel Merle
Michelle de La Mothe Karoubi and her daughter Claire
Françoise Gamet and Patricia Ratut-Willemetz
Richard Duqué, Marguerite Mangin, and Elsie Adinoff
Maribel and Daniel Quintero
Sylvie de La Sablière (center) and friends
Caridad Duqué and Jean-Marc de La Sablière
Walter Ptice and Catherine Moriani
John Chappell, Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson, and Catherine Chappell
Barbara Brookes
Livia Sylva and Bernard Aidinoff
Virginia Fox and Jacques Léviant
FAAC Presedient Marguerite Mangin and Béatrice Dupont
Eric Kronstadt, Morgan Swett, and Jeremy Hersch
Pierre and Caroline de Ravel d'Esclapon
Keiko and Rocky Aoki
Agnès Thierry and Alix Shearer
Dennis and Huguette Hersch
Ted and Tania Davis


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