Viva Glam Casino celebrating Diffa's (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) 20th Anniversary
Lauren Bush and Maggie Rizer
David Sheppard and Maggie Rizer
Ujjwala Raut
Supermodel Maggie Rizer hosted VIVA GLAM CASINO two nights ago, DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) annual, glittering-gaming-hall-themed benefit supported by title sponsor MAC Cosmetics.

Her supermodel friends, Ling Tan, Magdalena Wrobel, Rhea Durham, Angela Marie, Anne V, Astrid Muñoz, Yoanna House, Anouck Lepere, Ujjwala, Natasa Vojnovic, Oluchi, Theodora Richards and Alexandra Richards, supported Maggie’s efforts.

Maggie Rizer and Julie Rizer
David Sheppard, DIFFA’s Executive Director, introduced the evening’s honorary host, John Demsey, CEO of MAC Cosmetics. After John’s speech, Maggie addressed the crowd to deliver some touching words on memories of her father, AIDS awareness, DIFFA and its programs.

The hostesses chose dresses that represented fashion’s finest.
MAC spokesperson Chloë Sevigny wore a gorgeous gold Louis Vuitton dress, while Maggie Rizer chose a flirty pink and silver Marc Jacobs. The legendary Copacabana was transformed into a cash-free casino for the night: guests were treated to gaming (for DIFFA-dollars) at Minnesota Fats tables, Cuban inspired food, and dancing, to music selected by guest DJ Peter Reyes and live Latin percussionists. MAC models dressed as Havana showgirls with dramatic headdresses circulated throughout the party.

Winning bets were redeemed for designer-dream prizes from the likes of Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Jet Blue, Armani Casa, Prada, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson and Coach. There were no losing players of the night, since all “misplaced” bets were donated to DIFFA.
Maggie Rizer, Rhea Durham, Alexandra Richards, Theodora Richards, and Angela Marie
Further fantasy items were bid for cash at a silent auction, including a fabulous San Francisco Caviar Weekend with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar and accommodations at W San Francisco Hotel, a metallic Christina Perrin evening gown went for $4,000 and an original Ruben Toledo illustration of Maggie Rizer as a Havana girl sold for $5,000. The auction raised over $50,000.

The idea behind the repeatedly successful casino benefit with DIFFA was conceived by Maggie herself to raise funds in memory of her father, Kevin O’Dea Rizer, a Wall Street executive who lost his life to AIDS. With Maggie’s commitment and DIFFA’s effort, VIVA GLAM CASINO has become one of the most visible and profitable fundraising events in the country.

Isabel and Ruben Toledo with the Cabana Girls
VIVA GLAM CASINO is one of several fundraising activities organized by DIFFA, one of the largest resources to fund HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the US. DIFFA, which began in 1984 with a core of volunteers from the fashion design industries, has provided to date more than $32 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. Last night’s event grossed over $300,000.

In its continually successful bid to draw contributors from world-renowned creative leaders from both local and national corporations into its fight against the HIV epidemic, DIFFA proudly associated itself with MAC Cosmetics and its MAC AIDS Fund. Established in 1994, the fund facilitates the distribution of monies to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally and has raised over $32 million from the sale of Viva Glam lipsticks and Kids Helping Kids greeting cards.

Also in attendance were, DIFFA’s Creative Director Anneliese Estrada, Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins, Lauren Bush, Moby, Richie Rich, Fabian Basabe, Nanette Lepore, Christina Perrin, Zang Toi, Stan Herman, Kal Ruttenstein, Vanessa Von Bismarck, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Robert Verdi, Gilles Mendel, Lauren Davis, Empress Trai La Trash, and the “Queer Eye” Guys Tom Filicia, and Kyan Douglas.

The party continued late into the night at Table 50 with Q-Tip and Marc Ronson spinning for the likes of Damon Dash, Dexter Dalwood, Jamie Johnson, Ivanka Trump, and the Richards girls.
Moby with the Cabana Girls
Maggie Rizer, John Demsey, and Chloe Sevigny

Photographs by Billy Farrell/PMc

George Lang’s Surprise 80th Birthday Party
Andrew Fox and Caroline Hirsch
Ronald Lauder and George Lang
Beth Ostrosky, Howard Stern, and Dr. Ruth
A couple of Tuesdays ago (you see where Versailles set us back time-wise) over at the Café des Artistes at One West 67th Street, Jenifer, Simon and Gigi Lang held a Surprise 80th birthday party for George Lang. It was an evening of Hungarian/American entertainment, traditional Hungarian food, and glamorous guests concluding with 80 birthday cakes from bakeries all over the city . From the Four Seasons to the Waldorf, to the Café des Artistes, one of New York’s finest restaurants, George is a living legend on the isle of Manhattan.

There were lots of the boldfaces out there to congratulate The Man, including Glenn Close, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Bryant and Hillary Gumbel, Dr. Ruth, Dylan Lauren, Diana Williams, LeRoy Neiman, Peter Jennings and Kayce Freed, Caroline Hirsch, Aiden Turner, Danny and Audrey Meye, Joan and Bob Tisch, Andre Balazs, Hon. Ed Koch, Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Betsy Gotbaum, Pamela Fiori, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Drew Nieporent, David and Helen Gurley Brown, Nina and Tim Zagat.

City Meals-On-Wheels received donations from some of the guests and whatever the guests didn’t consume that night was donated to City Harvest, including what was left of the fabulous 80(!) birthday cakes. Happy Birthday George and here’s to many more!
Ed Koch, Joanna Pruess, and Bob Lape
Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown
Glenn Close and David Shaw
Pat Manocchia, Gregg Peter, Jillian Mounsey, and Mark Tenore
Rachel Harris and Holly Kristen
Hungarian Dancers
Tom Lynch, Dale Cooper, Adrienne, and LeRoy Neiman
Jonathan and Somers Farkas
Drew Nieporent
Bob Tisch
Ruth and Skitch Henderson
Janet and LeRoy Neiman
Andy Rooney and Rex Reed
Rex Reed and Elaine Sargent
Hilary and Bryant Gumbel
Nancy Tsai and Nancy Brinker
Beth Rudin DeWoody and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Dylan Lauren
Peter Jennings and Kayce Freed
Rick and Kathy Hilton
Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and George Lang
Simon, Jenifer, Gigi, and George Lang
Megan Marshall, Aiden Turner, Irina Dvorovenko, and Maxim Beloserkovsky
Jerry Della Femina, George Lang, and Judy Licht
Lyn Paulsin, Gary Elsass, and Caroline Hirsch
The three-piece classical band
Barbara Lee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel with George Lang

Photographs by Rob Rich


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