Seventh annual Seeds of Peace Bid for Peace
James Rubin and Christiane Amanpour
Robert DeNiro with Seeds of Peace graduates
The seventh annual Seeds of Peace Bid for Peace Celebrity Auction brought celebrities and over 1,200 New York professionals to the Copacabana on February 16th and helped to raise close to $850K for programs that empower young people from regions of conflict, including Israelis and Palestinians, with the leadership skills required to advance coexistence. 
Christiane Amanpour

This year’s event honored Christiane Amanpour of CNN; Former Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin; former US Ambassador to the UN Richard C. Holbrooke. Universal Artists’ Miri Ben-Ari, the hip hop violinist and recent Grammy Award-winner for her collaboration on Kanye West’s Jesus Walks, performed live following Ben-Ari, DJ Mark Ronson kept the crowd on its feet.

Celebrities from stage and screen as well as other notables “walked the path to peace” down the red carpet accompanied by a Seeds of Peace graduate.  Some of the celebrities supporting Seeds of Peace through attending the event, lending their name to the “Honorary Celebrity Host Committee,” or donating an item for the auction included Christine Baranski, Lewis Black, Andy Borowitz, Josh Charles, Anderson Cooper, Billy Crudup, Robert DeNiro, Peter Dinklage, Rocco DiSpirito, Edie Falco, Sally Field, Tom Friedman, Janeane Garofalo, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rashida Jones, Myron Kandel, Anne Meara, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Nouri, Zac Posen, Roger Rees, Charlie Rose, Anthony Ruivivar, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shaloub, Elisabeth Shue, Ron Silver, Jerry Stiller, Sam Waterston and Yvonne Jung.

Liz Bowyer, Daniel Cruise (Co-Chair), Caroline Bretter, Patrick Steel, Regina and Evan Haymes (Co-Chair), and Munir Hussein (Co-Chair)

In addition to the live performances and celebrity appearances, the event also featured premium live and silent auction items that offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some “opportunity” or “priceless” auction items included walk-on roles to 24 and Arrested Development, gourmet dinners in your home prepared by Rocco DiSpirito, red carpet tickets to the 2006 GRAMMYs, private lunches with Tom Friedman, Sam Waterston, Lewis Black, and Charlie Rose, clothing worn by Jennifer Gardner on Alias, private movie screening of Bewitched and Memoirs of a Geisha, tickets to the finale of Survivor Palau and to a taping of American Idol, and a private tour of the MoMA.

David Stonehill  and Sasan Arbabha

Billy Crudup bid and won the "March Madness" package that included tickets to the 2006 Final Four. Dinners with Rocco DiSpirito went for $15K, the VIP party at Crobar went for $9K, and a extravagant weekend in London including lunch with Christiane Amanpour went for $11K. 

Each year, the Bid for Peace Celebrity Auction is co-sponsored by its Young Leadership Committee, a group of established New York professionals dedicated to advancing and promoting Seeds of Peace.  Co-Chairs for this year’s event were Daniel Cruise, Evan A. Haymes and Munir M. Hussein. To learn more about Seeds of Peace, click here.

L. to r.: Billy Crudup; Israeli Seed, Liav Hertsman and Christine Baranski.
Seeds of Peace graduates with Kati Marton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Janet Wallach
Peter Dinklage and fiancée Erica Schmidt
Cindy Wachter, Eric Stein, Evan Haymes, Catherine Frey, and Todd Hagopian
Jordanian Seed Ramzi, Joe Gantz, and Robert DeNiro
Stuart and Linda Schelssinger, Richard Maidman, Evan Haymes, and Gail Maidman
"Hip Hop Violinist" Miri Ben-Ari
Rocco DiSpirito, Edie Falco, and Miss Teen USA, Shelley Hennig
Karis Durmer, Sebastian Stubbe, Janet Wallach, and David Strasser

48th Annual International Red Cross Ball
Dick and Sally Robinson
Dan and Janice Gillerman (Israel's Ambassador to the UN Security Council)

Tiaras were sparkling above the and the fragrance of thousands of red and white roses filling the air at the Mar-a-Lago for the 48th International Red Cross Ball, the signature event of the Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter.

More than 700 guests in gowns, white ties and tails gathered in the Grand Ballroom, on the same spot where was conceived nearly 50 years ago by founder Marjorie Merriweather Post.

Norma and Simon Fireman, Chairman of the International Red Cross Ball

Guests quaffed champagne and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres around a pool strewn with red and white roses and white hydrangeas. Jewels from Van Cleef & Arpels brought additional sparkle to the eyes of the guests.

A trio of trumpets heralded the guests’ attention for the grand procession of Chairmen, Grand Benefactors and Ambassadors, each accompanied by a member of the Marine 4th ANGLICO Unit of West Palm Beach, which also provided the color guard.

The guests included Mr. and Mrs. Regis Philbin and newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Trump. The Michael Rose Orchestra entertained throughout the evening, followed by a live performance by legendary singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.

Donald Trump was once again Chairman of Ambassadorial Arrangements and graciously flew the ambassadors to Palm Beach aboard his jet. Bunnie Stevens, Chief of Protocol for this year’s Ball, and Ambassador Marion Smoak, Honorary Chief of Protocol, gathered commitments from more than a dozen countries for the Grand Ball.

Attending ambassadors and guests included: Nabil Fahmy of Egypt; Vygaudas Usackas of Lithuania; Wolfgang Ischinger of Germany; Jukka Valtasaari of Finland; John Wood of New Zealand; Andras Simonyi of Hungary; Marina Annette Valere of Trinidad & Tabago; Bayney Karran of Guyana; Imad Moustapha of Syria; Leonard Ngaithe of Kenya; Samuel Zbogar of Slovenia; Dan Gillerman of Israel; Chintana Piromya, wife of Ambassador of Thailand; Maria Izabelle Abdenur, wife of Ambassador of Brazil; Monica Bordon, wife of Ambassador of Argentina.

The 2005 International Red Cross Ball would not have been possible
without the generous support of its benefactors such as Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence DeGeorge, Grand Honorary Chairmen; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Robinson, Grand Diplomatic Hosts; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tomsich, Honorary Chairmen; Mrs. Joan G. Rubin, Vice Chairman; and Van Cleef & Arpels, Grand Corporate Benefactor.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers who provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more than 80 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach counties, has been providing shelter for families during a hurricane, flood or fire, and teaching First Aid, CPR, AIDS Prevention and Water Safety. To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in communities, or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711 or 1-800-RED-CROSS within the four service counties, or contact the website at:

D Bob and Arlette Gordon
Ralph Hansen, Anka Palitz, Michel Collin, and Eva Hansen
Dean Dimke, Marty Evans, and Simon Fireman
Maria Sachs and Countess Henrietta de Hoernle
German Ambassador Wolfgana Ischinger and his wife Jutta Falke
Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Mike Shevell, and Ambassador Andras Simonyi
Lawrence and Florence DeGeorge
Donald and Melania Trump
Matthew and Tracy Smith
Jon and Moira Fiore
Nicholas Montgomery and Kimberly Strauss
Kathy Lively and B. Jaye Pilotte
Etel Valtasaari, Ambassador of Finland Jukka Valtasaari, and Asa and Per Loof
Raul and Nikki Puppo
Ambassador Marion Smoak and Bunnie Stevens
Nathalie Guedj and Michael Orenstein
Ambassador of Guyana Bayney Ram Karran and wife Donna Karran
Albert Mendez and Nina Bazo
Stephania Conrad, Ambassador of Lithuania Vygaudas Usackas, Loreta Usakiene-Bilkstye, and Donald Conrad
Robert and Suzanne Tomsich

Photographs by Lucien Capehart

Butterflies and Bold Ties Party at Marsh Island Club
Lisa Becker and husband Bill
The Clubhouse at Marsh Island Club
On February 5, Marsh Island Club in Vero Beach, FL played host to “Butterflies and Bold Ties” the annual benefit for the Environmental Learning Center. Sharyn and Stephen Mann and Ira Wolff, the developers of Marsh Island Club generously agreed to host the party at their stunning Clubhouse.

Stephen Mann and Melissa Talley
Designed by renowned architectural firm Ferguson and Shamamian, the clubhouse features wide, light-filled porches that embrace the harbor, exquisitely detailed rafter tails and high pitched roofs – an ideal setting for the Butterflies and Bold Ties party. The party was a festive and fun evening, featuring dancing to the Ruby Baker Band, which was generously sponsored by John’s Island Real Estate, delicious cocktails, sponsored by Norris & Co. Real Estate, and one of the best silent auctions in town. Petra Blackman and Melissa Talley were the event’s co-chairs.

The Environmental Learning Center is a non-profit nature organization situated on 51 acres, which strives to instill a deeper understanding of the natural world through their many programs offered to both children and adults.
Heather Semon, Petra Blackman, Annaki Stalquist, and Melissa Talley
Rhonda Lowe, Nancy Flinn, Robyn Flick, and Rick Flick

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Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Evans, Toby Hill, and Melissa Talley
Sharyn Mann with John Walsh

Tuleh's Fall 2005 New York Fashion Week show
Amanda Cutter Brooks
Caroline Winberg
Kris Norman
Moët minis and Krups paninis ruled the backstage soiree celebrating Tuleh’s Fall 2005 New York Fashion Week show on February 6th. Mother/daughter duo Kyra Sedgwick and 12-year-old Sosie Ruth were on hand to soak up the scene backstage, which included lots of champagne and laughter. Several models were closer to Sosie Ruth’s age than one might expect, turning down the champagne because they were eight years below the legal drinking age! Tuleh appeals to the young crowd, but not that young!

The ultra-feminine threads are popular with the hipster set and have many trend-setting fans including Chlöe Sevigny and Jane Magazine’s Jane Pratt as well as Alexandra and Vanessa Kerry and Marisa Tomei.

The delicate, feminine line’s creative director, Amanda Cutter Brooks was there along with supermodels Liliana Dominguez and Caroline Winberg who tapped into their inner vamps like the pros they are before their turns down the catwalk. Model Louise Pederson and friend shared a friendly discussion over the bubbly treats. Socialites and social stars alike gnoshed on the European treats and hammed it up for the photographer, as you can see. Chef Oliver Schwaner-Albright proved that not even the fashion industry can resist his tasty paninis.
Liliana Dominguez
Louise Pederson and friend
Gordon Espinet
Oliver Schwaner Albright
Merle Ginsberg
Shannon Elizabeth

Photographs by Sara Jaye Wiess

At Doubles to launch The French Institute Alliance Française’s La Nuit des Étoiles Festival Dinner
Alice Judelson
Charles and Janis Cecil
Diane Ackerman
Stanley Weisman and Michèle Gerber Klein
Michèle Gerber Klein, Valesca Guerrand-Hermès and Ruth Stanton threw a small cocktail at Doubles to launch The French Institute Alliance Française’s La Nuit des Étoiles Festival Dinner, which celebrates Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center.

Sharon Bush, Michèle Gerber Klein, Valesca-Guerrand Hermès, and Wendy Carduner
Guests including Stanley Weisman, Edmée de Montmollin Firth, Béatrice Pei, Wendy Carduner, Elizabeth Kabler, Diane Ackerman, Diane and Allison Weiss, Charles Cecil, Joan Lacey, WB11 anchor Jim Watkins and his wife Lauren Thierry, Anait Kay, Devon Darcangelo, Jill Brooke and Gary Goldstein, Randall Stempler, MSNBC’s Jennifer Kay, Tova Farkas, Melissa Berkelhammer, Robin Massee, Neri Castner, Sophie Taubertgehan, Rodhe Noah, Karen and Masha Leon. Sharon Bush, the ex-wife of President Bush’s brother Neil told Diane Dunne of the New York Sun, “Condoleezza Rice called on France and Europe to put aside differences with the United States, and I’m here tonight to help this cause. I love the United States and France, and I play tennis with Condoleezza Rice, who, by the way is a very good tennis player.”

Catherine Malandrino, her husband Bernard Aidan, Maggie Norris, Joe Cheng, The Marlborough Gallery’s Janis Cecil, and I-20 Gallery’s Alice Judelson discussed fashion week’s interesting art connection: Christo and his French wife Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates” project in Central Park, and Peter Norton’s amazing art collection displayed in his ‘pied a ciel’ over looking Columbus Circle on the 54th floor of the Trump Tower.

Also on hand: French Institute Alliance Française President Marie-Monique Steckel said that many prominent French men and women would be present at La Nuit des Étoiles (The Night of Stars) dinner at Restaurant Daniel, on March 10th. “Catherine Deneuve is flying in to be our star of stars.” Mme Steckel also announced.

Marisa Berenson, Melissa Ceria, Kelly Bensimon, Ghislaine Maxwell, Gina de Givenchy, Phyllis Collins, Michelle de la Mothe, Charlie Rose, Joan Rivers, Geoffrey Holder, Jackie Weld, Drake, Marthe Keller, Christine Cachot Williams, Monina von Opel, Dr. Ruth, Guy Wildenstein and Odile de Schitere Longchampt are all among the benefit’s patrons. (A handful of tickets to La Nuit des Étoiles are still available. Call: 212-355-6100, ext. 254.)

Catherine Verret-Vimont, Executive Director of The French Film Office, spoke about the 10th annual French Film Festival, dubbed Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, opening on March 11th, with André Téchiné's 2005 Berlinale Golden Bear competition winner, a love drama dubbed: Les Temps qui Changent (Changing Times), and starring Catherine Deneuve with Gérard Depardieu. (Through March 20th, at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center.)
Catherine Malandrino and Bernard Aidan
Marie-Monique Steckel
Jill Brooke and Lauren Thierry
Gary Goldstein, Charles Cecil, and Jim Watkins
Devon Darcangelo and Royce Pinkwater
L. to r.: Allison Weiss and Valesca-Guerrand Hermès; Maggie Norris and Michèle Gerber Klein; Joe Cheng and Anait Bian.

Photographs by Joe Schildhorn/PMc


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