Seeing the light

This past Wednesday night Lighthouse International celebrated its centennial with the 2006 Winternight Gala at the Marriott Marquis. This year they saluted the Centennial Family – the family of Sol and Lillian Goldman and their Centennial Partner, Novartis Ophthalmics, and Lighthouse Legends: Melissa L. Cohn, Flemming Ornskov, Gary Shapiro, Christina Johnson, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta, John G. Ledes, Guy Peyrelongue, Liz Tilberis, Lawrence J. Aiken, Annette Green, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, Judith Peabody, and Audrey Hepburn.

William B. Follett and Dr. Tara Cortes

President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford were Honorary Chairs. Barbara Saltzman was Gala Chair. Mike Wallace was MC.

This year they also honored past and present Presidents and First Ladies.

Lighthouse International is the leading resource all over the world on helping people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss. It was founded in 1905 by pioneering sisters Winifred and Edith Holt who had the vision of a brighter future for people without sight.

Vision impairment is on the rise, and at an alarming rate. There are 16.5 million Americans 45 and older who are visually impaired. That figure will grow to 20 million in less than five years.

Becki and Ari Fleischer
Inez Weinstein and Annette Green
Regan Stone
Connie Berducci and Roger Goldman
Andrew Pittel, Justin Pittel, Stephanie Goldman Pittel, Samantha Pittel, and Dr. Tara Cortes
William B. Follett with Barbara and Jim Forbes
Julie Yannuzzi and Dr. Lawrence Yannuzzi
Enid Nemy and Mario Buatta
Dr. Tara Cortes and Mike Wallace
Pia Lindstrom and Roger Goldman
Dr. Tara Cortes, Dr. Luis Cortes, George Reed, and Louis and Logan Cortes
Becki and Ari Fleischer, Cynthia Steun, Mike Wallace, and Bill Weisenbach
Barbara Saltzman, Dr. Amy Goldman, Dr. Tara Cortes, and Dr. Benjamin Lewis
Dr.Tara Cortes, Steven Goldman, Trish Goldman, and Alan Goldman
A week ago Tuesday, The Versace Group celebrated the renovation of the Versace Fifth Avenue Flagship boutique, the largest Versace store in the world, with a party during New York Fashion Week. This was the Versace Group’s first official celebration in the city since the Versace Retrospective Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in December 1997.
Guests for the evening included good friends of the house from the worlds of film, television, and music such as: Angela McCluskey, Asia Argento, Benicio del Toro, Cindy Crawford, Claire Danes, Dita von Teese, Elettra Rossellini, Halle Berry, Harry Connick Jr., Heather Graham, Hilary Duff, Carine Rotfeld, Joel Madden, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Maggie Q, Maxwell, Milla Jovovich, Naomi Campbell, Nicholas Cage, Nicolette Sheridan, Rachel Weisz, Rupert Everett, Sophie Dahl, and Trudie Styler. New York guests also included Amanda Hearst, Amy Sacco, Anderson Cooper, Elizabeth Saltzman, Ingrid Sischy, Graydon Carter, Damon Dash, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Harvey Weinstein, Claire Bernard, Ivanka Trump, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Lisa Airan, Olivia Chantecaille, Tinsley and Topper Mortimer, and Zani Gugelmann.

After the cocktail, Donatella Versace herself hosted a small, intimate dinner at a private penthouse residence, at One Beacon Court where the guests enjoyed a private performance by Angela McCluskey.
Angela Arabo and Jacob "The Jeweler" Arabo
Alexis Bryan
Claire Danes
Andrew Saffir and Olivia Chantecaille
Anna Scott and Graydon Carter
Claire Bernard, Paul Beck, and Zani Gugelmann
Graydon Carter, Donatella Versace, and Anna Scott
Hal Rubenstein, Amy Sacco, and Paul Beck
Jennifer Lopez, Donatella Versace, and Halle Barry
Sitting pretty
Ivanka Trump
Tinsley Mortimer
Luigi Tadini and Amanda Hearst
Amanda Hearst, Paul Beck, and Zani Gugelmann
Dan Baker Jr., Sophie Dahl, Edward O'Sullivan, and Karolina Kurkova
Amanda Hearst and Fabian Basabe
Donatella Versace and Jennifer Lopez
Donatella Versace and Maxwell
Donatella Versace and Milla Jovovich
Elizabeth Saltzman, Doutzen Kroes, and friend
Josh Wald, Amy Sacco, and Joao Cellutini
Valesca Guerrand Hermes and Nicolette Sheridan
Jamie Johnson
Kate Hudson
Julia Restoin Roitfeld
Dr. Lisa Airan; Luigi Tadini, Amanda Hearst, and Dan Abrams; Naomi Campbell.
Rupert Everett and Donatella Versace
Rachel Roy and Helena Christensen
Mickey Sumner and Julia Restoin Roitfeld

Photographs by Rob Rich/516-676-3939 (Lighthouse); Patrick McMullan (Versace).



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