Pratt's 2006 Legends Gala; The St. George's Society’s English Ball

At Pratt's 2006 Legends Gala (l. to r.): Bob Siegel, Barbara Tober, Patricia and Joseph Pacifico, and Thomas Schutte; Carol and Mike Pratt

Pratt Institute held its 2006 Legends Gala and raised $500,000 for Student Scholarships two weeks ago at Gotham Hall. Called Pratt Legends, the premier benefit and black-tie gala of Pratt Institute holds this event each spring to raise scholarship funds and to honor legendary figures in the art and design world. This year’s event honored glass artist Dale Chihuly, artist Michele Oka Doner, designer Karim Rashid, philanthropist Barbara Tober, and CulinArt, Inc. CEO Joseph Pacifico.

The event was chaired by Pratt alumni and trustees Marc Rosen and Juliana Curran Terian. These two individuals have made this annual evening their special baby and they’ve nurtured it into one of the most interesting and glittering annual galas in New York.

This year included entertainment by cabaret singers Billy Stritch and Hilary Kole. Richard Thomas served as Master of Ceremonies.

Pratt Institute was founded in 1887 and is one of the largest independent colleges of art and design in the US. It offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the schools of architecture, art and design, information and library science and liberal arts and sciences.  It is located on 25 landscaped acres in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn along with its large, newly renovated campus in a building on West 14th Street. Its influence on the art and design community in New York is incalculable, making it an important creative force not only in this country but in the world.

Barbara Tober, Marc Rosen, and Michele Oka Doner

Donald Stannard, Suzanne Mados, Charles Mirotznik, and Anita Jaffe

Diahn McGrath, Barbara de Portago, Arlene Dahl, and Audrey del Rosario

Hunt Slonem and Nell Ydrifanos

Barbara Tober and Richard Thomas

Juliana Curran Terian and John Foster
Thomas Schutte and Chantel Foretich

Hazel Siegel, David Mack, and Bob Siegel

Kevin Marshall, Eve Sohn, and Marc Rosen

Megan Lang, Dale Chihuly, Barbara Tober, and Michele Oka Doner

Susan Elson and Ambassador Edward Elson

Marc Rosen and Arlene Dah with Barbara Taylor Bradford and Bob Bradford

Richard Thomas, Carole Holmes McCarthy, Stanley Zareff, and Nicole Miller

L. to r.: Tom McGrath, Arlene Dahl, Diahn McGrath, and Marc Rosen; Richard Thomas, Juliana Curran Terian, Nicole Miller, and Marc Rosen.

Anthony Haden-Guest and Nicole Miller

Paul Wallace and Saundra Whitney
Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen

The St. George's Society’s English Ball was held in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre honoring Sir John Bond, Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings and a highly respected member of the transatlantic business community. The program featured the presentation of The St. George’s Society Medal of Honour to Sir John by President Natalie Pray, and a live auction of luxury items with Lorna Kelly as auctioneer, along with dancing to the music of Alex Donner’s orchestra. The Chairmen of the Ball were Vicki Downey and Nancy Sakas.

Sir John Bond is also Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, Washington D.C., and was elected President of the International Monetary Conference in June 2001. He became a non-executive director of Ford Motor Company in 2000 and of the Bank of England in 2001. Sir John joined the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1961, and worked in Asia for 25 years and the USA for 4 years, before returning to England in 1993. Her Majesty The Queen conferred his knighthood for services to banking in 1999. The St. George’s honor presentation to Sir John also coincided with The Queen's 80th Birthday.

Jim Dale MBE, Natalie Pray, William Miller, and Anne Sheperd

William Miller, Natalie Pray, and Sir John Bond

L. to r.: Sir John Bond, Irene Miller, Vicki Downey, Lady Bond, Nancy Sakas, and William Miller; Dennis and Dorothy Clark.

Nancy Sakas and Vicki Downey

Natalie Pray, Sir John Bond, and Vicki Downey
David and Rebecca Jones

Natalie Pray, Jim Dale, and Vicki Downey

Knickerbocker Greys
L. to r.: Lady Bond and Sir John Bond; St. George Society Gala drinks.

Jim Dale and St. George

Reverend Thomas Pike and James Ferguson
Liese and Nigel Potts

Gene Bergson and William Younger

John Shannon and Jean Doyen
April and Rodney Gow

William HR Wright II and Kazie Harvey

Peter and June Felix
Jacob and Jenny Barker

Barbara and David Bender

Jeffrey Ryan and Pasquale Menna, Esq.
John and Diane Fitzsimmons

Photographs by Clint Spaulding/©Patrick McMullan (Pratt); Julie Skarratt (St. George).



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