Party Pictures for All Ages

Last Thursday night at Langham and Company, the Keith Langham Gallery on East 60th Street, Barbara Cates and Mr. Langham hosted a cocktail reception for artist Laurence Rassin featuring an exhibition of his works.

Laurence Rassin

Laurent de Pass of Galerie Du Xxe Siecle in Paris said of Mr. Rassin:

“I travel the globe in search of the most important 20th century masterworks for my Paris gallery, my private collectors and museums.

It’s rare that I get a chance to see emerging art but when I do I am constantly reminded of how little I care for it.

Yet there is one American artist that I have met that breaks clean from this often banal scene. His name is Laurence Rassin. His canvases are the best combination of old and new school, the next weave of great contemporary expressionism.”

Roy Kean and Todd Romano
Barbara Cates and Mark Gilbertson
John and Nina Richter with Keith Langham

The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held the very successful  “A Wynning Hand” gambling party last week at Sotheby’s. Sponsors Roberto Cavalli and Wynn Las Vegas went all out to create an evening of glamour and gaming.  They raised more than $400,000 to benefit The Cancer Center’s Department of Pediatrics.

The ladies of the event’s leadership were glamorously turned out in Cavalli including Chairman Alexis Waller, Melanie Seymour Holland, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Leslie Heaney, Anne Grauso, Amanda Taylor Konjevod, Christina Ittleson Smith.
 Honorary Chairs were Steve and Elaine Wynn. Mrs. Wynn looked radiant in Cavalli’s satin navy gingham gown (she laughed when she met actress Pamela Fielder who wore a dress in the same fabric, although much shorter and a plunging décolletage ruffled neckline.)

Anne Grauso
Marianna Olszewski
Alex Lind Rose
Beyonce Knowles
Pamela Fielder
The evening began with a champagne reception featuring the Chef du Cave pouring vintage 1996 Dom Pérignon. There were two rooms of black jack, roulette and craps tables flown in from Wynn Las Vegas, complete with and even cocktail waitresses in cocoa and bronze sequined mini-dresses. In all, there were 26 Wynn staff members.  There was art by the masters including Picasso and Warhol, from Wynn’s famous collection, lining the walls. There was a raffle with prizes from the likes of Chanel, Hartgers, Nina Ricci, Cory Plumb, Mesi Jilly, Manolo Blahnik, Pucci, Tory Burch, Luella, Mark Friedland, Michael Young Portraits, Carolina Herrera, Madame Paulette, Moschino, The Mayflower Spa in Washington, CT. and dinner for 4 at Fresco with Knicks tickets.
For the dinner, the seventh floor had been transformed by Eva Cavalli into a salon of decadence and opulence reminiscent of the Venetian Atelier of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, with 5 foot tall wrought iron containers filled with roses, peonies, fuchsia, hydrangea and branches of apple blossoms by Raul Avila.
The menu was prepared by Feast and Fêtes Catering by Daniel. Daniel Boulud was present in his chef’s jacket to oversee it all. As a finale, Elaine Wynn cut a big Las Vegas Show Cake, in the form of a “Viva Las Vegas” marquee, dice, poker chips and an eight-ball, created and donated by Ron Ben Israel.
Roberto Cavalli, Elaine and Steve Wynn, Melania Trump, Eva Cavalli, and Donald Trump
Sirio and Mauro Maccioni
 Elaine Wynn, introduced the seventh best professional dancer in the world, Max Chmerkovskiy, who with a troupe of dancers from his New Jersey school, Rising Stars Dance Academy, performed Latin dances. Max appears on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning America.

Leading the applause were Mary and Marin Davidson, Muffie Potter Aston, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Michel Witmer, Alex and Louis Rose, Alexandra and Steven Mandis, Alison Minton, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Allison Weiss Brady, Jamie and Ellen Niven, Michèle Gerber Klein, Kate and Christopher Allen, Anee Boyens, Bambi and Rafe de la Gueronniere, Camilla Olsen, CiCi Dobi, Lisa and Christopher Errico, Courtney Moss, Stephanie and Roger Griswold, Dr. Howard Sobel and Gayle Perry, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Hilary Dick, Rachel and Ara Hovnanian, John Mahdessian, Mary Darling, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Fernanda Niven, Eugenie Niven, Christina Vita-Coleman, Christina Addison,Kathy and Andrew Thomas, Courtney Arnot, Celeste Boele, Jennifer Creel, Andi Davis, Sallie and Mark Giordano, Karen and Tom Glover, Samantha Gregory, Amy Hoadley, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Harrison LeFrak, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Lerner, Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, Susan Bodnar Malloy, Celia and TomZacharias, Mia Matheson, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Eliza Nordeman, Alexia Hamm and Baird Ryan, Lavinia Snyder, Maria Villalba, Beata Borowska and John Mahdessian.
Everyone worked so hard to put this fantastic event together, especially Olivia Striffler from The Society, Christi Gatten from Wynn and Christiano Mancini from Cavalli.  
The Society, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, the world’s largest private institution devoted exclusively to cancer. The Associates Committee was founded in 1984 to introduce a younger generation to the philanthropic and volunteer activities of The Society.
Allison Weiss and Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton
Courtney Moss and Hilary Dick
Camilla Olsen, Gerard Butler, and Valesca Guerrand-Hermes
Christine Ittleson Smith and CiCi Dobi
Michele Gerber Klein, Michel Witmer, and Alison Minton
Ines Rivero and Max Chmerkovskiy

Dr. Howard Sobel and Gayle Perry

Irina Dvorovenko
Sylvester and Gillian Minter
Arie, Coco, and Will Kopelman
Mary Darling
Steven and Alexandra Mandis
Heidi Kulm
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Muffie Potter Aston, and Wendy Carduner
Alexis Waller and Melanie Seymour Holland
Vera Safai
Tinsley Mortimer
Sloan-Kettering's Wynning Hand
Beata Borowska and John Mahdessian
Andrew and Kathy Thomas
100 invited guests gathered at a private home in Tribeca to support BRC, one of New York City’s most comprehensive social service non-profit charities. BRC helps the neediest New Yorkers overcome the challenges of addiction, physical and mental illness and poverty, and improves life in the community. Hosts Sarah Fiszel and Ilene Fiszel Bieler welcomed senior executives from the City’s top corporations to support the effort. Paintings, etchings and photography by BRC’s homeless and formerly homeless program participants were displayed. Their striking artworks are a reminder of the vast potential that can be reached with even the most disadvantaged individuals on the streets. For more information on BRC, please visit
Jill Rothkop, Jon Steinberg, Sarah Fiszel, David Fiszel, Ilene Fiszel Bieler, and Warren Bieler
Jeanny Pak and Rachel Chou
Adam Gerstein with Jan and Chip Raymond
Hillary Kun with Arnoud and Asima Jansveld
David Tatum and Julie Salamon
Ilene Fiszel Bieler, Stephanie Mudick, Rachel and Luyen Chou, and Matt Gross
John Barman, Sarah Fiszel, and Andrea Stark
Patrick and Kristin Butler with Stephen Simcock
Renee Steinberg, Jill Rothkop, Jon Steinberg, Claire Alpert, and Richard Steinberg
Sarah and David Fiszel
Richard and Renee Steinberg
Mike Conway and Sarah Fiszel
Muzzy Rosenblatt

Two weeks ago on a Wednesday, Cartier, along with Vanessa Williams, Maurice DuBois, Frederic de Narp, President and CEO of Cartier; Edward Wright, Senior VP Retail Cartier and Sean McManus of CBS News and Sports hosted a dinner at the Cartier Mansion to benefit the March of Dimes in celebration of Mother’s Day. Cartier donated 10% of sales to the March of Dimes from Friday May 5th through Sunday May 14th.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects. The March of Dimes was founded in 1938 and was for many years the most famous philanthropy in America because of its work with Infantile Paralysis (Polio) when it was a health epidemic in this country, before Jonas Salk’s discovery of a vaccine. Today the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, educaton and Advocacy to Save Babies. In 2003 it launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.

L. to r.: David Bouley; Frédéric de Narp, Cynthia Fiske, Daniel Rosenblum, Sheila Rosenblum, Edward Wright and friends.
Joseph and Susan Siegelbaum
Maurice and Andrea DuBois
Shelly Sigel, Holly Zimmerman, Edward Wright, and Dana Wright
Vanessa Williams, Frédéric de Narp, and Helen Williams

Symphony Space held its annual Gala Symphony Space Delivers: A Celebration in Story and Song on a Monday night three weeks ago at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers and it was really an unusually good time. They raised $272,000. Honorary chairs for the event were Alec Baldwin and Stephen and Evelyn Colbert. Both Baldwin and Colbert are frequent performers at Symphony Space literary events. Co-chairs for the event were Steven and Evelyn Alden, Saul and Carole Zabar and Stanley and Judith Zabar.

Honorees included documentary filmmakers D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (Don’t Look Back, about a Bob Dylan concert tour) and last year’s Elaine Stritch At Liberty. Pennebaker and Hegudus are co-chairs of the Symphony Space Film Producers Circle. Also honored: Marian Seldes, who has also performed at Symphony Space events and could not attend the Gala because of a “special artistic commitment.” Nevertheless Ms. Seldes appeared via video, saying she was honored to be able to participate for many years in Symphony Space so “on top of that you’re piling honors on me!” She concluded her little speech with the reminder to the co-chairs to: “.... Please don’t forget to send the award to me."

Ivy Austin
, from Garrison Keillor'sAmerican Radio Company, sang a Cole Porter’s "The Physician," first introduced in 1919 by Gertrude Lawrence. (“He said my bronchial tubes were entrancing, My epiglottis filled him with glee; He did a double hurdle when he saw my pelvic girdle, But he never said he loved me”).

Robin MacNeil
Film Director Mira Nair
Barnes & Noble Pres Alan Kahn

Peter Schickele (alias PDQ Bach), was also honored and accepted his award (instead of making a speech) by playing a special patter song on the onstage piano.

Among the auction items were the just-taken "A Great Day On the Upper West Side," an all-star photo tribute to the famous "A Great Day In Harlem" photo, and celebrating the opening last Friday of Upper West and containing almost 70 people, including such stars as Joan Allen, Cynthia Nixon, Michael Cerveris (Broadway's "Sweeney Todd"), Jonathan Hadary (Broadway's "Awake and Sing"), B.D. Wong and Celeste Holm, and several members of the New York City Council and State Assembly, plus Kate Levin, New York's Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner. The photo was shot by Andrew French, a prominent photographer who worked with Art Kane, who shot the original "Harlem" photo.

The excellent goody bags were all from the co-chairs’ Zabar's, my favorite weekend Upper West Side institution and a major Symphony Space supporter (they are also the sponsor of the current Upper West Fest, the first-ever arts festival celebrating the entire Upper West Side. I hope they remembered to send one to Marian Seldes along with her award.

Arthur Chang and Juliette Powell
Mrs. and Mr. Don Byron
Jamie De Roy and Steve Ernst
Stephen and Evelyn Colbert
Saul Zabar Isaiah Sheffer
Mother-daughter auctioneers Erin and Jill Dougherty
Chairman of the Board Steven Alden, Joe Fitzgerald, Mary Hedahl, and Peter Shavitz
Literary Producers Circle Cochairs Emily and David Ginsberg
Melinda Walls, Judith Ivey, and Marcia Santoni
Lisa Dozier and Amy Crawford with Great Day photo
Douglass Rice, Inger McCabe Elliott, and Cynthia Elliott
Ivy austin singing Cole Porter's The Physician
Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker
Board members Steven Schrader and Kay Cattarulla
Edward Lederman with Gaby and Mark Lehrer
Peter Schickele singing his acceptance speech

More than 1000 attended this year’s Ailey at the Apollo gala benefit making it a tremendous success, raising $700,000 for the Ailey School and the Ailey organization’s innovative Arts in Education and Community Programs. Led by Artistic Director Judith Jamison, the company returned to Harlem’s world famous Apollo to celebrate the legacy of the company’s founder, Alvin Ailey. There were performances by artists from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and dynamic young dancers from Ailey II as well as students of the Ailey School. The event honored Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. Honorary Chair was John Legend. Event Chairs and co-chairs were Lynne and Anthony M. Carvette, Kathy and Peter Scaturro and Janice Savin Williams and Christopher Williams. Event vice-chairs were Jerri DeVard, Elizabeth and Arthur J. Mirante II, Antonio L.A. Reid, and Sheryl and Daniel Tishman. The evening was sponsored by the US Trust Corporation.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, under the directorship of Judith Jamison has been seen by 21 million people in 71 countries and on 6 continents.

Chris Williams with Godrey Gill and Paul Long
Kemberly Richardson and Sandra Bookman
Robert Johnson and Debra L. Lee
Judith Jamison and John Legend
Harriette Cole and guests
Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims
New York City Center Encores! held its annual Spring Gala with a performance of Of Thee I Sing.

The first musical to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, this 1931 satire follows the presidential campaign of John P. Wintergreen and his vice-presidential candidate Alexander Throttlebottom as they ride to glory on a single issue: Love. George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind's book remains a pertinent attack on brainlessness, cronyism and incompetence in American politics, and the Gershwin score includes such classics as the title song, "Love Is Sweeping the Country" and "Who Cares?".

Dinner was served in the atrium immediately following the performance. All proceeds will support City Center’s dance and theater performances, education programs, and efforts to ensure its continued vitality and excellence.

Paul Newman presented City Center Board Chairman Raymond A. Lamontagne with the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Award, given for distinguished service to New York City and to City Center.

Judy Wilpon and Joan Weill
Rory Held, Nicole Seidel, and Beth Windsor
Heidi Gore and Elizabeth Kehler
Monica Lamontagne, Eva Landegger, and Ray Lamontagne
Paul Newman, Jack Viertel, Paul Gemignani, Arlene Shuler, and Ray Lamontagne
Arlene Shuler and Wendy Luers
H Joan Weill, Sandy Weill, Ray Lamontagne, Monica Lamontagne, Paul Newman
Joan Bennett Kennedy and Rita Bowlby

The same night as the Cartier March of Dimes dinner, the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (A.C.E.) and SoHo & TriBeCa Partnerships held its annual A.C.E. Award Dinnerat the Puck Building in the heart of SoHo.

Michele Oka Doner was the honorary chair of this year’s event. Co-chairs were Lisa Baquero, Mariana Olszewski, Alexandra Posen and Zac Posen. The event honored Charles Evans, of Evans Management, Nicole Miller of Nicole Miller Ltd, and Brent R. Nicklas of Lexington Partners, Inc. Steering committee members included Khaliah Ali, Willem Dafoe and Lauren Hutton.

The event attracted 500 high profile, influential leaders in fashion, art, society, and philanthropy. They raised more than $600,000. All proceeds benefit A.C.E. and its initiatives, the SoHo and TriBeCa Partnerships, which currently provide over 3,000 hours of community service in these communities each month.
Elia and Mariana Zois, Liza Scullin, and Marianna Olszewski
Henry Buhl and Dina Merrill
Mary Ann Hegel-Dornemann
Kelly Bensimon
Theresa Olszewski and Terri Kahan
Marianna Olszewski and Alexandra Posen
L. to r.: Dinner scene; Bobette Cohn, Kat Cohen, and Terri Kahan.
Charles Evans and Henry Buhl
Gillian Miniter and Elizabeth Belfer
L. to r.: Nicole Miller and Lisa Baquero; The Citizens Band.
Nicole Miller and Susan Posen
Nicole Miller, Beth Rudin De Woody, and Marianna Olszewski
Susan Needles and Marianna Olszewski
Scott Penn

Photographs by Scott Rudd/©Patrick McMullan (Wynning Hand); Juliana Thomas (NY City Center); Kwame Brathwaite (Ailey); Gregory Partanio & Christopher London (A.C.E.).


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