Sparkling Winter Social Season
Evidence A. Dance Company at the Grace in Winter Gala.

Evidence Dance Company’s annual Grace in Winter Gala took some of the chill out ofa the arctic blast outside. The evening was chaired by art world legend Lowery Stokes Sims, former president of the internationally acclaimed Studio Museum in Harlem and longtime curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum. This annual fundraiser for Ronald K. Brown’s dance troupe held at the landmark Hudson Theater in the Millennium Broadway Hotel was the only place to be on a night jampacked with hot parties.

From the moment the doors opened with a steady stream of New York’s movers and shakers in business, arts and fashion passed through its doors to the blasts of flash of the paparazzi. Gala chair Gayle Perkins Atkins had filled the tables with a crowd that looked right out of Central Casting – only this was the real deal. Cole Porter would have felt right at home and ordered a very cold martini and praised the fashion parade of glamorous gals.

Joyce Mullins Jackson who chaired last summer’s real Hamptons classic the On Our Toes in the Hamptons for Evidence, with her husband Judge Bernard Jackson on her arm, swept into the room swathed in a clinging satin navy blue gown that would have made RitaHayworth green with envy. Town & Country’s Alexis Clarke in a retro-chic matte gold figure hugging  b.Michael was major eye-candy - ditto Nicole Brewer in a bare shouldered number. Amy Fine Collins glittered in deep electric blue with a matching feathered cape. Chairman of the Board Reginald Van Lee was dashing in an elegantly simple, from the front, black dinner jacket with a back of gold brocade featuring ancient symbols from b.Michael’s newly debuted Homme line. Mitchell Madison partner Neil Lowe also sported a dinner suit from the designer’s collection.  

Major star power came first with the arrival of Oscar winning actress Cicely Tyson who was escorted by b.Michael. The appearance of the rarely seen  around town actress was the topic of major buzz. Minutes later the flashes became blinding as–Rita Moreno walked in sending ripples throughout the room.

Evidence A. Dance Company

Dinner tables were set with glistening silver candelabras, spilling blood roses atop hand beaded table clothes designed by Saundra Parks. The crowd finally settled down for the real treat of the evening, a sneak peak at Ronald Brown’s latest creation, Truth Don Die. For the first time in years, a gala crowd was silent and speechless as Brown’s company held everyone in its thrall with their artistry and Brown’s amazing story-telling ability that touched the heart and the brain.

Lending support were gala committee members  Gwen and Gerald Adolph, Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn, Dorria L. Ball, Sherry B. Bronfman, Yolanda and Alvin Brown, Alicia and Daniel Bythewood,  Judy Byrd-Blaylock and Ronald Blaylock,  Debra Martin Chase,  Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault, Willie E. Dennis, Jerri DeVard and Gregg Smith,  Brickson Diamond,  Susan Fales-Hill,  Carla A. Harris and Victor A. Franklin, Bernard Jackson, Dwight Johnson, Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis Jr., Michael McCollom, Christopher Montgomery,  Yvonne Doggett Rhea,  Baraka Sele, Barbara Karp Shuster, Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns, Giovanna and Rolf Thrane, Lisa B. Walker, Barbara and Steven Williams, Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams and Shellie Williams.

Among the scores of boldfaced guests were Corice Arman, Amy Fine Collins, FloraBiddle, Robert Couturier, Jonathan Capehart, Saundra Cornwell, Ashton Hawkins,Andrea and Maurice DuBois, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Kristoffer Haynes, JonelleProcope, Malik Yoba, Robert and Jackie Ross.

John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan

John and Dawn Gibson-Brehon

Dawn Gibson-Brehon and Chantel Bell

Reginald Van Lee and Ronald K. Brown

Lowery Stokes Sims and Ron Brown

Nicole Brewer and Melissa Palma

Lowery Stokes Sims

Tiffany Jackson and Neil R. Lowe

Lloyd and Patricia Howell

Reginald Van Lee, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Ronald K. Brown

Jonathan Capehart, Lola C. West, and Reginald Van Lee

Giosetta Capriati and Reginald Van Lee

Jonathan Capeheart

Neil R. Lowe with Betty Lamarr

Judy Byrd-Blaylock

The Honorable Bernard H. Jackson and Joyce Mullins-Jackson

Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz

Sahara Ahmad-Llewellyn

Pamela J. Joyner and Rita Moreno

Keija Minor and Taylor A. Scotland

Joanne E. Hill and Yvonne Doggett Rhea

Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns

John Wegorzewski, Eddie Marrero, and Edward Callaghan

Maurice and Andrea Dubois

Anne Ehrenkranz, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Joel Ehrenkranz

Susan L. Taylor and Sahara Ahmad-Llewellyn

Eddie Marrero and Susan L. Taylor

Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns

Charles N. Atkins with Gayle Perkins Atkins

Evidence Board with the Dancers Reginald Van Lee, Arcell Cabuag, Shani Collins, Tiffany Jackson, Clarice Young, Keon Thoulouis, Joanne E. Hill, and Juel Lane

Jonelle Procope Terrell, Fred Terrell, and Shena Wright

Alexis Clark in b. Michael

Olga and Larry Davis

b. Michael and Cecily Tyson

Jerri DeVard and Joyce Mullins-Jackson

Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams

Susan Fales-Hill

Sherry B. Bronfman

Marva A. Smalls and Alexander Smalls

Taking in the dinner

Last Thursday night, Lexus hosted a kick-off party at Le Cirque to honor the benefit committee of the East Side House Settlement Gala Preview of the 2007 New York International Auto Show

Lexus LS 460L

In the courtyard, guests got a close up look at the all-new Lexus LS 460L which complete with a 4.6 liter V8 engine takes luxury to an unprecedented level. At the touch of a button the LS can parallel park itself! 

Inside, guests were given a warm welcome by this year’s benefit committee co-chairs Blair Voltz Clarke, Marianna Olszewski, and Tatiana Platt.  Also, in attendance were media sponsor Esquire’s Kevin O’Malley and Stephen Jacoby.  The party continued long after the bar closed and officially set this glamorous crowd into gear for the main event on April 5, 2007.
Guests included Diana Quasha, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Christine Cachot Williams, Blair Clarke, Tatiana Platt, Marianna Olszewski, Gervaise Gerstner, Mark Gilbertson, Gillian Miniter, Jamie Niven, Eliza Osborne, Di Petroff, Alex Myers, Laura Wells, Alexis Zoullas, Chad Ritchie, Jim Corl, Nick Brown, John Dalsheim, Justin Hayes Green, Susan Shin, Teresa Olszewski, Clair Fitzgerald, Debra Schuster Tanger, Kevin O’Malley, Stephen Jacoby, John Sanchez, Peter Standish, Tana and Bill Dye, Katie and Bill Elder, Cathy Lee, Mike Childs, Patricia Mitchell.

Daniel Cappello and Christine Cachot Williams

Dr Butensky and Di Petroff

Gail Daum and Lisa Selby

Eliza Nordeman and Tana Dye

Carolyn Francis, Jamie Niven, and Eliza Osbourne

Jenny Slayton and Justin Green

Blair Clarke, Tatiana Platt, and Marianna Olszewski

Jim Corl, Dani Lachowicz, and Lewis Kunkel

Christine Cachot Williams and Gillian Minniter

Diana Quasha

Jim Brodsky and Phil McCarthy

John Dalsheim and Melissa Rollins

Jonathan and Somers Farkas with Diane Britzlotti

Marianna Olszewski and Blair Clarke

Nick Brown and Clair Fitzgerald

Katie Elder, Bill Elder, and Jim Coral

Priscilla Azeredo and Alexis Zoullas

Stephen Jacoby and Kevin O'Malley

Marianna Olszewski, Mark Gilbertson, and Tatiana Platt

Whitney McGurk and Sarah Basile

Melissa Berkelhammer and friend

Peter Standish, Michael Childs, Cathy Lee, and John Sanchez

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Auto Show)


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