Jennifer Creel, Mark Gilbertson, and Ashley McDermott
Leva Rambin, Darcy Jones, and Tracy Stern
Olivia Chantecaille and Adelina Wong Ettelson
The Sun peeked through yesterday, although barely. The temperature rose a few degrees toward Springtime, and best of all the pear trees that line many of the streets of Manhattan began to blossom and festoon.
And the calendar was jam-packed. Over at the Mandarin Oriental New Yorkers For Children held their annual “A Fool’s Fete” gala which raises funds for NYFC’s Back to School Program which provides youth in foster care who are attending college with a $2500 package of tools necessary to succeed during their college experience including a laptop computer. The Fete has turned into one of the most glamorous events of the season with the creative presence of fashion stars like Mr. Ungaro and Mr. Valentino, as this sample demonstrates. The Digital was very busy. Much much more on Monday’s NYSD.
Meanwhile over at the Armory they kicked off the three-day Antiquarian Book Fair, LIONS AT THE ARMORY with an opening evening that benefits The New York Public Library, giving guests the opportunity to spend an evening with notable sellers, collectors, Library curators, and prominent figures in the literary and art world while previewing and purchasing literary treasures.The Antiquarian Book Fair is the most prestigious gathering of book dealers in the world. Monies raised will enable The New York Public Library to continue to build its extraordinary collections. Co-Chairs Lea Brokaw and Thomas Jayne.
And down at the Brooks Atkinson Theater there was a benefit performance for the Old Vic of Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. Starting with a 5:30pm cocktail reception with members of the cast, then a 7pm Curtain. Then at 10pm, at the Living Room at the W Hotel: a Dinner and Auction with keynote address by none other than the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, in the presence of Kevin Spacey, Sally Greene OBE.
While over at the Metropolitan Club, the American Academy in Rome held its "Janet & Arthur Ross Rome Prize Ceremony" announcing the winners of the 2007-2008 Rome Prize and featuring a panel discussion on contemporary landscape architecture with panel speakers: Anita de la Rosa Bererizbeitia, FAAR '06, Associate Professor of Landscape Architectdure, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; Mary Margaret Jones, FAAR '98, Senior Principal and President, Hargreaves Associates; Ken Smith, Principal, Ken Smith Landscape Architect. Chair: Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, The Museum of Modern Art.
And then you might have missed: Jumpstart presenting its "Scribbles to Novels" gala featuring authors: E. Lynn Harris, Candace Bushnell, Crystal McCrary Anthony, Garrison Keillor for starters. All proceeds benefiting Jumpstart for Young Children preparing preschool children for a lifetime of academic success.
Plus: A Tribute to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul. With Bay Area dance kings Sila and the Afrofunk Experience combining an international vision with dazzling musicianship, at Makor Cafe, Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street.
Wait, there was more: Change For Change, New York City chapter hosting the 2nd Annual Date Auction at Pink Elephant to benefit the Claire Tow Pediatric Pavillion at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Co-Chairs Astrid Montalta and Pooja Sinha
And over at the Waldorf: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Gala to raise money for kidney and liver transplant services.
While down at the Chelsea Piers, they held the Riverkeeper Benefit Gala honoring Hearst Corporation, featuring supermodel Christie Brinkley as the evening’s emcee and a performance by musician Lenny Kravitz. In the presence of Riverkeeper’s Chief Prosecuting Attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mary Richardson Kennedy and Hudson Riverkeeper and President Alex Matthiessen; Amanda Hearst; Christy Turlington Burns and Edward Burns; Gayle King; Nicole Miller; and Hearst Corporation’s Victor F. Ganzi (President/CEO), Frank A. Bennack, Jr. (Vice Chairman) and Gilbert C. Maurer.