Thursday, May 9, 2013

First in awhile

Flowers after the rain. 5:00 PM. Photo: Jeffrey Hirsch.
Thursday, May 9, 2013. Rain yesterday. First in awhile. From the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes in torrents. By late afternoon the clouds passed over and the Sun came out. We have had excellent Spring weather in New York, and the frequent almost chilly days and nights have kept the flowers in force and the new tree leaves a luscious, gossamer green.
Borders on East End Avenue ...
I went to lunch at Michael’s with Liz Peek who heads the Couture Council at FIT. Their annual luncheon that opens Fashion Week every September will honor Michael Kors this year.

This was the only time I was there this week.Very busy. Bill vanden Heuvel was lunching with his daughter Katrina, publisher of The Nation; Tory Burch was lunching with Cathy Horyn of the Times; Dr. Gerald Imber was with Da Restuvem: Kramer, Greenfeld, Bergman and della Femina. Judy Price was with Linda Buckley head of public relations at Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany's Ziegfeld Collection Pearl Tassel Necklace.
Linda was wearing a pearl necklace that you’ve seen in the Tiffany ads here on NYSD. When I told her I recognized it, she told me she was going to be wearing it to the Cannes Film Festival which begins next week. The occasion: Tiffany’s relationship to the Baz Luhrman “The Great Gatsby”  for which Tiffany created a special collection of  jewelry.  Peggy Siegal, who was one table over with Peter Greenberg the Travel Editor of CBS News, will no doubt be making the trip.

Moving on around the room: Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 with Jill Brooke; Andrew Stein with Christine Taylor; Desiree Gruber with Peter Castro of People; Star Jones and Dr. Holly Phillips, Peter Brown with Pat Kluge; Lisa Linden with Tiffany Moller; Sanford & Stein; Jean Doumanian; David Kohl; David Landau; Alexandra Trower; Catherine Saxton with The Countess de Lesseps; Beverly Camhe; Bernard Gershon; Joannie Danielides; Jack Kliger; Diane Clehane with Dave Zinczenko and Patrick Connors and Stephen Perrine. Dave, who wrote the blockbuster “Eat This, Not That” series (7 million copies in North America) for Rodale Press, is movin’ on up to his own imprint at Random House, Zinc Ink. He will also write three health/fitness books for the imprint, among other projects. Good news for everybody.

Meanwhile at table one: Cindy Lewis and Jason Binn hosting Fern Mallis, Mickey Ateyeh, Jean Hoehn Zimmerman Deborah Cavanaugh. The table had fashion marketing business written all over it. Next door: Prince Dimitri and Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney.
Peggy Siegal and Peter Greenberg yesterday at Michael's.
Last night at the Pierre, CASAColumbia, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University hosted it’s 21st Anniversary Dinner. CASA was founded in 1992 by Joe Califano.

They honored Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen, Tom Coughlin, Head Coach of the New York Giants, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Master of Ceremonies was Norah O’Donnell, co-host of CBS This Morning.
Judy and Tom Coughlin with Jamie Lee Curtis. Jeffrey Lane, Chairman of CASA, with Norah O'Donnell.
Hilary Califano, Jamie Lee Curtis, Annie Guest, and Joe Califano.
Joe’s objective was to create a science based organization focused on transforming society’s understanding of and response to the disease of addiction in all its forms. Jamie Lee Curtis told us right off last night that she was an alcoholic and addicted to prescription drugs. She’s recovered, but the statement stands. Curtis is a dynamic speaker. She’s got gumption and not to mention, despite her humility, the tricks of the trade: she’s an actress. She can use that to make her point all the more effectively. And she did. You like her. You listen.

Tom Coughlin
talked about family, his family, and how families can help heal in matters of health. Leslie Moonves, who has been a longtime supporter of CASA, and a friend of Joe Califano, accepted for himself and his wife who was in Los Angeles for her television show The Talk.
Leslie Moonves, Hilary and Joe Califano. Hilary's father, William Paley was the founder and longtime chairman of CBS.
Moonves, Curtis, and Califano tripartite at CASAColumbia.
Jamie Lee, a member of the board of CASA, with founder Joe.
They raised $1.5 million last night. CASA is a unique organization because of Joe Califano. A longtime Washington lawyer, former aide to Lyndon Johnson, cabinet member (under Jimmy Carter), he built CASA with that foundation. He recognized the problems that needed to be tackled, he understood its effect on our society, and he had the connections to rally the funds to begin. That was more than 20 years ago. He’s engaged many of the businessmen and corporations with philanthropic programs to keep it moving and growing. It now has its own life aside from Califano, and the active support of many individuals with the means to support its work. Thanks to Joe Califano.

Photographs by Eric Weiss (Casa).

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