|Some came in masks, and all arrived in their most formal attire at the 54th Annual Viennese Opera Ball (VOB) in New York earlier last month. Strauss’ “Prince Orlofsky” (“Die Fledermaus”) welcomed guests to a “Masked Night at the Opera and “hosted” the legendary charity gala at his fictional “villa.” All in the Grand Ballroom floor of the Waldorf Astoria.
This Ball marked many “firsts” including a mini opera, as “Prince Orlofsky” brought together two people looking for true love over the course of the evening. Peter Duchin and his orchestra provided his special musical touches throughout an evening filled with new twists.
|This year there was a strong, heightened interest from the US and International Debutantes. The maximum compliment of the Cotillion was reached with a wait-list set for the 2010 Ball.
The 2009 Debs included a Swiss Diplomat’s daughter, three seniors from Rye High School (NY); and others fresh from the recent International Ball. Their Escorts included the son of an Austrian Ambassador, as well as others who were also at the International Ball. Some were students; some work in business and finance.
|Debutantes, Diplomats and Dignitaries opened the international ball, long regarded as one of New York’s “greatest annual events,” which garners worldwide media coverage. There were four generations of guests (from 14 to 94!). The Ball reflects the universal appeal of Austria’s cultural and culinary treasures.
After 53 years of donating to medical and humanitarian 501(c)(3) organizations, the Ball has expanded its philanthropic outreach and will make its international donation to a global humanitarian organization dedicated to helping under-served children. At the Ball the charity was announced as SOS International. www.vienneseoperaball.us.
|The Roger Vivier boutique at 750 Madison Avenue opened its doors for an exclusive shopping experience with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the French Institute Alliance Francaise. The evening was hosted by Roger Vivier’s Ines de la Fressange and the Curator in Chief of the Musee de La Mode Et Du Textile, Paris, Pamela Golbin and FIAF’s president, Marie-Monique Steckel.|
|This past Thursday, February 12, Van Cleef & Arpels hosted the kick-off party for the School of American Ballet’s Winter Ball. This year the school of American Ballet is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It was an intimate evening of cocktails and guests were invited to view private and exclusive collections of Van Cleef’s jewelry in honor of celebrating their partnership with The School of American Ballet (SAB).|
|Hosting the event were Nicolas Luchsinger, Peter Martins, the Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculties (SAB), and Robert Fribourg, Chairman of the Board (SAB).|
|Philippa Ward and Genevieve Labean hosted a special evening of cocktails and shopping at Tory Burch’s newest store. More than 100 people gathered and shopped at the chic boutique located in the heart of the Meatpacking District. The event benefited Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a charitable organization committed to fighting lung cancer by funding innovative research.|
|It was 30 degrees outside and tropical inside the Rain Forest habitat at the Central Park Zoo last week as Elizabeth Belfer, Mary Dailey Pattee, Diana Townsend-Butterworth as well as the Wildlife Conservation Society Council hosted their annual cocktail party for young professionals.
Many of the guests heeded the invitation request and dressed in tropical attire as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while observing the tropical wildlife. The biggest hit of the night was a two-year-old Ball Python who seemed to enjoy wrapping herself around her handler who in turn didn’t seem to mind having the nearly four-foot long snake slithering around her as she answered questions from fascinated guests. Much of the $20,000 raised from this event will go to support WCS's local and global efforts of conservation, wildlife protection and appreciation of the natural world we inhabit.
Be sure to mark your date books; you won’t want to miss the Wildlife Conservation Society’s "An Evening at the Central Park Zoo." Wednesday, June 10th which will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the zoo’s Sea Lion Pool.
|A couple weeks ago, Young New Yorkers enjoyed their annual winter benefit, A Mid-Winter's Eve, raising over $83,000. The evening began with a New York Philharmonic concert conducted by Kurt Masur, a champagne reception at intermission and was followed by a dinner-dance. 190 Young New Yorkers attended the concert and 260 attended the dinner-dance. The evening was made possible by generous support from Steuben Glass.
The Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic comprises people ages 21-40 who appreciate and support the New York Philharmonic and symphonic music. The Young New Yorkers enjoy unique opportunities to attend concerts as well as social and educational events in the company of friends and support one of the city's most valuable cultural resources. Founded in 1994, the group includes over 4,500 members. We hope that many, if not all, will develop long-term relationships with the Philharmonic as subscribers, patrons and volunteers.
|Last Friday night at the new Andaz in West Hollywood, Vanity Fair and Bally hosted a "Hollywood Domino" game night. The evening benefited Art of Elysium ...|