Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween, Hadrian, and Houston

The Tarot Cards (Group Costume Winners) at The Central Park Conservancy 's annual Halloween dinner dance.
The Central Park Conservancy held its annual Halloween dinner dance last week at the Park’s Rumsey Playfield. This is always a fun affair with many of the cities prominent citizens get dressed up in masquerade and costume and stump their friends trying to figure out who they are talking to or looking at.

The night of mystical mayhem was highlighted by its star-studded costume contest judged by Phillip Bloch, Sandra Lee, and Suzanne and Bob Cochran, and emceed by WABC’s Lee Goldberg. Judging criteria was based on originality creativity and quality of costume.

There were fabulous prizes from Bulgari, the St. Regis, Tumi, and Krug Champagne and  awarded to Best Female, Best Male, Best Couple, and Best Group/Table. DJ Tom Finn of TOPSPIN Entertainment kept the crowd dancing into the night. Frank Alexander NYC did the decadent décor while Sonnier and Castle catered.
Doug Blonsky
The Tabloid Tragedies
Dan and Nancy Paduano
Dawn Evans and Phillip Bloch
Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen
Tracy Stern and Rick Brochutti
Jocelynn Cheng
Couples Costume Winners, 'The Gangster and The Flapper'
Megan Cassidy as 'Jessica Rabbit' and Matthew Feig as 'Roger Rabbit'
Annabel Vartanian
Tatiana and Campion Platt
Allan and Jill Rappaport
Costume winner Brett Graham as 'The Chick Magnet'
Alice Cooper
Eileen Wu, Cal Naughton Jr, and Patricia Wu
The Dance floor
Two Fridays ago The World Monuments Fund (WMF) presented its annual Hadrian Award at a luncheon at the Pierre to Rahmi M. Koç, Honorary Chairman of Koç Holding, A.S.; Semahat S. Arsel, Chairman of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, and the Koç family for their extraordinary leadership and commitment to the restoration, protection, and scholarship of Turkey’s cultural heritage. The Koç family has made enormous contributions through a wide range of projects and programs, including a number of museums, schools, and hospitals.

The Koç family has successfully built upon a legacy of philanthropy begun more than four decades ago by patriarch Vehbi Koç. Today, this legacy is realized through the work of the Vehbi Koç Foundation and museums and research centers founded by the Koç family, including the Sadberk Hanim Museum; the Suna-Inan Kiraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations; Pera Museum; the Kaleiçi Museum; the Vehbi Koç and Ankara Research Center; the Rahmi M. Koç Museum, and the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, a division of Koç University.
The Koç Family
Luncheon Chairs were: Mica Ertegün, Nina Joukowsky Köprülü, Sharon Patrick. Vice-Chairs were: Paul Beirne, Brook and Roger Berlind, Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, Christopher Ohrstrom, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Pierre de Vegh and Joan Davidson
The Hadrian Award is presented annually by the World Monuments Fund since 1988, and honors an international leader whose patronage has greatly enriched the appreciation and conservation of art and architecture around the world. 

Founded in 1965, the World Monuments Fund is the foremost private nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered architectural and cultural sites around the world.

From its headquarters in New York City-and offices and affiliates in Paris, London, Madrid, and Lisbon-WMF works with local partners and communities to identify and save important heritage through innovative programs of project planning, fieldwork, advocacy, grant-making, education, and on-site training.  To date, WMF has helped save historic structures at more than 450 sites in over 90 countries.  For more information, visit
W.L. Lyons Brown, Rahmi Koç, and David Rockefeller
Brook Berlind, Jane Geniesse, and Giosetta Capriati
Ali Koç, Semahat Arsel, and Rahmi Koç
Marisa Avansino and Edward Wagner
Ashton Hawkins and Andrew Solomon
Stanley DeForest, Scott John Weeden, and David Davies
Jose Pintado, Bonnie Burnham, and Beatriz Pintado
Lois de Menil and Marilyn Perry
Peter Pennoyer and Kate Ridder
Alice Victor, David Rockefeller, and Marni Pillsbury
Peter Stern, Helen Drutt English, and John Medveckis
Joanne Cassullo, Jack Shear, and Beth DeWoody
Indre Rockefeller, Paul Beirne, and Joanne Cassullo
Giosetta Capriati and Chris Ohrstom
Sharon Patrick and Bertrand du Vignaud
Peter Sichel, Fernanda Kellogg, and Elbrun Kimmelman
Ambassador Baki Ilkin, Semahar Arsel, Rahmi Koç, and W.L. Lyons Brown
Nina Koprulu, Rahmi Kic, Mica Ertegun, Semahat Arsel, and Sharon Patrick
Mustafa Koç, Nina Koprulu, Caroline Koç, and Murat Koprulu
Jonathan Foyle, James Jordan, and Peter Davidson
Bonnie Burnham, Baki Ilkin, and Phyllis Lambert
Brook Berlind, Albert Small, and Joan Hardy Clark
Earlier this month in Houston, the diamonds were sparkling and the chilly martinis were flowing at the unveiling of the newest jewelry line of the venerable 89 year old house of Kazanjian entitled the Patrick M Collection. The evening, hosted by Carolyn Farb and Kimberly DeLape at the Hotel ZaZa, benefited the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s School-In-A-Box program, and it was attended by 200 jewelry aficionados all gawking at the skating rink sized sapphires, diamonds and emeralds.

Michael Kazanjian, in from Los Angeles, mentioned that this exclusive unveiling is only scheduled in a select few cities across the United States including Aspen, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Houston, as well as  internationally in Paris, Cannes, London and Monte Carlo.

Women were seen trying on the beautiful jewels, and men guarding their wallets, including: Charles Ward, RaniaandJamal Daniel, Richard and Jana Fant, Hershey GraceandJohn Moritz, Betty and John Hrncir, Barbara and Ulysses LeGrange, Mariana Servitje, Astrid and Gene Van Dyke, Thomas and Anna Au, and Nino DiFerrante, Consul General of Italy.
Amanda Mills and Kristen Cannon
Stef and Jay Levy
Robert and Fiona Toth
Nino DiFerrante, Christiano Masipiato, and Oli Mohammed
Patrick Mouboussin, Carolyn Farb, and Charles Ward
Ken Shaffer and Leanna Tran
Judy Ott and John Jamail
Nat and Leela Krishnamurthy
Bethany Hughes, Kathryn Smith, and Elizabeth Vail
Barbara Drake, Laura Codman, and Carolyn Farb
John Terwilliger and Laura Codman
Charles Ward and Alicia Smith
Jessica Meyer and Carolyn Farb
Elizabeth Petitte and Joe Elisbury
Hershey Grace and John Moritz
John and Betty Hrncir
Kimberly DeLape, Michael Kazanjian, and Carolyn Farb
Crista Montanez and George Baylor
Frank Mullins and Carolyn Farb
Cathy Cagle and Eric Berkman
Buck Buckowski and Susie Simon
Carolyn and James Robertson
Sally Moon, Shaun Kelley, and Carolyn Farb
Anna and Thomas Au
Astrid and Gene Van Dyke
Carol and R.O. Hunton
Neda Ladjevardian and Carolyn Farb
On Friday, October 19th, the Guild of the Chicago Historical Society at the Chicago History Museum (1601 North Clark Street, Chicago) presented an opening celebration for the new exhibition “Big Picture: A New View of Painting in Chicago.”  The preview included a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, gallery preview tours, talks with the curators, a silent auction and a buffet dinner.
Jonathan and Paula Clair
Augustus V.M. Higginsonson and Jill Laughlin
Erica Meyer and Connie Barkley
Chicago Museum President Gary Johnson and Jonathan Clair
Nancy Robinson
Anita and Stephen Friedman
Jean Haider, Lisa Carter, and Paula Clair
John Corbett, Russell Lewis, and Jim Dempsey
Rebecca Fox Mc Donnell and Potter Palmer V
Nat Arata and Erica Meyer
Joan Von Leesen
Jeff and Lisa Carter
Barbara McClurg Potter
Jane Velde
Bonnie and Jay Lipe
Gia McDermott and Lyssa Piette
Chicago by Jonathan Chair

Photographs by © (CPC); Mary Hilliard (WMF).

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