|The Horticultural Society of New York held its 15th Annual Fall Luncheon at The Metropolitan Club with guest speaker Carolyne Roehm. In case you didn't know, Carolyne's career in fashion includes ten years spent working for Oscar de la Renta as a designer, house model and muse before launching her own fashion house, Carolyne Roehm Inc. After studying in Paris with the renowned florist Moulié Savart, she wrote her first book, A Passion for Flowers, which has become “the bible for flower designing,” according to Senga Mortimer of House & Garden magazine. Roehm has followed up that best-selling book with eight more books on floral design, table tops, food, gardening, interiors, gift wrapping and party planning. This fall, she will release her ninth book, A Passion for Blue and White, and will begin writing a new monthly column in Veranda magazine. And that's just the beginning.
Mrs. Charles A. Dana, Jr. was presented with the HSNY Award of Excellence to celebrate her outstanding contributions to horticulture and conservation. Norma Dana has been a leader in the philanthropic community for decades. Among her many charitable endeavors, she is a co-founder of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, as well as an Honorary Trustee of The Wildlife Conservation Society, a member of the New Canaan Nature Center Advisory Board, a member of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Advisory Committee and a long-time HSNY supporter.
|The event supports The Horticultural Society of New York’s community outreach programs:
• Apple Seed, a science program offered in schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods
• GreenBranches, a program of installing and maintaining professionally designed gardens at branch libraries in neighborhoods with few green spaces
• GreenHouse/GreenTeam program on and after incarceration at Rikers Island, which prepares inmates and ex-offenders for entry into the job market, by training them in horticulture and landscaping
Event Chairs were CeCe Black, Lucy Day, Millicent M. Johnsen, Frances Schultz, Suzette de Marigny Smith, Sheila Stephenson and Elizabeth F. Stribling. Vice-Chairmen were Amy P. Goldman, Charlotte Moss, Mrs. Daniel P. Paduano, Liz Peek and Mrs. John R. Robinson. Virginia Apple, T. Paige Betz, Susan Parker Fore, Samantha Free, Linda Garnett Brooke Harlow, Morgan Hersch, Kamie Lightburn and Mary Van Pelt served as Young Associates Chairs.
|On Saturday night, November 8th, more than 200 Young Patrons of the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (AFTAM) gathered at the Soho gallery Deitch Projects for a private viewing of Kehinde Wiley’s “Down.”
Organized by Stacy Rotner, Valerie Fields, Rebecca Alvandi and Julie Brener, the event raised funds for the art library at the Tel Aviv Museum, Israel’s leading museum of modern art. The 60,000-volume library, the most comprehensive of its kind in the Middle East, serves more than 10,000 art lovers, scholars, curators, soldiers and students each year.
|AFTAM, founded in 1974 to raise funds for the museum and to seek gifts of notable works of art for its collections, began the Young Patrons group three years ago. Its board members include Candice Alibayof, Rebecca Alvandi, Matan Ben-Aviv, Nadav Besner, Julie Brener, Adrienne Fields, Valerie Fields, Sarah Gleit, Ilya Katsman, Danielle Metson, Jeff Rapaport, Stacy Rotner, Emeline Salama-Caro, Jonathan Schmerin, Maytal Sharifi, Jeremy Shure, Andrew Waranch, Jessica Ward.|
|On Thursday, October 30, the Central Barkers hosted a Halloween Picnic in Central Park, near the statue of Balto, the group’s mascot. Hosted by Karen LeFrak and Janna Bullock, with Picnic Chairdogs Miki LeFrak, Gem LeFrak, Dixie Bullock and Ellis Bullock, over 20 dogs and their human companions attended.
|A program of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy, the Central Barkers is a membership program for dogs. Every member of Central Barkers appreciates the beautiful walks, trails and play areas that are provided and maintained by the Central Park Conservancy, and joining is a way of ensuring that these precious areas are preserved.|
|Oscar winners, rockers, supermodels and fashion/social-istas flocked to the Cinema Society & Mulberry’s recent screening of Synecdoche New York.
The film, from Academy Award winner Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), received raves (and plenty of Oscar buzz) from critics and Cinema Society’s starry guest list alike.
Kaufman and the film’s stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis, and Tom Noonan, all joined Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir for the screening and party which followed atop the Gramercy Park Hotel.
Among the stellar crowd: Mike Myers, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Michael Stipe, Julian Schnabel, Juliette Lewis, Olivia Thirlby, Zoe Kravitz, Michael Pitt, Stephen Rea, Erika Christensen, Rachel Dratch, Jon Voight, Jason Lewis, Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Stephen Gaghan, Paul Blackthorne (“Lipstick Jungle”), Alexie Gilmore, Skyler Shaye, Heather Matarazzo, Luis Guzman, Max Minghella, Milena Govich (“Law & Order”), Kelly Klein, Rain Phoenix, Elise Crombez, "Project Runway" winner Leanne Marshall and runner-up Kenley Collins, Zach Galligan, Cynthia Rowley, Vogue’s Sally Singer, Leigh Lezark (MisShapes), Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCullough (Proenza Schouler), Phoebe Gubelmann, Minnie Mortimer, Irina Pantaeva, Marina Rust Connor, Daniel Benedict, Bettina Zilkha, Mulberry’s Sarah Geary, producers Anthony Bregman and Spike Jonze, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Co-Presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.
|Last week, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, who co-chair the Collectors and Connoisseurs Committee with Mario Buatta, Pauline Pitt and Tom Quick for the American International Fine Art Fair, graciously hosted a cocktail reception at their spectacular residence (beautifully decorated by Mr. Buatta) to celebrate the fair's opening in Palm Beach on February 3-8. In its 12th year, the fair is back with the original founders David and Lee Ann Lester, who sold it to dmg world media several years ago for a reported 20 million dollars. Apparently, the dealers missed David and Lee Ann so much that they rallied for their return ... and so the Lesters heeded the call, regained ownership, and are back at the helm with the support and backing of their loyal supporters.
Among those in the crowd were Amy Fine Collins, Hillie Mahoney, Ann Rapp, William Bernhard and Catherine Cahill, Barbara Bancroft, Debbie Bancroft, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Henri Barguirdjian, David Lester, Mark Gilbertson, Evelyn Tompkins, Michael and Souen Goedhuis, Erik and Susan Thomsen, Malcolm James Kutner, Noel and Lynn Jeffrey, David and Jim Hill, Lisa Gorrivan, Amanda Essex, Diana Quasha, Walter and Monica Noel, Christopher Mason, Peggy Mejia, Tom Quick, Juan Montoya, Michel Witmer, Tom Shaffer, Micole Sabbadini, Alexia Hamm Ryan, John Weber, Patricia Weeks and Stuart Rekant, Michael Simon, Timothy Van Dam and Ron Wagner, Jack Guttman, Peter Lewis, Scott Salvatore, Michael Zabriskie, Donald and Muffy Miller, Cecilia Dunn, Brian McCarthy and Danny Sager, Mrs. Dean Kehler, Howard Cox, Susan Zises Green, Peter Felfe, Dr. Victoria Chan-Paley, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Adelson, Frank deBiasi, Isabella Rattazzi, Virginia Coleman, and Carlton Hobbs.
Also mingling in the crowd were gorgeous models wearing the exquisite diamond jewelery by Graff, which is generously underwriting cocktail receptions in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Naples.
For information about The American International Fine Art Fair, visit www.aifaf.com 
|El Museo held its annual Young International Circle event a couple Friday's ago where the crowd was cheerful and dressed to the nines for a night of dancing, drinking, noshing, and bidding on items from their silent auctions all the while tunes by DJ Steven Love of Noveau Riche played in the background.
The theme of the event was ‘La Loteria: An Exploration of Mexico.’ Loteria is a traditional card game that can be traced back to 15th century and is often compared to bingo. As such, the room was decked-out in limited edition prints of over-sized loteria cards designed by Teresa Villegas which depicted colorful images of fabled Mexican figures.
There was a silent auction which included two cocktail dresses by Christian Cota, a dress of choice by Cynthia Rowley, an Oscar de la Renta handbag, a handbag by Jimena Ysita, dVb jeans, a necklace by Lee Angel, along with about 70 other luxurious items.
All proceeds of the auction and event benefited El Museo’s Education and Community Programs. El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz with the support of a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking El Barrio.
Since then, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America and today, it is the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures.
|Photographs by ©PatrickMcMullan.com (Cinema Society & El Museo); ©Rob Rich/516-676-3939 (Art Fair); John Calabrase (HSNY).|