Thursday, March 29, 2007

Guild Hall and The Community Coalition

John Chamberlain, Roy Furman, Mercedes Ruehl, Paul Goldberger, Mickey Straus, and Marshall Brickman
Monday night, a week ago, Guild Hall held its prestigious Academy of the Arts 22nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Rainbow Room. They honored artist John Chamberlain for Visual Arts, The New Yorker architecture critic and author Paul Goldberger for Literary Arts, Academy Award Winning actress Mercedes Ruehl for Performing Arts and philanthropist and producer Roy Furman for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors.

With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Tony under her belt, Ms. Ruehl is no stranger to awards, but Guild Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award has special meaning to her. “I have this on-going attachment to the John Drew Theater. This is my community, so this award gives me a lot of pride.” It’s no surprise that Ms. Ruehl slides right in to playing other women in the arts. In fact, there is a trifecta in the works. Having already played Peggy Guggenheim and Frida Kahlo, Ms. Ruehl is exploring the possibility of playing a third – Louise Nevelson in an upcoming Edward Albee production.

Mr. Goldberger, who has been connected to East Hampton for over 20 years, shares Ms. Ruehl’s sentiments for the community, “This night is just a rare opportunity – to be honored by your peers in the arts who also happen to be your neighbors.” Marshall Brickman was emcee. Co-chairs were Maureen Bludhorn, Nina Gillman, Susan and Morris Mark, Ruth Mueller, Pamela and Edward Pantezer, Joan and Michael Steinberg, Judith and Berton Steir, Rebecca Cooper and Michael Waldman.
Mercedes Ruehl
Ruth Appelhof and Marshall Brickman
Roy Furman
Paul Goldberger
Gene Saks
Renee Steinberg
Chuck Close and Mickey Straus
Ninah Lynne, Roy Furman, and Michael Lynne
John Chamberlain and Prudence Fairweather
Jill, Roy, and Freida Furman
Leila and Mickey Straus
Esperanza Leon and Terrence McCulley
John Chamberlain
Mercedes Ruehl
Marjorie Chester and Gary Adamek
Anna Bergman
Paul Goldberger and Susna Solomon

Kip Forbes, his sister Moira Forbes Mumma and event co-chairs Tom Quick, Hillie Mahoney, Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady, David Park, Alyne Massey, Bob and Jane Souaid welcomed guests to thePalm Beach waterfront estate of Craig and Michele Millard for a "Wine & Wyoming" fundraiser for Moira Forbes Mumma's non-profit organization, The Community Coalition (

Auctioneer Craig Millard joked to Kip Forbes that he wouldn't get off easy on the bidding, and Kip happily obliged by feverously bidding on many of the items.  Co-chairs Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady served as spotters for the auction.  

Auction items ranged from bottles of 1994 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon,1982 Chateau Haut Brion, to Chateau MontelenaSauvignon vertical 1994-1997, and more.  The coveted double magnum of 1970 Chateau Mouton Rothschild went to TomQuick, and Sheila Johnson won two exquisite bottles of Chateau Margaux.  

The crème de la crème auction item was an opportunity for 20 or more friends to stay at the Forbes family’s beautiful ranch on the Snake River at the foot of the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This live auction item sold for $15,000.

Other guests that evening included Frances Hayward, Diane N. Weiss, Talbott Maxey, Beth Hennessy, Sheila Johnson, Judith Murat Grubman, Sonny Castor, Mrs. San Lee Park, Kenn Karakul, Steve Prostano, and Kimberly Clouse.

The event raised $60,000 for The Community Coalition, which helps the homeless find housing, explores employment opportunities for those in need, and assists the disabled.
Chip Brady with his parents June and Dennis Brady
Beth Hennessy, Diane N. Weiss, and Moira Forbes Mumma
Moira Forbes Mumma with Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady
Moira Forbes Mumma with Craig Millard during the wine auction
Allison Weiss Brady and Kip Forbes with Mrs. San Lee Park
Margie Allinson, Linda Salandra Dweck, and Mac Zahringer
Sonny Castor and Judith Grubman Murat
Craig Millard with Moira Forbes Mumma in the background
Kenn Karakul, Hillie Mahoney, and Tom Quick
Kip Forbes bidding during the live auction with Michele Millard seated next to him