Sunday, March 4, 2007

Sparkling Winter Social Season

Evidence A. Dance Company at the Grace in Winter Gala.
Evidence Dance Company’s annual Grace in Winter Gala took some of the chill out ofa the arctic blast outside. The evening was chaired by art world legend Lowery Stokes Sims, former president of the internationally acclaimed Studio Museum in Harlem and longtime curator of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum. This annual fundraiser for Ronald K. Brown’s dance troupe held at the landmark Hudson Theater in the Millennium Broadway Hotel was the only place to be on a night jampacked with hot parties.

From the moment the doors opened with a steady stream of New York’s movers and shakers in business, arts and fashion passed through its doors to the blasts of flash of the paparazzi. Gala chair Gayle Perkins Atkins had filled the tables with a crowd that looked right out of Central Casting – only this was the real deal. Cole Porter would have felt right at home and ordered a very cold martini and praised the fashion parade of glamorous gals.

Joyce Mullins Jackson
who chaired last summer’s real Hamptons classic the On Our Toes in the Hamptons for Evidence, with her husband Judge Bernard Jackson on her arm, swept into the room swathed in a clinging satin navy blue gown that would have made RitaHayworth green with envy. Town & Country’s Alexis Clarke in a retro-chic matte gold figure hugging  b.Michael was major eye-candy - ditto Nicole Brewer in a bare shouldered number. Amy Fine Collins glittered in deep electric blue with a matching feathered cape. Chairman of the Board Reginald Van Lee was dashing in an elegantly simple, from the front, black dinner jacket with a back of gold brocade featuring ancient symbols from b.Michael’s newly debuted Homme line. Mitchell Madison partner Neil Lowe also sported a dinner suit from the designer’s collection.

Major star power came first with the arrival of Oscar winning actress Cicely Tyson who was escorted by b.Michael. The appearance of the rarely seen  around town actress was the topic of major buzz. Minutes later the flashes became blinding as–Rita Moreno walked in sending ripples throughout the room.
Evidence A. Dance Company
Dinner tables were set with glistening silver candelabras, spilling blood roses atop hand beaded table clothes designed by Saundra Parks. The crowd finally settled down for the real treat of the evening, a sneak peak at Ronald Brown’s latest creation, Truth Don Die. For the first time in years, a gala crowd was silent and speechless as Brown’s company held everyone in its thrall with their artistry and Brown’s amazing story-telling ability that touched the heart and the brain.

Lending support were gala committee members  Gwen and Gerald Adolph, Jaylaan Ahmad-Llewellyn, Dorria L. Ball, Sherry B. Bronfman, Yolanda and Alvin Brown, Alicia and Daniel Bythewood,  Judy Byrd-Blaylock and Ronald Blaylock,  Debra Martin Chase,  Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault, Willie E. Dennis, Jerri DeVard and Gregg Smith,  Brickson Diamond,  Susan Fales-Hill,  Carla A. Harris and Victor A. Franklin, Bernard Jackson, Dwight Johnson, Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, Carol Sutton Lewis and William M. Lewis Jr., Michael McCollom, Christopher Montgomery,  Yvonne Doggett Rhea,  Baraka Sele, Barbara Karp Shuster, Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns, Giovanna and Rolf Thrane, Lisa B. Walker, Barbara and Steven Williams, Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams and Shellie Williams. Among the scores of boldfaced guests were Corice Arman, Amy Fine Collins, FloraBiddle, Robert Couturier, Jonathan Capehart, Saundra Cornwell, Ashton Hawkins,Andrea and Maurice DuBois, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, Kristoffer Haynes, JonelleProcope, Malik Yoba, Robert and Jackie Ross.
John Wegorzewski and Edward Callaghan
John and Dawn Gibson-Brehon
Dawn Gibson-Brehon and Chantel Bell
Reginald Van Lee and Ronald K. Brown
Lowery Stokes Sims and Ron Brown
Nicole Brewer and Melissa Palma
Lowery Stokes Sims
Tiffany Jackson and Neil R. Lowe
Lloyd and Patricia Howell
Reginald Van Lee, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Ronald K. Brown
Jonathan Capehart, Lola C. West, and Reginald Van Lee
Giosetta Capriati and Reginald Van Lee
Jonathan Capeheart
Neil R. Lowe with Betty Lamarr
Judy Byrd-Blaylock
The Honorable Bernard H. Jackson and Joyce Mullins-Jackson
Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz
Sahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Pamela J. Joyner and Rita Moreno
Keija Minor and Taylor A. Scotland
Joanne E. Hill and Yvonne Doggett Rhea
Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns
John Wegorzewski, Eddie Marrero, and Edward Callaghan
Maurice and Andrea Dubois
Anne Ehrenkranz, Lowery Stokes Sims, and Joel Ehrenkranz
Susan L. Taylor and Sahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Eddie Marrero and Susan L. Taylor
Susan L. Taylor and Khephra Burns
Charles N. Atkins with Gayle Perkins Atkins
Evidence Board with the Dancers Reginald Van Lee, Arcell Cabuag, Shani Collins, Tiffany Jackson, Clarice Young, Keon Thoulouis, Joanne E. Hill, and Juel Lane
Jonelle Procope Terrell, Fred Terrell, and Shena Wright
Alexis Clark in b. Michael
Olga and Larry Davis
b. Michael and Cecily Tyson
Jerri DeVard and Joyce Mullins-Jackson
Janice Savin Williams and Christopher J. Williams
Susan Fales-Hill
Sherry B. Bronfman
Marva A. Smalls and Alexander Smalls
Taking in the dinner
Last Thursday night, Lexus hosted a kick-off party at Le Cirque to honor the benefit committee of the East Side House Settlement Gala Preview of the 2007 New York International Auto Show

Lexus LS 460L
In the courtyard, guests got a close up look at the all-new Lexus LS 460L which complete with a 4.6 liter V8 engine takes luxury to an unprecedented level. At the touch of a button the LS can parallel park itself!

Inside, guests were given a warm welcome by this year’s benefit committee co-chairs Blair Voltz Clarke, Marianna Olszewski, and Tatiana Platt.  Also, in attendance were media sponsor Esquire’s Kevin O’Malley and Stephen Jacoby.  The party continued long after the bar closed and officially set this glamorous crowd into gear for the main event on April 5, 2007.
Guests included Diana Quasha, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Christine Cachot Williams, Blair Clarke, Tatiana Platt, Marianna Olszewski, Gervaise Gerstner, Mark Gilbertson, Gillian Miniter, Jamie Niven, Eliza Osborne, Di Petroff, Alex Myers, Laura Wells, Alexis Zoullas, Chad Ritchie, Jim Corl, Nick Brown, John Dalsheim, Justin Hayes Green, Susan Shin, Teresa Olszewski, Clair Fitzgerald, Debra Schuster Tanger, Kevin O’Malley, Stephen Jacoby, John Sanchez, Peter Standish, Tana and Bill Dye, Katie and Bill Elder, Cathy Lee, Mike Childs, Patricia Mitchell.
Daniel Cappello and Christine Cachot Williams
Dr Butensky and Di Petroff
Gail Daum and Lisa Selby
Eliza Nordeman and Tana Dye
Carolyn Francis, Jamie Niven, and Eliza Osbourne
Jenny Slayton and Justin Green
Blair Clarke, Tatiana Platt, and Marianna Olszewski
Jim Corl, Dani Lachowicz, and Lewis Kunkel
Christine Cachot Williams and Gillian Minniter
Diana Quasha
Jim Brodsky and Phil McCarthy
John Dalsheim and Melissa Rollins
Jonathan and Somers Farkas with Diane Britzlotti
Marianna Olszewski and Blair Clarke
Nick Brown and Clair Fitzgerald
Katie Elder, Bill Elder, and Jim Coral
Priscilla Azeredo and Alexis Zoullas
Stephen Jacoby and Kevin O'Malley
Marianna Olszewski, Mark Gilbertson, and Tatiana Platt
Whitney McGurk and Sarah Basile
Melissa Berkelhammer and friend
Peter Standish, Michael Childs, Cathy Lee, and John Sanchez

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Auto Show)