Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Uptown and (way) downtown

Bertram Fields and Roberta Peters
Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli
They celebrated the Kravis Center’s 15th Anniversary Celebration Gala Benefit last month in Palm Beach and there was the magic of Broadway in the air.

This year’s Gala performance, Back to Back to Broadway, created especially for the Kravis Center’s anniversary celebration, starred Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, Academy Award winners for the 1972 film Cabaret, along with Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime, Kiss Me, Kate) and Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell (West Side Story, Candide). The performance also featured choreography by Baayork Lee, one of the original cast members of Broadway’s A Chorus Line who is responsible for restaging Michael Bennett’s choreography for the current smash New York revival of that show.

The evening began with a cocktail reception in the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Founders’ Room and ended with a black-tie dinner dance in the Cohen Pavilion’s Weiner Banquet Center, which was designed by Rafanelli Events to reflect the evening’s Broadway theme.

The celebration was dedicated in loving memory of Julian Cohen, a longtime member of the Kravis Center’s Board of Directors and one of the Center’s most generous supporters, who passed away two days before the event.
During the Gala, the Kravis Center recognized its “leading ladies” for their efforts and dedicated service over the past 15 years and for their continued support of the mission of the Kravis Center. The members of the Honorary Gala Committee were: Carol Cohen, Patricia Cook, Lore Dodge, Renate Dreyfoos, Elaine Gimelstob, Nicki Harris, Elaine Langone, Hillie Mahoney, Chris Marden, Helen Persson, Janna Rumbough, Mary Schott, and Kathryn Vecellio.

Kravis Center Chairman Alexander W. Dreyfoos gave special recognition to Julie Khoury who made a $1 million gift to the Kravis Center’s Encore Capital Campaign, the fund-raising effort to pay for the Cohen Pavilion expansion project.

Mr. Dreyfoos thanked the couple on behalf of fellow board members and presented the Khourys with a Tiffany & Co. tray as a memento that has traditionally been given to generous donors who contribute $1 million or more to the Encore Campaign.

Proceeds from the Kravis Center’s annual Gala Benefit
make it possible for the Center to continue with programs that have introduced school children from five surrounding counties to the wonder of the performing arts. The funds are also used to present innovative programs such as master classes, lectures and performance opportunities for both children and adults. Ticket sales and rental revenue alone do not cover the cost of operating a not-for-profit facility like the Kravis Center. It is only through generous contributions and benefits like the Gala that the Kravis Center continues to succeed in making the best of the performing arts available to the entire community.

Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob generously sponsored the public performance, Back to Back to Broadway. Grand Sponsors Lewis and Mary Schott and Carl and Ruth Shapiro sponsored the gala décor and dinner, respectively.

Other sponsors of the evening included Julian and Carol Cohen (dinner entertainment), Alexander and Renate Dreyfoos (dinner-dance orchestra), Kenneth and Elaine Langone (cocktail reception), Jane Mitchell (invitations and programs – design and printing), Paul and Marilyn Mulach (photography), Helen K. Persson (table centerpieces), Van Cleef & Arpels (dessert extravaganza) and The Breakers (bar and wine service).
Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob, Harolyn Blackwell, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Renate, and Alexander Dreyfoos
Julie and Amin Khoury
Hillie Mahoney and Patricia Cook
John and Lore Dodge
Elaine and Kenneth Langone
J. Ira and Nicki Harris
Bernard and Chris Marden
Thalia White and Helen Persson
Stanley and Janna Rumbough
Lewis and Mary Schott
Jane Mitchell and Jeff Bland
Denise and Bill Meyer
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
Yvonne Lynam and Christiane Ouvier
Ruth and Carl Shapiro
Judy and Jim Mitchell
Robert Osborne, Arlene Dahl, and Marc Rosen
Kathy and Paul Leone
Paul and Marilyn Mulach
Vic Damone and Harolyn Blackwell
Celebrations: Patricia Field, the celebrated fashion and costume designer threw a birthday party for herself and her nearest and dearest at Cielo. Field who gained fame as the costume designer for “Sex and the City” for which she was nominated six times for an Emmy, was nominated for an Oscar for her work as costume designer for the film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
Alberto Vo5, Kenny Kenny, and Patrick McDonald
Brian Ciabotti and Andrew Der
Chuck Attix and Brandon Voss
Gregory Gregbuchl and Chase Hostler
Jo Jo Field
Jun Nakayama
Larry Johnson
Patricia Field and Shelly Bromfield
Franchesca Leoni and Patricia Field
Vonera
Patricia Field and Chuck Attix
Jun Nakayama and friends
Patricia Field and Shane O'Neill
Richard Alvarez and Patricia Field
Meanwhile, down at Michael’s one night last week, another celebrity-fame maker, public relations guru Susan Blond celebrated the 20th anniversary of her very successful firm with a big party. Blond who first came into the public eye as a protege of Andy Warhol (and appeared in his film “Bad”), has repped a wide array of stars including Michael Jackson, Boy George, and Prince to Usher, Star Jones Reynolds, Hulk Hogan, and Christine Ebersole. At Michaels there were also vid tributes from Clive Davis, Ronnie Spector, Sean Paul, and Paul Shaffer.
Beverly Mandell and Susan Blond
Damien Fahey and Golden
Carlton DeWoody, Tyler Burba, Anton Parish
Danny Fields, Anton Parish, Randy Jones
Louisa O'Connor and Richie Rich
Dan Beck, Adam Degraide, Carrie McClellan, and Jerry Lenbo
Julia Ioffe, Hendrik Hertzberg, and Irin Carmon
Kenny Laguna, Jennifer Nuccio, and Joan Jett
Jane and Paul Schindler
Ronnie Spector and Eric Weidlander
Maureen Marcus, Susan Blond, and Debbie Weiss
Sunny Ralfini, Ian Ralfini, Melani Rogers, and Edward Rogers
Leslie Gold, Carmine Appice, Joan Jett, Susan Blond, and Kenny Laguna
Lil' Bit and Daniel Glogower
Mark Rapp, Richard Peterson, Colin Lively, David Wyatt
Samantha Kleier, Susan Blond, Michelle Kleier, Ian Kleier
Simone Smalls, Susan Blond, Beverly Smith, and Umindi Francis
Steven Van Zandt and Lenny Kaye
Teron Beal, Lola Ogunnaike, Simone Smalls
Unik, John B.
Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera and Gary Franklin
Carlos Vega, Patrick Melville, Desiree Melville, Rick Wellman, and Liza Bychkov

Photographs by ©Patrick McMullan (Field and Blond)