|Last Tuesday night the American Ballet Theatre kicked off its 2008 its annual Fall Gala beginning with a special performance at City Center where ABT's Principal Dancers performed highlights from the Fall season, including George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Romeo and Juliet and Paul Taylor’s Company B.
After the performance, guests traveled up and over to the Pierre Hotel where the celebration continued with a black tie dinner and dancing. During dinner, Lamin Periera dos Santos, an exceptional student from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School was presented with the inaugural Northern Trust Award and Sharon Patrick was honored with the 2008 Melville Straus Award.
Among the evening’s guests were Rita Gam, Ugly Betty's Eric Mabius, Model Liliana Dominguez, Designers Olivier Theyskens, Tory Burch and Christian Cota, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Lauren Santo Domingo, Henri Barguirdjian, Andrew Barth, Jonathan Farkas, Anka Palitz, Leonard and Susan Feinstein, Jennifer Creel, Barbara Gollust, ABT Dancers Julie Kent, Marcelo Gomes, Jose Manuel Carreño, Herman Cornejo, Xiomara Reyes, Jared Matthews, Maria Riccetto, Kristi Boone; Drs. William and Linda Hamilton, Annaliese Harstick, Sharon Patrick and Beverly D'Anne, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Susan Fales-Hill, Barbara Gollust and Claudia Overstrom.
Nina Ricci was the official sponsor of the Gala, Michelob Ultra generously underwrote ABT’s 2008 New York City Center season. $550,000 was raised for the American Ballet Theatre.
|New York City’s premier restaurants including Nobu Fifty-seven, Gordon Ramsay at the London, Le Bernadin, craftsteak New York, Lever House, Porter House, The Modern, Landmarc, Eighty-One, A Voce, Payard Bistro, and Blue Hill joined together for an evening of culinary tastings and fine wine and auctions for one night to fight hunger in New York City at City Harvest’s 14th annual Bid Against Hunger Benefit.
|The evening ran from 7 to 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Co-chairs included Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Lauren and Scott Pinkus, Pamela and Andrew Kaufman, Tania and Brian Higgins, and Margaret and Randy Brown. Restaurant co-chairs were Sandra and Eric Ripert, Tracey Nieporent, and Pamela and Marc Murphy. Chefs participating included Eric Ripert, Tom Colicchio, Francois Payard, Michael Lomonaco, and John Doherty.|
|Clockwise from top left: Ron Ben-Israel Cakes, Inc.; Black Tuna Salad Sandwich from Geisha; CH Apron by Nicole Miller; Herbed Ricotta Mousse, Arugula, Proscuitto from A Voce; Desserts from Waldorf=Astoria.|
|Clockwise from top left: 57 Restaurant at the Four Seasons; Billy's Bakery Cupcakes; Cupcake Cafe Bohemian Maple Walnut Cake.|
|Clockwise from top left: T Bar Steak & Lounge; Ron-Ben Israel Cakes; Le Cirque; House Cured Ham from Telepan.|
|Clockwise from top left: Truffle Oil from da Rosario Organics; Venison Keilbasa; Gelato Bites; Smoked salmon salad from Aquavit; Smoked salmon salad from Aquavit; Tacos Al Pastor from Toloache.|
|Also last Monday night in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art held its annual gala with the theme Whitney – Past, Present and Future. Versace was the sponsor for the evening and the following Studio Party after the dinner. Co-chairs were Allison Kanders, Liz Swig and Donatella Versace. Special guest for the evening was Patrick Dempsey. More than 1100 guests attended and the museum raised more than $3 million.
Beth Campbell’s installation created for the Gala greated guests as they arrived. It also served as the décor inspiration for the evening conceptualized by David Stark Design. Playing with issues of repetition and memory, Campbell’s recent installations have conjured up uncanny trompe l’oeil effects suggestive of mirrors.
As part of the Whitney sponsorship, Versace collaborated with Julian Schnabel and Wangechi Mutu to create two one-of-a-kind pieces of priceless jewelry.
|Among those attending were Sting and Trudie Styler, Christina Ricci, Mariah, Carey and Nick Cannon, Sean Avery, Cindy Sherman, Fred Schneider, Michael Nouri, Beth Campbell, David Salle, Tara Donovan, Carroll Dunham, Mark Fox, Rachel Howard, Charles LeDray, Whitfield Lovell, Malcolm Morley, Lari Pittman, Ugo Rondinone, Laurie Simmons, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner, Fred Wilson, Robert Hurst, Brooke Neidich, Steven and Ann Ames, Anne Dias Griffin, Susan and John Hess, Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Charles and Betty Gwathmey, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Amanda Burden, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Julie and Billy Macklowe, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Mary Boone, Marvin Hamlisch, Campion and Tatiana Platt, John and Susan Gutfreund, Frederic and Shrin Fekkai, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Jane Holzer, Sari Gueron and Bonnie Morrison.
At the Studio Party later in the evening: Byrdie Bell, Kipton Cronkite, Lydia Fenet, Zani Gugelmann, Behnaz Sarafpour, Gilles Mendel, Poppy Delevigne, Jane Krakowski, Katie Lee Joel, Kiera Chaplin, Juliette Lewis, Emma Roberts, Helena Christensen, Rose Bryne, Harry Josh, Lee Lee Sobieski, Becki Newton and Hana Soukupova.