Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Philanthropists, art lovers and patrons

Rebecca Dunn, Rebecca Dunn, Le Baron Roland de L'espee, Catherine Hamilton, Cassandra Longoria, and Tennessee Hamilton
The American Friends of Versailles gathered cultural-minded philanthropists, art lovers and patrons from France and the United States recently in New York City for a whirlwind of fabulous benefit events surrounding their annual board of directors meeting.

The luminous array of 'fêtes' included a wonderful champagne reception at the gorgeous and elegant home of Julian Robertson, founder of the Tiger Fund. The guests reveled in his warm hospitality and viewed Mr. Robertson’s extraordinary art collection and breathtaking view of Central Park.  The guest of honor were AFV’s distinguished French Board of Directors: Baron Roland de l’Espée, Le Vicomte de Rohan, Madame Anne-Marie de Ganay, Comtesse Serge de La Bédoyère, Monsieur et Madame Jérôme Fouan, Comte Charles-Louis de Mortemart, Madame Caroline Sarkozy (sister to the French President Sarkozy), Madame Nicole Salinger, and Monsieur and Madame Didier Wirth
Michele Fouan, Anne-Marie de Ganay, Pascal Clement, and Nathalie de Bedoyere
Other benefit visits included a charming luncheon at the historical landmark and 21 Club, along with a sublime cocktail 'dinatoire' at the exquisite and dazzling home of the world-renowned interior designers, Juan Pablo and Pilar Molyneux, both AFV board members (a seven story townhouse with a rooftop swimming pool).  The guests of honor were Mr. Julian Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Rockefeller and Madame Caroline Sarkozy.  Also included was a lunch at Cafe Boulud owned by the ultimate chef Daniel Boulud, and a farewell reception dinner at the enchanting and ultimately charming home of AFV’s International Council members, Margaret and Gregory Hedberg (extraordinary fine art aficionado)- the Hedbergs have assembled a fantastic, eclectic and phenomenal art collection.

The goals of the American Friends of Versailles are to heighten the awareness of Versailles within the United States and worldwide (an international UNESCO declared world treasure), to enhance the important French /American Friendship, and to support the restoration and preservation of Versailles for future generations.  AFV’s goals have been realized in the restoration and recreation of the Trois Fontaines Bosquet and the Pavillon Frais - two magnificent and historical gardens, which will be enjoyed by millions of visitors for years to come.
Greg Grimes, Augusta Nadler, Nancy Nadler, Christopher Hyland, and Patsy Dickerson
The American Friends of Versailles seeks not only to preserve Versailles, by supporting projects that would not be accomplished without private funding, but seriously to promote the French American Friendship, as well as International Friendship. In addition to its restoration projects, the American Friends of Versailles has donated to research projects and computer systems, restoration of the trees at Versailles, photo exhibitions in the USA and international cultural seminars. 

The American Friends of Versailles believes beauty feeds the soul and inspires all people. Versailles has more visitors every year than almost any other museum in the world, 1.5 million Americans visit annually.  By supporting Versailles, AFV has chosen to maintain a history of civilized cultures who believe that beauty, artistry and friendship have an absolute value and place in the world. Versailles is an opus, a masterpiece, and its gardens are unparalleled.
Frances LaGatta-Shelton, Catherine Hamilton, Margaret Hedberg, and Marian Edwards
Other distinguished New York hosts, who have generously received The American Friends of Versailles, in the past include: the Forbes Family, Anne Bass, Ambassador and Mrs. Felix Rohatyns, the Henry Kissingers, Susan and John Gutfreund, Kathy and Bill Rayner, Catharine and David Hamilton, Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller, Mrs. Samuel Lefrak, Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg, Betsy and Larry Blau, Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom, Liz Fondaras, the Guest Family, Mrs. Duane Hampton, Margaret and Gregory Hedberg, the French Embassy, the French Consulate, the Metropolitan Museum courtesy of Jane Wrightsman, the Frick Museum courtesy of Mrs. Henry C. Frick, II (Pemmy), Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Gerschel, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss, Mr. and Mrs. George McFadden, the Phipps Family, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ross, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Zilkha, the Central Park Conservancy, the New York Botanical Gardens.

Mark your calendars: AFV will host ‘Voyage Spectaculaire’ a one-of-a-kind, benefit trip to the French Riviera, filled with rare privileges, from September 20 – 27, 2012! and stellar ‘Le Grand Bal de Versailles’ will be at the Palace on Saturday, June 15, 2013!
Nancy Cain Marcus, Rebecca Dunn, and Melinda Hassen
Marian Edwards and Princess Beatrice de Bourbon des deux Siciles
Patsy Callahan and Mitchell Cantor
Nancy Cain Marcus and Julian Robertson
Herve de la Vauvre and Paul Krauss
Sir Mark Haukohl and Elizabeth Stafford
Catherine Hamilton and Louise Stephaich
David and Catherine Hamilton
Patrick Callahan and Catherine Durgin
David Hamilton and Gregory Hedberg
Vicomte Oliver de Rohan
Anne-Marie de Ganay, Louise Stephaich, and Pilar Molyneux
Jerome Fouan and Elizabeth Stafford
Mitchell Cantor and Nancy Nadler
Rebecca Dunn and Helen Marx
Princesse Kristina Kovolenko, Ricardo Longoria, and Cassandra Longoria
Libby Horn and Patsy Dickerson
Christopher Walling, Nancy Cain Marcus, and David Hamilton
Augusta Nadler, Nancy Nadler, and Britany Bromley
Anne and Paul Krauss
Oliver de Rohan, Gail Freeman, and Andrew Passeri
Tennessee and David Hamilton
Evelyn Lorentzen-Bell and Libby Horn
Cynthia Frank and Marian Edwards
Princesse Kristina Kovolenko, Cassandra Longoria, and Catherine Hamilton
Catherine Hamilton, Elizabeth Hamilton, and Victoria Kataoka
Libby Horn, Britany Bromley, and Anne-Marie de Ganay
One of the holiday season’s most eagerly anticipated events, Parrish Presents, A Holiday Bazaar to benefit the Parrish Art Museum kicked off the shopping season in great style with a smashing Preview Cocktail Party  – and to the relief of many in these stressed economic times, offered bargains a plenty for the savvy shopper. The annual holiday shopping extravaganza is probably the only market around where one can purchase a $6 garden ornament; a $22,000 set of antique Baccarat crystal or a Hamptons Cloud Children’s Pillow by local artist Barbara Marino for $30 - all under the same roof. Attracting over 2,000 shoppers throughout the weekend, the event is well attended by the summer colony crowd who come out especially for this unique Holiday Bazaar.
The Gift Bazaar at the Parrish Presents Cocktail Preview
The Preview Cocktail Party on Friday offered a banquet of dazzling gift items, antiques, home furnishings, lawn and garden furniture and unique treats like a customized golf cart and personally signed books by best selling authors for that special someone on your list. The sprawling sale took over the Museum’s Main Gallery and Concert Hall, as well, as the entire Carroll Petrie Research Center for a massive display of goodies both old and new. The sale continued through Sunday.

Ably chaired once again by designer John Bjørnen, the event included The Market which features new and gently used items including home furnishings, antiques, estate & costume jewelry, silver, china, elegant drapery and window treatments, pillows, tabletop décor, art, books and so much more; The Gift Bazaar showcasing extraordinary gifts and fine luxury items from a score of local specialty merchants and artisans. Shoppers were delighted to support the small businesses in the community.
The Gift Bazaar in the Main Hall
On the stage of the Concert Hall was The Silent Auction which gets bigger each and every year. The roster of lots featured an extraordinarily diverse group of offerings – something for every taste and pocketbook. Offerings included a rare 1910 Baccarat crystal set, designer purses from Chanel, Etro, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Segovia; Broadway show tickets; foursomes at some of the area’s top golf clubs; the impossible to get dinner reservations at Rao’s; dine around town packages for all the favorite East End restaurants; dozens of one of a kind experiences and even a special kiddy day trip that included passes to the Long Island Aquarium and an absolutely adorable Hampton Cloud Pillow hand made in the Hamptons and designed by well known local artist Barbara Marino  that will come in handy on the ride home. Auction Chairs Blossom Gluck and Etta Froio truly delivered an array of goodies for every budget.
Mr and Mrs Pig looking for a home
The Hampton Cloud Pillow designed by artist Barbara Marino
While shopping and mingling with old and new friends, guests were also treated to delectable hors d’oeuvres by caterer Mark Fahrer and famed Chef Wayne Nish who deservedly holds the record for more New York Times stars than any chef in the country. Drawing on local sources as he always does, Nish served up a bounty of internationally inspired nibbles to fuel the hungry shoppers: hand-held Caesar salad rolls with Boquerones (tiny anchovies) wrapped in North Fork mesclun; mini baguettes filled with roasted local root vegetables; Steamed Bao with cured duck from Aquebogue’s Crescent Farms; Shrimp on potato leek cakes; spoons laden with parsnip mousseline & tomato coulis and teeny bite-sized apple turnovers using several varieties from Milk Pail. Famed East End cookbook author Silvia Lehrer who was there signing copies of her best-selling book “Savoring the Hamptons” was so wowed she followed Nish into the kitchen to see first hand how he prepared the tasty treats.
Glittering evening bags from Nula Antique Handbags
Silver and crystal for sale at the Market
Thanks to generous sponsors Niche Imports, Glacier Potato Vodka and Southampton Publick House there were plenty of festive cocktails, luscious wines and lusty ales to complement the food and boost the spirits!

A highlight of the Preview Party is always The Book Signing featuring noted local authors. This year brought out a number of best selling writers attracting scores of book lovers. On hand were designer Jeffrey Banks & Doria de la Chappelle co-authors of “Preppy, Cultivating Ivy Style; Cherie Burns, author of “Searching for Beauty; The Life of Millicent Rogers”; Maria Cooper Janis signing her biography of her legendary movie star father, “Gary Cooper, Enduring Style”; Laurie Lambrecht and Dorothy Lichtenstein inscribing copies of the gorgeous “Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio” and our beloved Silvia Lehrer signing right up til closing her best selling “Savoring the Hampton, Discovering the Food and Wine of Long Island’s East End."
Dazzling necklaces
Gleaming silver was a big hit at the Gift Bazaar
Burled wood desk from English Country Antiques
Among those doing their Holiday shopping locally were Christine Schwarzman, Jean Shafiroff, Debbie Bancroft, David Wassong & Cynthia Clift, Domna Stanton and daughter Alexandra Stanton, Jonathan Capehart, Susan Madonia, Mildred Brinn, Nancy Hardy & Dennis Baldwin, Patricia Birch Becker, Gloria & Richard Nilsson, Donald & Maggie Sullivan, Kathryn Knowlton & Jeff Lieberman, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lyn & Jamie Frankel and hundreds more.

Parrish Presents continues to be the quintessential East End holiday event attracting hundreds of local residents - both year round and seasonal - as well as visitors from up and down the East Coast. Each year the list of supporters swells with more and more generous patrons stepping forward to support this national treasure. Longtime sponsors who have always rallied for the cause include Grand Patrons Mildred C. Brinn and Dorothy Lichtenstein; Sponsors Prudential Douglas Elliman, David Wassong and Cynthia Clift; B & N Moving Storage, Bjørnen Design who did a marvelous job designing the concert hall and Market, Niche Import Co. & Glacier Potato Vodka and Don Sullivan’s The Southampton Publick House.
Sabrina Gordon, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Isolde Hatgis Kessell
Event chair John Bjornen and Auction Co chair Blossom Gluck
Lynch's Garden Center offered holiday trimmings
Denise Borschein and Cathy Rae
Nancy Hardy
Joe Gonzalez and Laila
Artist Paton Miller and author Maria Cooper Janis
Vivienne Mackinder, Azar Boujaran, Hans Boujaran, and Dorothy Lichtenstein
Caroline Samain and Rob Florio
Alicia and Dennis Longwell
Alexandra Stanton and Jonathan Capehart
Historian Gary Lawrance and portraitist Zita Davisson
Andrea Bejsavec, Daniel, and Nancy Pollera
Landscape architect Zach Crawford
Fashion legend Stan Herman
Maura Schley and George Dean Callas
Jean Shafiroff and Lyn Hamer
Diane Charkow, Davis Gaffga, and Monica Asche
Cee Scott Brown and David Mendoza offered products from Bali
Event chair John Bjornen and Hans Boujaran
Mark Segal
Jeff Lieberman and Kathryn Knowlton
On Thursday, December 1, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller hosted a Holiday Toy Drive at Chevalier Bill and Prior Ann Van Ness' town house, benefiting children born with severe disabilities at the Terence Cardinal Cook Hospital Health Care Center in New York. The ecumenical organization is one of Orders of Chivalry in existence. Members of the Commandery of New York and their friends and guests gathered to benefit the children. 
Welcoming chairs were Barbara Hemmerle Gollust and Candace Gonzalez. Also attending were Melinda Bush, Evelyn Berry, Barbara Gross, Fred Hoff, Dr. Donatella Graffino, Mary Elaine and David Morris, Claire Burke, Eric Masella, Michael Mazzeo, Dr. Pat Allen, Jacqueline von Rohrscheidt, Roy and Barbara Ostrom, Brent McMicking, Michael Hall, George Kellner, Allison Hult, Madeline and Tom Elghanyan. 

The evening began with cocktails and a special performance recital by soprano Lauren Jelencovich. All proceeds from the Holiday Toy Drive support the children who spend their entire lives at the Hospital and who suffer from complex medical problems.  The event was a successful effort to share toys and other holiday cheer. 
Panda, Barnaby Hall, Adolfo Leija, Marianna Leija, Michael Hall, Paige Van Ness, and Brent McMicking
Joanie Sanzari, Susan Hockmeyer, Susan Carpenter, and Carol Bastek
Bill and Ann Van Ness
Melinda Bush
Madeline Hult, Barbara Schofield–Suleiman, Tom Elghanayan, and Anwar
Ann Nuemann, Dr. Pat Allen, and Gene De Wree
Lauren Jelencovich and Shane Schag
Candace Gonzalez, Paige Van Ness, and Lindsay Gordon
Allison Gollust, Keith Gollust, and Barbara Hemmerle Gollust
Mary Kay Mc Donnell and Christine Finnegan
Julia Manna and David Barone
George Sanborn and Judy Gates
Pilar Paxton and Donatella Graffino
Jacqueline Rohrscheidt and Paul Vicio
Barbara Hemmerle Gollust and Candace Gonzlaez
Denise and Dr. George Hajjar
Dr. Frank Weiser, Myra Weiser, and Keith Gollust
Caroline Lieberman, Monica Dalton, and Claudio Lieber
Dr. George Hajjar and Barbara Hemmerle Gollust
Faith Palmadessa and Chris Giancarlo
Barbara Regna and Bill Van Ness
Steve and Lindsay Gordon
Janie Wood and Eric Masella
Patricia Eltinge, Milton Drezner
Tom and Patricia Shiah
The Junior Council of the American Museum of Natural History continued its 2011-2012 season on Thursday, December 1, with a private viewing of the Museum’s new exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, remarks by Curator Michael Shara, and a cocktail reception (courtesy of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey).

Danielle and Ari Lerner
Beyond Planet Earth launches visitors into the exciting future of space exploration as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond. The exhibition features a full-sized re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, and the world’s largest immersive color holograms depicting 1,000 exoplanets orbiting distant stars.

CO-CHAIRS included Christy Corgan, Sarah J. Crews, Doug and Eva Heyman, Mark and Jessica Kleinknecht, Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T. M. Jones, Holly and Martin Okner, Zachary and Lori Pomerantz, Andrew and Zibby Right, Robin and Brad Roberts, Heather and Ross Schulman.

The American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most stimulating membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in specially arranged events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions.

Junior Council members go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent museums, meet some of the nation’s most distinguished and engaging scientists, and preview the latest exhibitions.
Steering Committee members Sloan and Katherine Saunders
Sam Saegh with Co-Chairs Jessica and Mark Kleinknecht
Steering Committee members Ian and Zoe Wilson
Peter Stein and friend
Steering Committee member Allison Ecung
Sunny Newsome and Carla Franklin
Gregg Brody and friends
Steve Roy, Jen Reilly, and Mike Reilly
Curator Michael Shara
Andy Nahas
Shiloh Bates, Amy Ukena, and Steering Committee member Stephanie Stehman
Jordan and Susan Press
Co-Chairs Brad and Robin Roberts
Yvette Scmitter
Steering Committee member Jameson McFadden and friend
Katie McGee and Meghan Byrne
Late last month, guests gathered at the Clarins Skin Spa to hear about Holiday Style tips from Emmy-award winning stylist David Zyla, author of Color Your Style: How to Wear Your True Colors; Leena Gurevich, Showroom Director of The Carlisle Collection, New York's best kept fashion secret; and Angelo David, Celebrity Stylist and Hair Illusionist. The event was hosted by Barry McCaffrey, National Sales Director of Hotel/Spa Division of Clarins USA and Denise Schoenberger, Manager of the Madison Avenue Skin Spa. The event was produced by Anne Akers, Publisher/Founder of GLOW Beauty Magazine and the GLOW Speakers Bureau.
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Guests were provided tips from these leading experts on how to feel empowered and look fantastic from "head to toe", including the latest trends in fashion, couture hair, and a view of the Holiday Collection from the Carlisle . Product demonstrations were provided by Clarins. Attending were Julie Ausbacher, Trish Rubin, Jamie Lee, Kelly Hoey, Yoon Choe (Ralph Lauren), Alice Cheng, Lena Shehayet, Elaine Luis, Stephanie Berger, Polina Boytman, Adrian Nierenberg, Andrea March, Mary Beth Viegneron, Marlene Kurz, Don Klein, Lourdes Santiago, Dr. Fran Gare, Sharon Marantz Walsh, Dr. Tracy Pfeifer, Ann Lawlor, Debra Chase, and Ivi Navarette.
Barry McCaffrey and Kelly Hoey
Anne Akers, Barry McCaffrey, Eli Marcus, and Leena Gurevich
Andrea March
Deborah Chase and friend
Dorothy Kellogg and Nadia Ghattas
Trish Ruben and Ivi Navarette
Angelo David and Ann Lawlor
Lourdes Santiago
Dr. Tracy Pfeifer and Anne Akers
David Zyla (center) and friends
Sharon Marantz Walsh and Dr. Fran Gare
Don Klein and Andrea Nierenberg

John Wegorzewski (Parrish); Anniewatt.com (Carlisle).
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