Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Gala extravaganzas

Galerie des Cerfs at French Heritage Society's 30 Anniversary with a Gala Dinner and Ball at the Château de Fontainebleau near Paris.
On Saturday, October 13, French Heritage Society (FHS) celebrated its 30 Anniversary with a Gala Dinner and Ball at the beautiful and legendary Château de Fontainebleau near Paris. The Gala extravaganza followed a week-long trip through Gascony in Southwestern France (Toulouse to Biarritz) on the theme of The Three Musketeers! The trip ended when all returned to Paris to enjoy exclusive and private events which preceded the Gala, including an extravagant brunch at the Paris Town Hall, sponsored and decorated by Hermès’ new “Petit h” brand, with support from the Banque Transatlantique.

This chic and delectable brunch included a concert by France’s very own legendary Garde Républicaine playing both countries’ national anthems for the first time ever for a non-Head of State function in the Hôtel de Ville! 
Hotel de Ville Brunch
Soon after brunch, guests headed off to the Gala which was held under the High Patronage of His Excellency Monsieur François Delattre, Ambassador of France to the United States, and The Honorable Charles H. Rivkin, Ambassador of the United States to France, as well as a prestigious Honorary Committee, headed by Chairman Monsieur Louis Giscard d’Estaing, and Vice-Chairmen Ms. Anne Cox Chambers and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Table setting at Fontainebleau Gala
Approximately 240 of the most generous and dedicated American and French patrons of FHS gathered in France to show their support of the organization’s 30 years of achievement. All were brought together in the Château for a once in a lifetime dinner and ball, including FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling of New York; and President Denis de Kergorlay, Founding President Michèle le Menestrel-Ullrich, and President Emeritus Princess Marie-Sol de la Tour d’Auvergne all of Paris, to enjoy the exquisite four- course dinner especially prepared by the renowned three-star chef Eric Frechon of Hôtel Le Bristol, Paris, who donated his talents to French Heritage Society for the evening!   

Before dinner, guests were welcomed by Château President Jean-François Hebert who exuberantly thanked French Heritage Society for holding one of their Anniversary parties at Fontainebleau (with dinner in the celebrated and awe-inspiring Galerie des Cerfs (Deer Gallery) which had not seen such a grand affair literally in centuries!)  Just before dinner, guests had the opportunity to view a magnificent fireworks display overlooking the sprawling gardens of the Château, complete with a stunning and mesmerizing “pyroconcert”. 
Fireworks in the Garden of Diane at Fontainebleau
Guests watching fireworks
French Heritage Society was founded in 1982 to provide a two way street for Americans and French to share their love of historic architecture. FHS has contributed to over 500 restoration grants and helped secure approximately $18.5 million dollars for historic monuments, buildings and gardens in every department in France and to properties in the United States that reflect France’s historic influence. FHS has intervened after numerous natural disasters such as the 1999 storms in France and Hurricanes Hugo and Katrina in the U.S. FHS also organizes unique student internship opportunities in both countries and offers enriching cultural trips in France and the U.S. for its members. There are 13 Chapters in the United States and one in Paris. As one of its many 30th Anniversary grants, French Heritage Society made sure to include a fundraising campaign for the restoration of the historic Pavillon de l’Étang (Pond Pavilion) at the Château de Fontainebleau. FHS hopes to raise $60,000 for this grant.
Gala guests
Princess de Lietchenstein, Denis de Kergorlay, and Jean Astrop
David Sadroff, and Joan and Mike Kahn
Nancy and Gerald Gehman
Jean Francois Hebert, Elizabeth Stribling, and Philippe Lalliot
Fontainebleau President Jean Francois Hebert, FHS Chairman Elizabeth Stribling and FHS President Denis de Kergorlay
Duc de Choiseul Praslin, Kazie Harvey, Comtesse Dominique de Roquefeuil et du Bousquet, John C. Harvey, Duchesse de Choiseul Praslin, and Comte Dominique de Roquefeuil
Guy N. Robinson and Elizabeth F. Stribling
Bill and Ann Van Ness
Norene and George Peck
Astrid Stanfield Pinel, Marie Sol de La Tour dAuvergne, Elizabeth Stribling, Denis de Kergorlay, Michele le Menestrel Ullrich, and Sarah de Lencquesaing
Jean Shafiroff, Juan Pablo Molyneux, and CeCe Black
Michel and Odile de Schietere Longchampt
Henry and Carla Darlinton,Baronne Bernard d’Anglejan Chatillon, and Jay Paul
On Wednesday, November 28th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted Wrap to Rap presented by Valentino USA. At this annual event benefitting youth in foster care, Valentino USA and NYFC Board and Friends Committee members joined 75 teens in foster care to wrap 1,000 gifts for younger children in care as DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics. The wrapped presents will be distributed by the Administration for Children’s Services to children in foster care throughout New York City.

In addition to providing much needed holiday gifts for children in need, Wrap to Rap also serves as a reminder to teens in foster care of the importance of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. As the Presenting Sponsor of Wrap to Rap, Valentino USA employees volunteered at the event in lieu of hosting their own holiday party. Additional sponsors include: The Ainsworth, Baked by Melissa, Fiji Water and Paige Management.
Niholas Scoppetta, Susan Burden, and Susan Magazine
The Board of Directors and Friends Committee of New Yorkers For Children (NYFC), along with youth in foster care, hosts Justin Tuck (NY Giants Defensive End and 2012 NYFC Nicholas Scoppetta Child Welfare Award Honoree) and Lauran Tuck (NYFC Board Member), Valentino USA, and special guests, including Susan Burden, Nicholas Scoppetta, Valentino USA President Wendy Kahn, Rory Hermelee, Allison Aston, Megan Bowman Gray, Lise Evans, Zani Gugelmann, Marisa Brown, Paul Kanavos and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Susan Shin, Elisabeth Noel Jones, Victor Kubicek, Julie Macklowe, Amy McFarland, Ayla and Antonio Farnos, Alison Harmelin, Brian Mazza, Lauran Kenny, Susan Gilroy, Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck, and DJ D-Nice, among others.
Justin and Lauran Tuck
Antonio and Ayla Farnos with Vanessa Bismarck
Colleen Kennedy and Tory Heinz
Richard Heaten and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Amy McFarland, , Elisabeth Noel Jones, and Allison Aston
Rory Hermelee, Zani Gugelmann, Allison Aston, and Elisabeth Jones
Susan Gilroy, Nicholas Scoppetta, and Lauran Tuck
Victor Kubicek, Megan Gray, and Susan Magazine
Melissa Kinsella and Amy McFarland
Susan Magazine and Alison Brod
Lise Evans
Brian Mazza and Brian Drayson
For the last time, the Parrish Art Museum’s much anticipated Thanksgiving weekend shopping extravaganza, Parrish Presents, took place at 25 Jobs Lane, the former home of the much loved arts institution in the Village of Southampton. The preview cocktail party on Friday always draws a lovely mix from the Hamptons, Connecticut, Palm Beach and summer colony folks who return for one last holiday weekend on the East End.

Now that the Parrish has officially installed its collections in its stunning new Watermill home, the only works on display were several Renaissance paintings from the collection of Samuel L. Parrish for whom the museum is named.
Seasoned veterans lined up early, greeted old friends before making a mad dash for the thrift shop rooms in the onetime Petrie Center for Education to pore over the incredible antiques, furniture, estate jewelry, window treatments, crystal, heirloom silver and more available for a fraction of their price thanks to generous donors. Within moments rugs were being rolled up, crystal gently wrapped and Sold tags start appearing like mushrooms after a rain. One savvy buyer scored a complete set of vintage Rosenthal China for a mere $75. Still another looking forward to next summer nabbed a complete set of patio furniture for $150! Sharp-eyed interior designers made quick judgments and could be heard calling clients to approve purchases of antique lamps and silk pillows. 
Authors Caroline Rob Zaleski, Annie Falk, Kathleen King, and Tom Wolfe
In the main galleries, the Gift Bazaar featured a wide range of luxury items from such specialty merchants as Gail Toma,  Antique Rug Galleria, Artikay Cashmere, Cabochon Jewelry, Gail Toma, Graphic Image/Gigi New York, The Handmaid’s Tale, Isabelle K. Jewelry, J. Hilburn & Kathy G., LSC Designs Fine & Estate Jewelry. Lynch’s Garden Center, and Peauchette.

The silent auction was a dizzying array of luxury items and one of a kind experiences. Items that drew fierce bidding over the three day bazaar were golf excursions at the top Hamptons clubs, dinner at famed chef Tom Colicchio's restored Topping Rose Inn; a chance to sit on the aisle with NY Times critic Ben Brantley at a Broadway preview; lunch with Harper's Bazaar publisher Carol Smith & a top editor; VIP Passes to the 23rd Art Miami & the inaugural CONTEXT Art Miami Dec 4 - 9 & the exclusive Preview Reception and the always popular & impossible to secure dinner reservation's at New York's famed Rao's.
Julie Krupnick, Cee Scott Brown, and Lauren Krupnick
A major highlight of the event is the book signing by celebrated Hamptons authors. This year’s book signing event included Annie Falk, Palm Beach Entertaining: Creating Occasions to Remember; Kathleen King, Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends and Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking with Kids; Caroline Rob Zaleski, Long Island Modernism 1930-1980 and the legendary Tom Wolfe, Back to Blood.

The Art of Eating provided elegant hors d'oeuvres and Niche Imports and Southampton Publick House supplied the libations to fuel the shoppers. Among those happily searching for holiday gifts that would also benefit the Parrish were Melanie and John Wambold, Gary and Katherine Andreassen with their gorgeous daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon with her three lovely children; actress and filmmaker Anna Wilding and her beau restoration architect James Sved, who also publishes Herald de Paris , interior designer Lutfi Yilmaz, celebrated portrait artist Zita Davisson, author and architect Gary Lawrance, veteran Parrish chair Debbie Bancroft and husband Bill, Tony Vargas, producer of TV's Hampton's Main-Street,  Mildred C. Brinn, Cee Scott Brown, Nancy Stone, Lyn Hamer, Denise Borschein, Christopher Arnold, Helen Matsos,  choreographer Patricia Birch with daughter restaurateur Alison Price Becker, Joy Marks and Leif Bringelsmark, art dealer Tulla Booth, Phillip Kassover and hundreds more.
Terrie Sultan (Parrish Executive Director)
Tommy Wolfe
Tom Wolfe
James Sved and Anna Wilding
Sonia Sakhi
Jack Cowell
Cricket Burns, Lisa Arnold, Ann and Susan Madonia
Julie, Isabelle and Lauren Krupnick
Jean and Martin Shafiroff
Erin Lynch and Sonika Nanda
John Bjornen, Kendell Cronstrom, and Alejandro Saralegui
Oliver Longwell, Connie Dunham, and Alicia and Dennis Longwell
Henry Kohler with Event Co-chairs Lisa Crawford, and John Bjornen
Melanie Wambold and Debbie Bancroft
Sheila O'Malley Fuchs
Leif Bringsli Marks, Gregory Speck, and Gary Lawrance
Photographs by Luc Castel (French Heritage); Richard Lewin (Parrish).