Monday, December 17, 2012

Holiday Dinners

The table settings at ACRIA's 17th Annual Holiday Dinner at the Stephan Weiss Studio at 711 Greenwich Streeet in the Village.
Last Tuesday night, ACRIA held its 17th Annual Holiday Dinner at the Stephan Weiss Studio at 711 Greenwich Street in the Village. They honored the Elton John AIDS Foundation for their years of generous support.

There were 275 guests. Among those attending were Francisco Costa, Donna Karan, Steven Kolb, Prabal Gurung, Ariel Foxman, Kate Lanphear, Kelly Klein, Barry and Sheryl Schwartz, Jason Wu, Sam Shahid, Hunt Slonem, Donald Baechler, Alex Betak, Adam Lippes, Connie Anne Phillips, Doug Lloyd, Victoria Bartlett, Ross Bleckner, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Amy Fine Collins, David Furnish, and Bruce Weber and Nan Bush.

This is always a beautifully designed evening, with an appropriate low-key vibe and a a warmly friendly atmosphere. Guests dined by candlelight, and they raised funds for the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America.
Cindy Weber Cleary, Amy Synnott Dannibale, Charla Lawhon, and Donna Bulseco
Sir Elton could not be there because he is touring in the Far East – Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. But his partner David Furnish was there to accept the award from Martha Nelson, the President of the ACRIA board. Ms. Nelson pointed out that this year both the Elton John AIDS Foundation and ACRIA are celebrating the 20th anniversaries.

Both organizations which over the past two decades have made great strides possible in a variety of ways surrounding AIDS. Both were an “idea” of one or two or three individuals who were provoked by the epidemic that is all over the world. And both organizations are now leaders in fund-raising for this cause.

They raised $400,000 for ACRIA, with support from Tiffany & Co., InStyle and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation.
David Furnish and Martha Nelson
Olivier Clemont and Nadja Romain
Gabby Karan De Felice and Donna Karan
Rachel Robison and Adam Robison
Melissa Berkelhammer, Dawne Marie Grannum, and Benjamin Le Hay
Lisa Marie Fernandez and Kevin Carrigan
Charla Lawhon and Richard Lambertson
Casey Fremont and friend
Jake Deutsch and Matt Sevoia
Steven Kolb
Nicole Snoep and Malcolm Carfrae
Kelly Klein
Arden Wohl
Chelsea Burns and Stephen Kinsella
Connie Anne Phillips and Jason Weisenfeld
Jay Johnson and Ales Ortuzar
David Kleinberg, Jonathan Klein, and Debby Klein
Gianpaolo De Felice and Julia LaReza
Francisco Costa, Sheryl Schwartz, and Barry Schwartz
Melanie Lazenby and Lacary Sharpe
Jon Gilman and Brad Learmonth
Paul Beirne and Ross Bleckner
John Truex, Michelle Butler, and Alan Nissim
Sofia Sanchez, Meredith Melling Burke, and Alex de Betak
Ariel Foxman, Gustavo Rangel, and Jason Wu
David Furnish and Marjorie Gubelmann
Malcolm Carfrae and Hal Rubenstein
Hunt Slonem and Liliana Cavendish
Then last Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden was the 12/12/12 Concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to Aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Walter "Clyde" Frazier, Allen Houston, Baron Davis, and John Starks
The whole world has heard about this already, so there is nothing more to say than it was an extraordinary event produced by an extraordinary organization, the Robin Hood Foundation.
Roger Waters
Olivia Wilde and Sean John Combs
Susan Sarandon
Chanel Iman
Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Fallon
Chelsea Clinton
Katie Holmes
Blake Lively
Gina Gershon
Martha Stewart
Jeremy Piven
Amare Stoudemire and Alexis Welch
Jesse Jackson
Bobby Moynihan and Seth Meyers
Richie Sambora
Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls
Billy Crystal
Maureen Van Zandt and Steven Van Zandt
David Saltzman
Also last Tuesday night, the Whitney Museum held its annual gala and studio party at its Madison Avenue headquarters. This event was one of the major events that were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. They honored the great Photography and Art Collector and philanthropist Sondra Gilman Gonzalez-Falla.
Allison Kanders, Amy Phelan, Pamella Roland Devos, Adam Weinberg, and Sondra Gilman
This particular gala has one of the most notable after-parties in the events activities. The uptown lowdown, and that is the party of ostensibly “the younger set” (whatever) on the lower level of the museum. There’s an open bar and a DJ (Nate Lowman). It’s back-to-back belly-to-belly and a crowded gallery party of potentially interesting, creative, (rich), gorgeousness is what New Yorkers love. And why not?
Lo Bosworth
Freddie Leiba and Amy Fine Collins
Zani Gugelmann and Dori Cooperman
Kyle DeWoody
Thelma Golden
Elizabeth Stribling and Sondra Gilman
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Robert Verdi
Jay Alexander
Ryan Humphrey
Spencer Tunick and Chrissie Tunick
Thakoon Panichgul
Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch
Timo Weiland
Polina Proshkina
Jay Manuel
Anne Pasternak and Mike Starn
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Manish Vora
Nigel Barker and Crissy Barker
Adam Green
Scott Rothkopf
Matt Tague and Ross Oliver
Joanne Cassullo
Tony Ingrao
Allison Kanders and Warren Kanders
Lisa Greenblatt and Alex Bindero
Nancy Crown and A. Steven Crown
Karolina Zmarlak and Jenna Elizabeth
Iona Rozeal Brown
Tina Antoniades and Sara LaFontaine
Dana Hammond Stubgen
Ashley Sousa
Suzanna Lee
Alessandra Brawn
Angela Goding and Jeremy Kost
Andrea Mary Marshall
Matthew Lauretti and Eve Kleinmenova
Delia von Neuschatz for NYSD: Gretchen Mol, star of HBO’s hit series, “Boardwalk Empire” and Alexandra “Pookie” Burch, co-hosted a 1920’s-themed bash to benefit Animal Haven, the Soho-based animal shelter. The venue was the private downtown club, Norwood, which had been turned into a speakeasy for the night, complete with lively sets played by Boardwalk Empire’s orchestra, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks. Tory Burch, Sandra Bernhard, Nate Berkus, Sabrina Soto, David Colbert, Harold Smith and John Bartlett among others, turned out in support of the evening which raised more than $45,000 through ticket sales and a silent auction.
Shilly and Shamus were the star attractions of the night
Founded in 1967, Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization which works to find homes for abandoned cats and dogs. The raised funds will help Animal Haven recoup some of the costs it incurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Animal Haven, located in Lower Manhattan, was directly affected by the storm. The shelter was without power for five days. Unable to evacuate its animals due to the pressing needs of other shelters and the public, Animal Haven ran operations at capacity without lights for nearly a week. The shelter is still operating over capacity as a result of the storm. If you’d like to help, or for more information, go to:
Lauri Hoban and Kevin Morgan
Tory Burch and Tiffany Lacey, Executive Director of Animal Haven
Rachel Marin and Brad Williams who has really gotten into the Boardwalk Empire spirit
Candace DiConza and Loren Cole
Caroline Connolly and Dana Ashley
Christian Sullivan, Sylvester Rowe, and Jacob Dunn
Gary Sazer, Lois Sazer, Kate Thoman, and Keith Sazer
Heather Curatolo, Matthew Jones, and Ariana Johnston
Burlesque dancer, Bettina May
Band members from Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and the Gatsby ladies
JoAnn and Tom Mara
John Meyers and Mike Ponella, two bandmembers from Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. I was told that Boardwalk Empire was just renewed for a fourth season
John Partilla, Carol Anne Riddell, A. J. Bellas, and Richard Bellas
Lara Clear and Carolina Santos Read, volunteering their time to help out at the event
Lawrence Selevan and Jo Kosewski
Michelle Bochynski and Elena Tarsitani, two Gatsby-esque ladies helping out at the event
Paula Campos, Alessia Pagnotta, and Kristin Lasher
Rachel Aschenbrand and Barry Robinson
Rebecca Metzger and Marc Ritter
Rebecca Zagen, Martina Pet and Angela Petrigliano
Scott Ornstein and Andre Langus
Victoria Malloy and Lisa Malloy
Yael Maxwell holding Shilly and Martha Kamberi holding Shamus. Yael and Martha are Animal Haven volunteers. Shilly and Shamus are brother and sister beagle puppies who are up for adoption
Vince Girodano's Nighthawks
Two dancing duos stepping to the beat of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks
Last Wednesday night over at Bergdorf's, vBeaute celebrated its first anniversary at the store. Julie Macklowe was there, wearing her company's color(s), and so was vintage clothing maven Cameron Silver plus a lot of Macklowe's friend who can't live without the product.
Cameron Silver, Julie Macklowe, and Peter Moses
Jen Raines and Julia Flynn
Catherine Billon, Philip Kessler, and Leslie Carranza
Giovanni Lucchetti and Cameron Silver
Alison Harmelin, Julie Macklowe, and Kara Freedman
Maud Cabot, Emilia K., Pablo Sanchez, Dina Piccininni, and Olivia Perault
Meaghen Stark and Giovanni Lucchetti
Amy Kalaczynski, Annie Lai, Rosie Joy, and Mariana Queiroz
Lorraine Peoples, Bob Tyler, and Carrie Anne Precious
Olive O'Luck, Michelle Bergeron, and Karina Chudnoff
Ivana Delevska, Julie Macklowe, and Karina Chudnoff
Maud Cabot and Heidi Wald
Dina Piccininni, Kathy Sloane, and Emilia K.
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