Let us read, and let us dance

The debs dancing with their fathers, and the escorts dancing with the debs' mothers
The debs dancing with their fathers, and the escorts dancing with the debs' mothers at the 71st Annual Bal des Berceaux .
American Ballet Theatre (ABT) held its 72nd Anniversary Season Opening Night Spring Gala benefit this past Monday at The Metropolitan Opera House.  More than 1200 patrons, sponsors, supporters, friends, alumni and members of the Board of Trustees were in attendance. The evening was sponsored by GRAFF and Valentino.

The evening featured ABT’s renowned Principal Dancers, as well as Soloists and members of the corps de ballet, in preview performances from the eight-week season, which included Le Corsaire, La Bayadère, Thirteen Diversions, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake and Onegin.  The evening also included an appearance by students of ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

The gala, which also marks the opening of ABT’s spring season at the Met, raised $1.8 million. A portion of the proceeds will support ABT’s education and community outreach programs. 
Monica Wambold, Karin Luter, Julia Koch, Sloan Lindemann Barnett, and Nina Davidson
The star-studded red and black tie themed affair had in attendance supermodels Jessica Stam and Alek Wek, popular talk show hosts Nate Berkus and Wendy Williams, actress Bebe Neuwirth, NFL Hall of Fame’s Curtis Martin, photographer and TV personalities Nigel and Cristen Barker, champion figure skater Johnny Weir, celebrity stylist and VH1’s Styled By June star June Ambrose, Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville, Fe Fendi, and fashion designers Christian Siriano, Rachel Roy, Zang Toi and Prabal Gurung. Also on hand were Honorary Chairs Caroline Kennedy and Blaine Trump, along with Co-Chairs Sloan Lindemann Barnett, Nina Rennert Davidson, Julia Koch, Karin Luter and Monica G-S Wambold; Vice Chairs Henri Barguirdjian, Wendy Kahn, Robin Chemers Neustein and Nancy McCormick Vella; and Junior Co-Chairs Sarah Arison and Josette Winograd. Mrs. Michelle Obama, who is also an Honorary Chair, was not in attendance.
Jessica Stam
Nate Berkus
Julia Koch
June Ambrose
Tamron Hall
Alek Wek
Wendy Williams
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner
Cristen and Nigel Barker
Curtis Martin
R. Couri Hay and Janna Bullock
Fe Fendi
Prabal Gurung
Chris Calkins and Bebe Neuwirth
Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs
Johnny Weir and Victor Voronov
Leslie Ziff, Christian Siriano, and Eva Johansson
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Tallulah Dash and Rachel Roy
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Amy Sacco
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Donna D'Cruz
Tom Bell and Dr. Susan Krysiewicz
Julie Macklowe
Alexandra Kerry
Jean Shafiroff
Monique Pean
Zhong-Jing Fang
Sharon Bazbaz
This past Wednesday, City Harvest hosted its annual On Your Plate luncheon at the Metropolitan Club. Susan Fales-Hill was this year's guest speaker. The luncheon raised more than $175,000.
Joy Ingham, Jan Fletcher-Slifka, Topsy Taylor, Jennifer Carlston, and Meghan Carleton Young
Carol Atkinson, Gillian Miniter, Emilia Saint-Amand, Joy Ingham, Topsy Taylor, and Jennifer Carlston
City Harvest is now supplying more than 100,000 pounds of food to New Yorkers in need every month.
Susan Fales-Hill, David Patrick Columbia, and Jilly Stephens
Wenke Thoman and Joy Ingham
Justin Terzi, Gillian Miniter, and Ross Meltzer
Coco Kopelman
Alice Judelson, Rima Vargas-Vetter, and Marva Smalls
Anna Saffir and Eleanora Kennedy
Karen LeFrak
Joy Ingham and Betsy Bartlett
Barbara and Jan Fletcher-Slifka
Jacqueline Weld-Drake and Jamee Gregory
Toby Roosevelt, Betsy Bartlett, and Norma Dana
Marcia Mishaan and Alex Hitz
Edmundo Huerta and Margo Langenberg
Emilia Saint-Amand, Dixie de Koning, Susan Braddock, and Ann Jeffrey
Carol Atkinson and Pat Barrick
Bettina Zilkha
Jan Fletcher-Slifka and Saranda Anderson
Amy Fine Collins
Saranda Anderson, Peter Lyden, and Susan Fales-Hill
Joy Ingham, Wenke Thoman, and Nancy Whaley
Kate Debold, Denise Morgenthaler, and Saranda Anderson
Liz Peek and Susan Fales-Hill
Reina Honts, Jennifer Carlston, and Lisa Seccia
At the 71st Annual Bal des Berceaux on Friday, May 4, seven young women in traditional white made their débuts, and over $500,000 was raised to benefit needy children in France, the United States and other countries.

French-American Aid for Children
, which hosts the ball, honored Société Generale with the Children Come First award, in recognition of its 50 years of support for FAAFC's roster of beneficiary institutions, based in both countries, that address the special needs of children who are deprived or at risk, with targeted programs and therapies from highly qualified professionals.
Miss Dunaeva Yulia Vladimirovna, Baroness Allegra Sybil Heloise van Zuylen, Miss Romy Dana Vassilev, Miss Elizabeth Sarah Emma Woodward, Miss Alessandra Moscatello, Miss Kimball Keenan Slade, Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg
Miss Dunaeva Yulia Vladimirovna, Baroness Allegra Sybil Heloise van Zuylen, Miss Romy Dana Vassilev, Miss Elizabeth Sarah Emma Woodward, Miss Alessandra Moscatello, Miss Kimball Keenan Slade, and Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg
Le Bal des Berceaux, named after its beneficiary orphanage, Les Berceaux de Rouen, started out as the brainchild of the Junior Committee of The Committee of French-American Wives, or Les Dames de l'Ouvoir- as the group was variously known during World War II- when its mission was financial aid for war relief organizations in France. Mme. Jacquie Pahle, soon to turn 96, remembers chairing the ball seven times on its journey since then, from war relief to assistance in childhood development, and from the St. Regis Rooftop to the Pierre and on to the Plaza. It was on Mrs. Pahle's watch that the first small group of débutantes was introduced in 1965. This caught on, but the atmosphere of the original Bal des Berceaux was carried along- hence the edgy, quirky, dashing yet laid back flavor of the gathering, which continues to this day.
The escorts arrive
The escorts arrive
Débutantes Procession
Débutantes Procession
By some unspoken consensus, men arrive at the ball wearing velvet dinner jackets, butterfly bow ties and hilarious cummerbunds; women may show up in anything from the sleekest contemporary gear to the most theatrical gowns. National dress puts in an appearance, because the default setting is international. All the same, the ball is a distinctively New York tradition, especially in its continuity, so that débutante parents who came of age in the 70's, and so missed meeting Maurice Chevalier, might have been happily startled to find their daughters bowing before a crowd with regulars such as Monique Van Vooren, Dewi Sukarno, Dame Livia Sylva, Jacqueline Stone and Jacqueline Chambord, and, more recently, Didi Pei, Frédéric Fekkai and Rocky Aoki, not forgetting billionaire Yoichi "Yogi" Nishikawa, who always flew in for the ball, to delight and amaze even the youngest attendees with his most original costumes. Yet, for all its vaguely avant-garde panache, it wouldn't be quite right to say, This is Not Your Mother's Deb Ball, because by now, in some cases, it was, and in a few instances, it was even your grandmother's.
Miss Romy Dana Vassilev and Mr. Ricardo Vollbrechthausen
Miss Romy Dana Vassilev and Mr. Ricardo Vollbrechthausen
Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg and Mr. Alejandro Vollbrechthausen
Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg and Mr. Alejandro Vollbrechthausen
Miss Elizabeth Sarah Emma Woodward and Mr. Alexander Chapman
Miss Elizabeth Sarah Emma Woodward and Mr. Alexander Chapman
Miss Alessandra Moscatello and Mr. Brian Gonzalez
Miss Alessandra Moscatello and Mr. Brian Gonzalez
This year's Ball Chairs were: Jeri Sape, Stanley Weisman, Odile de Schiétère Longchampt, Marguerite Mangin and Miriam Azarm.

This year's débutantes were: Archduchess Isabella von Habsburg, daughter of Archduke Geza von Habsburg and Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg, escorted by Mr. Alejandro Vollbrechthausen; Miss Alessandra Moscatello, daughter of Dr. Augustine Moscatello and Dr. Anca Tchelebi-Moscatello, escorted by Mr. Brian Gonzalez; Miss Kimball Keenan Slade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Slade, escorted by Mr. Nicholas Rosenfield; Miss Dunaeva Yulia Vladimirovna, daughter of Mr. Dunaev Vladimir Valerievich and Mrs. Dunaeva Tatiana Alekseevna, escorted by Mr. Kevin O’Connell; Miss Elizabeth Sarah Emma Woodward, daughter of Mrs. Liza Woodward and the late William Woodward III, escorted by Mr. Alexander Chapman; Baroness Allegra Sybil Heloise van Zuylen, daughter of Baron Thierry van Zuylen, van Nyevelt, van de Haar and Baroness Jacqueline van Zuylen, escorted by Mr. Sims Lansing; and Miss Romy Dana Vassilev, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Vassilev, escorted by Mr. Ricardo Vollbrechthausen.
Baroness Allegra Sybil Heloise van Zuylen and Mr. Sims Lansing
Baroness Allegra Sybil Heloise van Zuylen and Mr. Sims Lansing
Miss Dunaeva Yulia Vladimirovna and Mr. Kevin O’Connell
Miss Dunaeva Yulia Vladimirovna and Mr. Kevin O’Connell
Miss Kimball Keenan Slade and Mr. Nicholas Rosenfield
Miss Kimball Keenan Slade and Mr. Nicholas Rosenfield
Hon. Philippe Lalliot, FAAFC President Imssy Klebe and Diony Lebot
Hon. Philippe Lalliot, FAAFC President Imssy Klebe, and Diony Lebot
Jim Rosenfield was Master of Ceremonies.

Leading supporters were: Société Generale, The Florence Gould Foundation, the Alfred and Jane Ross Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation, The Arthur Loeb Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Goodwin Philanthropic Fund, the Jerome Lohez Sept. 11 SCH Fund, The Ford Family Foundation, The Samuel J. & Ethel Lefrak Charitable Trust, The Thomas P. Sculco & Cynthia D. Sculco Foundation, The Verizon Foundation, LVMH, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Montblanc.

The beneficiaries are: Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, The Children’s Storefront, The Children’s Village, Le Centre Augustin Grosselin, Le Centre Français de Protection de l’Enfance, La Société de Charité Maternelle de Paris, and Surgeons of Hope.
Stuart Sundlun, Baron Robert de Rothschild, Michel Berty, Stanley Weisman, Lisa Woodward, Courtenay Amerling, George Whipple and friends
Stuart Sundlun, Baron Robert de Rothschild, Michel Berty, Stanley Weisman, Lisa Woodward, Courtenay Amerling, George Whipple, and friends
Renaud Dutreil, Ray Steckel, Marie-Monique Steckel, Juno Madan, Christine Dutreil and Avantika Nehru Madan
Renaud Dutreil, Ray Steckel, Marie-Monique Steckel, Juno Madan, Christine Dutreil, and Avantika Nehru Madan
Hon. Philippe Lalliot, Mme. Mme. Laurence Folliot Lalliot, Véronique Monier, Françoise Monier, Jean-Hughes Monier
Hon. Philippe Lalliot, Mme. Mme. Laurence Folliot Lalliot, Véronique Monier, Françoise Monier, Jean-and Hughes Monier
Leslie Heinemann, Stephen Heinemann, Nicole Tufano
Leslie Heinemann, Stephen Heinemann, and Nicole Tufano
Michael and Joan Kahn
Michael and Joan Kahn
Olivia Flatto, Odile de Schiétère Longchampt, Denis Lebot, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson
Olivia Flatto, Odile de Schiétère Longchampt, Denis Lebot, Elizabeth Stribling, and Guy Robinson
Alexandre Chemla, Diony Lebot and Frédéric Fekkai
Alexandre Chemla, Diony Lebot, and Frédéric Fekkai
Elliott and Donna Slade
Elliott and Donna Slade
Nemira Gasiunas, Katryn Medrano and Cedric Turk
Nemira Gasiunas, Katryn Medrano, and Cedric Turk
Marie-Louise Quéré-Messing and Francesca Dricot
Marie-Louise Quéré-Messing and Francesca Dricot
Archduke Geza von Habsburg, Amrita Douglas and Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg
Archduke Geza von Habsburg, Amrita Douglas, and Archduchess Elizabeth von Habsburg
Jim and Dana Rosenfield
Jim and Dana Rosenfield
Hunt Slonem, Huguette Hersch and Rosalee Isaly
Hunt Slonem, Huguette Hersch, and Rosalee Isaly
Nick Lowry auctions a dollar bill to start the proceedings
Nick Lowry auctions a dollar bill to start the proceedings
Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Gress
Mr. and Mrs. Scott A. Gress
Bill and Irma Lunderman, Pamela and Roy Galloway-Pabb
Bill and Irma Lunderman, Pamela, and Roy Galloway-Pabb
Diane Ackerman Diane Ackerman and Ralph Destino
Diane Ackerman Diane Ackerman and Ralph Destino
Ashley Passik and Baroness Bee Van Zuylen
Ashley Passik and Baroness Bee Van Zuylen
Celine Wislin and Rodney Lester
Celine Wislin and Rodney Lester
Antoine Treuille, Roxane Meningaud-Sirotto and Dr. Gerard Epelbaum
Antoine Treuille, Roxane Meningaud-Sirotto, and Dr. Gerard Epelbaum
Joerg Klebe, Harry and Elizabeth Seherr-Thoss
Joerg Klebe, and Harry and Elizabeth Seherr-Thoss
Jean-Jacques de Saint-Andrieu and Danielle Bellanger
Jean-Jacques de Saint-Andrieu and Danielle Bellanger
Sigourney Romaine, Liane McAllister, Francesca Dricot, Gabrielle Nivet and Tom Sicard
Sigourney Romaine, Liane McAllister, Francesca Dricot, Gabrielle Nivet, and Tom Sicard
Jenny James and her daughter Isabelle James
Jenny James and her daughter Isabelle James
Keiko Ono Aoki and friend
Keiko Ono Aoki and friend
Countess Caroline de Ravel d'Esclapon and Blake Morris
Countess Caroline de Ravel d'Esclapon, and Blake Morris
Elisabeth Cros and Antoine Treuille
Elisabeth Cros and Antoine Treuille
Countess Dagmar de Brantes and Edward J Westlow, Esq.
Countess Dagmar de Brantes and Edward J Westlow, Esq.
Marco Pecori, Marguerite Mangin, Carla Comelli and Charles-Henri Mangin
Marco Pecori, Marguerite Mangin, Carla Comelli, and Charles-Henri Mangin
Jeri Sape, Sana Sabbagh, Shiela Atchison, Mariam Azarm
Jeri Sape, Sana Sabbagh, Shiela Atchison, and Mariam Azarm
Brian Milesi and Florence Dupont
Brian Milesi and Florence Dupont
Beatrice Dupont and Jean-Jacques de Saint Andrieu
Beatrice Dupont and Jean-Jacques de Saint Andrieu
Frank and Claudia Deutschman, Jacques and Katharina Bouhet and friend
Frank and Claudia Deutschman, Jacques and Katharina Bouhet, and friend
Joan Rosasco
Joan Rosasco
Radoslav and Nina Totchev with Simona and Ted Vassilev
Radoslav and Nina Totchev with Simona and Ted Vassilev
A young friend, Alejandro Vollbrechthausen, Margarita Somnolet and Lucila Volbrechthausen
A young friend, Alejandro Vollbrechthausen, Margarita Somnolet, and Lucila Volbrechthausen
Sophie Biscard and Nicolas Luchsinger
Sophie Biscard and Nicolas Luchsinger
Aki Kanazawa, Ellen Yamaguchi, Dr. Edmund Herrold and Susan Yamaguchi
Aki Kanazawa, Ellen Yamaguchi, Dr. Edmund Herrold, and Susan Yamaguchi
Kristina Klebe
Kristina Klebe
Marie-Eve and Michel Berty
Marie-Eve and Michel Berty
Christopher Fox and  Alexandra Somnolet
Christopher Fox and Alexandra Somnolet
Daniel Quintero and his daughter Isabel Quintero
Daniel Quintero and his daughter Isabel Quintero
Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) honored Ronald and Georgia Frasch & Saks Fifth Avenue, David Monn and Josie Cruz Natori at its annual Gift of Music gala held at The Plaza on Monday, May 7, 2012. As longtime supporters and board members of OSL, these honorees have demonstrated outstanding support for the organization and for classical music in New York City. The event raised $1 million to benefit OSL's performance and education programs and OSL's new home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

"This year's honorees have made tremendous contributions to St. Luke's and to musical life in our city," said OSL President and Executive Director Katy Clark. "As we celebrated their commitment to the arts at our event, we were also pleased to present the gala debut of OSL's new Principal Conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado."
The Plaza Grand Ballroom, décor by Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member David Monn
Orchestra of St. Luke's led by OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado in an All-Mozart Program
Orchestra of St. Luke's with Bass-Baritone Eric Owens
Maestro Pablo Heras-Casado led the esteemed musicians of OSL in an all-Mozart concert, including the Overture to The Magic Flute and Symphony No. 9. The illustrious Bass-Baritone Eric Owens joined OSL to perform arias from Mozart's operas Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro. The evening also included a selection of Strauss waltzes—a hallmark of OSL galas.
 
An accomplished cellist and current host of WNET's NYC-ARTS television program, Paula Zahn served as the Gift of Music gala's Honorary Chair and Host, presenting awards to each of the event's honorees.
Honorees: OSL Board Member David Monn, OSL Board Member Josie Cruz Natori, OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, and Ronald Frasch
Astrid Misrahi, OSL Chairman Norman S. Benzaquen and Gala Co-Chair Judy Zankel
Joan Davidson, OSL Co-Founder and President Emeritus Marianne C. Lockwood
OSL President and Executive Director Katy Clark, OSL Board Chairman Norman S. Benzaquen, OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and Adrienne Arsht
Gala Co-Chair Kenneth C. Natori, Anika Natori, Edward Cardinal Egan, Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member Josie Cruz Natori, and Ken Natori
Gala Co-Chair Lisa Plepler, Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member David Monn, and Gala Co-Chair Alice Tisch
Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, Gala Host and Honorary Chair Paula Zahn, OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, and Honoree and OSL Board Member Josie Cruz Natori
Brian Fisher and Joanna Fisher
Gala Co-Chair Pamela Baxter and Jason Binn
David Monn receiving the Gift of Music Award
Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch and Gala Honoree Ronald Frasch receiving the Gift of Music Award from Gala Host and Honorary Chair Paula Zahn
Gayfryd Steinberg, Kathryn Steinberg, Gala Honoree and OSL Board Member David Monn, and Gala Co-Chair Alice Tisch
OSL Board Chairman Norman S. Benzaquen and OSL Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado
Ronald and Linda Anderson, Charles Seidler, OSL Board Member Janet Seidler, Elaine Ward
Diana DiMenna and OSL Board Member Joe DiMenna
Honoree and OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch, Bedelia Hobaica, Gala Honoree Ronald Frasch. Bottom row: Grace Beatrice Frasch, Honor Frasch, and Christian Frasch
Calvin Tsao, David Leung, Vivienne Tam, Vicki Ross, and Zack McKown
Honoree and OSL Board Member Georgia Frasch and Gala Honoree Ronald Frasch
A week ago Tuesday, on May 8th, J. McLaughlin Men's and Women's stores on 72nd and Lexington hosted a "Sip and Shop" night with a portion of the sales donated to Thinking Animals.

The party was in full swing from 6-9, catered by Swifty's. Guests included Karen Klopp, Scott Salvatore and Michael Zabriskie with their dog Butch; Kenneth Widener, Virginia Budney and her dog Pippin, Bonnie Wyper/ President and Co-Founder of Thinking Animals, Inc., Lisa McCarthy, Speedy Metler, Sydney Waud, Mary Van Pelt, Rachel Perry Welty and Bruce Welty, John Glass, Courtney Gibson, Gioia Zwack
Virginia Budney with Pippin.
Founded in 2010, Thinking Animals, Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose primary goal is to provide a scientific basis for the intrinsic value of other species and their importance to our collective future. Governed by a board of directors and a scientific advisory board—including philanthropists, scholars, and nationally recognized experts in the field of animal behavior—Thinking Animals fosters an appreciation of animals' cognitive and behavioral capabilities; engages the public in educational experiences that broaden their understanding of, and delight in, the underlying relationships among humans, animals, and nature; and motivates people to become more actively involved in the development of future policies and activities related to animal well-being, conservation and the stewardship of biological diversity.
Neill MacCallum with Zoe.
Speedy Metler, Alexandra Parsons, and Sydney Waud.
Jack Lynch and Robert Hughes.
Lisa McCarthy, Jack Cowell, and Nina Reeves.
Linann Harder, Katie Tozer, Lisa McCarthy, and Karen Klopp.
Scott Salvator, Kenneth Widener, and Michael Zabriskie.
Sam Ginesen, Leah Gautreaux, and Catharine Schoettle.
Taylor Lorenz and Kristin Kidder.
Mary Van Pelt, Liz Victory, and Katie Tozer.

Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (ABT); Richard Lewin (McLaughlin).
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