Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Heating up

Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship winners.
On January 8, at the Waldorf Astoria, YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund & Geoffrey Beene Foundation's annual benefit dinner gathered more than 1,000 members of the fashion industry to honor industry leaders and recognize the 131 YMA FSF scholarship recipients and eight Geoffrey Beene National Scholar finalists. The event raised $1.85m and presented $820,000 in scholarship grants.

Honorees were George Feldenkreis, Founder & CE, Perry Ellis International Inc.; Tamara Mellon OBE, President, T. Mellon Enterprises LLC; and Lana Cain Krauter, Retailer, Sears Holdings Corp.
The scene at the Waldorf Astoria for YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund & Geoffrey Beene Foundation's annual benefit dinner
Attendees included event MC Linda Fargo, SVP of the Fashion Office & Store Presentation for Bergdorf Goodman, Iris Apfel, Bridget Foley, Tom Hutton, Trustee & CEO, Geoffrey Beene Foundation, Karlie Kloss, Kimberly Ovitz, Jimmy Rosenfeld, Kenneth Wyse, John Bartlett, Joanna Coles, and Terry J. Lundgren.

Founded in 1937, The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) is a national not-for-profit association consisting of influential members of the fashion community, dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs.YMA FSF also facilitates internships with prestigious fashion companies and provides career mentoring by prominent senior executives who serve on the YMA FSF Board.
Jimmy Rosenfeld
Karlie Kloss
Lana Cain Krauter
100% of the net profits from Geoffrey Beene, LLC, a global designer menswear brand, fund critical causes under the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® (GBGB) philanthropic model. Since 2005, Geoffrey Beene, LLC together with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation have funded more than $169,000,000 in value to critical causes, including more than $132,000,000 to support revolutionary new research at the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Other charitable causes include Alzheimer's, Heart Disease, the FSF and CFDA Educational Scholarships, Veterans Support, Protection of Women and Children, and Animal Welfare. The Geoffrey Beene Foundation has donated over $4,500,000 to support the FSF through 2015.
Larry Appel and Bridget Foley
Ken Wyse and Linda Fargo
Joanna Coles and Tamara Mellon
Lana Cain Krauter and Phil Krauter
Oscar and George Feldenkreis
John Bartlett
Linda Fargo, Iris Apfel, and Devin Bruce
Mara and Tom Hutton
Terry J. Lundgren
Minty Mellon, Karlie Kloss, and Kimberly Ovitz
The Royal Park Bridge bathed in pink lights marked a weekend that would raise awareness about breast cancer and generate funds to educate, research and treat the disease. The 2014 Susan G. Komen® Perfect Pink Party featured a "Venetian Splendor" theme with incredible décor adding a 17th century Italian elegance to the Grand Ballroom at the Mar-a-Lago club. A rare private performance by International singing prodigy Jackie Evancho moved the audience.

This year's Gala Chairs, Tim Gannon and Susan Bodnar Malloy headed the efforts. Honorary Chairs Ellen Levy and Mark and Mary Freitas and Founding Chair Patty Muyra, and New York Ambassador Donald Trump helped complete the successful evening. Susan G. Komen founder, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker said of their work, "The chairs and committee dedicated themselves to raising much need funds for research and to help individuals fighting breast cancer and to provide a wonderful and memorable experience for those in the community who support this effort. They accomplished both of their goals and I am most grateful."
"Venetian Splendor" in the Grand Ballroom at the Mar-a-Lago club
Susan G. Komen CEO Judith Salerno, in Palm Beach for her first Perfect Pink Gala, said she was enjoying making new friends here and that she has learned hero's come in many forms, " Those with the disease who refuse to give up, families and friends of breast cancer patients who make a difficult journey more bearable, and all those here tonight who support Komen's research and our community work. We're deeply grateful for the friendship and commitment of every member of our Komen family."

If the live performance, wonderful foods and elegant décor set the tone for the evening, then the luxury auction items certainly added even more sparkle. Offerings included a rare 89 carat carved emerald butterfly brooch designed by Christopher Walling and presented by A.R.T Jewelers, A Ferragamo Italian getaway for eight in Florence, Italy, A seven day adventure for twelve on board the luxury 138' yacht O'Pari, and two VIP trip experiences, one from MasterCard at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards and another with the Dallas Cowboys.
Susan G. Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno, Chief Scientific Advisor and Scientific Advisory Board Co-chair Dr. Eric Winer, and Nancy Brinker
Gloria Hollis with Gary Greene
Hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Perfect Pink Party stay here in the local community. Last year the Susan G. Komen South Florida Affiliate provided resources for over 6,000 breast cancer screenings, from which over 50 breast cancers were diagnosed. Without this funding, these cancers would have been missed. Additionally, a portion goes to support Susan G. Komen's ground-breaking research grants. Recently, scientists supported by Komen sponsored grants, discovered that there are four basic types of breast cancer. Not only will breast cancer benefit from these types of discoveries, but so will all types of cancer. Susan G. Komen is the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the United States and is the only one that provides funding for the direct care of women and men. For more information visit
Alvaro and Kelly Gomez with John and Kelly Darnell
Erick and Lady Susan Reickert
Jonathan and Brooke Schneider
Valerie Kaan, William Lilly, and Carol and Howard Zemski
Peter and Palm Beach Council Candidate Penny Townsend
Johanna Sjoberg, Linda Lemieux, Christie Gannon, and 4-year-old Bettina Gannon
Tim Gannon and Phil Hentle
Shawny Greenstein with David McClymont
Lauren Vogel, Margarette Shim, Anabella Rockwell, and Kathleen Gannon
Ashley VanMetre, Kristiane Kristensen, and Alison VanMetr
Nancy Brinker and Global Ambassador Howard Bernick
Herme de Wyman Miro and Brian Saipe with costumed greeter
Brittney Case and Lin Salinas
Pinks, blues, greens and yellows were on full display at the 2013 American Red Cross Beach Bash where over 650 of Palm Beach's most successful young professionals descended upon The Beach Club with friends and family for this year's must-attend "Lilly or Louder" event. This year's Bash honored the late fashion icon, Lilly Pulitzer, by "bringing it back to Palm Beach," the birthplace of the brand's beginnings. The pool-side shindig was complete with live music, more than 20 drummers, belly dancers, stilt walkers, and a "juice bar"; which paid homage to the designer's 1959 original juice stand.

The next generation of philanthropic leaders literally walked on water that evening: on a clear bridge constructed over The Beach Club pool. Neon lighting, psychedelic images, Lilly-print table cloths, and brightly colored decorations added to the Palm Beach vibe. In addition to great food and drinks, a raffle took place with The Ultimate Lilly Pulitzer Package including a beach cruiser, one of a kind live painting, and shopping spree as the main prize. Partiers couldn't end their night without taking home a souvenir photo of themselves posing with their favorite props.
Bobby Leidy and Ivey Day
Nick Kassatly and Stacy Nichols
Themed "A Story Written in the Sun," the evening was presented again by the Lilly Pulitzer fashion house and Lilly's grandson, Bobby Leidy, also returned to chair the Bash.

Leidy, a vice president with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in Palm Beach, has served as Chair of the Red Cross Beach Bash for the past six years. Bobby is the eldest grandson of Lilly Pulitzer, who founded the resort fashion brand now owned by Oxford Industries.

The event's committee members included Bettina Anderson, Loy Anderson, Zach Berg, Amanda Boalt, Chris Dischino, Mary Victoria Falzarano, Nico Fanjul, Reddy Fanjul, Chris Hill, Alex Hufty, Alexander Ives, Nick Kassatly, Chris Leidy, Sasha Lickle, Christina and Ben MacFarland, Samantha Marulli, Dabney Mercer, Tommy Morrison, Tinsley Mortimer, Kelly J. Murray, Stacy Nichols, Crissy Poorman, Gary Pohrer, Kelly Ring, Lauriston and Richard Segerson, Andrew Steel, Bruce Sutka, Siobhan Helene Shea, Mary Tobin and Erik Waldin.
Page Smith
In addition to the generous ongoing support of the Lilly Pulitzer brand, other sponsors for the evening included Bobby Leidy, Bill & Nancy Rollnick, JP Morgan Private Bank, Michael Lorber, Kevin McCluskey, Deutsche Bank, The Lynd Company, Carl Loof, Palm Beach Society Magazine, Tito's Vodka, Sutra International Design, Field of Greens, Top Hat Car Wash, Zach & Michelle Berg, and Lauren Gold Fashion.

All proceeds from the Red Cross Beach Bash support the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross, helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Across the Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast region, every 28 hours on average, a neighbor calls upon local Red Cross volunteers for emotional support, food, clothing and shelter after a fire, flood, hurricane or other disaster.
Tommy Morrison, Kali Fourtuna, and Arvo Katajisto
Cameron Lickle, Sasha Lickle, and Garrison Lickle
Robert Waterston, Stephanie Rockwell, and Angela Vecellio
Lilly Leas with Kevin and Minnie McCluskey
Brad and Carol Bradbeer
Sarah Gates and Alex Ives
Wyatt Koch, Renee Barron, Julia Sushelsky, and Donald Scott
Mary Victoria Falzarano
Kelli Jackson, Jennifer Saviano, and Nicole Saviano
Analisa Muti, Christopher Dischino, and Lindsay Strafuss
Brett Overman and Marley Goodman Overman
Ashley Hansen and Phil Regan
On Saturday, January 11th, in Miami, a major highlight of the National YoungArts Foundation's 33rd annual YoungArts Week was their Backyard Ball, a Gala and special alumni performance that brought together more than 800 notable guests to celebrate the artistic excellence of the 2014 YoungArts Finalists for the first time on the organization's new campus, the former site of the historic Bacardi Tower and Museum buildings. The evening raised over $1.5 million to be used directly to support YoungArts, whose mission is to support the development of talented young artists in the literary, performing, visual, and design arts.
YoungArts Artistic Advisor and Master Teacher, Frank Gehry
Gala Emcee Brian Stokes Mitchell, Arison Award Winner Rita Moreno and YoungArts Master Teacher Rosie Perez
Set in an elegant outdoor tent, the evening was hosted by Gala chairpersons, Elizabeth and Facundo L. Bacardi, along with the organization's President and CEO, Paul T. Lehr. Guests including YoungArts Artistic Advisor Frank Gehry, and YoungArts master teachers Rosie Perez, Paola Antonelli, Shelly Berg, Angela Brown, James Rosenquist, Naomi Fisher, Jacque d'Amboise, and Judith Hill (YoungArts Popular Voice Winner 2002) enjoyed cocktails courtesy of BACARDI, dinner, and a powerful alumni performance directed by renowned dancer, choreographer, and YoungArts Artistic Advisor, Bill T. Jones, who also made an impromptu appearance on stage, bouncing between performers to cheer them on.

Tony Award® winner Brian Stokes Mitchell emceed the evening that also saw speeches from Gehry and Perez when they presented architect Zaha Hadid and actress Rita Moreno, respectively, with the YoungArts Arison Award for their influence on the development of young artists. YoungArts alumnus Andrew Rannells, who currently appears on the HBO series, Girls, received the Alumni Award. Following the gala, on the campus plaza, guests savored a selection of sweet treats while mingling at the After Hours party with live music and dancing.
YoungArts President and CEO Paul T. Lehr and Arison Award Winner Rita Moreno
YoungArts 2014 Gala Chairs Elizabeth and Facundo Bacardi
Other notables in attendance included Armando and Margarita Codina, Adrienne Arsht, Emilio Estefan, Sarah Arison, Mayda Cisneros, Jorge and Darlene Perez, Susie and Walid Wahab, Jackie Soffer, Princess Leirjal Fyrial Iran Issa Khan, Criselda Breene, Cathy Leff, Daniel and Marcela Novella, Adam and Lisa Koffler, Martin Margulies, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne bon Haes, Andres Fanjul Jr., Stephanie and Evan Reed, Sandy Muss, Mark and Arlys Raymond, Bruce & Tracey Berkowitz, Sam Robin, Tui Pranich and Diana Stoll.

The Backyard Ball Performance and Gala was sponsored by UBS, Bacardi Limited, Braman Motors, EventStar and The James Royal Palm Hotel.
YoungArts President and CEO Paul T. Lehr with YoungArts Alumni Award Winner Andrew Rannells
Arison Award Winner Zaha Hadid
YoungArts Master Teacher Rosie Perez
Andrew Rannells and YoungArts Alumni Zuzanna Szadkowski
The National YoungArts Foundation (formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese. For more information about YoungArts, visit
YoungArts Campus Gala After Party

Photographs by Mike Jachles/ (Komen); Lucien Capehart Photography; Pedro Portal (YoungArts).