Tuesday, January 7, 2014

In the land of coconuts and limes ...

2013 Coconuts — 1st row: David Ober, Dan Hanley, Blair Meyer, Kane Baker, David Koch, Will Matthews, Peter Summers, Leonard Lauder. 2nd row: Michael McCarty, Jon Ylvisaker, Percy Steinhart, Troy Maschmeyer, Laddy Merck, Girard Brownlow, Chris Meigher, Piper Quinn. 3rd Row: Jack Grace, Richard Cowell, Willie Surtees, Alex Fanjul, Rodney Dillard, Harold Paull, Wilbur Ross, Blakely Page.
Down among the sheltering palms of Palm Beach this past New Year's Eve, the Coconuts held their annual bash, and it was reported to be the most fun in many years as they invited a younger crowd to join them, improved the music (younger also) and added some new bar areas. David Koch provided three barges of fabulous, unbelievable fireworks perfectly orchestrated with a hip soundtrack (with the help of Bronson Van Wyck). Guests returned to the black (versus white) dinner jackets. Alex Fanjul (younger brother of Pepe and Alfy) was crowned the new King Coco, and everybody had a wonderful time.
Alex and Nikki Fanjul. Piper Quinn and Tom Quinn.
Leonard Lauder and Michael R. McCarty.
JoAnn and Harold Paull. Ann and Peter Summers.
Pamela O'Connor and Arvo Katajisto. Blair Meyer and Willie Surtees.
Blake Hanley, Emily Wickersham, and Denise and Dan Hanley.
David and Julia Koch. Hilary and Wilbur Ross.
Reddy and Nico Fanjul. Nicole Hanley and Elizabeth Meigher.
Will and Jean Matthews. Tim Malloy and Susan Bodnar Malloy.
The esteemed Caron & Hanley Treatment Centers Gala returns to Palm Beach in 2014 under the leadership of Chairmen Nellie Benoit and Liza Pulitzer, and Honorary Chairman Mary Davidson. In celebration of another stellar year, Pulitzer recently invited the committee into her Palm Beach home for a private reception.

Guests included gala chairmen Nellie Benoit and Liza Pulitzer, along with Clark Appleby, Dr. William and Martha Adkins, Turner Benoit, Payson Coleman, Kip Kootz, Bobby Leidy, Chris Leidy, Molly and Frank Maguire, Rande May, Carol McCracken, Jayne and Philip Mengel, Cat and Tom Miller, Linda and Leverett Miller, Deborah O'Kain, Dr. Ahmad and Cherie Toufanian, Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub, Caron FL President Drew Rothermel, and Hanley Center Foundation CEO Dr. Rachel Docekal.
Chris Leidy and Liza Pulitzer
Jayne and Philip Mengel
The 2014 Caron & Hanley Treatment Centers Gala will be held Friday, Jan. 24, at The Breakers, Palm Beach. Proceeds from the Caron & Hanley Treatment Centers Gala benefit the Lifesaver Patient Aid Fund, which provides financial assistance to individuals requiring substance abuse treatment who could not otherwise afford it.

In the midst of a social season ripe with black-tie events, the "un-gala" atmosphere draws hundreds each year for an evening of casual revelry in an exquisite venue. The storied Mediterranean and Venetian ballrooms will be set with glimmering lights and undersea details inspired by the photography of Christopher Leidy of Leidy Images.
Bobby Leidy and Payson Coleman
Dr. Rachel Docekal and Nellie Benoit
More than 500 guests will enjoy a luxury raffle and a three-course gourmet dinner while dancing the night away in celebration of addiction recovery.

For tickets and other information, call (561) 841-1048, email events@hanleycenter.org or visit HanleyCenterFoundation.org.
Cat and Tom Miller
Donn Colee and Kip Kootz
Dr. Ahmad and Cherie Toufanian
Dr. William and Martha Adkins
Drew Rothermel and Clark Appleby
Linda and Leverett Miller
Molly and Frank Maguire
American Friends of The Hebrew University kicked off the 2014 Scopus Award Gala at a private reception in Palm Beach.  The Scopus Award Gala will be held on Saturday, January 18th at The Breakers, where a special performance will be presented by American singer and Broadway actress Morgan James. 

The kickoff reception took place Dec. 19th and honored the chairmen and executive committee members for the Gala.  Special guests at the reception were Ambassador Stuart A. Bernstein and Wilma Bernstein who will be honored at the gala. Others attending the cocktail buffet reception were Michelle and Joseph Jacobs, and 2014 Scopus event chairman Roberta and Stanley Bogen, Suellen and Melvyn Estrin, Barbara and Richard Rothschild, Judy and Robert Snyder and Robbi and Bruce Toll.
Michelle and Joseph Jacobs
Stanley and Roberta Bogen
An elegant and entertaining evening, this black-tie Gala includes a cocktail reception, followed by dinner, an awards presentation to those who have shown extraordinary support to Hebrew University, followed by a professional performance. The event gets its name from Mount Scopus, the historical site of The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The Scopus Award Gala leads off the weekend of events presented by American Friends of Hebrew University.  The following day, on January 19th, the popular Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF) 2014 will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach, which brings together Hebrew University experts and other leading individuals to discuss a spectrum of vital issues. Among these are Middle East Affairs and national security, medical breakthroughs important to human health, and progress in brain science.
Bob and Judy Snyder
Wilma Bernstein and Ambassador Stuart Bernstein
“Advancing Israel’s Future: Building Bridges to Peace, Transforming Medicine and Brain Sciences, Pioneering Technology and Innovation” is the title of this year’s conference, which will include breakfast and lunch, as well as the program, featuring keynote speaker William Kristol, the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, a Washington, D.C.-based journal of politics and ideas.  An author, who was a regular panelist on FOX News Sunday, Mr. Kristol now appears on leading political talk shows.  His presentation at ALEF will be “America’s Shifting Role in the Middle East."
Robbi and Bruce Toll with Jennifer and Brett Schulman
Proceeds from both events benefit The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which was founded in 1918 by Albert Einstein, Chaim Weizmann, Sigmund Freud and others.  Today the University has a student body of 23,000, a faculty of 970 and attracts students from Israel as well as from 70 countries around the world.

For reservations or information on the 2014 Scopus Gala, contact Monica Loebl, Southeast Region Executive Director at 561.750.8585 or mloebl@afhu.org, or visit www.afhu.org.  For information and tickets on ALEF 2014, call Laura Gottlieb at 561.750.8585 or lgottlieb@afhu.org.
Diane Belfer with Sherry and Kenneth Endelson
Lois and Martin Zelman
Harvey and Reva Grace with Matt Grace
As the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium prepares for its April 4 major fundraiser – “The Tech Revolution: An Evening with Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak,” event leadership and key donors were honored recently with a special reception held at the newly expanded Science Center venue. For some, it was a first time experiencing the magic of the Center’s new aquarium and exhibit space, opened this past summer. For many, the special opportunity to visit the Center’s much lauded blockbuster Titanic exhibit was a highlight of the evening. Even the stunning fashion presentation by Gala sponsor, Saks Palm Beach, showcased beautiful silhouettes evocative of the Titanic’s glory days.
A fashion presentation by Gala sponsor, Saks Palm Beach ...
The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, formerly known as the South Florida Science Museum, recently completed a $5 million expansion and renovation, and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is currently open in the Center’s Quantum Hall of Exploration.  With a new mission to “open every mind to science,” the Science Center now features more than 50 hands-on educational exhibits, an 8,000 gallon fresh and salt water aquarium- featuring both local and exotic marine life, a digital planetarium, Science on a Sphere, conservation research station, Florida exhibit hall and an interactive Everglades exhibit.
Capt. Robert and Pandora Crippen
Leslie and Ron Schram
In addition to chairmen Elizabeth and Ben Gordon, leadership for the springtime event includes honorary chairmen Jeffrey and Frances Fisher, Matthew and Helene Lorentzen, and John and Heidi Niblack. Host committee chairmen are Howard Cox, Stuart and Alison Haft, Cater and AfsyPottash, Heath and Karly Randolph, and Eric and Lucinda Stonestrom. The event’s stewardship council is chaired by Dale Hedrick and Harvey Oyer. Grand Benefactors include Mr. and Mrs. Lew Crampton, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lorentzen, and Mr. and Mrs. John Niblack. Corporate sponsors are PNC Private Bank and Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach. The media sponsor is Palm Beach Illustrated.
Capt. Robert Crippen and Dr. Edgar Mitchell
Harvey Oyer, III and Carolyn Broadhead
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products – the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976 Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc., with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. Currently he serves as chief scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author. Tickets for the Gala event are $650 per person and seating in The Breakers’ Venetian Ballroom is limited.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is located at 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach and is open Monday – Friday from 9am-5pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.  For more information on Science Center events, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.
Lew Crampton and William Meyer
John and Leslie Randolph
Frances and Jeffrey Fisher and Elizabeth Gordon
Rachel Strassner, Stacey Leuliette, Elizabeth Gordon and Peter Schuette
Dale and Kathy Hedrick
Kate Arrizza and Jon and Jennifer Schmidt
Beatrice Cayzer and Dr. Edgar Mitchell
Dale and Kathy Hedrick and Karly and Heath Randolph
Helene Lorentzen, Frances Fisher, Elizabeth Gordon

Photographs by Lucien Capehart Photography.