Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Keeping warm down in Palm Beach

The Four Arts' Contemporaries Gala, Rock the Casbah.
Down in Palm Beach, The Four Arts' Contemporaries Gala, "Rock the Casbah," was held in The Four Arts Hulitar Sculpture Gardens. The colorful Morroccan-themed event drew more than 500 of the Four Arts' young supporters.

Entertainment featured belly dancers with fire and swords, as well as custom casbah styling from the event's personal "bindi bar" provided by Pretty Suite. Dinner was held in a tent draped in jewel toned fabrics, and decked out with orange trees, birdcages and hundreds of twinkling candles.
Following dinner, dance band "Jessie's Girl" performed, drawing hundreds out on the dance floor. Guests left the evening with gift bags filled with bangles donated by Sequin Palm Beach, a personal copy of The Scout Guide, ceramic tile coasters from Casa Ceramica, Inc., notepads from Stationer on Sunrise and chocolates from Godiva Chocolatier. The sold-out event was organized by chairwomen Binkie Orthwein, Sara Groff, Mary Baker and Tracy Smith. 

Rock the Casbah was generously sponsored by The Talisman Group, Lyon and Lyon Catering, Gunster, Ober Fine Arts, and Grey Goose.
Mary Willis, Mary Brittain Cheatham, Sara Groff, Bettina Anderson, Binkie Orthwein, and Morgan Whalen
The Society of the Four Arts is located in Palm Beach, Florida. Each season, from November until April, The Four Arts presents art exhibitions, concerts, films, lectures, children's programs and more to the community.  The Four Arts maintains a library and children's library, as well as botanical and sculpture gardens. For more information, visit
Mary Kirk Griswold and Allison Ridder
Wyatt Koch and Meghann Cannon
Bobby and Chris Leidy
Marc Koch and Lauren Hooks
Jeffrey Caldwell, Ryan Jones, Frances Leidy Mackay, Rory Mackay, and Jason Ebelthite
Dack Patriarca and Hilary Jordan
Emmanuela Marcello, Mark Marcello, Todd Savage, and Missy Savage
Chris and Binkie Orthwein
James Berwind and Kevin Clark
Mary Willis, Loy Anderson, and Bettina Anderson
Lizzi Bickford and Trey Sned
Lauristo and Richard Segerson
Jay and Natasha Steinle
Mary Baker, Sara Groff, Binkie Orthwein, and Tracy Smith
Nancy Lumsden and Maura Christu
Tom Forrest, Caroline Forrest, and Eric Waldin
The HOPE Preview Party kicked off the 11th annual Palm Beach Jewelry Art & Antique Show with a champagne and caviar reception on February 14th. The reception, chaired by Audrey Gruss, Founder and Chair of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), and Scott Snyder, HDRF Palm Beach Chair, was held at the HOPE Designer Showcase, created by HDRF, the Charity Partner of the Show for the third consecutive year.
Kim Yaseen, Lis Waterman, Darcy Gould, Audrey Gruss, Mariana Kaufman, and Candy Hamm
Guests were first to see the extensive range of collectibles at the Show, from antiquities to mid-century modern. The HOPE Designer Showcase consisted of beautiful room settings created by six renowned interior designers: Scott Snyder, Coordinator of the Showcase; Bruce Bierman; Campion Platt; Jim Aman and John Meeks; and Jennifer Post.  The designers used furniture, art and accessories selected from the 175 exhibitors at the Show – the largest in the Palm Beach area -- to inspire the audience with fresh ideas about how to use art and antiques to enhance their environment and their lives.

Marina B jewelers were the Corporate Sponsor of the HOPE Designer Showcase, with many well-known Palm Beach women wearing designs from Marina B's collection. 
Roric Tobin, Amy Hoadley, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Scott Diament and Llwyd Ecclestone
Robbin Gaudieri and Luce Churchill
James and Margo Nederlander
Annette Friedland with Kathy and Alan Bleznak
Robert and Eileen Judell with Bruce Bierman
Kate, Hashem, and Layla Khosrovani
Mai Hallingby Harrison and William and Suzanne McDonough
Campion and Tatiana Platt and Family
Scott Snyder and Audrey Gruss
John Mashek and Christina de Caraman
Jim Aman and Margo Nederlander
Pat Cook, Bob Nederlander
David Anderson and Scott Diament
On February 19th, Lighthouse Guild International held its seventh annual dinner dance at Club Collette. Arlene Dahl served as the Honorary Chairwoman of the POSH Palm Beach Gala and Sale, and was joined by event co-chairmen Susan Bodnar Malloy, Grace Meigher and Mario Nievera. Junior co-chairs were India Paull and Elizabeth Meigher.

The sold-out evening honored Palm Beachers, Ann Downey and her daughter, Mona de Sayve. Those attending the gala were treated to an exclusive preview of POSH Palm Beach, a highly anticipated clothing and accessories sales event featuring gently worn and even brand new items donated by socialites, celebrities, designers and fashionable retailers. The highly anticipated sale opened to the public on February 20, 21 and 22.
Mona de Sayve, Arlene Dahl and Kathy Bleznak
Kane Baker and Kim Campbell
Guests included Mark Ackermann/Lighthouse Guild International COO and Executive Vice, Marc Rosen, James Dubin/Lighthouse Guild International Chairman, Dr. Alan Morse/Lighthouse Guild International President and CEO, Nancy Paul, Kit Pannill, Talbott Maxey, Audrey Gruss, Frannie Scaife, Tom Quick, Beth de Woody, Jackie Weld, Mary Lou Whitney, Kim Campbell, Carla and George Mann, and Somers Farkas.

Ackermann welcomed the guests and expressed enthusiasm about the recent merger between Lighthouse International and the Jewish Guild for the Blind, and its collective mission to expand services. He recognized the gala chairmen and committee members for their ongoing support, and thanked all the guests for their generosity. He also announced that the upcoming Low Vision Breakfast at Café Boulud will take place on Saturday, March 22 and feature renowned Opthalmology professor, Dr. Jason Slakter.

Founded in 1905, Lighthouse Guild International is dedicated to preserving
vision and providing critically needed health care services to help people of
all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss and blindness and enjoy safe,
independent lives
Sommer and Jonathan Farkas
Dennis Melchior and Nancy Paul
Mark and June Ackermann
Barbara Rogoff and Bob Hoak
George and Carla Mann
David Ober and Audrey Gruss
Susan Malloy, Mario Nievera and Grace Meigher
Myrna and Harvey Daniels and Bev Sommers
Tom McCarter and Frances Scaife
Ozzie Medeiros and Eddie Schmidt
Jim Dubin, Judy and Dr. Alan Morse
Felicia Taylor and Margo Nederlander
Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson
Marc Rosen, Beth deWoody and Tom Quick
Talbott Maxey and Don Burns
India Paul and Jimmy Hancock
After holding eight annual Bipolar Dinner Dances in Palm Beach, The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation shifted gears in 2014 and recently presented its inaugural Bipolar Medical Briefing Luncheon at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach.

Frances Fisher and Sally Soter were the Luncheon Co-Chairmen. Sheila Fine and Adele Merck were the Honorary Chairmen, and Micah Ford and Kristen Ray were the Junior Chairmen of the event entitled, "Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder - What It Is and What It Is Not."
Frances Fisher, Joyce Sang, and Sally Soter
Dr. Karen Swartz and Sheila Fine
Modeled after the Foundation's annual Medical Briefing Luncheons in Chicago, the Palm Beach Luncheon drew nearly 180 people. Fisher welcomed the guests and introduced the program. She was followed by Dusty Sang who updated the audience on the work of the Foundation and introduced his wife, Joyce Sang, who presented the 2014 Shining Star Award, the Foundation's highest honor, to Tina Bilotti in recognition of her unwavering support, leadership and commitment to the Foundation's mission and goals.
Tina Bilotti and Megan Bilotti
Nellie Benoit and Christine Curtis
Following, the panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers in the field of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder gave presentations that provided awareness, understanding and education about this brain illness. The panel also featured the mother of twin preteen girls – one who has Bipolar Disorder and one who does not – who told her personal story. Following the presentations, the panelists fielded audience questions. Several corporate and private donors underwrote professional tables so that teachers and counselors from public and private schools throughout Palm Beach County were able to attend the Luncheon.
Dusty Sang, Dr. Ellen Frank, and Dr. David Kupfer
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation has adopted two strategic initiatives: 1) "Quest For The Test™" – is an initiative aimed at funding research to develop an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder so that children and adolescents with Bipolar Disorder can be diagnosed by means of a simple clinical test that will make early detection and intervention a reality; and, 2) Awareness and Understanding – is an initiative dedicated to erasing the terrible stigma associated with Bipolar Disorder. By addressing the complex problems in the field of Early-Onset Bipolar Disorder in this manner, the Foundation believes that the benefits will be progressive and cumulative, and that the serious issues affecting so many families will finally gain the long overdue attention they deserve.
Micah Ford and Kristen Ray
Melanie Otero and Amy Dean
Brantley Knowles, Ross Meltzer, and Laura Evans
Mary Ellen McGrath and Joan Lucier
Inger Anderson and Denise Hanley
Linda Van Dyck with Bruce and Lori Gendelman
Joanne Paull and Mary Alice Pappas
Frances Fisher and Dr. Janet Wozniak
Liza Calhoun and Helen Guest
Dede Merck and Sheila Fine

Photographs by LILA PHOTO (Four Arts); Lucien Capehart Photography.