Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Winter Social Schedule

The dinner scene at The New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Dinner.
One of the most anticipated evenings of the New York winter social schedule is The New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Dinner. This favorite event took place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle, overlooking Central Park with its glorious views of Manhattan. The Hearst Corporation, VERANDA, and BNY Mellon served as underwriters for the evening.

The Orchid Dinner began at 7 p.m. with cocktails served during a sale of rare and exceptional orchids. Some of the world's leading orchid specialists were on hand to assist guests with their purchases. Followed at 8 p.m., dinner and dancing took place in the Grand Ballroom.
"Key West Contemporary," the theme of the 12th Annual Orchid Show at the Garden, served as the creative source for each of the imaginative centerpieces.
The evening raised $600,000 which will underwrite the development of the Garden's orchid research collection, which helps maintain the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation. The Garden has been designated a Plant Rescue Center through the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Improperly documented shipments of endangered wild orchids are seized at international borders and sent to these Centers. Through careful research and the application of appropriate horticultural techniques, Garden staff members have been successful in bringing a majority of these ailing specimens back to health. Many are on view year-round in orchid displays at the Botanical Garden.

Gala Chairs included Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, and Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Swartz. Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief, VERANDA, served as Chair. Decorations Chair was Carolyn Englefield, Director of Decoration and Special Projects, VERANDA. And Honorary Chairs were Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Davidson and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Sullivan, Jr.
The Garden was thrilled to continue its collaboration with VERANDA in assembling an illustrious roster of over 25 of New York's leading designers from the worlds of fashion, architecture, horticulture and literature, who each created and donated a dramatic orchid centerpiece and table setting for the event. "Key West Contemporary," the theme of the 12th Annual Orchid Show at the Garden, served as the creative source for each of the imaginative centerpieces. The evening was stunning.

In addition, The New York Botanical Garden presents the annual Orchid Show March 1 through April 21, 2014, the nation's largest exhibition of its kind. A mosaic of classic and exotic orchids will be displayed throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – a living design inspiration taking its cues from a modernist Key West estate garden.
Caroline Englefield, Tina Swartz, Gregory Long, Deborah Royce, and Whitney Clay
Kevin Sharkey and Martha Stewart
Deborah Royce and Mark Gilbertson
Susan Johnson, Martha Stewart, and Henry Johnson
Roric Tobin
Alison Spear and Alex Reese
Loni Ludlow and Laura Bohn
Ilene Johnson
Francesca Vuillemin and Megan Zilis with friends
Danielle Rollins and Marilyn Kirschner
Dotty Goldfrank and Lionel Goldfrank
Susanna Salk, David Scott, Sherrill Canet, and Doug Roach
Whitney Clay and Tina Swartz
Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond
David Thiergartner, Carolyn Gregg, and Steven Delatorre
Phillip Gorrivan and Caroline Englefield
David Easton and Katharina Plath
Marilyn Kirschner and Daniel Lombardi
Grace Matelich and Susan Matelich
Martha Stewart, Gregory Long, and Elliot Nolen
Carl Weatherly-White, Allison Sampson, and Tripp Sampson
Allison Sampson and Whitney Clay
Barbara Tober, Gregory Long, and Barbara Cirkva
Last Thursday evening, J.McLaughlin launched an exclusive Pop-Up Shop at The Society Boutique-The MSK Thrift Shop to support The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's leading-edge patient care, education, and research programs. Filled to the brim with J.McLaughlin's iconic pastels, prints, and must-have accessories, this is a not-to-be-missed shopping event just in time for resort and spring styles.

For four days The Society Boutique on the Upper East Side at 1440 Third Avenue (between 81st and 82nd Streets) was transformed into a preppy-chic oasis filled with J.McLaughlin's distinctive clothing and accessories for women and men at 30% to 60% off with J.McLaughlin contributing 30% of all sales at this event to The Society of MSK. If you missed it, keep your eyes peeled for next year's Pop-Up Shop.

The Pop-Up Shop marks J.McLaughlin's first collaboration with The Society and its Boutique, which has been a fixture on the Upper East Side for more than 25 years and plays an integral role in The Society's fundraising programs.
Kevin McLaughlin, Martha Glass, Barbara McLaughlin, and Melanie Holland
Polly Onet, Jack Lynch, and Martha Glass
Karen Glover and Lindsey Pryor
Kevin McLaughlin and Jeffrey Banks
Kate Pickett and Leslie Coleman
Sonya Verny and Gay Schaye
Caitlyn Rodeo and Dr. Christine Rodeo
Mary Darling and Amy Hoadley
Eileen Holcombe and Scott Fazzini
John-Mark Speal and Ashley Speal
John Glass, Amy Hoadley, and Chappy Morris
Deborah McGovern and James McGovern
Mark Gilbertson and Dara O'Hara
Elizabeth Fuller and Barbara McLaughlin
Richard Leonard and John Glass
Kent Sevener and Melanie Holland
Karen Klopp and Rosemary Audia
Earl Jones, Katherine Miller, Melanie Holland, and Leah Johnson
Gordon Connor and Hilary Dick
Jennifer Creel and Barbara McLaughlin
The International Red Cross continued its tradition of bringing together ambassadors, dignitaries and philanthropic leaders from around the world in support of its humanitarian mission when 450 guests gathered at the 57th Annual International Red Cross Ball, held Friday, February 7th, 2014 at The Breakers.

The 2014 ball, considered to be highlight of the Palm Beach social season, was chaired by Kathryn C. Vecellio.  Ambassadors attended from The Netherlands, Italy, Hungary and Georgia, as well as many former United States ambassadors. 
Amanda Schumacher, Paula Butler, Mei Sze Greene, Kathryn Vecellio, Monika Preston, Laurie Silvers, and Rhonda Wilkins
Founded in 1957 by Marjorie Merriweather Post, the white-tie and tiara affair raised significant funds in support of the vital mission of one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross. For almost 100 years locally, The American Red Cross Palm Beaches – Treasure Coast Region has given hope and help to people in their greatest hour of need – meeting the physical and emotional needs of disaster victims, teaching lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid, and supporting military members and their families.

“Tonight, we celebrate the 57th anniversary of the Palm Beach International Red Cross Ball, which has raised many millions of dollars for this charitable organization, which does so much for our community, our nation and the world,” noted Mrs. Vecellio.  “This evening is a tribute not only to the organization and all that it accomplishes, but to the volunteers and the generosity of so many in this room who contribute support.  We are honored to host local and international leaders coming together with that shared goal.”
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter with Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
John and Carolyn Yurtchuk
For the last 40 years, Mrs. Vecellio has worked as a full-time organizer, fundraiser and development volunteer for dozens of nonprofit organizations. She has received countless awards for her lifetime of service. Her tireless efforts as a member or chairperson of myriad committees and boards have helped raise awareness and millions of dollars for more than 40 community, charitable and educational organizations.

Mrs. Vecellio leads an impressive group of co-chairwomen for the event including Honorary Chairman, Patrick Park; Ambassador Chair Mary Ourisman; and Event Co-Chairmen: Paula Butler, Mei Sze Greene, Monika Preston, Amanda Schumacher, Laurie Silvers and Rhonda Wilkins. Honorary Co-Chairwomen are Mary Mochary and Beverly White Yeager.

Earlier this season, Mrs. Vecellio and husband, Leo Vecellio, honored leading benefactors of the prestigious ball at a kickoff cocktail reception aboard the M/Y Lady Kathryn V.
Mary Ourisman and Stuart Bernstein
Mei Sze and Jeff Greene
Participating sponsors included Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Vecellio and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Greene as Grand Benefactors and Mr. Patrick Park and Mr. and Mrs. J.J.Cafaro as Grand Patrons. Ball Patrons are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Butler, The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Mr. And Mrs. Charles Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kessler, The Honorable Mary Mochary and Dr. Philip Wine, The Honorable Mary and Mr. Mandell Ourisman, Mr. and Mrs. John Preston, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schumacher, Mrs. Laurie Silvers and Mr. Mitchell Rubenstein, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tomsich, The Honorable and Mrs. C. Howard Wilkins, The Honorable Beverly White Yeager and Mr. and Mrs. John Yurtchuk. Gunster, Kelly Tractor, The Newport Group, Rybovich, Tiffany& Co., United Bank, U.S. Trust are Corporate Patrons.

The Peter Duchin Orchestra performed at the annual event. 

Proceeds from the 57th Annual International Red Cross Ball benefit the mission of the organization -- to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  
Kathryn Vecellio
Howard and Michele Kessler
Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein
Monika Preston
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
Amanda and Charles Schumacher
Herme de Wyman Miro and Veronica Atkins
Beverly Yeager and Kathryn Vecellio
Paula and Robert Butler
Judi and Ray Richards
Raynham Hall Museum, in Oyster Bay, held its annual Valentine's Benefit Auction on Friday, February 14 at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley. Close to 150 guests attended the event in honor of long-time Museum Board of Trustees Member, Patricia P. Sands and The Oyster Bay Main Street Association, which was established in 2001 to preserve Oyster Bay's downtown and historic buildings.

The evening's emcee was News 12 Long Island's anchor, Carol Silva, who warmed the crowd with anecdotes of living in Oyster Bay.
Meredith Maus, Honoree and Executive Director of Main Street Association; John Collins, President of the Board of Trustees, Raynham Hall Museum; Patricia P. Sands, Honoree, Board of Trustees, Raynham Hall Museum; Councilwoman Michelle Johnson, Town of Oyster Bay; John Bonifacio, Honoree, Board President, Main Street Association; Harriet Gerard Clark, Executive Director, Raynham Hall Museum; Maureen Brennan, Board of Trustees, Raynham Hall.
The elegant evening presented guests with a silent auction with over 80 lovely items and a live auction that included parties at the museum, gorgeous pear-shaped amethyst earrings designed by Piranesi Jewelers, a vacation in Corsica, a behind-the-scenes tour of Fox News Channel, and a custom designed garden bench designed by Raynham Hall Board President, John Collins. Robbie Gordy, from Christie's, served as charity auctioneer.
Margaret Witham, Catherine Sands, Patricia Sands, Elizabeth Petty, John Sands, and Susan Sands
The last live auction item called on guests to "raise your paddle" for the education program at the museum. Beloved docent and educator Michael Goudket made an impassioned plea to the crowd and raised over $11,000 for the museum's education programs including paying for the high cost of bussing children for fieldtrips to the museum.

The evening was topped off with love songs by New York cabaret singer Carole Bufford with piano by John Schwartzberg and James Uhl on bass.
Harriet Gerard Clark, Henry Clark, and Emily Gerard
Kelly and Mario Gallo
Kevin and Barbara Curry with Kim and Joseph Onorato
Susan and John Sands with Edward Mohlenhoff
Cindy and Donald Morrongiello
John O'Hare, Earlene O'Hare, Brian O'Hare, and Kathy O'Hare
Susan and Donald Zoeller
Frank and Meredith Olt
Carol Silva and Robert Reilly
Fran and Dan Covello
Ragnar Knutsen, Rita Cleary, Laureen Knutsen, and Gil Ott
Maureen and Mickey Brennan
Rebecca and Charles Finelli
Joanna Badami
Elizabeth Sands Petty, Joan Shepard, Catherine Sands, Margaret S. Witham, and Susan Meldau Sands
Kathy and Thomas Zoller
Robert and Deborah Hussey
Rita and Jim Roselle
Clifford Packingham and Tracey Dellomo
Sandy and Nelson DeMille
Zac Nudo and Constance Cincotta
Paula and John HornBostel
Howard and Alex Sutherland
Thomas Calabrese, Richard Weir, and David Lamb
Edward Mohlenhoff, Marianne Nash, and Anthony Meyer
Julian and June Fisher
Michelle Chamberlain and Michael Anhouse
Christopher and Rebecca Lawton Flatters, and John Collins
Lucie Bard and Mary Beth Donohue
Jerelyn Hanrahan
Fran Walker, Liz Brown, and Diana Collins
Josie Conelley and Victor Camacho
Nicole Menchise, Chris Wool, and Theresa Skvarla
Virginia and Stuyvesant Pierrepont III

Photographs by BFA (NYBG); (J.McLaughlin); Lucien Capehart Photography (Red Cross); Jill Johnson (Raynham Hall).