|The Garden Conservancy commemorated its 25th Anniversary with a festive celebratory party at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. More than 260 guests from 19 states were greeted by co‐chairs Susan Burke, Suzanne Rheinstein, and Deborah Royce at the Garden Conservancy’s first black‐tie event, which raised more than $670,000 for the organization’s nation‐wide garden preservation, Open Days, and educational programs.
|The Metropolitan Club was transformed into a glittering forest of silver ginkgo trees, while Colin Cabot, son of Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot, served as host for the evening. His mother, Anne Perkins Cabot, and Dame Angela Lansbury were honorary chairs of the event. Chairman of the Board Benjamin F. Lenhardt, Jr. and Vice‐Chairman Courtnay S. Daniels presented awards to five individuals who were honored for their role in helping shape and support the Garden Conservancy’s preservation, education, and Open Days programs over the past 25 years: Jane Forbes Clark, John Kaul Greene, Dorrance Hill Hamilton, Richard William Lighty, and Marco Polo Stufano.|
|The Garden Conservancy’s President, Jenny Young du Pont, addressed the full house and used the occasion to formally announce that the organization had received a separate $500,000 matching grant challenge from the California‐based, Kayne Foundation. du Pont thanked Garden Conservancy Board member Suzanne Kayne, who was in attendance and instrumental in securing the challenge for the organization.
“We are proud of our accomplishments over the first 25 years of our work,” said du Pont. “In the next 25, we will continue to expand our preservation work, support local efforts to create public gardens, develop more opportunities to open gardens, and teach people, while inspiring passion for gardens and gardening. I am confident that our next quarter century will be every bit as successful as the first, and more.”
|For 25 years, the Garden Conservancy has been the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public. The organization works to preserve gardens by partnering with gardeners, communities, horticulturists, garden designers, and historians. Since its founding in December of 1989, the Conservancy has helped save more than 100 outstanding gardens, many of which are National Historic Landmarks or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Conservancy also shares distinctive gardens and ideas with the public through its Open Days and educational programs. Since 1995, the Open Days program has opened nearly 3,000 private gardens across the country, welcoming more than one million visitors to beautiful spaces not normally open to the public. In all of its activities, the Garden Conservancy champions the vital role gardens play in our culture, our history, and our quality of life.|
|More than 700 young socials jumped at the chance to attend the American Red Cross's eighth annual "Beach Bash" at The Beach Club, Palm Beach. Besides, with a theme of "What Happens in the Jungle, Stays in the Jungle," those party animals were safe monkeying around in an over-the-top pink and green fest, celebrating the Red Cross's perfectly-paired partnership with fashion house Lilly Pulitzer.
Emily and Jay Clifford captured the jungle fever of the evening when they took home a six-night African safari adventure to Zulu Heritage Safari Lodge. Other bidders got caught up in the Lilly spirit with auction items that included a Lilly Pulitzer Beach Cruiser to ride the Lake Trail in style, custom artwork from the Lilly Pulitzer Print Studio – to spruce up their own Manhattan studio apartment and a chance for a Lilly Pulitzer print designer to overhaul one room in their house.
|Guests included 2014 Beach Bash committee members Bobby Leidy, Zach Berg, Amanda Coleman, Chris DiSchino, Mary Victoria Falzarano, Richard Gaff, Alex Ives, Nick Kassatly, Lilly Leas, Chris Leidy, Carl Loof, Brooke Chapman-Marshman, Whitney McGurk, Dabney Mercer, Tinsley Mortimer, Robert Murphy, Hess Musallet, Maura Nelson, Stacy Nichols, Stephanie Pittington, Ted and Elena Peroulakis, Phil Reagan, Kelly Ring, Richard and Lauriston Segerson, Siobhan Helene Shea, Andrew Steel and Angela Vecellio.
One of Miami's most in demand mixers, DJ YSL, rocked the jungle while guests sipped signature cocktails featuring Tanduay Rum and offerings from a classic Lilly "Juice Bar" sponsored by Tito's Vodka and Field of Greens. All ladies who attended received bangle bracelets to brighten up their already colorful attire, courtesy of Bourbon and Boweties.
|In addition to the generous ongoing support of the Lilly Pulitzer Corporation, Bill and Nancy Rollnick, Zach Berg, Tito's Vodka, Bourbon and Boweties, Top Hat Car Wash, Palm Beach Grill, Tanduay Rum, United States Bartenders Guild – Palm Beach, Field of Greens, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Michael Lorber and Muses and Visionaries sponsored the evening.
All proceeds from the Beach Bash support the lifesaving work of the American Red Cross, helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Across the charity's South Florida 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.
|More Palm Beach ... The chairmen and committee members for Lighthouse Guild International's annual POSH Palm Beach gala and designer clothing sale were recently honored at a holiday tea hosted by Kit Pannill at her Palm Beach home.
Arlene Dahl will be serving as Honorary Chairwoman and is joined by Co-Chairwomen Kit Pannill and Talbott Maxey, and Junior Co-Chairs India Paull and Ashley Miller Bell. In addition to the gala chairs, those in attendance included Marc Rosen, Kim Campbell, Lavinia Baker, Myrna Daniels, Susie Elson, Allison Gulbrandsen, Carla Mann, Darlene Jordan, Cathy Luccio, Elisabeth Munder and Lauriston Segerson.
|Mark G. Ackermann, Lighthouse Guild International's CEO, flew down from New York especially for the occasion and expressed his gratitude to Dahl for her leadership, and to Pannill for her generous hospitality. He also formally announced that Darlene Jordan and Cathy Luccio would be honored at the upcoming gala.
The highly-anticipated POSH Gala take place on February 17, 2015 at Club Colette. The annual POSH Palm Beach sale, which features clothing and accessories from socialites, celebrities, designers and fashionable retailers, will take place February 17 - 19 at Lake Pavilion at 101 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. The sale will include special fashion-related guest appearances, happenings and activities.
|POSH Palm Beach has already gathered a stunning inventory of designer apparel and accessories from couture to casual. Donations are greatly appreciated and continue to be collected. For information and tickets to the Dinner Dance, Sale, and to make donations, contact Barbara Rogoff by email or by calling 561-828-1522.|
|Photographs by Cutty McGill (Garden Conservancy); Lucien Capehart Photography (Posh)|