Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Great Expectations

Martin and Jean Shafiroff, George and Christine Schott Ledes, Stan Rumbough, Mary and Mandy Ourisman, and Cole and Allegra Rumbough at Ambassador Mary Ourisman and Mr. Mandell Ourisman's Palm Beach home to honor the NYC Mission Society and help kick-off the annual Champions for Children Gala, which will be held in New York on April 1st.
On January 16th Emilia Fanjul held her annual fundraiser, A Night of Great Expectation, to a sell out crowd of 220 guests at Café Boulud in Palm Beach.

The cocktails, dinner and auction raises funds for Glades Academy Foundation which in turn sponsors the two charter schools that Emilia opened in Pahokee fourteen years ago, Glades Academy, an elementary and middle school, and Everglades Preparatory Academy, a high school.
Emilia and Jose Pepe Fanjul, and Emilia Pfeifler
The auction, highlighted by a week in Casa de Campo in a four room villa and a dinner and cruise on the Fanjul yacht Azucar, was conducted by auctioneer Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby's, The Americas,  who donated his time to the charity.

The party raised over $1,100,000 and will fund the purchase of three school buses, the construction of a sports pavilion at Glades Academy, field trips, motivational speakers, a job fair, library books and many other critical needs.

Pepe Fanjul, Emilia's husband, underwrote the event, as in previous years: the funds raised will all go to the schools and the children. Glades Academy Foundation has no overhead.
Mandell and Mary Ourisman
John Mashek and Talbott Maxey
Jamie Niven and Beatrice Stern
Chris and Grace Meigher
Joe and Annette Allen
Andres and Cathie Fanjul
Judith and Rudi Giuliani
Bob and Mary Simses
Roman and Helena Martinez
Will and Jean Matthews
Wilbur and Hilary Ross
Howard and Michele Kessler
Ambassador Mary Ourisman and Mr. Mandell Ourisman held a cocktail reception on Sunday, January 18th at their home in Palm Beach, FL, to honor the NYC Mission Society and help kick-off the annual Champions for Children Gala, which will be held in New York on April 1st.

The two-century-old nonprofit, the oldest in New York, provides programs and services that help break the cycle of poverty for New York's children, youth and families.
Tom Quick, Michael Donnell, and Mandy Ourisman
As a young bride, actress and Palm Beach socialite, Dina Merrill Hartley, was told by her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Colgate, "Every bride needs a charity," and thus began her long-time support of the NYC Mission Society.

Chaired by Dina Merrill Hartley's son, Stanley H. Rumbough, and Jean Shafiroff, the Palm Beach event committee includes: Martin Shafiroff, Cole Rumbough, Christine Schott Ledes and George M. Ledes. Honored guests included: Audrey and Martin Gruss, Tommy Quick, Anka Palitz, Sharon Bush, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Somers Farkas, Geoffrey Bradfield, Christopher and Grace Meigher, Pamela O'Connor, and Megan Tierney.
Susan and Hunter Cushing with Mary Ourisman
"New York City Mission Society is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated supporters," said the nonprofit's President, Elsie McCabe Thompson. "As we prepare for this spring's annual Champions for Children Gala, this event has helped to both raise funds and lift hearts in support of our mission: to improve the lives of children, youth and families in underserved communities in New York City."

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Farley Rentschler and Gregory Pildes
Allegra Rumbough and Anne Prosser
Brian Saipe, George Ledes, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Scott Moses
Brian and Didi Smith, Christine Schott Ledes, and George Ledes
Jean Shafiroff, Mary Ourisman, and Anka Palitz
Laura and Jeff Calenberg
Michael Donnell, Mary Ourisman, and Tom Quick
Carol Rohrig and Christopher Bickford
Martin Shafiroff and Jim Braden
Tony Chateauvert and Mandy Ourisman
Cole Rumbough, Sharon Bush, and Oscar Plotkim
Mai Hallingby Harrison with Leigh and Cathy Duemler
Bill and Candy Hamm
Valerie Rooks and Pamela O'Connor
George Ledes, Kim Fox, Brownie McLean, and Mandy Ourisman
Bulgari hosted a pre-gala cocktail reception on January 15, 2015, in honor of the chairmen, committee members and supporters of Lighthouse Guild's annual POSH Palm Beach gala and designer clothing sale at the Palm Beach home of Nancy Brinker, the former Ambassador to Hungary.

Bulgari Vice President Nathalie Diamantis flew in from New York to welcome guests and present the evening's stunning showcase of jewels, watches and purses from its iconic collections. Mark G. Ackermann, Lighthouse Guild's COO, also in from New York for the occasion, recognized the contributions of Honorary Chairman Arlene Dahl, Gala Co-chairmen Kit Pannill and Talbot Maxey, and Junior Co-Chairmen, India Paull and Ashley Miller Bell, and said that Palm Beachers Darlene Jordan and her mother, Cathy Luccio, will be honored at this year's gala. Ackermann also recognized the evening's gracious host, Ambassador Brinker, who spoke about the importance of Lighthouse Guild's mission and contributions.
Amb. Nancy Brinker, Mark Ackermann, and Natalie Diamantis address the guests
Lighthouse Guild's annual POSH Palm Beach gala will take place on February 18, 2015 at Club Colette in Palm Beach. The highly anticipated POSH Palm Beach Sale of designer clothing and accessories, runs from February 17-19, 2015, and guests that attend the gala will also receive an invitation to a special sneak preview of the sale. The sale, which features clothing and accessories donated by socialites, celebrities, designers and fashion retailers, will be held in Downtown West Palm Beach along Flagler Drive at the Lake Pavilion at 101 South Flagler Drive. Sale hours are February 17: 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM; February 18: 9:00 AM to 6:00 AM, and February 19: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tickets at Door are $20.00. Tickets at Door with Ad or Invite cost $15.00. Advance tickets purchased by February 6th are $10.00.
For information about tickets to the gala and sale, event details or about making a donation of clothing and accessories, which can be picked up, can contact Barbara Rogoff at or by calling 561-828-1522.
Amb. Nancy Brinker, Mark Ackermann, and Natalie Diamantis
George and Carla Mann
Susie Elson and Kit Pannill
Talbott Maxey and Susan Malloy
Marc Rosen and Grace Meigher
Maura Smith, Allison Ridder, and Elisabeth Munder
India Paull and Ashley Bell
Michael and Eleanora Kennedy
Steven McCord and Beverly Sommer
Kim Campbell and Jerry Tishman
Photographs by Capehart (A Night of Great Expectation & Lighthouse); Mike Jachles/ (Mission Society)