|On February 12th, the American Friends of the Musée d'Orsay (AFMO) presented a lecture and reception hosted by French Consul General Bertrand Lortholary at the French Consulate in New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's own Dita Amory, Administrator of the Robert Lehman Collection, shared her concept and research on her current exhibition and catalogue, Madame Cézanne. The event celebrated four portraits that the Orsay and Orangerie loaned to this exhibition. The two museums lend thousands of works each year, many to US institutions.
In 2015, such loans will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, National Gallery of Art, and The Clark Art Institute, among others. AFMO publicizes such exhibitions and coordinates trips and events surrounding them.
|Peter and Susan Solomon, AFMO Co-Chairs, and fellow Board members Nancy Staniar, who organized the lecture, Liz Kehler and Constance Spahn welcomed an estimable gathering of New York art enthusiasts, including: Allison Ecung, Bonnie Pope and Iliana Pappas, Claude Gerard, Constance Spahn, Dean Kehler, Deborah Nevins, Dennis and Debbie Larrison, Dita Amory, Ed Marschner, Ellen Jacobs, Francine Harris, Gary Goldstein and Jill Brooke, Greg Joye, Heather Ecker, Iliana Pappas, Jean de Castelnau, Jeremiah Evarts, Joan Gelman, Joe and Nancy Stein, Linda and David Frankel, Lucy Roch, Manuel Palazzo and Donna Salgado, Melinda Blinken, Melodie Carli, Mike and Joan Kahn, Nancy and Burton Staniar, Nick Schoenmakers, Peggy Danziger, Peter Solomon, Randal Gernaat, Sandy Pearl, Shaune Arp, Susan and Peter Solomon, the Honorable Bertrand Lortholary, Ulrich Leben and Liz Kehler.
|The elegant evening received support from AFMO member Bruce Horten, Champagne Perrier-Jouët, and catering from Tastings by Payard.
AFMO has become known for holding exceptional events connecting French and American art and culture. It has planned a fantastic Patrons' trip to Paris this April 23-26, including dinner in the Orangerie, receptions at the US and German Embassies, and exclusive art and fashion tours.
|On Thursday, February 19, 2015, Jean and Martin Shafiroff hosted a pre-Gala kick-off cocktail party for the NYC Mission Society's Annual Champions for Children benefit to be held on April 1. The pre-Gala reception was underwritten by Chase. This year's esteemed gala committee co-chairs include Peggy and John Bader, Carolyn and Lloyd W. Brown, II, and John U. Moorhead. Honorary gala chairs are Stanley H. Rumbough and Fiona and Stan Druckenmiller.
More than 150 people attended the pre-Gala event, including Gala honoree Hollis Russell, Mission Society Board Members Stanley H. Rumbough, Jean Shafiroff, Derek E. Steinhiser, Laura Flavin, John U. Moorhead, James B. Peterson, Jr., and Patrick Vatel, and Members of the Mission Society's Junior Society.
|Also attending were: Rita Cosby, Zang Toi, Bill Thompson, Flo Anthony, John and Peggy Bader, Tomaczek Bednarek, Christine Biddle, Sophia Bishop, Valerie Boucard, Geoffrey Bradfield, Julia Burns, Taylor Burns, Ed Callahan, Valentino Carlotti, Lilliana Cavendish, Chele Chiavacci, Copper Cunningham, Victor de Souza, Allison Ecung, Richard Farley, Joe Fischera, Kathleen Giordano, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Dawne Marie Grannum, Penny Grant, Shannon Hales, R. Couri Hay, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Joan Judell, Andrea S. Kantor, Lisa-Marie Kao, Roy Kean, Margo Langenberg, Lauren Lawrence, Anki Leeds, Jill Lynne, Juliann Michelle, Nicole Noonan, John Patrick, Barbara Regna, Sheila Rosenblum, Arnie Rosenshein, Leah Rumbough, Robert Sandow, Yolanda Santiago-Hasbun, Randi Schatz, Brinkley Skye, Javie Solano, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Iké Udé, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Yemi Vatel, John Wegorzewski, and Adam Weiss.|
|Gala honorees for the 2015 benefit are Colbert Narcisse, Managing Director and Global Head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley; and, Hollis Russell, Partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP. The Master of Ceremonies will be Bill Ritter, evening anchor at WABC-TV and 20/20 correspondent. Guests will be entertained by the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, members of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance's youth orchestra.|
|On Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 French Heritage Society (FHS) held its Annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner at Club Colette, with The Honorable Philippe Létrillart, Consul General of France in Miami, as Guest of Honor. The dinner was in memoriam of Robert Lee Sterling, Jr., FHS Palm Beach representative for many years, who passed away last year.
|The event was led by FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling and FHS President Denis de Kergorlay. FHS Dinner Chairmen and board members attending the Gala: CeCe Black, Karen Clark, Jean Doyen de Montailloux and Christian Draz, Michael Kovner, Ronald Lee Fleming, Mrs. Robert Lee Sterling, Guy N. Robinson, Jean Shafiroff, Ann Van Ness, Jay R. Paul and FHS Palm Beach representative Suzanne Stoll.
Suzanne Stoll introduced the Honored Guest, Philippe Létrillard, who then took the stage to tell about the great French heritage in America, which is particularly important in Florida.
|Other notable guests included: Jean Astrop, Baronne Laurie Bodor, Dale Coudert, Carla and Henry Darlington, Comtesse Diane de la Bégassière, Regine and Bill Diamond, Annette Y. Friedland, Bob and Beth Hardwick, Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Told Jr., Ambassador Howard Leach and Mrs. Howard H. Leach, Vicki Kellogg, John and Giuliana Koch, Ursula and Paul Lowerre, Cynthia Maltese, Robin and Jocelyn Martin, Judy McLaren, Pamela O'Connor, Ambassadors Mary and Mandy Ourisman, Anka Palitz, Arnold and Paola Rosenshein, Walter Ross, Mrs. Thomas D. Rutherfoord Jr., Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz and Pascal and Lynn Tone.
Guided by the belief that the most enduring expression of a culture is to pass on its highest achievements, French Heritage Society is dedicated to protecting the French architectural and cultural legacy both in France and the United States, with emphasis on raising funds for preservation, restoration and education.
|The American Ireland Fund's 25th Annual Palm Beach Emerald Dinner Dance took place on February 12, 2015 at The Breakers and drew nearly 200 friends and supporters. Michele Kessler, Hillie Mahoney and Thomas C. Quick, served as the Honorary Chairmen of the event.
The evening began with a cocktail reception in the Magnolia Room followed by dinner dance and dancing in The Circle Dining Room with entertainment provided by Street Talk. This year, The American Ireland Fund paid tribute to National Board Director Lore Dodge and her husband John. Mrs. Dodge's involvement with the Fund dates back to 1997, and she has played an integral role in helping ensure the success of annual Palm Beach Emerald Isle Dinner Dance.
|Kieran McLoughlin, President & CEO, The Worldwide Ireland Funds, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support and generosity. He said that the past year was "tremendous for The Worldwide Ireland Funds," acknowledging John Fitzpatrick who, in 2014, succeeded Loretta Brennan Glucksman as Chairman of The American Ireland Fund. He also reported that The Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference was held in Belfast in Northern Ireland, for first time in almost 40 years, signaling the organization's ongoing commitment to the Peace Process.
Fitzpatrick followed with a welcome and update about his first year as AIF Chairman, and introduced Quick, AIF National Director, who had enlisted the service of his good friend, The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, to do the honor of recognizing the Dodges for their personal, professional and philanthropic accomplishments. The Dodges are highly respected for their commitment to many philanthropic causes in Palm Beach, Martin and Port St. Lucie counties. He cited their dedication in helping advance The American Ireland Fund's work, especially in Northern Ireland, where Mrs. Dodge's roots lie. Then he called Mrs. Dodge, resplendent in a stunning emerald green gown, to the stage for the presentation and her acceptance speech.
|Following dinner, Quick conducted a live auction for a Hugh O'Neill oil painting and a trip to Ireland. After the auction, guests were entertained by violinist Gregory Harrington, described by the Irish Times as "a hypnotizing and charismatic performer," who won the Artists International Competition and made his Carnegie Hall début in 2003.
The gala evening raised $350,000, and drew guests that included Paul Gleeson, the Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta, Ambassador Anne Anderson, Lesley and Bart Grenier, Peggy and Mike McGrath, Pat Cook and Robert Nederlander, Talbott Maxey, Kit Pannill, and Kelly and Joe Rooney.
| Photographs by Annie Watt (AFMO); ShaunM/AnnieWatt.com (Mission); Capehart Photography (FHS & American Ireland Fund).|