|Last Tuesday night, September 15th, the Park Avenue Armory and American Friends of the Paris Opera Ballet hosted a benefit performance and dinner to celebrate an extraordinary new work by award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregory, visual artist Olafur Eliasson, and Mercury Prize-winning producer and composer Jamie xx. Inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer's artwork in the form of a book "Tree of Codes," this new contemporary ballet features a company of soloists and dancers from Company Wayne McGregory and the Paris Opera Ballet. The evening began with a 7 p.m. performance followed by dinner in the Armory's historic club rooms. The evening was chaired by Olivia and Adam Flatto, Caroline and Paul Cronson, and Almudena and Pablo Legorreta.|
|On Thursday, September 10th, Michele Smith and The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) held a shopping and cocktail party to kick off New York Fashion Week. The benefit-shopping affair, which included champagne and hors d'oeuvres, was held at the Milly NYC Boutique on Madison Avenue. Co-hosts were Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Elizabeth Mayhew, Tatiana Perkin, and Kelly Rutherford. A portion of the proceeds was donated to The NYSPCC. The agency is celebrating its 140th year of protecting and healing children and families from trauma, abuse and neglect.
Among the guests: Dr. Mary Pulido (Executive Director), Kimberly Guilfoyle (Fox News), Elizabeth Mayhew, Tatiana and Thorne Perkin, Chele Chiavacci, Nicole Dicocco, Ainsley Earnhardt (Fox News), Dawne Marie Grannum, Dr. Penny Grant, Joy Marks, Angela McGlowan (Fox News), Leiba Nesis, Jean Shafiroff, Randi Schatz, Matt and Linette Semino, Gigi Woods.
|The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), founded in 1875, is the first – and one of the most highly respected – child protection agencies in the world. The NYSPCC responds to the complex needs of abused and neglected children, and those involved in their care, by providing best practice counseling, legal and educational services. Through research, communications and training initiatives, we work to expand these programs to prevent abuse and help more children heal.
The NYSPCC's unique work is used as a model for child welfare agencies across the nation. Since its founding, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on the behalf of over two million children, and has educated over 50,000 professionals on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. Visit www.nyspcc.org for more information.
|The Park Avenue set came out in full force for luxe silversmith Christofle's drinks party to celebrate Steven Stolman's new book, "Confessions of a Serial Entertainer" at their sparkling Upper East Side flagship.
On hand to sip, schmooze and snag a signed copy: Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Emilia and Jose Pepe Fanjul, Marita Fierro, Alfonso Fierro, Eleanora Kennedy and daughter Anna Safir, fashionistas Ellin Saltzman and Helen O'Hagan, Melanie and David Holland, Gail and Stephen Kittenplan, Martha Glass, Judy Hadlock, Michael Horvitz, Tom Quick, Christopher Spitzmiller, Sam Allen, Eric Brinker, Harry Bader, Tom Shaffer, restaurateur Georgette Farkas, antiqueres Diana and Mark Jacoby, Janice Langrall, Carolyn Sollis, Gerard Leddy, concert pianist Richard Dowling, James Li, Greg McKenzie and Sean Bruns.
|On Thursday, September 10th, Jim Mitchell hosted a dinner at Primola for Marianne and John K. Castle. The dinner guests included Palm Beach notables including Grace and Chris Meigher, Frances Scaife, Thomas McCarter, Ginny Burke, Countess Antoinette Guerrini-Maraldi, Hans Kertess, Diana Feldman, Margo Langenberg, Michael Harris, Felix Pereira and television personality Pia Lindstrom.
Ms. Lindstrom had just arrived from Sweden where the Swedish people were honoring her mother, the late actress Ingrid Bergman on what would have been her 100th birthday. Ms. Lindstrom flew directly to Washington D.C. where the U.S. Government had just issued a postage stamp with an image of her mother. From Washington D.C., Ms. Lindstrom continued to New York City to join the dinner party where she gave each guest an issue of the postage stamp.
Also seen at Primola that evening at nearby tables were Clive Davis, Greg Shimmer, Phyllis and William Mack, Sondra and David Mach, Elayne and Martin Hertz and tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Martina Navratilova. Jimmy Connors arrived with Bob Adler and Dr. Joel Paschow just minutes before Francine and Rick Friedberg with Martina Navratilova and Julia Lemigova.
|Photographs by Barry Williams/AnnieWatt.com (Stolman); Matthew Carasella (Primola)|