|It’s been Fashion Week in Paris, and of course their supporters were all there. M·A·C and Giambattista Valli, for example celebrated the launch of their new color collections with influencers and tastemakers with an unforgettable night that kicked off couture week. I can’t tell you why it was unforgettable because I wasn’t there. But Lauder’s John Demsey was there, and John, as NYSD readers know, is a great gatherer of party people here in New York where his East Side townhouse has played host to some of the best of them.
The black tie ‘Flower Obsession Ball’ was hosted at the Palais Garnier, Paris Opera on July 6th. Guests were welcomed with a dramatic display of flowers, adding to the natural grandeur of the location. The evening kicked off to the expert sounds of 2manydjs, with special guest Mark Ronson taking center stage at midnight.
|Guests included Giambattista Valli, of course; Jessica Alba, Naomi Campbell, Ian Bohen, Alber Elbaz, Alexia Niedzielski, Bianca Brandolini, Roxanne Mesquida, Joana Preis, Astrid Munoz,Clotilde de Kersauson, Caroline Vreeland, Carlos Mota, Sabine Getty, Michele Lamy, Elena Perminova, Fiona Scarry, Emmanuel Perrotin, Eugenie Niarchos, Joséphine de la Baume, Marie-Ange Casta, Kristina Bazan, Leaf Greener, Noor Fares, Olivia Palermo, Peter and Harry Brant, Tina Leung, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Yaz Buckey.|
|Hailed as "one of the Palm Beach season's most anticipated events," The Paradise Fund recently brought its staple event to New York City. On the eve of its 10th Anniversary, The Paradise Fund hosted their First Annual Paradise Casino gala and fundraiser in New York City on Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 PM. The black tie event, usually held each year on Black Friday at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach Florida, took place at a private Club in Manhattan, which was taken over with classic 1920's era speakeasy tunes by the Lapis Luna Orchestra and high fashion 'gamblers' who sipped on exceptionally curated cocktails through the night.
"We've been gearing up for this event for a number of years", stated Co-Founders Kent Anderson, Loy Anderson and Christopher DiSchino. "The wait couldn't have been more worth it." The launch of The Paradise Fund's New York branch was held during the Summer of 2011 at the Soho Grand Hotel.
|More than three hundred of NYC's young, philanthropic and fashionable inhabitants attended to play their luck at the casino tables, including Alessandra Balasz, George Merck, Augusta Tigrett, Callie Baker and Harry LeFrak, along with a number of guests that flew up from Palm Beach to make sure they didn't miss out. Guests 'gambled' for a chance to win extravagant prizes with their winnings from the night. Individual tickets started at $250.00, while VIP Admission started at $500.00, which included access to a private VIP cocktail reception before the event, private "high roller" lounges, and a host of other surprises.
This year's committee included Paradise Fund Founders Kent Anderson, H. Loy Anderson, III and Christopher DiSchino, along with Alessandra Balazs, Caroline Biden, Lucy Bidwell, Bridget Borman, Lauren Borman, Nikki Breedlove, Peter Davidson, Adam Fried, Alex Gobo, Liz Gray, Trisha Gregory, Lindsey Hess, Chris Ivey, Taylor Ivey, Kelly Karakul, Ben Kosinski, William Kreitsek, Jr., Winston Lapham, John Munson, Alexandra O'Neill, Lindsey Pisarcik, Jared Roper, David Rothschild, Bette Ann Schlossberg, Cori Seaberg, Law Slagsvol, Amanda Starbuck, Samantha Vinograd, Justin Weiss and Julia Wetherall.
|Premised under the motto that "every child deserves a paradise", The Paradise Fund celebrates its tenth year working to improve the lives of children locally and abroad. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit Boys & Girls Harbor in East Harlem, empowering children and their families to become full, productive participants in society through education, cultural enrichment and social services; Paradise Fund's Children's Relief Fund at the Community Foundation of the Palm Beaches as well as its ongoing education and community-based projects in Cuba, and their Haiti initiative, which provides internet and educational assistance for over 60 children and families displaced by natural disaster.|
|A spectacular firework show with views from several stories high in Trump Plaza was reason enough to bring Palm Beach Symphony supporters together out of season for a summer celebration. Complete with classical patriotic background music and classic American burgers and dogs, Symphony board president, Dale McNulty, and his wife, Marietta, hosted a festive affair to show appreciation to some of the Symphony's major contributors.
"As support for the Palm Beach Symphony grows, we thought that Independence Day was the perfect opportunity to hold a first ever Symphony summer event to keep our donors engaged and to express our gratitude for a successful season past," said McNulty. "Our members enjoy great camaraderie at our five concerts and numerous social events during the Palm Beach season. This occasion was a perfect chance to extend that fellowship throughout the year."
|Guests enjoying the bird's eye view of "4th on Flagler" included Leslie Blum, John Herrick, Arlette Gordon, Karin and John Strasswimmer, Marguerite Rosner, Lurana Campanaro and Jose Figueroa, Candide Booth and Harry Tawfik, Moneca Kaufmann and Leonardo Karalis, Bernadine Rand-Mileti and Nick Mileti, Mary and Don Thompson, Heather McNulty Wyser-Pratte, Mercedes Cassidy, Trudy Brekus, Brian Sims, Peggy and Bill Johnson, Michele and Anthony Fleming, Margarita I. Muiña, Margarita P. Muiña, Al Caminas-Muiña, Suzy Rosenbaum and David McClymont, Isora and Steve Sherman, Jacquie Klein and Doris Hastings.
Founded in 1974, the mission of the Palm Beach Symphony is to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The Symphony performs in a variety of historically important venues including Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mar-a-Lago and The Society of the Four Arts.
|Catching up. The Thorn Tree Project, which funds schools and education for the children of the nomadic tribes of the Samburu people of Northern Kenya, hosted its 13th Annual African Bazaar early last month at the Center for Social Innovation at the Starrett-Lehigh Building to an SRO crowd. The evening was hosted by Jane Newman, founder of The Thorn Tree Project and a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, and Irish-born internationally known New York designer Clodagh.
It was a very lively evening, with cocktail/grazing tables and various handcrafted products from Kenya and East Africa, including hand woven baskets, bracelets and necklaces, carved wooden bowls, table linens, sculptures, textiles and other unusual items.
|For the first time, an African-inspired fashion show was part of the evening’s festivities. The dazzling fashion show was styled with items for sale at the boutique: dresses, kikoys and kangas, which are African sarongs, and traditional and modern Kenyan jewelry. The models carried sophisticated clutches as well as beach kits, which are baskets with picnic blankets, sarongs and sandals. The effect was a sophisticated global look that is appropriate world-wide, and all the items are created by Samburu or the artisans at village markets in Africa.
Jane Newman and Clodagh together have been devoting much of their lives and their energy to Thorn Tree. Newman lives in Kenya for much of the year and administers the educational project. To date, The Thorn Tree Project has educated more than 1,500 young girls and boys in Kenya (including the funding of twelve pre-schools and three elementary schools). Now, for the first time, it will be putting some of these worthy students through college. The Thorn Tree Project has no overhead and is completely run by volunteers, so all funds raised go to the schools.
|The Community Foundation of Oyster Bay held its annual Garden Party at the Oyster Bay Cove home of founding trustees George and Abby O’Neill.
Board President Joseph Donohue of Oyster Bay thanked the assembled crowd of over 230 party goers for its participation and encouraged them to find ways great and small to continue to be actively engaged in this community. He went on to explain that while the local organizations that the Foundation helps to support have had to contend with severe funding cutbacks, more people than ever before have been turning to them for help. These organizations rely on the Community Foundation to help sustain the great work that they do.
Founded in 1965, the Community Foundation provides financial support for the Youth and Family Counseling Agency, the Parent-Child Home Program, the YFCA Summer Experience, the Bulluck Horizons Program, the Life Enrichment Center, the Hispanic Cultural Center, The Main Street Association and the Waterfront Center. The goal for this year’s fund drive is $200,000.
Photographs by Annie Watt (Art SH); Keil Studios Photography & BFA (Paradise)