Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hearts and Crosses

The Venetian Ballroom of the Breakers Hotel set up for the Palm Beach Heart Ball.
The 59th International Red Cross Ball took place on February 6, 2016, at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Under the direction of Chairman Jeanne Pidot, the evening honored the history of American Red Cross nursing and celebrated the spirit of America with a nod to the television series, M*A*S*H.

The Honorary Chairman for the evening was Patrick M. Park and the Honorary Vice-Chairman was Patty Myura. Co-Chairs included Veronica Atkins, Paula Butler, Herméde Wyman Miro, Molly Downing, Mei Sze Greene, Suzanne L. Niedland, Bjaye Pilotte, Suzanne Tomsich and Carolyn and John Yurtchuk. The Chairman of the American Red Cross is The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Chief of Protocol for the Ball was Ambassador Stuart Bernstein.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Ambassador Stuart Bernstein
Hermé de Wyman Miro and Veronica Atkins
America’s legendary television nurse, Loretta Swit was honored for her humanitarian efforts. As the quick-witted nurse Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on, M*A*S*H, Swit captured the imagination of generations of television viewers.  Also honored that evening were American Red Cross volunteer nurses, Gloria Blair, R.N., June Hewitt, R.N., Vera Hypolite, R.N. and Jean Lewis, R.N, who have 200 years of volunteer experience combined with the American Red Cross.

Bruce Sutka, the creative designer of the evening, included a M*A*S*H-inspired theme with Red Cross “nurses” greeting the attendees in nurse uniforms from throughout the decades. During the cocktail reception, guests felt as though they are walking onto a TV set. Tents, stage lights, video crews and even a helicopter decorated The Mar-a-Lago Club’s circular drive.
Robert and Suzanne Tomsich
Ms. United States, Celine Pelofi and Alexander Siddell, Private Secretary to Duke of Westminster
Ambassadors lined up in the gold and white ballroom for the legendary receiving line. Countries represented were Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Japan and Peru, along with former US Ambassadors to China, Denmark and Finland.

The Grand Ballroom had been transformed into an “Officers’ Club,” with a giant parachute propelled from the ceiling and vintage American Red Cross posters projected onto the walls. Guests danced the night away to the fabulous Sultans of Swing as well as a special performance by talented sister act, Gracie and Lacy.
H.E. Lars Gert Lose, Ambassador of Denmark, Suzanne Niedland, Ambassador Stuart Bernstein
Patrick Park and Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter
Founded in 1957 by Marjorie Merriweather Post, the annual ball raises significant funds in support of the vital mission of one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross.  The American Red Cross South Florida Region is part of the largest and most diverse humanitarian relief organization in the United States. With more than 3,500 dedicated volunteers, they serve nearly 8 million people across Florida’s southernmost counties. Throughout the region, every 20 hours on average, Red Cross volunteers answer the call and respond to provide relief to individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside down by a devastating home fire, flood or other disaster.

Proceeds from the Ball will benefit the mission of the organization -- to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Whitney and Jeanne Pidot
Patrick Park and Loretta Swit
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio
Mei Sze and Jeff Greene
Emily Pantelides and Peter Robbins
John and Carolyn Yurtchuk
Gregory Parrish and Suzanne Niedland
Sergeant Kyle Oser and Heather Oser
Tweed McElveen Bogache, Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, His Grace, the Duke of Westminster and Teresa Carlson
Ambassador Kenichiro and Nobuko Sasae (Japan) and Ambassador Clark T. & Sarah Randt (U.S. to China, retired)
Loretta Swit and John Yurtchuk
H.E. Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan and Mrs. Lael Mohib
Senator Capri Cafaro, Ohio and Lady Henrietta Churchill
Loretta Swit with the Marines of 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
Guests were wisped "Up, up and away on Valentine's Day" in honor of the 61st anniversary of the Palm Beach Heart Ball. Over the past sixty-one one years, the Palm Beach Heart Ball has been viewed as a premier social event, known in Palm Beach and around the country for its elegant style and sophistication.
On February 14, 2016, Palm Beach Heart Ball Chairwoman, Judi Richards, along with 400 distinguished guests, formally celebrated the 61st anniversary of the Palm Beach Heart Ball. The Venetian Ballroom of the Breakers Hotel was transformed into a whimsical park, and guests danced the evening away to music performed by Higher Ground. Tim Luke served as the auctioneer for the evening.

Judi Richards thanked the committee, guests and volunteers for their gracious dedication and support of the Palm Beach Heart Ball and the mission of the American Heart Association. She was joined by many distinguished guests such as junior committee chairman, Chris Leavitt and honoree, Annie Falk.
The live auction
Tim Luke, Monika and John Preston during the live auction
Annie Falk shared a sneak peek of a never before seen film co-produced by she and award winning filmmaker, Dawn Scibilia.  This film will give the audience a glimpse of the American Heart Association's teaching garden program as seen through the eyes of the children and their educators. 

The Palm Beach Heart Ball is the oldest continuously running ball in Palm Beach and the oldest Heart Ball in the nation. The American Heart Association hosts the ball in order to increase awareness and continue its mission of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Judi and Ray Richards
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio with Angela Vecellio
Irene Lummertz, Virginia Oatley, Renee Scott
Chris Leavitt, Tinsley Mortimer
Frances and George Purnell
Janet Levy and Brian Saipe
Jeff and Lee Alderton
Howard and Julie Rudolph with Alisebeth Kosek and JP Ross
Kayla, Annie and Gigi Falk
Laetitia and Ben Han
Maggie and Bradford Alderton
Linda and Allan Adelson
Sheila Buchbinder and David Befeler
Peggy and William Johnson
On Saturday, February 13th Windsor co-founder Hilary Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo co-hosted the 2016 Windsor Charity Polo Cup. International polo players including Captain on the English national team Luke Tomlinson and Magoo Laprida, Malcom Borwick, Augustin Merlos, Julio Arellano, Ruki Baillieu along with Salvatore Ferragamo and TV personality John Walsh competed in the match, which was led by Match Director Max Secunda. More than 1,200 people attended the event from around the world, including Windsor Members and their visiting family and friends; local area residents; seasonal visitors to the area and polo enthusiasts from nearby Palm Beach.

The match was a 6-6 tie between the two teams: Team Purple Reins captained by Salvatore Ferragamo and Team #CureAlzPark captained John Walsh.  John Walsh was named the Most Valuable Player and Best Playing Pony went to Lulu, played by Magoo Laprida.
Under the tent for lunch
In addition to a world-class polo match, which is recognized as the premier high-goal charity polo match of the season in Vero Beach, the day also included a themed tailgate competition judged by world renowned interior designer Thom Filicia (Tailgaters Love Hunters won that spirited competition), a junior player demonstration, a Porsche Concours, a specialty Retail Village and gourmet concession stands. More than 700 match attendees enjoyed an elegant field-side champagne luncheon, while others enjoyed picnicking in the festive field-side tailgating area or viewed the match from grandstand seating.  Steve Weagle, Chief Meteorologist for the Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV and a regular supporter of the biennial charity event, served as emcee for the second time.
The Polo match
Salvatore Ferragamo
Galen Weston with Polo Players
Located alongside the polo field, the Retail Village, a new addition to this year’s event, featured a carefully curated selection of pop-up stores with products available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds donated to the event charities. Included in the Village were pieces from the Atelier line by Swarovski; gifts, fragrances and accessories designed by India Hicks; polo-inspired apparel by Stick & Ball; gift items from Selfridges; children’s clothing and toys by Lily Pad; and much more.
Retail Village
Porsche Concours
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
Tailgate Competition
The event proceeds support families who are struggling with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and will help fund research to find a cure.  Proceeds will be distributed equally to the national organization, the Alzheimer’s Association and locally to the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association of Indian River County.

The Windsor Charity Polo Cup is supported by both national and local sponsors.  Luxury brand and corporate business sponsors include CBRE Group, Inc., PNC Bank, Porsche of Melbourne, Swarovski, The Breakers Palm Beach, Town & Country Magazine, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Casa Fagliano, Clarendelle Inspired by Haut-Brion, Renny & Reed, J.McLaughlin, Wally Findlay Galleries, Gaston Private Jeweler, and Seacoast Bank, among others.
Bil Donovan
Danna Swarovski and Nadja Swarovski
Galen Weston Jr, Alexandra Weston, and family
Christine Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Magoo Laprida, and Diego Schoeffer
Hilary Geary Ross
Hilary Gumbel
Galen Weston, Nadja Swarovski, and Hilary Weston
Karen Klopp and Jay McLaughlin
India Hicks and Nadja Swarovski
John Walsh, Christine Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Shannon Secunda, and Max Secunda
Lisa Cohen, Jimmy Cohen, Lisa Oz, and Dr. Mehmet Oz
Nora Koontz
Salvatore Ferragamo and Galen Weston
Agustin Merlos, Celina Caset, Victoria Myers, Alexandra Borwick, Malcolm Borwick, Magoo Laprida, and Diego Schoeffer
Thom Filicia and Samantha Yanks
On Thursday, February 4th, Houston Grand Opera  held its 28th Annual Concert of Arias at Wortham Theater Center’s Cullen Theater. Cynthia and Anthony Petrello served as the Event Chairmen while Pat and Daniel Breen were the evening’s honorees.

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) hosted one of the most highly esteemed singing competitions in the United States on Thursday, February 4. Winners were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. Serving as guest judges were two distinguished alumni of the HGO Studio, soprano Heidi Stober and baritone Joshua Hopkins, both of whom recently appeared on HGO’s main stage in The Marriage of Figaro. Accompanied by HGO Head of Music Staff Bradley Moore, eight finalists participated in the competition.
Daniel Breen, Pat Breen, Cynthia Petrello, and Anthony Petrello
Concert of Arias supporters raised over $725,000. All proceeds benefit the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers and Houston Grand Opera Studio’s ongoing outreach efforts to identify, attract, and nurture young artists who have the potential for major careers in opera. 

Chaired by Cynthia and Anthony Petrello, the Concert of Arias began with a champagne reception before 800 guests arrived in the Cullen Theater to enjoy the competition. As the judges made their decisions, guests enjoyed a performance by current HGO Studio members and were able to vote for their pick for the Audience Choice Award. Following the concert more than 550 artists, patrons, and underwriters were seated for the sold-out dinner in the Grand Foyer catered by Jackson and Company to celebrate the evening’s honorees, Pat and Daniel Breen, for their many years of generous support of HGO and the Studio.
Heidi Stober, Perryn Leech, Madison Leonard, Patrick Summers, and Joshua Hopkins
Thursday’s concert was the final event in a months-long process that began when 475 singers and 24 pianists applied to compete.

1st Place prize of $10,000 was awarded to Madison Leonard, soprano; 2nd Place prize of $5,000 went to Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano. This prize was dedicated to Donna Bruni, a long-time member of HGO’s board of directors and supporter of the HGO Studio who passed away in December; 3rd Place prize of $3,000 was won by Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano.

Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award of $2,000 went to soprano Yelena Dyachek. This award was established last year by renowned soprano and HGO Studio alumna Ana María Martínez to identify a developing young singer with exceptional promise who would greatly benefit from this additional support of his or her continued training.  Ms. Martínez won first prize in the competition in 1994.

Audience Choice Award of $1000 was won by baritone Sol Jin.
Sverre and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl
Scotty and Jana Arnoldy
Guests included Chairs Cynthia and Anthony Petrello, Honorees Pat and Daniel Breen, Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn (HGO Board chair), Judith and Richard Agee,  Denise and Philip Bahr, Tony Bradfield and Kevin Black, Zane Carruth, Anne and Albert Chao, Donna Josey Chapman, Bobbie-Vee and Jerry Cooney, Molly and Jim Crownover, Marianne and David Duthu, Jackson D. Hicks and Milton Townsend, Barbara and Gerald Hines, Elizabeth and Richard Husseini, Caroline and Perryn Leech (HGO managing director), Beth Madison, Frances Marzio, Gloria Portela and Dick Evans, Jill and Allyn Risley, Glen Rosenbaum, Dian and Harlan Stai, Susan and Dr. C. Richard Stasney, HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers, John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer, and Marcia and Alfredo Vilas. The competition awards were presented by the Methodist Hospital System, the official health care provider for Houston Grand Opera.
Ana María Martnínez and Gloria Portela
Anne and John Mendelsohn
On Thursday, February 4th, Jody and John Arnhold hosted a New Yorkers for Dance cultivation cocktail reception at their Central Park West home to celebrate Dance/NYC. This marked the third year of Dance/NYC's existence, a non-profit created to advance the New York dance community and the City's role as a dance capital.

Jody Arnhold is a leading dance educator and advocate, producer of the Emmy-nominated documentary PS Dance!, founder of the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y, and serves on the Arts Advisory Committee for the New York City Department of Education (DOE), Co-Chair for the creation of the DOE Curriculum Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance, Chair of the Hunter College Dance Advisory Committee, and Advisory Committee of Dance/NYC.

Guests included more than 100 leading artists and patrons for dance and dance education.
Lane Harwell, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Jody Arnhold
Arden Greenspan-Goldberg, Deborah Adelman, and Emery Le Crone
Beverly D'Anne and Guy Mognaz
Hugh Lynch and Alissa Hsu Lynch
Brian Heidtke and Melinda Cloobeck
Celia Ipiotis and John-Mario Sevilla
Dani Davis, Kara Barnett, and David Garfinkle
Greg Pappajohn and Francis Browne
Jill Brienza, David Resnicow, and Kristen Gajdica
Lane Harwell and Thomas Von Foerster
Mary PfeiferLentz, Denise Roberts Hurlin, and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
Naomi Goldberg Haas and Leah Krauss
Nicole Duffy Roberts, Denise Sutherland, and Christina Duffy Ponsa
Susan Gluck Pappajohn, Stephen Kroll Reidy, Wilhemina Frankfurt, and Carole Divet Harting
Thomas Klein and Brian Ellner
Tiombe Carter and Nel Shelby
Valentino Carlotti, Lane Harwell, and Susan Gluck Pappajohn
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency/Angela Pham (Windsor)