|The American Friends of Blérancourt (AFB) held its annual Gala dinner at the New York Yacht Club. It honored AFS Intercultural Programs (formerly known as the American Field Service) for its outstanding education and intercultural work.
Both groups together helped humanitarian efforts during the two World Wars, and share a long history. Guests in the Model Room at the Yacht Club, dressed in black-and-white attire with masks in the spirit of Halloween. Among those attending were French Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre, Baroness Didi d'Anglejan, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Eugenie Angles, Daniel Obst, Sonja Morgan, Quincy Morgan, Miles Morgan, Francine Duplessis Gray, Reinaldo Herrera, Countess Dorothea de la Houssaye, Pierre Durand, Marie Monique Steckel, Franck Laverdin, Alexandre Seilliere, Joan Kahn and many other guests.
|The purpose of AFB is to support the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blérancourt in France, founded by Anne Morgan, daughter of JP Morgan, whose mission is to support and encourage French-American friendship and cooperation.|
|On Monday, November 14th, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (The NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its 4th annual Food & Wine Gala at the Metropolitan Club. The evening was hosted by Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle. Guest Speaker for the evening was Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit magazine.
The special menu was prepared by chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, and Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His one-of-a-kind menu was paired with a selection of wines from Tournesol and Caymus Vineyards. During the evening program, Christie’s lead charity auctioneer, Lydia Fenet, conducted a reverse auction in support of The NYSPCC’s programs. Mary Pulido, NYPCC Executive Director presented the organization’s mission.
|The Food & Wine Gala event is held every year to raise vital funding for the agency. The Gala’s proceeds directly fund The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery Program which offers a specialized therapeutic program for children, ages 5-18, who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, neglect, traumatic bereavement, or who have witnessed family violence.|
|Recently, Ann and Bill Van Ness hosted a private fundraiser at their home to support Pajama Program, a national non-profit organization based in New York City. The event included a conversation with Jane Weitzman, executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail and author of Art & Sole. Carla Hall, of ABC-TV's The Chew and restaurateur of Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, was the host. Funds raised at the event will benefit Pajama Program in providing warm, new pajamas and enchanting storybooks to at-risk children across the country. Because Good Nights are Good Days!|
|On November 15th, the Preservation League held its 27th annual Pillar of New York Awards Gala at the Rainbow Room. More than 250 guests gathered for the dinner honoring Bonnie Burnham, Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Susan Henshaw Jones – three remarkable women who have made a lasting impact on local, national and international preservation and culture.
The Preservation League is dedicated to the protection of New York State's diverse and rich heritage of historic buildings and scenic landscapes.
|Mecox Gardens partnered with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County for a packed-to-the-rafters cocktail party to celebrate the publication of "GIL WALSH INTERIORS: A Case for Color," a new book by designer Gil Walsh and co-author Margaret Muldoon. There, a vibrant mix of the designer's friends, clients and colleagues. Mac Hoak, the owner of Mecox Gardens, flew in from his Houston home for the occasion. He said, "In all the years of doing wonderful book parties at our stores, this one will go down in the record books ... a total sell-out!"|
|Photographs by AnnieWatt.com (Pajama Program); Capehart Photography (Mecox); Cutty McGill (Preservation League); Andrew Werner & Annie Watt (Blerancourt)|