Friday, April 29, 2016

Royal patrons and Park Avenue pals

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Bragança with The Valley Forge Military Academy Cadets at The Versailles Foundation, Inc.'s annual Black Tie Benefit Dinner.
Last Thursday, April 21, The Versailles Foundation, Inc. hosted its annual black tie benefit dinner of "The One Hundred" Patrons in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Braganza, the Royal House of Portugal at the Lotos Club.

Every year, Barbara de Portago, President of the Foundation "imports" one of her Royal pals from Europe who is asked to speak at the very beginning of dinner for fifteen minutes, no slides, no podium, to speak informally about the world and the life of a member of a royal family, as well as its history.
The red-plumed Cadet welcome!
The Valley Forge Military Academy & College Cadets are present also every year to escort the ladies who attend on their own, and to provide the necessary red plumed fanfare that has become the trademark of this evening.

On arriving, guests are welcomed by the royal receiving line at the end of which a Cadet ushered guests into the wood-paneled Library of the Vanderbilt-Schiefflin house for a Taittinger Comtes de Champagne reception. When dinner is announced guests move into the Ballroom, where they stood for the posting of the Color Guard.
The Royal Receiving Line Cadet, Foundation Committee Member Heide Hüttl Canellopoulos, Foundation Director Camila Koenig, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Bragança, His Royal Highness The Duke of Bragança, Foundation Director Gillian Spreckels Fuller and Cadet
This was followed by the duly heralded entrance of their Royal Highnesses. The Duke, Dom Duarte, was full of interesting facts about his family's history. His ancestor, Catherine of Braganza, when she married King Charles II of England, brought in her dowry to the Indian city of Bombay (today's Mumbai) as well as the then unheard of and untasted proverbial tea. When his talk was over, the duke was led to his seat next to Foundation Director and the Gala's underwriter, Gillian Spreckels Fuller. After dinner, the evening continued with the Fin de Soirée at Lavo for dancing, which was organized by the Foundation Junior Committee.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Bragança, His Royal Highness The Duke of Bragança, Foundation Director Gillian Spreckels Fuller, Cadet, Allison Rockefeller, and Peter Rockefeller
The Foundation continues restorations at the Château de Versailles, funds Fellowships for Artists and Volunteers at Giverny, the home and garden of Claude Monet. This site was put on the world's cultural map by Barbara's late parents, the former Curator and his American wife, Gerald and Florence Van der Kemp, who lived and fundraised in the left wing of the Palace at Versailles. Barbara continues their legacy and the Foundation has added projects French in origin, as in the underwriting of the catalogue for The Frick Collection's upcoming exhibition of the painter Watteau, etc.
The Valley Forge Military Academy Top Brass
Lindsay Eisenkraft and Foundation Committee Member Heide Hüttl Canellopoulos
Marc Lewistein, Agnes Turner, Jedediah Turner, and Geoffrey Bradfield
Her Royal Highness The Archduchess of Habsburg, His Royal Highness The Archduke of Habsburg, and Shining Sung
Robert Castellano and his aunt, Countess Marianne Cassini
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Bragança, His Royal Highness The Duke of Bragança, and Nickolas Calbos
Foundation Junior Committee Director Frank Spano III and Barbara Ann Bernard
Dame Donna and Marc Fernlund Hearne with Nomi Ghez
Olaseni Bello and Jaqueline Bello
Mark Blackburn, Hank Wuh, Carolyn Blackburn, and Yue-Sai Kan
Martha Glass, Emily Frick, James Figg III, and Alison Atkins Crowther
Hailey Beauregard, Giovanni Olarte, and Camilla Xavier
Katherine Carden and Paul Mayhugh
Thomas Bell and Susan Krysiewicz
Seth Bright and Diane Ackerman
Peter and Elbrun Kimmelman
His Royal Highness The Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia and Cat Jagger Pollon
Maximilien Maisonrouge and his Mum, Countess Ketty Pucci-Sisti
Karen Klopp and cadet
Cadet and Marina Couloucoundis
Michiel Schuit and Robin Reich
Cadet and Valerie Lettan
Cadet, Camila Koenig, and Carlos Montealagre
Peter Worth and Hailey Strader
Avery Toland, Peter Darrow, Camilla Xavier, Robert Castellano, and Victoria Hood
Hailey Beauregard, David Nichols, Devon Guralnick, Armando Tamargo, and Abigail Porritt
Foundation President, Barbara de Portago, thanking the Patrons with Taittinger's Prestige Rosé
His Royal Highness The Duke of Bragança about to give his chat
Scott Holman III and Caroline Chopek-Polhemus
Cody Kittle and Alexandra Porter
Christopher Sheehan and Foundation Junior Committee Director Russell Grant
Natalie Pray and Michael Siegal
Stephanie Taft Foster, Gustav-Henri Maisonrouge, and Melissa Morris
Angus Wilkie and Foundation Director Gillian Spreckels Fuller
Kaleta Blaffer Johnson and Gordon Huddleston
Nicholas Armstrong and Lauren Christiansen
Patrons at dinner
Scully & Scully was bustling with energy last Monday night as a record number of people turned out for the annual "Tulip Party." First held in 2009 to coincide with the blooming of the tulips on Park Avenue, this party is now firmly ensconced on the April social calendar. In addition to celebrating Park Avenue in full bloom, the event raises awareness for the work of The Fund for Park Avenue, the NYC non-profit that is responsible for planting and maintaining all the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls (from 54th to 86th Streets).
This year the party also celebrated four books written by Park Avenue authors and each created a tablescape inspired by their book. Andrea Robinson's pink-themed dressing table paid homage to her book "Toss the Gloss" while Jennifer Ash Rudick, author of "Palm Beach Chic" created a tropical table with accents of purple (a coincidental tribute to Prince perhaps?). Reminiscent of their conversations with artists during the creation of their book "Artists Living with Art," Amanda Benchley and Stacey Goergen created a welcoming bar utilizing an eclectic mix of objects and glasses. Jacqueline Bograd Weld, author of "Peggy: The Wayward Guggenheim," which inspired the recently released documentary "Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict," put together a chic and festive table that brought together a variety of textures and colors.
Amanda Benchley, Jennifer Ash Rudick, Barbara McLaughlin, Michael Scully, Andrea Robinson, and Jacqueline Weld Drake
In her remarks, Barbara McLaughlin, President of The Fund for Park Avenue, encouraged everyone to shop (since Scully & Scully donates a percentage of sales to The Fund each year). She then thanked those who had made (or were about to make!) contributions and reminded everyone that their support was what made The Fund's work possible. When the time came to thank the evening's host, Michael E. Scully, she surprised him by wishing him Happy Birthday and presented him with a custom-made "Scully & Scully shopping bag cookie" from Eleni's New York. As they do each year, guests received The Fund's signature party favor, a yellow tulip cookie also from Eleni's. Music was supplied by Alex Donner Entertainment.
Jennifer Argenti and Kirsten Fealy
Pam Taylor, Andrea Robinson, Marie Samuels, Karen Mehiel, and Jennifer Ash Rudick
Erik and Jennifer Oken
Stacey Goergen, Molly Jong-Fast, and Amanda Benchley
Eileen Judell, Daisy Soros, and Mary Davidson
Hilary Dick, Mary Davidson, and Eugenie Niven
Rob Goergen, Holly Cunningham, and Ashley Bradley
Susan Relyea and Martha Glass
Mikel Witte and Walter Deane
John Yunis and Wendy Sarasohn
Mark Gilbertson, Mary Davidson, and Ron Wendt
Barbara McLaughlin and Michael Scully
Christina Rose, Kenneth Fishel, Maria Fishel, Michael Scully, and Kathy Springhorn
Christine Leeds, Heather Leeds, and Greg Kachejian
Jan Ogden
William T. Castro Manhattan Borough Commissioner, and Barbara McLaughlin
Othon and Kathy Prounis
Barbara McLaughlin and Konrad Keesee
Lee White Galvis and Clare McKeon
Elise and Teddy Benchley
Georgina Schaeffer, Melanie Holland, and Debra Pipines
Karen Klopp and Hillary Dick
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center held its Health Education Seminar and Luncheon at the Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium. The seminar, partially underwritten by Sima Ghadamian, was titled "Cancer Caregiving: How MSK Prepares and Supports You—the Modern Caregiver," and offered an informative take on caregiving at a time when patients are leaving the hospital after surgery much sooner and more aspects of their recovery and treatment are handled at home.
Kate Niehaus, Anna Safir, Dr. Kent Sepkowitz, Eleanora Kennedy, Dr. Temple, Dr. Allison Applebaum, and Lavinia Snyder
The presentation featured three of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's distinguished experts Dr. Kent Sepkowitz, MD, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Quality and Safety, Kate Niehaus, Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality Chair, Larissa K. F. Temple, MD, FACS, FRCS(C), Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, Director of the Caregivers Clinic. Their work at Memorial Sloan Kettering coupled with their research and extensive clinical expertise set the basis for the information discussed at the lecture.

Eleanora Kennedy served as Chairman of the event, along with Anna Kennedy Safir who served as Associates Chairman. The panel discussion occurred over lunch and was followed by a compelling question and answer session.
Dr. William Breitbart and Lavinia Snyder
Guests Included: Lavinia Branca Snyder, Heather Leeds, Claudia Overstrom, Alexandra Lind Rose, Virginia Tomenson, Kate Allen, Jessica Sailer van Lith, Eleanora Kennedy, Kamie Lightburn, Hilary Dick, Dr. Annette Rickel, Leslie Heaney, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Alexis Waller, and more.
Lexi Ghadamian, Mahrokh Sakhai, Sima Ghadamian, Jacklin Dagan, and Kate Khakshouri
Eleanora Kennedy, Bambi Putnam, and Yaz Hernandez
Michael Safir, Yaz Hernandez, and Anna Safir
Susan Switzer and Maureen Meehan
Nancy Missett, Kamie Lightburn, Bonnie Pope, Nancy Paduano, and Suzanne Cochran
Toni DuBrul, Anne Mott, and Liz Gardiner
Heather Leeds, Carole Divet Harting, Wendy Carduner, and Pat Crawford
Alexandra Penney, Sima Ghadamian, and Priscilla Rattazzi
Linda Hecht, Victoria Leeds, Anki Leeds, and Greta Weil
Paige Betz and Jessica Sailer Van Lith
Anne Louvel, Sallie Benton, and Lisa Schultz
Dr. Annette Rickel and Elisabeth Tretter
Leslie Heaney, Jennifer Oken, Kate Allen, and Claudia Overstrom
Dr. Annette Rickel and Anki Leeds
Catherine Carey
Karen Tompkins, Diane Chapman, Virginia Dean, and Martha Glass
Ruth Fleischman, Elizabeth Miller, Debby Pipines, Alexandra Lind Rose, and Hilary Dick
Photographs by Annie Watt and Jay Brady (Versailles Foundation); Annie Watt (Fund for Park Avenue).