Monday, January 23, 2017

Flying South

Jose Pepe and Emilia Fanjul
Michele and Howard Kessler
Peggy Siegal and Emilia Pfeifler
On January 13th Emilia Fanjul held her annual fundraiser, A Night of Great Expectations, to a stellar crowd of 214 guests at Cafe Boulud which attracted a new crop of young supporters from Palm Beach County.

The cocktail, dinner and auction raises funds for Emilia's three charter schools in Pahokee, Glades Academy Elementary and Middle School and Everglades Preparatory Academy High School.

The auction was conducted by the one and only Jamie Niven, retired Chairman of Sotheby's America who traveled from New York for the occasion.
Pepe and Lourdes Fanjul
Rachel and Patrick Thomas
The party raised a record $1.2 million. The money will fund teacher positions and a guidance counselor, important to the academic success of the students who many struggle with emotional and learning challenges both at home and at school, and it will also fund reading books for individual classroom libraries at all three schools.

All the funds raised go directly to the three charter schools.
Philippe and Debbie Dauman
Caroline and Nick Raftery
Norberto and Robin Azqueta with Sam Show and Robin Wheeler
Brian and Mila Mulroney with Kate and Hashem Khosrovani
Grace and Chris Meigher
Dace and Roman Martinez V
Dixon and Arriana Boardman
Annette and Joseph Allen
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Nancy and Bill Rollnick
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Whitney and Eric Bylin
Michele Kessler, Chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association’s Event Planning Committee, and her husband, Howard Kessler, hosted and sponsored the Palm Beach Civic Association’s by-invitation Underwriters’ Dinner at their house in Palm Beach on January 16, 2017.

The dinner, which drew 70 patrons, donors and supporters, was the finale to the Civic Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon, held that afternoon at The Breakers. The VIP dinner honored award-winning fashion designer and philanthropist, Tommy Hilfiger, who was the keynote Speaker at the Luncheon; and Beth Walton, President and CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way, the recipient of the 2017 William J "Bill" Brooks Community Service Award.  Walton received the award at the luncheon in recognition of her civic and philanthropic contributions to the Town of Palm Beach.
Bob Wright with Michele and Howard Kessler
Linda Ollson and Harriet Miller
During the dinner, Hilfiger, who attended with his wife, Dee, regaled the guests with anecdotes from American Dreamer, his recently released memoir about his stellar career in fashion.

The 2017 Annual Awards Luncheon was sponsored by First Republic Bank and The Breakers.

For information, visit
Tom Kodedek and Ofelia Utset
Mark and Mary Freitas
Tommy Hilfiger, Iris Apfel, and Dee Hilfiger
Suzanne and David Frisbie
Lee and Harvey Poppel
Bob Nederlander and Lynn Foster
Suzanne and Jack Borland
Lyn Ross, Tom Peterffy, and Mary Alice Pappas
Beth and Jim Walton
Betsy and James Meany
Hilary and Wilbur Ross
Bill Finneran and Esther Murray
The Third Biennial Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute kicked off with a cocktail reception at Chez Jean Pierre in Palm Beach on January 9, 2017 which drew more than 100 supporters, friends, honored military guests and Palm Beach Town Council members.

The evening began with a Presentation of the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance by the Cadet Corps Color Guard of Palm Beach Gardens. Chairman Rebecca Williams welcomed and thanked the committee; Co-chairmen Margery McCloskey O’Neil, Jane Woodman and Nancy Wildrick, and Dinner Chairman, Elliott Herschberg and Dinner Co-chairman, Judge Moss, for their efforts and hard work on behalf of the Navy SEALs and their families. These elite warriors will be honored at the upcoming Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute, on April 3, 2017 at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, with proceeds to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation and Navy SEAL Museum and Trident House. 
Rebecca and Owen Williams
Steve O'Neil and Margie McCloskey O'Neil
This year’s Patriotic evening will feature a much anticipated SEAL Demonstration in the sky and on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago. Special Guests will include Navy SEAL (ret.) Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward Jr., who served in both East and West coast SEAL teams, and in his last active duty assignment as Deputy Commander U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM).  He is a National Security Expert currently serving as the CEO of Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates. He will be joined by Lt. Jason Redman (Ret) who served for 21 years as a Navy SEAL.
Mark  and Maggie Zeidman
Barbara and Rick Kaiser
The Navy SEAL’s Foundation’s mission is to provide immediate and ongoing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.  Our work is focused on five pillars: warrior support and family services, educational opportunities, tragedy assistance, survivor support and legacy preservation.  These programs are designed to strengthen the force and family, promote resiliency, provide comfort in times of adversity or loss, provide care for our wounded and their caregivers, and help veterans transition as their military service.

For information about the Palm Beach Navy SEAL Evening of Tribute, call (561) 281-0481 or email:
Nancy and Bob Wildrick
Carol and Frank LeCates
Elliot and Karen Hershberg
Lindsay and Toby Hartz
Diane and Bob Cornell
Jane and Dean Woodman
More than 50 people gathered recently at an invitation-only cocktail reception at Valentino on Worth Ave. to kick off the 8th Annual St. Jude Palm Beach Dinner. Co-chairs Lourdes Fanjul, Talbott Maxey and Thomas C. Quick were on hand to welcome guests at the boutique. A percentage of proceeds from the store's sales will benefit patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The 8th Annual Palm Beach Dinner to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be held April 5, 2017 at Club Colette in Palm Beach.
Talbott Maxey, Tom Quick, and Lourdes Fanjul
Leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

For more information, contact Barbara Mari, 305-537-1429 or visit
Jose Pepe Fanjul Jr. and Lourdes Fanjul
Talbott Maxi and Kit Pannill
Karin Luter and Tom Quick
Michele and Howard Kessler
Alfonso and Raysa Fanjul
Laurie Katona and Janet Levy
Susan Lloyd and Jason Laskey
Gita and Mark Costa
Pepe Fanjul and Tennant Maxey
LuLu Fanjul, Alice Maxey, and Adelaide Grace
Vera and Julio Serrano
Jill and Mickey Silverstein
Rich Wilkie and Steven Stolman
Irene Lummertz and Julio Iguchi
Photographs by CAPEHART