|On Valentine’s Day, New York City Ballet held its Annual Luncheon benefit at Lincoln Center. This year’s program “The Ties That Bind,” explored the role of the family, both literally and figuratively, with more than 90 artists of the Company.
The program featured dance demonstrations and video as well as a panel discussion giving personal insight into the life of NYCB and its dancers. The program was hosted by NYCB Board Member Donya Bommer with panelists including NYCB Dancers Jared Angle, Tyler Angle, Faye Arthurs, Ashley Bouder, Harrison Coll, Megan Fairchild, Ashly Isaacs, Maria Kowroski, Amar Ramasar, Abi Stafford, Taylor Stanley, Indiana Woodward, Claire von Enck and Emma von Enck, among others.
|A luncheon followed on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater where 600 guests attended and over $600,000 was raised for the Company.
Announced each year as part of the Annual Luncheon is the recipient of The Janice Levin Dancer Award, which was created by NYCB in 2000 and is bestowed upon one of the Company's most promising corps de ballet dancers. A member of the Board of Directors for NYCB and the School of American Ballet, Mrs. Levin was a stalwart supporter of young artist at both organizations. This year's recipient was Claire Kretzschmar.
The 2017 Luncheon, which was sponsored by Max Mara and Temple St. Clair Fine Jewellery, featured catering by Neuman’s Kitchen with decor by Lenox Hill Florist.
Benefit Chairs were: Debra Martin Chase, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Carole Divet Harting and Pauline Reyniak. Benefit Corporate Co-Sponsors: Maria Giulia Maramotti and Temple St. Clair.
|Among the guess: Drew Barrymore, Olivia Palermo, Blythe Danner, Jill Kargman, Lesley Stahl, Katherine Brown, Alyson Cambridge, Veronica Webb, Deborah Roberts, Gabrielle Fialkoff, Emily Blavatnik, Betsy Pitts, Elyse Newhouse, Denise Saul, Blair Husain, Julia Koch, Noreen Buckfire, Caroline Hyman, Temple St. Clair, Rick Beinecke, Dinny Morse, Laura Overdeck, Barbara Evans, Franci J. Blassberg, Heather Georges, Darren Henault, Elizabeth G. Miller, LeeAnn Black, Margot Blutt, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Kamie Lightburn, Celia Hegyi, Alison Mazzola, Barbara Tober, Barbara Slifka, Sue Ann Weinberg, Paige Daly, Danielle Taubman, Alyssa Tablada, and Benan Ellis.|
|Earlier last month, the 62nd Viennese Opera Ball was held at the Waldorf Astoria under the “gracious patronage of the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, His Excellency Sebastian Kurtz." The evening celebrated the 150th anniversary of Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz and sixteen young women from around the world made their debut at the white tie gala.
The debutantes and their escorts danced to the 18-piece Viennese Strauss Festival Orchestra who played Strauss’ famous waltz. Metropolitan opera star Stephen Costello performed for guests which included Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter Kieran Chaplin, as well as members of the royal Hapsburg family.
|The ball is the oldest white tie ball in New York, and was the last in the Waldorf before it begins its renovation. One lucky couple, who bid on Charity Buzz for the honor, entered the ball via a horse drawn carriage that delivered them to their table in the Ballroom. This follows in the tradition of Marlene Dietrich arriving to the Waldorf on a pink elephant!
The gala will benefit Leonard Bernstein — A New Yorker in Vienna, which is a project of the Jewish Museum in cooperation with the U.S. Friends of the Jewish Museum of Vienna.
|The French Heritage Society and notable
guests gathered at the elegant Club Colette on the evening of February
16th for their annual Palm Beach Gala Dinner. The honored guest was Timothy Corrigan, award-winning interior designer with offices in Los
Angeles and Paris.
The stunning fête was held at the behest of Gala Chairs Michael Kovner and Jean Doyen de Montaillou. Additional flair was provided by CeCe Black, Board Chair of Special Events, Suzanne Stoll, Palm Beach Representative, and in the presence of FHS Chairman Elizabeth F. Stribling, FHS President Denis de Kergorlay and Consul General of France in Miami, Clément Leclerc.
|Attendees included: Laurie Bodor, Karen Clark, Dale Coudert, Carla & Henry Darlington, Lucy and Nat Day, Ron Fleming , Annette Friedland, Julia Hansen, Jane & Peter Hill, Sarah S. Karis, Maggie Kirkbride, Kamie Lightburn, Ray Lucchetti, Jocelyn and Robin Martin, Etsuko & John Morris, Patrick Murphy, Sarah and Chips Page, Anka Palitz, John & Lynn Pohanka, Natalie Pray, Barbara Price, Diana Quasha, Jeannie & Tom Rutherfoord, Jean Shafiroff, Suzette Smith, Sherri Stephenson, Tom Thaler, Jane & Bill Told, Lynn Tone, Missy Van Buren, Christopher E. Walling, Gil Walsh, Michel Cox Witmer.|
|Proceeds from the Palm Beach Gala Dinner nurture the laudable mission of the French Heritage Society by supporting their tireless efforts to preserve French culture in France and the U.S. and to bring together individuals who share the passion of their missions: Preserving the rich French architectural and cultural heritage throughout France and in the US by raising funds for restoration, preservation and cultural grants.|
|Photographs by Julie Skarratt (NYC Ballet); BFA & David Plakke (Viennese); Annie Watt (French Heritage)|