Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A trio of celebrations

Blanche Napoleon-McCoun, Terri Schottenstein, Virginia Gildea, Scott Diament, Melissa Parker, Gloria Herman, Barbara Zand, and Judi Richards at a Vernissage Private Preview of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show.
Last week, Susan Gutfreund opened her spectacular duplex to nearly a hundred guests from more than two-dozen countries to announce the upcoming annual UN Women for Peace Association’s Luncheon in honor of International Women’s Day at the United Nations Headquarters.  UNWFPA founder and chairman, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, with her husband H. E. Nassir Al-Nasser, made a heartfelt speech thanking Susan, who is one of the luncheon’s co-chairs, and extolled the crowd to support the work of her origination, which supports the UN Trust Fund for Women in its tireless work to end violence against women and human trafficking.
Muna explained that UNWFPA had also recently opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon and the importance of educational program like this.  She cajoled a rapt audience, saying,"You’re not supposed to talk about money, but I want you to buy tickets and tables for our lunch. It’s important." Many did, including Donna Corbat who said that she and her husband, Michael, were reserving a table in honor of the late John Gutfreund. UNWPFA President, Barbara Winston, shook every hand and answered questions about the organization and its plans.

Guests at the elegant included Rima Al-Sabah, Edgar Batista, Donna Corbat, Wendy Diamond, Anne Marie Dougherty, Olivia Flatto, Deborra Lee Furness,  Avideh Ghaffari, Chista Ghaffari, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Michal Grayevsky, Michal G, Heffernan,  Jana Jaffe, Pamela Johananoff, Larry Kaiser, Latifa Kosta, Pat Kerr Tigret, Ariel and Corinne Lahmi, Francine LeFrak, Julie Macklow,  Geeta Mehta, Valbona Neritani, Ann Nitze, Vanessa Noel, Princess Katherine and Alexander of Serbia, Julie Perlman, Louis Perlman, Amelia Prounis, Lila Prounis, Anna  Rhodes, Ralph Rucci, Dame Jillian Sackler, J Aida Shawaf, Julie Freedman Steele, Dexter Sun, Ling Tian, Dr. Steven Victor, Baroness Von Langendorff, Diana Wang, Bruce Winston, Helen Young, and Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi. 
Barbara Winston, Susan Gutfreund, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
The UNWFPA luncheon on March 8th will honor The First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo De Varela, who is a Special Ambassador of UNAIDS for Latin America and a global spokesperson of the Zero Discrimination Movement; Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Ashley Graham, the model and activist; Leyla Aliyeva, an FAO Goodwill Ambassador, and Eve Branson, for her foundation’s work in the Atlas Mountains. This year’s luncheon co-chairs include Cristiana Andrade, Geoffrey Bradfield, Francine LeFrak, Greg Schnackel, and Ling Tian. Tickets are available here.

UN Women for Peace Association was founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, the wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The organization helps to advance the goals of academic and charitable organizations that provide opportunities for women to partake in the global peace building process through social, cultural, education and women empowerment programs.
Ann Nitze, Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi, Pamela Jacovides, and Gahl Burt
Princess Katherine of Serbia and Prince Alexander of Serbia Bill Sclight and Cheri Kaufman
Beverly Schrieber Jacoby, Anna Gerling, Matthew Gerling, and Elizabeth Jacoby
Olivia Flatto and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser Wendy Diamond and Jean Josse
Ling Tian, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, and Diana Wang
Jana Jaffe Michal Grayevsky, Jonathan Marder, and Pat Kerr
Pamela Johananoff, Julie Macklowe, and Caryn Zucker
Lauren Gutfreund and Susan Gutfreund Deborra-lee Furness and Nicholas Evans
Pat Kerr, Karen Burke, and Muna Rihani Al-Nasser
Donna Corbat and Leslie Luther Francine LeFrak and Susan Ennis
Sonia Ricord, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Corinne Lahmi, and Ariel Lahmi
Susan Gutfreund, Wendy Diamond, Baroness von Langendorff, Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and Barbara Winston
Last Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, at the Palm Beach County Center, the Palm Beach Show Group held a Vernissage Private Preview of the 2018 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show. The event benefited the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope. This show is known as one of the highlights of the Palm Beach social calendar and a top destination for artists, designers, and collectors.

The Private Preview hosted by a Committee welcomed guests for a first look at the collections of more than 170 international exhibitors, exhibiting fine art, antique and estate jewelry, furniture, porcelain, Asian art, American and European silver, glass, textiles, sculpture, and much more.
Rod Helm, Melissa Parker, and Tom Niessen
Following the Vernissage and the VIP Opening Night Preview Party, there were six general admission show days, ending yesterday. The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show is one of the largest and most prestigious shows of its kind, a must-attend event for both the art connoisseur and the art-curious.

The Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope is dedicated to helping Palm Beach County residents who suffer from cancer by contributing to their ordinary living expenses. Many whom the Cancer Alliance helps would not be able to afford the expenses of both rent and treatments without the assistance of the Cancer Alliance.
Courtney Arnot and Jacqueline Weld Drake Kathy Georgas and Alease Fisher
Karen Glover, David Ober, Lillian Fernandez
Christopher Smith, Pat Butler, Scott Snyder, and Mitch Brown
Anthony and Cynthia Maltese Virginia and John Gildea
Bruce Bierman, Polly Onet, and Scott Diament
Beau Breckenridge, Jackie Breckenridge, Jennifer Garrigues, and Lisa Erdmann Judi and Ray Richards
Wendy Carduner encouraged everyone to celebrate two days of love and joy at Doubles (in the Sherry-Netherland). The club was aglitter and aglow for its TRIO of Valentine Celebrations.

On Tuesday for the LITTLE PEOPLE’S VALENTINE DANCING PARTY (under 8 yrs) 160 children and parents  rocked to their favorite Disco Songs ... while Daisy Doodle painted faces and created heart-shaped balloons.  On Wednesday, 110 members and guests celebrated at the ‘BE MY VALENTINE’ LUNCHEON BUFFET with those that they ‘adore’ ... and on Wednesday evening, 180 members and guest dined on Filet Mignon, Costa Rican Bass and a delicious Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Raspberry Torte at the ST. VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE.

Many attending included: Carolyn Rowley, Avery Broadbent, Katie Boulud, Marisa Rose, Michael Gilbane, Alatia Bradley, Jennifer Kinderman, Katherine Birch, Neda Navab, Tracy Huff, Page Rustum, Suzie Aijala, Mr. and Mrs.Carl Landegger, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Mariaca, Mr and Mrs. Peter Sotos, Mr. and Mrs. Diego Urretia, Amanda Holman, Ross Cohen and hundreds more.
Doubles Valentine's decor
Wendy Carduner Amanda and Rob Holmén
Alberto and Annabelle Mariaca Renee and Carl Landegger
Neda Nevab, Suzie Aijala, and Paige Rustum
Suzie Aijala and Anarchy Aijala Kristin Shae and Diego Urrutia
Mark Rummell and Lindsay Caprioni Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley
Marie-Regina Sotos and Peter Sotos Jaime Figg
Photographs by Gonzalo Marroquin/©Patrick McMullan (UNWFPA); Cutty McGill (Doubles); Annie Watt (Vernissage)