Monday, May 7, 2018

Spring is in the air

The Warren Family at French-American Aid For Children's Spring Gala.
On April 27, French-American Aid For Children (FAAFC ) held its Spring Gala 2018 at the iconic Rainbow Room. The gala raised funds for a variety of children’s charities in France and the USA. All funds are used to further FAAFC’s mission of “Children Come First.”

Francesca Dricot
and Wendy C. Weiler served as the event co-chairs, and Tanya Rivero Warren, long time FAAFC supporter and CBS-TV news anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States; His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations; and The Honorable Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, who spoke about the organization’s legacy.

Guests enjoyed entertainment by Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club K-Company dancers, magician Mathias Letelier, and the Lester Lanin orchestra. Jamie Ritchie, Senior VP Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine, helmed a live auction that included entertainment, travel and gourmet restaurants.
MC Tanya Rivero
Marguerite Mangin and Auctioneer Jamie Ritchie
The festive evening ended with lively dancing after a “Wishing Well” of donations to directly benefit The Children’s Village for their new program focusing on teens parenting with pregnancy prevention and education.

“Our guests say they truly enjoyed a festive evening and were delighted to support worthy causes and building brighter futures for disadvantaged children in the US and France”, says Marguerite Mangin, FAAFC President.
Wendy C. Weiler, Michael Figliolia, Francesca Dricot, and Andrew Krinsky
Meghan Daum and William Martini Georgie and Jamie Marley
Patty Huet, Mara Khodara, and Jean-Michel Huet
Ryan Wilsgey, Jonathan Epifano, Henry Cohen, Victor Vollbrechthausen, and Sophia Weldon
Manuel Robert, Margarita Somnolet, and Carla Somnolet Christiane and Jean-Claude Gruffat
Nicole Salmasi and friends
Victoria Khan, Simel Gokkaya, and Frank Folz Rosalee Isaly and Marc Chiffert
Wendy C. Weiler, Raphaël Liogier, Honorable Anne-Claire Legendre, Donald Chapell, and Marine de Boucaud
Laure Vincot and Maximilien Maisonrouge Elizabeth and Robert Leighton
Rita Guffy, Rod Lester, Celine Merle, and Larry Guffy
Patty Huet, Alexandra Thollot, Jean-Michel Huet, and Stephan Thollot
Stanley Weisman, Aldo Panunzio, and Christiane Gruffat
Marguerite Mangin, Jean Rosanvallon, Ray Cameron, Elsie Aidinoff, and Caroline de Ravel d'Esclapon
Katherine Cohen and Kathryn Beal
Jaynemarie Angbah, Nazira Handal, Samantha Valerio, Daniel Quintero, and Debralee Nelson
Tanya Rivero and the Kips Bay Performers
Madison Square Boys and Girls Club celebrated its 13th Annual Salute to Style event on April 18th at The Metropolitan Club. This year's select honorees included Helena Christensen, supermodel and photographer; Ala von Auersperg, resort wear designer and philanthropist; and Meredith Marks, luxury jewelry designer. Alex Badia, Fashion Director from Women’s Wear Daily, served as the Master of Ceremonies and model and Madison alumna Damaris Lewis served as the guest speaker.
MSBGC Executive Director Tim McChristian, Ala von Auersperg, Helena Christensen, Damaris Lewis, Meredith Marks, and Alex Badia
Raising nearly $100,000 for Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, support from this event provides life-changing programs to young people in New York’s most under-resourced communities.

Salute to Style welcomed over 240 guests at New York City’s iconic Metropolitan Club. In addition to the honorees, some key attendees included The Real Housewives of New York City star Ramona Singer, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow, designer Nicole Miller, industry insider Erika Bearman, celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, designer Camilla Staerk, and many others.
Alex Badia
Damaris Lewis
The event’s silent auction featured more than 100 items that highlight elements from all aspects of the world of style including, apparel, accessories, home décor, artwork, and more, from top designers to raise funds for Madison’s many programs. Past events have honored Ty Hunter, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Amber Sabathia, Tim Gunn, Nicole Miller, Milly, Badgley Mischka, and Vera Wang.
Di Mondo, Vanessa Noel, Bettina Zilkha, Allison Rockefeller, and Eric Javits
Talene Baroyan, Erin Nalbandian, and Gauri Bakshi
Yasmeen and Niala Gumbs and friends
Anne Van Rensselaer and Mark Gilbertson
Dante Ricks, Mindy Fortin, and Sabrina Mesa Mary Snow and Mark Gilbertson
Natalie Flother, Johanna Delatorre, and Barbara Taylor
Nicole Miller, Meredith Marks, and friends
Jane DeFlorio and friends
Helena Christensen and friends
Angela Clofine, Shannon Henderson, Meredith Marks, and friend
Dana Romita, Ramona Singer, and friends
Sean Frazier and Ty Hunter
Heather Mosley and friends
Karen Klopp and Ala Isham
Shannon Henderson, Suzie Aijala, Angela Clofine, and Noel Momsen
On Wednesday May 1, artists, art lovers, and friends and supporters of God’s Love We Deliver attended the opening of The Lost Warhols, a one-of-a-kind exhibit by artist Karen Bystedt, benefiting God’s Love.

Andy Warhol taken in 1983, as well as a series of collaborative mixed media works by critically acclaimed and emerging street artists such as Peter Tunney, Gregory Siff, Bradley Theodore, and The Producer BDB. This marks the first time all 66 works are exhibited as an ensemble. To see all of the work go to

If you are interested in purchasing a piece, please email Julia Cordry at
Karen Pearl, David Ludwigson, and Karen Bystedt Jean Shafiroff
Jene and Nick Athanail
Phil Reese, True Love, and Dorian Gray Omar Hernandez and Benjamin Goetz
Jesse Mutschler, Julie Baghajian, Sam Bomes, and Julie Cordry
Julie Pinkwater and Stephen Covello
Samantha Michelle Raul 33
Brad Learmonth and Jon Gilman
David Ludwigson and David Terveen
Karen Bystedt and Baroness von Langendorff
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (God's Love); Virginie Blachere/Image Singuliere (FAAFC)