A little Washington and Palm Beach

Clockwise from above: Opera House before the concert; Roman supernumerary greets Ricardo Ernst, Ariane Dandois, and Isabel Ernst; Supernumerary with Kristin Chenoweth; Heidi and Max Berry.

The Washington National Opera marked its 50th anniversary and a full decade under Plácido Domingo’s leadershipwith a full weekend of dinners hosted by ambassadors, culminating in a gala. The Golden Gala, a concert featuring world-class artists and an elegant black-tie dinner, was chaired by former Chief of Protocol, Opera Vice President the Honorable Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt.

The concert featured Plácido Domingo and a roster of the most acclaimed stars of the opera world, among them Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, Elizabeth Futral, Samuel Ramey, Anja Kampe, Paul Groves, Alan Held, and Carlos Álvarez. Crowning the on-stage festivities was the world premiere of a musical theater “opera spuffo” by composer Marvin Hamlisch, starring Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth and Plácido Domingo. Many cabinet and government officials including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Mrs. Gonzales, Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Mrs. Gutierrez attended, as well as Supreme Court Justices, ambassadors and guests from Paris, London, New York and elsewhere.

Following the concert, guests dined atop The Kennedy Center, which was transformed into a glamorous setting of golden décor, complete with 2,000 yellow roses, given by the Ambassador of Colombia Andrés Pastrana and Mrs. Pastrana. Mrs. Roosevelt’s golden touch was everywhere, from the table linens to the gold-leaf chocolate coins perched on each dessert.

During cocktails and dinner, Sid and Mercedes Bass, Kip Forbes, Betty Scripps Harvey, Ariane Dandois, Ondine de Rothschild, Alexandra Kauka, Patricia Kluge, William Moses, Huda and Samia Farouki, Alberto and Anabelle Mariaca,Sirdar Aly Aziz, Frayda and George Lindemann, Guillermo and Bertita Martínez, James and Marie Nugent-Head Marlas, and Nemir and Nada Kirdar mixed with Washington luminaries Jim Kimsey, Jacqueline Badger Mars, Opera President Michael Sonnenreich and his wife Linda, Mandy and Mary Ourisman, Mary Mochary, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Marcia Mayo, Bob and Jamie Craft, and Albert and Shirley Small. The event raised over $4 million for the company.

Sterling Hamill and Alexandra Kauka

Nemir and Nada Kirdar
Patricia Kluge and William Moses

Alyne Massey and Mary Ourisman

Shirley Small, Alberto and Anabelle Mariaca, and Ann Nitze

Soffia, Thorunn, and Berge Wathne

James and Marie Nugent-Head Marlas

Samia and Huda Farouki

Martin Ginsburg and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sid and Mercedes Bass

L. to r.: Kennedy Center Terrace level awaits guests; Susan and Samuel Lehrman.

Theresa Bulgheroni and Max Flugelmann

JoAnn Mason
Jacqueline Mars

Lucky Roosevelt and Plácido Domingo

H.E. the Ambassador of France Jean-David Levitte and Betty Scripps Harvey

Ondine de Rothschild, Kip Forbes, and Ariane Dandois

Jane Lipton Cafritz and Samuel Ramey

More than 100 clients, friends and executives filled the Pavillion at the Colony Hotel last night to see part time Palm Beach resident Muriel "Mickie" Siebert, and hear about her "Personal Finance Program: Taking Control of Your Financial Future.”

This program was developed by the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation for the New York City department of education, and was introduced during the 2005 school year. While there is a pilot program going on at present in Palm Beach County, there are plans to expand into 30 more schools next year.

The program is designed to teach High School students fiscal responsibility: Everything from banking , credit, taxes insurance among financially related issues. Ms. Siebert was constantly reminded that people lack the knowledge and skills to handle basic financial matters, which prompted the development of this program, part of her ongoing efforts at promoting fiscal literacy.

Muriel Siebert was the first woman member of the New York Stock exchange, and has served as the Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York. Besides her Palm Beach office, her other Florida branches are Surfside, Naples, and Boca Raton.

Guests that night included: Saul and Beverly Negreann, Eliot Schnall, Chris Meyer, Alex Anlyan, Adelle Scholl, Dee Banker, Betty Jones, Jack Veasy, Robert Brandt, Sandy Anderson, Charles Klotsche, Gillian Miniter and Elizabeth Finkle Eliot.

Alex Anlyan and Peter Sosnowski

Jeanne Rosendale and Charles Klotsche
Mickie Siebert and Elliot Schnall

Rose Marie and Tony Episcupio

Herb Mallard and Lorraine Dingman
Betty and Angelo Radassao

Dee Banker, Sandy Anderson, and Elizabeth Finkle

Sam Whittaker, Mickie Siebert, Penny Wetlock

Jim Horgan, Pat Nelson, Gerry Leone, Chris Myer, and Peter Sosnowski

Robert Bandt, Elizabeth Finkle, Charles Klotsche

Dee Banker, Chris Myer, Maggy and Dick Vartek, Adele Scholl, and Betty Jones

Debbie Dyer, Jack Veasy, and Dee Banker
Mickie Siebert with Steve Weinfeld; Linda Weiss; and Bert Green

Down in Palm Beach in Mar-a-Lago’s beautiful ballroom, they held the 3rd Annual Sunshine From Darkness Dinner Dance Gala benefiting NARSAD, the Mental Health Research Association – the world’s leading donor-supported organization dedicated to finding the causes, improved treatments and cures for mental illnesses.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was honored for his frank and open reporting on depression and mental illness. Cooper was introduced by Mike Wallace. In his speech, Mr. Cooper talked about his brother’s suicide and how 17 years later he is still trying to understand why his brother Carter made the decision to end his life. Everyone in the room was touched by his words and when he was finished he was given a standing ovation.

Chairmen for the evening included Karen and Jerry Callaghan, Konrad Kent Kessee, Sasha Lickle, Dorothy Sullivan, Sallie and Alex Van Rensselaer, Mike and Mary Wallace. Co-Chairs included Ginny Bond, Susie Swinell Boren, Mrs. Ann B. Copeland, Joseph Paul Davis, Polly Onet, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Post, Killiaen Van Rensselaer and Micke van Waveren. Among the guests: Fred and Catherine Adler, Barbara Cates, Kim and Payson Coleman, Celerie and Boykin Curry, Peggy and Rodney Dillard, CeCe Farris, Miguel Forbes, Mark Gilbertson, Niki and Ira Harris, Hillie Mahoney, Tamar and Milton Maltz, Talbott Maxey, Robert and Gladys Nederlander, Kendall and Johnny Pickett and Virginia Valentine.

Kilian van Rensselear and Olivia Palermo

Ginny Bond Donahue and Mark Fein
Susie Boren and John Campbell

George Stamas and Hillie Mahoney

Bo French and Beth Blake
Polly Onet and Mark Gilbertson
The butterfly-themed table settings

Kilian van Rensselear, Alex and Sallie van Rensselear, and Anderson Cooper

Mike and Mary Wallace Wallace with Anderson Cooper

Bo French, Martina Basabe, and Fabian Basabe

Sasha Lickle, Anderson Cooper, and Polly Onet

Bo French, Butterfly Girl, and Fabian Basabe

Bruce Bierman, Mark Gilbertson, Anderson Cooper, and Konrad Keesee

Go Go dancers

That's entertainment

Joe Davis, Talbott Maxey, and Mark Bennett

Susie and Stanley Trotman

Miguel Forbes, Celerie Kembel, and Steve Clark

Robert and Gladys Nederlander

Photographs by Lucien Capehart (Siebert & Narsad)



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