Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Grey and spritzy day in New York

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. 4:30 PM. Photo: JH.
March 11, 2009. Grey and spritzy day in New York with mild temperatures. Only ten days from spring, I spotted the slight flecks of yellow in impressionistic masses amidst the browns and greys and blacks of the bare trees and bushes and fences just inside and outside Carl Schurz Park. The forsythia leads the way with the first promises.

Last night at the Museum of the City of New York the Director’s Council held its annual Winter Ball.

This is one of the annual New York galas that gets better every year. The Director’s Council is a group who were once the Junior Group administered/presided over by Mark Gilbertson. Junior is not such good fit anymore because the kids have grown up and some of their kids are beginning to join the so-called Junior group. Some of them were even there last night.
View of the entrance gallery of the Museum of the City of New York at last night's Winter Ball.
More than 600 attended and they raised $450,000 to benefit the Museum of the City of New York. This longtime support of the Museum has not only helped the institution financially but it has developed a wider and stronger focus on it also.

This group is a good look at the developing and future social establishment of the city. It is not accidental. There exists a mutual interest in activity related to the city and its institutions. This fosters civic consciousness. Perhaps only a small number respond to that in a leadership way, but some of that number were in the rooms dining last night at the Museum.

Meanwhile the sponsors for the evening were LEVIEV Extraordinary Diamonds. And Versace. Leviev is a fairly new kid on the block although very famous in the world million dollar diamonds. Versace ... is Versace. The Ball had additional support from One and Only Ocean Club, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Sporting Club, Ambergris Cay and La Grenouille and Swifty’s.
The gallery tent in front of the museum where the cocktail reception was held.
Mark Gilbertson reading off the names of the raffle winners. Co-chairs Allison Rockefeller, Mark Gilbertson, and Heather Mnuchin
This event has a very long cocktail hour that runs a couple of hours although dinner is called for 8:30. No one minds. It’s a fashion parade, major people watching. There were a lot of women in Versace and wearing Leviev’s diamonds. After the dinner, menu by Abigail Kirsch, there was dancing with DJ David Chang, the same guy who had them boogeying over at the School of American Ballet Winter Ball at Lincoln Center till alal hours on Monday night. There was a contingent of the same crowd from Monday night – the 20 thru 40-somethings; they were all ready for David Chang by the time dessert was being served.

Director’s Council Chairs were: Mark Gilbertson, Phoebe Gubelmann, Cynthia Lufkin, Heather Mnuchin, Calvert Moore, Allison Rockefeller, Andrew Roosevelt, Burwell Schorr.
Alexis Clark and Gillian Miniter Tracy Snyder with Frederick Anderson and Douglas Hannant Meredith Melling Burke
Patricia Duff Mary Snow Evelyn Tomkins Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale
Preaval Gurung, Stephanie La Cava, and Maggie Betts   Deborah Daumann
Teresa and Bruce Colley Stacie Henderson Frederick Anderson and Rod Winterowd
Sylvester Miniter Serena Boardman and Cristina Cuomo Ashley McDermott
Dr. Douglas Steinbrecht and Dennis Basso Alexandra Fritz, Jessica Dang, and Gigi Ginatra
Katherine Bryan Ulla Parker and Somers Farkas Emily Ford
Eliza Bolen and Alijira Melwani Martha Glass Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Celerie Kemble
Tatiana and Campion Platt Alexandra Lebenthal Melanie Holland

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