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Member's preview at the new MoMA, Saturday afternoon. Photo: JH.

Monday, October 21, 2019.  Lots of rain rain rain yesterday in New York — and the Northeast — and more forecast for today. Temperatures in the mid- to low 50s.

I will be attending the Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner.

The social calendar is chocked full this week. Tonight might be the heaviest with the Frick Collection’s annual Autumn Dinner where they are honoring Steve Schwarzman; God’s Love We Deliver is having their annual dinner honoring Mayor Pete and John Demsey; Americans for the Arts are holding their annual dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street chaired by Carolyn Clark Powers with co-chairs Jeff and Justine Koons, Agnes Gund, Sarah Arison, David and Susan Goode, Marina Kellen French, and Nora C. Orphanides. They will be “celebrating the achievements” of San Francisco based artist Luchita Hurtado, actor-singer Ben Platt, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, philanthropist Earle I. Mack and The Country Music Foundation. Presenters include Alec Baldwin, country music singer Chris Young, former Governor George Pataki, musician Jon Batiste, and actress Zoe Saldana. Tomorrow night is another merry-go-round and the same with Wednesday. Rain or shine; the show must go on.

Last week at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) on Columbus Circle, they were celebrating the upcoming New York Landmarks Conservancy’s honorees at the annual Living Landmarks dinner which will take place November 5th (Election Day also) at the Plaza.



Two of this year’s distinguished honorees are Barbara and Donald Tober who are among many other activities, major supporters, since the inception, of the Museum. Also attending last week’s evening were fellow honorees Carol Bailey French, H. Carl McCall, and Emily Rafferty.

The Tobers were toasted by Michele Cohen, the Museum’s board chair, pointing out that Barbara “…has helped define MAD’s cultural legacy, providing a platform for national and international contemporary makers.”

Peg Breen, President of Landmarks Conservancy, added that “…Living Landmarks are distinguishing New Yorkers who help preserve the city in their own special way. Donald is on our board, too. He really is a tourist in his own town.”


Donald and Barbara Tober, Christopher Scoates, Martin Piecuch, and Elizabeth Falk.

It was another one of those stormy, rainy nights in Manhattan but more than 100 guests made it through the rain yoto attend, including MAD Board Members Davina  andDror Benshetrit, Marian and Russell Burke, Ann Kaplan, Marsy Mittlemann, CeCe and Lee Black, Giosetta Capriati, Suzanne and Bob Cochran, Anne and John Coffin, Barbara de Portago, Florence and Richard Fabricant, Ellery Gordon, Boo Grace, Bruce Knecht, Francine LeFrak, Wendy Moonan, Marie-Monique Steckel, Arete Warren, Dorsey and Van Doren Waxter, Lloyd Zuckerberg.

This year, the Museum’s MAD Ball 2019 will honor the Haas Brothers on Monday, November 4 at Cipriani 42nd Street.


Christopher Scoates, Marsy Mittlemann, Michele Cohen, Barbara Tober, and Peg Breen.

The Conservancy work ensures that the landmarks of New York — homes and schools, businesses and cultural institutions, theaters and houses of worship — will serve its citizens for generations to come. 

The 2019 Living Landmarks Celebration will be held on November 6th at The Plaza Hotel. Besides those honorees attending the reception at MAD, this year’s also includes Mark Morris, founder of the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Ted Mathews, Chairman and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company. More information and tickets click here.


L. to r.: Boo Grace and Charles Bennett; Chiu-Ti Jansen and Marie Noel Delabybe.
Peter Chapman, Willem de Vogel, and Kirk Henckels.
Marian Burke, Diane Lowe, and Bryna Pomp.
L. to r.: Carole and John French; Cece and Lee Black.
Kitty Berry, Mark Weber, and Wendy Moonan.
Jeanne Lawrence, Randy Jones, Cece Black, and Gregory Speck.
Emily Rafferty and Kitty Berry.
Barbara Tober and Martha Glass.
Brian Saltzman and Arthur Koby.

Also from last week’s burgeoning social calendar, there was a “fiesta” — “an event marked by festivities or celebration” if you didn’t know, at this year’s the annual gala of Casita Maria. The Plaza ballroom glowed in a peachy decor which, as was intended, flattered the guests decked out in festive bling and glamorous  red and  sparkly gowns.

In a Latin-themed ceremony emceed by Cuban-American actress and Univision star Sissi Fleitas, Gold Medals of Honor were presented to Mary Ourisman Dawkins a former Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, acclaimed designer and Colombian native Juan Montoya, financial advisor Edgar Legaspi who was joined on the podium by his four children, and Kareem Gahed, the CEO of John Hardy Jewelry whose creations enhanced supermodel Adwoa Aboah seated at his table.



The chief orchestrator and conductor of this fiesta symphony was Casita Maria Board Chairman Jacqueline Weld Drake whose three-sentence “welcome” channeled a similarly succinct speech by Audrey Hepburn when she accepted an honor from the Bronx-based center for arts and education.

Located in the country’s poorest zip code, Casita is the city’s oldest Latin charity. It daily provides more than 1000 K-12 students with innovative programming which produces well-rounded individuals capable of fulfilling their dreams.


Casita Maria Fiesta Chair Jackie Weld Drake and Casita Maria Fiesta Honoree Kareem Gahed.

Chairing the event along with Jackie Drake were HRH Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Urban Karlsson, Mary Snow, and Joan Steinberg.  Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Elizabeth Peabody, and Carlos Souza were Honorary Chairs. 

Among those attending were Liza and Sergio Alvarez, Peter Bacanovic, Tony Bechara and Carolina von Humboldt, Tina and Simon Beriro, Violaine and John Bernbach, Cathie and Tom Black, Mercedes Bograd-Levin, Martha Bograd, Geoffrey Bradfield, Halim Bulos, Liliana Cavendish, Marie de Foucaud and Renaud de Tilly, Their Royal Highnesses, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Susan Gutfreund, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Alice Kandell, Eleanora Kennedy, Andrew Kepler, Ann-Hunter Van Kirk, Michèle Gerber Klein, Margo Langenberg, Alicia Lubowski, Mary McFadden, Grace and Chris Meigher, Malu and Sergio Millerman, Ann Nitze, Gautam Patel, Tom Quick, Ann Rapp, Pepita Serrano, Hunt Slonem, Benny Tabatabai, Ted Taylor, Barbara and Donald Tober, Monica and Ali Wambold, Daniela Wambold, Marina Wambold, and Maria Celis WirthBob Hardwick’s Sound kept the dance floor packed with guests stepping out to Latin rhythms. Ole!


Juliette Longuet, Wendy McNett, Sarah Megan Thomas, Mary Snow, Nell Rebowe, and Jasmine Lobe.
Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner.
Juan Montoya, Jackie Weld Drake, Ambassador Mary Dawkins, General Peter Dawkins, Edgar Legaspi, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.
Jennifer Creel, Alexandra Lind Rose, Jackie Weld Drake, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and Juan Montoya.
L. to r.: Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece; Tony Bechara and Carolina von Humboldt.
Horacio Milberg, Dimity Milberg, and Tina and Simon Beriro.
Jeanne Lawrence, Chris Meigher, Ambassador Mary Dawkins, and General Peter Dawkins.
Donald and Barbara Tober with Margo Langenberg.
Geoffrey Bradfield and Mary McFadden.
Michael Steinberg and Michele Gerber Klein.

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