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Austin Wright addresses the crowd at the townhouse of Ann and Bill Van Ness to celebrate The Museum of Democracy's forthcoming exhibition “Hail to the Chief, Path to the American Presidency,” coming Spring of 2023. 

The Museum of Democracy, Wright Family Collection and The Roosevelt School at Long Island University, celebrated their new partnership and forthcoming exhibition “Hail to the Chief, Path to the American Presidency,” coming Spring of 2023.  The Roosevelt School will become the permanent exhibition space for MOD.

The evening, which was held at at the spectacular townhouse of Ann and Bill Van Ness, included guests Pamala Wright co-founder of MoD, Nicole Miller, Sharon Bush, Rita Cosby, Tweed Roosevelt and Dr. Andy Persons co-hosted. In attendance were Austin Wright and Maddy Sheffer, Kara Ross, Ryan and Mackenzie Brumberg, Lee and Cece Black, Elizabeth  Stribling, Kenneth, Maria and Bradley Fishel, Janna Bullock, Susan Kremer, Steven Sobaro, Ramona Singer, Cheri Kauffman, Stuart Sundlun, Nicole Salmasi, Consuelo Vanderbilt, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Sylvia Hemingway, Carole Belladora Westfall, Andrea Werner, Gary and Coleen Rein, Steven Greenfield,  Tom and Patricia Shiah, and Bob Murray.


Colleen Rein, Pamala Wright, Andrea Wernick, Deanne Passerella, and Marla Helene.

The Museum  of Democracy was founded with The Wright Family Collection, (completely bi-partisan) is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive collection of American political and historical  art and memorabilia with  over a million objects.


Caroline Person, Austin Wright, and Madison Sheffer.
Suzan Kremer, Kara Ross, Sharon Bush, Pamala Wright, and Rita Cosby.
Tom Shiah, Patricia Shiah, Bob Murray, CeCe Black, and Lee Black.
Pamala Wright, Rita Cosby, Maria Fishel, and Ann van Ness.
Lucia Hwong Gordon, Nicole Miller, Cory Wilson, and Motoria Usovicz.
Bob Murray, Austin Wright, Ken Fishel, and Stuart Sundlun.
Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson.
Maria Fishel, Bradley Fishel, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Nicole Salmasi, and Alexandra Schayes.
Nicole Miller.
Maria Fishel, Kathryn Curran, Cheri Kaufman, Sharon Bush, Pamala Wright, Rita Cosby, Tweed Roosevelt, Andy Person, and Ann van Ness.

Friends, clients, and industry luminaries gathered to celebrate the launch of Richard Mishaan’s new book, Richard Mishaan Design, which was recently published by Vendome. Bracing the first snow of the season, attendees included Jacqueline Terrebonne, Juan Montoya, James Reginato, George Farias, Wendy Goodman, Firooz Zahedi, Douglas Wright, Carolyn Englefield, Stellene Volandes, Dayssi Kanavos, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and many more.

The book is Richard’s third, having released Modern Luxury and Artfully Modern: Interiors by Richard Mishaan. His latest is a mix of work, ranging from the Tcherassi hotel in Cartagena, a 400-year-old barn turned artist’s residence, and his most iconic New York interior to date, from the Kips Bay Decorator Show House.


Richard Mishaan and Juan Montoya.
L. to r.: Beth Rudin DeWoody and Tracy Snyder; Douglas Wright and Carolyn Englefield.
Peggy Siegal and Jay Snyder.
L. to r.: Tony Freund and Chesie Breen; Marcia Mishaan and Brett Beldock.
James Reginato.
L. to r.: Stellene Volandes and Dayssi Kanavos; Ellen Niven and Bebe Howorth.
Richard Mishaan and Alex Papachristidis.
Jacqueline Terrebonne.
George Farias, Wendy Goodman, and Firooz Zahedi.

Charlotte’s hometown business, like New York, is finance and banking and music were mixed in a festive gala mounted by the Charlotte Symphony. The evening featured artist Rhiannon Giddens and honored Bank of America former Charlotte Market Executive Charles Bowman and retiring President of The Foundation For the Carolinas, Dr. Michael Marsicano. Legendary bank builder Hugh McColl presented the awards. Those attending included Kat Belk, Charlotte Symphony Board Chair Linda Farthing, Symphony CEO David Fisk, Steve Boland, Tom Scrivener, Kieth Cockrell, Ulrike and Alex Miles, John and Andromeda Williams, Shayne Doty and Gene Woods.


Hugh McColl.
Honorees Michael Marsicano and Charles Bowman.
Rufus Dalton and Kat Belk.
Brian Bridgford, Sally Gambrell Bridgford, Ulrike Miles, and Shayne Doty.
Steve Boland, with a friend, Kieth Cockrell, and Charles Bowman.
Catherine Connor, Wilton Connor, Linda Farthing, and Bill Farthing.
Anne O’Byrne, David Fisk, Mary Bowman, and Charles Bowman.
Hendrick Ellis, Diane Ellis, Mick Ankrom, and Tom Scrivener.
Hugh McColl, Susan McKeithen, Loy McKeithen, and Jane McColl.
L. to r.: John and Andromeda Williams; Jessie Knight and Joye Blount.
Alex and Ulrike Miles, with Eugene Woods.
The two honorees with Mayor Vi Lyles.
Malcomb Coley and Sally Gambrell Bridgford.
Rhiannon Giddens.
Shayne Doty, Sandra Levine, Regine Bechtler, and Carol Lovin.
Marcus Kimbrough and Pat Phillips.
L. to r.: Taylor Marino and Robin Cochran; Jeff and Betty Lee.
Michele, Michael, Chris, and Leslie Marsicano.

Photographs by John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (The Museum of Democracy);  Sean Zanni/PMC (Mishaan)

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