In this land of plenty and abundance

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Park Avenue tulips aplenty. Photo: JH.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023. A grey cloudy morning turning to sunny midafternoon, yesterday in New York. With temps in the chilly mild mid-50s. I miss the warm, summery days of last week. However, the green is all over town now, even the tree in front of my apartment, not to mention the magnificence of the flowers and flowering trees on Park Avenue and of course throughout the Park, my local Carl Schurz Park by the river here to remind us.

Robin Baker Leacock signing copies of Radiance.

Meanwhile. The Palm Beach season is just about flurried out but only a few days ago (like two weeks by the time you read this) at the Colony Hotel, Robin Baker Leacock hosted a book party for herself and her new book Radiance or Radiance; Worth Reimagined.

I haven’t read it (or seen it) yet but it’s described as “the perfect self-help book to soothe the constant chaos inherent to our lives in our current historical moment.”

The book is “designed to be especially helpful to women, helping them powerfully connect with their inner beauty in order to live a more authentic and fulfilling life.”

Click to order.

What I, back here up north away from the “sturm und drang” of Palm Beach life, found most interesting was the author’s description of how people are feeling these days. She’s referring to this whole world of ours and how so many are feeling – about themselves, about life, about the living it.

Many of us are having a difficult time adjusting or acclimating to the vibe around us. It’s not mass-expressed, it’s even private with many if not most. They don’t talk about it. But it’s there, in this land of plenty and abundance.

Meanwhile back at the Colony Hotel, there were more than 100 present having a sip and some wonderful hors d’oeuvres at Swifty’s by the pool. I think there were quite a few of them who basically were having a very good time, no matter what. At least for the moment.

Robin Baker Leacock, Kara Ross, Eleanora Kennedy, and Robert Caravaggi.
L. to r.: Levina Baker and John Pat McGreevy; Robert Caravaggi and Judy Miller.
L. to r.: Erin Lazard; Catherine Carey, Eleanora Kennedy, Robin Baker Leacock, and Paola Bacchini.
Jocelyn and Javits and Kim Heirston-Evans.
L. to r.: Mai Hallingby Harrison and Victoria Wyman; Priscilla Rattazzi and Nicholas Callaway.
Bryan Colwell, Tom Quick, Alison Wagner, and Michael Donnell.
L. to r.: Kara Ross and Susan Magrino; Eleanora Kennedy and Tom Shaffer.
Karen Glover, Alison Wagner, Brook Murray, and Elizabeth Meigher.
L. to r.: Mary Hillard and Tom Quick; Robert Caravaggi and Chris Meigher.
Hilary Dick, Elizabeth Fekkai, Henry Buhl, and Karen Klopp.
L. to r.: Liz McDermott; Warrington Gilette and Trish Carroll.
Eleanora Kennedy, Kara Ross, Katherine Bryan, and Peggy Siegal.
James McCartney, Meg McCartney, and Tom Shaffer.
Susan Magrino, Mark Gilbertson, and Christopher Meigher.
L. to r.: Henry Buhl and Pamela O’Connor; Diane Scaravilli and Sharon Bush.
Pamela Taylor Yates, with Bo and Anna Polk.
Gus Carlson, Christine Schott, and George Ledes.
Annie Watt and Michele Heary.

Meanwhile up north in our nation’s capitol at The Schuyler at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) hosted its 12th annual Women Making History awards program honoring trailblazing women who have made — and continue to make history — through their achievements and contributions to our nation. 

Cheri Kaufman (Co-founder of Kaufman Astoria Studios and the New York Chair of the National Women’s History Museum) put together an incredible night in our country’s capital.

L. to r.: Cheri Kaufman and Sharon Stone.

The ceremony was designed to celebrate, amplify, and uplift the stories and voices of women, past and present. This year the museum honored Uma Thurman, Sharon Stone, Ashley Graham, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Willie Pearl Mackey King, with additional programming including performances by Broadway actresses Laura Bell Bundy and Shayna Steele, with remarks by trailblazing women throughout.

Susan Whiting.
Zarna Garg.
Laura Bell Bundy.
Uma Thurman and Julie Burns.
Monica Gill and Ashley Graham.
Kendra Field, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Sherie Randolph.

The day before the dinner, the National Women’s History Museum also opened its inaugural exhibit, We Who Believe in Freedom: Black Feminist DC, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C.

Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) is dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society.

A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact — past, present, and future.

NWHM fills in major omissions of women in history books and K-12 education, providing scholarly content and educational programming for teachers, students, and parents. They reach more than 4 million visitors each year through their online content and education programming.

Sharon Stone, Cheri Kaufman, Ashley Graham, and Uma Thurman.
L. to r.: Nikki Haskell; Cathleen and Joe Fisher.
Jonathan Sessions, Kara Ross, Susan Davis, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Nicole Salmasi, and Wendy Federman.
Carla Rae, Donna Karan, Zainab Salbi, and Helen Aboah.

Then back in Palm Beach. American Humane, the nation’s first and largest animal welfare organization, paid tribute to Palm Beach philanthropist Lois Pope during a celebration of advocacy also over at The Colony Hotel.

Lois Pope and Robin Ganzert.

Ms. Pope has long had a passion for helping U.S. Veterans. She’s often referred to as The Pope of Disabled Veterans. This is not a subject spoken of frequently or even knowingly. She’s long-supported life-saving programs like the Pups4Patriots initiative, which pairs highly trained service dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury – at no cost to the veteran.

American Humane’s president Dr. Robin Ganzert put it clearly:

“Tonight is a celebration of Lois’ incredible work, and it’s an honor to celebrate her love for animals and beneficent legacy.”

Notable guests included Lois and Tova Leidesdorf, Herb and Rita Krauss, Herb and Sharon Jablin, Gail Worth, Arlette Gordon, John and Nancy Payne, Patty Martin, Simone Bonutti, Florence Seiler, Bill McBride, Lloyd Schiller, Brooke Samples, Maude Cook, and Susie Goldsmith.

Lois Pope and Tova Leidesdorf.
L. to r.: Sharon and Herb Jablin; Patty Martin and Simone Bonutti.
Max McNamara, Ari Rifkin, and Joseph McNamara.
L. to r.: Arlette Gordon and Gail Worth; Rita and Herb Krauss.
Nancy and John Payne.

A few weeks before there was a luncheon at Swifty’s at The Colony which was hosted by Jean Shafiroff, who serves as an American Humane Board member. Among those attending were Executive Director Dr. Ganzert, Ava Roosevelt, Kim Dryer, Kathleen Gannon, Sharon Jablin, Pamela O’Connor, Lauren Roberts, Janet Levy, Pamela Wright, Elizabeth Steinberg and Rashnee Sharma.

Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. For more information or to support their work, please visit

Rashmee Sharma, Sharon Jablin, and Robin Ganzert.
L. to r.: Kathleen Gannon and Kim Dyer; Jean Shafiroff and Rosita.

Photographs by Jerry Lacay/ (Radiance); CapeHart Photography / Jessica Lawten (American Humane); Getty Images (National Women’s History Museum).

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