Knights, Dames, and (National) Daughters

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The Committee of Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta at the annual White Cross Ball of New York City.

On Friday, November 3, the Young Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta held their annual White Cross Ball of New York City in support of the Order’s global humanitarian efforts.

The evening’s honorary patron, H.E. Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE, KM, highlighted the work the Permanent Observer Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations is undertaking in support of human dignity and peace around the world.

Cocktails in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Club.

With the support of sponsors including Louis XIII, Black River Caviar, Whispering Angel, and Shepherd’s, the Ball raised critical funds for Malteser International, the Order of Malta’s humanitarian relief agency; the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem, a charity maternity and neonatal hospital providing the highest level of obstetric and newborn care in the Bethlehem region of the West Bank regardless of religion, race, or ability to pay; and Malta Camp USA, a life-changing, five-day camp for disabled adults from across America.

H.E. Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE, KM.

Guests danced to music from the KodiMiller Band and enjoyed custom illustrations from artist Deanna First.

Deanna First.
Megan Gjovig and Michael McMann.

The Sovereign Order of Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. A lay religious order of the Catholic Church since 1113 and a subject of international law, the Sovereign Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with over 100 states and the European Union, and permanent observer status at the United Nations. It is neutral, impartial, and apolitical.

Chairs Jessica Lillemon, Mercedes de Guardiola, and Catherine Wellen with Honorary Patron H.E. Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE, KM.

Today, the Order of Malta is active in 120 countries caring for people in need through its medical, social and humanitarian works. Day-to-day, its broad spectrum of social projects provides a constant support for forgotten or excluded members of society.

It is especially involved in helping people living in the midst of armed conflicts and natural disasters by providing medical assistance, caring for refugees, and distributing medicines and basic equipment for survival. Across the world, the Order of Malta is dedicated to the preservation of human dignity and the care of all those in need, regardless of their origin or religion.

L. to r.: Camille and Rory Kelleher; Dr. Claudine Holt.
Chris Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Linda Wessels, Major General (Ret), and Thomas Wessels.
Ambassador Michele B. Bowe, Ken Craig, Ambassador Peter McGuire, and Father Joseph Cavoto.
L. to r.: Thomas Gamull and Isabella Mckenzie; Megan Zuckerman.
Catherine Wellen.
Niccolò Falez.
The KodiMiller Band performing.

The 125th Gala for the Manhattan Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was recently celebrated at The Players. New York State Regent Pamela Neth Barrack, Manhattan Chapter Regent Sarah Shea Lynch, and her 125th Anniversary Committee Chair Bonnie Comley, Committee Members Joyce Roquemore Hanly, Linda Rhodes Jones, Hannah Tennyson Krause, Muriel Roberts, and Doris Simmons rejoiced and reflected on the work of the chapter. Representatives from other New York DAR and SAR Chapters joined the festivities.

Pamela Barrack.

Muriel Roberts.

NSDAR is a non-profit and non-political society led, staffed, and funded entirely by women dedicated to supporting the mission and interests of education, historic preservation, and inclusive patriotism. Today’s DAR is a 21st-century organization with a vibrant, diverse membership, sharing service opportunities, developing leadership skills, and an appreciation of history.

There are nearly 180,000 current members of the DAR in approximately 3,000 chapters across the United States and in several other countries. The organization is one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the United States. Membership in the DAR today is open to all women, regardless of race or religion, who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving United States independence.

The Manhattan Chapter remains steadfast in fulfilling the DAR’s core mission: historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The Manhattan Daughters actively engage with these principles, volunteering countless hours each year.

Linda Rhodes Jones, Sharon Williams, Karen Reynolds, and Audrey Fields.
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley.
Sarah Lynch, Pamela Barrack, Sarah O’Connor, Teresa Milner-Einheber, and Linda Rhodes Jones.
Greg and Chris Weeter.
Margaret Gaby and Sharon Williams.
Sarah Lynch, Linda Rhodes Jones, Muriel Roberts, Hannah Krause, Doris Simmons, Joyce Hanly, and Bonnie Comley.
L. to r.: Alyssa Ritch-Frel and Jan Ritch-Frel; Doris Simmons and Chris Weeter.
Sarah Lynch, Patricia Hurley, Alyssa Ritch-Frel, Ruth D. Hunt, and Lorraine Bell.
Michael Krause, Hannah Tennyson Krause, Katherine Terry, and Joseph Terry.
Sarah Lynch, Linda Rhodes Jones, Alyssa Ritch-Frel, Melanie Wells, and Audrey Fields.
L. to r.: Alex and Colleen Manzo; Cate Ludlam and Melanie Wells.
Scott Dwyer, Jean Hayter, Linda Rhodes Jones, Sharon Williams, and Teresa Milner-Einheber.
Ellen Hasell, Hannah Tennyson Krause, Donna Horak, and Linda Rhodes Jones.
Matt Munisteri, Gary Mazzaroppi, and Aaron Weinstein.

Photographs by Yvonne Tnt/ (White Cross Ball); John Sanderson/Annie (National Daughters of the American Revolution).

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