At first glance you wouldn’t imagine a convention center, an airplane hangar, and a hotel ballroom could make for profound occasions. Nonetheless, during this past week several of the area’s spacious venues were the scenes for significant events — ArtPalmBeach’s happening at the PBC Convention Center, Jet Aviation’s La Bella Machina extravaganza at their PBIA headquarters, and the Palm Beach Zoo’s Born to be Wild dinner dance at The Breakers. At ArtPalmBeach’s Thursday night preview opening, more than 6,000 art lovers perused the works of more than 900 artists represented by galleries and dealers from Carmel to Cairo. On the same night, several thousand classic car and private jet enthusiasts converged for Jet Aviation’s spectacular private jet-Ferrari cavalcade at a Vegas-Milan-Palm Beach mélange that benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County.
The following night, the Palm Beach Zoo staged its major fundraiser, welcoming 450 of its zealous supporters to The Breakers’ spacious historic Mediterranean Courtyard before migrating to the Venetian Ballroom, transformed for the night into what might be described as an upscale Kenyan supper club somewhere amid the Serengeti Plains.
Here is a quick spin around the social jungle.
ArtPalmBeach Art + Photography + Design 19-23 January 2012
Already considered one of Florida’s most influential contemporary art fairs, ArtPalmBeach enhanced its 2012 showcase by including special exhibitions, lectures, local museum tours, site-specific installations, art performances, and exclusive VIP programs. Among the attractions, the fair honored the lifetime work of sculptor Jun Kaneko with a one-man exhibition of major works sponsored by the Elaine Baker Gallery. Additional highlights include an appearance by artist and author Ultra Violet and a lecture by NYT columnist Michael Kimmelman.
La Bella Machina
Jet Aviation, PBIA 19 January 2012
As worldwide Ferrari enthusiasts converged at The Breakers for their annual Cavallino Classic convention, Jet Aviation staged La Bella Machina. a classic Ferrari competition complemented by an exhibition of 21st-century private jets as a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County. Since I thought the by-invitation-only private cocktail reception staged in JA’s hangar was going to be mobbed, I drove out in the late afternoon and took some snaps as the Ferraris began arriving and the planes were being stationed. During the evening, guests voted for their favorite vintage Ferrari. The winner received the coveted 2012 Jet Aviation Cup.
A few of the guests.
And the winner of the 2012 Jet Aviation Cup …
Palm Beach Zoo’s Born to be Wild dinner dance
The Breakers 20 January 2012
Last Friday night, Palm Beach Zoo supporters congregated at The Breakers for the organization’s annual major fundraiser, hoping to surpass $1 million last year’s event raised to support the 23-acre facility providing habitats for more than 1,400 animals. The crowd mixed-and-mingled in the breathtaking, if a bit crisp, Mediterranean Courtyard. Some engaged in one-on-one time with the evening’s special guests, a few of the zoo’s feathered-and-four-legged creatures. Then, it was only a few steps for dinner in the Venetian Ballroom. Because of family matters, I was unable to stay for that part of the event. While hotel ball rooms often have that could-be-anywhere ambience, The Breakers and the event’s designers transformed the space into a visually appealing tableau.
The Palm Beach Zoo acknowledged the exceptional generosity of Melvin and Clare Levine, Howard and Michelle Kessler, and Worth Avenue jeweler David Morris. The event’s chairwomen were Lillian Fernandez, Karin Luter, and Carol Mack with Kristy Clark, Darlene Jordan, and Bridget Koch as honorary chairwomen. The committee chairmen were Whitney Wood Bylin and Thomas C. Quick. Samantha Storkerson was auction chairwoman. The members of the host and event committee were: Mr. and Mrs. Kane Baker, Lavinia Baker, Donald Burns and Gregory Connors, Kim K. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. J. Pepe Fanjul, Jr., Tina Fanjul, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Fifield, Mark and Mary Freitas, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gannon, Mr. and Mrs. Rick Goldsmith, Mr. and Mrs. Roberto de Guardiola, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Busch Hager, Mr. and Mrs. William Hamm, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Lamb, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Malloy, Talbott Maxey, Mr. and Mrs. Dale McNulty, Mr. and Mrs. James Meany, Stephen E. Myers, Pauline Pitt, Patricia Quick, Tiffany Raborn, Mr. and Mrs. John Raese, Michael and Ashley Ramos, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Rooney, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ross, Frances G. Scaife, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Van der Grift.
Born To be Wild, the evening’s theme for the 2012 , reflects the zoo’s new stellar attractions, three newly-born Malayan tiger cubs. In partnership with Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society through their Tigers Forever project, the Palm Beach Zoo is part of a global effort to help protect tigers and their habitat. Tigers are nearly extinct; three subspecies of tigers have already vanished. Proceeds from Born To be Wild will help the zoo advance its mission to protect wildlife and their habitat, and to inspire others to value and conserve the natural world. The day before the event, I stopped by the Palm Beach Zoo and snapped some photos of the yet-named tiger cubs.