The Little People’s Valentine Dance and “Be My Valentine” Buffet Luncheon were fun, colorful and delicious Valentine Celebrations at Doubles, the Private Club in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel. Club Chairman Wendy Carduner entertained the children with face painters, balloon artists, disco dancing and pizza, hot dogs and grilled cheese squares.
At the “Be My Valentine” Luncheon a delicious buffet and sumptuous dessert table was enjoyed by 200 members and guests including: Claudia Overstrom, Page Rustum, Angela Clofine, Jenny Paulson, Muffie Potter Aston, Madeline Pulling, Katherine Birch, Vickie Foley, Jennifer Oken, Gillian Hearst, Nicole Pickett, Di Petroff, Lara Meiland Shaw and many, many more.
Last Thursday, Carole Delouvrier hosted a Valentine’s Day luncheon for her best girlfriends at Maison Vivienne, the new East Side French restaurant. Mme. Deloiuvrier, who greatly resembles her famous mother film star Arlene Dahl wanted to celebrate one of everyone’s favorite holidays.
Her guests were Carol Alt, Tracy Snyder, Stephanie Clark, Deborah Norville, Debbie Loeffler, Martha Webster, Amanda Taylor, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Marnie O’Neill, Debbie Bancroft, and Nicole Miller.
A week earlier, on February 7th at the Plaza Hotel, the National Audubon Society hosted its annual 2019 Audubon Gala to celebrate environmental conservation and the people who inspire a new generation of conservation leaders, raising a record-breaking $2.5M in charitable donations, which will fund conservation efforts across the country.
Hosted by notable actress and Audubon board member Lili Taylor, with performances by distinguished country music singer John Anderson, the gala honored two environmental stewards who have committed their lives to conservation – founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris; and J. Drew Lanham, Ph.D., alumni distinguished professor of wildlife ecology, master teacher and certified wildlife biologist at Clemson University.
The Audubon Medal was presented to Johnny Morris and family, who for decades has worked with Presidential administrations to advance significant conservation issues and most recently founded the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri – the largest, most immersive conservation attraction in the world.
The Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership honored Dr. J. Drew Lanham for his lifelong dedication to on-the-ground conservation. During his twenty years at Clemson, Dr. Lanham led groundbreaking research to understand the impacts of forest management on wildlife and explored the relationship between humans and nature, establishing himself as trailblazer inspiring a new and diverse generation of conservationists.
Notable guests included David Yarnold, Johnny Morris, Jane Alexander, John Anderson, Coleman Burke, Sasha DiGiulian, Joe Ellis, David B. Ford, Carlotta Kohl, Dan Lufkin, Grainger McKoy, Floride McKoy, Allison Rockefeller, Simon Roosevelt, Lili Taylor, and more.
Photographs by John Sanderson/AnnieWatt.com (Audubon); Katrine Moite (Carole Delouvrier)