The Good and the Glam

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A luncheon in the ballroom of The Colony Hotel to benefit The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY).

On Friday, February 10th, The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY) hosted a luncheon in the ballroom of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach to raise funds for BCNY’s innovative programming for New York City boys and young men.

This year’s luncheon featured a conversation titled “Live Now: Palm Beach Style” between celebrated interior designers, Victoria Hagan (AD100, Elle Decor A-List, Interior Design Hall of Fame) and Aerin Lauder (Founder & Creative Director, AERIN and Style & Image Director, Estée Lauder). The luncheon concluded with a book signing for Victoria Hagan’s newly released book Live Now and Aerin Lauder’s book Entertaining Beautifully.

Aerin Lauder and Victoria Hagan in conversation.

The evening before the luncheon, Event Co-Chair, Mary Kathryn Navab generously hosted a cocktail party for luncheon attendees at her Palm Beach home. The luncheon was sponsored by luxury fashion brand Altuzarra who provided major underwriting support for BCNY and hosted a pop-up shopping experience for their new 2023 Spring Collection at The Colony Hotel for guests and friends. Altuzarra is donating a portion of sales from the event to BCNY. The ballroom also featured beautiful coral room decor by Lisa Fine Textiles and exotic flowers by Lewis Miller Design.

Every luncheon guest received a gift bag generously provided by AERIN, Dear Annabelle, Mish Fine Jewelry, Over the Moon, Palmer Magazine, Via Coquina, and Well Made Home.

BCNY Women’s Board President Dara O’Hara at Altuzarra.

Ellen Niven Deery, Muffy Miller, Alexandra Mondre, Mary Kathryn Navab, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer served as Event Co-Chairs.

The Host Committee included Sara Stowe Ayres, Friederike K. Biggs, Virginia S. Burke, Helene Comfort, Danielle Ganek, Allie Hanley, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Linda J. Hickox, Ritchey B. Howe, Tracey Huff, Kathryn Pardoe Irwin, Nathalie G. Kaplan, Jayne Teagle Keith, Karen Klopp, Ros L’Esperance, Carol Mack, Gigi Mortimer, Dara B. O’Hara, Claudia T. Overstrom, Yesim Philip, Betsy Pitts, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Araskog Thomas, Diane van Amerongen, Cynthia van Eck.

Ellen Niven and Dara O’Hara.

Founded in 1876, the Boys’ Club of New York empowers boys and young men through diverse programs and mentorships in a supportive space. BCNY’s diverse programs include music, STEAM, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics. BCNY’s afterschool and Saturday programs impact thousands of boys in East Harlem, Flushing and beyond and their open-door policy also ensures any boy—enrolled in grades 2-12—can join.

L. to r.: Alexia Hamm Ryan and Ellen Niven; Alexandra Mondre and Alexandra Macon.
L. to r.: Karen Klopp and Yesim Philip; Claudia Overstrom and Sara Ayres.
L. to r.: Allie Hanley and Jennifer Fischer; Carol Mack and Danielle Ganek.
L. to r.: Christina Warner and Cornelia Ercklentz; Lisa Wolf and Cynthia van Eck.
L. to r.: Muffy Miller and Mary Kathryn Navab; Mai Hallingby Harrison and Jackie Weld Drake.
L. to r.: Tracy Huff and Jackie Nolan; Thorunn and Berge Wathne.
L. to r.: Fabiana Ramirez and Ritchey Howe; Lis Waterman and Audrey Gruss.

And back in little ole New York, Valentine’s Day at Bergdorf Goodman’s fragrance boutique was a glamorous scene for the launch of the new ‘Formosa’ eau de Parfum created by Taiwanese philanthropist Shining Sung. The elegant, crystal bottle is topped with a carved faux jade closure was designed by award winning designer Marc Rosen who has created bottles for Karl Largerfeld, Chloe, Fendi, etc. The beautiful fragrance evocative of Taiwan (Formosa is the original name of the island) was created by Firmenich Master Perfumer Honorine Blanc using notes that are indigenous to Taiwan.

Marc Rosen and Shining Sun.

Guests enjoyed Champagne and heart shaped pastries to toast the launch and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Guests included, former President of the UN Nassir Al-Nasser, Susan Gutfreund, Nizam Kettaneh, Monaco Ambassador to the UN Isabelle Picco, Margie and Michael Stern, Barbara Tober, Sharon Hoge, Connie and Randy Jones, Jessica Zhang, and Barbara Portago.

To cap it off a Susan Gutfreund, a close friend, hosted a beautiful dinner in honor of both Formosa and Valentine’s Day.

Susan Gutfreund.
Nizam Kettaneh and Isabelle Picco.
Michael and Marjorie Stern.
Judith Hernstadt, Will Roseman, and Shining Sun.
Jill Fen and Richard He.
Marc Rosen and Nassrin Iromloo Zahedi.
Honorine Blanc and Taho Spilka.
Barbara de Portago and Honorine Blanc.
Stephen Sumner and Glenda Bailey.
Jessica Zhang, Connie Jones, Randy Jones, and Angela Chen.
Peter Bacanovic, Vanessa Noell, and Marc Rosen.

Photographs by CAPEHART (BCNY); Annie Watt (Formosa)

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