* Events in Palm Beach
The City Opera will present a gala concert of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra in honor of the great American composer’s centennial year. The superb cast will be headlined by Lauren Flanigan as Cleopatra, debuting baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Antony, and Simon O’Neill as Caesar. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, and champagne dessert. VIP guests will also be invited to the cast party. 6 pm. Carnegie Hall. Call: 212-870-5622.
*WINTER ANTIQUES EVENING
Get a sneak peek at the 27th Annual Palm Beach Winter Antiques Show Preview Party and Reception. Over 50 national and international dealers will be displaying their wares. The show continues through the 18th. Preview Party, Thursday 6-9 pm. Friday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm. Sunday 11am-5pm. Crowne Plaza Hotel.
*DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE
Join Chairs Desmond and Cristina Keogh, Charlotte Moss, Stephen Mooney, Bill Kopp, Keith Williams, Frank Maguire, Sylvia James, and Melinda Collie in this year’s fervidly antici- pated American Red Cross Designer Show House. The exclusive showcase will exhibit uniquely colorful styles by both nationally and locally acclaimed designers. The show continues through February 14th.
Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm. Sunday 12-4 pm. Providencia House.
The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show presented by Toyota rolls its 13-city nationwide tour into NYC. This motorcycle extravaganza is an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling, with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, and ATVs for both new and experienced riders. Friday 12-9 pm. Saturday 9 am-9 pm. Sunday 9 am-5 pm. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Call: 800-331-5706.
The Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach will host an elegant evening of champagne, dinner dance, and a fashion show featuring Naeem Khan’s spring collection. Join chairs Anita Hamilton Michaels and Stephanie Ribakoff for this black-tie affair sponsored by Saks and Northern Trust. 7 pm. The Breakers.
Don’t miss one of the most popular galas of the PB social season! Join Moira Wolofsky Fiore as she serves as Chair of the 42nd annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation black- tie benefit, the Sixty-Five Roses Ball. The Breakers. 7 pm.
*FAMILY SERVICES BENEFIT
Join Chairs Nathalie Gutierrez Fernandez De LaValle, Patrick Park, Arlette and Robert Gordon, and Patty Myura in supporting Pat Reeves Village, The Center for Family Services at the Fifth Annual Dinner Dance. Club Colette. 7 pm.
Known among attendees as the not-to- be-missed event of the Palm Beach social season, Planned Parenthood Palm Beach Dinner Dance will once again return for an intimate night of cocktails, dinner and dancing for a very noble cause. Come challenge Honorary Chairs Christine Curtis and Sandy Heine to a dance-off!
Club Colette. 7 pm. Call: 561-472-9966.
*NY IN PALM BEACH
A private reception to honor Honorary Chairs Dame Celia Lipton Farris and Patty Myura, at the 2009 American Cancer Society Annual Gala, A New York Minute. Private estate. Invitation only. 7 pm. Call: 561-655-3449.
Kick off this year’s Winter Antiques Show at the Opening Night Party for its 55th year with a loan exhibition from the Corning Museum of Glass—home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass. The exhibition will present works spanning four continents, more than three millennia, and the full range of artistic ingenuity and technical innovation in glass. The exhibition continues through February 1. Park Avenue Armory. 5 pm. Call: 718-292-7392.
Join Chairs Tatiana G.P. Perkin, Gillian Hearst Simonds, Kipton Cronkite, Hudson Morgan, and William Gilbane Jr. at the fabulous Young Collectors Night. Support the East Side House Settlement while enjoying a lovely evening of cocktails, silent auction, music, and some of the finest antiques in the world. Park Avenue Armory. 6:30 pm. Call: 718-665-5250.
*FRIENDS OF ISRAEL
The annual benefit for the American Friends of the Israel Museum offers an enjoyable evening chaired by Ruth Baum, Sherry Endelson, Cheryl Minikes, Sylvia Olnick, Barbara Deane, Andrea Stark, and Lois Zelman. The evening’s hosts are Bob Meister and James and Dot Patterson. Private Estate. 6:30 pm. Call: 212-997-5611.
Celebrate the annual Palm Beach Gala, Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures, for Food for the Poor. Spend the evening with Chairs Robert and Arlette Gordon, Andres and Cathie Fanjui, and Paul Marino for an evening featuring a culinary masterpiece paired with an outstanding wine selection from Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida, as well as a silent and live auction. Ritz Carlton Palm Beach. 6:30 pm. Call: 561-650-8080.
Join chairs Kathy Bleznak and Susie Dwinell for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Annual Winter Event—themed Inauguration Uncensored for a cocktail extravaganza full of satire, singing and many surprises. The political impersonators, Capitol Steps, will be performing. This year, leave the tux at home and don your favorite red, white, or blue. 7 pm. The Breakers.
*RED CROSS BALL
William and Nancy Rollnick are returning as chairs of the 52nd International Red Cross Ball. This white-tie ball ranks among the top international galas and is known for its stunning décor and surprise celebrity attendees. Spend the evening dining and dancing to music legends including returning band leader Peter Duchin, and his orchestra. The Mar-A-Lago. 7 pm. Call: 561-833-7711.
Join diplomats, dignitaries, and debutantes at the 54th Viennese Opera Ball, themed Masked Night at The Opera. The Ball will feature performances by leading artists from the Metropolitan Opera Company. Come dance the evening away while enjoying a four-course dinner. Waldorf. 9 pm. Call: 212-207-6769.
*A NY MINUTE
The Palm Beach Unit of the American Cancer Society will host the 51st annual Cancer Ball, In a New York Minute. Join honorary chairs Dame Celia Lipton Farris, Patricia Myura, and Patrick Park in celebrating the fantastic event featuring entertainment by the amazing Manhattan Transfer. Patrick Park and Mercedes Benz of Palm Beach are sponsoring the affair. 7 pm. The Mar-A- Lago.
By invitation. Call: 561-655-3449.
*SEEDS OF HOPE
Spend the evening at the annual Boca Raton Gala, Seeds of Hope, to benefit The Food for the Poor. The event will feature an extraordinary silent auction, and gourmet dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the event will be used to construct homes for our destitute neighbors in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Boca West Country Club. 6:30 pm. Call: 954-427-2222 x6646.
Join Chair Stacie Weisman in celebrating the Lupus Foundation’s largest event of the year, the 2009 Butterfly Ball—themed Black and White Disco Ball.
The evening will begin poolside with cocktails followed by an extravagant silent auction, gourmet four- course meal, and entertainment by disco divas Maxine Nightingale, France Joli, and Jackie Moore. The Mar-A-Lago. 6:30 pm.
Put on your glitziest garb and dancing shoes and attend the Hooray for Hollywood gala for a nostalgic dinner-dance timed two weeks before the Academy Awards—to benefit the Israel Cancer Association. Feel like a star at the Oscars while supporting the New ICA Stem Cell Initiative project and ongoing cancer research and treatment. The Breakers. 7 pm. Call: 561-832-9277.
Grab your valentine and share your heart with the 54th Annual Palm Beach Heart Ball—Heart and Roses, benefiting the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives. Chairs are Arlette B. Gordon and Elizabeth M. Bowden, Kathryn Vecellio, Patrick Park, Nathalie Fernandez, Gutierrez De LaValle, Lawrence and Florence De George. The Breakers. 7 pm. Call: 561-615-3888.
Join Chairs Ellen and Robert Jaffe, Michele and Howard Kessler, and Patrick Park as they kick up their heels at the 2009 Dana- Farber Cancer Institute Discovery Ball. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction in the main ballroom. The Breakers. 7 pm. Call: 561-833-2080.
ALICE IN LINCOLNLAND
Join Chairs Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Laurie Tisch for The Leading Ladies of Lincoln Center Celebrate Alice event. To mark the historic re-opening of Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center is holding this magnificent gala that will include Dawn Upshaw and the Emerson String Quartet. 6 pm. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Call: 212-875-5461.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson will help orchestrate a grand walk-around-tasting of culinary creations prepared by NYC’s top chefs assisted by high school students to benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program. The evening, emceed by Al Roker and honoring Drew Nieporent, will include a silent auction with over 30 items including once-in-a-lifetime culinary and travel packages. 6:30 pm,
Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Call: 212-974-7111.
Join Chairs Denise Alexander, Maria Power, and Leslie Ginn for the American Red Cross Polo Brunch. Share this beautiful afternoon which includes live and silent auctions, sponsored by Bacardi USA. Polo chic attire. 11:30 am.
International Polo Club Palm Beach. Call: 561-833-7711.
FAO Schwarz, The MCJ Amelior Foundations, and Penelope Peapod are sponsoring The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Bunny Hop, to benefit the Clown Care program, a community outreach program. Bring the entire family for an evening of cupcake decorating, face painting, fun photo booths, private shopping, and more. Chairs are Melania Trump, Shoshanna Gruss, Celeste Boele, and Annabelle Fowlkes. 6 pm. FAO Schwarz. Call: 212-639-7389
Join the Diabetes Research Institute for an afternoon filled with family, entertainment, and activities for tots to teens at the Fourth Annual Carnival for a Cure. 1 pm. Metropolitan Pavilion. Call: 212-888-2217.
The Winter Ball is The School of American Ballet’s highest profile benefit and this year will be the 75th anniversary celebration. The Encore, the anticipated after-
party, will follow this glamorous black-tie dinner dance. The city’s philanthropic chic young professionals will join the event later for dancing and dessert. Chairs are Coco Kopelman, Liz Peek, Effie and Robert Fribourg, Pamela Joyner, Chelsea Clinton, and Kate Davidson Hudson. Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels and Zang Toi. 7 pm. New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center. Call: 212-769-6610.
Join Chairs Mark Freitas and Thomas Quick along with 500 prominent guests from all over the world—politicians, diplomats, journalists, sports figures, and others for the annual Best Buddies Palm Beach Gala. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, an auction, and musical performances by Steve Maglio and
The Spinners. 7pm. The Breakers. Call:305-374-2233 x217.
Chairs Darcie Kassewitz, Andrea Kosoy, Nicole Munder, Crissy Poorman, and Tracy Smith are hosting the 4th Annual Bootlegger’s Ball. Let your hair down for an evening of poolside cocktails, dinner, dancing, live auction of fantasy items, and a night filled with gaming at the casino. This black-tie-extravaganza will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. 7 pm. The Mar-a-Lago. Call: 954-967-9474 x320.
The Palm Beach Opera Guild will host its Annual Luncheon and Fiandaca Fashion Show to support and raise awareness and funds for Palm Beach Opera’s education and outreach programs. Chairs include Donald and Melania Trump, Elizabeth Bowden, and Cathy Solomon. 11 am. The Mar-a-Lago.
Join Chairs John Demsey, Jill Fairchild, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, Kalliope Karella, Angela Mariani, and Pilar Crespi Robert and special guest Mayor Michael Bloomberg in honoring filmmaker and philanthropist Tatiana von Furstenberg at the Henry Street Settlement Annual Dinner Dance. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails and silent auction as well as dinner and dancing. 7 pm. The Plaza. Call: 212-245-6570.
Chairs Herme de Wyman Miro and Joan Rubin, Gala President Elizabeth Bowden, and Gala VP Kathryn Vecellio will lead the America the Beautiful Gala Dinner Dance. Guests will celebrate the Palm Beach Round Table’s 77th Anniversary Season with an evening of cocktails and a sit-down dinner. 7 pm. The Beach Club. Call: 561-832-6418.
EASTER EN VOGUE
The Greater New York Links presents its 60th Annual Easter Luncheon and Fashion Show, A Diamond Celebration of Service and Sisterhood. Spend an afternoon with chairs Gerri Warren-Merrick, Sydney Avent, and Evette Beckett-Tuggle lunching, and enjoy the vendor showcase and awards presentations. 12 pm. Pier Sixty. Call: 212-843-8075.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York celebrates bringing food from farm to family. Join Chairs Christie Brinkley, Margo Langenberg, Lake Bell, Lauren Bush, Amanda Hearst, Lauren Remington Platt, and Keisha Nash Whitaker in the second annual luncheon and education panel to benefit NOFA-NY. Honorees are Deidre Imus, Bart Potenza, Joy Pierson, and Elizabeth Henderson. 11:30 am. Gustavino’s. Call: 212-861-8690.
SNEAK A PEEK
Attend the Opening Night Gala of the 12th Annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair. Enjoy a private dinner and the masterworks by major artists like George Nakashima, Peter Boulkos, Dale Chihuly, Wendell Castle, Anthony Caro, as well as the new generation of emerging artists. The Fair continues through Sunday. Wednesday 5:30-9 pm. Thursday and Friday 11 am-8 pm. Saturday 11 am-7 pm. Sunday 12-6 pm. Park Avenue Armory. Call: 212-956-3535 x129. Club Colette. 7 pm. Call: 561-472-9966.
BLACK SLIPPER BALL
Ballet Hispanico will host its annual Black Slipper Ball and celebrates the rich heritage and cultural achievements of Hispanic-Americans. Enjoy an evening of superb cuisine, a world-class performance, and dancin. Join Chairs Jody Gottfried Arnhold and Michelle Caruso Cabrera to celebrate the evening’s honoree Tina Ramirez. 7 pm. The Plaza. Call: 212-362-6710 x43.
A WELCOMING AFFAIR
Join co-chairs Sharon Bush, Diane Bernhardt, Margo Langenberg, Jean Shafiroff, and Aldon and John James for a Gala Dinner to welcome Pastors Victoria and Joel to New York. The dinner precedes the Osteens’ Historic Night of Hope at the new Yankee Stadium on April 25th. 6:30 pm. The National Arts Club. Call:917-215-6646.
A MAESTRO’S NIGHT
The Park Avenue Armory will honor Maestro Kurt Masur for his dedication to inspired teaching for young conductors around the world. Join the celebration and enjoy an intimate dinner in the Armory’s elegant period rooms, paying tribute to a great man. The New York Philharmonic will be performing and all proceeds will support the PAA’s programs and unique spaces. 6:30 pm. Park Avenue Armory. Call: 212-616-3946.
Join City Harvest in their efforts to feed hungry individuals and families of New York—attend An Evening of Practical Magic. David Arquette will play host for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and auctions. 6:30 pm. Cipriani 42nd. Call: 917-351-8778.
Isaac Mizrahi will revive his role as the emcee for The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for the 12th annual Bergh Ball, Rescue Me. Join the ASPCA and special honoree, Martha Stewart for a night of cocktails, dinner and dancing. 7 pm. The Plaza. Call: 212-876-7700 ext. 4652.
Meredith Vieira will emcee the 2009 Matrix Awards luncheon. The prestigious annual award recognizes exceptional women who have established themselves in the communications and entertainment industry. Expected guests include Tom Hanks, Julianne Moore, Brian Williams, Campbell Brown, Jeff Zucker, and Donny Deutsch. Noon. The Waldorf. 212-297-2131.
TASTE OF HOPE
The American Cancer Society is hosting the 4th Annual Taste of Hope to fight against cancer. This culinary wine and spirits tasting event will feature over 45 of New York’s hottest and most popular restaurants and vendors. Get your tastebuds ready for the likes of Waldy Malouf’s Beacon Restaurant & Bar, Oceana, Islero, Tribeca Grill, among others. 7:30 pm. Metropolitan Pavilion. Call: 212-237-3882.
CELEBRATING THE MUSE
The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute always has the most inventive of themes for its galas. This year’s Gala Benefit is titled The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion for Spring 2009. Join A-list Chairs Marc Jacobs, Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Wintour in exploring and celebrating iconic fashion models and their roles in fashion. The exhibition will be held from May 6 through August 9. 7 pm. The Tisch Galleries. Call: 212-535-7710.
WOMEN WHO CARE
Join Founding Chair Loreen Arbus, Honorary Chair Cathie Black, and Co-Chair Joan Jedell, along with emcee Donna Hanover for the United Cerebral Palsy Women Who Care Luncheon. Among the honorees this year are L. Marilyn Crawford, Judith Livingston, and Margery Ames. 11am. Cipriani 42nd. Call 212-683-6700 x207. Boca West Country Club. 6:30 pm. Call: 954-427-2222 x6646.
A stunning sea of spring blooms will fill Central Park’s Conservatory Garden for the annual Frederick Law Olmstead Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy. Absorb the beauty of the six-acre oasis and join chairwomen Vicki Foley, Muffy Miller, Gillian Miniter, Tara Rockefeller and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff in taking their hats off to Angela and Wade Thompson for their outstanding support of the Park. 11 a.m. Conservatory Garden, Central Park. Call: 212-310-6638.
Support The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the 24th Annual Crystal Ball. Join Chairs Stacey and Eric Mindich for this black-tie event for a great cause. 7 pm. The Guggenheim Pavilion at Mount Sinai. Call: 212-659-9702.
EVENING OF DREAMS
D.R.E.A.M.S. in the City—not a rip-off TV show but rather, the fourth annual event for the Diabetes Research Institute. This spring soiree will celebrate the dedication and commitment of its founders Risa Pulver and Samantha Shanken ,who are chairing the evening with Elizabeth Beskin and Bonnie Inserra. 7 pm. Capitale. Call: 212-888-2217.
Join Chairs Susan Acocella, Silvia Stradi, and Joey Bulfin for the Palm Healthcare Foundation’s 7th Annual Nursing Distinction Awards. The most dedicated and highly skilled nursing professionals will be honored during an evening of dinner and dancing. Support the PHF’s efforts and mission to transform healthcare challenges. 7 pm. The Breakers. Call: 561-833-6333.
AN EVENING OF READINGS
Chairs Liz Smith along with Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd will lead the way to an historic star-studded affair, Literacy Partners’ 25th annual Evening of Readings Gala. Nina Rennert Davidson and Mitchell Davidson along with Barbara Goldsmith will be honored for their leadership and dedication and support of adult literacy. Barbara Walters, Marie Brenner, David Wroblewski, and Christopher Buckley will read from their most recent books. 6 pm. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. 6 pm. Call: 212-573-6933.
The Museum of the Moving Image will honor SNL creator Lorne Michaels and CEO and President of Hubbard Broadcasting, Stanley Hubbard at the 2009 St. Regis Gala. Attend and support the Museum’s education programs which currently serve over 32,000 intermediate and high school students each year. 6:30 pm. St. Regis. Call: 212-245-6570.
Join Chairs Gary Springer and Sara Herbert-Galloway along with Honorary Chairs Alec Baldwin and Meredith Vieira for an event that is near and dear to their hearts—the National Meningitis Association is hosting the inaugural Give Kids a Shot Gala. Nancy Snyderman and Dr. Paul Offit will be honored and the Nancy Ford Springer Inspiration Award, in her memory, will be presented to Melanie Benn, Nick Springer, and John Kach. Richard Thomas will emcee and Lainie Kazan will give a special performance. 6:30 pm. The Rainbow Room. Call: 866-366-3662.
BAL DU PRINTEMPS
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) will honor outstanding figures in the Parkinson’s community, including Evan and Sandra Stern and Family, at its annual gala, Bal du Printemps. Honorary Co-Chairs include Page Morton Black, Amy Goldman, and Dr. Judith Sulzberger. Take part in the gala’s silent auction and help raise funds for the fight against this terrible disease. 6:30 pm. The Pierre. 212-213-1166.
Celebrate the 2nd Annual Spring Ball hosted by The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for patient care, research, and education programs. Chairs Muffie Potter Aston, Sara Ayres, Tory Burch, Shafi Roepers, and Caryn Zucker will be joining efforts with sponsor NBC Universal for a high-spirited and glamorous evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. 7 pm. The Plaza. Call: 212-639-7972.
The Martha Graham Dance Company, celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founder’s masterpiece, Clytemnestra, this spring. In conjunction with this special event, the Company will perform two programs as well as a unique repertory program. The gala will also honor world-renowned impresario Paul Szilard. Donna Hanover will serve as the evening’s emcee. 7pm. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU. Call: 212-352-3101. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu.
EL MUSEO GALA
Join co-chairs Yaz Hernandez and Ruben and Isabel Toledo for El Museo’s 2009 Gala. This lavish latin fiesta, which will include dinner and dancing, is sure to provide an evening filled with cultural flavor. The event will honor Luis Ubinas, the President of the Ford Foundation and renowned musical artists Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Cipriani 42nd Street. 7 pm. Call: 212.343.1920.