Francine LeFrak welcomes the bagpipers

Good husband that he is, Rick Friedberg threw his wife Francine LeFrak an over-the-top birthday luncheon, complete with a couple hundred of Francine’s closest friends. Karen Lefrak, Ivana Trump, HBO’s Sheila Nevins, The F-Factor Diet author Tanya Zuckerbrot, Shari Scharfer-Rollins, Donna Soloway, Patricia Duff, Cornelia Bregman, Margo Nederlander, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Veronica Kelly, Chiaki Imai, and Dr. Georgia Witkin gathered at Bistro Chat Noir for a fabulous celebration. The mood was festive from the start: as the women sat down for lunch they found an assortment of colorful, sexy panties at each place-setting.

The gracious birthday gal circled the tables, introducing each person in the room, and announcing their contributions to the City. Scottish bagpipers tuned Happy Birthday, while the few gentlemen in attendance— Dennis Basso, Army Archerd, Jimmy Nederlander Jr., among others—congregated at one lonely table, viewing from afar the multitude of glamorous and accomplished women celebrating one of their own.

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Dennis Basso, Jimmy Nederlander Jr.

Patricia Duff, Debbie Bancroft,
Sharon Handler

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Michele Brown, Francine LeFrak,
Shari Scharfer-Rollins
Paolo Martino, Beth DeWoody,
Rick Friedberg
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Tanya Zuckerbrot (The F-Factor Diet),
HBO’s Sheila Nevins
Chiaki Imai, Nurit Kahane Haasee
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Margo MacNabb Nederlander,
Karen LeFrak
Cornelia Bregman, Ivana Trump,
Donna Soloway
The scene
Dr. Georgia Witkin, Donna Soloway, and Ivana Trump
(around her neck) show off their table gifts
photos by Joan Jedell
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