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July 5, 2006

MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING
Cancer Center's Society Deals A Wynning Hand

Story by Roger Webster

SPONSORED by Roberto Cavalli and Wynn Las Vegas, the Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted its annual gambling party, this year dubbed "A Wynning Hand," at Sotheby's in New York.

The chairman was the associate's president Alexis Waller, who wore an aqua and white colored off-the-shoulder, long silk Cavalli blouse over white pants.

Co-chairmen were Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, who wore a black gathered cocktail dress; Leslie Heaney, pretty in turquoise; Anne Grauso, wearing a full length black and white chiffon wrap dress; Melanie Seymour Holland, sexy in a animal print wrap; Christina Ittleson Smith, in a full length strapless leopard print column; and Amanda Taylor Konjevod.

The evening of glamour and gaming raised more than $400,000 to benefit the pediatrics department.

Leading the applause were Mary and Marin Davidson, Muffie Potter Aston, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Michel Witmer, Alexandra and Steven Mandis, Alison Minton, Allison Weiss Brady, Jamie and Ellen Niven, Michèle Gerber Klein, Kate and Christopher Allen, Lisa and Christopher Errico, Courtney Moss, Stephanie and Roger Griswold, Dr. Howard Sobel and Gayle Perry, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Hilary Dick, Courtney Arnot, Jennifer Creel, Amy Hoadley, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Harrison LeFrak, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Melissa and Chappy Morris and Eliza Nordeman,

The honorary chairs were Roberto and Eva Cavalli, she in a blue silk suit, lined with leopard print silk and Steve and Elaine Wynn, she looking radiant in Cavalli's satin navy gingham gown. Elaine laughed when she met actress Pamela Fielder who wore a dress in the same fabric, albeit much shorter and featuring a deeply plunging ruffled neckline.

They greeted a stellar parade of guests, including Beyonce Knowles, in a very short yellow jeans skirt and silk blouse; Donald and Melania Trump, she in a black gown with embroidered flowers; Heidi Klum, who chose a Cavalli black and silver floor length gown; Coco and Arie Kopelman with their son Will; Cinema's Phantom of the Opera Gerard Butler, who was chummy with supermodel Ines Rivero, who chose a gorgeous, long, slinky, cream-colored silk gown with an elaborately jeweled plunging backline by Cavalli, of course; ABT's Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvorovenko, she in a pale pink gown and dripping a six-foot Helen Yarmak white fur boa as only a ballerina could; Sirio and Marco Maccioni; Society president Vera Safai in a gold tunic with her husband Dr. Bijan Safai; Wendy Carduner in black chiffon and diamonds, and Tinsley Mortimer, who dressed appropriately like a Las Vegas party girl in a short pink dress with a bright blue satin belt.

Congratulations to everyone who put this fantastic event together, especially Olivia Striffler of the Society, Christi Gatten of Wynn and Christiano Mancini of Cavalli.