15 Jan 2007

Parties With Style
Nicole B. Brewer

Event planner and hospitality consultant Alison Minton, President of Maplemint Enterprises Inc., hosted her signature Party In Style fete at Judith Ripka's flagship store on Tuesday, December 5th. Guests escaped the bitter cold to bask in the warm glow of Ripka's stunning jewelry collection and perused the sparkling gems, receiving $500 gift certificates towards any 18K Couture purchase.

Brian Ripka and Alison Minton at Party in Style. Photo by

Alison Minton and Brian Ripka took a break from the fun to present The Humane Society of New York's Sandra DeFeo, Susan Richmond and Anne Marie Karish with a generous donation made by the jewelry company. Actress Christy Scott Cashman , Alex Wraith , Michel Witmer , Michele Gerber Klein , Dennis and Gail Karr , Dr. Eric Berger and Ilona Grabtuv , Jamie Krauss , Dr. Peter Theodorou , Emma Snowden-Jones , designer Jackie Rogers , Melissa Berkelhammer and Kathleen Giordano enjoyed delicious hors d' oeuvres and champagne provided by Veuve Clicquot.

Alison Minton launched Party In Style last year at Yves Saint Laurent's New York City store, which was followed by a Party In Style holiday soiree at Purdy Girl boutique. Minton created these special parties to encourage after-hours shopping in a social atmosphere while raising funds for the animal rescue organization through a store donation. The next Party In Style is set to take place this spring at Free and Co. in her hometown of Katonah, NY.

Alison, an avid animal lover with two cats and two parrots of her own, chose The Humane Society of New York as the charity of choice because of the organization's fine work and tireless support of New York's homeless animals.

Contemporary Russian Art made its first appearance at Art Basel with the stand-alone MODUS R exhibition in the Newton Building in Miami's design district on December 7th. The Director of the Solomon J. Guggenheim Foundation Thomas Krens , along with International Real Estate Developer Janna Bullock , CEO of the RI Group, sponsored the exhibition and after party where the who's who of Art Basel came to celebrate the arrival of the Russian Art world.

Guests including Victoria and Dennis Hopper , artist Romero Britto , Nic Iljine , Director of Art Basel Samuel Keller , prominent art collector Craig Robins , I-20 Gallery's Alice and Paul Judelson , industrial artist Mike Latham and Allison Weiss Brady who had just hosted her own benefit with Russell Simmons . Artists including Sergei Bugaev (Afrika), Elena Berg and Anton Litvin showed their work with the utmost pride, and curators Olesya Turkina and Yevgenia Kikodze joined the celebration dinner where traditional Russian food and music fit right in with the red bohemian tents scattered about Palm Court.

Safe Horizon, the nation's leading victims' assistance organization, and its board members Malaak Compton-Rock (wife of Chris Rock ), Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) and corporate sponsor North Fork Bank hosted an intimate cocktail party to toast the success of Safe Horizon's Champions for Children Committee on Monday evening, December 11th at the private home of Malaak Compton-Rock and Chris Rock.

Since March 2006, Champions for Children has reached more than 1 million people through education, public outreach, media and special events. “Together, we know we can build a community of informed citizens to protect our children and save lives,” says Ms. Compton-Rock. “In the coming year, we look forward to highlighting the Committee in a number of ways to engage the public at large through fundraising and community events, program openings and public awareness campaigns.”

Members of Champions for Children committee include Stephanie March , Emme Aronson , Holly Robinson Peete , Hilary Gumbel , Erica Reid , Diane Neal , Deborah Roberts , Liz Lange , Tonya Lewis Lee and Deleon Sheffield . VIP guests included North Fork Bank Executive Vice President Carolyn Drexel , Phillips Van-Huesen CEO Manny Chirico and wife Joanne , Gayle King , Paula White , Elana George , Gayle Fleming , Don Hake , Eileen Panza , Leonard Murray , Board Members José Raúl Pérez , Pamela Hootkin , Angela Burt Murray (Essence Editor in Chief), Eugene Pickens , and Jane Randel , and Safe Horizon Junior Council Co-Chairs Anna Richardson and John Ordway , joined Safe Horizon CEO Gordon Campbell to learn more about Safe Horizon's work to protect children and save lives and the ways they could continue to support these efforts. Several guests began the evening with a tour of the Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, where annually thousands of the youngest victims of abuse and their families come to heal and rebuild their lives with compassionate, expert support.