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David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

8 December 2009

Winter Wonderlands

Last Friday evening the New York Botanical Garden held its annual Winter Wonderland Ball with cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Enid Haupt Conservatory. Chairmen for the evening were Meredith Melling Burke, Cristina Cuomo, Nina Garcia, Alex Kramer, Alexandra Lebenthal, Christian Leone, Molly Sims. Junior Chairs were: Byrdie Bell, Martin Dawson, Claiborne Swanson Frank, Serena Nikkhah, Dalia Oberlander, Lauren Remington Platt, Gillian Hearst Simonds.

This is a really lovely evening, black tie, with the (mostly young) women dressed to the fashion, in a beautiful environment. What it is is a super dinner dance and the monies they raise support the Botanical Garden’s world-renowned Children’s Education Programs. The Botanical offers children of all ages, particularly the underserved children of the Bronx, the opportunity to learn about nature in fun and engaging ways through workshops and hands-on activities.

At the heart of the program is the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, 12 acres of indoor/outdoor facility featuring themed galleries, interactive exhibits, and a changing seasonal landscape that provide and living and dynamic setting for children to explore plant science up close.


Guy Harley and Alison Minton