David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

12 September 2008

On the Seventh Anniversary

We missed this, this past week but it's really important. There was a kick-off cocktail reception over at Le Cirque for the upcoming fifth annual Fete de Swifty which will be held September 18th in the big tent on the same block (East 73rd between Lex and Third) where it's been held since its inception. Over at Le Cirque, Sirio Maccioni with sons Marco and Mauro hosted, along with the Associate Chairs Jake Bright, Rory Hermelee, Elizabeth Meigher, Alison Minton, Elisabeth and Matt Mitchell and Liz Walker.

The Fete was founded by Liz Smith with the help of a founding committee she rounded up (including this writer who has probably done less to help the cause than anyone else) to raise money to help the citizens of the city. Since its inception it has been benefiting The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City's Family Justice Initiative administered by the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. The priority is to raise funds for projects and organizations that help children and families in need. Nicole Kidman, Calvin Klein, Mariska Hargitay are Honorary Chairs.

The annual party has become one of the most popular and festive social affairs on the Upper East Side, drawing people from all over the city including politicians and celebrities and lots of business people, neighbors and friends. It's basically a great big cocktail buffet party with music, clowns and balloons, lotsa bars and buffet tables, a huge crowd of people who can just people watch to their hearts' desire (ghoshing away, quaffing cocktails, etc.). For NYSD it's a great photo op. Everyone's in the mood to have a good time, and that is exactly what happens. At some point the Mayor joins the party, gives a little speech to talk about the progress of the Mayor's Fund, and then meet and greet.

Madame Tussaud's is sending over some surprise figures, Approximately 850 guests, including the city's crème de la crème, will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and buffet tables with such delights as Roasted Leg of Lamb, Cocktail Sandwiches and Wheels of Parmesan and Stilton by Swifty's (The restaurant); a Raw Bar by Glorious Food; a Popcorn Cart by the Mayor's Office; a Good Humor Ice Cream Cart; and San Pellegrino and Full Bars mixes. There are still tickets available.

Tickets come in packages and individually. They can be purchased online by clicking here .

A Sponsor ($50,000) gets 20 tickets and printed recognition. A Benefactor ($25,000) gets 12 tickets and printed reognition. A Patron ($15,000), 10 tickets and printed recognition, and a Supporter ($5000) includes 10 tickets and printed recognition.
Individual ticets are Donor ($1000), Friend ($500), Ticket ($350) and Associates (ages 35 and under) which are Sold Out.

You see what I mean? I think they're $150. If you're in the neighborhood, I'd give it a try. They might have more ticket depending on how the crowd moves. It's a really great party, lots of fun and a nice way to spend the evening or before dinner, and a wonderful cause to support.

Alison Minton