David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

April 13, 2012

Gala previews and openings nights

On Thursday, April 5, 2012, East Side House Settlement hosted the 13th Annual Gala Preview of the 2012 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. More than 1,300 guests from the finance, fashion, arts, sports, and society spheres enjoyed a private viewing of the entire auto show before it officially opened to the public. The Gala Preview included cocktails, a private dinner for benefactors and a specially curated display of several new 2012 Fiat 500 models, including the limited production Fiat 500 Abarth.

During dinner, Christie's auctioneer Lydia Fenet auctioned off this "small but wicked" performance car, along with a "Best of Italy Tour" from, and several other once-in-a-lifetime packages. The Gala Preview was chaired by Philip L. Yang, Joan P. Young, Chris LaSusa, and Elia Zois, and the benefit committee was chaired by Fe Fendi and Mariana Zois. The media sponsor was New York magazine. 

The event raised critical funds to support East Side House Settlement, a leading social service agency that serves the South Bronx and surrounding communities.  The event was made possible through the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA) and the New York International Auto Show, as part of a proud tradition of dedicated community service.

Guests included Fe and Alessandro Saracino-Fendi, Mariana and Elia Zois, Phil and Maria Yang, Joan P. Young, Chris LaSusa, Arie and Coco Kopelman, Mark Schienberg, Peter Standish, John Sanchez, Pat Dougherty, Ashley Dudzinski, Emily Bitzer, Jiyan K. Cadiz, Lydia Fenet, Peter Bacanovic, Debbie Bancroft, Alexis Clark, Justin Green, Geoffrey Bradfield, Courtney Booth, Kipton Cronkite, Alison Minton, Emily Israel Pluhar, Lisa Yom, Patricia Shiah, Priscilla Zoullas and more.