David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

May 14, 2009

A day Of Honor

From there it was down to the Plaza where The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center hosted its 2nd Annual Spring Ball. This glamorous evening is the Society's biggest event of the year: dinner, dancing, and a live performance by Grammy® Award Winner, R&B singer-songwriter, Macy Gray.

350 guests attending, music by DJ Tom Finn, and décor by New York's leading event and floral designer, Andrew Pascoe. The event was Co-Chaired by Muffie Potter Aston, Sara Ayres, Tory Burch, Shafi Roepers, and Caryn Zucker. NBC-Universal sponsored. Nearly one million dollars was raised to benefit The Society's patient care, research, and education programs at MSKCC.

In the crowd (I was told; I didn't see all): Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower, Tory Burch, LL Cool J, Muffie Potter Aston, Sara Ayres, Shafi Roepers, Caryn and Jeff Zucker, Tiki and Ginny Barber, Mort Zuckerman, Shoshanna Gruss, Paul and Dayssi Olarte Kanavos, Christopher and Sherman Meloni, Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Natalie Morales, Nina and Mitch Davidson, Lisa Errico, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Peter and Leslie Jones, Leslie Heaney, Lisa McCarthy, Heather Leeds, Anne Grauso, Webb Egerton, Martha Glass, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Sylvester and Gillian Miniter, Dee Dee Ricks, Gunnar and Claudia Overstrom, Dr. Harold Varmus and Constance Casey, Jennifer Creel, Suzanne Johnson, Heather Mnuchin, Mary Snow, among others.

Honorary Co-Chairs: Constance Casey and Dr. Harold Varmus, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Warner III. Event Co-Chairs: Muffie Potter Aston Sara Ayres, Tory Burch, Shafi Roepers, Caryn Zucker. Event Vice-Chairs: David Anton and Neva Martin Anton, Libby Fitzgerald, Danielle Ganek, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Rachel Hovnanian, Richard and Dana Kirshenbaum, David H. Koch, Karin Luter, Ashley McDermott, Jamie Niven, Dee Dee Ricks, Renee Rockefeller, Jill Roosevelt, Helen Schifter, Lavinia and Brian Snyder, Martha Webster. Website:

Michel Witmer and Alison Minton