David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

16 April 2009

The need for support

Over at the Mandarin Oriental The Friends of New Yorkers For Children hosted their 6th Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fete. The evening is a benefit for youth in foster care in New York City.

This is a very popular event among the younger sets (20-, 30-somethings, and then some) in New York. It is also a fashion event of the first order.

The highlight of the evening is the honoring of ten young people who have been in foster care and are now in our about to enter college. The ten honorees as very young adults appear to be as contemporary and enthusiastic as anyone else in the room. It is only when you consider what they’ve had to endure as children that you realize they’ve been girded by an inner courage that many of us have no awareness of at that early age. Last night’s honorees, incidentally, were styled by Dior Beauty and Frederic Fekkai who no doubt took care of many of the other guests.

New Yorkers for Children is a non-profit organization that partners with the Administration for Children’s Services to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Founded by Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta who himself was once a child in foster care, NYFC recognizes that young people in foster care face myriad challenges, as they go out into the world as independent people. Much is needed that cannot be provided with government funding. NYFC funding reaches youth in many ways including college scholarships, tutoring programs, mentoring and networking opportunities.

The Mandarin’s ballroom with its vistas of Central Park South and Columbus Circle is glam city under the circumstances. The young women were beautifully, often dramatically dressed for the occasion which is mainly a dinner dance with lots of socializing and lots of dancing, and now lots of celebrated personalities including movie stars. Everyone has a really good time.

Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos was Honorary Chair. Event Chairs were Allison Aston, Marisa Brown, Joy Bryant, Lydia Fenet, Rory Hermelee, Julie Macklowe, Susan Shin, Vanessa von Bismarck Weiner and Shirin von Wulffen.

In the crowd: Fabiola Beracasa, Maggie Betts, John Demsey, Gabby Karan DeFelice, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Zani Gugelman, Tinsley and Topper Mortimer, Stephanie LaCava, Selita Ebanks, Genevieve Jones, Josh Hartnett, Common, Alina Cho, Bob Colacello, Hana Soukupova, Serena Williams, Olivia Palermo, Zac Posen, Diane Kruger, Andre Balazs, Daniel Benedict and Andrew Saffir, Samantha Topping, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Campion Platt, Peggy Siegal, Carson Kressley, Commissioner Scoppetta, Susan Burden, Paul Kanavos, Emmy Rossum, Peter Davis, Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Kevin Liles, Rachel Roy, Geoffrey Bradfield, Christine and Steve Schwarzman, Byrdie Bell, Euan and Lucy Sykes Rellie, Ashley Baker.

The following were some of the pictures we took during the evening, with more to follow in Friday’s Party Pictures.

Kathleen Giordano and Alison Minton