David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

20 April 2009

Revelry and Community

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House held its Spring Gala dinner dance at Sotheby’s last Thursday night.

In the final days before the evening, there was a surge in ticket sales. That, and the raffle (two watches – a man’s and a woman’s, donated by the evening’s underwriter Rolex USA) up the final tally for the amount raised to $650,000. Much needed, especially in these shaky times.

Charitable organizations like Lenox Hill Neighborhood House not only feel the effects of economic hardship in their fundraising but even more they feel the demands of a pinch in the community they serve.

LHNH serves 20,000 (!!) people in the neighborhood, from ages three to 103. Their programs serve working parents with little ones and senior citizens including those afflicted with Alzheimers; as well as shelters for those of us who are homeless, as well as recent immigrants, disabled people and many others.

The current economic situation is going to require some budget cutting also, which means those most in need will be affected. However, in hard times, COMMUNITY needs strength and focus. That benefits all of us. Difficult times create difficult circumstances, but you can do something. Anything you can contribute to the cause is a vote for a strong, safe community. This is the key for all of us.

Alison Minton and Bettina Prentice

Also last Tuesday in New York, Michelle Marie Heinemann and Alex Lari hosted the Auction Preview Party for the Diller-Quayle School of Music on 75 East 77th Street.

Alison Minton