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David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

21 May 2013

Beyond compare

Meanwhile, also last night the Frick Collection held its annual (its 41st) Spring Party at Mr. Frick’s house on Fifth Avenue and 70th Street. Black tie of course (remember the erstwhile residents of yore dined there every night in black tie), and Bob Hardwick and his Bob Hardwick Sound kept everyone on the dance floor no matter the age or the time.

That party began at 8:30, cocktails and dessert table and passed desserts. There’s nothing like the Frick to give you an authentic taste of Old New York and the Gilded Age, not to mention its stupendous collection of masterpieces.

Multi-millions, mega-backers and black tie, there are also throughout the city a broad variety of charitable organizations fund-raising for their causes every year. They all deserve attention if only to keep us all informed of what is out there to serve and service our community.

Catching up with them: last Tuesday, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Muffie Potter Aston and Somers Farkas hosted the cocktail party for jewelry designer Judith Murat, creator of House of Murat, to celebrate the release of her gold-leafed hardcover book, “Judy’s Journey into the Land of Murat,” with a private book-signing event and trunk show to benefit Alzheimer’s Association at the home of Andrea and John Stark.

The reception brought out friends and supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association including Jean Shafiroff, Nicole Noonan, Sharon Bush, Michele Gerber Klein, Geoffrey Bradfield, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Cole Rumbough, Elaine Sargent, Joanna Mastroianni and Maggie Norris, Stephania Conrad, Christine Schott and Liliana Cavendish, Susan Jacob Allison Lang, Alison Minton. Murat signed books with co-author Charles (Sunny) Castor for friends including with a first look of Judith Murat’s latest collections.