David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

April 22, 2013

Over the top and under the sea...

Last Thursday, the American Museum of Natural History held its 2013 Museum Dance. The theme of the evening was Under the Sea, in honor of the Museum's upcoming exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep. As New York City's longest-running junior benefit, the Museum Dance brings together influential young philanthropists to celebrate and raise essential funds for the Museum's scientific and educational programs, which enable thousands of underserved New York City school children to visit the Museum annually.

The event began with an intimate dinner and dessert followed by dancing for all. Music was provided by DJ Jus-Ske. Throughout the evening, there was a silent auction with luxury items from many of New York's most exclusive retailers including trips to Little Nell at Aspen, Miami, and Beaver Creek; NYC experience's to Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live, Barry's Bootcamp, and Pure Yoga; handbags from Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, and Roberto Cavalli; and jewelry from Fred Leighton, Ippolita, and Kwiat. All funds raised from the event benefit the Museum's scientific and educational programming. The evening was sponsored by Roberto Cavalli.

Dana Wallach Jones and Michael T. M. Jones, Kristen Edgreen Kaufman and Michael Kaufman, Elizabeth Kurpis and Jonathan A. Kurpis, Gregory and Ali Kwiat, Nina and Michael Patterson, Zibby and Andrew Right served as Chairmen.

Guests included Michelle Harper, Lauren Remington Platt, Sofia Sanchez Barranchea, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, Jennie Tarr Coyne and Chris Coyne, Karl Anderson and Marissa Shorenstein,  Colleen and Kipp deVeer, Lauren and Brian Frank, Amanda and Jon Waldron, Melissa Hawks, Jill and Harry Kargman, Lisa Blau, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Beth and Chris Kojima, Bara and Alex Tisch, Lesley and David Schulhof, Fran and Scott Lebovitz, Anna Kovner, Jenny Schimizu, Nick and Travis Acquavella, Tony and Nanar Yoseloff, Caren Brooks, Alexandra Adame, Jesse Angelo and Rebecca Dana, Jennifer Collins, Tantivy Gubelman, Rebekah and Colin McCabe, Athena Liu, Anne Huntington, Melanie Lazenby, Brett and Greg Heyman, Naomi Waletzky and Rowan Hajaj, Andrea Wortmann, Paul Arnhold, Wes Gordon, Monica Tessler, and Julia Arnhold.


Alison Minton and Michel Witmer