David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

25 September 2007

A beautiful late September day

Down at the Bryant Park Grill behind the New York Public Library , where I was headed in my hour-long journey, the Director's Council of the Museum of the City of New York was holding its annual Fall gala, “New York After Dark,” a cocktail reception, buffet dinner and dancing.

This gala is usually held at the Museum, sixty blocks up the avenue at 104th Street but this year the museum is undergoing some kind of construction. It's always a big blast of what for years was known as the “junior group” of New York society. Junior no-more perhaps, for many of the founding forces but still a big vigorous group. There were 500 guests. Mary Hilliard was there shooting for Vogue. They raised $304,000.  The party was called for 7 to 10 (dress: “after dark; no ties”).

This years' co-chairs were Sara Ayres, Jennifer Creel, Lauren Duff, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Celerie Kemble, Heather Mnuchin, Jill Roosevelt, Kathy Thomas, Kristina Stewart-Ward, Tara Rockefeller, Eleanor Ylvisaker, and Marisa Brown. The evening was sponsored by Leviev Jewelry (who are opening their first big New York store on Madison Avenue in the 60s) and Milly by the popular fashion designer Michelle Smith who dressed the lovely Celerie Kemble, Cristina Cuomo, Heather Mnuchin, Cynthia Lufkin, Sara Ayres, Caroline Dean, Debbie Bancroft, Allison Rockefeller, Rachel Hovnanian, and Allison Aston, amongst others.

Susan Parker Fore and Alison Minton