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David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

26 May 2006

Party Pictures for All Ages

The Associates Committee of The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center held the very successful  “A Wynning Hand” gambling party last week at Sotheby's. Sponsors Roberto Cavalli and Wynn Las Vegas went all out to create an evening of glamour and gaming.  They raised more than $400,000 to benefit The Cancer Center's Department of Pediatrics.

The ladies of the event's leadership were glamorously turned out in Cavalli including Chairman Alexis Waller, Melanie Seymour Holland, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Leslie Heaney, Anne Grauso, Amanda Taylor Konjevod, Christina Ittleson Smith.

  Honorary Chairs were Steve and Elaine Wynn . Mrs. Wynn looked radiant in Cavalli's satin navy gingham gown (she laughed when she met actress Pamela Fielder who wore a dress in the same fabric, although much shorter and a plunging décolletage ruffled neckline.)

The evening began with a champagne reception featuring the Chef du Cave pouring vintage 1996 Dom Pérignon. There were two rooms of black jack, roulette and craps tables flown in from Wynn Las Vegas, complete with and even cocktail waitresses in cocoa and bronze sequined mini-dresses. In all, there were 26 Wynn staff members.  There was art by the masters including Picasso and Warhol, from Wynn's famous collection, lining the walls. There was a raffle with prizes from the likes of Chanel, Hartgers, Nina Ricci, Cory Plumb, Mesi Jilly, Manolo Blahnik, Pucci, Tory Burch, Luella, Mark Friedland, Michael Young Portraits, Carolina Herrera, Madame Paulette, Moschino, The Mayflower Spa in Washington, CT. and dinner for 4 at Fresco with Knicks tickets.

For the dinner, the seventh floor had been transformed by Eva Cavalli into a salon of decadence and opulence reminiscent of the Venetian Atelier of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo, with 5 foot tall wrought iron containers filled with roses, peonies, fuchsia, hydrangea and branches of apple blossoms by Raul Avila.

The menu was prepared by Feast and Fêtes Catering by Daniel. Daniel Boulud was present in his chef's jacket to oversee it all. As a finale, Elaine Wynn cut a big Las Vegas Show Cake, in the form of a “Viva Las Vegas” marquee, dice, poker chips and an eight-ball, created and donated by Ron Ben Israel.

Elaine Wynn, introduced the seventh best professional dancer in the world, Max Chmerkovskiy, who with a troupe of dancers from his New Jersey school, Rising Stars Dance Academy, performed Latin dances. Max appears on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning America.

Leading the applause were Mary and Marin Davidson, Muffie Potter Aston, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Michel Witmer, Alex and Louis Rose, Alexandra and Steven Mandis, Alison Minton, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, Allison Weiss Brady, Jamie and Ellen Niven, Michèle Gerber Klein, Kate and Christopher Allen, Anee Boyens, Bambi and Rafe de la Gueronniere, Camilla Olsen, CiCi Dobi, Lisa and Christopher Errico, Courtney Moss, Stephanie and Roger Griswold, Dr. Howard Sobel and Gayle Perry, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Hilary Dick, Rachel and Ara Hovnanian, John Mahdessian, Mary Darling, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Fernanda Niven, Eugenie Niven, Christina Vita-Coleman, Christina Addison,Kathy and Andrew Thomas, Courtney Arnot, Celeste Boele, Jennifer Creel, Andi Davis, Sallie and Mark Giordano, Karen and Tom Glover, Samantha Gregory, Amy Hoadley, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Harrison LeFrak, Heather and Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Lerner, Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, Susan Bodnar Malloy, Celia and TomZacharias, Mia Matheson, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Eliza Nordeman, Alexia Hamm and Baird Ryan, Lavinia Snyder, Maria Villalba, Beata Borowska and John Mahdessian.

Everyone worked so hard to put this fantastic event together, especially Olivia Striffler from The Society, Christi Gatten from Wynn and Christiano Mancini from Cavalli.  

The Society, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients, supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer at Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center, the world's largest private institution devoted exclusively to cancer. The Associates Committee was founded in 1984 to introduce a younger generation to the philanthropic and volunteer activities of The Society.


Michele Gerber Klein, Michel Witmer, and Alison Minton