David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

29 May 2007

Renaissance Day

The Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's annual spring gala, “The Time of Your Life” raised $1 million. The evening, sponsored by by their loyal and dependable supporter – like the product -- Rolex Watch U.S.A., helps those in need, who live, work or go to school on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The Gala Chair was Diana Quasha. Honorary Chairs were Sydney Shuman, Audrey Gruss and Elizabeth Rohatyn . Allen Brill, Rolex President and CEO represented the event's underwriter. The Honorary Design Chairs were Bunny Williams and John Rosselli . The Design Co-Chairs were Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann. The Dinner Co-Chairs were Sara and Charles Ayres, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Caroline and Tom Dean and LHNH Board President Thomas Edelman with his wife Ingrid .

Other Chairs, Table Hosts, Board Members and guests included : Kathy Angele and Lorne Weil, Allen Adler and Frances Beatty Adler, Eva and Brendan Dillon, Jonathan Gargiulo and Stiles Colwill, Carl and Renée Landegger, Juan and Mariana Sabater, Helene and Hugh Tilney, Bernard and Benjamin Steinitz, Nancy and Harold Baker, Ann and Mal Barasch, Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckels, Allison and Jay Aston, Mary and Ian Snow, Kristina Stewart Ward, Mark Gilbertson, Lisa and Philip Gorrivan, Amy Hoadley and Nancy and Joe Sambuco .

The evening began with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for almost 1,000 guests at The Seventh Regiment Armory where they previewed The Spring International Art and Antiques Show produced by Wendy Management.

The splendid night continued with dinner at 40 highly stylized tables, with original table decorations created by top designers to reflect different interpretations of the evening's theme.

The Table designers included Andrea Stark for Stark Fabric, Meredith Waga Perez of Belle Fleur, Deborah Buck for Brunschwig & Fils, Dennis Rolland, Gay Hackett and Ingrid Edelman, Roric Tobin and Geoffrey Bradfield, Alan Wanzenberg Design, Amanda Nisbet Design, Chestnuts in the Tuileries, Larysa Sendich for Danielle Roberts Interiors, Lucca & Co. ( Lisa Jackson ), Brian J. McCarthy, Christopher Spitzmiller, Barrie Conner and Robert Couturier, David Beahm, David Kleinberg, JD Bell, Joanne DePalma, Peter Lentz, Philip Gorrivan, Richard Keith Langham, Sabin Patterson for Pamela Banker, Sherrill Canet, Stephen Elrod for Departures Magazine, Stephen Miller Siegel, Murphy and Company Florist & Decorators, Michael Whaley, Andrea Correale for Elegant Affairs and Michelle Marie .

Among the guests enjoying the delicious Glorious Food banquet were City Council members Jessica Lappin and Dan Garodnick, Stephen Schwarzman, Mario Buatta, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Stephanie Krieger, Maurice Sonnenberg, Francine LeFrak, Sheri and Larry Babbio, Ella Krasner, Michèle Gerber Klein, Alison Minton, Michel Witmer, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Brian Stewart, Margo Langenberg, Victoria Lindgren, Virginia Coleman, Martin Gruss, Christopher Mason, Alexandra Kotur, Franck Laverd, Rick Friedberg and a very happy Warren Scharf, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House's Executive Director.

Rolex's Allen Brill announced that his company would continue their support of The Neighborhood House for future galas. As part of their ongoing support of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Rolex also gave two watches, one men's and one women's Oyster Perpetual Datejust stainless steel and white gold watch, valued at over four thousand dollars each for the evening's raffle.