David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

30 May 2006

Party Pics Galore

Alison Minton hosted a very unusual birthday party on Sunday, May 21, to benefit The Humane Society of New York. Alison hosted a birthday party for her Umbrella Cockatoo, Chris, and her White Capped Pionus, Holly, at Giovanni Ristorante on West 55th Street. In lieu of gifts for the pampered parrots, Minton requested that donations be made to The Humane Society of New York, which raised more than $2,000 with the help of guests and supporters including Manhattan's Sutton Aviary.

When entering the quaint Italian restaurant, Chris and Holly flew overhead and greeted everyone with a “hello” including Alison's mother Barbara, Frederick Afif, Ed Brown, Jennifer Bowden, Anne D'Inncenzio, Lisa Forman, Michele Gerber Klein, Kathleen Giordano, and Linda Gras, the former Deputy Commissioner for Mayor Bloomberg's Office.

Special cocka-tails served in parrot-shaped cups were enjoyed by guests including The Humane Society of New York's Susan Richmond and Anne-Marie Karash. The restaurant was adorned with Birds-of-Paradise and peacock feather floral arrangements, provided by Marian Kelly Fine Flowers. Chris Lukas, Dennis and Gail Karr, Elizabeth Nicolossi, Lawrence Roberts, Peter Sallese, Andrew Shore, David Steiner, Helena Kim, and Mark Zuckerman were all on hand enjoying the Italian, bird-friendly, vegetarian hors d'oeuvres a delicious buffet including mini pizzettes and mushroom risotto.

Everyone was impressed with Holly and Chris' good manners. Guests' favorite activities included feeding Chris and Holly their birthday carrot cake with forks and posing for photographs with the feathered guests of honor. No one left empty handed, as Alison provided each guest with something to bring home to their own nest including safari-themed bandanas and a parrot-shaped mug.

Alison and Chris Minton with Lisa Forman

Frederick Afif and Alison Minton

Barbara Minton and Linda Gras

Kathleen Giordano with Chris and Holly Minton

Alison with Susan Richmond and Anne-Marie Karash

Andrew Shore, Jennifer Bowdon, and Ed Brown

Michele Gerber Klein with Alison and Chris Minton

Chris Minton soars

A floral arrangement and goody bags

Holly Minton

The birthday cake