David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

31 August 2009

On Our Toes in The Hamptons

Tory Burch recently hosted a shopping event to benefit her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. Co-hosting the event were Andy Porter, Dean of PennGSE (UPenn's Grad School of Ed), Trustees George A. Weiss, Susan F. Danilow, and Lee Spelman Doty, along with Jennifer Saul, Diane N. Weiss, Dr. Reina Bassini and Emilio Bassini, Elyse Viner, Tiffany Watkins, Allison and Chip Brady. Russell Simmons, who recently hosted a shopping event with power couple Chip and Allison Brady at Tory's East Hampton store to benefit, also served as Honorary Co-Chair of this UPENN event.
More than one hundred University of Pennsylvania alumni and friends descended on the Tory Burch Boutique in the Meatpacking District to network, shop, and support the launch of an exclusive new UPenn networking group of future Penn leaders entitled Penn Pacesetters. 
Guests were provided with a 10% discount on all sales and Tory donated 10% of all sales that evening to support a scholarship at Penn's Graduate School of Education (PennGSE). From sponsorship, alumni donors, and sales from the event, approximately $20,000 was raised for the scholarship.

Tory -- C'88 -- was one of the first to arrive. She was going to do a brief meet and greet with the guests, but was having such a good time, that she delayed her exit and mingled for almost the entire event.  Guests scooped up Tory's Caecey clutches and Bria velvet and bamboo pumps.
In between trying on purses and shoes, guests discussed the state of education in New York City and Philadelphia, President Obama's Stimulus Package, and Penn's Homecoming in November. Among the event committee members were Marc and Courtney Portlock, Matt Maitland, Amir Rozwadowski, David J. Thompson, Jr., Gus Lipman, PennGSE's Alexis Wolson, and Faquiry Diaz and Amelia Balonek from the Penn Club of Miami. Joining them were Jill Kushner, Sameer Sethna, Lissa Guttman, Aleta Spitaleri, Abby Zimmerman, Caroline Waxler, Jasmin Rosemberg, Bobbi Rebell Kaufman, Carineh Martin, Deborah H. Lee, Stephanie J. Weiss, real estate mavens Samantha Kleier Forbes and Sabrina Kleier Morgenstern and non-Penn friends and fashionistas Jules Kirby, Linda Argila, and Alison Minton.