David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

May 3, 2011

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Two weeks ago on Thursday April 21, East Side House Settlement hosted the 12th Annual Gala Preview of the 2011 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob K. Javits Center. More than 1,400 guests from the worlds of Wall Street, fashion, arts, sports, and society enjoyed a private viewing of the entire auto show before it officially opened to the public. The Gala evening included cocktails, a private dinner for benefactors and a specially curated display of iconic Lotus cars from the brands’ glorious past and new product exclusives.

The evening’s highlight included the North American debut of two additions to the award-winning Evora range, the supercharged Evora S and Evora with IPS. Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet auctioned off the Evora IPS, followed by important college scholarships for East Side House Settlement students.

The evening was chaired by Philip L. Yang, Joan P. Young, Chris LaSusa, and Elia Zois and the benefit committee was chaired by Fe Fendi and Mariana Zois. The media sponsor was New York magazine.

They raised more than $500,000 to support East Side House Settlement, a leading social service agency that serves the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. The event was made possible through the generosity of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association and the New York International Auto Show, as part of a proud tradition of dedicated community service.

Among the guests: Fe and Alessandro Saracino-Fendi, Mariana and Elia Zois, Phil and Maria Yang, Chris LaSusa, Yaz and Valentin Hernandez, Lake Bell, Lydia Fenet, Susan Fales Hills, Peter Bacanovic, Geoffrey Bradfield, Emma Snowdon-Jones, E.J. Viso (Indy Driver), Jade Brownfield, Courtney Booth, Lisa Yom, Candida Romanelli and more.

Alison Minton and Peter Sallese