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David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

8 April 2007

The Auto show, a book party, and an anniversary

Last Thursday night over at the Javits Center, Lexus hosted the East Side House Settlement's Gala Preview of the 2007 New York International Auto Show. More than 1500 gathered for the special Lexus exhibition and a private preview of the entire auto show, as well as a cocktail reception for the benefit committee and a dinner for the sponsors and benefactors with music provided by society's DJ Tom Finn.

The evening's highlight (besides the fabulous show) was a live auction conducted by Richard Brierley of Christie's of a Lexus LS 600 hybrid luxury sedan which is scheduled to arrive in the US this spring.

The evening media sponsor was Esquire Magazine. The event was chaired by Joan Young, Phil Yang and Michael Moreno . The benefit committee was chaired by Blair Voltz Clarke, Marianna Olszewski and Tatiana Platt and they raised more than $750,000 for the East Side House Settlement.

Among those attending: Amy Fine Collins, Evan Yuman, Gillian Miniter, Lydia Fenet, Felicia Taylor, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Alison Minton, Blair and Alistair Clarke, Alexi Zoullas and Priscilla Azeredo, Bobeette Cohn, Theresa Olszewski, Marianna Zois, Bettina Smith, Jennifer Powers, Di Petroff, Chad Ritchie, Jim Corl, Melissa and Chappy Moreris, Dylan Brown, Joan Young, John Sanchez, Stephen Jacoby, Phil and Maria Yang, Katie and Bill Elder, Campion and Tatiana Platt, Tana Dye, Michael and Betsy Moreno, Mark Schienberg, and Candida Romanelli.