The Princess Grace Foundation-USA awarded 25 Awards to emerging artists in theater, dance and film, as well as the Princess Grace Statue Award presented to actor Patrick Page and sound designer Darron L. West, on Monday, October 22nd, at the 30th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street.
Princess Grace, a woman known for her passion, support and appreciation and charisma towards helping the theatrical community with a humble approach, was felt during this magical evening. Attended by her close family, friends, supporters and recipients – both past and current – her inspiration continues to light a room. It was humbling to hear the various heartfelt stories and background on all the past recipients, their whimsical journeys, and triumphs for which were supported and some made possible by the Princess Grace Foundation.
Past recipients and current recipients shared a sparkle in their eyes of appreciation and admiration for the reinforcing support. Awards winners exemplify both classical and experimental artistic disciplines and, while still considered emerging talent, already show exceptional promise in their areas of expertise.
All artists receive a specially-created objet d’art created by Alex Soldier, which symbolically combines the three art forms lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film by using precious metals and Swarovski crystal accents. The sculpture is made for each recipient to wear as a pin, a special reminder of their Award for the world to see.
Gala attendees included: T.S.H. Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Geena Davis, Lynn Wyatt, Patrick Page, Darron L West, Paula Zahn, Renée Fleming, Tim Jessell, Anne Hearst McInerney & Jay McInerney, Buzz Aldrin, Alexander Gilkes, Alec Hammond, Dr. James Watson, John & Barbara Lehman, Judith Light, Hon. Maguy Maccario, Yves Piaget, Adam Rapp, Dr. Jon Turk & Carolyn Gusoff Turk, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Wilson, Leslie Odom, Jr. & Nicolette Robinson, Alex Soldier, Toby Boshak, Nicolas Luchsinger, and many more.
Photos by Patrick McMullan