Sarah Calderon and dinner Guests

Red was the evening’s predominant gown color. To my mind, the evening’s most eye popping stand out outfit was worn by glamorous philanthropist Jean Shafiroff. Her knockout yellow tight bodiced taffeta slip supported standout round bottomed black appliqued dress absolutely made her look like a princess. Shafiroff, however, experienced a momentary forward trajectory problem as she attempted to ascend the fairy tale-esque staircase which led to the dinner area. She literally could not propel herself forward. As she locked eyes with me beseechingly, former train wreck fear aside, I almost bounded up the stairs to offer her a rescuing helping hand. Thankfully, the tuxedoed gentleman behind her took it upon himself to carry her train. Shafiroff, I am happy to report, then was able to ascend radiating elegance via her yellow poof sartorial perfection confection. She did not loose a glass slipper. I did not fall through the window glass. Hence, the for me some enchanted evening Gala cocktail reception was a great success!

  Left to right-  Mr. Olivier Desmarais, Madame France Chretien Desmarais, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mr. Andre Desmarais, Mr. Bertrand Cesvet, Madame Josée Cesvet _ credit Cutty McGill

The event hosted over 400 hundred guests including: Maria del Carmen Arroya, Ana Christine Alvarado, Tony Bechara, Enrica Bentivoglio, Violaine and John Bernach, Jonah Boeker, Benny Bonilla, Geoffrey Bradfield, Kate and Alexander Brodsky, Rita and Charles Bronfman, Estellita and Daniela Brodsky, Mario Buatta, Noreen and Kenneth Buckfire, Jacqueline Weld Drake and Rodman L. Drake, Tiffany Dubin, Gaetana Enders, Claire Enders, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Fekkai, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Audrey Gruss, Dr. and Mrs. William Haseltine, Michèle Gerber Klein, Pierre Levai, Ambassador John and Sharon Handler Loeb, Aileen Mehle, Grace and Chris Meigher, James McCormick, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Miller, Sergio and Malu Millerman, Lakisha Morris, Mrs. William A. Nitze, Gabriela Palmieri, Liz and Jeff Peek, Paul and Leon Root, Jacqueline and Mortimer Sackler, Frances G. Scaife, Lilly Scarpetta, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Irina and Andres Serrano, Hunt Slonem, Steven Stollman, Daisy M. Soros, Barbara and Donald Tober, David Vázquez, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.

– Marleen Barr

Images by Cutty McGill Photos and Jonathan Zeigler/Patrick McMullan Company