So nice to see the adorable grandchildren of Barbara and Don Bruder of 220th street….Emily, two and a half, and Andrew, six. They are the daughter and son of Paul and Esilda Bruder. Paul is first officer for TWA airlines and the family is now living in Belle Harbor. Paul’s brother, Kurt, is working for Solomon Smith Barney on Wall street. Happy summer to you all.
Across the street and a few houses down, Paul and Jessie Rudolph hosted a celebration feast for their son, Brian Edward Rudolph, who graduated from Fairfield University in Connecticut where he received a BS degree. He intends to study law at Hofstra Law School. His brother David is presently in Queensboro College. Brian’s sister, Maureen, who is expecting twins, and husband, Mark Napolitano were there with two year old daughter, Julianne; Marissa and Michele Rudolph were with mom and dad, Marie and Mike Rudolph; Paul Rudolph Sr.’s sister Rosemary and Dan Munro and son, Danny, were present; Rita and Fred Remy, Sharon and Donald Reilly and, of course, the DJ’s for the evening, Brian’s brother, Paul jr., and wife, Annmarie, who entertained a house brimful of family, friends, and school chums. It completed a wonderful evening for all. Remember the "Shake It Up" DJ is available for your next party, too (see ad).
What a race for the Belmont stakes! If you missed Kevin Boyle’s column last week you were a loser. In it was Skipper Edward’s prediction that "Charismatic would stumble on the last leg of the Big Three" and he looked for Lemon Drop Kid to be the sweet choice. Well, poor Charismatic did stumble and you know the rest. Skipper Edwards predictions are so good he should be one of the readers on WNYX-TV.
Bet Joe Kilbride, who just returned from a weeks vacation in Florida, read Kevin’s column. He and Bobby Keilly picked the winners while Tom Connors and Kenny Howe and male friends watched the race live from the club house at Belmont. (Evidently, they did not read Kevin’s column). They did not fare too well in the winner’s circle. However, they did have fun, and, though right at the scene, they had to wait till they got home to see that Charismatic broke his leg.
The first annual "I am Beautiful" Vision and Voice Awards/Auction reception and dinner was held at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers this week. After a delightful cocktail and hors d’oeuvres and silent auction hour the dinner starters were huge shrimp followed by deliciously seasoned thick juicy chops with fresh veggies including mashed potatoes in a large pastry puff. Though, as you know, I love to eat, the dinner was not the highlight of the evening. As Suzie Galler, producer and director stated, "The event marks a special moment in the lives of women of America. We hope our work will inspire girls and women to examine their choices from a position of inner strength and confidence and encourage them to actively empower others." The message is: To give women the confidence to proudly proclaim "I am Beautiful." In the journal Linda Ellebee said, "I learned I was beautiful when at 47 years old I lost both breasts and I learned that beauty has nothing to do with body parts." The host for the evening was start of daytime television’s The View, Meredith Viera. Presenters were: Geraldine Ferraro, Joann Kerns, Phoebe Snow (who also performed), Gayle King and Tia and Tamara Mowry. The women’s ensemble of the Interdenominational Mass Choir entertained. Natalie Cole was not only an honorees but featured singer for the event. The other honorees were Marlo Thomas, Lisa Tiger, Ashlee Vann, Donna Varona, and Bea Gaddy. By far, it was one of the nicest parties of the year. More than that, the proceeds go to the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Inc; Emory University School of Medicine (HIV-Aids and teen pregnancy prevention); "Girls Speak Out" a program to develop self esteem; Harlem Hospital Center and many other worthwhile projects for our women around the country. Hope I can make it next year and maybe I’ll see you there. It is a beautiful evening that fosters the work to help all women raise their level of self esteem and be able to proclaim, "I am Beautiful."
September 17 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime Television you will see Suzie Galler’s production with all-female crew of "I am Beautiful" documentary which profiles women of celebrity status such as Courtney Cox and Marlo Thomas as well as Native American women and others.
The Crystal Apple Awards was held on the lawn of Gracie Mansion Tuesday evening with tastings of chef’s specialties from some of New York’s finest restaurants. The homestead served their famous filet mignon that was memorable. Mayor Guiliani welcomed us. Barbara Walters was one of honorees for her outstanding work in daytime television. Though a very hot day, some of New York’s best turned out for the function. John Lynch, devoted friend of John Wynne, both former marines, was ever present. John recently had to face some personal tragedies in his life and became very ill. He has miraculously recovered and now looks the picture of health. Good luck and the best to you, John.
A new play by John Foster called "Furious" opens June 28 at 85 West Broadway at Chambers street at New York Performance Works-$25 per performance.
Mexico…IXTAPA four days/three nights- $499 cont. air/land.
Holland America Alaska Cruise from $799/$899 July 8, 30, August 6 and 13.
Early savings (56 percent)…seven day Caribbean Cruise Westerdam November 26, December 4, 11 from $699.
Belize…$1,142 per person…six days/seven nights… three nights "Windy Hill Resort with all meals and transfers. Then fly to Amberfris Caye at Sunbreeze Beach Hotel, seven nights. Packages from $1062.
Bermuda…Southampton Princess…to November 13 children 16 and under free includes breakfast and dinner when sharing room with parents. Complimentary tiny tot sitting service from two to four years old.
Aruba…air includes seven nights-$798; Punta Cana-$598-three nights/four days.
Give me a call and away we go!
Check travel specials on my WNYX-TV segments 9 a.m. (UHF channels 35 and 27).