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The 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Sotheby’s raised over $500,00 for the Lenox Hill Hospital helping those in need on Manhattan’s east side and addressing children’s housing problems. Three days of shopping with preview party of 500 such as Kenneth J. Lane, Tabia Roosevelt, Judy Peabody and other charitable socialites in attendance. Eva Dillon and Andrea Donahue co-chaired the event; Nancy Baker was the underwriter and was with husband, Harold Baker. All enjoyed the auction, the sales, delicious buffet and music by Alex Donner who flew in from Wisconsin. It was a fabulous fundraiser.
At the Public Library I ran into Joe Franklin for the second time this week. He was there giving support to his friend, Abe Hirschfeld who was promoting his new book, " Crazy, but in Charge". Abe is quite a man. I can’t put the book down. It is a fast and interesting read about a creative genius who built a fortune in New York City Real Estate, endured bad and erroneous press, served time in jail and otherwise not only survived, but came through victoriously with each set-back. Of course, Abe did have help along the way from people who believed in him because he is a man who lives up to his word and meets his commitments. His accomplishments are astounding since he was born a Polish Jew and acquired only a fifth grade education. This is one man who truly lives up to the American dream! You’ll be enthralled with his new book, "Crazy and in Charge."
Little Baby Face Foundation held their fun fund-raiser at the Sky Club this week with a live auction, music, dancing, open bar and fabulous fare. The Little Baby Face Foundation hel ps children born with facial birth defects. The money raised has helped make great strides in correcting these facial disfigurements as well as continuing to aid necessary research. If you would like to get involved or attend one of these beautiful parties by all means give them a call, contact me or find them on their web site: www.littlebabyface.org.
When people from out of town or overseas come to New York City for the first time they may feel an overwhelming sense of fear or, at lest, bewilderment, except for the Big Apple Greeters (volunteers who welcome all who come to New York City for the first time). They familiarize them with the city, take them to shows and restaurants along with advice that suits their needs, even suggesting the Rockaway beaches in summer. Apple Greeters have made such a difference in the impression outsiders have of our Big Town that they are worth millions in making new friends for NYC. They held a great event, with a live auction, also at the Sky Club, with their volunteers ever present. You too may be interested in becoming an Apple Greeter. It most certainly is a fun way to make people feel at home in the biggest and best city in the world. Their web site is www.applegreet er.org.
At Kennedy’s I learned Breezy Point will have new residents in January – Lynn and Eric Bensaial expect to move in at that time. Jennifer McHugh celebrated her birthday at brunch with Helen Walden whose granddaughter will be two and a half.
Grace Someck was pleasantly surprised her son Michael was able to spend Thanksgiving with her.
The Crowley Mediterranean Mansion on Utica Walk is moving along nicely and they are looking forward to completion the end of Jan.
If you like Broadway drama you’re sure to enjoy The Violet Hour. The five actors, Mario Cantone, Dagmara Dominczyk, Scott Foley, Robert Sean Leonard and Robin Miles, were so good they held the audience in their grip throughout the performance. However, in my opinion, Mario Cantone, (Gidger) who played the publisher, Robert Sean Leonard, (John Pace Seavering’s gay assistant) stole the show with his antics. Not that John Pace didn’t do marvelously as well as the others. It was all set in a Manhattan Tower in 1919. John Gileece of the Rockaway Theatre Group could do a great job in the role of Gidger. I could just picture this play at the Ft. Tilden Theatre.
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