2005-05-06 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host WNYX - TV Morning News

12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Well-dressed men and women supporters of the Jimmy V Foundation gathered together at Pier Sixty, a beautiful venue in Chelsea Piers (where, at cocktails, we caught the QM2 sail by), to celebrate .the premier awards for the Jimmy V Foundation. Former NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a picture of health, glowing with warmth and love, received an honorary award for his courage and “Don’t Give Up! Don’t Ever Give Up!“ spirit throughout his battle with cancer and in his everyday life. He, too, was diagnosed with prostate cancer as was Jimmy Valvano. It was Jimmy V’s “Don’t Give Up” spirit that kept him going and today Giuliani is a happy man. Jimmy Valvano, a great basketball player and college coach who Is also a sports announcer for ABC and ESPN lived by that motto. However, he eventually lost the battle. His motto still lives on and after his death his brother, Mike became CEO and founder of the V Foundation that funds research for cancer cures. He was present. Mike Krzyzewski, featured friends and member of the Board of Directors gave the opening address. John Saunders, another Board member, and sports commentator for ABC and ESPN hosted the event and well known Latin singer, Daniel Rodriquez entertained. If you are interested in contributing or attending next year‘s Gala get in touch with The V Foundation. 83% of every dollar raised goes to the foundation.

Those sunny skies come and go but, as the temperatures rise crowds from surrounding areas will be flocking to Kennedy’s. In fact, there was a big engagement party past weekend for folks in Brooklyn such as Carol Iannaccone and Rocco Rego who celebrated their wedding to be (no date yet) with 65 family members including mother Mary Iannaccone and daughters, Casey Jean, Lynn and Wayne Cama with Niclole, 18 and Michael, 16. cousins and Mary and Elaine Candello to mention just a few. Live music that was soft and sweet. Keiley, Bob O’Brien and Bob Zelek, who is winning his battle against Cancer and doing well now. It takes time, but his spirits are good and he’s coming through with flying colors. We all wish you well, Bob. And our prayers are with you. Special thank you to Pat Samon and Bob O‘Brien for a favor much appreciated.

A Spring Benefit, Bird of Paradise, a celebration of Latin American art, music, samba, tango, dance performances, disco dancing, cocktails and hors d;oeures/is being held at the Bronx Museum of Arts on Thursday, May 19, 7 pm to 10pm. Guests will dress in tropical attire.

An exquisite party for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House called “Moments in Style,” to preview the New York International Arts and Antique Show benefiting Lenox Hill Neighborhood House sponsored by Rolex. Of course, the paintings, sculptures, furniture, jewelry etc. were magnificent, but what was special this year were the extraordinarily beautiful centerpieces adorning each dressed dinner table, not only huge colorful flowers in vases , but one with live fish swimming in the vase. What enhanced the dinner table were p[laced in the midst of the glorious art as if you were being entertained in a lavish, expensive home. This is one show you should not miss. At least attend it once in your life. You wont forget it nor regret it.

JVC Jazz Festival for 2005 was announced. More than 100 Concerts and Events across Manhattan and Brooklyn will be presented from June 14 to 25. Tickets are on sale now. Carnegie Hall will celebrate Les Paul’s birthday celebration and a salute to America’s favorite girl singer, Rosemary Clooney on Fri. June 17. Again on Sun. June 19. Birthday salute to Les and his Band and on Monday for Rosemary Clooney and on through the week.

The Pratt Foundation held 2005 Scholarship Benefit gala dinner at Gotham Hall where I met one of their charming donors, Isabelle Merton, a widow and former professional singer, who donated $100.000 to Pratt. She introduced me to the CEO and great grandson of the founder, Mike Pratt and his wife, Carol. Marc Rosen and Julianna Curran Terian were there; Chairmen, Dana Tyler. CBS news Anchor was hosted..Video tributes included one by Tom Ford for fashion designer, Cathy Hardwick who helped foster his career; .Robert Wilson, theatre Director; James Rosenquist, artist, Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer, and Helmut Jahn, Architect were among other legends.

At the Linux show at the Roosevelt , I r an into Jimmy Green from Belle Harbor whose wife recently passed away. My condolences. He seems a bit lonely. Perhaps some of the neighbors in Belle Harbor might pay him a visit now and then to cheer him up. I am sure he will welcome a visit.


Tahiti had a blast of a breakfast at the Grand Hyatt to introduce their new non stop flights, (three times a week) from JFK to Tahiti starting July 4th.. Their were 600 agents present and each received two RT tickets from JFK non stop To Tahiti.. For the public $499 which is still very good.. Book it ASAP. We don’t know how long it will last. For Atlantis in Nassau ,stay 4 nts or more from $399 and get air credit of $350.……. 5 nts.at Wyndham Sunshine sites in Grand Cayman $299; London , 3nts. $589; Egypt summer special $499p.p. incl Nile cruise. Cairo Luxor, Aswan, Esna, Edfu, Kom Omb. Club Med TEENS STAY FREE. 14 TO 17 FROM 6/18 TO 9/2 7 NTS/ $910p UNTA Cana. Sandpiper, Port St. Lucie, Fla. 4 nts. Companion STAYS FREE $480. Jamaica Sunset Resorts all incl.4 days $739


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