2006-01-27 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

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Russian Finale Fete At Guggenheim

A gala evening was held at the Guggenheim Museum for the closing of the most celebrated exhibition of Russian Art under the patronage of Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation.

Helen Yarmak, designed a special collection “Russia,” which was displayed on the models at the event.

Helen Yarmak was named International Designer of the Year. Her luxury furs and jewelry collections can be seen at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Goldie Hawn, Janet Jackson, Morgan Fairchild are among her most distinguished clients. She has been called the Russian Fashion Ambassador in America because she has helped build a cultural bridge between Russia and the United States.

American Ballet Theatre’s Prima Ballerina, Irina Dvorovenko, actress Tina Louise, art consultant Michel Witner, and Elaine Sargent were among the many celebrated guests.

The works presented were of the highest quality and charted the decisive moments in the development of Russian history.

In keeping with the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration of his birthday, a poem written by my doctor, Bernie Nidus, MD, is submitted. “To Emmet Till” is written about a black boy, 14 years of age in the 1950’s, who whistled at a white woman to flatter her. The result was his death and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement.

To Emmet Till

There are cries of anguish some hear still

From that barn where they tortured Emmet Till

He flattered a white woman with his whistle

So they came with guns, their hate did bristle

They cut and battered and shot his face

That picture his mother gave, none can erase

They tried the two men who took him by night

But the jury of their peers was lily white

Then they sold their tale of murder for money

About a fourteen year old who just tried to be funny

He was found at the bottom of a Mississippi creek

His memory must live on in those willing to speak


Over a thousand attended a big dinner held in the New York Sheraton Hotel in honor of Dr. Martine Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, where awards were presented to the Marian Anderson String Quartet for outstanding achievement. The Civil Rights award went to Citizens of the State of Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour was the recipient; Usher Raymond, the Ultimate Entertainer, was also present. Honorable Roy Innis made remarks reminding us all of Dr. King’s words to hold to America’s foundation, “Behold these truths to be self-evident…All Men are Created Equal...” Entertainment was provided by the USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York, Daniel Rodriguez, the singing cop, and Freddy Jackson, recording artist.

At the Retail Federation Oracle reception at the 21 Club, I met the CEO of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Ronald Klein, and he reported that in spite of the transit strike, sales were up this Christmas. He did reveal plans were underway to take over the May Company. They do have expertise in managing huge department stores and I am sure they will have another big success.

The CEO of Ethan Allen stores, Faro Kathwari, said their holiday sales were up 10%. “Every Day Best Price” is their motto.

If you are looking for a new, hip, and young venue, Pacha on the west side at 46 Street and almost the West Side Highway is one “in” new place. Some gasped and said, “It was like stepping into a bordello.” (Never having been to one I can’t make the comparison.) However, it consists of three floors, the top being the VIP room, which is the quietest; the second floor is the liveliest. (Don’t know whether it is because of the open buffet or the slightly clad girls dancing in the shower..) But if that’s your thing, it sure is a come on. Dancing that night was on the first floor, which gives you a warm welcome.

The jewelry show at the Javits Center displayed some exquisite pieces. They were magnificently beautiful, especially from Taiwan and Hong Kong. And the Variety Show was selling everything for peanuts. Unbelievable prices and many 99-cent stores. There are bargains out there. You just have to look for them.

Buzzing was about the Bay House and Kennedy’s, where there was a Birthday Blast for Pay Sammons’ daughter, Anne Marie that her husband, John Regan threw for her. And, it was a surprise! Among the 150 guests were family and friends, and special girlfriends from high school and college. It was jumping! Daddy, Pat Sammons, said, “The Bay House did a nice job.” Congratulations to you Anne Marie and many, many more years of happy, healthy living.

I was just delighted to see Bob Zelek at the bar recovering nicely after his last hospital procedure, and in such good spirits. He is joining the golf team and has been elected head scorekeeper. You can’t keep that man down for long. Speedy recovery, Bob. Get out there and show them how to play.

Correction: Joe Kilbride, not Kenbridge, as reported in the last column, told about the Katrina-like waters at the Roxbury Post Office doors. Any steps made to improve these conditions? Let’s hear your suggestions. Email me at: dorothydunne@yahoo. com


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