EUROPEAN SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump and Melania
The Hiltons: Paris, Kathy, Rick, Nicky
Eric Trump and girlfriend Lara Lea
Geraldo Rivera and wife Erica Michelle
The Donald And The Hiltons
Honored For Their Support
HE European School of Economics
Foundation honored two iconic families of global business for
their support of its scholarship program at a gala in December
at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
President Elio D’Anna paid
tribute to Donald J. Trump, chairman/CEO of the Trump
Organization and TV personality, and to Rick Hilton,
chairman of the Beverly Hills real estate empire Hilton &
Hyland, and his wife Kathy Hilton, founder of Kathy
Emcee Geraldo Rivera marveled
at the star power in the room. "It’s rare when you
say people’s names that they are on buildings in every city in
the world—families that are multigenerational dynasties."
To strengthen this family affair
Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, executive vice
presidents at the Trump Organization, were there for their dad.
Likewise Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton were on
hand for their parents.
"You rarely get a chance to honor the
people who gave you life," Paris said. "No story about my father
is ever complete without the story of my mother. They met when
my mother was 15 and my father 19."
"We love Donald, we go way back," Rick
Hilton said. "My father and grandfather had a reputation of
doing transactions on a handshake. That’s a rarity."
Ivanka recalled a family friend who
described her father as "a reverse tornado—he builds everything
in his path."
"I have a really special family," the
Geraldo Rivera lauded The Donald for
rejuvenating Wallman Rink in Central Park. "I cherish him for
giving my seven-year-old daughter a wonderful place to ice skate
where she can look at all the beautiful buildings in New York."
Established in 1994, the European
School of Economics is based in London with campuses in Madrid,
New York, Rome, Milan and Florence. Among the 600 guests at the
dinner were Rod and Judy Gilbert, Fruzen Ice
creator Hana Bisceglie, board member Loreen Arbus,
celebrity tax lawyer David Hryck and jazz great
Dominick Farinacci, Dorothy Herman, Patrick J.
Harvey, Alessandro Nomellini, Anne Hearst,
Somers and Jonathan Farkas, and
Loreen Arbus as well as several students. The high wattage celebrities applauded society columnist
Catherine Saxton for her efforts in producing this stellar event.
"Education," Kathy remarked, "is the
most important gift we can receive. It cannot be taken from us."
To which Rick added, "My advice to the students is, study hard,
listen to your lecturers."