Bigger, Better Holiday Bazaar
Helps Children on East Side

By Roger Webster

HE 14th Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Holiday Bazaar Preview Party, at Sotheby’s, was bigger and more fun than ever. This was partly due to the new location and partly the traditions and benevolence, which are more important to New Yorkers than ever.

Most of the sponsors, chairs, board and committee members, including Annette de la Renta, Julia Wallace, Martha McLanahan, Diana Quasha, Sydney Shuman, John Rosselli, Gracious Home’s Nancy and Natan Wekselbaum, Nancy Wackstein, Renée Landegger, Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Tobie Roosevelt, Nancy and Harold d’O. Baker, Guy Regal and Julie Dannenberg, Martin and Audrey Gruss, Marjorie Gubelmann, Jonathon Gargiulo, Craig Natiello and Martha Dorn were there.

Many donned red aprons to help the dozens of volunteers set up, guide, sell and serve their glamorous shoppers such as Muffie Potter Aston, George Trescher, Grace Hightower, Patricia Duff, Duane Hampton, Ellen and Mark Gilbertson, Debbie Bancroft, Richard Torrenzano, Dr. Suzanne Levine, dress designer Kim Hicks, Elite model Heidi Elbertson, Cynthia Frank, Lady Henrietta Spencer Churchill, the State Department’s Kimberly Nisbet, Costa Rican model Mauricio Amuy, jewelry designer Anne Ellington, David Patrick Columbia, Jeffrey Hirsch, Linda  Mansfield, Tom Gates  and R. Couri Hay shopped earnestly.

They bought items with such stylish names as Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Bulgari, Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Prada, Tiffany, Asprey & Garrard, Kenneth Jay Lane, Halston and Oscar de la Renta.

They combed for bargains and one-of-a-kind items in the famous flea market and bid at the silent auction on the exclusive and gorgeous pairs of pillows donated by Scalamandré, created by top designers such as Millie de Cabrol, Jamie Drake, Greg Jordan, Sheila Camera Kotur, Noelle Newell, and Stephanie Stokes.

Glorious Foods provided a delicious meal and, best of all, the two-day bazaar and its preview raised over $350,000, which will go to help the children who receive benefits daily at the 107-year-old East Side institution. 

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