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Hillary Dick and Jennifer Creel

Cartier Jewelry Lights up the Room
As Ladies Sparkle on the Dance Floor

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Chance Yeh

HE Associates Committee of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center raised $190,000 for the Department of Pediatrics at their annual gambling party, this year dubbed Midnight in Monte Carlo. The sponsors were Salomon Smith Barney and Cartier, who contributed $40,000 and printed the stunning invitations.

Cartier added to the glamour of the night with jewelry that sparkled on chairperson Jennifer Creel, resplendent in a nude beaded Valentino gown, and her committee: Hillary Dick, Helen Shifter, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Tory Burch and Eugenie Niven.

Ron Wendt dramatically transformed the Metropolitan Club into a French Mediterranean gambling casino. He used a midnight blue and black color scheme, dangling mirrored mobiles and huge ostrich plumes.

Crown Princess Marie Chantal
of Greece and Carolyn Berthet

Silent auction items and gambling prizes included luxurious objects from Carolina Herrera, Dior, Frette and LeSport Sac, as well as tickets to Venice on Delta Air Lines, beauty enhancement by Dr. Howard Sobel and smile brightening by Dr. James Eisdorfer.

The Society’s president, Laurie Carson, was there as well as many of her team members including Barbara McLaughlin, Lisa McCarthy, Courtney Arnot, Alexia Hamm Pickett, Alexandra Lind Rose and Nicole Micco, who was especially acknowledged by Mrs. Creel for putting it all together so seamlessly.

Kevin Kline with Phoebe Cates, in a vintage black and silk Leonard gown, joined in the fun along with Prince Pavlos and Marie Chantal of Greece, Nicole Miller, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Somers and Jonathon Farkas, R. Couri Hay with Elite Model-of-the-Year Heidi Albertsen, Richard Torrenzano and Polly Onet.

Heidi Albertsen, Kevin Kline and
Phoebe Cates

Other guests and committee members included Mary and Michael Darling, Dr. Robert  Arnot, Tony Dick, Alexis Waller, Roger and Stephanie Griswold, Samantha and Serena Boardman, NV Club’s Shamin Abas and Frank Cilione,  Nancy Stratford and Avery Knox, Nina Tower,  Caroline Berthet, Patrick McMullan, and Mary Hilliard.

Throughout dinner, guests sipped Taittinger champagne to the evocative melodies of chanteuse Phoebe Legere and her sexy white accordion at tables decorated with long stemmed French tulips in crystal trumpet vases, white orchids and roses under water in seemingly magically lit glass cylinders.

Mr. Wendt used dark navy taffeta tablecloths. There was a Cartier box and baby bottles of Taittinger with real bubbles for everyone to play with.

Following dinner, they whooped it up at blackjack, roulette, and other gaming tables, while DJ Tom Finn kept the dance floor jumping.

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