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Pat Kennedy Lawford and
Jean Kennedy Smith

Thousand Guests
Raise Million Bucks

By Roger Webster
Photos by Jimi Celeste/PMc

ENOX HILL Neighborhood House’s gala preview of the International Fine Art Fair, sponsored by Rolex, raised more than $7 million. The institution helps those in need who live, work or go to school on Manhattan’s East Side and improves the quality of life for all those in the neighborhood.

Chairs Audrey Gruss, Diana Quasha, along with Rolex USA’s president Walter Fischer, greeted 1,000 guests.

Each table was designed by a different designer using one of the works of art on display as inspiration. The highlights were the Rolex table by Richard Mishaan, as well as tables by Jackson/Aaron/Siegel, Mark Epstein, Scalamandré, Stark Carpet, Harry Heissmann for Albert Hadley and Kitty Hawks. Robert Rufino, the design chair of the evening created one for Tiffany’s.

Harold and Nancy d’O. Baker

The art valued at over $850 million was amazing.

Such artists as Picasso, Cézanne, Renoir, Rivera, Kahlo, Kandinsky, Calder, Miro, Matisse, O’Keefe, Klimt, Braque, Degas and Van Dongen were represented at the fair  at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue.

Among those admiring it all were Pat Kennedy Lawford and Jean Kennedy Smith, Mica Ertegun, Kenneth Jay Lane, Carroll Petrie and Raul Suarez, John and Andrea Stark, Jennifer Creel, Mark Gilbertson, Francis Hayward, Royce Pinkwater.

Stephen Siegel, Lisa Jackson and
Catherine Aaron

Also Lisa Jackson, Stephen Siegel, Catherine Aaron, Harold and Nancy d’O. Baker, David Patrick Columbia, Jeffrey Hirsch, Joe Givern, Marilyn White, Virginia Pitman, Lucia DeRespinis and Warren Scharf, LHNH executive director.

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