Annette de la Renta, John Rosselli and
LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
Holiday Bazaar Nets $500,000
To Help The East Side Needy
Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Thos Robinson/PMc
ENOX HILL Neighborhood House’s 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar at Sotheby’s was a rip roaring success, raising $500,000 to benefit its children’s programs on Manhattan’s East Side.
The three-day shopping event opened with a Preview Party for 500, including Annette de la Renta, Tobie Roosevelt, Judy Peabody, Kenneth J. Lane, Sydney Shuman, Susan Mortimer, Katherine Rothman, Renée and Carl Landegger, Wiggie Bitter, Bunny Williams, Vogue’s Alexandra Kotur, Courtney Arnot, and Leslie Heaney.
The honorary co-chairs were John Rosselli, Julia Wallace and Gracious Home’s Nancy Wekselbaum. Co-chairs were Eva Dillon and Andrea Donahue. Nancy Baker was the hard working underwriting chair.
They all strolled down the glorious Boulevard of Shops, stopping to talk with LHNH board president Diana Quasha and look at her shameless Empress, Duchess & Tart baubles; the U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’ stepdaugher Kelley Farish, who flew in from Kentucky with her adorable children’s clothes at Bella Bliss; and Susan Gubelmann, who was there with her daughter Marjorie Raein and tables of fabulous gift items.
Eva Dillon and Andrea Donahue
Guests, including Julie Dannenberg, Jonathan Gargiulo, Cricket Burns, Stiles Colwill, Nancy Wakstein, Janet Schlesinger and Paulette Smyth, bid at the silent auction on exclusive pillows and footstools created with Scalamandre’s luxurious fabrics.
Among the generous designers were Mark Epstein, Jackson Siegel Aaron, Geoffrey Bradfield, Richard Mishaan, Harry Meg Braff, Sheila Camera Kotur, and CeCe Cord, who designed a dog bone pillow to go with the doggie bed she had donated.
Catherine Aaron, Mish Tworkowski, Andrew Saffir, Laurie Bodor, Stephen Siegel, Alexandra DeWankowicz, Tom Gates, Mitch Douglas and Lynette Davis enjoyed the rare finds in the event’s famous flea market, the delicious buffet by Glorious Food and the delightful music by Alex Donner.
Wiggie Bitter and pillow
Sam Winch, “The Lulabadeer” who had flown in from his home in Wisconsin to perform, earned a standing ovation from his many fans, including Brendan Dillon, Miles Redd, Michael and Rebecca Silver.
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House executive director Warren Scharf was there with staff members Virginia Pitman, Lucia DeRespinis, Lynn Appelbaum, and oodles of red aproned volunteers. The all worked hard, as they always do, to help people gain the skills to strengthen themselves and their community.