Sydney Shuman, Audrey Gruss
and Diana Quasha
LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE
Rolex Sponsors Viewing Of Art
To Benefit Upper East Side Needy
Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Donald Bowers for Patrick McMullan
ENOX HILL Neighborhood House celebrated its 110th anniversary and raised $725,000 to help the needy on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The black-tie evening, sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for 750 at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue, to preview the 11th Annual International Fine Art Fair, one of the world’s most prestigious fine art shows.
Benefit co-chairs Audrey Gruss and Diana Quasha, Walter Fischer, Rolex president and CEO and gala co-chair Sydney Shuman greeted guests such as CBS’s Marjorie Baker-Riker, Alfred Taubman, Eva Dillon, David Easton, Nancy and Harold d’O. Baker, Pamela Van Ingen, Earle and Carol Mack, Renée and Carl Landegger, Blakely and Trey Griggs, Valentino’s Ellen Niven, Marianna, Raj and Juan Sabater, Mark Gilbertson, Andrea and Tom Donahue, and Judith and Stanley Zabar.
There was over a half billion dollars worth of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century presented by international art dealers.
John and Andrea Stark
Libby and Terry Fitzgerald, Tinsley Mortimer, Joan Lacey, Ilene Wetson, Marilyn White, Laine and Richard Siklos, Livia Cox-Fill, Ann Nitze, Jason Hirsch, Nicole Rombaldi, Sanieer Chishty, Christopher Mason and Grace Hightower admired paintings by Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Max Ernst, Richard Dadd and Joseph Stella.
The splendid night continued as guests including Ingrid and Tom Edelman, Sara Ayres, Georgia Kaufman, David Patrick Columbia, Annie Churchill, R. Couri Hay, Leslie and Kevin Coleman, Stanley Shuman, Leslie Heaney, Caroline Dean and Eric Cohler moved to a grand private club on Fifth Avenue for dinner and dancing.
Many made the transfer in charming London Town Cars provided by Steve Spencer.
The generous group, including Chris and Grace Meigher, Pat Patterson, Gary Beller, Marsh McLennan, Catherine Aaron, Billy and Debbie Bancroft, Burwell and Paul Schorr, and Lisa and Donald Jackson, gasped as they entered the club’s magnificent dining room filled with 30 tables, each with an original table decoration created as variations on the “time” theme by top interior designers.
Cynthia Lufkin and
The Design Chairs were John Rosselli, Bunny Williams, and Robert Rufino, whose table, “Tempus Fugit,” was stunning with huge black and white ostrich plumes.
The House’s executive director Warren Scharf thanked their honorary gala co-Chairs Elizabeth and Felix G. Rohatyn, Media Partner, Quest Magazine and associate sponsor Celine as well as his hardworking staff including Lucia DeRespinis, Virginia Pitman and Lauren Malang.
CBS’s Morley Safer narrated an audio visual presentation of pictures, photographed by Barbara Vaughn, showing candid shots of the House’s good works. They serve 300,000 meals a year and help 20,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life.