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Dan Lufkin and Karen LeFrak

Kitty Patterson Kempner and
Ruth Fleischmann

Pamela Gross and
Cynthia Lufkin

James Finkelstein and
Debbie Bancroft

Centennial Gala Kicks Off
With Party In Southampton

Story by Roger Webster
Photos by Patrick Hannaway/PMc

HE 110-year-old Southampton home of Pamela Gross and James Finkelstein was the wonderful site of a chic summer luncheon to celebrate the Juilliard School’s Centennial Gala. The hosts were the gala’s chairs, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin.

Among the guests were Kitty Patterson Kempner, Pamela Fiori, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Jessie Araskog, Andrea Stark, Douglas Hannant, Ruth Fleischmann, Frederick Anderson, Debbie Bancroft, R. Couri Hay.

Also Juilliard vice president Tony Newman, Sharon Bush, Christine Schott, Michèle Gerber Klein, Audrey Gruss, Jane Holzer, Bettina Zilkha, Mai Harrison, Tinsley Mortimer and Karen LeFrak who brought two four-month-old standard poodle puppies that had been sired by her beloved champion Mikimoto.

To create a delightful mood and remind everyone of the immense value of a Juilliard education, there was a trio of students who perform as the Matisse Music Ensemble: flutist Adi Menczel, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and bassoonist Larisa Gelman.

Juilliard board member Kitty Patterson Kempner announced the school’s grand 100th birthday party.

“The capstone event of the yearlong celebration will be a televised gala on April 3, 2006, at Lincoln Center, which will include performances by some of Juilliard’s best-known alumni, including Laura Linney, The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford, Renee Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Emanuel Ax and Wynton Marsalis.

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