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Originally Posted: November 01, 2006

Nicole B. Brewer

Vera Safai, Janna Bullock, Eugenie Niven, Susan Malloy, Jamie Niven, Taryn Rose,
and Joanne de Guardiola at the 18th Annual Preview Party. Photo by Mary Hillard

The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 18th Anniversary Preview Party for The Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armory was a rousing success. Over 1,100 guests including the crème de la crème of New York society were dazzled by almost a billion dollars worth of the finest art and antiques, presented by 65 dealers from three continents. The spectacular night was underwritten by Janna Bullock and shoe designer Taryn Rose, who greeted guests in a receiving line with Society President Vera Safai, event Co-chairs Joanne de Guardiola and Susan Malloy, Junior Chair Eugenie Niven and Jamie Niven, who represented the Connoisseur Chairmanship that included Pat Buckley and Blaine Trump.

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney at the 18th Annual Preview
Party. Photo by Mary Hillard

Among those doing some serious shopping at The Haughton Fair, which ran through Thursday, October 26th and featured the Cartier diamond rose pendant that Princess Margaret wore to her sister Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, a Fabergé 10th Anniversary frame given by Russia's Grand Duke Michael to his wife Sophie von Merenberg, (She was Pushkin's granddaughter.) and a collection of Sir Cecil Beaton's private books and diaries including notes from Greta Garbo and a drawing the famous photographer made of her eyes, were Donald and Melania Trump, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky, Martha Stewart and her daughter Alexis Stewart, Julia and David Koch, Queer Eye's Thom Filicia, Lydia Hearst, Albert Hadley, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, MSNBC anchor Rita Cosby, Michel Cox Witmer, Muffie Potter and Dr. Sherrell Aston, Hilary Ross, Christine and Stephen Schwarzman, Leslie and Caroline Perkin, Mary and Marvin Davidson, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Audrey Gruss, Grace and Chris Meigher, Elaine Sargent, Tara and Michael Rockefeller, Alexandra Lind and Marshall Rose, and Anne Eisenhower Flöttl.

More shoppers included Roberto de Guardiola, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Alexandra Lind and Louis Rose, Audrey Gruss, Helen Schifter, Amy Fine Collins, artist Michelle Marie and Mark Heinemann, Courtney Arnot, Hamish Bowles, Frances Hayward, Michèle Gerber and Jeffrey Klein, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Somers Farkas, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Evelyn Lauder, Mia and Sheldon Solow, Daisy Soros, Dana Hammond and Patrick Stubgen, Andrea Stark, Iris Apfel, Stephanie Krieger and Brian Stewart, Jennifer Creel, Heather and Thom Leeds, Helena and Roman Martinez, Barbara and Donald Tober, House and Garden's Dominique Browning and Cynthia Frank, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Adria de Haume, Gail Hilson, Sharon Bush, New York Social Diary's David Patrick Columbia, Jeffrey Hirsch and Sian Ballen, Lisa and Brian McCarthy, Palm Beach TV news anchor Tim Malloy, Rod Drake and Jackie Weld, Ann Pyne, Betty Sherrill, Anait Bian, and Victoria Anstead and Thomas Guinzburg.

Giles, Anna, Emma, and Brian Haughton at the 18th Annual
Preview Party. Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

There were Glorious Foods buffet tables of lamb chops on the bone, freshly carved smoked salmon, fresh vegetables, seared tuna, cheeses and breads and condiments, while waiters in black tie passed the silver platters of hors d'oeuvres, champagne, pomegranate martinis and mixed beverages. Enjoying it all were Wendy Vanderbilt, John Loring, Pat Patterson, Bonnie Pfeiffer and Charles Evans, Debbie Bancroft, Wendy Carduner, Jacques Leviant, Jane and Lee Gammill, Gail and Dennis Karr, Giles and Emma Haughton, Bruce Bierman, Gillian Miniter and designer Brian Reyes, Friederike Biggs, Robert Dupont, Pamela Fiori, Fabian Basabe, Carolyn Roehm, Michelle and Larry Herbert, Graff's Marie and Henri Barguirdjian, Peter Marino, Boccara Gallery's Franck Laverdin, Barbara de Portago, Geoffrey Bradfield, Julie Dannenberg, Guy Regal, Muffy Miller, Polly Onet, Nina Griscom and Leonel Piraino, Sherry and Larry Babbio, Alexandra Kotur, Sheila Camera Kotur, Pat Altschul, Milan Lodjil, Carole Mack, George Farias, Frances Scaife, Mikael Kraemer, Jo Hallingby, John Yunis, Kelley Graham, Patricia Burnham, John Barman, Gillian Fuller, Heather and Alexander Cohane, Robert Rufino, Kathy Sloane, John Rosselli, Soheila Adelipour, Keith Langham, Toni Goodale, Joe and Nazee Moinian, Tara Milne, Peter Kairis, Anka Palitz, Kristi Witker and Dick Koons, Frances and Richard Bruder, Antoinette Maraldi-Guerrini, John Yunis, Montgomery Frazer, Jeanne Lawrence, Patricia Hambrecht, John Dobkin, Wendy Moonan, and Dr. Cap and Elsie Lesesne.

Tickets started at $300 and went up to $5,000 for the Golden Benefactors. The Society raised over $850,000 to promote the well-being of patients, support cancer research and provide public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.

Tom Watson, Donald Trump, Natalie Gulbis, and Annika Soren-
stam at the Manhattan Golf Classic.

Earlier in the year, there had been three wonderful kick-offs: at the Carolina Herrera Boutique on Madison Avenue, Dennis Basso's fur emporium and in the Ingrao Gallery where Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper hosted fellow Decorator Committee members Joel Allen, Samuel Botero, Thomas Britt, Mario Buatta, Barclay Butera, Robert Couturier, Elissa Cullman, Jamie Drake, David Easton, Sallie Giordano, Albert Hadley, Alexa Hampton, William Hodgins, Hermes Mallea, Carey Maloney, Brian McCarthy, Richard Mishaan, Juan Montoya, Charlotte Moss, Todd Alexander Romano, Carleton Varney, and Bunny Williams.

Kudos to the shows legendary impresarios Anna and Brian Haughton, the other Society chairs and Committee members including Virginia Burke, Mary Carpenter, Barbara Gimbel, Leslie Jones, Leonard Lauder, Nicole Limbocker, Lavinia Snyder, Courtney Arnot, Melinda Blinken, Tory Burch, Hilary Califano, Jan Calloway, Shelly Carr, Bambi de la Gueronniere, Anne Grauso, Robyn Joseph, Julie Kammerer, Coco Kopelman, Ros L'Esperance, Catie Marron, Georgette Mosbacher, Pilar Crespi Robert, Donna Rosen, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Kitty Sherrill, Felicia Taylor, and Patsy Warner, as well as The Society staff including Executive Director Melissa Grundman, Special Events Manager Olivia Striffler, Leigh Brawer, and Kelsey Banfield.

Susan Solomon with Dick and Noelle Wolf at the New York Stem
Cell Foundation gala dinner.

Annika and Natalie had it, and then they let it slip away. The Manhattan Golf Classic, that is, which was played on a very much Autumn-like day on October 22 on Governors Island. By the time the 18-hole skins game - but not the surrounding festivities - was over, Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis had lost to the somewhat unlikely team of Tom Watson and Donald Trump, 10-8. During the celebrity weekend Craig T. Nelson stopped by for a few holes.

The New York Stem Cell Foundation held its inaugural gala dinner on Monday, October 23 at The Rockefeller University in Manhattan. The gala - whose sponsoring benefactors were "Law and Order" Producer Dick Wolf and his wife, Noelle, along with Joel S. Marcus of Alexandria Real Estate Equities - celebrated NYSCF's first translational research conference, which took place October 23-24, also at Rockefeller. The evening was hosted by Susan Solomon, co-founder and CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, along with co-founder Mary Elizabeth Bunzel.


Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer


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