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Originally Posted: February 28, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

Bay Street Theatre's 2007 Winter Benefit was held at The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan on Monday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. The evening was entitled Crazy Rhythm: A Night In Manhattan with entertainment by singer Mary Cleere Haran and dancers Josh Walden and Lea Kohl, with choreography by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. The evening's entertainment was directed by Murphy Davis, Bay Street Theatre's co-artistic director.

Josh Walden, Murphy Davis, Mary Cleere Haran, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Lea
Kohl at the Bay Street Theatre Winter Benefit. Photo by Gier Magnusson

The evening included cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a sit-down dinner and entertainment followed by dancing to the sounds of Hank Lane Revue.

Those attending the event included Stanley J. and Barbara Arkin, Lauren Bacall, Darren Bagert, Noah Bean, Roger and Wendy Butterley, Jack Carley and Pia Lindstrom, Adrianne and Jerry Cohen, Michael Feinstein, Frank and Joanne Filipo, Dr. Stephen Fleming, Danny Gerroll and Patricia Kalember, Peter Hallock, Jane Holden, Steve and Colleen Levy, Jeffrey Lyons, Daniel Marsili, John McDaniel, Joanna and Daniel Rose, Tara Smith, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, B.D. Wong, and Robert Zimmerman.

"We were thrilled to have Mary Cleere Haran entertain at our Winter Benefit," said Frank Filipo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Bay Street Theatre. "What a great night in the city and what a great way to support Bay Street," said Stanley Arkin, Trustee for Bay Street Theatre. Mala Sander, Trustee for Bay Street Theatre announced, "Bay Street benefit events are always something special and something I never want to miss."

"We thank all those who supported this event. We are now in the early planning stages of our Summer Gala Benefit Bash on July 21 at Harding Farm in Bridgehampton," said Stephen Hamilton, Executive Director for Bay Street Theatre. "Mary Cleere Haran really wowed the crowd," said Peter Hallock, Trustee for Bay Street Theatre.

Robert Verdi, Margaret Russell, and Jonathan Adler at DIFFA Dining by Design.
Photo by Michael Simon

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS began their 10th annual Dining by Design tour with a weekend full of events at The Waterfront (28th Street & 11th Avenue) in New York City on Saturday, February 24th through Monday, February 26th. This fabulous event was presented by Elle Decor and GE Monogram brought together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.

The multi-city tour, which in past years has raised more than $12 million for DIFFA, featured awe-inspiring dining installations by design luminaries such as David Rockwell or Rockwell Group for GE Monogram, Margaret Russell for Elle Decor, Marc Blackwell for Rosemount Estate, and Elexion by Arne Quinze for Lexus as well as corporate giants such as Calvin Klein Home, Ralph Lauren Home, Walt Disney Signature, Benjamin Moore, and Crate & Barrel among others.

Notable guests included editor-in-chief of Elle Decor Margaret Russell, David Rockwell, Jane Seymour, Mariska Hargitay, Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, Fern Mallis of IMG and the director of New York Fashion Week, Jonathan Adler, Leven Rambin, Robert Verdi, B. Smith, Ted Allen, Beverly Feldman, Tracy Stern, Vincente Wolf, Marc Ecko, NY1's Poppy Harlow, Lady Bunny, Serena Bass, and Barneys New York designer extraordinaire Simon Doonan.

Each of the almost 60 designers/sponsors received a dining space within which the creative possibilities are endless; the only requirement is that each table accommodates at least ten dinner guests. Over 3,000 guests viewed the innovative table designs throughout the weekend at DIFFA'S Dining by Design Table-Hop & Taste while sampling selections from the City's best restaurants including Buddakan and Country paired with wines from Rosemount Estate. At DIFFA'S Dining by Design Gala Seated Dinner on Monday, February 26th 700 guests dined at the tables, making the event a truly unique experience for all who attend. Following Dining by Design New York, the installations will travel across the country to various cities including Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Cheers to all!

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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