A Fashionable Afternoon at The Plaza

by Jasmine Lombardi Photographed by Arlene Dahl, Somers Farkas, Iris Apfel photo by Rob Rich © 2011 robwayne1@aol.com 516-676-3939
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Yesterday, The Lighthouse International hosted POSH Tea at The Palm Court at The Plaza, honoring the foundation’s founders and their descendants. The Lighthouse’s mission is to fight vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment but fashion is actually a large part of its history. The tradition of POSH started over 100 years ago when Winifred and Edith Holt used their dress allowances to help fund the organization and today New York notables such as Hamish Bowles, Charles and Clo Cohen, Beth Rudin DeWoody and Iris Apfel are closely involved and asking their well-connected friends to follow in their footsteps.

The POSH annual sale has been one of the most anticipated events for deeply discounted designer duds. What’s better than buying new or gently worn clothes and accessories from top designers and having all the proceeds benefit a good cause? This year, Lighthouse International’s POSH sale will take place in New York City and Palm Beach. During the tea, Mark Ackermann, President and CEO of Lighthouse International, announced that POSH will now have a venue at The Plaza opening this spring—making the sale more accessible.

Despite the dreary weather, many guests made their way to the stunning Palm Court for an afternoon of goodies and good deeds—Somers Farkas, Iris Apfel, Bruce and Juliana T. Gilbert, Jo Hallingby, Marylyn Maklin, Lisa Pulitzer Love, Arlene Dahl, Jean Shafiroff, Nell Yperifanos, Barbara Tober, Elisa Miller-Out (descendant of the Tiffany Family), Emily Frick, Mr. Tom Gimbell, Whitney Douglas & Victoria Donaldson (descendants of the Pulitzer Family), Sam Hopkins & Lisa Bailey Musgrave (descendants of the Holt Family) and Mrs. Douglas Auchincloss, to name a few.

Sarah Paul, Marc Rosen, Carole Holmes McCarthy

Arlene Dahl, Somers Farkas, Iris Apfel

Sam Hopkins,Whitney Douglass, Tom Gimbel


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