On The Avenue

A Night at The Museum

by Jasmine Lombardi Photographed by Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.
Friday, November 19, 2010
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Last night, the American Museum of Natural History held its Annual Gala. Cocktails were in the Roosevelt Rotunda (not everyone can say they’ve seen Meg Ryan standing underneath a Barosaurus) and dinner was in Milstein Hall. The crowd of 500 plus people were belly laughing as Jimmy Fallon took stage introducing the night’s musical performance, Sir Elton John. Jimmy rattled off a list of “thank you’s” (which included a mock of Facebook’s “suggested friends” application – who can’t relate to that?) while a table of fellow Saturday Night Live’ers (Andy Samberg, Seth Meyers, Keanon Thompson and Bill Hader, to name a few) sat in front to support Fallon and chairman of the museum (and creative genius of the show) Lorne Michaels.

John received about 4 standing ovations – kicking off his performance with “Your Song” followed by “Tiny Dancer” (which he said was “for the ladies”) and wrapping up with “Bennie and the Jets.” Unreal. Veronica Webb (who wore a floor length emerald green gown, much different from her daring red number she wore to the Spring gala) sat hand-in-hand at our table with Chris Del Gatto (co-founder, chairman and CEO of CIRCA) and they couldn’t be cuter. Del Gatto kicked off the live auction on a high note by winning the bid for Children’s Adventures and “A Night at The Museum.” The auction was conducted by Jamie Niven (who is surprisingly hilarious) of Sotheby’s, with the help of Tom Brokaw. The auction included front row seats to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, a dream package for any gem lover (which included a Graffstar watch), 4 tickets to a live taping of SNL and 4 tickets to see Sir Paul McCartney at the Apollo Theatre.

Other big names included Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin (seen chatting with his “Prelude to a Kiss” costar, Meg Ryan) Dr. Mehmet Oz, Gayle King, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Jane Krakowski, Jeff Zucker, Jeremy Levin, John McEnroe and Patty Smyth, Claire Bernard, Kristin Wiig, Tom and Kathy Freston, Tina Fey, Peter Lyden, Steve Martin and David Paterson

All in all, The American Museum of Natural History brought a night full of unprecedented entertainment, laughter and charity – no bones about it.


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