On The Avenue

A Peabody Award from Casita Maria

by Michael Gross Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMC
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Last night, Jacqueline Weld Drake opened the doors of her Park Avenue apartment to celebrate the upcoming Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education Fiesta and Elizabeth Peabody, who will receive the group’s Gold Medal of Honor at the October 17th gala at the Plaza Hotel.


The Casita Maria Gold Medal of Honor is awarded annually to outstanding individuals in recognition to their contribution to the worlds of arts, education, and philanthropy. This year, Casita Maria will honor Peabody for her dedication to mental health and compassionate leadership to The Maria Droste Counseling Services; Rosaura Henkel, the Mexican philanthropist extraordinaire for her work with “Duerme Tranquilo” and service to numerous hospitals; and Julia Salvi, the co-founder and visionary behind the renowned Cartagena International Music Festival.


The evening’s host will be Audrey Puente, daughter of great Latin percussionist, Tito Puente, himself a Casita alumnus and former honoree. The Dinner Chairmen are Weld Drake and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.


Among those braving the United Nations gridlock in midtown to drink, nibble sushi and admire Weld Drake’s extravagant collection of original works of 20th Century magazine illustration were Geoffrey Bradfield, Margo Langeberg, Kristina Allegra, Edgar Batista, Podie Lynch, Judy Auchincloss, Fe Fendi, Barbara Cirkva-Schumacher, Louise Grunwald, Susan Gutfreund, Daisy Soros, Carlos Picon, Carolina Herrera, Susan Cheever, Liliana Cavendish, Marc Rosen, Kristi Witker, Mark Gilberston, Roy Kean, Ann Rapp, Iris Love, Mary Hilliard, Steven M.L. Aronson, Martha Bograd, Sharon Hoge, Jean Shafiroff, Christopher Mason, Tina Beriro, Sandra Whitney, Sana Sabbagh, Adrienne and Gigi Vittadini, Peter Bacanovic, Fredick Eberstadt, and Jonathan Marder.



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