On The Avenue

The Boys’ Club’s Back in Town!

Friday, October 26, 2018
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The Boys’ Club of New York always manages to elegantly combine pith, passion and a little posing. This year, the gala’s 70th annual, sponsor Dolce & Gabbana ratcheted up the glam quotient and all the chairs dazzled a little more brightly in their fab frocks. They were: Betsy Pitts, Lauren Santo Domingo, Mary Kathryn Navab, Tatiana Perkins, Cornelia Brandolini D’Adda and Kathryn Miller who brought D & G to the party. Dan Rothmann, President of Dolce & Gabbana USA said “Kathryn is beautiful in spirit and heart—the true Dolce & Gabbana woman.”


Anjali Melwani, newly elected Women’s Board President, welcomed us and gave us the great news that the event had raised over $1.2 million dollars, supporting the club’s comprehensive programming, which benefits over 1,500 young men in New York City. Mother of Gerry’s Clubhouse attendee Saccora spoke about the profound impact BCNY has had on her son Elijah. For $5 a year, boys are offered academic support, mental health services, music and arts programs, college and career readiness, swimming lessons and more. And, appropriately, as all of the parents responded to Saccora with applause and swelling hearts, the doors flew open and in came the newly launched Jr. Committee, many of whom waved to their folks. The 250 strong, filled the floor and magnanimously danced next to their parents, who were happily frugging to DJ Sam French’s spins.


The crowd included Ritchey and David Howe, Ferebee and Brook Taube, Gabrielle Bacon, Julia Koch, Tory Burch, Bill and Sharon Jacob, Calvert and George Moore, Kristin Kennedy Clark, Lisa and Dick Cashin, Dylan Sprouse, Diggy Simmons, Prakash Melwani, Rob Pitts, Shabnam and Thomas Henry, Eleanor and Morgan Dejoux, Marina and Thomas Purcell, Ros and Fran L’Esperance, Hilary and Lyon Polk, Gigi and Avie Mortimer, Karen and John Klopp, Kathryn and Bill Tyree, Sara and Charlie Ayres, Alice and Jim Ross, Kathy and Andrew Thomas and the kids represented familiar clans, including Moore, Mortimer, Merrill, Auersberg, Hackley, Fitzgerald, Sednaoui, Milbank, Villalba, and Van Ingen who have swiped Dad’s Belgian Loafers and Mom’s Blahnik’s and won’t be giving them back.


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