From The Plaza to Doubles: the Mission Society Gala and After Party

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On Wednesday, March 12, the New York City Mission Society – founded in 1812 and one of the oldest social service agencies in the country – held the Champions for Children Gala at The Plaza.

The festivities began with the obligatory mixing and mingling cocktail hour in the storied hotel’s grand foyer, where the Society’s notable friends and supporters sipped champagne whilst submitting bids for numerous luxury items and experiences from the online auction. Among the most coveted “gets” of the evening? A four-night stay at the Round Hill Resort of Jamaica.

Guests were then ushered into the Grand Ballroom to the sounds of the Minisink Drum Corp to enjoy a three course dinner, award ceremony and dancing. ABC’s Bill Ritter emceed the evening and kicked off the proceedings.  Jean Shafiroff – resplendent in B. Michael – was the final honoree to take the stage, as the recipient of the CFC Dina Merrill Hartley Award.

Among the myriad notables we spotted: Mayor David Dinkins, Sharon Bush, Christine Schott, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Ike Ude, Chele Chiavacci and Richard Farley, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Roy Kean, B. Michael, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Geoffrey Bradfield, and the Rumbough clan (Stanley, Leah, and their children Cole, Sienna, and Kiera), whose family members (including, most notably, Dina Merrill) have supported the Mission Society for seven generations.

Afterwards, jazz singer Cole, founder of the charity’s Junior Society, spearheaded an after party at the Doubles Club, where guests Brooke Laing (Junior Society co-founder), Liz and Jackie Shafiroff, Natasha Das, Antonella Lemos, Lizzi Bickford, Brie Blythewood, Morgan O’Connor, and actress Julianne Michelle lined up at the ice cream sundae bar before dancing into the evening.

“Brooke [Laing] and I only started the Junior Society over the summer and I think we’re off to a great start,” Cole told AVENUEinsider. “There was so much interest from new friends who were eager to spread the word to all of their friends. This is exactly what we are trying to do – engage the young generation of upcoming philanthropists in New York. I can’t wait for our next event!”

But will the next event feature another sundae bar? Cole demurred, but don’t be surprised if it does. As this Insider well knows, Mr. Rumbough is almost as passionate about his ice cream as he is about his music and his pet charity. And who doesn’t love a good sugar high before taking over the dance floor?


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