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Making a Splash for Lenox Hill

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Annie Watt Agency / Sipa USA)
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Wednesday night was more than just a drop in the ocean for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. On April 11, the Upper East Side nonprofit hosted “Make a Splash!…”, its annual Spring Gala benefit, at Cipriani 42nd Street, raising $855,000 for the organization’s initiatives. The evening featured more than 40 tables, seating 454 total guests, and each was decorated by some of the most celebrated designers in the industry. The tables were inspired by the sea, with nautical details including coral, fishnets, fish, rubber ducks and even a mannequin scuba diver gracing the different tables.


The black-tie gala honored Sana H. Sabbagh, long-time supporter of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. Founded in 1894, Lennox Hill provides services to about 15,000 people in need who live, work or attend school on the Upper East Side. 


Christopher Spitzmiller served as the Honorary Design Chair; Diana Quasha as the Gala Chair and Ellie Cullman, Lindsey Coral Harper, David Kleinberg, Alberto Villalobos, and Vicente Wolf as the Design Chairs, each of whom designed tables for the evening. The event included cocktails, a dinner, a live auction conducted by Rachel Orkin-Ramey of Christie’s, and dancing.


The 2018 gala designers were Andrea Stark; Anne Carson; BKSK Architects; Barbara Brown; Byron C. James; Catherine Brown Paterson; Cathy Kincaid; Connie Plaissay; Edward Lobrano; Elizabeth Pyne; Ernest de la Torre; Gather & Serve California; Grace W. Kaynor; Jared Hughes; Jenny Dina Kirschner; Jonathan Savage; Joyce Sitterly; Katherine Nedelkoff; Kathy Abbott; Keith Williams; Kim Seybert; Kristen McCory; Laila’s Florist; Louis Navarrete; MA Allen; Margaret Kirkland; Montana Timchula; Natalie Kraiem; The New York School of Interior Design; Nicole Fuller; Peti Lau; Rio Hamilton; Roric Tobin; Sam Allen; Susan Carlson; Swoop; Tamara Stephenson & Susan Young; Timothy Brown; and Virginia Tupker.


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