Prince Edward Courts New York

by Michael Gross Photographed by Rob Rich
Monday, September 24, 2018

On Friday night, David Hryck, a partner at the law firm of Reed Smith, hosted and his firm sponsored a dinner for eighty guests at the Core Club in midtown, honoring England’s HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and seeking to raise awareness and support for his father’s The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, which gives young people around the world the chance to learn skills, improve their physical fitness, volunteer in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Hryck is an adviser to the organization.  Founded by HRH Prince Phillip in 1956, its programs operate in more than 140 countries and territories and have touched more than a million young lives. 

The eclectic crowd included Kelly Osborne, Vivienne Tam, Carol Alt, Brian Kelly, Jill Spalding, Sharon Bush, Kelly Cutrone, Eugene Hutz of Gogo Bordello, Jerry Wonda of the Fugees, Margo Langenberg, Soigne Kathari, Elizabeth Kabler, Helen Yarmak, Joan Jedell,  Matthew Rich, Laurent Lamothe, a former Prime minister of Haiti, and Fadil Berisha.  The Prince spoke about both the Award and his personal mission to play  on all of the Court Tennis courts in the United States on his eleven-day visit to the U.S., a tour the organization has named its Tennis Challenge.  The elite game is played on specially-designed courts in Washington D.C., Lakewood, N.J., Philadelphia, Chicago, Aiken and Charleston, S.C., Boston, Newport, Tuxedo Park and New York City.  

Pianist Lang Lang, a friend and client of Hryck’s, had hoped to perform but couldn’t attend, so instead sent two of his young students who dazzled the crowd with a special piano performance for the Prince, who was also amused by one guest’s nervous attempt at making royal conversation.  Told he was the best-looking member of his family, The Earl replied, “So, you’re going to try flattery!”  



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