Roasts and toasts at the BOMB Gala

Friday, April 26, 2013
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Those attending the BOMB Gala roasted and toasted with the best of ’em last week as they celebrated not only a few great honaries but also 32 years as one of the most respected voices in contemporary art and literature.

Those celebrated at the gallery included Honorary Chairs : Jon Robin Baitz, Melva Bucksbaum, Raymond Learsy as well as Joe Sheffel, a Young Patron Chair.

The night began with classic cocktails and canapés plus sneak peaks of the items featured in the silent auction. This was also the first year the BOMB Gala featured a live auction! Oh the excitement of biding wars — this must explain why with the help of Sotheby’s superior auctioneer Gabriela Palmieri the evening’s competitive art sales raised $200,000. All together, the entire Gala raised over half a million dollars.

The benefit’s menu delighted with three delicious courses. A dish of yellowfin tuna sashimi bathed in citrus-infused E.V.O.O. kicked off the meal, followed by a main course of gorgonzola with filet of beef aided in flavor by a melody of seasonal veggies and au gratin potatoes. Dessert capped-off the night as patrons placed their final bids.

Many guests left the event with specially made BOMB charms created for purchase by Michele Oka Doner and Tom Otterness with the help of Vale Jewelry.

Other guests included: Joshua Abelow, Richard Armstrong, Edgar Arceneaux, Carolyn Alexander, Betsy Baker, Erica Baum, Louise Belcourt, Katie Bell, Ellen Berkenblit, Kim Bendheim, Rosemary Carroll, Mary Carlson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo, Helaine and Paul Cantor, Carlton DeWoody and  Sarah Connolly, Jennifer Clifford and Bill Danner, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Christopher Deeton, JK Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Jane Dickson, Michele Oka Doner and Frederick Doner, Cary Brown-Epstein and Steven Epstein, Giuliana Bruno and Andrew Fierberg, Tony Feher, Anne Gilman, EJ Hauser, Mary Heilmann, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Catherine Howe, Heather M. Kirby, Barney Kulok, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Danny Lyon, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, Karen Mata, Dr. Frank and Nina Moore, Heather Morgan, Malcolm Morley, Ryan Mrozowski, Marsha Norman, Tim Nye, Alix Pearlstein, Joyce Pensato, Rory Riggs, David Reed, Andrea Rosen, Halsey Rodman, John Michael Rusnak, Emily Ludwig Schaffer,  Kerry Schuss, Hunt Slonem, Beverly Semmes, Seton Smith, Snarkitecture, Theo Rosenblum and Chelsea Seltzer, Elizabeth Swig, Ken Miller and Lybess Sweezy, Mickalene Thomas, David Zwirner, Stanley Whitney, Lucy Winton, Lawrence and Alice Weiner, Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace.


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by AVENUE insiderPhotographed by Billy Farrall