Shelter From the Political Storms

Monday, October 29, 2018

“I’ve been busy,” Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, said after a Sutton Place neighbor greeted him and wife Hilary Geary–“It’s been awhile”–at the third annual Opening Night of TEFAF New York Fall benefit for The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering. 

“Let’s not go there,” the neighbor replied. 

For a brief moment that night, political paroxysm was replaced by philanthropy and appreciation of a gentler past in the aisles of the Park Avenue Armory, as the wide range of New York’s society and meritocracy mingled easily among the Old Master paintings, antiquarian relics, and contemporary jewelry on display. 

Here was Jo Carole Lauder, there Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Travis and Nick Acquavella, Debra and Leon Black, Mary Snow, Jennifer Creel, Alexandra Lind Rose, Kitty Sherrill, Kelly Behun, Nina Carbone, Shelley and Michael Carr, Austen Cruz, Kate and Andrew Davis, Lauren Santo Domingo, Hilary Dick, Brent and Michael Winston, Alan Gerry, Lily Safra, Whitney Robinson, Marco Felci, Nancy Feetham, Lucia and Luisa Beccaria, Eugenie Niven Goodman, Jerry Hall, Virginia W. Tomenson, Alessandra Branca, Martin and Audrey Gruss, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Meghan HoGrace and Chris Meigher, Anne Bass, Bunny Williams, Elizabeth and Richard Miller, Jerry Lauren, Susan Zises Green, Stephen Burlingham, Leelee Brown, Nicole Miller, Jennifer and Erik Oken, Helen Lee Schifter, Leslie Perkin, Judy Gordon Cox, Eleanora Kennedy, Betsy Pitts, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Martha Sharp, Christina and Sean Smith, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Antoinette Guerrini-Maraldi, Hans W. Kertess, Karen Thornwell May, Annie Taube, Amanda Taylor, Linda Robinson, Marisa Rose van Bokhorst, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Madeline Weinrib, Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, and Amanda Waldron

The evening was generously underwritten by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller and sponsored by Natura Bissé and Etro. The benefit chairs were Nina Carbone, Jennifer Oken, Mrs. Druckenmiller, Brent Neale Winston, Helena Martinez and Caryn Zucker.  


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