The Henry Street Settlement’s Serious Social Swirl

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The social swirl was spinning in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel for the 2011 Gala Dinner benefiting The Henry Street Settlement which is committed to: “opening doors, building communities and changing lives.” This year the dinner chairs were Veronica Bulgari, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, Kalliope Karella, Angela Mariani, Anna Pinheiro, Pilar Crespi Robert and Lesley Schulhof. The night was in honor of Richard S. Abrons and awards were given to Ursula M. Burns (the CEO and Chairman of Xerox) and Lauren Bush (with fiance David Lauren) who is the co-founder and CEO of FEED Projects. Side note: When Bush marries Lauren will her name be Lauren Lauren? Food for the FEED founder thought.

David Garza bi-passed the normal introduction route and instead announced Richard S. Abrons with a specially modified version of the song “You’re The Tops” – replete with top hat. Lauren Bush spoke beautifully about first moving to the Lower East Side five years ago – “I think the deli downstairs from us was a drug operation,” she said. “But I just loved the neighborhood.” Bush should really consider running for public office.

The room was filled with The AVENUEinsiders favorite chicettes like Fe Fendi, Amanda Ross, Julie Henderson, Valerie Boster (best seat mate ever), Marisa Noel Brown, Rachel Roy, Alina Cho, Stephanie LaCava,Platt,Lauren Remington Platt, Lara Meiland-Shaw, Zani Gugelmann, Debbie Bancroft, Genevieve Jones, Dori Cooperman and Elizabeth Meigher who was also celebrating her birthday that night with a trip after to Lavo. Happy Birthday Elizabeth!

Of course there were some guys in the crowd too like John DemseyDavid Schulhof, Peter Bacanovic and Diego Garcia who just released his must-download now solo album. It’s on iTunes so go get Garcia’s music this instant. We have it playing right now as we type.


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by Debbie BancroftPhotographed by Griffin Lipson and Hunter Abrams/