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Party Pics: Ageless Bride Book Signing

Brides are fabulous at any age! Just ask superstar designers Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Ellen Christine, Vicky Tiel, Angel Sanchez, Betsey Johnson, Hal Rubenstein, Jeannie McQueeny, Amy Zerner, Ines Di Santo, Jeff Mahshie and Guo Pei. They all are featured in Gigi’s Schilling’s pioneering new book,  Ageless Bride: Famous Designers Dress, Inspire & Celebrate Brides Over 50!

Schilling asked designers to share their fantasy looks for the over-fifty bride. Jane Wilson-Marquis, who has designed dresses for everyone from Rory Kennedy to Wyclef Jean’s sister, Melky, hosted the book launch shindig at her glamorous new duplex boutique, oliver + jane.  Guests sipped cava and nibbled grapes while perusing through passages from the book.

As Zac Posen said in Ageless Bride, “”We are living in a moment that is ageless. With bridal right now, almost anything goes.”

How cool is that! (Amazon Link: bit.ly/AgelessBride Gigi’s website: http://soageless.com/

Party Pics: Engel Exhibition

Eternity, By Nissan Engel​

Eternity, By Nissan Engel​

On Tuesday evening on Manhattans Upper East East, over 250 specially invited guests attended an exclusive art exhibition and sale held at the sumptuous townhouse of the distinguished Kenneth Laub. The event was to introduce New Yorkers to the life and work of Nissan Engel, an internationally acclaimed, Bezalel-trained Israeli artist who died this past fall at the age of 85. 

Organized by Michael Bolla and Engel’s widow Micheline (Micky) — a former Chanel model with a prominent and far-flung social circle– together with the Israeli Consulate in New York, Cunsul Aviad Ivri, and a worldwide group of influential friends and collectors, the event celebrated Engel’s work in advanacing his global legacy. Locally, Engel’s stained glass windows adorn several synagogues in America. Having spent most of his life in Normandy, France, where Micky still lives in a home that includes his gallery, he was a fixture on the European art scene for decades.

For an at-a-glance overview of his rich career, please visit www.nissanengel.com.

​Consul Aviad Ivri, Micky Engel​

​Consul Aviad Ivri, Micky Engel​

Micky Engel’s determination to keep her husband’s artistic legacy alive has inspired this exciting task of cataloguing his work,. Though Nissan Engel’s worldwide collectors are fiercely devoted to his work, outside of art world denizens, knowledge of Engel’s work is understated. This event marked the beginning of a multi-phase effort to change that, bringing awareness and acclaim to this important contemporary Israeli artist. 

​Stacy Engman​

​Stacy Engman​

The event was held at the home of the distinguished Kenneth Laub – a former professional tennis player, musician, composer and real estate world legend. Mr. Laub’s family are the patrons for the world-famous stained-glass windows by French Jewish artist Marc Chagall which grace the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Nissan Engel’s life paralleled a remarkable epoch in contemporary and Jewish history and his art is inextricably bound with the events of his time. Whether the Shoah, establishment of the State of Israel or the Six Day War — whose 50th anniversary will be marked this upcoming June — the story of a nation can be understood through the work of this Israeli artist.

Party Pics: Love Parade

Philanthropist, activist, filmmaker and fashion designer Arden Wohl headlined The ZIRKOVA ONE+TOGETHER LOVE PARADE and AFTERPARTY.

A noted socially conscious Renaissance girl, and famed as muse to numerous design houses – including her collaborations with ethical contemporary accessory line, Cri de Coeur (French for “cry from the heart”) – Arden was on hand to spread love in the form of giving by handing out Wildflowers among the crowds.

Described by Vogue as a “what to wear” renaissance girl, Arden’s collaborations with Cri de Coeur, Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur, have quickly catapulted the brand into pioneer status in the eco-fashion industry. Using only the most low-impact materials (reclaimed wood, organic hemp, and Ultrasuede made from recycled plastics) as well as fair-wage work conditions, Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur offers chic loafers, open-toe booties, and elegant flats, and seeks to create green and gorgeous must-haves that are highly desirable and cruelty-free.

The Love Parade took place this Sunday, April 30th at 1pm in Union Square, with the final stop at the High Line. The official after party and fundraiser, CHOOSE LOVE at HOUSE OF YES (in Bushwick, Brooklyn) included an excellent and eclectic night of international and local DJs, incredible artists, art installations, and performers. The Zirkova One+Together open bar ran from 6-8pm, along with drink specials throughout the night.

Attendee’s enjoyed giving gifts in the form of flower’s to new friends on the streets and at House Of Yes.

Party Pics: Works & Process at the Guggenheim Young Friends

On Friday, March 10, 2017, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presented ISAAC MIZRAHI and the Ben Waltzer Quartet, hosted by Works & Process Young Friends in Café 3, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue and 88th Street, NYC. The sold-out evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 8pm, followed by a performance at 9pm.

Direct from his sold-out Café Carlyle run, Isaac Mizrahi performed a number of his favorite tunes and told (mostly) true stories in his quest to be loved by the audience. He also re-gifted items he had picked up from overzealous fans, business associates and gala dinner swag bags.

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years – not merely for his work as a designer but also for his crossover presence into pop culture. He was the subject and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Unzipped, trailblazed the concept of masstige through a groundbreaking partnership with Target, has hosted his own television talk show, written two books, and has made countless appearances in movies and television. Currently he serves as a weekly judge on Project Runway: All-Stars and is at work on a memoir due
out in 2017. He has designed costumes for prestigious ballet and opera companies and Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Mizrahi has performed cabaret at Café Carlyle, Joe’s Pub, West Bank Café and City Winery.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

For over 31 years and in over 400 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Each performance takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson.

For more information visit http://www.worksandprocess.org

Party Pics – Epson Digital Couture


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Epson, the leader in global textile printing innovation, hosted its third annual Epson “Digital Couture” Fashion event on Feb. 7th, 2017, leading up to New York Fashion Week. Celebs and notables such as actresses Kelly Rutherford and Dove Cameron, “Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley, jewelry designer Karen Erickson, “Project Runway” season 1 winner Jay McCarroll, rapper Luz Wang, furniture designer Marc Englander, and socialites Chelsea Leyland, Chloe Norgaard, Emma Snowdon-Jones, Haya Maraka, Stacy Engman, and Cory Kennedy flocked to Chelsea’s Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building for a night of high fashion and innovation in technology with special guest DJs ASTR (Zoe Silverman and Adam Pallin). Built around the theme “Textile Stories,” 13 design teams from North and Latin America leveraged Epson’s world-class textile printing solutions in a one-of-a-kind fashion presentation.

Designers included: Alexandra Polo and Miguel Moyano from Ecuador, Carlos de Moya from Dominican Republic., Daniel Barreria from Brazil, Daniela Hoehmann from Chile, Leonardo Mena from Mexico, Lindsay Degen from United States, Philadelphia University from United States, Ricardo Pava from Colombia, Sarah Richards from United States, Sarah Stevenson from Canada., Sonia Chang and Daniel del Barco from Costa Rica, Susan Wagner from Peru, and Venesa Krongold from Argentina.

Guests enjoyed cocktails from Devotion Vodka, Hottie Tottie, Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita, and Zamaca as well as water from Sparkling Ice, Sixpoint Beer, and wine from Voga Italia.
Digital dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment technologies, a relatively new trend in the textile industry, allow designers to alter textile designs, make color selections with the click of a mouse, and hone in on the fine details of their creations. Epson’s SureColor® F-Series printers give fashion and textile designers alike an accessible means to bring their ideas and inspiration to life, with the signature quality that distinguishes the Epson brand. The SureColor F-Series printers are high-speed, low-cost solutions that produce sharp, vivid images and offer an abundance of rich colors, intense blacks, and smooth gradations onto fabric.

Special thanks to Erickson Beamon, Fine Jewelry by A​ntandre​, MakeUp Pro New York, Yukie Beauty Spa, and Hair Lounge.

Party Pics – Dressed to Kilt

Returning from a two-year hiatus, Dressed to Kilt came back with a bang to kick off New York Fashion Week 2017, January 27, 2017. Considered the largest and most prestigious Scottish Fashion Event in the world, Dressed to Kilt once again lured celebrities and world-class athletes from both sides of the Atlantic including Real Housewives of New York cast members Luann D’Agostino, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Carole Radziwill and Ramona Singer. Other celeb guests included Miss Scotland, Lucy Kerr; Mr. Scotland, Tristan Cameron-Harper; Model and America’s Next Top Model Alum, Renee Bhagwandeen; NFL Superbowl Champion, Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos; former Navy Seal and star of CBS’ The Hunted, Andy Stumpf; Former Bachelor Contestant Olivia Caridi; Real Housewives of New Jersey Star, Delores Catania.

After the show guests were treated to whiskey tastings from Usquaebach Scotch Whisky, delectable bites and more Scottish and contemporary dancing in the High Line Hotel’s gorgeous old-world setting complete with stags and a Scottish bagpiper.

The evening was a celebration of the “Special Relationship” that has existed between the USA and the UK for over 100 years and raised funds for the Navy Seal Foundation. Cisco Co-founder Sandy Lerner sought to shed light on an additional cause by auctioning off an antique Scottish Wildcat Pin to raise money for the Scottish Wildcat Foundation aimed at helping to save the feline creatures, of which only 35 are left. Dressed to Kilt has raised significant funds for wounded Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade, and this year’s proceeds will benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. The Foundation is committed to America’s elite warriors, supporting U.S. Navy SEALS, their community and providing critical support to their families.

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Party Pics – Brooklyn Black Tie Ball

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On Thursday, October 6, 2016 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) held its fourth annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball and After Party. The sold out event hosted over 800 guests and raised $1.1 million, a new record for the Conservancy. In 2015, the event raised $1 million.

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The event took place on Pier 2 of the Park and included a cocktail reception on the promenade and a seated three–course meal. Guests enjoyed the magnificent Manhattan skyline and sweeping views of New York Harbor, which served as the backdrop for an evening celebration of one of New York City’s most spectacular waterfront parks. After the Ball, the Conservancy Currents, the Conservancy’s young professionals group, hosted a ticketed after party where guests participated in a high-energy gathering. It included an open bar, snacks and dancing under the stars with DJ Herbert Holler from the Freedom Party.

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Fulfilling the Conservancy’s vision for turning a neglected strip of waterfront into a verdant public space over 30 years ago, Brooklyn Bridge Park has provided New York City with an extraordinary place to play, learn, connect, and be inspired.

Proceeds from the Brooklyn Black Tie Ball will help keep the Park vibrant, beautiful, and growing; directly supporting the Conservancy’s over 500 free and low cost activities and events. Over one million Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s education, cultural, fitness, recreation, and arts programs. In 2016 alone, more than 170,000 individuals enjoyed Conservancy events including kayaking, waterfront workouts, and environmental education classes, as part of its extensive lineup.

At this year’s Ball, the Conservancy honored noted humanitarian and business executive, Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group and the founder of SH Group and 1 Hotels. With a commitment to changing the standard for socially responsible hospitality, Mr. Sternlicht will debut 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge early next year. The Conservancy celebrated Barry S. Sternlicht’s personal and professional commitment to sustainability, environmental responsibility, and design excellence and honors his leadership in the philanthropic and civic life of New York City.

The Conservancy also paid tribute to Regina Myer, the outgoing President of Brooklyn Bridge Park for her years of service and vision that helped to establish the Park as a world renowned destination. Under her leadership, the 85 acres were transformed from an inaccessible waterfront into a world-class park that now receives over 4 million visitors annually.

“The annual Brooklyn Black Tie Ball has become a hallmark event for the Conservancy.” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “We were elated to honor Barry Sternlicht and his philanthropic generosity and commitment to sustainability. His support will help ensure Brooklyn Bridge Park remains a world class waterfront public space filled with first-rate programming that all ages can enjoy. Additionally, we were delighted to pay tribute to Regina Myer’s transformative vision in bringing the Park to life and we wish her great success in her next endeavor.”

“The Brooklyn Black Tie Ball has become a wonderful autumn tradition at the Park and a great way to support the Conservancy’s programs that make BBP such a special place,” said Regina Myer, outgoing President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “We congratulate honoree Barry S. Sternlicht, whose 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is going to be a great addition to the Park and to the neighborhood, and are grateful to everyone for their commitment to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy.”

Party Pics: FCancer

FCancer NYC (Credit - Steve Haining photography)

On Thursday, May 5, FCancer, a cutting edge non-profit organization dedicated to early detection, prevention and providing support to those affected by cancer, hosted FCancer NYC #FCENYC at Marquee New York. The party, sponsored by Moose Knuckles, featured musical lineup headlined by Justin Bieber’s official tour DJ, DJ Tay James, with early sets by THE WIG, Nimo Lero, and Sted-E & Hybrid Heights. Proceeds from the event benefitted FCancer programs and the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Due to generous support and success of fundraising efforts, FCancer NYC raised $20,000 for FCancer programs and the HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation.
  • DJ Tay James stole the show spinning crowd-pleasing hits by Justin Bieber for 500 fans during his 2-hour set.
  • Entrance to the event was in the form of FCancer t-shirts, rather than tickets. FCancer shirts come in a variety of colors, each of which represent a specific cancer ribbon.
  • For those that missed out on the event, donations can be made online directly to FCancer’s digital initiatives, programs, and support tools at http://bit.ly/FCdonations.

About FCancer

FCancer is dedicated to the prevention and early detection of cancer; it is a movement that creates a raw and authentic space by harnessing the cumulative experience of their community, Generation Connected.  Gen-C is defined by a behavior rather than a birthdate, they consume digital content as their main source of information and may span across traditional generations. With wit, edge, and humor, FCancer is changing the way people talk about cancer. Through digital media, programs and events, FCancer believes its community will be the generation that ultimately improves health outcomes. FCancer is a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 registered charity co-founded by Yael Cohen Braun and Julie Greenbaum. For more information, visit LetsFCancer.com or follow @letsfcancer.

About Moose Knuckles

Moose Knuckles is premium Canadian sportswear by and for the True North Strong & Free. We create time honored Canadian garments tailored for the contemporary living. We build Canadian know-how, grit and heritage into every fibre, stitch and zipper. We are a family, a tribe, a pack and we wear it on our sleeves, whether it’s a wild night or the wild country, we’ve got you covered….

Welcome to Canada…Welcome to Moose Knuckles.

About Marquee New York

Marquee New York, the legendary Chelsea nightclub that defined a generation of New York nightlife, is an internationally acclaimed music destination attracting the most in-demand DJs and live acts. Designed by Josh Held, the designer of W Hotels and Bar Americain, Marquee has transformed into a tripped out warehouse with 28 foot ceilings and industrial design accents including chandeliers constructed from functioning microphones, exposed equalizers, walls covered in recycled leather belts and welded rebar handrails. The venue also includes jaw-dropping sound and visual elements including a Funktion-One sound system, floor-to-ceiling LED feature wall and computerized moving light system, engineered to feel like an indoor music festival experience. Marquee also has locations in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and at The Star Sydney in Sydney, Australia. For more information, please visit www.marqueeny.com.

 About HPV & Anal Cancer Foundation

The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation is a donor-supported research, support and advocacy organization with a mission to empower anal cancer patients and accelerate prevention and treatment methods that eliminate anal cancer and the virus that causes the majority of cases, HPV. The Foundation achieves this mission by accelerating a cure for the 5% of all cancers that are caused by HPV, improving prevention and screening methods to prevent these cancers, and providing peer support and educational forums for patients. In addition, the Foundation’s NOMAN is an Island Campaign raises awareness and funds to fight the HPV-related cancer epidemic in men and women while challenging participants to extreme endurance races across the world. The organization was founded in 2010 by Justine, Tristan and Camille Almada, then 22, 24 and 26, after the devastating loss of their mother Paulette to Stage IV HPV-related anal cancer. The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. For more information, visit www.analcancerfoundation.org or @hpvanalcancer.

Party Pics: Face Africa

March 26, 2016 New York, NY United States: FACE Africa Wash Gala in New York.

March 26, 2016 New York, NY United States: FACE Africa Wash Gala in New York.

FACE Africa hosted its 7th Annual WASH, (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Gala on Saturday March 26, 2016 at NeueHouse Madison Square in New York City. The Gala took place on the heels of World Water Day, (March 22nd) and aimed to bring awareness to the growing clean water epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. 700 million people globally lack access to safe water supply sources, with 300 million people in Africa alone affected everyday.

Over 300 guests stepped out in sparkling gowns and dapper suits in support of FACE Africa’s work and mission and helped raise $165,000, including $10,000 pledged during a live auction. Proceeds from this year’s WASH Gala will be used to expand FACE Africa’s mission beyond Liberia as well as support the organization’s WASH in Schools (WinS) Program.  The WinS program is an initiative in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Education that aims to improve the future of school-children across Liberia through the provision of safe water and hand washing and sanitation facilities in schools.

“As always, we were so touched and humbled by the outpouring of love and support from our sponsors, donors and the hundreds of guests who came out in support of our work and mission,” said Saran Kaba Jones, Founder and CEO of FACE Africa. “It was truly a magical evening of celebration, giving and inspiration.”

The event, coined by guests as the “Diasporan Oscars,” was hosted by celebrated journalist Zain Verjee and guests included celebrity stylist Ty Hunter, Grammy nominated artist Jidenna, Entourage star Adrian Grenier, actors Gbenga Akinnagbe and Adepero Oduye​ as well as Opal Tometti, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matters movement.

“It was an incredible feeling to see such a diverse group of community-spirited people, mainly young Africans in the diaspora, coming together for a great cause and I was extremely pleased to serve on the Host Committee again this year,” said OkayAfrica CEO Abiola Oke.

The Broadway play Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o, is partnering with FACE Africa and donating 10% of all ticket sales generated by ECWASH322 code to support the organization’s WASH projects in Liberia. During the evening, a special message from Eclipsed star Saycon Sengbloh was played for WASH Gala guests to announce the partnership. Patrons can use the promotion code until the end of show’s production in June.

Photos by Keiko Hiromi, Cali York Photography & Aida Malik Photography.

Party Pics: FJK Dance

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Ballet lovers Amy Fine Collins, Cathy Hardwick, Michele Gerber Klein and dancer Ethan Stiefel trudged over to the DANY rehearsal studio to preview FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season. Founded by the Iraqi born Fadi J. Khoury, who explained the uniqueness of his company which mixes classical ballet with ballroom dancing and Middle Eastern influences. The theme of his season is to bring people from different backgrounds together thorough art and beauty.  His company includes dancers from Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Iraq, Spain, and Switzerland, with  musicians from the US and Israel — Jonathan Rodinelli on piano and Elad Kabilio on cello perform with the group. FJK Dance’s upcoming 2016 season at New York Live Arts running April 6 – 9.

Party Pics: Quoz Arts Fest

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The Dubai Patron of Arts, Abdelmonem bin Eisa Alserkal, (pictured on the left in the second picture) is the founder of Alserkal Avenue Arts District where the annual Quoz Arts Festival was held this weekend to much success.

 

Party Pics: Audrey Bernard Tribute

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President Obama sends personal regards to Audrey J. Bernard at her Tribute at JALC

By Dedra N. Tate

It was a tribute fit for a Queen and my Godmother Audrey J. Bernard, International Society Columnist and Photo Journalist and the New York Beacon’s esteemed Society Editor, deserved EVERY majestic minute of it!!!   Looking regal in a b michael design from his celebrated couture line, the “Always Just Beautiful” tribute/birthday brunch that took place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 11:30-2:30 was a STELLAR affair.  Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC ), Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, NYC was set-up beautifully and NO expense was spared in putting this event together!!!   Florist to the stars and beyond Saundra Parks of Red Maple Leaf filled the room with Audrey’s favorite flower, Calla Lilies.

The afternoon was full of love, gifts, musical tributes, proclamations, declarations, commendations and libations (compliments of Moet Hennessey USA) in front of 120 of her closest family and friends, who all left with Henri Bendel magazine tote bags FILLED to the top with FAB-U-LOUS gifts that included earphones, charger, candle, and $20 splurge card from Henri Bendel; Bergdorf Goodman/Lancôme gift certificate; chico’s fashion necklace; Ciara CD; Macy’s gift card; and artwork by Mira Gandy !!!

NBC4 News Anchor David Ushery was a true MASTER of Ceremony for this very special tribute/birthday celebration.   He kept everyone in stitches as he led us through the jam-packed program that included well wishes and “Congratulations” from President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David N. Dinkins, NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gail Brewer, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery, and more. While guests enjoyed fried chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and Bellinis, Mimosas and “The Audrey Martini,” from the stage, her immediate family Sister Marilyn Mosley, Nephews NYS Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, III, and Dr. James Jennings Jr. brought everyone to tears with their expressions of love…including a citation from Assemblyman Mosley, as nieces Dr. Janice Carrero Mosley and Sameita Jennings, grandnephew Sebastien Alexander Carrero Mosley and grandniece Allyson Eh-Suk Mosley lovingly looked on.

During the celebratory toast and dessert, the always dapper Congressman Charlie Rangel presented the beaming tributee with a declaration proclaiming December 7th “Audrey J. Bernard Day!!!”  She was also presented with an original painting from the original fine art collection of M. Gasby Brown and a beautiful black bag from Henri Bendel’s West 7th Street Turnlock Satchel collection with her initials inscribed on the front in gold lettering, presented by HB’s Vice President of Marketing, Jessica Dennis who also brought greetings from her boss, Henri Bendel’s CEO Chris Fiore. Entertainment was provided by Alyson Williams who performed a show-stopping Diana Ross medley from “Lady Sings the Blues” (Audrey’s favorite artist) and jazz vocalist Camille Thurman. Vivian Reed led everyone in singing Happy Birthday while presenting her with a cake.

Some of the guests in attendance included Ambassador Suzan “Sujay” Johnson Cook who delivered an inspiring invocation, Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee, Dwayne Ashley, Gasby & Kenneth Brown, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Alma Rangel, Annette Gibbs, Carole Munroe, La’Verne Perry-Kennedy (who designed the “Always Just Beautiful” artwork), Sandra & Robert Tate, Jeanine Tate, Robbie Tate-Brickle, Katie Jones​, Jim & Joanne Skeete, Ruth Sanchez, Susan L. Taylor, Khephra Burns, Sherry B. Bronfman, Jean Wells, Audrey Smaltz, Barbara J. Harris, Ruth Inniss, Veronica Jones, Connie Thomas Staton, Ruth Clark, Sylvia Rhone, Mae Attaway, Vivian Scott Chew​, Ray Chew, Harriet Michel​, Jeanne Parnell, Carmen Barnes, Karu F. Daniels​, Wilson Morales, Diane Clear​, Steve Manning, Pat Stevenson, Ruth Clark, Robin Verges, Ruth D. Hunt​, Winnie & Mapple Walker, Cynthia Horner, Patricia Hinds, Candice Jacko, Vanessa DeLuca, Sheila Harris, Dana Baxter, Cynthia Horner & Ken Harris, Irene Gandy, Mira Gandy, Thomasine Barton-Gangadean​ and from the New York Beacon — Walter & Miatta Haj Smith, Don Thomas, Edna Sarr, and Audrey Adams.

There was even a video tribute sent in from Walt Disney World Public Relations team; a special message from Disney’s first African American doll, Princess Tiana; and greetings from Disney Dreamer’s Academy representative Mikki Taylor; followed by a special presentation by two of Disney’s top executives Annette Gibbs and Carol Munroe who presented her with a limited edition Princess Tiana basket filled with Disney treasures and their coveted “Mouscar” award which is their equivalent of the “Oscar!”

Then it was Audreytime. Ravishing from head to toe, the radiant tributee thoughtfully thanked the event’s Presenting Sponsors Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Reginald Van Lee Foundation and The Gasby Group, Inc; Contributing Sponsors (Henri Bendel New York, NBC4-New York, Moet Hennessy USA, Red Maple Leaf, The Williams Capital Group, Viacom, chico’s, Epic, Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic, William Wolf and Lancome Cosmetics); her guests; and gave HUGE KUDOS to Event Chairs Reginald Van Lee, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Washington DC location where he leads the firm’s commercial business, and JALC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis; Co-Chairs Dwayne Ashley, Vice President of Development at JALC, and M. Gasby Greely Brown, CEO, The Gasby Group, Inc.; Guest Chefs Melba Wilson, Melba’s Restaurant, and Norma Jean Darden, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, for the delicious menu; and the FAB-U-LOUS host committee with special mention to JALC’s Divya Kantamneni, La’Verne Perry Kennedy, Rachel Noerdlinger, Robin Verges and Diane Thompson whose generous b’day gift to her friend was roving photographer Tone Fleming who captured precious guest moments throughout the event and presented the photos to each guest. No one wanted to go home so JALC’s top executive Dwayne Ashley extended the fun and invited guests to join him at the spotless steak restaurant Porter House on the 4th floor of the luxurious Time-Life Building. And a merry good time was had by all! (Photos by Tone Fleming)