Issue 116, Power Benefits

The Parties We Miss

FOR years we brightened our pages with tons of high-profile pictures of the fund-raising activities of the gilded set. We covered the star power galas and the glitterati benefits in New York until it all came to a screeching halt in this pandemic era. We dipped into our archives and pulled out some amazing images just to savor the big-ticket society events that we covered the past two decades.

Ingeborg and Ira Rennert host the Open University of Israel gala at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Stephen Schwartzman, chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, a leading global investment firm, and Christine Lagarde, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund and now president of the European Central Bank, huddle at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in 2017. The numerous speeches prompted Henry Kissinger to crack, “Some of you are wondering when breakfast will be served.”
Judge Jeanine Pirro, top-rated TV personality, and glam pal Kim Alexis enjoy an event for Center for Security Policy in 2016 at the Union League Club. Pirro introduced the guest of honor, Ron Dermer, Israel’s then ambassador to U.S.
Kirk Douglas celebrates his 95th birthday with wife Anne at a dinner for Children of Chernobyl in 2011 at Chelsea Pier 60. Michael Douglas presented Dad with a Children at Heart Award. Jon Voight emceed an exciting program which included comedian Elaine Gold who noted, “Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take away your breath.”
Alan Alda (with wife Arlene) attends the Jewish Home Lifecare second annual gala celebrating eight New Yorkers in their 80s and 90s at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Other guests include Joel Grey, Milton Glaser, who designed the “I Love NY” campaign, and the 90-year-old jazz songstress Barbara Carroll, who said, “Every time I sit down at the piano it’s a new experience.”
Tommy Hilfiger accompanies his wife Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger at the Outstanding Mother Awards in 2015 at the Pierre which benefits Save the Children and poverty families. “I don’t know how I was chosen,” Dee said. “I know for sure none of my children were on the nominating committee.” Nevertheless, she deserves it: “I made the ultimate sacrifice—nine trips to Disney!”
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, of Park East Synagogue and head of Appeal of Conscience Foundation, and John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes grocery chain in Manhattan, and a prominent WABC talk radio host, shmooz with Mayor Bill DeBlasio at Jewish Community Relations Council dinner.