second annual POSH Palm Beach event kicked off with a black tie dinner
dance held at
Club Colette on Wednesday, February 25, 2009.
Honorary chair, Arlene Dahl, welcomed guests and warmly thanked her
chairladies: Catherine Adler, Iris Apfel, Kathy Bleznak, Kim
Campbell, Linda Donahue, Diana Ecclestone, Ellen Jaffe, Grace Meigher,
Talbott Maxey, Nancy Paul, Tricia Quick and Norma Tiefel.
Dr. Tara Cortes, president and CEO of Lighthouse International, spoke
about the ongoing mission of the organization and announced further
outreach into the Palm Beach community.
Volunteer auctioneer and POSH committee member, Tom Quick, asked
everyone in the room to give thanks for living in this paradise and
to support those who aren't as lucky. The live auction items included:
an amazing custom designed and escorted trip to Argentina donated by
Emmanuel Burgio, founder of boutique travel company Blue Parallel;
a week's stay in Tuscany at a fabulous villa with staff and a
pool donated by owner John McFadden. But, the really moving part
of the evening was the ensemble bidding on the establishment of scholarships
for the music and dance programs for children at The Lighthouse. Tom
started it off with a $5,000 donation from the Quick Family Foundation.
Among those attending were: Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen, Iris Apfel
and Carl Apfel, Linda Donahue and Barry Donahue, Kim Campbell and Bud
Palmer, Talbott Maxey, Tom Quick, Grace Meigher, Nancy Paul and Stephen
Lindsay, Norma Tiefel and Bill Tiefel, Isabelle Leeds and Elliot Schnall,
Carla Mann and George Mann, Marjorie Reed Gordon, John Daniels
and Myrna Daniels, Frances Scaife and Tom McCarter, Helga Marston,
Audrey del Rosario and Enriquillo del Rosario, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Anka
Palitz, Rose Sachs, Beverly Sommer, Tom Schaeffer, Fran Weissler and
Barry Weissler, Eles Gillet and James Kaufman, Mona de Sayve with
Gonzalo Yanez, Kit Pannill and Bill Pannill, Farah Walters, Yolonde
de Bonvouloir, Sally Ann Howes and husband Douglas Rae, Arnold
Scaasi and Parker Ladd, Cynthia Boardman, Annette Allen,
Somers Farkas, Fern Tailer and Jerry Tishman, Gloria Cohen and
Sherman Cohen, Alfred Fiandaca, Diann Scaravilli, William Eubanks,
Kate Gubelmann, Jay Page, Debby Maschmeyer, Jeremy Wiesen, Cynthia
Witter, Rebecca Bruder, Edna Cohen, Carole Weller and Arthur Weller,
Emmanuel Burgio, Townley Peters, Hayden Hosford, Annette Friedland
and Jack Friedland, Calla Guild and Ralph Guild, Lynda Levitsky and
Leonardo Levitsky, Susan Wexler, Roselle Sonnenschein and Marco Sonnenschein,
Arlene Levine, Mario Nievera and Travis Howe, Kim Coleman, Ellie Goldberg
and Eugene Goldberg, Jane Stillman, Bambi Putnam, Roberta Sabban,
Margarita Abrashami and Bahram Abrashami, Neil London, among others.
Also attending: Lighthouse International president and CEO, Dr. Tara
Cortes and husband Dr. Luis Cortes; Lighthouse senior vice president
of Development, Hope Kessler; director of Merchandizing and
Operations for POSH Palm Beach, Melinda Porter; and Lighthouse
chairman of the Board, Roger O. Goldman and wife Fern, Board
member, Barbara Saltzman and new Advisory Board member, Jean Shafiroff
The gala and sale benefit Lighthouse International. Founded in 1905,
Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization
dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment.
It provides a wide range of services from clinical and rehabilitation
services to education, research and advocacy.