Interior designers, fashion designers, philanthropists and more marked the 100th anniversary of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club at the annual President’s Dinner on April 1. The event at Cipriani 42nd Street raised almost $900,000 in support of the club.
Close to 700 guests attended, including Bunny Williams, Martha Stewart, Linda Fargo, Thom Filicia, Aerin Lauder, Dennis Basso and Dayssi Kanavos. Seated at tables draped in Jonathan Adler by Kravet fabric, attendees enjoyed the music program “100 Years of Music,” put on by the club’s performing arts program. Also viewed: a surprise video message from Kips Bay Clubhouse alumna Jennifer Lopez, where she credited the club with her start in the entertainment industry.
“The staff recognized a spark of performing potential in me, and brought that spark alive,” said Lopez.
From left: James Druckman, Simon Doonan, Bunny Williams, Cary Kravet, Lisa Kravet and Daniel Quintero.
Atmosphere at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Barney’s Creative Ambassador at Large Simon Doonan served as Master of Ceremonies, and introduced speakers James Druckman, president of the board of trustees, Daniel Quintero, executive director and Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president. Doonan also introduced new members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls throughout the night, referring to the children as his “spiritual advisors.”
Simon Doonan with members of the Kips Bay Clubhouse.
Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club performers.
The black-tie gala honored the Kravet Family of Kravet, Inc. It was co-chaired by Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest, and interior designer Bunny Williams, with event vice-chairs designers Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton, Victoria Hagan, Richard Mishaan and Christopher Spitzmiller.
The President’s Dinner is a prelude to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, which will open at the Arthur Sachs Mansion (58 East 66th Street) from May 14 to June 11.
Photos by Will Ragozzino/BFAnyc.com