New York Botanical Garden Celebrates 20 Years Of Its Winter Wonderland Ball

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Angela Pham and Joe Schildhorn

THE SETTING: A gorgeous winter night in New York was the recent setting for the 20th annual New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Wonderland Ball. The evening drew 500 of America’s most notable sociables for an evening of winter revelry that those fortunate enough will long remember.

THE STYLE: The black-tie patrons appeared in their finest winter chic attire. Women wore impeccable, monochromatic gowns in jewel tones, with neutrals of whites and blacks as the most popular. while the men sported a mix of traditional tuxedos and ensembles with velvet dinner jackets that created a festive vibe.

Guests began the evening under the breathtaking Palms of the Gallery dome located on the Garden grounds for lively cocktail hour. The festivities then moved to the stunning Enid A. Haupt Conservatory for the evening’s program where guests dined on an exquisite multi-course meal. The fun continued as partygoers stayed into the wee hours of the morning dancing the night away that capped an evening of wintery perfection.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Alex Assouline, Georgina Bloomberg, Peter Brant Jr., Sarah Chilton, Martin Dawson, Anne Hathaway, Gillian Hearst, Hilary Rhoda, Ariana Rockefeller and Texan native Natalie Bloomingdale raised over $350,000 for the Center for the New York Botanical Gardens Children’s Education Program which serves over 90,000 students and 3,000 teachers annually.

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64th International Debutante Ball Elevates Three Texans To The International Social Stage

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by ChiChi Ubina and Elaine Ubina

THE SETTING: The Pierre Hotel in New York City was the setting recently for a biennial ball tradition known the world over. The 64th International Debutante Ball featured the debut of twenty-two debutantes hailing from nine states and eight countries around the world. This group of outstanding young ladies included three Texans: Catherine Coselli, Olivia Late and Dominique Melcher, each of whom represented Texas with a sense of style and grace that is known around the world.

THE STYLE: The men wore white tie and tails, while the women wore an array of colorful ensembles among the winter white attire of the debs. The evening began in the hotel’s Cotillion Room for a fun cocktail hour before the action moved to the main ballroom for the dinner and presentation.

Against the backdrop of the Lester Lanin Orchestra, who played each of the debs’ country or state song, the women made their bows to the room full of family, friends and well-wishers. Carrying a bouquet of pink roses that perfectly complemented their white designer gowns each wowed the audience with their composure and grace. After the presentation the fun continued well into the night as revelers danced the night away.

THE PURPOSE: The evening was co-chaired by Anne Eisenhower and Catharine Hamilton with Julia Irene Kaufmann serving as honorary chair. Proceeds raised for the event benefitted The International Debutante Ball Foundation Charities.

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