2009 May 20

All Hail the Hale House

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(NEW YORK) Members of the chic set may be decamping left and right to various French and Italian fêtes, but the New York social scene still has plenty to celebrate. On Tuesday night, Hale House celebrated its 40th anniversary with a dinner and dance party at the ornate Prince George ballroom. As waiters passed out mini crab cakes and vodka shots--there’s one way to get the party going--black tie-clad partygoers like Nina Garcia, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Alexandra Lebethal, Alison Aston, and Annie Churchill mingled for cocktails (the topic of choice: the previous evening’s glamorous ABT gala) before settling down to their supper of shrimp salad, beef tenderloin, and decadent chocolate fondant cake.

“I hate to speak, so this won’t take long,” said Frederick Anderson, one of the chairs of the evening, as he thanked everyone for coming and called up his team for recognition. “Really, I just want to bring them all up here to embarrass them!” he laughed, as fellow chairs Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, Douglas Hannant, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, and Amy Sacco took the stage. But the charity’s big 4-0 wasn’t the only birthday of the evening. DJ Coleman Feltes, who provided the tunes for the evening’s event, was celebrating a birthday of his own, and Sacco helped him make it a memorable one. While guests were mid-meal, the nightlife impresario called him up and, in her best Marilyn Monroe fashion, sang him a very sexy birthday song. Happy Birthday, indeed!

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