Harlem’s Hale House 42nd Anniversary Spring Gala

July 5, 2011

On Monday June 6th, Hale House hosted its 42nd Anniversary Spring Gala at 583 Park Avenue. The evening honored Diandra Douglas, CNN’s Alina Cho and Alexandra Lebenthal. Oscar Nominated Actress Patricia Clarkson served as the gala’s host. Executive Director Annie Murphy and Chairman of the Board Zachary W. Carter, Esq. …

… welcomed the 175 guests in attendance including designer Douglas Hannant, Muffie Potter Aston, Gillian Hearst and Christian Simonds, Valesca Guerrand Hermes, Jean Shafiroff, Gilles Bensimon, Alexandra Lind and Louis Rose and Somers Farkas to the gala. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer presented The Mother Hale Award for Caring to his colleague Alina Cho and heralded her for her philanthropic work. Honorary Chair Frederick Anderson began to sing the praises of Alexandra Lebenthal but then surprised her by turning the microphone over to her husband Jay to present his wife with her award. Felicia Taylor told the audience, including Liliana Cavendish, Bettina Zilkha, Prince Dimitri, Maggie Norris, Chele Chiavacci and Hunt Slonem, about the work Diandra Douglas has done over the years to support Hale House before she accepted her Award for Caring. Bank of NY Mellon, Dorsey & Whitney LLP and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz were also acknowledged for their contributions to the cause.

Founded in 1969, Hale House Center is a nationally recognized non profit organization dedicated to building better futures for children and families in need. With a rich legacy of service established by co founder Clara McBride Hale, Hale House delivers child centered, family focused programs that are responsive to the unique circumstances of each family served and the evolving needs within the community and beyond. For more information about Hale House, you can visit them on the web at www.halehouse.org.

Photo l to r: Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Frederick Anderson, and Muffie Potter Aston

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