In the grand reception room of a storied and opulent New York City nautical club, the Florence, Italy-based watchmaker Officine Panerai kicked off its North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge season with an event to honor the non-profit Sailing Heals and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The summer-long racing series, which began on May 23, is the largest international circuit of regate for classic yachts.
Sailing Heals, a philanthropic organization, backed by Panerai, creates special sailing experiences for patients by taking them on sails with professional yachtsmen and women. “At the very crux of it, we offer a day of sailing for cancer patients and their caretakers,” said Mylissa Tsai, a Sailing Heals board member and cancer survivor who is regrettably once again a cancer patient.
Menace to Society
I’m not exactly what you’d call a social person. I can count the number of close friends I have on one hand, and that includes close relatives and the person I am currently dating. Which leaves three more spaces, in case anyone wants to be my buddy.
My mother once told me that I avoided joining large playgroups because I had a fear of “disappearing” into them. Apparently I was a very metaphysical child, noticing at an early age that girls who hung out together inevitably developed a sort of hive-mind mentality—dressing the same, talking the same, laughing (at me) the same.
In my recent bid to increase my social standing and ingratiate myself into a group of fancy ladies, I have resolved to hit the charity circuit. But it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Major patrons of the Metropolitan Opera Guild donned their finest on Sunday for the seventh annual Opera News Awards in the Plaza’s ballroom. The soirée honored some of the genre’s foremost contributors including: baritones Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Peter Mattei, sopranos Karita Mattila and Anja Silja, as well as iconic director Peter Sellars.
Two museums competed last night for the attention of the beautiful and the philanthropic. While the Plaza hosted the more formal Winter Ball for the Museum of the City of New York, over at the American Museum of Natural History, the attendees tried to outdo the exhibits in exotic attire.