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The 19th Annual
Lady in Red Gala
Jay Leno and
The King of Late Night, Jay Leno, Reigns at LIFE's
“The Lady in Red” Gala
FL-More than 500 supporters of LIFE gathered December 1,
2012 at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach for The 19th
annual "Lady in Red" Gala, a Night of Stars. This
traditional kick-off to the Palm Beach social season was
a spectacular success with celebrities, local
dignitaries and socialites gathering to raise funds for
LIFE’s partnership with American Humane Association.
The evening began poolside under the stars with the
exotically beautiful Russian-American concert piano
virtuoso, Lola Astanova, who magnificently performed the
3rd movement of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto.
Lola was joined by the incredible talents of the Palm
Beach Symphony under the baton of Daniel Alfred Wachs.
Next, guests were serenaded as they enter the Grand
Ballroom by the 90 member Nova Choir singing Broadway
Hits. Then the King of Late Night TV, legendary Tonight
Show host Jay Leno kept the party going with his raucous
wit and humor. The fun continued as the Sultans of Swing
took the stage and kept everyone dancing the night away!
Tiffany & Co,
LIFE’s unwavering supporter, once again donated a lovely
gift for each couple, as well as exquisite his and hers
watches which were offered in the live auction. Jay Leno
served as auctioneer. Joel Hart was the lucky winner of
the 18kt white gold lady’s Tonneau shape cocktail watch
with round and baguette shape diamonds totaling 2.48ct.,
and Rick Rifkin took home the large stainless steel
men’s Tiffany Grand watch. Long-time LIFE benefactor,
Braman Motorcars donated a 2012 BMW S1000RR motorcycle
in racing red and alpine white, signed by Jay Leno and
was won by Courtnay Montgomery. It looks like the Trump
Family will be in New York City for Thanksgiving in
2013, because Donald Trump was the winner of the Macy’s
VIP 2013 Thanksgiving Trip for four. In a surprise
gesture of true generosity, Jay Leno offered VIP Ticket
packages to the Tonight Show to as many guests as were
interested and were willing to donate $500 to LIFE. Mr.
Leno also announced his generous $10,000 donation to
LIFE's partnership with AHA. As the live auction ended,
Leno hopped on the BMW Motorcycle and rode it off the
dance floor making way for the dancing to resume.
Lois Pope and Suzi Goldsmith served as Chairwomen of
LIFE's 19th Annual "Lady in Red" Gala. Honorees
Extraordinaire were Mary Ann & Walt Schwenk; Grand
International Chairwoman was Hermé de Wyman Miro; LIFE's
Hero Grand Patron's were Patrick M. Park and Elizabeth &
Jeffrey E. Bateman (in loving memory); Honorary Chairmen
were Ari Rifkin, Veronica Atkins, Maude Emerson Cook and
Mary Virginia & Henry Fong; LIFE’S Hero Ambassadors were
Toni Holt Kramer & Robert Kramer, Terry Ebert Mendozza &
Joseph Mendozza; Co-Chairs were Sally and Dick Robinson;
and Junior Chairmen were Maria Pope Kessel & Kerry R.
Kessel and Gail Worth.
from the evening go towards LIFE’s partnership with
American Humane Association (AHA) which includes a
program to protect the voiceless and the vulnerable in
our society - abused and neglected children and animals.
Programs that will be served are in Palm Beach County,
including a large Pet Mobile for adoption purposes and
rescue service during times of emergency .
Sponsors of the "Lady in Red" Gala included Tiffany &
Co., Wells Fargo Advisors, and Braman Motorcars.
LIFE is dedicated to helping and improving the lives of
the voiceless and vulnerable in our society – those who
are disadvantaged, marginalized, or forgotten because of
disabilities, socio-economic status, neglect, age,
abuse, and other barriers. LIFE is committed to
providing aid, assistance, and awards for disabled
veterans, medical research, college scholarships,
humanitarian relief, the performing arts, and animal
For more information, please contact LIFE at
561.865.0955 or visit