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Schepens Friends Kick off 60th Anniversary at Fashion Benefit




Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio

Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio
Photo by:  Lucien Capehart Photography

PALM BEACH –South Florida supporters of Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, gathered to celebrate the Institute’s 60th anniversary and were treated to a fashion presentation by Neiman Marcus Palm Beach at the 2010 “Vision of Beauty” luncheon,  held in the Grand Ballroom of the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Friday, December 3rd. 
            Celebrity fashion designer Angel Sanchez and Schepens President, Kenneth Fischer were guests of honor.  Beth Pine, vice president and general manager of  Neiman Marcus Palm Beach provided the fashion presentation at the luncheon, featuring the latest “must haves” for the Palm Beach social season, as well as Sanchez’ renowned evening wear designs.  Judith Ripka Jewelry and other designer items were featured in the silent auction.
           Kathryn Vecellio and Judith Murat Grubman were honorary chairmen of the event and Hermé de Wyman Miro was grand honorary chairman, with Laurie Silvers serving as Mar-a-Lago host sponsor. Chairmen for this year’s event include: Colleen Bain, Caroline Collings, Linda Salandra-Dweck, Sandra Krakoff, Kay Lyons, Anne Moran, Monika Preston, Nancy Raquet, Laurie Silvers, who served as the Mar-A-Lago member host and Andrea Stark.
            Attending the event were Diana Bell, Lee Callahan, Rhonda Chase, Paula Cook, Dr. Angela Culveyhouse, Emily DiMaggio, Annie Falk, Vicki Halmos, Tricia Keitel, Vicki Kellogg, Roberta Kozloff, Cheryl Marshman, Michelle Millard, Sydell Miller, Ari Rifkin, Eddy Taylor and Maureen Woodward.
            Committee members include: Dusty Aronsohn, Candide Booth, Rosalie Cohen, Marilyn Connor, Mary Freitas, Connie Frankino, Arlette Godon, Cheryl Gowdy, Jerre Gowdy, Patricia Herlihy, Darlene Jordan, Susan Keenan, Michele Kessler, Patricia Lebow, Cheryl Marshman, Donna Marzano, Toby Muss, Beverly Myers, Aileen Newquist, Sharon O’Neil, Anka Palitz, Beth Pine, Diana Powell, Joan G. Rubin, Julie Rudolph, Marsha Snyder, Joanne Stringer,  Dyanne Tosi, Cherie Toufanian and Babbette Wolff.
            Other events planned by the Florida Friends of Schepens Eye Research Institute include the Annual Eye and Vision Research Symposium, to be held in Palm Beach on Thursday, Feb. 10th at the Colony Hotel, and on Friday, Feb. 11th at the Boca Raton Marriott, and the 60th Diamond Jubilee Celebration, to be held on Thursday, March 24th at the Palm Beach home of Nancy and Walter Raquet.
            More information on the Institute and its 60th anniversary events is available by calling 1-877-724-3736 toll-free or online at

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