Black Tie Intedrnational Magazine 
Select your preferred language
Celebrity Philanthropy News
Society News
Save the Date 2024
Black Tie
International Real Estate
Joyce Brooks
Gerard Mc Keon
Nightlife with Rose Billings
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Meera Gandhi
Black Tie  TV
Impact Investment
Featured Foundations
Co-Hosting Events
Listing Non-Profit Events
Black Tie China
Black Tie France
Black Tie Israel
Black Tie Philippines
New York Society
Palm Beach Society
International Society
Hampton Society
West Coast Society
U.S. Society
Philanthropy  Giving
Entrepreneurial & Philanthropy Awards
Event Resource Directory
Promote your Services
Event Talent Directory
Feature Your Talent
Couture Fashion
Fine Wines
 Health & Wellness
Interior Design
Investigative Services
Kids on Location
Legal Services
Luxury Yachts
Pet Services
Private Air
 Real Estate
Recommended Reading
Restaurant Reviews
Single Friendly Events
Social Announcements
Sustainable Investment
Wealth Management
Add your e-mail
of Black Tie

Black Tie Classic
George Clooney
Princess Diana
Back Issues
More Back Issues

























































































































































































































































































































































Palm Beach  Society News  Pages 1 

E-mail this page to your friends
Black Tie International:
The 56th International Red Cross Ball

Renee Wood, Col Robert Spencer, Frances Hayward.  Photo by:  Luciien Capehart Photography

Renee Wood, Col Robert Spencer, Frances Hayward
Photo by: Lucien Capehart Photography

Dina Merrill Hartley and Rumbough family. Photo by:  Annie Watt

Dina Merrill Hartley and Rumbough family.
Photo by:  Annie Watt

Jon and Michelle-Marie Heinemann
Photo by:  Annie Watt

Jean and Martin Shafiroff.  Photo by:  Annie Watt

Jean and Martin Shafiroff
Photo by:  Annie Watt

The U.S. Marine Corps color guard.  Photo by:  Annie Watt

The U.S. Marine Corps color guard
Photo by:  Annie Watt





By Ward Morehouse III

Black Tie Magazine Special Correspondent

Palm Beach - February 8, 2013 - The International Red Cross Ball, one of America's most prestigious and gorgeous charity affairs, struck gold tonight its first time back at The Breakers Hotel in
nine years.

"We did very well [financially] -- and we brought back a lot of the prestige of The Ball by bringing it back to The Breakers!" Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross and former U.S. Ambassador to Finland, told me during the magical dancing in the Venetian Ballroom of The Breakers.

"Everyone here is engaged in giving and everyone should," 
Jean Shafiroff,
who attended the ball with husband
Martin Shafiroff
, told me.

At the pre-Ball reception in the hotel's flower-festooned Mediterranean Ballroom, Mary M. Ourisman, Ball chairwoman former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, greeted six visiting ambassadors from Singapore, Iceland, Indonesia, Morocco, Portugal and the Netherlands along with many of the Who's Who of American society, business and the arts. Mary was accompanied by husband Mandell "Mandy" Ourisman, chairman of Ourisman Automotive with auto dealerships in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

And former film star Dina Merrill -- whose mother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, was the founding chairwoman of the Red Ball back in 1956 -- looked regal and radiant in a black gown and black pearls, especially when she received a hug and kiss from her jazz singer grandson Cole Rumbough. She was accompanied by husband Ted Hartley, CEO of RKO Pictures and co-producer with Stewart F. Lane of the Irving Berlin musical Top Hat in London.

 And from start to finish this year's 56th edition of the International Red Cross Ball had a most engaging air of freshness. And there's just no getting around it: The Red Ball at the glittery Breakers was as opulent and joyous occasion as any event in the time-honored tradition of one of the greatest and most beautiful hotels in the world.

Among the more than 400 guests were Francis Hayward, Jean and Martin Shafiroff,  Jon L. Heinemann and his beautiful wife, artist Michelle Marie Heinemann  Trish Donnelley, Paula Butler, Amanda Schumacher, Audrey and Marty Gruss, Kathryn Vecellio and Rhonda Wilkins (co-chairwomen for the Red Ball), Mary Mochary, and Beverly White-Yeager, Wilbur and Hilary Ross, Tom Quick, Chris and Grace Meigher,
and Betsy Turner, Anita McBride, former chief of staff for Barbara Bush; California Congressman Ed Royce and his wife Maria; former U.S. Senators Mel Martinez, Norm Coleman and Fred Thompson.

One of the highlights of the Red Ball was Peter Duchin and his orchestra serenading Dina Merrill with If I Could Live Again, a song written for her half a century ago about the time she was co-starring in the movie Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. If I Could Live Again was sung by grandson Cole Rumbough.

Special Thanks to Mary and Mandell Ourisman who were among the biggest supporters of The Red Cross Ball.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


joyce brooks, gerard mckeon.  photo by:  rose billings

To list an Upcoming Event

Save the Date
Celebrity Philanthropy News
Society News

Black Tie Magazine TV

Promote Your Event or Business

Event Resource Directory,   Promote your Services
Event Talent  Directory,  
Feature your Talent
Co-hosting events with Black Tie



To list an upcoming event please contact:

Back To Palm Beach Society




Joyce Brooks Jewellery


Black Tie  International Philanthropy

Meera Gandhi

Featured Save the Date


International Polo Charity Ball


Black Tie International Realty


Featured Foundation


Peace Angel Project

avazoo logo

Launch of the First
Billion Dollar Charity Raffle


Couture Fashion


Bridal Store


Black Tie Gift Selection


Black Tie Gift Selection


Featured Art


 Society News

Ocean emergency

Black Tie Magazine Gala
Carnegie Hall Opening Night
Casirta Maria
Zodiac Ball
Eliabeth Taylor Gala
Texas Heart Institute
Womens Foundation Gala
Meera Ghandi

Pamea Anderson


Prince Albert Gala


Featured Foundations

chuck feeney

Search the Site



Impact Investment

carbon geocycle

Black Tie China

lang lang foundation

Black Tie Philippines

City in a forest
black tie philippines

Nightlife with Rose Billings

Met Gala
sara Johnson
debutante Ball
Judy Kuriansky
Gerard Mc Keon

Celebrity Philanthropy News

sera Vergera
nicole Kidnman, jennifer Aniston
jean shafiroff, paul mc cartney
princess margaret of kent
Al Pacino, American Icon Awards
clive davis
american hospital of paris foundation
french heritage society
lupus research alliance
un women for peace
ben kingsley
ceylon tea party
Blavk Tie Gala
joyce brooks
central park conservatory
UN Correspondents Association
cardinal dolan
palm beach heart ball
vienese opera ball
lady in red gala
sanford stem cell
weizmann institute
carlos slim
israel 65th anniversary

Black Tie International Realty

secret paradise resort

Event Resources Directory

event resource directory



Copyright 2006 Black Tie Magazine. All Rights Reserved .

Privacy Policy |