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LIFE's 20th Annual "Lady in Red" Gala
Lois Pope, Jay Leno and Naomi Judd, A Star-Studded evening celebrated

Lois Pope, Jay Leno and Naomi Judd


A Star-Studded evening celebrated

LIFE's 20th Annual "Lady in Red" Gala
 Photos by Lucien Capehart Photography


LIFE celebrated 20 extraordinary years on December 7, 2013, with a spectacular Rio-style celebration at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach, which was transformed into a tropical Brazilian paradise.   Lois Pope and Patrick M. Park served as chairs of this truly amazing evening.   The 20th Annual "Lady in Red" Gala, "A Night in Rio" honored LIFE’s history of helping those in need and for being the champion for those who cannot speak but who enrich our lives and everyday make us a little more... human.


Always the much-anticipated start of the Palm Beach social season, the gala featured America’s favorite funny-man and legendary Tonight Show host Jay Leno.  Leno kept the crowd laughing with his stand-up routine before emceeing the live auction.  


Naomi Judd, country music star, songwriter and activist was also in attendance and received the LIFE Humane Legacy Award recognizing her for her tireless dedication to helping the infirmed and society's most vulnerable.


As guests entered the sensational ballroom, Brazilian dancers in authentic Carnival attire greeted them. The evening also featured the renowned Palm Beach Symphony, Broadway hits sung by the talented 60 member Nova Choir and dancing to the music
of the Sultans of Swing. 


Many of Palm Beach’s brightest stars served as supporters of this gala evening including: Tango Gala Honoree Extraordinaire: Ari Rifkin; Mariachi Gala Honorary International Chairs: Veronica Atkins and Hermé de Wyman Miro; Samba Gala Grand Patrons: Mary Montgomery and Mary Ann and Walt Schwenk; Salsa Gala Co-Chairs:  Maude Cook, and Suzi and Rick Goldsmith; Meringue Host Gala Chairs: Robin and Bart Ganzert, Toni Holt and Robert Kramer, and Jan and Chip Malley; Bossa Nova Gala Chairs: Maria Pope Kessel and Kerry R. Kessel, Terry and Joseph Mendozza, and Bjaye and Frank Pilotte; Rumba Gala Corporate Ambassadors: American Humane Association, Tiffany & Co, Wells Fargo Advisors, Braman Motorcars,
and Neydharting Moor Skin and Body Care.


Proceeds from the evening’s Gala benefited LIFE’s partnership with American Humane Association (AHA) which includes a program to protect the voiceless and the vulnerable in our society - children and abused 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. 


As the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.
AHA's mission is to create a more humane and compassionate world. 


For more information, please call LIFE at
or visit


 Elizabeth Bowden, Patrick Park and Arlette Gordon

 Elizabeth Bowden, Patrick Park and Arlette Gordon

Robert Kramer & Toni Holt Kramer

Robert Kramer & Toni Holt Kramer

Suzi and Rick Goldsmith

Suzi and Rick Goldsmith

Dr. Robin Ganzert & Bart Ganzer

Dr. Robin Ganzert & Bart Ganzer

Walter and Mary Ann Schwenk

Walter and Mary Ann Schwenk

Veronica Atkins & Dr. John Ricci

Veronica Atkins & Dr. John Ricci

 Frank and Bjaye Pilotte

 Frank and Bjaye Pilotte

 Jeff and Gina Sabean

 Jeff and Gina Sabean

Ari Rifkin and Tova Leidesdorf

 Ari Rifkin and Tova Leidesdorf


joyce brooks, gerard mckeon.  photo by:  rose billings

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