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Nancy Rollnick & Pierce Brosnan. Photo by: Lucien Capehart


 The Golden Anniversary Of
The International
Red Cross Ball
Honored Tradition With Understated Elegance


PALM BEACH (February 13, 2007) – The 50th International Red Cross Ball began with a receiving line for the ambassadors and istinguished guests followed by a red carpet procession with each dignitary escorted by a Marine outfitted in dress blues.

“A return to the simple traditions was a perfect way to celebrate this significant golden anniversary,” said Nancy Ellison Rollnick, who along with her husband, William D. Rollnick, was this year’s co-chair.

In a fitting tribute to 50 years of tradition and support of the local Red Cross Chapter, 450 distinguished guests luxuriated in the surroundings: tables accented by Battenberg lace overlays, six-foot gold candelabras, r ed floral arrangements and wall-to-wall white carpeting —all emphasized by the soft glow of amber and coral lighting and the charming sounds of the Peter Duchin Orchestra.

The Rollnicks celebrated the grande dames of the Ball, Marjorie Merriweather Post and Sue Whitmore. Two awards were given in their honor, with Post’s daughter, Dina Merrill, and May Bell Lin, Whitmore’s personal assistant, as the recipients.

For the first time in Ball history, there was an Honorary Marine Corps Chairman, Leo Albert, who accompanied the 4th ANGLICO Marine Unit Color Guard into the Grand Ballroom.

Celebrating the anniversary gala at the head table were Honorary Anniversary Committee Chairman, Pierce Brosnan and his son Sean; Ivanka Trump, Junior Chairman; Melania Trump, Ambassador of Good Will; and Donald Trump, Chairman of Ambassadorial Arrangements.

The Ball’s Grand Benefactor’s were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kessler, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence DeGeorge and Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. Grand Corporate Benefactor was David Morris International and Grand Corporate Patron was NetJets.

Guests included: Senator and Mrs. Bill Nelson; Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Telesco; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gordon; Countess Henrietta De Hoernle; Mr. and Mrs. Lowry Bell; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Raquet; Mr. George Lindemann; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Volpe; Mr. and Mrs. Chris Meigher; Ms. Lois Pope; The Honorable Per-Olof Loof and Mrs. Loof; Senator Ron Klein and Mrs. Ron Klein; Ms. Diane McNeel; Mr. Peter Plotkin; Mr. and Mrs. David Morris; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Fisher; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Krakoff; Mr. and Mrs. James Meany; Mr. Frank Chopin; Mrs. Henry Ford II; Mr. and Mrs. William Tiefel; Mr. and Mrs. James Keenan; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pilotte; Mrs. Herme de Wyman Miro; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gruss; Lt. General Bradley; Mrs. Leslie Ginn; Mrs. John Castle; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Johnson; Mr. and Mrs. William Told; Ms. Anka Palitz; Mr. Michael Collins; Mrs. T. Suffern Tailer; Mr. Robert Reveley; Col. and Mrs. Charles Bowden; Mrs. Gertrude Maxwell; Mr. and Mrs. David Chase; Mrs. Brownie McLean; Mr. George Cloutier and Ms. Tiffany Spadafora; Mr. David Miller; Mrs. Helen Boehm; Mr. and Mrs. Braddock Alexander; Mrs. A. Putnam Humphreys; Mrs. Nancy Sexauer Walsh; Ambassador Nancy Brinker; Ambassador Pekka Lintu and Ms. Laurel Colless; Ambassador and Mrs. Said Tayeb Jawad; Ambassador Daniel Ayal; Ambassador and Mrs. John Lowell; Ambassador and Mrs. Virasakdi Futrakul; Ambassador and Mrs. Luis Benigno Gallegos Chiriboga; Ambassador and Mrs. Marion Smoak; Ambassador and Mrs. Samuel Zbogar and his Excellency Nasser Bin Hamad Bin Mubarek Al Khalifa.

Smoked Scottish salmon, beef tenderloin, an International cheese course and poached meringue in vanilla crème anglaise delighted everyone’s palates, and each course was served on a different pattern of China to reflect the clean white, red and gold lines—including a stunning red, white and gold Martinique set for the first and dessert courses.

The Red Cross International Ball was started by the venerable Marjorie Merriweather Post. After serving at American Red Cross stations during World War I and donating thousands of dollars over the course of several years, she established the first International Red Cross Ball in 1957. And for the last 50 years, the Ball accomplished its powerful goal of underscoring the American Red Cross’ humanitarian efforts.

About the Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers who provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. For more than 80 years, the American Red Cross Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, which includes Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, has been providing shelter for families during a hurricane, flood or fire, and teaching First Aid, CPR, AIDS Prevention and Water Safety.


To learn more about the work of the Red Cross in communities, or to make a donation, please call 561-833-7711, 1- 800-RED-CROSS within the four service counties, or visit the Website at:


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