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Karen LeFrak, Muffie Potter Aston, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Alexandra Lind Rose, Michel Witmer, Margaret Russell, Grace Meigher, Joanne de Guardiola

The Leadership: Karen LeFrak, Muffie Potter Aston, Alexia Hamm Ryan, Alexandra Lind Rose, Michel Witmer, Margaret Russell, Grace Meigher, Joanne de Guardiola, Leslie Jones. Photo by: Matt Carasella/PatrickMcMullan 




The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s
20th Annual Preview Party

For The Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show

Sponsored by Elle Decor and Michel Witmer



 New York City: The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s 20th Annual Preview Party for The Haughton International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show at the Park Avenue Armory was a rousing success. It raised over $800,000 to promote the well-being of patients, support cancer research and provide public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer.


Sponsors, including Elle Décor and art dealer Michel Witmer helped make the night a stunning and financial success. The evening’s leadership team included event Co-chairs Grace Meigher, Alexandra Lind Rose and Alexia Hamm Ryan, Honorary Chairs Michel Witmer and Margaret Russell; Connoisseur Chairs Muffie Potter Aston, Joanne de Guardiola, Karen LeFrak and Jamie Niven and The Society’s President Leslie Jones.


Over 700 guests attended the spectacular night. The list included celebrities, fashion designers, interior designers and the crème de la crème of New York society: Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Betty Sherrill, Dr. Sherrell Aston, Daisy Soros, Michael Bruno, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder, Julia and David Koch, Hilary Geary and Wilbur Ross, Emilia and Pepe Fanjul, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Jessie and Rand Araskog, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Eugenie and Nicholas Goodman, Nicole and Derek Limbocker, Catherine and Bryan Carey, Clelia and Tom Zacharias, Leslie and Andrew Heaney, Hilary and Joe Califano, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Eleanora and Michael Kennedy, Wendy Carduner, Peter Jones, Nazee Moinian, Chesie Breen, Christopher Meigher, Anne Grauso, Margo Langenberg, Jennifer Creel, Martha Glass, Libby Fitzgerald, and Mario Buatta.


The show, brilliantly organized by Anna and Brian Haughton and their children Emma Jane and Giles Haughton, displayed over 500 million dollars worth of the finest art and antiques from around the world. There were Objects of drop-dead beauty, great historical significance and riveting curiosity.


Buffet tables by Glorious Foods held freshly carved smoked salmon, fresh vegetables, seared tuna, cheeses and breads and condiments, while waiters in black tie passed the silver platters of hors d'oeuvres, champagne, martinis and mixed beverages.


Others enjoying the evening were Muffy and Donald Miller, Judith Wall Guest, Dr. Dino Rivero, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Roberto de Guardiola, Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Lisa Jackson, Louis Rose, Melissa and Chappy Morris, Baird Ryan, Amy Fine Collins, Candy and Bill Hamm, Jill and David GilmourAnnabelle and Alberto Mariaca, Alexandra Kotur, Randy Kemper and Tony Ingrao, Helen Schifter, Robert Rufino, Elizabeth Stribling and Guy Robinson, Sharon Bush, Todd Romano, Michèle Gerber Klein, Jamie Figg, Cynthia Frank, Vicente Wolf, Duane Hampton, Bunny Williams and John Rosselli, Jill Kargman, Carl and Sabrina Forsythe, Sheila Camera Kotur, Geoffrey Bradfield, Stephanie Krieger and Brian Stewart, Alison and Jay Aston, Laura McVey, Jon and Michelle Marie Heinemann, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter and Shoshanna and Josh Gruss, Mark Gilbertson, Cecilia Wolfson, Ellen and Ian Graham, Mark W. Smith, Alison Minton, Jason Grant, Suzette de Marigny Smith, Barbara de Portago, Marilyn White and Bettina Zilkha.


Founded in 1946, The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of patients and their families while also supporting cancer research and providing public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. The Society volunteers work in close collaboration with MSKCC physicians and staff to support The Center’s mission of delivering the best cancer care to its patients while also providing comfort and care to those who come for treatment from all over the world.


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