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 The Historical Society of Palm Beach
 Cocktail Reception


Patrick Park Hosts
 Lavish Cocktail Celebration
In Anticipation of
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s
 8th Annual Archival Evening


Dame Celia Lipton Farris & Patrick Park

Dame Celia Lipton Farris & Patrick Park
Photo by: Lucien Capehart Photography, Palm Beach



Jupiter, FL. - The magnificent home of Patrick Park was overshadowed only by the stunning Dame Celia Lipton Farris as more than 150 guests enjoyed a lavish cocktail celebration in anticipation of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County’s 8th Annual Archival Evening. The event this year, Dame Celia Lipton Farris “An Incredible Life,” highlights the extraordinary Dame Celia and her outstanding achievements, as well as her generosity in the Palm Beach philanthropic community. Patrick Park, Diana Ecclestone, Tom Quick and Mark Stevens are the Chairmen of this year’s Archival Evening, which also includes Kathy Bleznak as Honorary Chair, and Jeff Bateman of Tiffany & Company as Corporate Chair.

Guests arriving at the Bear’s Club residence, by Phoenix Architecture, Santayana Designs and decorated by Susan Gale Interior Designs, were serenaded by Patrick Park’s signature welcoming mariachi band, and entertained throughout the home by opera singer Francesco Valpa and Palm Beach pianists David Crohan and Paul Davis. The Ole’ Ole’ Argentinean Tango Group and dancers inspired guests around the pool to kick up their heels and tango under the stars. Hors d’oeuvres prepared by Christafaro’s Catering included potato cornucopias filled with salmon tartar and tobiko caviar, mini "sliders all the way," ginger shallot shrimp, an Italian bistro station and a carving station of whole roasted tenderloin of beef, smoked salmon and an assortment of mini Cuban sandwiches.

Park graciously opened his entire home for the evening’s festivities, which delighted those who previewed two beautiful original paintings by Dame Celia Lipton Farris adorning the upstairs walls. The Who’s Who list of attendees included Tom Quick, Frances Scaife, Tom McCarter, Petra Levin, Ann-Britt and Christian Angle, Ross Meltzer, Steven Stolman, Ann Fairfax and Richard Sammons, Patty Myura, Michele and Howard Kessler, Nancy and William Rollnick, Sonja Abrahamson, Mark Stevens, Mickey and Laurence Beyer, Robin and Richard Bernstein, Linda and Edward Dweck, Shannon Curley, Stacy Dowdle, Karen Martens, Victoria Ulano, Dr. Layne Nissenbaum, Colleen Hanson, John Campbell, Lee Havens, Linda and Guy Ashley, Elizabeth and Jeff Bateman, Rosalind Clarke, Rick Cosnotti, Preston Atinsky, Penny and Keith Williams, Daniel Biaggi, David Espinosa, Lynn and Richard Daytz, Michel Cox Witmer, Dino Rivera, John Andreu, Richard Simmons, Christine DiRocco, Jane Branneky, Penny and Alan Murphy, LouLou and Jamie Gordon, Blair Griffin, Steven Mooney, Scott Velozo, Missy Geisler, Scott Moses, Jane and Gordon Brown, Tory and Perry Brown, Beth Pine, Mark Janecki, Carol and Tom Kirchhoff, Susan and Mark Elhilow, Joanne Cutner, Aime and Christopher Dunstan, Catherine Tolton, Serge Uson, Scott Moses, Marian Farris Retterer, Jeff Sabean, Tracy Sherman, Melanie and Chris Hill, Melissa and Brian Lee, Laura and Shakir Wissa, Shirley and Richard Walling, and Moira Wolofsky and Jon Fiore.

Guests bade farewell with an elegantly packaged Forte Tea Tree gift in hand, provided by Neiman Marcus, Palm Beach, and reminiscences of an unforgettable evening including the memorable address by Dame Celia Lipton Farris thanking her host and inviting all to attend the Archival dinner dance. The Historical Society’s annual Archival Evening honors the contributions of notable individuals whose accomplishments and influence have helped to define the history of Palm Beach. Previous honorees include a tribute to architect John Volk, social photographer Slim Aarons, “The Late Great Grande Dames,” including Barton Gubelmann, Estee Lauder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mary Sanford, and Sue Whitmore, style icon Lilly Pulitzer, architect Maurice Fatio, fashion designer Philip Hulitar, and society family photographer Betty Kuhner. The intimate dinner dance will take place on Wednesday, December 9, from 7 – 10 p.m. at Club Colette in Palm Beach. Tickets are $550 per person. Tables of ten are offered at $5,000. The Grand Corporate Sponsor of the Archival Evening is PNC Foundation. For more information about the Historical Society or Archival Evening, please call (561) 832-4164, ext 106 or visit



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