Joffrey Ballet's Couture & Cocktails at the Palmer House

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Designer Pamella Roland, Helen Melchior, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, moi and Sydney DeVos.

Friday night’s event at the Palmer House for the Joffrey Ballet’s Couture & Cocktails was the party of the year!!!  The crowd of over 600 was SRO in the lobby for the glamorous Pamella Roland Spring/Resort 2010 show and it did NOT disappoint!  The models strutted down the runway in the most exciting colors and fabrics–there was everything from daytime to evening to beach.  Her sleek and glamorous designs wowed the crowd.

The celeb filled VIP party was in Lockwood before the show and at show’s end, Pamella and her darling daughters, Cassie and Sydney, took their bows to a standing ovation. 


This was the first time a fashion show had been held in the lobby of the Palmer House and the room was awe-inspiring with help from décor genius Jonathan Ryan and lighting master, Dennis Remer, of Frost.  Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, and Executive Director, Christopher Clinton Conway, introduced the Joffrey dancers and they strutted their stuff down the runway rivaling any supermodel.  Then event co-founders, Helen Melchior and I, introduced our gorgeous co-chairs: Anne Kaplan, Kristina McGrath, Shauna Montgomery, Ann Waters, Rebecca Besser and our Auction Chair, Leslie Hindman.  I thanked our sponsors Netjets, United Airlines, Van Cleef & Arpels, Neiman Marcus (who introduced us to Pamella) and our media sponsor, CS Magazine. Leslie then conducted the live auction with Giuliana and Bill Rancic raising over $50,000.  The Peninsula’s Far East Package went to Rhonda Sanderson, Pamella Roland bought the gorgous Van Cleef evening watch, the party for 50 in the lobby of the Palmer House went to Barkley Payne, the Pamella Roland NY Fashion Week package went to Kristina and Mike McGrath and the Chicago Package went to Steven Haislet, Victoria Dinges and Anise Wileylittle.  Even the dancers contributed to the silent auction which raised $17K.  Fabrice Calmels (who will be playing Othello in the upcoming season) donated a dance class for 12, Temur Suluashvili knitted vests and sweaters for a family of 4, Matthew Adamczyk donated a wonderful painting and Valerie Robin donated her homemade limoncellos.   There was something for everyone!


Afterwards, guests danced to the hot sounds of gorgeous DJ, Donna D’Cruz (who had brought her family with her to the party), in the Red Lacquer Room.  The State Ballroom was outfitted as a chic lounge with white leather furniture and the fashion show was replaying on a giant screen.  The food by Chef Stephen Henry was a sensation and delighted all of the guests.  This was the 4th Couture & Cocktails presented by the Joffrey Ballet’s Women’s Board and it was the biggest and best so far thanks to the support of the presenting sponsor, The Palmer House.  We raised $250,000 and are thrilled with its success!  Thanks to all of you who supported this fun and worthy cause! (Photos courtesy of Bob Carl, Barry Brecshen and Caitlin Saville.)




Our presenting sponsor, The Palmer House, hosted an SRO crowd for Couture & Cocktails.

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WB President Christine Ott, Stuart Burstein, Margie Habermann and Diane Sprenger.

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Dan DeVos, Pamella Roland and dancer Mauro Villanueva.

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Mary Lou Gorno, co-chair Leslie Hindman and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway.

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Co-chairs Shauna Montgomery, Kristina McGrath and Rebecca Besser with Korinna Isselhardt.

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Neiman’s Tina Koegel and Peninsula’s GM Maria Zec.



DJ Donna D’Cruz

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Gorgeous Pamella Roland evening gown.

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Angie DeMars, Paula Fasseas, Tom Wallace, Laura Wallace and Cindy Burns.

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Barry and Traci Mansur


Joffrey dancers enjoying their special night.

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Marty Higgins and Maria Smithburg

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With Chef Stephen Henry and Palmer House’s Dennis Chaffee.

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Kimberly Gleeson and Dr, Stephen Stryker.

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Elliot and Jannie Pearlman

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Event co-founders Helen Melchior and moi.

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Rick and Toni Canada

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We were introduced to Pamella by our sponsor Neiman Marcus. Shown here is Neiman’s GM Wendy Krimins, Pamella Roland and Director of PR, Tina Koegel.

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With co-chairs Helen Melchior and Anne Kaplan

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Sophie Bross and Liz Ryan.


The Palmer House lobby with decor by Jonathan Ryan and lighting by Dennis Remer from Frost.



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