The Whitney’s American Art Awards gala, May 16
Flavor: The new Le Cirque pre-opens for this party. Massive tents imported from Europe will be erected in the Bloomberg-building courtyard, partially closing off 58th Street.
Gala-goers: Reed and Delphine Krakoff, Leonard A. Lauder, Susan Hess.
Table for ten goes for: $75,000.
And the winner is: The big award goes to Terry Lundgren, CEO of Federated Department Stores, Inc. (parent company of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, etc.), for his commitment to the arts in America.
Spring Benefit, May 17
Cute name: A Wynning Hand
Flavor: Croupiers and gaming tables imported from the Wynn Las Vegas casino; Roberto Cavelli transforms Sotheby’s with “Venetian”–themed décor.
Gala-goers: Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Tinsley Mortimer, Anne Grauso.
Door prizes: Wynn Las Vegas Resort package for four (retail value: $88,750); Roberto Cavalli fur coat (retail value: $20,000).
Table for ten goes for: $10,000.
Synergy: Also serves as the launch for the new Cavalli fragrance, Serpentine.
Society Benefit, May 17
Cute name: Safari! The American West.
Flavor: Cocktails with sea lions, penguins, and polar bears at the Central Park Zoo; dinner and dancing in front of snow monkeys.
Gala-goers: Amanda Hearst, Lydia Hearst-Shaw, Harrison LeFrak.
Door prizes: Three nights at Teton Ridge Ranch, two nights at the Four Seasons in Jackson Hole.
Table for ten goes for: $50,000.
Synergy: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Bison Society; guests can bid to win the right to name the six male and six female Bronx Zoo American bison.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation benefit, May 20
Cute name: Kids for Kids Celebrity Carnival.
Flavor: At the Industria Superstudio, Todd Oldham shoots your family portrait, Jeff Koons and Francesco Clemente teach your kid to paint, Rick Pipino styles your child’s hair.
Gala-goers: Tiki Barber, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Carson Kressley.
Admission: $100,000 for twenty tickets.