New York’s Most Glamorous Galas in 2016

We look back at last season’s most glamorous galas, where big names turned out to support top causes.


Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, a long-time patron of New Yorkers for Children. Photo: for the New Yorkers for Children Annual Fall Gala to Benefit Youth in Foster Care, presented by CHLOÉ.

New Yorkers for Children is a great cause that always attracts a cross-section of A-list New Yorkers. This year’s Annual Fall Gala on September 15th was a very special one, as it celebrated the group’s 20th anniversary to benefit youth in foster care in New York City. The celebration raised more than $1.3 million and was presented by Chloé. A flock of New York City’s top influencers, models and the fashion industry’s most respected veterans came to Cipriani 42nd Street to support the charity. Guests included Dan Rothmann, Trey Songz, Dree Hemingway, Erika Bearman, Kelly Rutherford, Luma Grothe, Frederic Fekkai, Danielle Snyder, Jodie Snyder Morel, Daphne Groeneveld, Indre Rockefeller, Heather Marks, Rose Gilroy, Valesca Guerrand-Hermes, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Anita Hodosi, and  Eniko Mihalik


Lauren Santo Domingo, Dasha Zhukova
Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder of Moda Operandi and ABT Fall Gala Co-Chair, and Dasha Zhukova, founder of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Garage Magazine Photo: Joe Schildhorn/

New York socials and the the fashion crowd adore American Ballet Theatre, making the opening of its fall season a style happening as well as the occasion to celebrate great balletic talent. Attendees included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julianna Margulies, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Tilly, Calvin Klein, Lauren Santo Domingo, Daphne Groeneveld, Damaris Lewis, Star Jones, Anh Duong, ABT Principal Dancers Misty Copeland, Gillian Murphy, Marcelo Gomes, James Whiteside, Isabella Boylston and Stella Abrera Radetsky, Nausheen Shah, Elaina Watley, Allison Sarofim, Alessandro and Fe Fendi, Amy Fine Collins,Carlos Souza, Susan Fales-Hill, Rob Ashford, Bronson Van Wyck, Julia and David Koch, Sutton Stracke, Kevin Mckenzie, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, Jessica Lang, Linda Fargo, Deeda Blair, Cameron Silver, Antony Todd, George Condo, Sarah Arison, Ariana Rockefeller, Becca Thrash, Anne McNally, Julia Loomis, Caryn Zucker, Indre Rockefeller, Maria Baibakova, Di Mondo, Hamish Bowles, Dasha Zhukova, Amy Astley, Laura Brown, Ryan Korban, Tracey Amon, Daniel Romualdez, Arielle Patrick, Carolina Irving, and Joanna Fisher.


Karyn Kornfeld, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan
Karyn Kornfeld, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency/

The 33rd annual Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala was held at Cipriani 42nd Street where Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, founder and 2016 gala general chair, as well as a long-time advocate for raising funds to help find a cure for the disease, welcomed guests who included Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; fashion designers Nicole Miller and Zang Toi, Sharon Bush, Margo and John Catsimatidis Diandra Douglas Liliana Cavendish, Hilary Dick, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Anne and Jay McInerney, TV personality and style guru Robert Verdi, CEO of HSNi Mindy Grossman, president of HSN, Bill Brand (Rita Hayworth Award recipient), president of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brendan Shanahan (Champion Award recipient),Sarah Rafferty, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, talk show host Wendy Williams and Liliana Cavendish. The evening raised nearly $2 million for critical Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.


Meredith Melling
Meredith Melling. Photo: Angela Pham and Rommel Demano/

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Associates Committee and Valentino hosted its annual Fall Party at The Metropolitan Club in New York. The Associates Committe parties are always well attended affairs, drawing top names from the worlds of fashion, art, philanthropy and the media. The evening was co-chaired by Mollie Ruprecht Acquavella, Amory McAndrew and Anna Burke Patterson. Ron Wendt Design created the décor and DJ D-Nice provided the music for the more than 300 guests, who included Tabitha Simmons, Charlotte Ronson, Mollie Ruprecht Acquavella and Alexander Acquavella, Jamie and Veronica Beard, Wes Gordon, Olivia Chantecaille, Jennifer Fisher, Valerie Boster Macauley, Chelsea Leyland, Jordan Foster, Molly Howard, Kate Foley, Jessica Sailer and Mark van Lith, Rickie de Sole, Jane Keltner de Valle, Allison and Jay Aston, Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler and Brian Pfeifler, Meredith Melling, Brook and Ferebee Taube, Corbin and Beth Blake Day, Annelise Winter, Joanna and Peter de Neufville, Nick and Travis Acquavella, Gretchen Gunlocke Fenton, Erin and John O’Connor, Amory McAndrew and Anna Burke Patterson.


NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 21: Denise Rich and family attends the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Denise Rich and family attends the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised nearly $3.7 million in support of blood cancer initiatives at the Angel Ball 2016. This annual black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, took place at Cipriani Wall Street. The Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research. This years honorees included Carl H. June, M.D., director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies and director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at the University of Pennsylvania; the late Robert Kardashian; and Heloise Pratt, AM, chair of The Pratt Foundation. Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, Clive Davis, Sarah, Duchess of York; Star Jones, Toni Garrn, Donna Karan, Dee Hilfiger, Zuri Marley, Selenis Leyva, Jeff Gordon, Andreja Pejić, Anja Rubik, Brittany Daniels, Dr. Stephen Nimer, Ethan Zohn, Jonathan Batiste, Alina Baikova, Carol Alt, Christina Milian, Danielle Knudson, Donna D’Cruz, Jessica Strothler, Jill Zarin, Jocelyn Chew, Megan Williams, Montel Williams, Nadine Leopold, Scott Disick, Shanina Shaik, Suleika Jaouad, and other prominent New York personalities were among the  guests at the gala..