Over 550 guests turned out for the New York Junior League’s 61st annual Winter Ball held at The Pierre Hotel.
The “Monet at Midnight” themed black tie gala celebrated 112 years of community service and honored seven volunteers (Allison Cooke Kellogg, Barbara Anne Paddock, Shanette Barth Cohen, Gretchen Freydl Jeanes, Crystal Matsibekker, Julie Naughton and Heidi Thompson) for their outstanding contributions.
Corporate Sponsors included JP Morgan Chase & Co., Chanel, The Hampton Classic, Henri Bendel, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Modern Luxury Manhattan, explora, and liquidnet.
Among the high style + fashionable was Saundra Smith who was resplendent in a gorgeous gem ring from Pomellato to match her sea foam dress by Nicole Miller standing tall in nude chiffon shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti.
The current president, Fiona Grant Small, discussed the importance of the organization, and how the NYJL helps to create a ripple effect among other charities in promoting leadership and inspiration.
Following her speech, John Avlon, a senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and a CNN contributor, discussed the importance of the NYJL in promoting better, more unified communities.
Judge Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, earned the award for Leadership and Excellence, an award that is given annually to an influential woman who improves her community. Kaye is Chair of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, and Founding Member and Honorary Chair of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert.
In her speech, she quoted Frederick Douglass by expressing, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
The reception area overflew with paintings. In going with the theme, these Monet-inspired art pieces were created by children from the NYJL Community Partners Public School 64 and the Stanley M. Isaacs Center. Project Muse and Artistic Journey collaborated with the NYJL by helping expose these children to Monet’s artwork.
The New York Junior League used Claude Monet’s paintings as the inspiration theme for the evening. The women were able to transform the ballroom and connecting rooms of The Pierre Hotel into a pastel masterpiece, from the color scheme, to the custom photo backdrop wall.
Following a night of dinner and dancing, guests also took part in live and silent auctions featuring jewelry, vacation getaways, spa treatments and sports tickets.
The event also honored former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, Judge Judith S. Kaye, with the NYJL’s award for leadership and excellence.
The award is presented annually to an exemplary businesswoman and philanthropist dedicated to serving her community.
The New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street
New York, NY 10075