Thursday, May 14, 2009

BAP 18th Annual Celebration of the Creative Spirit Benefit Dinner

On Wednesday night I got to visit one of my favorite NY Restaurants, The Four Seasons, for this years BAP Awards. I was met at the door by Dwight Johnson who had to be the most popular man of the night having organized yet another fabulous event for BAP. Lisa Schiff who is Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center was awarded the Brooke Astor Award and reminisced about her friendship with Brooke. Julian Niccolini & Alex von Bidder who are the Managing Partners of The Four Seasons Restaurant received the Creative Spirit Award. Beth DeWoody gave them their awards and told how the restaurant has become the home away from home for the Rudin family. It was fitting that they receive the award as they celebrate the 50 years anniversary of The Four Seasons. Sade Baderinwa was the always beautiful Master of Ceremonies and Mayor Dinkins was there to show his support.

As the guests walked into the dinning room after cocktails they were met by Students, some of whom were in the pool wearing swim suits designed by one of BAP's Alumni. Lynn Whitfield, who was wearing a cream silk gown was a head turner as she entered the room as were Andre Leon Talley and Ashley Ramos when they arrived. Andrea is larger than life and sat and held court with the likes of Annette de la Renta and Mica Etegun while posing for photo oops with some of the students.

The event raised money for scholarships to help African American and Hispanic students at Pratt

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