Jamee Gregory and Robert Woolley are the chairmen of the Whitney Museum's 1994 benefit gala, a dinner dance Oct. 24 in the Museum's third floor exhibition gallery. Jamee and Robert are gathering their rosebuds while we are still in May and giving a luncheon Monday for committee members in the Museum's sculpture garden. Bill Tansey is loading the concrete courtyard with pots and pots of blooms from a country garden, pretty trees and flowering vines climbing the walls -- so you won't. All sorts of absolutely wonderful ladies are expected at the luncheon -- Carroll Petrie, Anne Johnson, Pauline Boardman, Norma Dan, Jan Cowles, Gretchen Grisanti, Karen LeFrak, like that. Glorious Food waiters will tiptoe through the tulips and peonies to serve lunch. The new twosome for Gala '94 at the Whitney is starting off with a bang. Isn't that how Robert Woolley, Sotheby's hotshot auctioneer, starts everything? Oh, come on. Bang. Gavel. Get it?
Anthony Drexel Duke, the blue-blooded founder and president of Boys Harbor, has been invited to Venice to speak on Children and the Environment at an international conference sponsored by Italy's prestigious Cini Foundation. Speaking right along with him will be Vice President Al Gore and Jacques Cousteau of the briny deep Cousteaus. After beautiful Venice, it's out to beautiful East Hampton, where George Plimpton will join Tony and Luly Duke to begin working on Boys Harbor's fireworks extravaganza set for July 16 -- and not a moment too soon.
Princess Esra Jah, en route to London from her palatial ranch in Santa Ynez -- it's right next to Michael Jackson's Neverland, if you care -- stopped in New York to give a little dinner at Arcimboldo. The princess has been appointed to the board of the National Symphony and elated doesn't even come close to describing her feelings. (Thrilled to bits?) She will be in Washington on June 17 for the National Symphony's salute to Msistislav Rostropovich at Kennedy Center, before flying off to London and her Eden-like island off the coast of Turkey. She never has to worry where the hell to spend her summer vacation.