This year's Just One Break dinner dance at the Plaza was one of the best ever, with Norma Dana, Orin Lehman and Eben Pyne doing the chairing, and Carroll Petrie as guest of honor, all in white, with a Chanel top and a Dior bottom -- or was it the other way around? Carroll accepted J.O.B.'s award for humanitarian achievement on behalf of herself and her husband, Milton, one of New York's top philanthropists. Philip Baloun made the ballroom look like an oasis by moonlight, tented overhead and decorated with fantasy palms twinkling with jeweled lights. You would have loved it.
Everyone was there -- Emelia and Pepe Fanjul of all that sugar (they gave their own dinner for 90 the following night, but more about that next week), Jane and Guilford Dudley, Thorunn Wathne with Harry Platt, Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Pat Patterson, Carolina and Reinaldo Herrera, Anne and James Sitrick, Carolyn and William Chaney, Khalil Rizk, Mary Meehan, Laura McCloy, the Robert Fomons from Palm Beach, Pat and Marquette de Bary, Jackie and Nicky Drexel, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Charlie Dana, who presented the award to Carroll, Barbara and Tommy Bancroft, Alyne Massey, Adair Beutel, Mai Hallingby, Brunie McKnight and on and on into the palms.
In San Francisco, they're in the midst of a cultural celebration with all sorts of social garniture. The San Francisco Symphony kicked off its three-week French Festival, a giddy time in the city, with a very exclusive private recital and dinner at Ann and Gordon Getty's beautiful house in Pacific Heights. Maybe that should be at one of their beautiful houses in Pacific Heights, because the Gettys bought the house right next door to their original Sister Parish-decorated mansion, joined the two houses together, completely gutted and re-did the new one -- decorator: Ann Getty -- and the little party was the first glimpse anyone had of the new place. Simply marvelous, particularly music-lover and composer Gordon's magnificent new music room, complete with dark red beaded curtains and, of course, sensational acoustics. And who better to inaugurate the lovely chamber than Jessye Norman, striking in a red dress, singing Debussy and Richard Strauss for 80 guests before dinner in the courtyard.