The Museum Ball, the American Museum of Natural History’s biggest annual benefit, was a huge success, which made everyone very happy, especially the co-chairs, Roger Altman and Ghigurate Kazickas, Roland and Lois Betts, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols and Constance and Stephen Spahn. For the big show, the museum was swathed in blazing crimson autumnal hues. At least 400 guests ascended the steps of the main Central Park West entrance to the reception in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda decorated in shades of amber, red and yellow, setting the hall and the tall Barosaurus aglow. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a heavy lizard aglow.
Dinner was in the magnificent Rose Center’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, where the guests danced to the 12-piece Starlight Orchestra. Under the hand of Bill Tansey, the hall was transformed into a lush romantic Victorian garden at sunset filled with blood-red black magic roses, Dutch hydrangeas and spray roses, all setting the stage for a romantic evening spent in the "center of the universe" with the spectacular Hayden Sphere and the Rose Center’s dazzling planets hanging overhead.
The Museum Ball’s co-chairwomen Diane Sawyer wore an off-the-shoulder cashmere creation and Connie Spahn wore an Akris burgundy velvet strapless dress with a taffeta skirt and a matching stole. The evening raised more than $1.1 million to be added to the museum’s coffers.
On behalf of the Tibet House board of directors and honorary chairmen, Uma Thurman, an honorary chairman along with Ethan Hawke and Alex von Furstenberg are inviting you and you and you to the 13th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 28. Philip Glass is the artistic director of the unique concert — it has become a New York happening — and to date David Bowie, Ziggy Marley, Rufus Wainwright and the Drepung Gomang monks have said they’ll be there. Watch for the Drepung monks. Something you wouldn’t ever want to miss.