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SHELL SHOCK: Nightlife impresario and hotel magnate Eric Goode revealed that he’s a “turtle geek” Tuesday night at his first annual “Turtle Ball” held at Bowery Hotel. Goode said he’s been passionate about the reptiles since his mother first gave him a Hermann’s tortoise at age 8. Co-hosts of the event included Graydon Carter, Gretchen Mol, Fisher Stevens, Andrew Sabin, and Michael Zilkha, with Sandra Bernhard as master of ceremonies. Goode hoped to draw attention to the fact that over half of the 300 species of turtles are even more endangered then some more typically believed species to be endangered such as tigers and pandas.
Goode enlisted friends and fellow New Yorkers/Hollywood types such as John Leguizamo, Christopher Walken, Parker Posey and Fisher Stevens to make a video to help put familiar faces and sympathetic hearts next to the plight of the creatures. Helping guests to get a closer look at the species, Goode had a large tank installed with several “snake neck” and “pig nosed” turtle varieties on display along with works of donated art to be auctioned Peter beard, Todd Eberle, Nan Goldin, Alex Katz and a Vanessa Beecroft which was purchased by Jenna Lyons for the silent auction. The live auction featured works by Richard Prince and Jean Michel Basquiat which was a painting that hung in the Michael Todd room at Palladium. The night raised over $500,00 for the Turtle Conservancy, which was founded by Goode in 2005.
Guests such as Gina Gershon, Bob Colacello, Elettra Wiedemann and Michelle Hicks were also entertained by the unicycling antics of Philippe Petit, the famed French high-wire artist known for his stunt of walking between the Twin Towers in 1974.