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THREE FOR THE ROAD: Accepting the Mother Hale Award for Mothers Who Make A Difference, Sharon Bush recalled meeting the humanitarian Mother Hale decades ago. Bush, a former inner-city teacher, described sitting in on one of Hale’s story hours and seeing Hale reflexively comfort a small, crying child. “She was always helping the neediest,” Bush told guests at Wednesday night’s Hale House benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. JP Morgan Chase’s Christine Larsen was also honored.
Bush’s three children Lauren, Ashley and Pierce (who flew in from Houston for the occasion) presented the award. They clued in the crowd to how their mother often made a point of taking their younger selves when doing various acts of goodwill — a habit they grew to appreciate as adults. In fact, her generosity earned her the nickname “Share Bear,” which also helped spawn Teddy Share, a charity she started with her daughter, Lauren Bush Lauren.
Her eldest daughter and son-in-law David Lauren weren’t the only fashion types at the black tie. Douglas Hannant’s Frederick Anderson and Alexandra Lebenthal cochaired the event with Janice Innis-Thompson. The evening’s hostess Patricia Clarkson mentioned her Dolce & Gabbana ensemble more than once to an audience that included Nicole Miller and her husband Kim Taipale, Gillian Miniter, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Larry Leeds and Yaz and Valentin Hernandez. Jean Shafiroff proudly showed off her $250 J.C. Penney find — a pale pink strapless Pearl by Georgina Chapman gown that perfectly matched the cherry blossoms on each table. “I have something similar from Oscar but it is much fuller. I am planning to wear it to the New York City Ballet gala,” she said.
Clarkson has other obligations. Having wrapped up Zal Batmanglij’s “The East,” she will be shooting a new flick in New York this summer with Ben Kingsley.