On Saturday March 2, 2013 the New York Junior League hosted their 61st Annual Winter Ball, “Monet at Midnight”. The ball took place at The Pierre Hotel located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City. This year, the ball honored Judge Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of New York. Judge Judith S. Kaye received the NYJL’s Award for Leadership and Excellence, which is presented annually to an exemplary businesswoman and philanthropist dedicated to serving her community. The emcee for the evening was John Avlon, who is an author, CNN contributor and senior columnist for Newsweek and the Daily Beast.
The New York Junior League used Claude Monet’s paintings as the inspiration theme for the evening. The women were able to transform the ballroom and connecting rooms of The Pierre Hotel into a pastel masterpiece, from the color scheme, to the custom photo backdrop wall. The guest complimented the well thought out decor. The men were in tuxedos, while the women wore pastel gowns to fit the theme.
The evening started with a cocktail hour with a fully stocked open bar followed by the dinner and program. During the dinner guests were able to bid of the auctions pieces which included a complete Hugo Boss set for men, private VIP tickets to “Sleep No More”, autographed memorabilia from athletes & celebrities, and more.
After everyone had an opportunity to enjoy their meal and bid, they went to another ballroom where the dance party commenced. Upon entering guests were greeted with a long table full of delicious deserts, such as crème brûlée and tarts. The cover band, The Dream Team, was in full effect playing classic and current R&B, Pop and Top 40 Tracks. Seriously, the band was one of the best cover bands I’ve ever heard! After about 40 minutes the floor was crowded with the guests dancing the night away. Of course the full open bar helped some people relaxed.
I say over and over again, the New York Junior League gives back and knows how to have fun while doing so. The fundraisers are literally FUNdraisers.
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