Their Royal Highnesses Prince Alexander and Princess Katherine hosted the fifth Annual Benefit Luncheon for Lifeline New York at Le Cirque on Thursday October 22nd that also served as a celebration of the Prince's 70th Birthday with his New York friends and colleagues including HRH Prince Dimitri, Ivana Trump, Mona Al Nasser, Former Governor of New York David Paterson, and Sharon Bush.
Board member David Hryck welcomed guests and introduced Prince Alexander to the stage. The Prince passionately commented on the current refugee crisis in Serbia and the rest of Europe and described efforts by the royal Family and the Lifeline Foundation to ease the plight of the displaced people, saying, "Thankfully Serbia is at a stage where my countrymen respect all people, and are able to help migrants from other lands.”
Lifeline New York's Vice President Cheri Kaufman introduced The Dobbs 16, a choir from Masters School in Westchester, who performed a trio of tunes, including a rendition of Happy Birthday to a smiling Prince. Guests including Audrey Gruss, Janna Bullock, Jean Shafiroff, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Kamie Lightburn, Elisabeth Thieriot, Marina Pellecchi, Elizabeth Kabler, Marina Pellecchi, Betty Roumeliotis, Cristina Egger, Alex Dordevic, Valentino Ricci, Ruska Bergman, Nikola Ricci all applauded.
Charity auction was strongly contributed by prestigious partners of DeGorsi luxury Consulting. Curated by Cris Egger and Alex Dordevic, charity exhibition presented some of the most luxurious brands and guests were bidding for unique handmade jewels of Carlo Eleuteri, ladies shoes by Rene Caovilla, gents made to order shoes by Stefano Bemer and sublime bespoke suit by Sciamat, and a magnum bottle of renowned Fassati wine. Additional raffle items came courtesy of MoMA, Montero and Basler,
Board member Susan Gutfreund announced the winner of the raffle for a Tiffany Satchel, before a clip of Princess Katherine speaking to CNN was played. Cheri Kaufman, who was also the luncheons Chair, then told guests that she had traveled to Belgrade in August for the Prince’s Birthday Celebration at the Royal Palace and that she had met with U. S. Ambassador Michael Kirby, who "confirmed that Lifeline is highly regarded for effectiveness in improving the lives of children and the health of women in Serbia facing breast cancer.”
As dessert was served, Greek soprano Laura Mamakos performed Il Est Doux Il Est bon Massenet's L'herodiade accompanied by pianist, Michael Wittenberg.