A Military Affair
It was gold braids, medals, military dress and evening gowns at the October 5 Soldiers,’ Sailors,’ Marines,’ Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club’s 16th annual military ball at The Pierre. David H. Petraeus, a retired U.S. Army general, received the Service to the Nation Award at the ball.
Also honored were James Amos, commandant of the United States Marine Corps, who received the Distinguished Military Leadership Award; New York Post editorial page editor Robert McManus, who received the Distinguished Media Achievement Award, and Mitzi Perdue, editor-at-large of GEN, a genetic engineering and biotechnology publication. Perdue also received the Service to the Nation Award. The event was organized by the 30-person-plus ball committee, which included Judy Kuriansky, Hadassah Loeb and Bertie Lowenstein, plus a roster of more than 100 chairmen, including Jonathan Farkas, Howard Rubenstein, Robert Morgenthau, John Catsimatidis and their respective spouses. SSMAC Chairman and CEO
Ivan Obolensky welcomed the 400 guests: “We are blessed to celebrate the 16th anniversary of this evening and the 93rd year of this organization. Tonight we are in a room of heroes, heroes of America, and we are pleased that you can join us this evening. In the dinner journal’s letter, Obolensky wrote: “How proud we all are this memorable night to hail and salute... the unparalleled United States Marine Corps.... Each and every one committed to protect us from those who have sworn to do us harm.”
Decorated: David Petraeus stands with Ivan Obolensky.