Ladies in Red
LIFE set to host the 15th annual ‘Lady in Red’ gala
On November 29, LIFE - Leaders In Furthering Education will host the 15th annual "Lady In Red" Gala. This year the gala will be held at the venerable Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach. Regis Philbin has generously offered to serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. Lois Pope, Petra Levin and Suzi Goldsmith are chairwomen. Mary Montgomery is honorary chairwoman. Kathryn Vecellio is Philanthropy Honoree and Palm Beach Chief of Police Michael Reiter is Community Service Honoree.
Pope is founder and president of LIFE – Leaders In Furthering Education and is co-founder of the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial. She was recently honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as Philanthropist of the Year. She serves as a trustee of the University of Miami and is a member of the Board of the University’s School of Medicine, Dean’s Leadership Cabinet. Pope donated $10 million – the largest single contribution given for neurological research to the University. These funds established the Lois Pope LIFE Center, one of the world’s top neurological research and treatment centers and home to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Levin, a former model from Germany, is a Palm Beach resident. An active community and civic leader who has supported various local charities like Caron Treatment Center, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 211/The Center for Information & Crisis Services, The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Children’s Home Society. Levin is on the Caron Foundation Board of Directors and also on the board of the American Folk Art Museum in New York.
Goldsmith loves animals, humanity and the arts. She worked in the travel business for 24 years. A few of the many organizations Goldsmith is involved with are The American Heart Association, Children’s Place at Home Safe, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, American Red Cross, WXEL Public Broadcasting, International Society
of Palm Beach, Palm Beach Antiques Show, Easter Seals of South Florida, Palm Beach Fireman’s Organization, Center for Family Services, KidSanctuary, and Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to LIFE, she serves on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Palm Beach Round Table, Le Chaine des Rotisseurs and the American Lung Association. Goldsmith is also chairwoman and co-founder of the Tri-County Humane Society, a no-kill facility.
Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 40 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows, the literary world and even the fashion industry. In May 2001, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to be a Millionaire and another Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated program, Live with Regis. He and co-host Kelly Ripa received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special for hosting the 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade. And in 2006, he broke his own existing Guinness World Record™ for Most Hours on Camera, setting a new mark of 15,662 hours accumulated over his illustrious career.
This much anticipated start of the Palm Beach social season will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed at 8 p.m. by dinner, dancing, music by Soul Survivor and a breathtaking live performance by Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review. The evening will be topped off with fabulous silent & live auctions. Ruby Grand Corporate Benefactor Tiffany & Co will send guests home with a beautiful table gift in that one of a kind blue box sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Citi Private Bank, Mark Freitas of Frank Crystal Company and Braman Motorcars serve as Star Ruby Corporate Benefactors. Proceeds raised from this special evening will directly benefit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, DC. The Memorial will be constructed adjacent to the National Mall and within full view of the U.S Capitol Building.
For tables, tickets and additional information about the 15th annual “Lady In Red” Gala, call 561-865-0955 or visit www.life-edu.org. ■
Event co-chairswomen: Petra Levin, left, Lois Pope and Suzi Goldsmith
Petra Levin, left, and Suzi Goldsmith