International gathering Diplomats, performers and stars travel from around the world for ‘Red Cross Ball’
International diplomats as well as stars of stage and screen will make their way to Palm Beach for the “International American Red Cross Ball.”
The 58th annual event will take place at The Mar-A-Lago on Feb. 28. It will honorWayne Newton, William Shatner and Shirley MacLaine.
The “International American Red Cross Ball” will include over-the-top performances, delicacies and decor that coincide with an Around the World in 80 Days theme. The ball will begin with a cocktail reception, where the Palm Beach Symphony, under the direction of conductor Ramón Tebar, will entertain guests.
Following the cocktail reception, attendees will enter the grand ballroom, where they will be transported to many destinations around the world to dine on delicacies. While dining, guests will enjoy the tunes of the Sultans of Swing with WayneNewton.
“[Newton] is one of America’s most popular entertainers and we are pleased to be honoring him this year,” said Patrick M. Park, chairman of the ball.
Actor, director, producer, writer and recording artist William Shatner also will be honored, as will Shirley MacLaine, whose career comprises more than 50 featured films, including “Around the World in 80 Days.”
International honorary chairs of the ball are Donald and Melania Trump. Honorary chairs include Howard and Michele Kessler, William andNancy Rollnick, and Leo and Kathryn Vecellio.
The ball’s vice chair is Patty Myura. Co-chairs are Veronica Atkins, Arthur E. Benjamin, Paula Butler, Hermé deWyman Miro, Mei Sze Greene, Suzanne L. Niedland, Bjaye Pilotte, Lois Pope, Julie Thomas, The Hon. Beverly White Yeager and Paula Zukov.
Founded in 1957 by Marjorie Merriweather Post, the annual ball raises significant funds in support of the vital mission of one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross. For almost 100 years locally, The American Red Cross South Florida Region has given hope and help to people in their greatest hour of need— meeting the physical and emotional needs of those impacted by disasters, teaching lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid, and supporting military members and their families.
“We look forward to an evening where the world comes together in support of one common goal,” Park said. “’The International Red Cross Ball’ has an established legacy for diplomacy, goodwill and philanthropy.”
Tickets to the ball start at $1,000. For more information, call 561-650-9133 or email Anna.Erickson@redcross.org.
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio