In­ter­na­tional gath­er­ing Diplo­mats, per­form­ers and stars travel from around the world for ‘Red Cross Ball’

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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

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