WL'S SUBSTANCE AND STYLE AWARDS
January 17 · The Italian Ambassador's Residence
PHOTOS BY KYLE SAMPERTON
THE EVENT: Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta and his wife Leila opened Villa Firenze for WL's fifth annual Men and Women of Substance and Style Awards. The event honors individuals who share an innate ability to give tirelessly to deserving causes. This year's awardees were: Philippe Cousteau, cofounder of Earth Echo International; Isabel Ernst, philanthropist and real estate developer; David Mercer, lobbyist and philanthropist; Senator Barack Obama; Pilar O'Leary, director of the Smithsonian Latino Center; Gabriela Smith, philanthropist and economist; and Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, psychiatrist and president of Treatment Advocacy Center.
THE SCENE: Guests chatted about holiday adventures while sampling Occasions Caterer's buff et dinner and admiring orchid displays by Volanni Florists. Barbara Harrison, a model of substance and style, served as emcee, presenting each winner with a silver Tiff any & Co. frame donated by the famous jewelry company.
THE GUESTS: Jan and Sam Donaldson, Conrad and Ludmilla Cafritz, Jack and Mary Margaret Valenti, Swedish Amb. Gunnar Lund, Mexican Amb. Carlos de Icaza, Ron and Beth Dozoretz, Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Jack Davies, Marc and Jacqueline Leland, Prince Ermias Selassie, Kay Kendall, Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg and Henry von Eichel.