With Donna Shor
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The Land Rover-sponsored polo match, the National Rehabilitation Hospital's benefit under the patronage of Argentine Ambassador Jose Borden and his wife Monique, was attended by several ambassadors, including Portugal's Pedro Catarino and wife Cheryl, who support so many Washington charities.
Committee onlookers included former Rep. James and Sylvia Symington; Tandy Dickerson, there with husband Wyatt; Barbara McConaghy; Jamie Bowersox; Finlay and Willee Lewis; Gen. Lawrence and Patricia Skantze; Annie Totah; and from the NRH board of directors, Candy Somerville, with husband Jack, and the board's treasurer, Robert Ourisman. Team Argentine won against the U.S.A, with a female rider on both teams: Maria Fenoglio for Argentina, Fiona Seager for the Americans. Fiona and her brother Adair, who also rode, are both award-winning players. Their parents, the Stephen Seagers, own the handsome estate Chetwood Park, the scene of the match, where they raise Black Angus cattle and polo ponies. Dr. Seager, who emceed the event, directs the NRH Fertility Research Program, and is an internationally-known pioneer in the field of fertility for men with spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders.
Nini Ferguson and Carole Randolph chaired the polo match-auction-and-tango party combo, which drew as its honorary chairman an Oscar-winning neighbor, polo and tango enthusiast Robert Duvall, with his Argentineborn wife Luciana Pedraza. One couple who did not pass unnoticed were magazine-coverchic Timothy and PJ Trudeau, he in a polo-perfect white suit, and PJ clad head-to-toe in black and white Chanel, (even to her sunglasses), and a swooping, sculptured black straw topper. With them were Larry and Pat Skantze - she of the hundred hats - whose cartwheel white straw swooped even wider than PJ's.
PRELUDES TO THE BALL
CAREFREE AT THE CARE BALL
Seen: Sheila Johnson, owner of the Washington Mystics, serving as a CARE "Ambassador" spokesperson; Sen. Pat Roberts; Debby and Rep. John Dingell; Mickey Nedelkovich; Nicole d'Amecourt; Andre Willieme; and among the ambassadors present, Sorin Ducaru of Romania and his wife Carmen, two of the liveliest dancers. Nicole's mother, the very active Gertie d'Amecourt, grande dame and patron of the arts, was recently given a 96th birthday party by another grande dame, Lolo Sarnoff, also an arts patron, who has done much to enrich life for D.C.'s elderly through her Arts for the Aging program. More than two hundred of their very best friends showed up for the birthday girl's evening.
THE GILDED GATHERINGS
At the State Department, the annual reception honoring donors to the art-and-antique-filled rooms is always notable, as are the guests who come each year to check out the latest beautiful American furnishings or decorative art of the 17th and 18th century given to beautify the topfloor suite. Many of the large givers attending have donated items or funds for years, such as Brad and Denise Alexander, and his mother Sandra Alexander, of Toledo, Ohio, and Palm Beach; Esther Coopersmith; Monica and Herman Greenberg; Leonard and Elaine Silverstein; and the William Tolds, who arrived from Palm Beach for the event. Colin Powell remains another generous giver. He especially enjoyed these rooms when he was in charge; it is now Condoleeza Rice who welcomes and addresses the crowd. Other long-timers there were Bill and Buffy Cafritz, Jane Lingo and John Irelan, and Roberta McCain. The Daniel Sheppards, who were there from Lutherville Md., gave a magnificent silk damask sofa from the turn of the 18th century - one more handsome adornment for rooms that in 1961 were brown-walled and concrete-floored, with office-type carpeting, and which now proudly receive foreign heads of state.
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