Thursday, January 7, 2010

Palm Beach Parties

Fabulous trip to Palm Beach for the Lady in Red Gala. Jeff Bateman, of Tiffany and Company, was co-chair. He and his adorable wife Liz hosted a cocktail party at Tiffany's prior to the main event, held at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago. OMG! If you ever get a chance to visit that property, GO!
You probably won't see a gathering again anytime soon of the stellar crowd there Saturday night: the Donald himself was in attendance; CNN's Larry King was master of ceremonies; Rich Little, famous for his impersonations of our nation's presidents, entertained the powerful crowd. Industry magnates packed this prime Palm Beach party venue. Planning it all was the lovely philanthropist Lois Pope, raising money for a memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor the more than three million living disabled veterans. She's absolutely dedicated to this mission.

She was stunning in her five million dollars worth of jewelry - no, not on loan; the jewels were her own she had bought at Tiffany's from Jeff. The Tiffany store, on Worth Avenue, is a favorite of the Palm Beach socialites who can afford to shop anywhere they want and many of them want to deal with Jeff. He charmed the Atlanta money-crowd before moving to Palm Beach and his brother, Brant Bateman, is in the jewelry business, too, with LeeBrant Jewelers. Their gorgeous new store, near Perimeter Mall, is worth a trip alone; I tol Brant it was pretty enough to host social fundraisers and even weddings! Brant and Lee (Eskridge) are wonderful people - always smiling and welcoming. In fact, Fox News commentator Sean Hannity is a faithful customer...partly because he likes these guys so much and partly because of their incredible inventory.