October 16, 2012 was the annual “Fiesta 2012” gala at The Mandarin Oriental in New York City benefiting the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education. This year’s honorees were Lilly Scarpetta de Pumarejo, Pierre Durand and Marina B. Kiera Chaplin collected a special gold medal on behalf of Marina B. Mario Buatta served as master of ceremonies and Christopher Mason was the program’s host. As has become the tradition, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Aileen Mehle, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia were the Dinner Chairmen. Cocktails began in the hotel’s lobby lounge at 7:30 PM followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom, guests dance to the music of The Bob Hardwick Sound. The benefit raised $528,800 dollars – the silent auction raised $32,900.
The event hosted over 370 guests, including: Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Princess Kovalenko, Tony Bechara, Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio, Deeda Blair, Peter Bacanovic, Geoffrey Bradfield, Mario Buatta, Consul Maria Elena Cabezut, Coty Cisneros, Luis Guillermo Cisneros, Kiera Chapin and Oliver James, John Demsey, Pierre Durrand, Tiffany Dubin, Jacqueline and Ronald Drake, Fe Fendi, Audrey Gruss, Jamie and Peter Gregory, Yaz Hernandez, Elizabeth Jacoby, Ambassador John L. Loeb and Sharon Handler Loeb, Christopher Mason, Mary McFadden, Sydney Picasso, Hunt Slonem, Steven Stolman, Stephanie Stokes, Angel Sanchez, Lilly Scarpetta and Roberto Pumarejo, Christopher Trump, Barbara and Donald Tober, Anne Rapp, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, Cecile David-Weill, and Sabrina Wirth and Aaron Sokilik.
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