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Cocktail Party in Support of
The Somaly Mam
Hearts and Hands Gala
Home of Cathy Hardwick
October 4, 2010

Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by
Patrick McMullen

Somaly Mam Speaks

Somaly Mam and Designer Cathy Hardwick

Fashion designer Cathy Hardwick hosted a party in honor of the The Somaly Mam Hearts and Hands Gala to be held on Tuesday October 27th at Capitale (scroll down for party information and party photos). The party was hosted by Robert Rigby-Hall, Chair of the Somaly Mam Foundation, Laura Heery Prozes and Andy Prozes, the Chief Executive officer of Lexisnexis Group.

Hardwick's apartment is an opulent jewel, exquisitely decorated in an English country style. This vision was created with the help of Hardwick's friend, famed decorator Mario Buatta who has said ( "'Rooms and houses are never finished," Buatta claims, "It's all a work in progress. You always buy new things. You always travel. You always change. After all, it's a living room, not a dead room." And for Hardwick, this means allowing herself to sit back while Buatta takes charge (with Hardwick's permission, of course)."

The highlight of the evening was Somaly Mam speaking to the group about her gratitude for the the way Americans have opened their "hearts and hands" to help the girls of her Foundation - girls who have been forced to become prostitutes. One of the children helped by her foundation was with her, Somrna. Somrna had been horribly abused; a knife was stuck in her eye and then she was locked in a cage for weeks without any medical care. Somrna also spoke to the crowd about her gratitude for her new life.

Party Guest Included: Asma Barkar; Lauren Baron; Karen Bailey Biever; David Benatar; Kevin Brookes; Lollie Britt; Linda Buckley; Angela Chen, China Arts Foundation; Britt Davis; Anita Hall; Laura Heery-Prozes; Frank Hentrice; Suhair Khan and Nadir Khan; John Kluge; Tracy Kessler; Theresa Khawly; Larry Laslo; Bill Livermore; Jonathan Marder; Michael Martin; Lois Nasser; Patricia Hayling Price; Catherine Petree-Biron; Theresa Petree; Joan Siffert; Kat Van Leer; Tia Walker; Alexa Winner; Jill Wittnebel; and Sandra Wynn.

2010 Somaly Mam Foundation Gala ‘Hearts and Hands’
Tuesday October 26, 2010 7:00 pm Cocktails/ 8:00 pm Dinner and Program
Capitale 130 Bowery New York,

Honoring: Andy Prozes Chief Executive Officer, Lexisnexis Group

Somaly Mam Foundation is committed to ending slavery. With the vision and leadership of world renowned Cambodian Activist, Somaly Mam, the foundation focuses on eradicating the root of human trafficking, exemplifying a global vision and dedication that will allow its work in the United States and South East Asia to expand to other countries around the world.

Somaly Mam Foundation to give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create a sustain lives in dignity.

Somaly Mam Foundation Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.

Visit our online auction at charity, live from October 19 to November 18, 2010.

NYC Gala Co-Chairs: Roland Berger, Lauren Bush, John Kluge, David Lauren, Petra Nemcova, Laura Heery Prozes, Robert Rigby-Hall, Susan Saradon, Joan F. Tobin.NYC Gala Committee: Patrick Alcindor, Maria Bello, Peter Davis, Sally Field, Bryce Gruber, Francesca Hammerstein, Josie Hines, Henry Z. Horbaczewski, Alice Kandell, Michael Martin, Moises de la Renta, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Tia Walker, Alexa Winner, Arden Wohl, and Ulla Van Zeller.

Dress: Festive Attire

Capitale | 130 Bowery New York

John Kluge and Kat Van Leer

Sylor Lin, Brett Higgins, Andy Prozes, Somaly Mam and Somrna

Catherine Petree of Jonathan Marder + Company and Somaly Mam

Alexis Tobin and Her Mother Joan Tobin

Chris Talbott, Hollie Cislo, Laurie Holden and Bill Livermore





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