Somaly Mam and 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
Prozes, the Chief Executive officer of Lexisnexis
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 (Answers.com):
"'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
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, capitaleny.com
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
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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
John Kluge and Kat Van
Sylor Lin, Brett Higgins,
Andy Prozes, Somaly Mam and Somrna
Catherine Petree of Jonathan
Marder + Company and Somaly Mam
Alexis Tobin and Her Mother
Chris Talbott, Hollie
Cislo, Laurie Holden and Bill Livermore