On Sunday, May 20, 2012, more than 280 people gathered for the 30th Annual Through the Kitchen party at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Guests sampled dishes named for New York’s iconic places before making their way to the Pool Room featuring 27 elaborately decorated tables representing famous New York City “hot spots” of past and present. Some of the featured “hot spots” included CBGB’s, Copacabana, Studio 54, the Latin Quarter, Peppermint Lounge, Limelight, Plato’s Retreat, Hogs and Heifers, the Continental Baths, Persian Room, Atlantic City, and Paddles.
The event raised a record $950,000 for CRI’s Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program—topping the record set at last year’s event by more than $250,000. Guests included NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Barbara Walters, fashion designer Tory Burch, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Veronica Kelly, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Elaine and Kenneth Langone, Jo Carole Lauder, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Peek, Nancy Silverman, A. Alfred Taubman, Lally Weymouth, Tiffany Dubin, Heidi J. Ueberroth, Cece Cord, Dr. William Haseltine, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gleberman, among many other notables.
A very special thanks goes to CRI trustee Lauren Veronis, who founded the event and served as a co-chair this year with her husband John Veronis, as well as to co-chairs Christine and John Fitzgibbons, Denise and Michael Kellen, Veronica Kelly, Jamie Niven, Margaret and Andrew Paul, Perri Peltz and Eric Ruttenberg, Betsy and Paul Shiverick, and Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and to the benefit committee.