When an organization has spent 50 years preserving cultural, architectural and artistic heritage around the globe, it can take more than 12 months to properly celebrate its achievements. With this spirit in mind, and in celebration of its forthcoming milestone anniversary of 2015, the World Monuments Fund is hosting a pair of events on Wednesday, October 22, that promise to be as lively as the 603 projects the organization has supported since its inception.
The evening begins with the Hadrian Gala at The Pierre. There, performances from The Peter Duchin Orchestra will weave together a cocktail hour, seated dinner and a ceremony honoring this year’s Hadrian Award winners: interior designer Mica Ertegün and contemporary artist Ellsworth Kelly.
The revelry continues at the fourth annual After Party—silent auctions, cocktails, canapés and music by DJ Big Data—at Phillips auction house. Organized by steering and benefit committees and a handful of co-chairs, including tastemakers Vogue editor Mieke ten Have Graham, model Amy Lemons-Sutton and actress Jeanne Marie Tripplehorn, the event guarantees a vibrant, youthful crowd.
“It’s important to involve young people in the ongoing preservation of our historical and architectural sites,” explains Aurora Kessler, a steering committee member of the organization’s Moai Circle, a community of young professionals who share an interest in world heritage conservation. “People have different experiences based on their involvements with various parts of the world, but everyone has a sense of appreciation for great beauty, artistic achievement and cultural relevance.”
Hadrian Gala begins at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $1,500; The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St.; wmf.org/hadrian-award. After Party begins at 8:30 p.m.; tickets start at $100; Phillips, 450 Park Ave.; wmf.org/2014AfterParty.