THE 25th ANNIVERSARY PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS GALA The Princess Grace Foundation-USA had its 25th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala on Thursday, October 25th, last week, the culmination of the exhibition Grace, Princess of Kelly.
in close collaboration with the Princely Palace, Sotheby’s and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
”George Lucas and this year’s Princess Grace Awards recipients are the embodiment of what Princess Grace wanted her legacy to the arts to be – creative, dynamic, passionate and generous. It is with great pleasure that we honor all of these incredible artists on the 25th Anniversary of her passing,” said the Hon. John Lehman, Chairman of the Board, Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
In addition to the two historical outfitted auctioned, the live auction included: “Your Weight in Chocolate” from the Chocolaterie de Monaco and a special suite of diamond and pearl jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels that raised a total of $500,000 for the Princess Grace Foundation-USA to help it advance its mission of providing crucial support to emerging artists in America.
PGF-USA is also pleased to announce that their renowned silent auction will take place online this year, conducted by the leading online auction venue Charity Folks. The auction began on Monday, October 15 and will remain open for bids through Friday, November 9. Registration is free at www.charityfolks.com/princessgrace.
Presenting Sponsor of the 25th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards was Manhattan House. Platinum Sponsor was Noelle and Dick Wolf and Crown Sponsors include: American Airlines, Estée Lauder, Inc., Mrs. Edmond J. Safra and Van Cleef & Arpels. Other sponsors include the Chocolaterie de Monaco, Monaco Government Tourist Office, Yves G. Piaget and Sir Michael W.J. Smurfit.
Honorary Chairs for the 25th Anniversary Princess Grace Awards Gala were Celeste Holm, Nancy Reagan, Mrs. Frank Sinatra (Barbara) and Lynn Wyatt. The Gala Chairs were Tory Burch and Anne Hearst and the Gala Co-Chairs were Hon. Maguy Maccario Doyle, Consulate General of Monaco and Pamela Fiori, Town & Country.
For more information about the Princess Grace Awards, please visit www.pgfusa.org.
THE PRINCESS GRACE AWARDS AND 2007 RECIPIENTS
The first Princess Grace Awards winners were announced in 1984. To date, PGF-USA has awarded more than $5 million to support and continue excellence in the arts. The recipients are selected by a panel of experts in their respective fields – theater, dance, and film – and the prizes awarded are in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. This year, the Princess Grace Awards will be bestowed upon 24 artists total (see listing below) and give away more than $600,000.
The 2007 Princess Grace Awards winners are:
Oana Botez-Ban, Bucharest, Romania
Pierre Cardin Theater Award
Costume Design Fellowship, Classic Stage Company
Gisela Cardenas, Lima, Peru
Robert & Gloria Hausman Theater Award
Directing Fellowship, INTAR
Toccarra Cash, Dayton, OH
George C. Wolfe Theater Award
Acting Scholarship, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Laurie O'Brien, San Francisco, CA
Fabergé Theater Award
Puppetry Arts Scholarship, CalArts
Alex Torra, Miami, FL
Grace Le Vine Theater Award
Directing Apprenticeship, Pig Iron Theatre Company
Scott Turner Schofield, Atlanta, GA
Gant Gaither Theater Award
Acting Fellowship, 7 Stages
Kara Manning, Philadelphia, PA
Playwriting Fellowship, New Dramatists
DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY
Andrew Bartee , Everett, WA
Dance Scholarship, Pacific Northwest Ballet