1 Al Roker was at the celebration and it was great to see him outside of our time together on the Today Show.
2 Posing with Nazee and Joseph Moinian and Soheila Adelipour
3 Here I am with Rodney Strong - Pratt photo student and David Paterson - Former Governor of New York State.
5 The cocktail hour was quite lively.
6 With the very dapper Ward Simmons - Vice President of Marketing and PR at Hugo Boss
7 Ward Simmons with honoree Stephen Sills - Founder and President Stephen Sills Associates
8 It was nice to see friends Bunny Williams - interior designer and her husband John Rosselli - antiques dealer.
9 With Dwayne Ashley - Chief Officer, Development, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Amery Moultry - Director of Photography at Almo Studios Media
10 The inimitable Liz Smith - gossip columnist aka The Grand Dame of Dish
11 The Pool Room was cheery and inviting.
13 Generously full gift bags hung from each chair.
14 Edward Enninful - Fashion and Style Director for W Magazine with Stefano Tonchi - editor of W magazine. Edward was another recipient that night of the Creative Spirit Award.
15 A photo with Edward and Stefano
16 With Grace Coddington - creative director of American Vogue magazine
17 Georgette Mosbacher - CEO of Borghese looked terrific, as always.
18 The former Mayor David Dinkins and his wife Joyce Dinkins are staunch supporters of the Black Alumni of Pratt and were Honorary Co-Chairs of the benefit.
19 Each guest was given the latest version of View-Master, which were all loaded with photos of the honorees.
20 Before each honoree was introduced, we were instructed to view a new slide.
21 Here I am looking through my View-Master. The View Master is 73-years-old. The design and invention was introduced at the New York 1939 World’s Fair. Since then, it’s been used by the military for training purposes, tourism, teaching, and entertainment.
22 Gerri Brown - President, The Black Alumni of Pratt, welcomed everyone to the 22nd Anniversary of The Black Alumni of Pratt (BAP) Creative Spirit Awards Celebration.
23 Dr. Thomas Schutte - President of Pratt Institute told us that Pratt is the only one out of the top three Art and Design Institutes that has a Black alumni association.
24 Georgette Mosbacher gave a very moving introduction of her friend, Bill White, and another recipient of the Creative Spirit Award.
25 Bill White - CEO of Constellations Group, a consulting company for corporations that need help with business strategies or achieving philanthropic goals
26 Barbara Walters introduced Pete Peterson - founder of Peter G. Peterson Foundation. The group strives to create fiscal awareness in America.
27 Pete Peterson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
28 Edward Enninful - Fashion and Style Director, W Magazine, receiving his Creative Spirit Award
29 Here I am at the podium introducing Stephen Sills.
30 Stephen is a good friend and a wonderful designer.
31 Al Roker with his lovely wife Deborah Roberts
32 Georgette Mosbacher and Barbara Walters
33 A smartly dressed Pratt student
34 The dinner menu included a deliciously refreshing heirloom tomato watermelon gazpacho.
35 The entree was Maryland crabmeat cakes with mustard sauce.
36 And dessert was a decadent Black Forest cake.
37 And then the cotton candy was served! The Four Seasons serves cotton candy to honor special occasions.