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Save Venice Brings the Circus to Cipriani

February 15, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

Save Venice's Un Ballo In Maschera:Futuristic Carnival Cipriani 42nd Street Friday, 02.09.01, 8 PM onward
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Under the flickering glow of 2,000 candles, Save Venice Inc. held its annual fund-raiser at Cipriani 42nd Street. The non-profit, founded in 1971, was established to preserve the fragile art and architecture of Venice, Italy. Tia Fuhrmann, Save Venice's executive director, and Karen Marshall, director of its New York office, worked to create a very festive, whimsical-looking event. Masked and costumed guests were greeted by acrobats, jugglers, stilt-walkers, tightrope walkers, tap dancers and other performers hired by Carrie Robbins Designage.

Most of the guests took this annual event's costume contest seriously and showed up wearing incredible outfits. And the room was beautiful as well: Philip Baloun interpreted the futuristic carnival theme with flute-shaped crystal candleholders and a crystal mask broach at every place setting, both by Swarovski. He also used bright, shimmery fabrics on the tables.

Public relations for the event was handled by Eleanor Lambert's firm. At 98, she's still a driving force in Save Venice's fund-raising, and was honored by the foundation with a special gift of an 18-carat Moretto broach with emeralds, pink sapphires and pearls from Nardi Jewelers. Lambert was accompanied by her grandson, filmmaker Moses Berkson, who is working on a documentary of his famous fashionista grandmother.

--David Adler

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