Sneak Peek Video: Happy Birthday Hilary Clinton!
(All text, photos, and videos by Susan M. Kirschbaum **Special note: the “bravos” and “bravas” heard in today’s video, by Mario Battali, who gets my vote for best table mate at a dinner party!)
Today is Hilary Clinton’s sixty-third birthday. Currently, our current Secretary of State is on a diplomatic mission in Austria. But, on Saturday night she presided nearby her husband, former President Bill Clinton as he hosted a dinner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Harlem for the Clinton Foundation. The foundation raises money for the poor globally: feeding people, environmental preservation, building infrastructure, and bringing medicines to places in need — most currently and vitally — Haiti.
There we were, all the way up on 125th street in this Gothic cathedral as billionaire Stephen Bing’s date, a lithe comely brunette, bid $250,000 so that chefs Mario Battali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio could cook privately for twelve of their friends. Bottles of wine with labels designed by U2 singe Bono went up on the block, as did a Marc Jacobs’ pony haired bag that resembled tactile art and a stunning black and white Zac Posen gown. A trip to Africa with the former president to oversee the work of his foundation sold for several hundred thousand.
The work of the organization is key, and the energy of so many super rich folks in a room eager to donate, could have sent imaginary sparklers through the stained glass dome windows. Eric Clapton–who performed after sets by Jon Bon Jovi and super African chanteuse Angelique Kidjo — got so excited, that he launched into sweaty bluesy versions of “Hoochie Coochie Mama” and “Cocaine.” Perhaps all of this post adolescent fervor in a room topped with several white-haired males, sparked a little sexy too, considering Bill’s dedication to Hill. (See video )
If these two are not still hot for each other, shoot me now.
State of affairs: After party at the Breslin at the ACE Hotel
Find out more: William J. Clinton Foundation