Last night, I enjoyed a fabulous Valentine’s night by attending the 14th Annual Bowery Mission Valentine Gala at the Plaza Hotel. The gala raises money to help the hungry and homeless in New York City. I love that the event is on Valentine’s Day because it feels especially good showing some love to folks who really need attention.
Sandra Lee, Emmy Award winning host of Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee and author of a number of great cookbooks, was the honored guest for the evening. This was especially appropriate since Ms. Lee is not only a huge advocate for the cause, but she also happens to be the sweetheart of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who was there to support her. I thought it was nice having a couple in love featured for the evening. Whoever put this event together really knew what they’re doing.
The evening began with a reception with NYC Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly, who is the only guy on the planet who can summon Batman. I was thrilled to meet him. He is such a rock star. I begged him to run for Mayor. He’d be terrific. We’ll see what happens.
Mayor Bloomberg gave a few comments about the value of the Bowery Mission and then everyone wished him Happy Birthday. Yes, Bloomberg’s birthday is Valentine’s Day. I guess that’s why he wants to bestow so much love on all of us with all his caring policies.
Maria Bartiromo of CNBC’s Closing Bell program did a stellar job with the hosting duties for the evening. Judith Light and Liz Smith added more star power to the evening, although I didn’t actually get to see them. I would have liked to meet Liz Smith. She’s definitely a legend in her niche. It was also nice to get to see a few familiar faces from the media. Rita Cosby, who has had a long successful career in radio and television, was there. I met Rita years ago at the White House Correspondents Dinner when I worked at the White House. Rita is always so bubbly and sweet—sort of like Prosecco. I was also happy to see Tamara Holder, a Fox News Contributor, who I really like because she’s lots of fun and has no problem saying whatever she thinks—sound familiar?
With Fashion Week going on in the city, I couldn’t resist wearing my fashionista boots with my cocktail dress that has a little sequined skirt. I decided that since it’s Fashion Week and I was going single to the event, there would be no gown for me!
There were, however, lots of women wearing exquisite haute couture strolling around the ballroom. Later, they’ll have the pictures to prove it. As an additional nice touch, they photographed couples during the evening and gave framed pictures to each couple as they left. I took my picture with my dear friend, Eden Gordon, who did the PR for the event and definitely helped make the evening an amazing success.
New York couples and singles should definitely consider this event next Valentine’s Day. You’d be giving to the Bowery mission which helps needy New Yorkers on the day of love which feels good and is the right thing to do. You’d also have an amazing evening in a gorgeous historic hotel.
I had a great Valentine’s evening. I certainly didn’t need a date or be part of a couple to enjoy my Valentine’s Day. Just seeing charity and love in action at the Bowery Mission Valentine Gala made this one of the best Valentine’s Days ever!