The Jay Heritage Center, with Suzanne Clary as its visionary leader, has done a remarkable job as the steward of the Jay Estate, the 23-acre National Historic Landmark site and public park. Its programs have encouraged people of all ages to understand, preserve, and protect our shared heritage, natural and man-made.
Every fall, the Jay’s board of trustees and a talented committee throw a party in celebration. They held one heck of a party on September 23. Honorary Co-Chair Max Tucci, author of “The Delmonico Way” (about the restaurant that “made New York” nearly 200 years ago), added sophisticated sparkle to the evening.
Guests arrived at the Jay Soirée in glittering gowns, white tie, and cigarette pants. They enjoyed Delmonico cocktails, swayed to live music from Elektra, and held their auction paddles high for everything from private parties in the 1916 Tennis House to Bespoke Dinners to a Greek Island Cruise.
Thanks to the generosity of the crowd, who helped raise $100,000 towards the Mansion Challenge Grant, the Wachenheim Foundation increased the amount it will donate to the Jay Heritage Center if it can raise more funds by September 30.
– Photos by Kim Crichlow