Olga De Leon Shulman, Tom Quick, Dame Celia Lipton Farris

Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, founded in 1947, has long been at the vanguard of the nation’s cancer centers. Every year, the Dana-Farber Discovery Ball raises funds toward demoting the Big C from mortal menace to minor nuisance. One month prior to the Big B (yes, ball), a kick-off evening was held at Michele and Howard Kessler’s home in Palm Beach.

The event, chaired by Dame Celia Lipton Farris, Elaine Schuster, and Tom Quick, featured a runway presentation of Armani’s Spring and Summer 2008 collection with maestro Giorgio not only in attendance, but also underwriting the function.

Among those kicking off the upcoming event were Bob Meister and Lisa Schad, Jean Pearlstein, Judie and Larry Schlager, and Thomas Mayes. Upon watching a covey of underfed supermodels traipsing around on the catwalk, the merry congregation segued seamlessly into polishing off a lavish buffet.

Howard Kessler with Suzanne
and Bob Wright
Gita Costa, Norman and Nassrine Traverse
Robert and Ellen Jaffe Craig Miller, Michele Kessler
Bob Meister and Lisa Schad Bill and Nancy Rollnick with
Senator Bill and Grace Nelson
photos by Lucien Capehart
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