Scene Last Night: Polizzi, Nadel, Vranos, Scaramucci Help Kids

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Dean C. Backer, managing director at Goldman Sachs and a Hedge Funds Cares board member; Anthony Scaramucci, managing partner of Skybridge Capital, who was honored; and Rob Davis, managing director of Concept Capital and founder of Hedge Funds Care.

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Dean C. Backer, managing director at Goldman Sachs and a Hedge Funds Cares board member; Anthony Scaramucci, managing partner of Skybridge Capital, who was honored; and Rob Davis, managing director of Concept Capital and founder of Hedge Funds Care. Close

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The scene at Cipriani 42nd Street, at around 8:30, at the Hedge Funds Care annual benefit. Close

The scene at Cipriani 42nd Street, at around 8:30, at the Hedge Funds Care annual benefit.

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Heidi Merino, co-owner of the Liquid Team, serves up a Pisco Rose cocktail. The Liquid Team runs a cocktail bar at the event, donating their time and specialty services. The recipe for the Pisco Rose, which Merino devised, includes Dainzu rose syrup, sage, rose petals, rhubarb bitters, lime juice, egg whites, pisco, and club soda. Close

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DJ Chachi spins at the Hedge Funds Care benefit. He has donated his services at the event for four years. "I want to give back through what I do and what I love," he said. Close

DJ Chachi spins at the Hedge Funds Care benefit. He has donated his services at the event for four years. "I want to... Read More

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Joseph O'Donnnell of Moore Capital Management and Gerry Polizzi, managing director at UBS and a member of the Hedge Funds Care Committee of Hearts. Close

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Laurie Ewer, Park Avenue office manager of Tudor Investment Corp. Close

Laurie Ewer, Park Avenue office manager of Tudor Investment Corp.

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Patrick Dennis, CFO, Liquid Markets, Fortress Investment Group LLC, and Eric Bittleman, CFO, OrbiMed Advisors LLC. Close

Patrick Dennis, CFO, Liquid Markets, Fortress Investment Group LLC, and Eric Bittleman, CFO, OrbiMed Advisors LLC.

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Chris Bauer, executive assistant at Marc Jacobs International (wearing a Marc Jacobs suit); Dave Westerfer of Cannon Business Solutions; and James Lyons, a relationship manager, international wealth at Bank of New York Mellon. Close

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Michael W. Vranos, chairman and chief investment officer of Ellington Financial LLC, and Rob Davis, managing director of Concept Capital and founder of Hedge Funds Care. Close

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Lewis Katz, head trader at 1798 Global Partners, of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch. Close

Lewis Katz, head trader at 1798 Global Partners, of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch.

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Kimberly Solla serves risotto primavera. Close

Kimberly Solla serves risotto primavera.

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Stephanie Doane, director of business development at Butterfield Fulcrum Group, and Natalie Harvard, director of investor relations at Oak Hill Advisors. Close

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Kara Friedenberg, a partner at KPMB, and Matthew W. Starr, CCO of Tenor Capital Management Co LP. Close

Kara Friedenberg, a partner at KPMB, and Matthew W. Starr, CCO of Tenor Capital Management Co LP.

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Emma Sugarman, head of Capital Introduction at BP Paribas; Albert Marino, COO of Claren Road Asset Management; and Suzanne Murphy, head of strategic development at Claren Road Asset Management. Murphy put in the winning bid of $650 for a cocktail party for 25 guests catered by Olivier Cheng. Close

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Gerry Polizzi, a managing director at UBS, stood next to an ornate teller’s window Thursday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, formerly a grand Bowery Savings Bank.

The annual benefit for Hedge Funds Care had waiters serving Bellinis as guests dipped into penne pasta and risotto primavera.

Polizzi has been taking in money like a bank teller lately as a member of the child-abuse charity’s Committee of Hearts, which solicits donations for the event.

“One e-mail brought in $25,000,” he says. “I had at least 10 e-mails with gifts of $15,000 to $20,000.”

Near a buffet station offering shrimp cocktail and tuna tartare, Steven B. Nadel, a board member of Hedge Funds Care and a partner at the law firm Seward & Kissel LLP, isn’t eating. He says he had a burger at 4 p.m., but is tempted by one of the “chopstick/breadsticks” on offer.

Nadel is focusing on working the room, which is filled with more than 1,000 people in the financial industry, including hedge funds Tudor Investment Corp., Fortress Investment Group LLC (FIG), Moore Capital Management LLC and Ellington Financial LLC.

Michael W. Vranos, chairman and co-chief investment officer of Ellington and a Hedge Funds Care board member can be seen in the distance dressed, unlike many of the guests, in a tuxedo.

Nadel too is wearing a tuxedo. “The board has to wear a tux,” he says. “This is the tux I wore to my wedding in ‘97!”

His firm has given $35,000 this year. “We’ve given at least $25,000 for 13 years straight,” Nadel says.

Clinking a Glass

DJ Mr. Chachi, who spins regularly at the night club Tenjune and has worked for Hedge Funds Care free for the past four years, turns down the volume. Honoree Anthony Scaramucci, managing partner of Skybridge Capital LLC, is clinking his glass to quiet the crowd.

“This is bigger than my bar mitzvah back in 1978,” he says.

The joke from the Roman Catholic gets people’s attention as he explains the mission of Hedge Funds Care.

Children “are suffering humiliation and fear and decreasing self-esteem,” Scaramucci says. “We need to break these children out of the cocoon of self-consciousness and victimization.”

Dean Backer, worldwide brokerage sales and fund-raising head at Goldman, Sachs & Co., says Hedge Funds Care works in 11 cities in four countries, and has given out $24 million in grants since 1998.

The organization raised almost $2 million.

Then the music starts up again and it’s back to the party.

“I love Cipriani,” Scaramucci says. “I had my share of Bellinis, shrimp and unfortunately too much pasta.”

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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