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Ken Langone, co-founder of Home Depot, with the table of Home Depot district managers at the NYU Langone Medical Center Violet Ball. Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

May 4 (Bloomberg) -- January Jones, who plays the well-situated but unhappy Betty in “Mad Men,” said she’s a saver, not a spender on the red carpet last night.

“I try to wear clothes that don’t need to be dry cleaned,” Jones said, sporting a dress by Mary Katrantzou and shoes by Sergio Rossi, both borrowed, she noted.

Jones said she doesn’t collect art, drive a fancy car or live in a big house, “but I do like to spend on shoes.”

The occasion was a Christie’s International party held with La Mer and the conservation group Oceana before the May 8 auction of the Yves Klein painting “FC 1.” That meant Jones got to shake hands with the chief executive officer of the auction house, Steven Murphy. Some of the proceeds from the sale will go to Oceana, Murphy said.

Susan Rockefeller brought the ocean to the event, in her OPI nail polish, Beauty and the Beach, a “tealy blue” color she designed, which will be available soon on her website, SusanRockefeller.com.

“I’d love to be by the ocean right now,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, it was the night of dueling hospital galas.

NYU Langone Medical Center had 725 guests and raised $4.2 million at its Violet Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The Mount Sinai Medical Center drew almost 1,300 guests and raised more than $3 million at its Crystal Party, held in a tent in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden.

Langone Praise

“Good for them,” said Ken Langone, chairman of NYU Langone’s board and co-founder of Home Depot, when told of the simultaneous events.

“I had no idea,” said Peter May, chairman of Mount Sinai’s board of trustees and the president and founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP. “The Crystal Party is always on the first Thursday of May,” he said. By coincidence, he was wearing a violet-striped tie and pocket square.

May said his job at the gala was to “make sure everybody has a good time,” including Jim Tisch, president and chief executive of Loews Corp. (whose business is the subject of a profile in the June issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine), Marc Utay, managing partner of Clarion Capital Partners LLC, and Glenn Dubin, chairman and CEO of Highbridge Capital Management LLC.

Langone said his job was “to thank as many people as possible,” including Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock Inc, and Helen Kimmel, the namesake of a patient pavilion under construction, for which she gave $150 million.

Tisch Drama

The NYU party featured a performance by the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Drama Cantorum, and lilacs and peonies on the tables. The appetizer was gravlax.

The Mount Sinai party featured dancing to a DJ under multiple crystal chandeliers. Salmon was the main course, served with fennel and Portobello mushrooms.

David Windreich, head of U.S. investing at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC, was a chairman of the Mount Sinai gala.

“There’s a real humanity about the place,” said Windreich. “By virtue of its location it serves one of the richest and one of the most underprivileged areas of the city.” The medical complex is spread across lower Harlem and the Upper East Side in Manhattan.

As for business, May said he’s been “feeling pretty bullish” as the economy is “really starting to pick up.” He said he’s invested in consumer-retail companies such as Tiffany & Co., Wendy’s Co. and Family Dollar Stores Inc.

Langone said he stops into a Home Depot store a couple of times a week.

Carts of Flowers

“We see him often,” said district manager Robert Solewski. “He buys carts of flowers, and those outdoor heating lamps.”

Langone said he goes to the stores to check up on his business.

“I don’t do home improvement myself,” he added.

Also last night, at the American Cancer Society Taste of Hope fundraiser at 82 Mercer, chef Todd English said his restaurant Olives at the W at Union Square will be reopening Monday.

“The bar will be bigger so it will definitely cater to the finance crowd,” said English, the event’s honoree whose sister passed away from breast cancer.

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

Today’s Muse highlights include: Lewis Lapham on history, New York weekend.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon at agordon01@bloomberg.net or on Twitter @amandagordon.

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

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