Americas Society Fetes Dimon as UJA Gives Och Award to Keswin

  • JPMorgan boss touts internationalism before jetting to U.K.
  • Library pairs Gutenberg Bible, Chanel; Outward Bound spiffs up

On Friday morning on the south coast of England, JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon said the European Union “is one of the greatest endeavors of all time."

Jamie Dimon wearing his Americas Society medal

Photographer: Vincent Villafane via Americas Society

On Thursday night at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street, he was singing the praises of the Americas Society, founded 51 years ago “to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada," according to its website.

All in an international day’s work. While Dimon had an anti-Brexit agenda in England, his appearance at the Americas Society Spring Party was more honorific as the banker received the organization’s Gold Medal. The same medal also went to Colombian billionaire Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, founder of Grupo Aval, who enjoyed the music of the Hank Lane Orchestra in the company of his children and grandchildren.

Anthony Marx and Lauren Santo Domingo

Photographer: via Bloomberg

Meanwhile, a member of another wealthy Colombian family, Lauren Santo Domingo, had pride of place at a dinner marking Chanel Fine Jewelry’s support of treasures at the New York Public Library. Santo Domingo sat next to Anthony Marx, the library’s president, at a long table decorated with peonies in the Gottesman Exhibition Hall, named for a Hungarian immigrant.

Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld

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It was an evening to ogle a Gutenberg Bible, as well as the attendees and what they were wearing (mostly Chanel). Guests included Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Jill and Harry Kargman (her “Odd Mom Out" starts its second season June 20); Rose Byrne, Natasha Lyonne, Jon Neidich and Alessandra Brawn. Amanda Peet, who stars in HBO’s “Togetherness," co-hosted. She wore a black georgette crepe dress by Chanel, Fontaine earrings and Plume 1932 ring by Chanel Fine Jewelry.

As for Chanel’s support of the library, it owes in part to their mutual association with the lion, according to a statement provided by the luxury brand. The big cat is found not only in the library’s logo but in the form of Patience and Fortitude, the pair of marble lions outside its Fifth Avenue building. Coco Chanel was born a Leo, and the lion is a frequent motif in Chanel jewelry designs.

Jeffrey M. Stern, founder of Forum Capital Partners

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

A Lion of Judah pin is a symbol of women’s philanthropy at UJA-Federation of New York. As for men, they got boutonnieres at UJA’s Investment Management Division event at the Plaza. Jeffrey Keswin of Lyrical Partners received the Daniel S. Och Award and Jeffrey M. Stern of Forum Capital Partners received the the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also seen: Bruce Richards, Marc Utay, Andrew Rechtschaffen, Brett Barth and Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl.

Yancey Thomas, Lizbeth Lucero and Maxim Belioglo

Photographer: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

At the NYC Outward Bound Schools benefit at 583 Park, the students led the program in fine form. Not only had they perfected their public speaking and practiced delivering their remarks to one another, they arrived at 2:30 p.m. to do a sound check and walk-through of the evening. And they made sure to spiff up for the occasion.

Yancey Thomas, a senior who wants to be an astrophysicist, had help from his mom and grandmother shopping for a tuxedo. He picked out the red bow tie himself. Maxim Belioglo sought out his brother’s girlfriend for advice and showed up in a jacket with narrow lapels and bow tie.

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