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Dream Weavers

| December 5, 2013 | Parties National

THE PARTY Wolfgang and Gelila Puck gathered many of their A-list friends for the inaugural gala of the Dream for Future Africa Foundation—an organization launched by Ethiopian-born Gelila in 2010. Held at Wolfgang’s restaurant, Spago Beverly Hills, the inspirational night was co-hosted by model and actress Amber Valletta and honored Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani for her long-standing commitment to the fashion and faces of Africa, often featured in her magazine. THE SCENE Famed auctioneer Simon de Pury officiated a live auction of artwork by the likes of Bruce Weber, Alex Israel and Sterling Ruby. But the real action took place in the center of the room, where Sozzani sat next to pals Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who made their first public appearance together since getting engaged. Other boldface guests included Quincy Jones, Joe Jonas, Maria Sharapova, Rachel Zoe, and Eva and Michael Chow. THE HIGHLIGHTS As dinner concluded, renowned Italian operatic tenor Vittorio Grigolo serenaded the crowd, before receiving a standing ovation. Not to be outdone was R&B singer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who closed the party with a stirring three-song set. Best of all, the night was able to surpass the Pucks’ fundraising goal of $1 million. Photography by Michael Buckner



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