By  on March 16, 2010

It wasn’t a typical night on the black-tie circuit Thursday as the March of Dimes held its annual Beauty Ball fund-raiser at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan.

One of the honorees, Neil J. Katz, who received the Beautiful Apple Award, opened his acceptance speech with a pang of Great Recession dry humor. “After 40 years in the beauty business, again I’m looking for a job,” deadpanned Katz, who stepped down as chairman and chief executive officer of Parlux Fragrances Inc. in January, while remaining on the board. Katz then philosophically allowed that these things can happen when one wins an award for groundbreaking innovation, as he did in December, and is chosen as a Beauty Ball honoree.

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