“Hi, I’m Sandy,” said Sandra Bullock, braids in her hair, as she introduced herself around the dinner table at Thursday night’s Fresh Air Fund benefit, sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger, at New York’s Tavern on the Green.
So what did she think of her current flick, “Hope Floats”?
“Well, there’s a big wardrobe change between scenes,” said the actress. “Those were our special effects.”
Harry Connick Jr. appeared on video to sing the praises of Bullock, one of those being honored at the dinner as “an American hero.”
“She’s a con artist, and she’s pulling the wool over your eyes,” he told the audience. “No, she’s really sweet and wonderful.”
Bullock was honored alongside New York Giants football coach Jim Fassel and Dana Reeve. Reeve, who is married to Christopher Reeve, was introduced by Barbara Walters as “a saint” and wore a skintight Tommy Hilfiger cashmere dress.
Mariah Carey arrived with her backup singers and a gang of high school pals.
“I look a little Old World in this Leger dress,” she said about her body-hugging white, padded minidress. “I just lost seven pounds in Monaco because I got sick from the water, so I guess I can fit into it.”
Earlier in the week, Ketty Maisonrouge greeted members and guests of the Colbert Foundation in the jazz-filled tent in the garden of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum on Fifth Avenue. Arie Kopelman was delighted with the band. It was, after all, his suggestion that the annual fund-raiser henceforth be tied to the history of jazz.
“It’s one of the things French and Americans really love,” he said.
And last month, the roaming ambassador of flower arranging, Carolyne Roehm, swept through the Pacific Northwest on the latest leg of her book tour for “A Passion for Flowers.” For two days, the Junior League of Seattle played host to Roehm, first at an afternoon tea and the next evening at a more formal presentation that included a slide show of her gardens back East.