Byline: Aileen Mehle

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea were not the only little family on spring break in Africa. You see, in 1988, HRH The Prince of Wales went on safari there with his friends Jorie and Geoffrey Kent of the Abercrombie & Kent Kents. And after his wondrous African experience, he promised he would take his sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, there one day. So this past week, Prince Charles and the boys, along with the Kents, piled into Landcruisers and off they went, dragging their tents behind them. First they visited Selous, where father and sons tested the waters of the Rufigi River and observed — cautiously — the habits of the crocodiles and hippos of that unspoiled region. Leaving the Rufigi, they pressed on northward to the Serengeti, where they were witness to the migrations of wildebeests (also knows as gnus) and zebras. Serengeti evenings were spent around the campfire, with Geoffrey Kent telling tales of his early days growing up in that untamed world before it became so tame. And how was your spring break?

By the way, William and Harry are soon off to the Caribbean with their mum, Princess Diana, for fun in the sun. There are gno gnus there, but you can’t have it gnall. Besides, there are gbikinis on them there islands.

Angie Everhart and Ashley Hamilton, who married Dec. 1, 1996, and filed for divorce March 1, 1997, may be having second thoughts about that divorce. The lovely couple was recently photographed together in New York, and there are those who think maybe they’ll get back together — if only for a few seconds. Love, your magic spell is everywhere.

New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center’s “Cabaret ’97,” given at the hospital’s spectacular new River Pavilion, raised an amazing $2 million, surely one of the reasons everyone was supremely convivial plus, including hundreds of the great institution’s supporters and many of the finest doctors in New York. But perhaps the two happiest people at the party — a colorful discotheque set up in the Pavilion’s vast garage — were Iris Cantor, in black and diamonds, and Roger Weiss, in black and white (which means he was wearing a dinner jacket, as was every other male civilian and physician in the place). Iris and Roger were the evening’s co-chairs, and who does it better? Glorious Food produced the dramatic dinner, starring devil’s food cake and strawberry ice cream, and the band, until it was calmed down, produced music loud enough to split the hardest skull. But then I suppose that if you’re going to have your skull split, a hospital is the best place to do it.
Swirling and twirling about in the best cabaret style were such as Marina Palma with Dr. Wilibald Nagler’s group; Brooke Astor, seated with the Harry Belafontes and Dr. and Mrs. Rees Pritchett; Pauline and Dixon Boardman; Carroll Petrie; Liz and Damon Mezzacappa; Carol and George McFadden; Johnny Galliher; Eric Javits; Walter Wriston; Dr. David Skinner; Joan and Sandy Weill; the Maurice Greenbergs; Dr. Harvey Klein; Michel Bergerac, and scores of practitioners of the medical profession too brilliant to mention.

John Loeb Jr. has gathered together members of the Lehman family for a major benefit at the Plaza Hotel tomorrow night in aid of Lehman College in the Bronx, a senior college of City University of New York. In doing so, he is continuing in the remarkable philanthropic tradition of his parents, Frances (always called “Peter” and born a Lehman) and John Loeb, one of York’s handsomest and most charitable couples who, married for nearly 70 years, died within months of each other last year. As this first big philanthropic effort of the succeeding generation of Loebs, the dinner will include both toasts and roasts of John Loeb Jr., the recipient of this year’s Lehman Leadership Award. Kitty Carlisle Hart will be the mistress of ceremonies, and George Plimpton, John’s fellow Harvard Lampooner, will lead off the festivities. Stand back.
You all remember the Lehman family — the Lehmans of the great investment firm Lehman Brothers and of the Lehman Wing at the Metropolitan Museum. And who can forget the Loebs whose generosity was legendary, including the many millions John Loeb Sr. donated to Harvard. Now the Loeb Family Fund will soon be even richer when Peter and John Loeb’s extraordinary collection of French Impressionists will be sold at Christie’s on May 12.
Anne Ford of the Ford Fords is the chairman of the National Center for Learning Disabilities benefit tomorrow night at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, the NCLD’s 20th anniversary. The party, honoring the National Football League, will feature a special tribute to Carrie and the late Pete Rozelle, the admired and respected sports figure many came to regard as Mr. Football. Part of the evening’s proceeds — their goal is $750,000 — will be used to establish a fund in the Rozelles’ name that will support programs for learning disabilities. Many of the biggest business leaders in the country are expected, and the celebrity committee includes such luminaries as Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, Peter Duchin, Kirk Douglas and Art Buchwald. The live and silent auctions at the benefit will be conducted by Jamie Niven of the Sotheby’s Nivens. Stand back.

Elaine Langone, the chairman of this year’s Boys’ Club of New York’s Spring Dance, and her equally dynamic committee are planning a romantic “Evening in Tuscany” at the Plaza on April 24. The honorary co-chairs of the gala are Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Carroll Petrie, and such faithful Boys’ Club fans as Frederike Biggs, Thorunn Wathne, Pat Patterson, Josie Robertson, Grace Meigher, Linda Lickox, Adair Beutel, Jamee Gregory, Pat de Bary and Mai Hallingby are even now organizing their tables for the sell-out party. Mike Carney will play for the dancing in the Plaza’s flower-filled ballroom, and all this glamour will raise over half a million dollars to support programs for our city’s neediest boys.

And don’t forget that that beautiful legend, Lena Horne, is having her 80th birthday — incredible! — at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 23 at a celebration produced by Pierre Cossette. Lena’s special friends, Ginny Mancini, Dina Merrill and Cornelia Bregman, are the co-chairs of this all-star salute, where the dazzling one will receive the “Ella” Award for Lifetime Achievement in Vocal Artistry. The Society of Singers will benefit.

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