Mireille Schwartz Birthday

BY Damion Matthews - February 16, 2008


 Mireille Schwartz Birthday,

Last week I attended one of the most lovely, fun, events in some time — a birthday party for Mireille Schwartz.

 Mireille Schwartz Birthday,

Mireille (pronounced mere-ray) is one of the more active members of a new generation of philanthropists and art enthusiasts in San Francisco, and has been featured on SFluxe for her involvement in the Fine Arts Museums, the Friends of the Urban Forest, the Raphael House, and numerous fashion events (she is the editor of the fashion magazine, Bientot.)

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Mireille, with daughter Charlotte.

The evening began with cocktails at her elegant Lake District home.

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Mireille with Joy Bianchi, Ret. Judge George Mason, and Yetunde Schuhmann
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Cameron Noble with Gordon Uhlmann of Half Wit Wines
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Angela Holm with Jenny Thomas, a teacher at Ann Getty’s in-home playgroup
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Mireille with Monica Maduro, who is on the Board of Trustees for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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Mary Conrad with Vivian Walsh, author of “Olive & the Other Reindeer” books and TV series
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CR Lipton, San Francisco Ballet dancer Wendy Van Dyck, San Francisco Ballet Executive Director Glenn McCoy
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Sophia Bekele

At the house, I enjoyed speaking with Sophia Bekele, who just returned to San Francisco from a fascinating trip to Rwanda where she’s involved in some important work improving their infrastructure. This a woman who makes true changes in the world — a real powerhouse.

After cocktails we all boarded a limo bus provided by Bauer Transportation. What fun!

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Joy Bianchi, Damion Matthews of SFluxe, Christopher Bently of Kamalaspa

On the bus, I heard all about Joy Bianchi’s huge collection of fashion and design books. Her collection of Cecil Beaton material sounds divine!

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Craig Lipton, with Joy and Damion
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Emmy-award winning animator Charlie Canfield and Joy Bianchi
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Glenn McCoy, Nadine Weil, CR Lipton
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Amber Marie Bently, Sophia Bekele and Mireille Schwartz

The limo bus dropped us off at New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar, which serves the most amazing East African food. The owners know Mireille’s family from East Africa, and allowed her to create a special menu. She redesigned the dining room just for the evening, with Chuck Foss of FullScale Event Productions, Inc., who created a luminous tent within the room.

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Princess Amber Marie Bently and Princess Sophia Bekele. Amber Marie and husband Chris just came back from something like 10 days of snowboarding. Sounds like they had an absolute blast.

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Princess Amber with Princess CR Lipton of CRPR
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Two princesses without their tiaras: Sarah Meier and Charlotte Jude Schwartz
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Birthday Queen enjoying her friends
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Punk rock legend David Ferguson shared a fascinating bit of information about Mireille’s family — apparently her great-grandfather Sir Apollo Kagwa was the first African to be knighted by the Queen. Queen Victoria! The birthday evening was dedicated to Sir Apollo, to Mireille’s grandfather, the great Uganda Diplomat Apollo Kironde, and to “all our ancestors who are no longer on Earth with us.”

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Glenn McCoy
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Cameron Noble
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Joy Bianchi
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Jenny Thomas
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Damion Matthews
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Amber Marie Bently, Monica Maduros of Monica Maduros Special Events, and Yetunde Schuhmann.

Dinner entertainment was provided by Youssou N’Dour’s band Ken Okolulu & the Nigerian Brothers.

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Christopher Bently on drums
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Sophia Bekele and Yetunde Schuhmann
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As you can see, the party continued long into the night, with Glenn McCoy serving champagne and Chris Bently juggling two bottles of wine on the ride back home. Yes, we are loving the limo bus.

  • Restaurant: New Eritrea [907 Irving St, San Francisco, CA — 415.681.1288]
  • Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]

P.S.

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During the party, Amber Marie Bently grabbed Drew Altizer’s camera and turned the lens on the man himself. Gotcha, Drew!