The moment I arrived at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University for the recent “Rodin by Moonlight” fundraiser I understood why it’s considered one of the most important Bay Area galas.
First the setting — that gorgeous university campus, the weather absolutely perfect, in a building that has been so lovingly maintained and restored over its 120-plus years. Next, the people — individuals and families who have been rightfully esteemed for their leadership in business, philanthropy, and the arts, some very recently and some going back decades. And finally, the art, specifically, Rodin — the Cantor Arts Center’s collection of Rodin bronzes is among the largest in the world.
Charlene Cogan, Lisa Mooring – Michele Kirsch
Melissa Badger, Wendy Rohn – Paula Carano, Lisa Mooring
The majority of the collection occupies three ground-floor galleries, with approximately 170 works by Rodin on display, mostly of cast bronze, but also works in wax, plaster, and terra cotta. And outside in the Sculpture garden one finds 20 more bronzes, including the magnificent “Gates of Hell” on which Rodin worked for two decades.
It’s largely because of the biennial “Rodin by Moonlight” fundraiser that these works can be made available for the public’s study and enjoyment, admission-free. The first event in 1987, for instance, raised the funds that provided lighting in the Rodin Sculpture garden.
The glamorous evening began with cocktails sponsored by Neiman Marcus, Stanford Shopping Center and Forevermark Diamonds. Pieces designed by Forevermark’s Maria Canale, who also attended the event, were modeled with gowns from Neiman Marcus. And I’m told that among the millions of dollars worth of jewelry shown, my favorite necklace was worn by Nicole Kidman to the Golden Globes.
Jim McLaughlin, Cathy McMurtry, Deedee McMurtry, Burt McMurtry – Laura Patterson, Tory Patterson
Bill Sonneborn, Karen Sonneborn – Samantha Hartwell, Maria Canale
The dinner, created by Spruce restaurant’s Mark Sullivan with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, was served in the beautiful Sculpture garden, under an open sky, followed by dancing, with music by David Martin’s House Party. Jeffrey Adair, of J Floral Art in Menlo Park, did an absolutely delightful job on the floral and event design.
This year’s Honorary Chairs for Rodin by Moonlight were Sue and John Diekman. Presenting Sponsor this year was the Koret Foundation.
Paula Carano, Jennie Chiu – Bandel Carano, Mike Gordon
Anne Mellenthin, Annie Barnett, Anne Lawler – Lisa Mooring, Dave Mooring
I hope you take the opportunity to visit The Cantor Arts Center soon! It’s open Wednesday — Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m.. Admission is free. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Parking is free after 4 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends. For information call 650-723-4177, or visit museum.stanford.edu.
Rodin at The Cantor – Tanya Powell, Joel Goodrich
Tanya Powell – Komal Shah, Gaurav Garg
Aleta Hayes – Emily Yerkovich, Dave Dollinger
John Sobrato, Sue Sobrato – Samantha Hartwell
Emily Yerkovich, Amy Yang – Steve Kirsch, Michele Kirsch
Joel Goodrich, Komal Shah – Lisa Goldman, Connie Wolf
Dianne Taube, Tad Taube – Paula Carano, Bandel Carano