Lever le Tôit” (Raise the Roof) Dinner Dance at The Elms

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Six hundred people of all ages celebrated at The Elms at "Lever le Tôit" (Raise the Roof) Dinner Dance to benefit the Preservation Society of Newport County.

It was a Newport Night for all ages thanks to the Ball Chairs and guests who attended the “Lever le Tôit” (Raise the Roof) Dinner Dance at The Elms on August 10th. Six hundred people of all ages entered through the main door of The Elms, had cocktails along an expanse of green lawn, dined in a beautifully-decorated tent,  danced to the music of Bob Hardwick’s orchestra and sneaked out to a magical hideaway under the beech trees, lit up to celebrate the extraordinary landscapes cared for by the Preservation Society.


The Elms.


One of the aims of this year’s Preservation Society of Newport County’s ball was to draw attention to the roof preservation needs of The Elms, thus the name “Lever Le Toit” (Raise The Roof).  An equally important aim was to attract generations of Newporters to The Elms in order to demonstrate the enduring nature of “The City by the Sea’s” family legacies. And there are many.


Ball Chairs Meg Braff, Joanna de Neufville, Meredith Wood Prince, Leslie Heaney, and Ruthie McDonough (not pictured: Andrea van Beuren and Honorary Chair Alice Lynch).

The evening’s co-chairs Meg Braff, Joanna de Neufville, Meredith Wood Prince, Leslie Heaney, Ruthie McDonough, Andrea van Beuren and Honorary Chair Alice Lynch hit a home run on both accounts.

Renowned Coaching Club whip, Charley Matheson, thanked Preservation Society CEO Trudy Coxe with a note, stating: “The Elms party was special.  I danced with all 7 granddaughters who were there and wives and daughters. What a delight.” Indeed.


Guests on the main entrance steps of The Elms.
L. to r.: Alex Lind Rose and Louis Rose, with Kim and Greg Dryer; Elizabeth and Bill Kahane.
Barry Hinckley, Bridget Beer, and Molly and Guillaume de Ramel.
Preservation Society Chairman Monty Burnham and CEO Trudy Coxe.
Ryan Ouvaroff, Peter Manice, Leslie Hull, Celeste Manice, and Mark Hull.
Countess Lizz de Villegas, Jeffrey Caldwell, and Fernanda Gilligan Jess.
Steven Gewirz, Trina Santry, Reg Stettinius, Sarah Gewirz, Katie Gewirz, Arthur Santry, and Bernie Gewirtz.
Kendall Zahringer, Ally Grace, and Annie Ryan.
Ruth Buchanan.
James Berwind and Kevin Clark.
Kathryn Bohannon, Fraser Maloney, Olivia Wassanaar, Joanna Baker de Neufville, and Sandra Barros.
Molly Whitehouse, Evan Altman, Siena Kissel, Henrik Kielland, Mariana Horn, Lucy Kissel, and Adam Klazmer.
Guests enjoyed cocktails along an expanse of green lawn at The Elms.
Mary Van Pelt and Mark Watson.
Terence Hunter and Gigi Dick.
Brandyn Brunelle, Ryan James Elsman, Tara Flynn, Becca Bertrand, and Doug Kohler.
Dwight and Susan Sipprelle.
Tilly and Murdoch Matheson.
Alice Lynch and Richard Brickley.
Monique and Jimmy Coleman.
Regis de Ramel and Bridget Beer.
Angela Brown Fischer and Garry Fischer.
Gigi and Tony Dick.
Barbara Chapman and Derek Limbocker.
Guests sneaking out to a magical hideaway under the beech trees.

Photographs by Andrea Hansen Photography & Nick Mele

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