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.
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.
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.
Photographs by Andrea Hansen Photography & Nick Mele