The Cosmopolitan Review YVONNE DELANEY MITCHELL | 8/31/2011, 3:44 p.m.
Let it be known that the Boule not only give a great party, they stand for a great cause as well-proceeds from the gala benefited the Cave-Whiteman Scholarship. Named in honor of the late Bernal Cave and Herb Whiteman (Nola's husband), the scholarship is a testimony to the two men, who loved kids and wanted to do something to help underserved youngsters.
Members of the Boule have taken it upon themselves to continue to focus on children by providing mentoring, guidance, financial aid and friendship. Beginning at the eighth grade, in schools across the city and in Westchester, members follow the scholarship recipients straight through to college.
According to Mel Douglass, "we go after the C students who show potential. As the needs change, the scholarship changes, and so we provide summer jobs, tutoring-whatever is necessary to see the child make it." Among the many success stories is that of Shamma Grahm, who has just graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State and has applied to both Harvard and Yale for graduate school.
Cocktails by the Bay
On the other side of Route 114, the 11th annual Cocktails by the Bay was held at a private residence on the bay in Sag Harbor. Amidst the cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and summer chic patrons, a silent auction was held, with over 70 items to choose from, one of which was a walk-on role on the soap opera "One Life to Live." Cocktails on the Bay benefits Miracle House, a New York City charity that provides temporary housing, meals and advocacy to caregivers and patients coming to the city for critical medical treatment.
Speaking of miracles, Spike Lee, the director of "Miracle at St. Anna," just won a hefty $1.4 million lawsuit regarding international distribution of the film. The greater portion of the settlement was granted to On My Own productions, with an award of $29 million. $282,100 was awarded to James McBride, who wrote the screenplay and novel. Compared to the $29 million it seems like Spike got stiffed, but, hey, $1.4 million sounds good to me.
Who was that masked man, dashing amongst the sand dunes, seen yet unseen? The real question is, did he get that bikini wet? And the saga continues.
Until next week...kisses.