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YVONNE DELANEY | 6/27/2013, 12:46 p.m.


What a day for a daydream. The weather has been gorgeous and I hope that you have been out and about enjoying yourself. Ask anyone what they love most about New York and often the reply will be, "The change of seasons," and I totally agree.

You may recall that I just gave a birthday shout-out to interior designer Elaine Griffin, whom I ran into at Chez Lucienne after not having seen her for quite some time. It seems as though dear Elaine has nonetheless been making the rounds on the social scene, as she was recently seen at Michaels, the downtown "in" spot for those in the know, lunching with Michael Boodro from Elle Decor magazine.

As if there weren't enough things to worry about, we now have to keep an eye out for genetically modified foods. This includes that fun-loving, best-at-barbecue food, corn on the cob. Genetically modified foods are foods that have been genetically tinkered with in one way or another to preserve shelf life or for some other reason that usually has nothing to do with better health.

The latest craze in combating and avoiding genetically modified foods, weight gain, sluggishness and poor eating habits is the Trim Down Club. Trim Down Club is an online social network club that promotes healthy eating by providing information on diet and nutrition. Creating a healthy balance between carbs and protein, like eating a green vegetable with a bowl of pasta, is just the thing for burning fat and keeping healthy without giving up your favorite food. In other words, the next time you order a pizza pie, order a fresh green salad to go along with it. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, it is always a good idea to try and eat a healthy diet; the life you save may be your own.

Eating heartily (or maybe not) were those who attended the annual Sundown Picnic. There was a morsel or two that didn't sit quite well with Shirley Cuevas, while Billie Holliday was knocked off her feet. Thankfully, both are doing much better now. Neither Nola Whiteman nor Shirley Scott seemed to notice as they made the rounds of all who look forward to the annual picnic, which must almost be in its 50th year by now.

If there were any mishaps, there's no need to worry, because the Mid-Manhattan Branch of the NAACP hosted its annual boat ride. They rocked and rolled from the East River to the Hudson. It was certainly a day of frolic and fun, which needs to happen more often. The spring social season ended on a high note with several organizations raising money for their causes before the ever-so-generous supporters dash off for parts unknown for the summer. CancerCare hosted its annual fete at the Plaza Hotel, raising slightly over $400,000, with over 250 in attendance. CancerCare, a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides counseling, support groups, educational programs, resource referrals, practical help and financial and co-pay assistance to anyone in need. All services are provided by professional oncology social workers and are offered completely free of charge. To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 8008134673.