Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Hero of Versailles? It's New York

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Hero of Versailles? It's New York

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NEW YORK (NYT) --The best place to find businesspeople to support repairs to Versailles, where Louis XIV's gardens were blasted by storms last Christmas? Try New York. And so last week more than 100 guests including Richard and Kathy Hilton; Lawrence Herbert, chief executive of Pantone and his wife, Michele; and the investor Peter Price and his wife, Judy, raised several hundred thousand dollars to mend the estate, as well as to keep up Claude Monet's Giverny. At the Carlyle hotel, this slice of mostly American royalty was welcomed by Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, sipped vintage Taittinger in the Versailles Room, then dined in the Trianon Room. Americans, unlike Europeans, have a tradition of giving and the right to deduct it. American charities support everything from the Tate Gallery to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw orchestra. "Our American system rewards us for being generous," said Barbara de Portago, a New York business consultant and the dinner's prime organizer, who grew up at Versailles, where her stepfather was curator. …

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