The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), the world’s first child protection agency, held its annual fall benefit on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. This year, The NYSPCC’s benefit was their Inaugural Wine Dinner. The 215 guests, dressed in festive attire, enjoyed an extraordinary menu designed by renowned chef, Jonathan Waxman, of Barbuto, and featured excellent wines from the Napa Valley winery, Tournesol. The cocktail hour kicked off the evening with wine tasting tables sponsored by Bespoke, Far Niente, Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, OneHope and Premier Cru Wine Merchants.
David Stack, President of the NYSPCC Board of Directors served as the evening’s emcee. The dinner included a welcome by Executive Director, Dr. Mary L. Pulido. Chef Waxman delivered remarks on the specially designed menu and wine pairings. During dinner, guests heard from Jamie Ritchie, CEO & President of Americas & Asia for Sotheby's Wine. Mr. Ritchie spoke about the world of wine auctions, and shared his invaluable insight into buying and collecting. He led guests through a lively auction of highly covetable items.