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Recap: Verdura Hosts Holiday Cocktail Party & Launch Of Sassafrass Jones To Benefit The Humane Society

Cathleen Smith Bresciani (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

Cathleen Smith Bresciani (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

On Saturday afternoon, December 7th, the internationally renowned jeweler, Vedura, transformed their exclusive Fifth Avenue flagship gallery into a winter wonderland to host the launch party for Cathleen Smith Bresciani’s whimsical winter tale, Sassafrass Jones and The Search for a Forever Home. This charming holiday children’s book tells the story of The Little Dog with the Cat Eyed Glasses. Proceeds from the sales of the book will benefit The Humane Society of New York.

(Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

(Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

It was a fun-filled, festive afternoon with an array of holiday delights such as cupcakes, mini tortes, cookies and chocolates. Children enjoyed hearing passages from the book read aloud to them. There was also a beautiful display of Verdura’s Holiday Collection of fine jewelry and a silent auction for gingerbread houses. Guests included Kelly Rutherford, Allen Grubman, June Ambrose, Jennifer Creel, Vanessa Murdock, Norman Ambrose, Patrick McDonald, Wendy Diamond, Suzanne Newman, Shelley Goldberg, James Gregorio and a special appearance by Maurice Sassafrasso Jones. An adorable dog indeed!

Chris McClellan, Tomas Espinoza, Cathleen Smith Bresciani, Richard Eldredge & Fred Schneider (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

Chris McClellan, Tomas Espinoza, Cathleen Smith Bresciani, Richard Eldredge & Fred Schneider (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

(Photo credit: Kristy Rao)

Maurice Sassafrasso Jones (Photo credit: Kristy Rao)

Verdura Earrings on Mr. Mouse

Verdura Earrings on Mr. Mouse (Photo credit: Kristy Rao)

Wendy Diamond, Kelly Rutherford & Jennifer Creel (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

Wendy Diamond, Kelly Rutherford & Jennifer Creel (Photo credit: Patrick McMullan)

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