Horace Walpole once said, “the world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” He failed to mention into which of those categories he himself fell, probably because, like most of us, he flitted between the two, weeping and laughing his way to the end of the day. At the end of the day on March 25th, the Cancer Research Institute Young Philanthropists, a group of people who feel everything, hosted a benefit at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor. Organized by Lauren Rae Levy, Steven Beltrani the commendable charity set out to honor a wonderful cause, that of raising funds and awareness of cancer and it certainly piques some interest. That said, one couldn’t help but notice in attendance were people who spend their days thinking, albeit chiefly about themselves. Life, to them, is most certainly a comedy but I doubt they are what Walpole had in mind when he uttered those almost-famous words.
At first I thought the dichotomy in the room was age-related since everyone was either over 50 or under 30. The DJ, celebrity darling DJ Josh Madden, started the evening by catering to the older generation of revelers. Soft rock, 80s standards, and gently remixed easy pop serenaded the guests as they drank sake and champagne and nibbled on top of the line hors d’oevres. An older gentleman wearing a blue ascot bobbed his head at the bar. An immaculately coiffed woman whose diamonds would fund years of research smiled coyly at a bartender 40 years her senior.