On the evening of Monday, June 15, at 6 p.m., the High Line in Chelsea will host a big opening party to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the structure and the 10th anniversary of the the city’s efforts to revive it. It will honor benefactors like actor Edward Norton; IAC chairman Barry Diller and his wife, designer Diane von Furstenberg; and hedge fund director Philip Falcone and wife Lisa Maria.
Earlier this month, Mr. Diller and Ms. von Furstenberg, who both have offices near the High Line, gave it a $10 million grant—doubling a 2005 gift and challenging others to match it. Mr. and Mrs. Falcone answered with another $10 million. Monday should bring in even more funding, with the price of individual tables for the dinner starting at $15,000 and going as high as $100,000. Each table has eight seats—you do the math.
Among those writing checks for tables or coming as guests of table-buyers are Carl Spielvogel, and wife Barbaralee Diamonstein; André Balazs, the hotelier (whose new Standard hotel straddles the High Line); socialite Gillian Hearst Simonds and husband, lawyer Christian Simonds; Ms. Simonds’ sister Lydia Hearst; director of NYC Department of City Planning Amanda Burden; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; photographer Joel Sternfeld; former Creative Artists Agency head Michael Ovitz; married actors Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman; and financier Kenneth Starr.
The High Line would not release a seating chart just yet, saying that it wouldn’t be finalized until the night before. The $100,000 donors, however, will likely end up close enough to the action to eavesdrop on Mr Diller and Mr. Norton’s chit-chat.
The after-party will be hosted by designer Calvin Klein, by which time the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, also hosted that evening, will have let out and a sizable chunk of the fashion crowd will presumably join into the festivities. Mr. Klein’s publicist would not release the guest list, except for house designer Francisco Costa, since that might give away results of the awards, but said that all the major celebrities, socialites and designers are to be expected.
Ms. von Furstenberg will have an especially busy evening, as she is the president of the CFDA and will presumably be leading Monday’s ceremony before high-tailing it over to the High Line.