Hello, dahlings. This month Gabby flits between two fabulous fetes—all for the kids. Night at Nemours and the Best of Delaware Party both knocked her socks off. Here’s why.
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AFFAIR OF THE HEART
A Night at Nemours was one occasion where the pomp fit the circumstance. At least 700 guests mingled under the billowing white tents on the clear, balmy evening, anxious to raise their glasses to a new cardiac catheterization lab. It just happened to be Marsha Borin’s birthday, and the best-dressed woman in town couldn’t be missed. Wearing a sparkling red jacket and diamond brooch, Marsha, a former ballerina who is passionate about dance, is representing Rasta Thomas, a performer everyone in the world seems to know except us in Delaware. “Rasta’s coming soon, I promise,” she said. Her pretty daughter, Lisa Borin-Ogden, was accompanied by husband and nightclub king, Paul Ogden. “I’m up to 18 now,” Ogden said, referring, of course, to the number of joints he’s opened. Club 317 is his baby now. “I buy and sell. That’s what I do.” Lisa, who works legislature policy magic for Senator Joe Biden, was dazzling in an Armani pantsuit and Ralph Lauren shades. “Can our Joe be VP?” Gabby asked. Lisa smiled demurely. Her dad, the great pediatrician Howard Borin, looked better than ever. Maybe it was because he took down his shingle to join A.I.’s staff after 37 years of magnificent service. A.I. is lucky to have him.
Jennifer Cassidy, a specialty nurse at A.I., looked fab in a purple Alex evening gown. Talk about work ethic. “I drove all the way to Middletown and back just to get my hair done,” she said. Her tall, model-slim, blond-haired pal Thea Giaguintd of West Chester, looked magazine-cover perfect in a Mark Bower lavender gown. Purple, by the way, surpassed pragmatic black in the night’s evening gown category.
Andy Barabasz, who sells wine for Kressler Liquors, saluted his wife, Nemours communications coordinator Chris Barabasz. “I’m just the significant other,” he said. “Nah. I’d be here anyway. How can you say no to a sick child?”
Speaking of significant others, Brian DiSabatino, president of EDiS Building Systems, showed off his striking wife, Kelly, who dazzled in a gold ensemble from Talbot’s. Hal and Meg Erskin of Westover Hills looked spiffy, Meg rocking a black number from Ellie while her studly hubby wore a Hickey-Freeman tux. As George and Debby Hobbs of Wilmington approached, DiSabatino, always the jokester, blurted, “Here comes the two best Ping-Pong players in Delaware.” The Hobbses did not argue the point. Debby did admit to stealing her airy purple and white sundress from her 13-year-old daughter.
Gabby left hungry, not having relished what she hears was sumptuous surf and turf. So it was off to Luigi Vitrone’s Pastabilities for lobster gnocchi, where the greeting was grand. By all accounts, A Night at Nemours was a smashing success.