Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sesquicentennial in MMX

Ambrosia & Epiphany spent this weekend gearing up for the glamorous Downstate Sesquicentennial Ball that was held at Steiner Studios on Saturday April 10, 2010 in Brooklyn. It was to be the culmination of a year of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of medical education in Brooklyn. While there was much to celebrate in the achievements of the academic medical center, the night was mostly about the people that made it great.

Everyone was greeted at the door with a photographer, red carpet and all. The location begged everyone to linger on the roof in the cool evening breeze for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, which, by the way were always the right temperature. But with striking views of the bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan and the amazing cityscape no one heard the call for dinner which started promptly at 8:30 pm.

The service was impeccable; you barely noticed the wait staff yet our glass was never empty, nor was our empty plate left long enough to linger over it. The speeches were short and sweet even though all honorees were given time to elaborate and bask in their moment. One surprise of the night went to the organizer, Meg O'Sullivan. As she busied herself making sure the night went off without a hitch, her name was called as an honoree, for her leadership and unending service to Downstate. Shocked, she accepted the award graciously.


Ambrosia dazzled the crowd with a Champaign colored, multi layered and cascading petal dress with silver studded rock star pumps and accessories. Her play on textures reminded us of the new "Hollywood Elite" and she wooed everyone with her endearing smile. While her youthful glow was irresistible, it also lent to the iridescent colors reflecting off of her dress. It almost seemed as if she became a waterfall of free flowing flirty freshness; she fluttered by as if floating on air.

Epiphany on the other hand quietly screamed Socialite with avant garde taste. She wore a navy blue blouson dress that challenged bold sharpness. With her every twist and turn, another side to the depth of the dress was revealed. Her statuesque figure made googly eyes want to view her in the backdrop of a catwalk in Bryant Park during New York fasion week as opposed to the gala celebration at hand. The dramatic tear drop-like silver earrings complemented the whole look bringing tears of joy and threats of impending theft in the ladies room (a real Brooklyn Beat Down!).

Overall, the night was filled with laughter, camaraderie, memories and honored greatness; Downstate came full circle.


Please note: this article was selfishly written. We could have spewed on and on about the great achievements and so on, but Downstate's website has an entire section dedicated to that. SO we didn't. Click here to learn more about 150 years of medical education in Brooklyn.

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