Moguls make the scene in Palm Beach and Washington
By Donna Shor
White Tie and Tiaras
“Ferrari was God to me when I was in my twenties!” William Rollnick exclaimed upon hearing I had known the famed race car designer. As a newbie journalist, I covered the Modena Races sitting in the mechanics’ split-second-action pit with Enzo Ferrari’s wife, Clara.
Amazingly, after Rollnick managed to meet his hero, Ferrari offered to let the young fan test-drive a new model. “Nervous? I must have lost eight pounds of sweat,” Rollnick recalled. “But Ferrari said, ‘You’ll be fine,’ and I was.”
Racing talk predominated at the Ambassadors’ Dinner the night before the International Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach on January 31. NASCAR ace Kyle Petty was planning to do some laps later around the local track with Rollnick, a retired president of Mattel, who co-chaired the ball with his wife, Nancy.
Howard and Michele Kessler welcomed guests to their art-filled home, and Michele’s lively speech introduced ball special guests Petty and actress Anne Archer.