With Dad and Albert on Hand, Caroline and Steph Play Perfectly Pacific Princesses at An N.Y.C. Gala
The proceeds benefited the Rainiers' favorite charity (financial grants to struggling artists) and the Paris-based Claude Pompidou Foundation (aid to the chronically ill and elderly). Although the crowd applauded cabaret performances by Tommy Tune and others, it was emcee Merv Griffin who worked hardest to keep the boat show from sinking into formality. "For the past month, everybody in this town had their designers running around saying they needed yachting attire," Merv noted. "Then they were all calling each other and asking, "What the hell is yachting attire?' " The hosts offered their thanks to the paying guests, who had anted up $1,000 to $5,000 per head, and when Mme. Pompidou conveyed hers in her native tongue, Merv volunteered to translate. "For all of you who don't speak French," he explained cheerily, "Madame Pompidou said she liked me best."