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Bette Midler’s Hulaween 2018

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Hosted the 22nd Annual Hulaween Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem

 October 29, 2018:  Bette Midler, the Divine one herself, hosted her annual Hulaween Ball in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, how witty, in Harlem to raise funds for her New York Restoration Project, which she founded over two decades ago. The NY Restoration Project has been transforming open spaces since 1995 to the benefit of millions of New Yorkers.

Bette Midler

Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Hosted the 22nd Annual Hulaween Celebration at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Harlem

 October 29, 2018:  Bette Midler, the Divine one herself, hosted her annual Hulaween Ball in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, how witty, in Harlem to raise funds for her New York Restoration Project, which she founded over two decades ago. The NY Restoration Project has been transforming open spaces since 1995 to the benefit of millions of New Yorkers.

The costume ball last night was called Hulaween in the Cosmos, and the spectacular cathedral was transformed for the evening into the cosmos by mastermind Douglas Litte. Wynton Marsalis performed and fashion maven, Michael Kors, judged the popular costume contest. He quipped on the press line, “I like the more outrageous costumes, the more outrageous the better, especially when it’s someone I’ve known for 20 years and I can’t recognize them.”

Frankie Grande

Bette, the Divine One, began her legendary career in New York City circa 1965 and since then has become world renowned for her film, music and television work. She has won numerous awards in a monumental career that spanned more than 40 years. She recently closed her Tony Award winning run in the Tony Award winning revial of that marvelous Jerry Herman musical Previously to Hello, Dolly!, Midler was seen on Broadway in I’LL EAT YOU LAST in 2015, starring as the legendary Hollywood agent Mengers in her first Broadway appearance in almost 40 years.

Wynton Marsalis, Mica Ertegun,  Bette Midler

The evening  honored Mica Ertegün and Darcy Stacom, both of whom exhibit exemplary environmental stewardship and the ability to affect innovative change. Celebrity guests included Jane Krakowski, Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry, Gavin Creel, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Amy Hargreaves, Dascha Polanco, Frankie Grande, Susanne Bartsch, Jonathan Stewart, Tonne Goodman and more, who showed up in elaborate themed costumes check out the photos below.

Photography: Barry Gordin 

Gavin Creel

Richard Sol0way, Bette Midler, Donna Soloway
Sophie von Haselberg, Bette Midler
Wynton Marsalis, Bette Midler
Bette Midler
Lance LePere, Michael Kors
Jane Krakowski
Lance LePere, Jane Krakowski, Michael Kors

Sophie von Haselberg

Bette Midler
Darcy Stacom

Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry
Nancy Matta
Jane Krakowski
Gavin Creel

Nancy Hargreaves
Sophie von Haselberg, Bette Midler
Sophie von Haselberg, Bette Midler

Bette Midler
Frankie Grande, Daniel Sinasohn, Mike Bohl
Frankie Grande
Bette Midler, Daniel Sinasohn, Mike Bohl, Frankie Grande
Bette Midler
Jennifer Simard

Daniel Stewart with Donald Trump
Jon Recor
Richard Riaz Yoder
Phillip Attmore
Lance LePere, Jane Krakowski, Michael Kors
Jane Krakowski
Bette Midler, Carmen Ruby Floyd