To Be “The Queen of Charities”

New York Post
Liz Smith
July 18, 2004 —

‘THE BOOK ‘The Right Address’ skewers a certain kind of mature Upper East Side woman whose only ambition is to preside over charity benefit dinners,” writes Douglas Rogers of the current novel written by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman.

Honestly, I read this critique and was absolutely blown away. I know a lot about the woman this novel is describing, but I have never known one whose ambition is to “preside over charities.” I know a host of overworked well-heeled souls who would give anything to shrug off their charities. If I could only find the woman described in “The Right Address,” I could put her right on the committees of Literacy Partners, the Landmarks Conservancy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the Fete de Swifty, Gael Greene’s Citymeals-on-Wheels, the Police Athletic League, Mathilde Krim’s AmFAR, Bette Midler’s N.Y. Restoration Project. These are my own personal interests, and I know that every charity in NYC is looking for willing volunteers.

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