High Tydes for Casino Comeback

By Richard Mineards   |   June 7, 2018
Coral Casino server Ashley Valeriano pouring for Treesa Robinson, Robert Lieff, and Susan Kudo (photos by Priscilla)
From London are Simon and Kim Freeman with son, William, celebrating daughter Lily’s 8th birthday (photos by Priscilla)

Beanie Baby billionaire Ty Warner‘s Coral Casino is alive and well!

After five months of closure because of January’s devastating mudslides which engulfed the tony beachside locale, the club, built in 1937, is back to its sparkling pristine self.

To celebrate, after multi-million dollar renovations and remedial work, the club – which also underwent a $65-million, three-year makeover in 2005 under top New York designer Peter Marino – threw a socially gridlocked sunset soiree on the La Pacifica terrace.

“This is very, very symbolic,” says longtime member Gretchen Lieff. “It shows we are at last getting back to normal after all the tragedy and carnage Montecito has suffered.”

After the bustling boffo bash, philanthropist Charlie Alva hosted a dinner for 20 guests at Tydes, which I attended with my trusty shutterbug Priscilla.

Among the tony throng turning out to celebrate the occasion were singer Katy Perry‘s father, Keith Hudson, Penny Bianchi, Beverley Jackson, Alixe Mattingly, Bob and Marlene Veloz, Carol Burnett, Kendall Conrad, Robert Lieff, Arthur von Wiesenberger, Carter and Victoria Hines, Christopher Toomey, Ricardo Calderon, David Bolton, Karen Earp, Miles Hartfeld, Marv and Gray Bauer, Bob Easton, Randy Solakian, Charles de L’Arbre, Leslie von Wiesenberger, and William and Barbara Tomicki.

Coral Casino’s mixologist Grant Danley preparing libations for the ladies Victoria Vaccasrello, Elana Cantrelle, Victoria Hines, and Leslie Von Wiesenberger (photos by Priscilla)
Guests Sean McIver, Susan and Gil Rosas, Erin Graffy de Garcia, and James Garcia, Tony and Jill Rameriz, Emmet Hawkes, host Charlie Alva, and Sally Hawkes with many stories to share about Montecito (photos by Priscilla)
Hosted by Charlie Alva are Sherie and Scott McCliver, Judy Duncan, Tom and Eileen Ochsner, and Shayna Rockwell prepared to delight on special dishes prepared by chef Leo Gensolin (photos by Priscilla)
Members at Coral Casino and Beach Club reopening and with menus are Brian Miller, Carol Burnett, Marlene Veloz, Margo Barbakow, Dennis Sands, Jeff Barbakow, Abbe Sands, and Bob Veloz (photos by Priscilla)
Rejoicing with friends Larry and Nan Stone, Mark and Alixe Mattingly, Jim and Sue Neuman, and Charles de L’Arbre at the famous Coral Casino’s re-opening (photos by Priscilla)
Renewing ties are Kimberly Hayes, Francesca Hunter, Virginia Hunter, Arthur Von Wiesenberger, and Niclole Danie Catalfino (photos by Priscilla)
Enjoying the long-awaited opening of their Coral Casino are Anne Gould, Sheila Herman, Laura Ciel, Richard Sibthorpe, Sabrina Herman, and Kyle Brace (photos by Priscilla)
Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club servers Quinlan Dougherty, Ashley Valeriano, and Andrea Girardello, director of bar and restaurants; with Kaleigh Kiliszewski and Fawaz Eltayyeb (photos by Priscilla)

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