Shannon Donnelly

Society Editor

Shannon Donnelly covers the social and charity scenes in Palm Beach, as well as the summer resorts of Newport, Saratoga, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and the Hamptons. Palm Beach Daily News INSIDER blog

Latest from Shannon Donnelly

Palm Beachers already knew about Venus Williams’ new romance
 Other folks might be surprised at Venus Williams’ romance with Annenberg heir Nicholas Hammond, but not Palm Beachers. The pair have been spotted around Palm Beach, and Nicholas has already brought her home to meet his mother and stepfather, Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, at their gigantichome on North Lake Way...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Other folks might be surprised at Venus Williams’ romance with Annenberg heir Nicholas Hammond, but not Palm Beachers. The pair have been spotted around Palm Beach, and Nicholas has already brought her home to meet his mother and stepfather, Dana Hammond and Dr. Patrick Stubgen, at their gigantichome on North Lake Way...
Colorful works backdrop for Palm Beach Symphony kickoff event
 A private preview of the work of renowned abstract color field painter Ronnie Landfield highlighted a reception to kick off the Palm Beach Symphony’s annual bash. The event took place Jan. 8 at the Findlay Galleries and honored the gala’s chairmen, chairwomen and committee members, as well as the symphony’s board of directors...

Posted: 13 hours ago

A private preview of the work of renowned abstract color field painter Ronnie Landfield highlighted a reception to kick off the Palm Beach Symphony’s annual bash. The event took place Jan. 8 at the Findlay Galleries and honored the gala’s chairmen, chairwomen and committee members, as well as the symphony’s board of directors...
Bless the Blue: Officers, Wilbur Ross honored at Policeman’s Ball
 President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club turned from gold to blue at a gala to honor Palm Beach’s finest. The 12th annual Policeman’s Ball, hosted by the Palm Beach Police Foundation for the police department’s sworn and non-sworn employees, took place Jan. 6. Jim and Gaye Engel were chairman and chairwoman of the...

Posted: a day ago

President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club turned from gold to blue at a gala to honor Palm Beach’s finest. The 12th annual Policeman’s Ball, hosted by the Palm Beach Police Foundation for the police department’s sworn and non-sworn employees, took place Jan. 6. Jim and Gaye Engel were chairman and chairwoman of the...
Palm Beach Opera warms up for upcoming gala at The Breakers
 Jane and John Shalam opened their Palm Beach home for a reception to kick off the Palm Beach Opera’s upcoming gala. The reception took place Dec. 12 and honored the gala’s sponsors, supporters and benefactors In addition to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the evening included a surprise performance by the opera’s apprentice...

Posted: 2 days ago

Jane and John Shalam opened their Palm Beach home for a reception to kick off the Palm Beach Opera’s upcoming gala. The reception took place Dec. 12 and honored the gala’s sponsors, supporters and benefactors In addition to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the evening included a surprise performance by the opera’s apprentice...
Club Colette’s 35th anniversary bash benefits pediatric cancer center
 Palm Beach resident Dr. Mike Zinner was the guest of honor at a dinner to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Club Colette. SHINY SHOTS: Club Colette’s 35th anniversary dinner The event took place Dec. 10 at the club and also served to introduce Zinner, formerly of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as the founding...

Posted: 3 days ago

Palm Beach resident Dr. Mike Zinner was the guest of honor at a dinner to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Club Colette. SHINY SHOTS: Club Colette’s 35th anniversary dinner The event took place Dec. 10 at the club and also served to introduce Zinner, formerly of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as the founding...
Lady in Red gala draws big crowd at Breakers, Jay Leno performs
 Forced to move your gala to the biggest ballroom at The Breakers because tickets sales were waaaay over expectations? Show us a chairwoman who’ll shed a tear over that problem. Not Lois Pope. Or Robin Ganzert. Or Jan Malley. Or Robin Saltzman. SHINY SHOTS: LIFE 24th annual Lady in Red gala More than 600 animal lovers, patriots and plain...

Posted: 5 days ago

Forced to move your gala to the biggest ballroom at The Breakers because tickets sales were waaaay over expectations? Show us a chairwoman who’ll shed a tear over that problem. Not Lois Pope. Or Robin Ganzert. Or Jan Malley. Or Robin Saltzman. SHINY SHOTS: LIFE 24th annual Lady in Red gala More than 600 animal lovers, patriots and plain...
Evening to remember: Hospice celebrates 35th anniversary in Palm Beach
 If you’re going to the Hospice Foundation gala on Thursday, wear coral or jade. It will work well with the theme, “Island Nights,” and it will be a fitting homage to the organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Coral is the traditional gift for a 35th anniversary; jade is the modern. Or maybe it’s the...

Posted: 5 days ago

If you’re going to the Hospice Foundation gala on Thursday, wear coral or jade. It will work well with the theme, “Island Nights,” and it will be a fitting homage to the organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Coral is the traditional gift for a 35th anniversary; jade is the modern. Or maybe it’s the...
Hospice galas through the years in Palm Beach
 Hospice Foundation is celebrating 35th anniversary in Palm Beach. Here’s a look at its events on the island through the years. 1984 — The inaugural Hospice Evening launches, chaired by James and Susan Partington. Douglas and Mary Lee Fairbanks are honorary chairman and chairwoman. 1985 — Saks Fifth Avenue agrees to stage...

Posted: 5 days ago

Hospice Foundation is celebrating 35th anniversary in Palm Beach. Here’s a look at its events on the island through the years. 1984 — The inaugural Hospice Evening launches, chaired by James and Susan Partington. Douglas and Mary Lee Fairbanks are honorary chairman and chairwoman. 1985 — Saks Fifth Avenue agrees to stage...
Four Arts gallery reception a prelude to annual dinner dance
 The Findlay Galleries and its famous terrace were the settings for a reception and dinner in honor of the Society of the Four Arts. James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui hosted the events, which took place Dec. 10 and also served as a kickoff for the society’s biennial dinner dance. >> SHINY SHOTS: Findlay Gallery Dinner...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Findlay Galleries and its famous terrace were the settings for a reception and dinner in honor of the Society of the Four Arts. James Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui hosted the events, which took place Dec. 10 and also served as a kickoff for the society’s biennial dinner dance. >> SHINY SHOTS: Findlay Gallery Dinner...
Palm Beach wedding: Amanda Lebow and David Distenfeld
 The wedding of Amanda Lebow and David Distenfeld took place on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Palm Beach. Rabbi Michael Resnick of Temple Emanu-El officiated at the ceremony, which took place in the Gold Room at The Breakers. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Alan Lebow of Palm Beach and the late Mr. Lebow. Her father was the third generation...

Posted: 7 days ago

The wedding of Amanda Lebow and David Distenfeld took place on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Palm Beach. Rabbi Michael Resnick of Temple Emanu-El officiated at the ceremony, which took place in the Gold Room at The Breakers. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Alan Lebow of Palm Beach and the late Mr. Lebow. Her father was the third generation...
Palm Beach dinner benefits PBS children’s programming
 Big Bird, Daniel Tiger, Bubbles and Squeeks were among the guests at a dinner hosted by the board of directors of South Florida PBS. Well, kinda. All are characters in PBS children’s programming, which benefited from the event. SHINY SHOTS: PBS’ Stars of Education dinner The ‘’Stars of Education’’ dinner...

Posted: 8 days ago

Big Bird, Daniel Tiger, Bubbles and Squeeks were among the guests at a dinner hosted by the board of directors of South Florida PBS. Well, kinda. All are characters in PBS children’s programming, which benefited from the event. SHINY SHOTS: PBS’ Stars of Education dinner The ‘’Stars of Education’’ dinner...