The magnet was Bryan Lourd, chairman and managing partner of Creative Artists Agency. The occasion: the Lincoln Center American Songbook gala that honored him.
Clearly Lourd, a board member of the performing-arts center, has a lot of friends. The gala raised $2.75 million, twice as much as last year, and had twice as many guests, said Katherine Farley, the chairman of Lincoln Center.
'I do consider myself the best friend of a lot of people. I feel it and I mean it,' Lourd said at the end of the program.
Gala chairman Adrienne Arsht made sure those friends were treated well, with a buffet dinner of wild mushroom macaroni and cheese and shrimp and grits. Guests relaxed in all-white banquettes, lounges and tables filling every corner of the hall and a tent.
Madonna posted these pictures and comment on her on Instagram page: 'Basking in the light of Bryan Lourd! Long live the King! #artforfreedom #revolutionoflove'