A Night To Remember: Katie’s BIG Launch

Posted September 28th, 2010 in Friendship by Glenn Plaskin

Glenn, the legendary Calvin Klein, and Lucy

A few nights ago, after nearly a year of intricate planning, the launch party for KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL was an evening to remember, complete with canine-packed gift bags, strawberry-flavored “Kate-tinis,” cocker spaniel cupcakes, and giant dog bones filling the windows at Manhattan’s chic MacKenzie-Childs –which rolled out a red carpet and trumpets at their whimsical flagship store on West 57th, with its signature hand-painted china, glassware, and furniture.

With my new blonde-haired puppy Lucy making her canine entrance to the flash of photographers, it was an overflow crowd of more than 300, including the Queen of daytime TV, Judge Judy, bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark and Barbara Taylor Bradford, and Police Commission Ray Kelly, his wife, Veronica, and their son, Fox TV anchor, Greg Kelly

Veronica, Glenn, Lucy, and Police Commissioner Kelly On Red Carpet

Judge Judy Arrives!

The host of the evening was my great friend, the legendary CALVIN KLEIN, whom I’ve known for many years, having first interviewed him for a classic Playboy Interview years ago. A great dog lover with two chocolate Labs, Calvin, in association with the book’s publisher, Hachette Book Group, turned the evening into a tribute to The American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund & Responsible Dog Ownership Days.

One of my favorite friends Ivana Trump

Lucy, the prestigious American Kennel Club's President Dennis Sprung, Lisa Peterson

Indeed, I’m incredibly grateful to the American Kennel Club, which has done so much to honor my book about a remarkable dog who united a family. They wrote their own article all about the party!

At the party, we were delighted to have on hand AKC President Dennis Sprung and the organization’s superb Director of Communications, Lisa Peterson.

I’ll be reunited with them both on October 16th, the weekend of the AKC’s uniquely entertaining and informative MEET THE BREEDS event, held at the Jacob Javits Center, where signed copies of KATIE will be sold  by Borders.

As for the launch party, my publisher, Hachette’s Center Street imprint (led by my great editor Harry Helm [“KATIE’S” greatest champion], and its President, Rolf Zetterstein) and I will be eternally grateful to the entire staff of MacKenzie-Childs, most notably to the brilliantly-organized Jamie DeVault, Director of Retail and Trade Operations, who made the evening technically perfect in every way, together with the store’s magnetic and generous owner and CEO, Lee Feldman, who was so incredibly hospitable in opening up his store to us.

One culinary pleasure of the evening was the incredibly delicious and refreshing “Kate-tini,” which was generously  conceived and executed by Lake Placid Spirits, the nation’s top creator of a premium handcrafted, grain-based vodka. Each batch, I’m told by the owner, Ann S. O’leary, is created with care from natural ingredients and is distilled in copper column pot-stills. P3’s uniquely smooth flavor is owed to the crisp, clean water drawn directly from Lake Placid and their signature final filtration (or polishing) using garnet from the southern Adirondack Mountains.

Can you believe how happy my guests were to be drinking something this special? It wasn’t until the end of the evening that I tasted it–but the fresh strawberries used in it were sublime–and you have to run out and get this vodka and make up a batch of “Kate-tinis” for anyone over age 21!–the recipe listed below in the enclosed photo.

As pictures are worth much more than these words, I include some visual highlights of the evening, most every one of them starring my six-month-year-old trooper, Lucy, passed from legend to legend throughout the evening, filling the paws of her predecessor, the unforgettable Katie, my cocker spaniel that started it all. A thousand thank yous to everyone that made it possible.

Video From The Launch

More Photos

My Mom and Me and Lucy

Judge Stunning On The Red Carpet

Lucy Gives Judge Jerry a HUGE kiss

My agent Jan Miller Meeting Lucy For The First Time

Fox Anchor, NY Legend Ernie Anastos, seduced by Lucy (perhaps attempting a getaway!)

Super-Glamorous Jan Miller

PC Ray Kelly, his son, Fox Anchor, Greg, Veronica & Lucy

Jan, MacKenzie-Childs's Lee Feldman, Creative Director Rebecca Proctor

Barbara Taylor Bradford, Glenn, and Robert Bradford

My best friend Michael Gordon chatting with Calvin Klein

My Mom, Anita with dear friend Peg Wallis

Tennis Ball Sculpture & Everything Canine At The Party

Katie Gift Bags Lined Up The Day Before

Friends for 25 years

Rebecca, Calvin, Glenn, Lucy, and Lee

Interior Designer Michael Simon, Glenn, Lucy, close friend Geraldine McBride

The evening's elixir...."The Kate-Tini!"

CFO Darren Lisitenn, Gospel Great BeBe Winans, PR Exec Heidi Krupp and dog Isaac

Animal Fair Magazine's Wendy Diamond and mascot Lucky

Katie Cupcakes!

The Best Decoration Of All: Books

My beautiful sister Debby

The most important guest, my lovely Mom, Anita

Barbara Taylor Bradford

Mary Higgins Clark

8 Responses so far.

  1. Looks and sounds like you had a great launch party! Congratulations on a wonderful book for anyone who has a heart for dogs and people! I continue to read the comments on my cocker sites about your book and I feel so lucky. I know some people are passing it on to others once they have read it but not me, I am keeping mine and will probably read it all over again one day!

  2. Linda says:

    I love your book—I relived the life of my own little Cocker, Cindy-she lived to be almost 16…the joy our “little friends” bring our lives–I now have a new puppy too–Lily–she is almost five months-Lily is always in trouble and is a bright light in this world….I am waiting for this book to be made into a TV movie….Best Wishes……

  3. […] Borders will be on hand to distribute the book, and we’re going to be in the American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund Booth #2225. I’ll be especially glad to see American Kennel Club’s President Dennis Sprung and the AKC’s Communications Director, Lisa Peterson–both of whom were on hand for the KATIE UP AND DOWN THE HALL LAUNCH PARTY. […]

  4. […] while KATIE had a great mid-town debut party hosted by Calvin Klein, and a Tribeca Barnes & Noble bookreading, hosted by […]

  5. Sharon Damkaer says:

    I am a life-long Cocker Spaniel lover who also has an extensive collection of all kinds of Cocker memorabilia. I just finished reading your wonderful book and must react immediately. I have written about Cocker collectibles in various collectibles publications since the early 1980s and currently write a column for the bimonthly Cocker Classic magazine. I will enthusiastically recommend your Katie book in my column. Thank you for this tender, heart-warming story of Katie and her wonderful “family.” My eyes are still burning from the tears the final chapters brought. It has also brought back cherished memories of past Cockers in my life, and I am grateful my husband and I have our 9-year-old sweet buff Cocker Polly to love and enjoy. I am delighted you now have Lucy to carry on in Katie’s pawprints.

  6. k nussbaum says:

    congrats on your fantastic event! can you tell me where you had the tennis ball cake made, please? i am looking for an artist to create something quite similiar.

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  7. k nussbaum says:

    congrats on your fantastic event! can you tell me where you had the tennis ball cake made, please? i am looking for an artist to create something quite similar.

    [email protected]

  8. hlmanlena says:

    Great article, I just given this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on that. And he in fact purchased me lunch because I discovered it for him

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