Last week, celebrity guest joined the famous Hearst family for the the eighth annual Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation Benefit Weekend.
The benefit was hosted by William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter, Anne Hearst McInerney and her husband, novelist Jay McInerney — whom LLNYC recently profiled.
Hearst Castle was donated to the state of California by the Hearst family in 1957, but the family continues to support its preservation.
The notorious Patty Hearst Shaw and Victoria Hearst joined their sister Anne, along with guests including Castle Preservation Foundation Chairman Joseph O. Tobin II, Kathy and Gregory Hampton, Dr. Alan Malouf. Justine and Robert Bloomingdale, famed winemaker Greg Brewer, Sonja Magdevski, Wendy Stark, Paula and Tony Peck, interior designer Trip Haenisch, fashion designer Zang Toi, Debbie Bancroft, Peter Thomas Roth, George Farias, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Alison Mazzola, Sylvia Mazzola, Jamie Figg, Patrick McMullan, Remar Sutton, hedge fund manager Pierre Lagrange, Ebs Burnough, actress Brooke Mueller, Beth Rudin DeWoody and Sharon Bush.
On Friday night, guests were greeted at the Castle with a champagne reception on the South Terrace for a fashion show from Zang Toi,. The reception was followed by a legends of the silver screen-themed dinner in the famed Castle Refectory. After dinner, guests danced the night away under the stars on the Castle’s Main Terrace to a backdrop of the Casa Grande and the tunes of The Brian Nova Quartet.
The following day guests took coastal tours, viewed elephant seals, kayaked in San Simeon Cove, and walked to San Simeon Point. Others enjoyed the rare opportunities to play tennis on the Castle courts and swim in the Roman bath inspired Roman Pool.
Lunch was served at the Piedra Blanca Rancho Bunk House.
At the Hearst Ranch, cowboys and cowgirls surprised guests with a roping demonstration and Hearst Ranch puppies.
In the evening, guests attended the “Patrón Cowboy Cookout” at the Hearst Ranch Dairy Barn where they enjoyed Hearst Ranch Beef and margaritas. Dinner was followed by a Tex-Mex “hoe-down” to music by Brian Nova and his Buckaroos.
The evening ended with live and silent auctions for a private dinner party for 12 guests at Casa del Mar, one of Hearst Castle’s guest houses, a bespoke suit courtesy of Huntsman Savile Row and many other donated items. Guests also made art conservation pledges to restore three limestone and alabaster mantelpieces and a damaged Art Deco jar.
Check out photo from the weekend below: