The Scene: The Hillwood Museum’s annual gala

The Hillwood Museum hosted its annual gala Tuesday at the former Northwest estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. The glitzy evening was the “final bow” for Post’s granddaughter, Ellen Charles, who, after 25 years as the museum’s board president, is leaving the position. Champagne in hand, the dolled-up crowd previewed the institution’s newest exhibit of Post’s Cartier jewelry collection, entitled “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.”

Guests were offered sparkling white wine and champagne upon their arrival (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Guests were offered sparkling white wine and champagne upon their arrival (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s granddaughter and Hillwood board president Ellen Charles with her granddaughter Anna Rose Iverson (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s granddaughter and Hillwood board president Ellen Charles with her granddaughter Anna Rose Iverson (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Diana Spencer and Raymond Tanter sip gin and tonics. (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Diana Spencer and Raymond Tanter sip gin and tonics. (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Cynthia Howar, center, entertains Buck and Sally Chapoton (left) and Bruce and Alive Whelihan (right) at the Hillwood gala (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Cynthia Howar, center, entertains Buck and Sally Chapoton (left) and Bruce and Alive Whelihan (right) at the Hillwood gala (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Marjorie Merriweather Post's great grandson George Iverson (far left), incoming Hillwood board president Nancy Appleby (second from left), Post's granddaughter Nina Rumbough (second from right), and Jan Roosenburg (right) enjoy the Hillwood's annual gala (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s great grandson George Iverson (far left), incoming Hillwood board president Nancy Appleby (second from left), Post’s granddaughter Nina Rumbough (second from right), and Jan Roosenburg (right) enjoy the Hillwood’s annual gala (Photo by Kate Warren for The Washington Post).

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