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BRENTFORD, MIDDLESEX: Syon House in the U.K. was the site for a charity gala tossed by De Beers Consolidated Mines and The House of Versace themed around diamonds as the ultimate symbol of the new millennium. Among the attendees, who were later joined by HRH the Prince of Wales, were (l. to r.): Chris Jones, CEO, J. Walter Thompson Co.; Peter Blackburn, chairman-CEO, Nestle U.K.; Gill Blackburn; Paul Marland; Caroline Marland, managing director, Guardian Newspapers; Joan Parker, director of the Diamond Information Center at JWT.

PRINCETON, N.J.: The Mutual Advertising Agency Network and the European Marketing Communication Organization got together for their first North American International Joint Conference at the Nassau Inn recently. Taking time out for the camera were Gerald Lindinger (l.), principal of Austria's Conquest Werbeagentur, and Tom Sullivan, president, Princeton Partners, which acted as host for the conference.

LOS ANGELES: Motor Trend kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Surrounding the monthly's first car of the year-a 1949 Cadillac-are past and current Motor Trend executives (l. to r.): Robert E. Petersen, founder and first publisher; Walt Woron, the book's first editor; C. Van Tune, editor in chief; and Doug Hamlin, VP-executive publisher.

FOREST HILLS, N.Y.: On the eve of the U.S. Open, Tennis Magazine hosted a party for advertisers and agency folk at the West Side Tennis Club saluting the top college tennis players in the U.S. at the Rolex Collegiate All-Star Outing. Posing for the camera are (l. to r.): Buz Keenan, national sales manager, Tennis; Doug Ng, VP-associate media director, BBDO; David Hartgers, co-owner, Hartgers Jewelers; Stephen Seiter, president, Seiter & Miller; and Steve Kennedy, account manager, Tennis.

NEW YORK: TV Guide hosted a luncheon at Bolo, with chef Bobby Flay (c.) for media and account execs who work on Lea & Perrins steak sauce. Flanking Mr. Flay are (l. to r.): Mike Schwartzman, VP-marketing, Lea & Perrins; Ellen Key, associate media director, KSL Media; Wendi Cassuto, food category manager, TV Guide, and ad director of new monthly TV Guide's Celebrity Dish; and Dick

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