Milestones Jul. 23, 2007

DIED

The job description "party planner" didn't begin to do justice to the galas, extravaganzas, grand balls, fetes and blowouts that Philip Baloun orchestrated for the rich, famous and socially stratospheric. Baloun, who attended the American Floral Arts School in Chicago while still a teenager, moved to New York City in 1976 to be a theater director. But instead of working on Broadway, he wound up creating glittering theatrical magic for the soirée set. Baloun invented a life-size Hungarian town square for financier George Soros' 70th birthday. For a New York City welcome for Prince Charles, Baloun conjured up a forest of...

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