Bettina's Take: 2012 AMNH Museum Dance

"Attire—Bright and Bold" said the invitation to the 2012 Museum Dance at the American Museum of Natural History. Luckily, bright and bold is big this season.

I slipped on a form-fitting, lavender, sequined Theia gown, stopped by the Museum of the City of New York's Winter Ball first, said hello to Mark Gilbertson, Dennis Basso and Michael Cominotto, and ran into Amy Fine Collins, stunning in a long sequined Alice & Olivia column.

We made our way to the Museum of Natural History together. The theme was "Bright Young Things," to celebrate the upcoming exhibit, Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence. Drinks were served in luminescent glasses, an unusual and fun touch. The crowd was particularly good-looking, young, and fashion-savvy, including Co-Chairmen Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Actress Taylor Gildersleeve, and Vice-Chairs Blair and Faizle Husain and Sarah Arison.

"We love the museum, said Steve Sadove, CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, the evening's sponsor. "We're about giving back to the community, we're about education. We're standing underneath the whale that I loved when I was a kid. Saks is one of the great New York institutions, as is the museupem.

"We're thrilled to support the Museum of Natural History, to help them raise money to fulfill their mission of scientific research, and bringing science to life as both an educational and entertaining place for people to visit. It's a wonderful institution," said Co-Chairman Greg Kwiat.

Co-Chairman Elizabeth Kurpis, wearing a striking green fringed gown by Tribune Standard, echoed the sentiment of being attached to the museum since childhood

"My husband and I came here all the time when we were children, it's something I've always wanted to be involved in. We've been chairing the last few years, it's been amazing," she said.

Dinner was served in the Great Hall of Ocean Life. AMNH Chief Philanthropy Officer Peter Lyden assembled a lively and inquisitive group at his table, facing the walrus window.

"There are two men in that diorama," said Fine Collins, pointing to two divers at the back of the hall. We wondered if they were real, so we asked Lyden.

"Yes," he answered with mock seriousness."They donated their bodies to science."

Great idea. Is it tax-deductible?

Photos: Amy Fine Collins (top left)