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2001-Sep-10: Another New York Awards Ceremony

Sir Paul was still in New York city today, this time to attend an awards ceremony honoring Heather Mills for her efforts in providing land mine victims with new limbs.   Responding to reporters' questions about being a groom-to-be, Sir Paul replied,  "It's great!  It's very nice.  A little romance never hurt anyone."  But he resolved to keep his wedding plans a secret:  "We're not saying anything.  That way no one has to lie."

Heather, along with 12 other women including Senator Hillary Clinton, Sarah Ferguson, Marlo Thomas, and Christy Turlington, received the American women's magazine Redbook's Mothers & Shakers women of the year award recognizing women's work to improve health care.  Sir Paul looked on proudly.  Standing on the background with a purse slung over his shoulder he said: "I'm extremely proud.  See - I'm holding her handbag.  That's how proud!"

Before the ceremony, Sir Paul declined to be photographed with Senator Hillary Clinton.  "I don't pose for pictures with anyone," he told the photographers.

Later, Sir Paul performed a little impromptu concert for Hillary Clinton, Marlo Thomas, Lilly Tartikoff and Heather as the women waited in the Green Room before making their appearance at the luncheon held at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.  Sir Paul sat down at the piano and treated them to a preview of his new unfinished tune called  "Heather".  The women were delighted - or, as Lilly Tartikoff described it: "The whole room froze!"  And since there were no photographers around,  Hillary Clinton sat down beside him on the piano bench.

Sir Paul beamed proudly at Heather from their table while she accepted her award.  In her acceptance remarks Heather explained how she has learned to "have no fear and be very, very pushy" to gain support for her organization, which gives new limbs to amputees, and her Adopt-a-Minefield work.  Later, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, who had just met Heather for the first time, asked her,  "What is it about the British girls?  Heather, you're right about no fear and being pushy!"

The Redbook magazine featuring Heather and the other honorees will appear on newsstands tomorrow. 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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