Sailors and Sinners: A Celebration at Sir Ivan’s Castle
The late, honorable Holocaust survivor Siggi B. Wilzig came to America in 1947 without a dime and ended up becoming C.E.O. of Wilshire Oil Co. (of Texas) and also C.E.O. of The Trust Co. of New Jersey.
After passing away in 2003, his son Ivan carried on in his Father’s footsteps as Senior Vice President of the bank, while his brother Alan served as President. One short year later, a mind – boggling $765 million was paid for The Trust Co. of New Jersey by North Fork Bank.
Ivan Wilzig (also known as Sir Ivan) with help from his brother Alan in 1997 built “The Castle”: an elaborate mansion situated on five acres. Containing 15,000 square feet which accommodates 9 luxurious bedrooms, along with basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, this property is estimated at $50 – 75 million and is worth every penny.
Located just two hours east of Manhattan, the Castle is the sight where Sir Ivan hosts an exotic party for those who are fortunate enough to be invited to this exclusive soiree. This year, the theme for the party was “Sailors and Sinners” and guests showed up accordingly in creative costumes. Sir Ivan greeted visitors dressed in a cape made of silk with a Swarovski crystal peace sign on the back. Party goers marveled at the lavish furnishings (both interior and exterior) and the revelry lasted long into the night. Costumed guests ranging from an exotic dancer to an N.Y.P.D. detective to an N.F.L. all-star appeared at Sir Ivan’s Castle for one unforgettable night of delightful celebrating and hedonism.
Indeed, all who attended will long remember their eccentric host and the Castle with all of its magnificent features that even Louis XIV would be proud of!!