Volunteers of America hosted its fourth annual Samba et Soleil benefit
The Boat House
Janis Savitt and Carolina Zapf
Moving dessert table
New York’s famed Boat House in Central Park was transformed into a tropical paradise when Volunteers of America hosted its fourth annual Samba et Soleil benefit. Over 500 guests enjoyed delicious Brazilian cuisine and a variety of tropical drinks from Kuya Fusion Rum along with wines from William Hill Winery and beverages from Amstel Light.

Those seen under the palm trees included: Kylie Travis, Kristina Stewart, Elif and Gaetano Sallorenzo, Tatiana Papanicolaou and Nick Papanicolaou, Liz Blair Quinn, Vanessa Noel, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Daria de Koning, Melinda and Charles Dubow, Carolina Zapf and John Josephson, Sue Hostetler and Jon Diamond, Lizzie and John Robertshaw, Melissa Cohn, Vickie and Alan Scheurer, Ian Spencer Bell, Hallie and Larry Nath, and Andrew Heiberger.
Elif and Gaetano Sallorenzo and friends
Partygoers danced to the sounds of Grupo Saviero, one of the area’s hottest Latin bands. Harvey S. Shipley Miller, Carolina Zapf and Melinda Ely Dubow served as co-chairs for the event. Manhattan Mortgage was the evening’s presenting sponsor with additional support from Equinox Fitness Clubs, Citi Habitats and the New York Times.

Proceeds from Samba et Soleil benefit Volunteers of America's efforts to combat homelessness and provide crucial services for people in need.
Chelsea Staniar and Blakely Griggs
Eleanor Twiford and Ian Spencer Bell
Janis Savitt and Hallie Nath
George Wayne
Sue Hostetler, Carter Pottash, and Carolina Zapf
John Tomlin, Pamela Hadden, and Tere Pettitt
Joseph Diffley dancing with daughter Adele
Kristina Stewart and Michael Cappone
Melissa Cohn, Toni Haber, and Laura Scott with a friend
L. to r.: Payal Goel and Rajiv Chaudri; Marc Biron; Philip Hillier, Miller Gaffney, Tatiana Papanicolaou, Daria de Koning, Jeffrey Caldwell, and Elliot Abt.
Charles Dubow, Carolina Zapf, Melinda Ely Dubow, Zoltan Adam, and Priscilla Adam
Mr. and Mrs. John Erwin and Joseph Gromek

Photographs by Patrick McMullan

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Hampton Designer Showhouse opening night gala preview
The Showhouse
Andy and Kate Spade
The Hampton Designer Showhouse opened with a gala preview party on Saturday June 26th with about thirty top interior, landscape and decorative designers contributing to a lavish shingle-style mansion, donated by Burns Development Corporation, located at 71 Town Line Road in Wainscott.

Dan Hope and Michelle Peissis
Mrs. Alessandro di Montezemolo is the Honorary Chair of the Showhouse. Charlotte Moss and Mildred Brinn were co-chairs and Mario Buatta was Honorary Gala Chair. This year’s Interior Designer’s chairman was Gary Crain, with Co-chair, Tom Fleming. Jack de Lashmet was Design Chair and Kay Gilman was Journal Chair; Mary Lynch is Showhouse manager.

This is the fourth year of the Showhouse which is presented by House & Garden magazine, Dominique Browning, editor-in-chief. Proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital. Last year’s showhouse had more than 10,000 visitors and raised more than $500,000 for the Hospital.

House & Garden was founded 103 years ago in 1901 by three architects as a trade journal which has now, under Dominique Browning’s editorial direction has morphed entirely into an authority on design and style with award-winning photography and journalistic excellence unmatched with its expertise and resources and nearly 5 million readers.

The Showhouse hours are Monday through Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM. Children under six, infants, strollers and pets are not allowed in the Showhouse. Admission is $30 and includes the Showhouse Journal. For more information you can call 631-537-6616.
Jamee and Peter Gregory
Kay Gilman and Gary Crain
Sara Bengur
Tom Burak and Martha Stewart
Marsha Dunn, Jonathan Sobel, and Cynthia Frank
Dominique Browning and Bernadette Murray
Nancy Corzine
Thom Filicia
Jamie Drake and Christopher Peacock
Thom Filicia and Mario Buatta
Peter Ruggiero and Joan Craig
Robert and Cindy Cook with Alan Tanksley
Tony Manning, Bernadette Murray, and Lori Burgess

Photographs by Patrick McMullan

Dear DPC

It was a perfect summer night in East Hampton – glorious weather, grand setting, dinner, dancing … all breezily staged as though the hosts had just called and invited a few hundred to supper.

Gillian Hearst, Alvin Valley, and Ivanka Trump
Andrew Gordon and Chris Browne graciously opened their spectacular Further Lane estate to the supporters of the Nature Conservancy. A fleet of golf carts carried guests through the privet to the cocktail tent at the northern end of a lily pond. Once inside, guests, including Barbara Hearst, David and Rusty Burr, Allen and Alice Ryan, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Gretchen and Jim Johnson, Lisa and Brian McCarthy and event chair Ginny Schwerin nibbled caviar canapés before circumnavigating the pond to supper.

dinner under the tent

Inside tent #2, we were seated at orchid-topped tables and the Nature Conservancy got down to dinner and business. The skinny strip of land between Peconic Bay and the North Atlantic gets hotter and hotter every summer – and more and more crowded. The Conservancy works to maintain the Hamptons’ allure the natural way: its patrons buy big chunks of land and then donates them to the Conservancy with the proviso that they remain undeveloped. Anyone who has ever waited 20 minutes to cross the Montauk Highway on a Saturday will want to donate thru www.tnc.org.

-- Daphne Matalene

L. to r.: Dale Leff and Dale Lang; Somers and Jonathan Farkas; Brian and Lisa McCarthy.
Lisa McCarthy, Ginny Schwerin, Chris Browne, and Jeff Hughes
Nancy Kelley presenting Nancy presenting Jim and Gretchen Johnson with a map of the East End of Long Island with The Nature Conservancy Preserves specially marked on it
Friends of the Nature Conservancy
Lucy Cutler, Liz Dent, and Ellen Lauinger
Karen and Jeff Hughes, Nancy Kelley, and Ginny Schwerin
Larry and Connie Randolph with Patti and Ken Ferrin


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