|8/31/05 - Weekends
in the country, if it’s the Hamptons, they don’t
sit still. If it isn’t “tennis
anyone?” or golf, or planning that night’s
party, or going around picking up the latest news on
the latest ohmigod scandal, they’re shopping. And
not dropping. And driving of course.
Early last month on a Saturday, however, there were some intrepid and audacious and clever souls who got together for the 13th annual Southampton Fresh Air Home Decorators-Designers-Dealers (D-D-D) Sale, Auction and Cocktail Party Benefit Preview Party. A kick-off they call it in the fast-track fund-raising business. Something for everyone.
Members of the Board of Directors who attended included Pamela Michaelcheck, chairman; Cathy di Montezemolo, president, along with board members Mildred Brinn; Claire Mulholland, Ann Grimm, Mimi Lenihan, Peri Bogert, and other committee members including Charlotte Assaf, Hilary Block, Laura Codman, Lyn Mortimer, Linda Munn, Chris Munn, not to mention some prominent guests such as Nikki Amey, Vittorio Assaf, Beth Rudin DeWoody, James Mulholland, Izak Senbahar, Brian Snyder, Donald Zilkha – already they’d got something going for the charity.
The Charity – The Southampton Fresh Air Home and their 2005 Camper Season. There was the 5 pm sale and cocktail party for preview patrons. They paid extra for the privilege of first dibs – anywhere from $200 for two to $2500 for six. Then at 6:45 there was the live auction. And at 8:30 it was over – everyone could go home or go out to dinner, or, as they do in the Hamptons every Saturday night, go someplace (or someplaces) else. Sunday, the Furniture Sale continued from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon.
And why? Because of the kids. For more than a century, there have been enterprising, helpful, volunteering souls who’ve done their best to keep the Southampton Fresh Air Home running. It’s not just any Fresh Air Home (which would be good enough for anyone’s generosity) but a specialized recreation program for physically challenged youths from the tri-state area who can attend without regard for their ability to pay.
This all started, now more than hundred years ago because of someone’s kind and generous notion for helping make life a little easier for those whose lives are never easy or easier. In the early days, the volunteers raised funds through Rummage Sales – remember Rummage sales? Can you imagine what some of today’s collectors would have found at Rummage Sales back in the days when there was no such thing as “collectibles” and everyone threw everything out that didn’t have a value determined by an auction house or an art dealer?
Most of the Southampton Fresh Air Home campers (there are usually about 150 attending) receive scholarships to enjoy this unique and caring summer camping experience where they get to laugh and make friends. So we can say thanks to all those Hamptonites who go out to the East End and like the good New Yorkers they are, go-go-go and in many cases, spend-spend-spend, so that all those noble volunteers from the SFAH can raise the funds to keep these fabulous kids progressing, moving, living and maybe with some laughter. Bravo to all who participated.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005