Where the Wild Things ...
|The rain this past Saturday evening, didn't stop hundreds of guests, in the beautiful village of Sagaponack, to come to Wolffer Estate Vineyards, Group for the East End annual benefit, Where the Wild Things ...
The theme for the evening was inspired by the need to generate more awareness about the region's vanishing wildlife. The Department of Environmental Conservation recently released a report stating there are 185 species that will be locally extinct in 10 years unless action is taken. Most of these are on the East End of Long Island. The Benefit's Co-Chair, Katherine Birch stated, "We have a choice – protect the nature of this very special place or allow it to be ruined."
|Guests sipped wildlife-themed cocktails, delectable wines from Wolffer Vineyards, created by winemaker Roman Roth, and enjoyed delicious locally inspired fare by award-winning Chef Noah Schwartz.
For more that 43 years, Group for the East End has served as eastern Long Island's full time professional advocate for conservation. The Group is widely recognized and respected for its work to protect the East End environment by advancing realistic solutions to complex environmental problems, educating future leaders, and challenging irresponsible development that impacts our quality of life and community character.
|On June 13th The Glass House held its third annual Summer Party fundraiser. Architects, artists, collectors, designers, fashion, and modernist enthusiasts descended upon the site to enjoy a beautiful day filled with music, art, and a delicious picnic as well as to bid on the silent auction filled with exciting artworks and experiences. The Glass House is grateful for the generous support from the donors, sponsors, guests, and community that helped to raise a record $400,000 which will go towards supporting important preservation projects for the Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.|
|Guests sipped Taittinger champagne and enjoyed canapés and picnic baskets by Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn. Event sponsor Swarovski adorned each picnic basket with crystals and gifted VIP guests with beautiful crystal bracelets. In between melodic sets by DJs Timo + Allan, there was a special performance by Lucky Dragons. Guests were able to stroll the 49-acre pastoral landscape and enjoyed the new art on view including an exhibition in the Painting Gallery: Elaine Lustig-Cohen as well as Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery in Da Monsta and Arm, artist Kevin Beasley's sculpture on view as part of Night 1947-2015 a sculpture-in-residence program inside the Glass House.|
|Guests enjoyed playing croquet and ping pong and took portraits in front of the Glass House with Design Within Reach's photo booth as well as lounged on the Eos collection furniture designed by Mathew Hamilton for Design Within Reach. The silent auction powered by Paddle 8 saw fierce bidding for works by Annie Liebowitz, Enoc Perez, Georg Jensen, Robert Indiana, Kasper Sonne, Adam Fuss, Carlos Betancourt, Mattia Bonetti and John Chamberain as well as for the rare chance to spend a night in the Glass House and host a dinner party for ten. Fashionable accessories were also on offer including Atelier Swarovski's gorgeous flower bloom cuff and necklace by Masha Ma and and a Reed Krakoff handbag.|
|On Monday, June 22, the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council members and Guggenheim curators came together for an intimate dinner at The Wright to celebrate the artists featured in the summer exhibition Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim.|
|Hosted by Liddy Berman and Josh Elkes, artists in attendance included Gerard & Kelly, Matt Keegan, Nate Lowman, Josephine Meckseper, and Alexandre Singh—all artists whose works were acquired by the YCC for the museum's collection and included in the exhibition. Young Collectors Council co-chairs include Noreen K. Ahmad, Astrid T. Hill, Anne Huntington, and Dan Tanzilli.
The dinner included a concurrent public performance of Timelining (2014) by Gerard & Kelly in the museum's rotunda, generously supported by YCC co-chair Dan Tanzilli. (Timelining is performed every Monday on the rotunda floor during Storylines.)
|The Young Collectors Council (YCC) is a dynamic leadership group for young professionals ages 21–40 who seek to further their understanding of contemporary art and culture. Members connect with artists of our time, prominent collectors, and leading figures in the art world through monthly programs of educational and social events designed by the museum's curators. An integral part of the YCC is the Acquisitions Committee, a unique opportunity for members to meet twice a year to vote on new acquisitions for the museum's contemporary collection.|
| The Boys' Club of New York (BCNY), the city's oldest organization focused solely on preparing boys and young men to achieve their full potential, recently held the Twelfth Annual Golf Outing to raise money for BCNY's important youth programming and services.
The Golf Outing took place on Tuesday, June 16, at the beautiful Meadow Brook Club in Jericho, New York. Tee-time was 12:30pm, preceded by a brunch buffet at 11am. Unexpected thunderstorms cut the game short by nine holes, but the 110 guests still enjoyed the post-game celebrations, which included a buffet dinner, fundraising auction, awards ceremony, and a keynote speech by BCNY alumnus Leon Tambue.
|Through BCNY's Independent School Placement (ISP) program, which places BCNY members at prestigious middle and high schools around the country, Tambue received and incredible education otherwise unavailable to him, and is beginning his sophomore year at NYU this fall. "I was just a kid from a tough situation who was given an opportunity by the Boys' Club to make something of myself," said an emotional Tambue, "I owed it to those around me who were not given the same chance and ultimately to myself."
Thanks to Tambue's moving speech, BCNY raised over $325,000. During the live auction, ISP "scholarships" of $5000 were auctioned off; nine guests pledged to support the program, sending nine boys to independent boarding and day schools in 2016.
|The event's chairmen were BCNY Trustees R. Christopher Errico and William B. Tyree; BCNY Board President Edward J. Rappa served as Honorary Chairman. Members of the Golf Outing Committee included Sara Ayres, Douglas J. Band, Ellen Breed, James F. Curtis III, Stephen J. Ericco, Daniel Garcia, Colin Heffron, Stuart M. Katzoff, Cynthia Kempner, William G. McKnight III, and Alexander T. Robertson, as well as Honorary Committee Members Robert M. Gardiner and Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr.|
Photographs by Lisa Tamburini (Group for East End); BFA (Glass House & Guggenheim).