Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back to old habits

Dave Jasper, Bobbie Anne Mackin, Britney Quota, Matt Drena, Carole Lister, and Jamie Lister at Barefoot Under the Stars to Benefit Group for the East End.
Tuesday night, June 28, 2011. A beautiful, warm, almost balmy summer evening in New York; clear with temperatures in the high 70s.

The town is quieter. School’s out. Many who can, leave. You can feel the holiday weekend beginning. By Thursday there will be a grand exodus. New York at that moment becomes like the greatest resort on the continent. The city awaits us with all its cultural, architectural and natural splendors and glories. And there’s room (and time) for everyone.

It’s back to old habits. Swifty’s tonight had its windows open to the avenue. At one table Daniel Romouldez, Michael Meigher, Tory Burch, Elizabeth Lindemann. Someone was having a birthday. Next door Peter Bacanovic and Louis Bofferding were entertaining Carolyne Roehm and Yanna Avis, or vice versa. At a nearby banquette Somers and Jonathan were dining with a friend; also nearby (the place is tiny) Mr. and Mrs. John Rosenwald with John and Lauren Veronis; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Weintraub with Mrs. Billy Tisch; Mimi Stafford and friend, John Punnett and guest, Ambassador and Mrs. Audrey DelaRosario were dining with Isabelle Leeds. All kinds of conversations had to be going on at those tables, all kinds of different aspects of New York under one summer night’s roof.
Another majestic sunset over the Hudson.
The charity season is officially over but now has its summer replacement. A lot of the parties out on the East End have “benefit” written on them. This is not new but it has become commonplace or de rigueur, take your pick. But why not? It’s a good idea. Hope springs eternal. People out there also love going out and meeting their neighbors. (Don’t worry if you’re one of the many receptions; there are enough of us.) Even though they complain about having to do it.

There’s a distinct kind of fellowship (or fellowships) in each of these towns. New Yorkers like to socialize and to meet. So does everybody else on the planet if Facebook is to be believed. But out East, they like to know, to go, to have, and to connect. And they do. It’s a powerful cocktail to a lot of women and men. Sweet but go easy. Some imbibe too much, others refrain.

Last Saturday, another beautiful summer day in the Hamptons, they held the 4th Annual Reginald Lewis Foundation Gala at the home of the Lewis family in East Hampton. The sold-out ticket drew personalities and figures from business, sports, media and philanthropy. More than 350 attended. Maurice DuBois was emcee. Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis' eldest daughter, was chair of the luncheon. She announced that this year’s gala raised more than $665,000 toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, in support of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
Loida Lewis, Mayor David Dinkins, and Fay Ann Lee
Andrea and Maurice DuBois
Leslie Lewis Sword, Loida Lewis, and Star Jones
Eugene and Michelle Profit
Kevin Greenidge and Pamela Bell
Shannon Hales
William Biddle and Syr Law
Jocelyn Taylor
Novella Ford, Arva Rice, and Linda McNeal
Sherri Bronfman
Veronica Wakefield, Flo Anthony, Helen Shelton, and Darrell Wakefield
Carolyn Fugett and Jihee Huh
David Dinkins
Christian Lewis Sword and Leslie Lewis Sword
Cheryl Duncan and Sharon Lopez
Christina Lewis and Daniel Halpern
Dawne Marie Grannum and Patrick Cole
Also that night just down the road in Sagaponack Ina Garten – the Barefoot Contessa in case you didn’t already know – hosted another Sold Out Saturday night fundraiser to benefit the Group for the East End (Barefoot Under the Stars it was called). All proceeds benefit the environmental education and advocacy programs of Group for East End.
Alexandre Messier, Nadia Messier, Gerald Messier, Maria Zameli, and Ayman Zameli
Alec Baldwin was the “special guest.” Brent Newsom catered for the Contessa, so you know it was good. There were cocktails. Tom Finn spun and they danced. They couldn’t help it. That’s Finn for you. Also Angela LaGreca led an auction. All at the Wolffer Vineyards on Sagg Road, under the stars. Isn’t that enough for any of us? I think so.
Erin Nida, Christina Galesi, and Jennifer Gerstel Ringelstein
Katie Ford and Aesha Waks
Nicole Miller, Ina Garten, and Alec Baldwin
Jeffrey and Ina Garten
David and Susan Knesich
Peggy Lauber and Paul Kreiling
Sarah Maslin Nir
Alec Baldwin and Bob DeLuca
Bill Smith, Elle Roper, Karen Kelley, and Blanche Williamson
Tom McKee and Rachel Troy
Andy Goldstein and Ina Garten
Dan Gasby and B. Smith
Andre Balazs
Lee Fryd and Carrie Waible
Bob Keller and Mercy Furante
Cynthia Basinet
Step back. Last Thursday night here in New York Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Anne Bass, Candace Bushnell and Charles Askegard, Doo Ri Chung, Christian Cota, Mary and Ian Snow, Shelley Wanger and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia hosted the opening night performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts – the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance and music company. The 7 o’clock performance was at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, followed by a Party Reception on the Promenade at 9 pm.

Among those attending: Rick Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova, Victoria Bartlett, Pepper Binkley, Hamish Bowles, Brian Reyes, Denise Rich, Kiera Chaplin, Kelly Choi, Jennifer Esposito, Chloe Flower, Douglas Friedman, Kelly Rutherford, Domenico Vacca, Zani Gugelmann, Anastasia Jenkin, Deborah Roberts, Jamie Johnson, Jennifer Missoni, Meredith Ostrom, Salman Rushdie, Lotte Verbeek, Nora Zehetner.

The core of Shen Yun's mission is to revive the 5,000-year-old culture of China that has sadly been impoverished over the past several decades under the current rule in China. The profound and rich traditions of China offer inspiration and insight into the power of the human spirit. Shen Yun aims to unveil traditions that bridges east and west and makes them accessible to audiences around the world.
Donna Karan, Nora Zehetner
Donna Karan and Nora Zehetner
Charles Askgard, Candace Bushnell, Amanda Ross
Charles Askgard, Candace Bushnell, and Amanda Ross
Angie Hsu, Megan McGill
Angie Hsu and Megan McGill
Mary Snow, Ian Snow
Mary and Ian Snow
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Jennifer Esposito
Jennifer Esposito
Kelly Choi
Kelly Choi
Alexandra Slatina, Chloe Flower
Alexandra Slatina and Chloe Flower
Janelle Howard
Janelle Howard
Julia Nasser, Jaime Johnson
Julia Nasser and Jaime Johnson
Lela Roker, Deborah Roberts
Lela Roker and Deborah Roberts
Doo Ri Chung
Doo Ri Chung
Ann Dexter Jones
Ann Dexter Jones
Ann Bowles, Hamish Bowles
Ann and Hamish Bowles
Zani Gugelmann, Nora Zehetner, Meredith Ostrom
Zani Gugelmann, Nora Zehetner, and Meredith Ostrom
Tia Maria Norris, Kirsten Fisk, Averell Fisk, Gayle Rachlin
Tia Maria Norris, Kirsten Fisk, Averell Fisk, and Gail Rachlin
Tony Xue, Jaime Johnson, Rocky LAio
Tony Xue, Jaime Johnson, and Rocky Laio
Jeanne Mitchell, Jacob Walleberg, Dana Cheng, Gayle Rachlin
Jeanne Mitchell, Jacob Walleberg, Yun Song, and Gail Rachlin
Nancy Wang, Christina Lee, Saron Chau, Jalin Chen
Nancy Wang, Christina Lee, Saron Chau, and Jalin Chen
Christopher Mason
Christopher Mason
Gayle Rachlin, Ann Akers, Barry McCafree, Gail Karr
Gail Rachlin, Ann Akers, Barry McCafree, and Gail Karr
Peter Marino
Peter Marino
Chris Meigher, Grace Meigher
Chris and Grace Meigher
Jennifer Missoni, Tomas Ocardlie
Jennifer Missoni and Tomas Ocardlie
Teresa Moore, Liubasha Rose
Teresa Moore and Liubasha Rose
Candace Bushnell, Kelly Rutherford
Candace Bushnell and Kelly Rutherford
Caroline De Pins, Madeline Nobgoes, Hugh De Pins
Caroline De Pins, Madeline Nobgoes, and Hugh De Pins
Keira Chaplin
Keira Chaplin
Tysan Lerner, Christina Yuan
Tysan Lerner and Christina Yuan

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