Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Festive in Flip Flops

Sunset cocktails at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club.
On a perfect pre-Irene August evening with soft ocean breezes, clear skies filled with a thousand stars and a lemon-wedge moon, 250 guests joined Co-Chairmen Sherri Abruzzese and Gopa Dobson and Gold Sponsors Joe Abruzzese of Discovery Communications and Bill Koenigsberg of Horizon Media and Emcee and “Royal Pains” star Mark Feuerstein for the American Cancer Society (ACS)’s Festive In Flip Flops at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club. It was a magical evening of sunset cocktails on the deck, scrumptious food by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and dancing to live music by The Touch.

Best of all, the event raised over $200,000 to support the ACS’s efforts on Long Island including the North and South Forks!
A pail of flip-flops as the table centerpiece
The event was not only festive but also summertime fashionable. There were more Louboutins than flip flops but the centerpieces were sand pails holding FlipOut sandals' flip flops for guests to slip on when they were ready to ‘get down’ on the dance floor or to stargaze on the beach.

Gopa Dobson wore a Ralph Lauren strapless bright blue chiffon dress; Sherri Abruzzese chose a beautiful white sheath with gold floral appliqués, matching gold earrings; Sharon Bush wore vintage Pucci; Jean Shafiroff was in a one-shoulder, red goddess dress and ACS’s Senior Vice President Mady Schuman wore a Zoran bronze and cooper silk evening pants ensemble. Among the men, Mark’s father Harvey Feuerstein took the prize in a pink suit, turquoise shirt and orange tie. Joe Abruzzese wore a sherbet green sport jacket.
Dan and Juliette Hahn with Joe, Ali, and Melissa Abruzzese
There were very successful silent and live auctions and nobody forgot the main reason why they were there. Festive in Flip Flops was a way to recognize the ACS and support its critical programs and services on Long Island. Sherri Abruzzese told how she became a chairman. She was invited by the Society at the same time her best friend Gail Muszynski contracted the disease. Sherri agreed to Co-Chair if her friend would agree to attend the event.

Last year, the Society helped over 1,100 breast cancer patients with one-on-one support through its “Reach to Recovery” program. Every August, Camp Adventure on Shelter Island hosts 150 children at a free sleep-away camp for young cancer patients and their siblings. Teenaged cancer survivor Matthew Pitera got a standing ovation for his narration of his anti-cancer therapy and his experiences at Camp Adventure. Also, ACS has six active grants at two Long Island research facilities: Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
Jason McCarty, Dianna McCarty, Scott Vallary, Ann Liguori, and Sharon Bush
Many of the guests were part of the Cable TV industry: Not only Feuerstein, Abruzzese and Koenigsberg but also silver sponsors Buddy Valastro from “Cake Boss,” Ronnie Rothstein from “Say Yes to the Dress,” sports broadcaster Ann Liguori, and VivaKi’s Jack Klues; B. Smith with her husband Dan Gasby and Turner Broadcasting’s Greg D’Alba and David Levy.

Other guests included Silver Sponsors: Joseph Smith representing Bobby Van’s and Mary and Michael Levine; as well as Jay Dobson, Audrey Feuerstein, Dana Klein, Beth Landman, Ellie and James Libby,Joy Marks, Adam Muszynski, Jamie Pacheco, Rick Passarelli, Alex Pitera, Martin Shafiroff, Carmen Marc Valvo, Shari Vermeulen, and ACS’s Sylvia Diaz.

Festive in Flip Flops will be back next year. Hope you can join in the fun and good work.
Cindy Grauer, Emma McGrattan, Sylvia Diaz, Leslie Anderson, and Debbie Taylor
Jerry and Adrianne Cohen
Ronnie Rothstein, Rick Passarelli, and Joseph Smith
Joe Abruzzese, Myra Weiser, and Dr. Frank Weiser
Harvey and Mark Feuerstein
Bill Koenigsberg, Buddy Valastro, and Joe Abruzzese
Jean and Martin Shafiroff
James and Ellie Libby
Gopa Dobson, John Sitz, and Beth Landman
Erica and John Ohrn with Jay and Gopa Dobson
Sharon Bush and Dana Klein
Martin and Mary Puris
Beth Latorre, Niki Levy, Robin Diamond, and Greg D'Alba
Gail and Adam Muszynski
Mary Ann Browning and Paul Adent
Donald Venezia and Joy Marks
Gopa Dobson, Shari Vermeulen, and Ann Liguori
Eli Zepeda and Carmen Marc Valvo
Crissy and Jason Bern Baum with Pamela Mohr
Sylvia Diaz, Mark Feuerstein, and B. Smith
Matthew Pitera, Jamie Pacheco, and Alex Pitera
Showing off the flip-flops: Shari Vermeulen, Crissy Bernbaum, Sylvia Diaz, and Mady Schuman
Audrey and Harvey Feuerstein
Doris Liebman and Mady Schuman
Sherri Abruzzese and Gail Muszynski
The world's top tennis palyes and chefs served up a kick-off to the US Open at the 12th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis to benefit the New York Junior Tennis League at the W Hotel on Lexington Avenue.
Rafael Nadal
Mardy Fish and Stacey Gardner
Fernando Verdasco
Janko Tipsarevic and Biljana Sesevic
Tamira Paszek
Mario Pagan and Michelle Bernstein
Kerry Heffernan and Liam Heffernan
Gilles Simon
Humberto Leon and Ashley Palma
Marco Porceddu, Ashley Palma, and Humberto Leon
Alexa Burns, Sveth Glieboeh, Devon Ericksen, Susanna Buchwald, and Vanessa Racnavich
Tommy Haas
Nicole Rodriguez and Gigi Hernandez
Marin Cilic
Brad Richards and James Blake
Audra Lowe
Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow=
Heidi El Tabakh
Fernando Navas and Guillermo Eleicegui
Vera Zvonareva
Emma Hearst
Craig Carton
Bojana Jovanovski
David Felit, Emma Hearst, and Sarah Krathen
Susanna Buchwald
Fernando Martinez, Nicole Rodriguez, and Chris Monteleone
Caren Brooks
Summer Wise and Pamela Hudson
Thomas Hogstedt
Last Monday night, The Cinema Society and Altoids, Grey Goose and Ron Burkle hosted a screening of the Weinstein Company's "Our Idiot Brother" on The Lawn of 1 MiMA Tower at 460 West 42 Street at an outdoor screening.
On the lawn of 1 MiMA Tower
Luke Janklow, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Sahar Sophie Flicker, Jesse Peretz
Luke Janklow, Cynthia Rowley, Bill Powers, Sahar Sophie Flicker, and Jesse Peretz
Guests included AJ Calloway, Steve Guttenberg, Hugh Dancy, Linda Wells, Courtney Love, Richard Belzer, Georgina Chapman, Nicole Miller, Peter Saraf (Producer), David Glasser (COO of Weinstein Co.), Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Tiki Barber, Andrew Saffir, and more.
Aj Calloway
AJ Calloway
Eli Guttenberg, Steve Guttenberg
Eli and Steve Guttenberg
Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan
Joyce DeWitt
Joyce DeWitt
Hugh Dancy
Hugh Dancy
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
John Ventimiglia, Matthew Mindler
John Ventimiglia and Matthew Mindler
Gregg Bello
Gregg Bello
Linda Wells
Linda Wells
Irena Shayk
Irena Shayk
Olivia Palermo
Olivia Palermo
Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
Ian Duncan
Ian Duncan
Evgenia Peretz (Writer), Jesse Peretz (Director)
Evgenia Peretz (Writer) and Jesse Peretz (Director)
Shannan Click, Jack Huston
Shannan Click and Jack Huston
Richard Belzer
Richard Belzer
Keren Craig, Georgina Chapman
Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman
Helen Lee Schifter, Nicole Miller
Helen Lee Schifter and Nicole Miller
Cortney Love
Courtney Love
Jae Benjamin, Steve Guttenberg, Judah Friedlander
Jae Benjamin, Steve Guttenberg, and Judah Friedlander
Kingsley Ferdinand, Justins Parks
Kingsley Ferdinand and Justins Parks
Peter Saraf (Producer), David Glasser (COO of Weinstein Co.)
Peter Saraf and David Glasser
Kirsten Dunst, Sarah Sophie Flicker
Kirsten Dunst and Sarah Sophie Flicker
Carey Lea Richardson-Christian, Terry Richardson
Carey Lea Richardson-Christian and Terry Richardson
Elizabeth Meigher, Thom Filicia, Christie Schritsia
Elizabeth Meigher, Thom Filicia, and Christie Schritsia
Paul Rudd, Andrew Saffir (Founder of Cinema Society)
Paul Rudd and Andrew Saffir
John Ventimiglia, Pooja Munshi, Shayan Munshi
John Ventimiglia, Pooja Munshi, and Shayan Munshi
Melanie Mar, Leo Fabel
Melanie Mar and Leo Fabel
Jackie Astier, Alex Lundqvist, Keytt Lundqvist
Jackie Astier, Alex Lundqvist, and Keytt Lundqvist
Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd
Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd
Jack Huston, Celine Rattray
Jack Huston and Celine Rattray
Daniel Benedict, Bill Powers
Daniel Benedict and Bill Powers
Thom Filicia, Amy Sacco, Greg Calejo
Thom Filicia, Amy Sacco, and Greg Calejo
Daryl Wein, Toby Burns
Daryl Wein and Toby Burns
Ted Gushue, Carson Griffith
Ted Gushue and Carson Griffith
Dr. Andrew Feldman,
Dr. Andrew Feldman and friend
Michael Cavadias, Paul Cantelon
Michael Cavadias and Paul Cantelon
Tiffany Hagler-Geard, Marcus Geard
Tiffany Hagler-Geard and Marcus Geard
Xenia Markova, Irina Shayk
Xenia Markova and Irina Shayk
Traci Johnson, Tiki Barber
Traci Johnson and Tiki Barber

Photographs by Annie Watt (ACS); PatrickMcMullan.com
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