Friday, July 27, 2012

Overwhelmed with events

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's 3rd annual Unconditional Love Benefit at the home of Sandra McConnell raised over $375,000.
On a night when the Hamptons were overwhelmed with events, the American Cancer Society had a capacity crowd at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club for the second annual Festive in Flip Flops. Friends and supporters included a cross-section of the power brokers behind the cable television industry including Joe Abruzzese, President, Sales, Discovery Networks; Bill Koenigsberg, Founder and CEO of Horizon Media, and his wife Jessica and David Levy, President of Turner Broadcasting and his wife Nikki. Also celebrating were those in front of the cameras including Susan Lucci with her husband Helmut Huber, Boomer and Cheryl Esiason, B. Smith with her husband Dan Gasby and last year's host Mark Feuerstein with his wife Dana Klein. Stacy London, this year's host, encouraged everyone to give Feuerstein a loud cheer for his work and support.

London, host of TLC's What Not to Wear, proved to be charming as well as fast on her feet. Later in the evening, she offered her spiked high heels for auction, which resulted in a bidding war between fashionistas.
Stacy London's shoes
Don Distasio, Eastern division President of ACS pointed to how in the past year the Society has benefited Long Island. Among their services, they provided free service to over 3500 patients and their care givers and offered nearly 1000 rides to and from cancer treatments for those who were too sick or had no one to help them drive.

Sherri Abruzzese, the returning Chair, brought this fact home when she asked everyone who had a loved one or family member affected by cancer to stand and remain standing. Then, she asked those who had a friend or someone they knew affected by cancer to stand. Idea proved. Everyone was standing.
The guests included Silver Sponsors Mary and Michael Levine, Ricky Passarelli and Joseph Smith, owners of Bobby Vanands restaurant and their wives Deena and Maria. Joining them were Kathy Disastio, Joni and Christopher Fischer, who hosted a kick-off party in their East Hampton store June 30th. Committee members present included Junior Chairs: Melissa Abruzzese and Christy Birnbaum with her husband Jason. Marcy and Jordan Czeizler, Ilene and Henry Gayer, Sara and Mark Lewis and Gail Muszynski.

Robbins-Wolfe catered the three-course dinner, proving that healthy food can be tasty. The appropriately named Flip Flop Wines donated the red and white spirits. When guests weren't dancing to Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, they wandered down to the beach to toast marshmallows in one of the two barbeque-pits where they made S'mores. Because of the beach/sea breezes, guests were wrapping themselves in souvenir terrycloth shawls covered with multi-colored flip flop prints.
Bill and Jessica Koenigsberg, and Sherri and Joe Abruzzese
Sara and Mark Lewis
Christopher and Joni Fischer
Mary and Michael Levine
Elena Truman, Dr. Lindsay Rich, and Marcy Czeizler
Tracy London, Susan Lucci, and Sherri Abruzzese
Gayle Muszynski, Ali Abruzzese, John Nolan, Robert Abruzzese, Melissa Abruzzese, and John Oldman
Kris Masel, Courtney Crivits, Juliet and Dan Hahn, Nick Botta, and Tracy Annacone
Mark Feuerstein, and Ileen and Henry Gayer
Terry Hall, Natalie Royer, Mara Urshel, and Dorothy Silver
Courtney S. Crivits and Kris Magel
Connie and George Magoris
Shelly Styer, Boomer Esiason, and Patty Baker
Anna, Carol, and Nina Abrams
Peggy and Tia Walker
Stacy London
Jackie Sussi, Ken Sussi, Alex Schwartz, Patty Holmstrom, and Kerner Smith
Ken Bycoff and Martine Soren
Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein
Madeline McLaughlin
Sara Lewis and Marcy Callahan
Robert Abruzzese, Matty Parker, and Antonia Walker
Joe Abruzzese, B. Smith, Dan Gasby, and Joe Abruzzese
Helmut Huber and Susan Lucci
Rebecca and John Bond
Joseph and Maria Smith
Jay Baker, Mark Feuerstein, and Patty Baker
Christy Birnbaum, Carolyn Comparato, and Marsha Harris
Shelly and Ralph Styer
Doug Bycoff and Jenna Foley
Adam Nashban, Ann Herbst, and Jeremiah Hernandez
Alex Schwartz, Mark Lewis, and Kerner Smith
Guests sit by the bonfire
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust in Litchfield Hills, held its 2012 Midsummer Party Benefit, hosted by Event Chairs Linda Allard, Carolyn and Jim Millstein, and Anne Cecilie and Rob Speyer; and Honorary Chairs Anne H. Bass and Hiram Williams. This party is one of the most talked about and memorable parties on Litchfield County’s summer social calendar.

Since 2007, the Midsummer Party has provided a unique opportunity for local residents, business professionals, and celebrities from the fashion, film, political, and performing arts worlds to interact while helping to save the singular beauty and sense of place that are the great pleasures of the Litchfield Hills. At the 2012 Midsummer Party, more than 160 guests enjoyed cocktails on beautiful Treasure Hill in South Kent followed by a seated dinner with a commanding view of the protected countryside.
Kirsten Peckerman (board), Senator Richard Blumenthal, Linda Allard, and Jack Rosenberg
Along with Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust’s Board of Directors, former event chairs, and Midsummer Party supporters include: Scott Asen, Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Agnes Gund, Jane and Bob Harrison, Hillary Lane Hochberg and Steven Hochberg, Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Annette and Oscar de la Renta, Carolyne Roehm and Simon Pinninger, Donna and Ben Rosen, and Bunny Williams and John Rosselli.

This year’s Midsummer Party benefit raised $250,000. Proceeds support Weantinoge’s regional conservation work, environmental education workshops for area children and families, and assistance for local farmers.

Founded in 1965, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust is Connecticut’s largest publicly supported land trust, protecting over nine thousand acres in seventeen communities.
Tara and Riad Abrahams
Susan and Peter Twombly with John Michael Murphy
Ira Millstein and Susan Frame
Lisa Mahar, Ana Christina Alvarado, and Anne Bass
Sasha Greenawalt and Claire Gillman
Ruth Henderson and Linda Allard
Julian Lethbridge, Claire Gilman, and Conley Rollins
Brett Heyman and Anne Cecilie Speyer
Orme and Mitchell
Doug and Judy Hamilton with Frogard and Kevin Ryan
Peter Vaughn and Jim Millstein
Claudia DiFabrizio and Catherine Rawson
Danielle Matton, Dianna O'Doherty, and Craig Andrus
Mercedes Mestre and Anne Sutherland Fuchs
State Representative Arthur J. O'Neill and Dr. Rubi O'Neill
Andrew Barnes and Sherwin Gold
A summer gathering last Thursday at Revel was the first kick-off party to celebrate New York City Mission Society's upcoming Bicentennial Gala on December 12, 2012. Gala Chairs Lloyd Brown, Stanley Rumbough, Jean Shafiroff, and NYC Mission Society Board members gathered over cocktails and summer bites to celebrate and discuss plans for the grand milestone of its 200th Anniversary black tie gala at The Pierre New York.

Honorary Chairs of the Gala will be Reverend, Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and Dina Merrill Hartley with Vice Chairs The Hon. David N. Dinkins and Alexis Thomas along with committee members Steve Forbes, Diane von Furstenberg, Alicia Bythewood, Cornelia Sharpe Bregman, Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, Mark Anthony Edwards, b Michael, Stephanie Potter Foster, Byron Lewis, Jay Moorhead, Andre Leon Talley, H. Carl McCall, Mary Amor, Anki Leeds, Darren Walker, Brooke Laing, Brie Bythewood and Desiree Reid.
Alexis Thomas, Lloyd Brown, Patrick O'Connell, and Stephanie Palmer
Legendary actress Cicely Tyson, who was born and raised in Harlem and is an alumna of New York City Mission Society, will be honored for her artistry and philanthropic work. The evening will also include a special performance by Ray Chew, an alumnus and current Music Director of American Idol, as well as a special recognition for Citi, a longtime supporter of New York City Mission Society that is also celebrating a Bicentennial this year.The proceeds from this gala will help fund a $12 million renovation of the Minisink Townhouse, New York City Mission Society’s flagship community center in Central Harlem.

Since 1812, New York City Mission Society has been the blueprint and catalyst for other prominent charitable organizations including The Fresh Air Fund, The Children's Aid Society and The Visiting Nurse Service of New York. Alumni include countless business leaders, public servants, teachers, and veterans. This year, New York City Mission Society will provide workforce development, education, community building, and prevention services for more than 7,000 New Yorkers.
Brooke Laing and Brie Bythewood
Carl Sylvestre, Ben Oaks, and Iris Tapia
Cornelia Bregman and Lloyd W. Brown II
George Mason and Emery Westfall
Gigi Bigar and Ming Lui
Hilary Cushing Block, Brooke Block, and Macaulay Bogdanovics
Jay Moorehead and Virginia Loving
Jean Shafiroff and Lloyd W. Brown II
Jessica Burnstein and Jay Moorehead
Maria Orengo, Abenaa Abboa Offei, and Mary Van Pelt
Marquesa de la Varela and Marcy MacDonald
Monique Merrill and Diane de la Begassiere
Stanley Rubough, Anki Leeds, and Wendy Sarasohn
Save The Date
On Saturday July 21st, Event Chairwoman Jean Shafiroff and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's President Jonathan McCann honored Chuck and Ellen Scarborough at Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's 3rd annual Unconditional Love Benefit at the beautiful waterfront home of Sandra McConnell, helping to raise over $375,000 for the organization.

NBC and New York Live anchor Jane Hanson emceed this year's fete and live entertainment was provided by the Alex Donner Orchestra. Over 300 guests including Martin Shafiroff, Elizabeth Shafiroff, CeCe and Lee Black, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Lydia and Rudy Touzet, Jean Little and Howard Marton, SASF Founder Susan Allen, Board Exec. V.P. Sony Schotland, Treasurer Steve Greenfield, Board members Joel Cooper and Jay Durante, Darlene Rodriguez, David Ushery and Lynda Baquero from NBC enjoyed cocktails, silent auction, dinner, dancing and playing with pets available for adoption from the Shelter.

Also in attendance were Linda and Kim Renk, Chris Obetz, Melanie and John Wambold, Cassandra Seidenfeld and Robert Lyster, Dara Sowell, Henry Buhl, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Yaz and Valentine Hernandez, Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne, Southampton Hospital President Robert Chaloner, Spencer and Alexis Morgan, Sherry Kaufman and Bill Slight. Margo Nederlander, Jimmy Nederlander, Charlotte Nederlander, and Jimmy Nederlander Sr.
Jean Shafiroff, Jonathan McCann, Sandra McConnell, and Jane Hanson
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation was founded in 2010 as a call to action when the town decided it could no longer care for the animals at the town shelter premises. Not onlywere the 225 animals currently housed there in jeopardy, so were all others that would be found.The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation offers a low cost spay/neuter clinic to help combat pet overpopulation. All privately owned pit bull type dogs are spayed or neutered free of charge. Dog obedience classes are also offered to the public. The Shelter is a non-profit organization relying on the generosity of individuals and businesses to help save lives at the adoption center and provide much needed programs that benefit homeless pet. For more information please visit
Jean Shafiroff
Cassandra Seidenfeld
NancyJane Loewy
Ellen Scarborough and Chuck Scarborough
Valentine Hernandez and Yaz Hernandez
Charlene Nederlander, Somers Farkas, Jonathan Farkas, and Margo Nederlander
Sandra McConnell and Bob Chaloner
Mayor Mark Epley and Jean Shafiroff
Dawne Marie Grannum, Isabel Ushery, David Ushery, and Dr. Penny Grant
Elizabeth Shafiroff, Lindsey Spielfogel, Jean Shafiroff, and Susan Allan
Rudy and Lydia Touzet
Spencer Morgan and Alexis Bryan Morgan
13. Jean Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Kim White, and Melanie Wambold
On Thursday night July 12, 2012, Tricia and Jason Pantzer hosted a benefit for the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at their home in East Hampton. This benefit evening featured Jeffrey Siegel performing his Keyboard Conversations. The evening of music and mingling conveyed the essence of camaraderie and cultural interest.

The event began with a cocktail reception outdoors followed by a warm welcome by AFIPO Board Member Tricia Pantzer. Jeffrey Siegel then took the spotlight with a presentation of music and conversation in the Pantzer’s gorgeous contemporary living room. After performing on the Pantzer’s own Steinway piano, Mr. Siegel entertained questions from the audience, discussing his musical upbringing and ambition among other topics.
Jeffrey Siegel playing for guests
Dozens of patrons attended the event including Navah Perlman and Robert Frost, Roy and Frieda Furman, Stephen Rubin, Liz Robbins, Zibby Right, Pam and Ed Pantzer, Joan and Ed Cohen, Ashu Singh, Ninah and Michael Lynne, AFIPO Board Member Pamela Henes and Jonathan Henes, Stephen and Susan Jacobson, Allison Berg, Hillary and Daniel Leibowitz, Lisa and Michael Barr, Julie Luchs Smigel, Jen Harris and Cindy Mark among others.

This event comes in advance of a Carnegie Hall gala on October 25th presented by AFIPO featuring Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with pianist Yuja Wang. With tour stops in New York, Palm Desert, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the United States in the spirit of peace and friendship.
Jason and Tricia Pantzer
Lisa and Michael Barr
Joe Nehman, Susan Nehman, Joan Cohen, Ed Cohen, and Pam Pantzer
Tricia Pantzer, Pam Pantzer, and Joan Cohen
Ed Pantzer and Michael Lynne
Ninah Lynne, Ed Pantzer, and Frieda Furman
Sherry Cohen and Suzanne Ponsot
Zibby Right, Julie Smigel, Jen Harris, Cindy Mark, and Lisa Barr
Lisa Barr, Debbie Colaccino, and Pam Henes
Michael Lynne, Liz Robbins, and Roy Furman
Jason Pantzer, Dan Leibowitz, Jon Henes, and Michael Barr
Jason and Jordan Pantzer
Stephen Rubin and Suzanne Ponsot
Laura Siegel, Jeffrey Siegel, and Tricia Pantzer
Robert Frost, Navah Perlman, Jeffrey Siegel, Laura Siegel, Tricia Pantzer, and Jason Pantzer
Allison Berg and Ashu Singh
Photographs by Annie Watt (Festive in Flip Flops); Hanif Abdur Rahim (Mission).