Summer "Heat"

Fern Mallis, Howard Sobel, Katie Couric, Gayle Sobel, Rosanna Scotto, Julie Ratner, Rose Franco, and John Franco at the annual "Heat" benefit for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.
Jill Lynne for NYSD: Ever since my daughter CoriAnne gifted me with author Adriana Trigiani’s “Very Valentine” in 2009, I have been an ardent devotee of her work. As with her latest novel, “The Shoemakers Wife,” my favorites are set in old New York, several in my special  “hood — the West Greenwich Village — and in historical Italy. Adriana has a special flair for bringing the New York of yesteryear to life, through meticulous research and the passed-down tales told by her friends and relatives.

Recently Adriana and her husband Tim Stephenson hosted an evening at their wonderful WV townhouse to celebrate 15 weeks of “The Shoemaker’s Wife” on the New York Times Bestseller list, and its soon-to-be-published paperback on August 21.

Adriana is currently working on “Ciao Valentine” — the third novel in the Valentine Series, as well as  transforming of her “Big Stone Gap” series into a major film. Adriana grew up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Author & filmmaker Adriana Trigiani with husband, lighting producer, Tim Stephenson, at their Greenwich Village townhouse.
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Renowned Flautist Wendy Luck. Nancy Bolmeier Fisher.
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Filmmakers Constance Marks (Sundance Award-Winning "Being Elmo") and James Miller with their daughter
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Performer/Actress Mary Testa Michael and Jamie Brickhouse
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Host Tim Stephenson with Peter and Heather Rooney
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Rafella De Angelis with best-selling author Susan Fales-Hill ("Always Wear Joy", "One Flight Up") Gina Zecharelli (whose family was the inspiration for Trigiani's "Very Valentine") and friend
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Adriana Trigiani with Ann J. Parks May Wuthrich
Tando Ntunja, Danny Simmons, Angela Simmons, Ming Lee Simmons, Miley Simmons, Russell Simmons, Russy Simmons, Justine Simmons, Joseph 'Rev Run' Simmons
Mary Vetri, Karolann Rubin, and Karen Towey
Last Saturday night in Watermill, at the Mexcox Bay waterfront home of Dr. Howard and Gayle Sobel, they held the annual "Heat" benefit for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.

The evening program was: incredible food, specialty bars with celebrity mixologists and a hot DJ.  Honorary Chairs for the evening were Katie Couric and Fern Mallis with special guests Edie Falco and Mercedes Ruehl.

Co-hosts for the evening, with the Sobels, were Karine Bakhoum and Luann de Lesseps. Event Chairs were Jason and Haley Binn, Hope Klein Langer, Lauran and Charlie Walk, Marcy and Michael Warren, Andrea Warshaw-Wernick and Joel Wernick and Samantha and David Yanks. Rosanna Scotto, of Fox 5 's "Good Day New York", was emcee.
Geoffrey Zakarian, Fern Mallis, Katie Couric, Howard Sobel, Gayle Sobel, and Rosanna Scotto
They honored  the irrepressible Dee Dee Ricks, a breast cancer survivor and leading national patient advocate. Last October HBO featured the premiere of "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks", produced by Perri Peltz, chronicling Rick's journey from diagnosis, through treatment and, finally recovery from, breast cancer.

Chefs galore hosted their own tables, serving their signature creations: Geoffrey Zakarian, owner of the Lamb's Club, David Burke of Townhouse, John Villa of Tao and John DeLoach of Lavo, Claudia Fleming, formerly of Gramercy Tavern, now owner of North Fork Table & Inn, Peter Ambrose, of Peter Ambrose Events and Catering, Lucy Kazickas of Lucy's Whey with an incredible array of cheeses with breads provided by Saveur Magazine's highlighted "best", Blue Duck Bakery, Kathleen King of Tate's Bake Shop and Roxanne Browning of Exotic Chocolates, paired with Wolffer Vineyard's excellent wines.
Haley and Jason Binn
Julie Ratner, Joe Pontarelli, and Jane Pontarelli
Alexis Hurley, Patti Reynolds, Dee Dee Ricks, and Leslie Falk
Dee Dee Ricks and Karine Bakhoum
Reid and Aviva Drescher
Cricket Burns
Mike Fogarty and Rachael Langer
Samantha Daniels and Steve Farber
Emily Levin and Julie Ratner
Claudia Fleming and Geoffrey Zakarian
Countess Luann de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Michelle McCool, Samantha Yanks, and Aviva Drescher
Melinda Miller, Cary Randolph Fuller, Ross Burack, and Michael Gleicher
Katie Couric and Rosanna Scotto
Edie Falco, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Aida Turturro
Mercedes Ruehl
Amy Palmer and Chris Wragge
John Franco, Rose Franco, Rosanna Scotto, and Louis Ruggiero
Dee Dee Ricks and Armando Vuksonovic
David Perry, Gayle Sobel, and Lauren Perry
LongHouse Reserve celebrated its 21st season and hosted their annual Summer Gala at their 16-acre East Hampton grounds on Saturday, July 21 honoring avant garde visionary, Robert Wilson, with the LongHouse Award and Art Historian, Dorothy Lichtenstein, with the LongHouse Art Leadership Award.

Robert Wilson is an American avant-garde stage director and playwright, whose creative versitility has given him success as a performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer. He is best known for his collaborations with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach, and with numerous artists such as, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Rufus Wainwright and Marina Abramovic.
Lou Reed, Performer
Lou Reed
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Dorothy Lichtenstein is President of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, which is dedicated to the encouragement of a broad understanding of the art of her late husband Roy Lichtenstein and the artists of his time. After studying art history at Arcadia University, she became director of the pioneering Bianchini Art Gallery in New York. Dorothy has remained committed to art and culture as she serves on the Board of Studio in a School, the Board of Trustees of the Parrish Art Museum, the Board of Directors of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, and the International Advisory Board of the LongHouse Reserve. 

Philip Glass
Philip Glass
During the gala, there were special performances by composer Philip Glass that took place in the beautiful gardens of LongHouse. Additionally, LongHouse was pleased to be celebrating Jack Lenor Larsen’s 85th Birthday during the evening.

Proceeds raised from the Summer Gala will support the LongHouse Reserve’s mission to exemplify living with art in all forms – a mission Jack Lenor Larsen, one of the world’s foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts began in 1991.

Guest included Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed, Dianne Benson, Tina-Marie Birch, Lisa de Kooning, Molly Chappellet (Author), Kim Catrall (Actress), Roberto Dutesco (Photographer), Larry Gagosian, Philip Glass, Marc Glimcher (President of The Pace Gallery), April Gornik (Artist), Bill T. Jones, Jack Lenor Larsen, Dorothy Lichtenstein (Honoree), Robert Menschel and Janet Wallach,  Jenni Muldaur (Singer), Ralph Pucci (Designer), Geoffrey Ross and John Dransfield, Judith Shea (Artist), Barbara Slifka,  Cindy Sherman (Photographer/Director), Annaliese Soros, Matko Tomicic ( Executive Director of LongHouse Reserve), Robert Wilson (Honoree).

LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all its forms.  Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life.  LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York.  Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Takaezu, and bronzes by Barceló, Voulkos, Benglis and de Kooning. Works by Ossorio, Claus Bury, Yoko Ono, Opocensky, Izumi Masatoshi, Bryn Hunt, Eric Fischl, Roy Lichtenstein and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol Lewitt add interesting scale and dimension. www.longhouse.org.
Fabiana Dutesco
Fabiana Dutesco
Julian Mommert, Robert Wilson, Shaikha Paula al-Sabah
Julian Mommert, Robert Wilson, and Shaikha Paula al-Sabah
Molly Chappellet, Jack Lenor Larsen, Luanne Wells
Molly Chappellet, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Luanne Wells
Roshi Ameri, Simone Hossackv
Roshi Ameri and Simone Hossackv
Magdalena von Behr
Magdalena von Behr
Geoffrey Nimmer, Dianne Benson, Robert Wilson
Geoffrey Nimmer, Dianne Benson, and Robert Wilson
Monique Knowlton, Cindy Sherman
Monique Knowlton and Cindy Sherman
The 29th annual Alzheimer's Association's New York Rita Hayworth Gala will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York. In anticipation of the event, Gala Chair Robin Meltzer and husband Roger Meltzer hosted a cocktail reception at their home in Southampton. Guests enjoyed food prepared by OnTheMarc Events and beautiful floral décor created by Ron Wendt Design.

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and an estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with this disease. With the continued support of generous donors, the Alzheimer's Association strives for a world without Alzheimer's, funding research that will lead to earlier identification of Alzheimer's and therapies that will one day slow or stop the progression of this fatal disease, all while providing individuals and families impacted with care and support resources.
Cocktails and hor d'oeuvres
Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala in New York nearly three decades ago, the New York, Chicago and Dallas events have raised more than $54 million to support the Alzheimer's Association's critical care and research programs. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan established the Gala as a tribute to her mother, Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer's disease for many years before her death in 1987. She has remained an active leader, as General Chair of the Rita Hayworth Galas, inspiring generous financial support for the Alzheimer's Association.

Guests included Martin Bregman and Cornelia Sharpe, Sharon Bush, Mr. and Mrs. John Catsimatidis, Chele Chiavacci, Somers Farkas, Deborah and Allen Grubman, Francine LeFrak, Philip MacGregor, Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney, Alexandra Lebenthal, Robin and Roger Meltzer, Marlyne Sexton, Nicole Sexton, Ron Wendt, and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia.
Roger Meltzer, Robin Meltzer, Marline Sexton, and Nicole Sexton
Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney
Anne Hearst McInerney, Robin Meltzer, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, and Bettina Zilkha
Lauren Thayer and Lisa Lori
Dr. Mark Kot and Kelli Delaney
John and Margo Catsimatidis
Ron Wendt and Baroness Sheri DeBorchgrave
Harry Johns
Robin Meltzer and Deborah Grubman
Jay Diamond and Alexandra Lebenthal
Sharon Bush and Bettina Zilkha
Nicole Sexton and Chele Chiavacci
Martha and Peter Webster
Photographs by PatrickMcMullan.com (Hermanson, Alzheimer's)