Monday, July 15, 2013

Openings and kickoffs

Peter Tunney and friends at the sixth annual ArtHamptons on the Sculpture Fields of Nova's Ark.
The Southampton Hospital hosted cocktails at the Paule Ka-Fountain Courtyard in Southampton to kick off its 55th Annual Southampton Hospital Summer Party to be held on August 3rd.
Jean Shafiroff, Nan Potter, Antonia DiPaolo, Leah Rumbough, Allegra Rumbough, Whitney Schott, Christine Schott, and Stephanie Lineva
Allegra and Leah Rumbough
Patti and Dominique Camilli
Whitney and Christine Schott
Stephanie Lineva, Allegra Rumbough, and Whitney Schott
Lisa Shaller Goldberg, Arlene Shaller, David Shaller, Jake Goldberg, and Scott Goldberg
Ray Fitzmartin and Gregory D'Elia
Steve Bernstein and Melanie Wambold
Whitney Schott, Allegra Rumbough, and Stephanie Lineva
Katia Stotsky
Jean Shafiroff and Sandra McConnell
Allegra Rumbough, Cole Rumbough, and Leah Rumbough
Nan Potter, Patricia Davis, Leah Rumbough, and Antonia DiPaolo
Lana Smith, Katia Stotsky, and Polina Proshkina
Michelle Herger and Jessica Mackin
This past Friday at the Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton, there was an opening of an exhibition of "Dina Merrill and Friends," featuring the paintings of Dina Merrill, Ted Hartley, Virginia Burke, Lucy Cookson, Miriam Dougenis, Lynn Hanke, Bonnie Lowe, Anik Libby, Michelle Murphy, and Alic Connick Ryan.

Ms. Merrill became seriously interested in painting several years ago and her husband Ted Harley organized a painting group to meet in their home twice a week. They recruited the highly regarded East End artist Miriam Dougenis as teacher and an impressive group of painters were born. The Marcelle Gallery is located on 2411 Main Street in Bridgehampton. To learn more, visit
Artist/Teacher Miriam "Molly" Dougenis and Dina Merrill
Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley
Robert and Lynn Hanke
Linda Assini and Keith Douglas
Aniik Libby and Miriam "Molly" Dougenis
Gallery Owner Peter Marcelle, Bonnie Lowe, and Ted Hartley
Nick and Carol Gillhan
Peter Marcelle Gallery Director Catherine McCormick
Alice Connick Ryan and Patricia Robert
Melissa Berkelhammer, Cole Rumbough, and Anne Washburn
Bonnie Lowe and Ann Crabtree
Michelle Murphy
Aniik Libby and Mary Libby (Aniik's proud Mom)(Christie's)
Lori Schultz and Karyn Mannix
Toinette Gay and Tito Saubidet
Pam Dana and Bud Hudson
Nina Gillman, Lucy Cookson, and Regan Rose
On a warm summer night in July, over six hundred individuals flocked to the edge of Newport Harbor to attend the IYRS Annual Summer Gala sponsored by Fidelity Investments and Jaguar. The first stop of the evening at the July 6 event: cocktails inside “Restoration Hall.” The cavernous 1903 building once powered the city with electricity. But today, this brick building with cathedral-tall windows has been repurposed to exert a power of a completely different kind: helping students to transform their lives by becoming craftsmen.

On every other day of the year, Restoration Hall is a place of industry, where IYRS students at this school of marine trades and technology learn their craft by restoring derelict wooden boats and turning these watercraft back into vessels with fair hulls and gleaming varnish. But on the night of the school’s Gala, guests such as Barbara van Beuren and Steve Glascock, Chuck and Jill Townsend and Luke Roosa, TED talk creator Richard Saul Wurman, Kathy and Pierre duPont Irving, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, Laura Turner Seydel and Rutherford Seydel, Tricia and Jamie Hilton, and Kate and James Gubelmann joined event co-chairs Earl and  Elizabeth McMillen inside Restoration Hall to celebrate and support the school; guests mingled amidst stunning student work and perused an expansive gallery of silent auction items.
Restoration Hall, the student workshop, was transformed into a setting for the silent auction
After cocktails, guests such as IYRS Chairman Joe Dockery and Kristal Dockery, Molly and Guillaume de Ramel, Bill and Robin Hubbard, Posy and Charlie Dana, Andrea van Beuren and Roger Kass, Bill Vareika, Chas Miller and Birch Coffey, Deborah Hadley and Mark Seltzer, Dayton Carr, Donna Montgomery, Pieter and Nina Taselaar, and Holly Bannister and Doug Newhouse migrated with the crowd across the crushed-clamshell grounds of the waterfront campus for dinner in a cloud-white tent that towered over the surrounding buildings.

Auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s conducted a spirited live auction. The item that received the most rigorous bidding was a painting by maritime artist and IYRS co-founder John Mecray of the 1885 Coronet, a 133-foot schooner yacht now being restored on the IYRS campus by Robert McNeil and his team at Coronet Restoration Partners. It is not surprising that the Coronet painting was so coveted: once this vessel is restored, this legendary craft will sail from IYRS as a rare example of a yacht that has survived since the Gilded Age.

Another coveted item was a student-restored Beetle Cat, a diminutive catboat whose design dates to 1921. These boats—one of which was raffled at the event—are used as a teaching tool for IYRS students; each June, at the end of term, a fleet of brightly colored Beetle Cats are returned to the water on graduation day.
Gala guests packed into Restoration Hall on the IYRS campus during the Annual Summer Gala, to enjoy cocktails amidst examples of students' boat- restoration work
After dinner, the main event of the evening began when Jimmy Buffett and his band walked onstage for a private concert for the IYRS guests. The dress code on the Gala invite was “St. Barths Chic”—and Buffett complied, kicking off his flip-flops to regale guests with classic tunes that almost everyone knew the words to.

IYRS teaches its students that building with their hands is the essence of creativity, productivity, human spirit, and even community.  The school was originally founded to revive an old-world skill set and teach individuals to restore classic wooden boats. But along the way, IYRS’s hands-on way of training helped the school to develop a whole new modern model of experiential education—a model that prepares deeply technical and ultra-talented craftspeople and technicians to work with a range of materials and develop hands-on skills that serve both industry and the individual. The outcome of this educational model is impressive: more than 85 percent of the school’s graduates are employed on or about the time they complete their programs.
Guests mingled amidst the event’s display of silent auction items
Event Co-Chairs Earl and Elizabeth McMillen of McMillen Yachts well remember this Rhode Island school when it was a fledgling concern. Now, with three programs—in Boatbuilding & Restoration, Composites Technology, and Marine Systems—IYRS has blossomed into a place that draws students from around the world who come to this Rhode Island school to change their livelihood and their lives.

As Earl McMillen said on Gala evening: “We have been delighted and honored to support IYRS over the past seventeen years…It is an educational institution which gives its students the ability to follow their dreams and pursue a career that satisfies them on all levels.”

Sponsors and guests at the IYRS Gala were also delighed to honor and support this Rhode Island school: by evening’s end, $885,000 had been raised for educational programs.
C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s—who has conducted some of the auction house’s most prestigious sales, including those of the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the Collection of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor—conducted the live auction
After gala-guests departed for home and lights under the big tent were extinguished, IYRS President Terry Nathan reflected on the success of the evening. “IYRS continues to build support for the extraordinary student outcomes and the school’s education model,” said Nathan. “At a time when the conversation in America is about training more people to make and build things, an IYRS education is preparing people for life-long careers of working and thinking through their hands.  It is a compelling and important story.”

This year’s IYRS gala attracted a strong lineup of sponsors. Joining title sponsors Fidelity Investments and Jaguar were: the Argo Group, Bacardi, BankNewport, Boat International, Condé Nast Publications, Pamela & Andrew Constantine, Bob Eichler, Friendship Yacht Company, Hess Corporation, The Hinckley Company, The Hilton Group at UBS, Dan MacDonald and Three Golden Apples, McMillen Yachts, Newport Harbor Corporation, Coronet Restoration Partners, Tradewinds Aviation, Vareika Fine Arts, Whitehawk LLC, and Wimco Private Villas.
IYRS Trustee Chuck Townsend and Jill Townsend (center couple) enjoy the school’s Annual Summer Gala with family and friends
Barbara van Beuren, Stephen Glascock, and Joe Hoopes
Chris and Jacki Lane, and Dan Faria
Event Co-Chair Earl McMillen, Laura Turner Seydel, and Eli Dana
Alan and Laurie Johnstone
Mike and Terry Lanza
IYRS alumnus Carter Richardson, IYRS Trustee Clay Deutsch, and Nancy Deutsch
IYRS Instructor Kevin McKiernan and Curator of IYRS/The Museum of Yachting Jay Picotte
Elisabetta Assi and Robert Moore II
Danielle and Ned Ginty, and Jorge Menendez
Ben Farnborough, Kimberly Gonzales of Boat International Media, and Kristopher Desoto
IYRS Chairman Joe Dockery and Kristal Dockery
IYRS alumna Gigi DiRenzo and Chris Deighan
Philip Bilden and William Vareika
David Elwell and Tom Whidden
Edeyo Foundation co-founders Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu welcomed over 300 supporters to the 6th Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball presented by NIKE, at Highline Ballroom on Wednesday, July 10th. The gala, hosted by Stephen Baldwin and sponsored by Avi Oster, HBO and Maserati of Long Island, raised over $200,000 towards improving the future of children in Haiti by rebuilding schools and providing students with a safe learning environment, as well as healthy food and water on a daily basis.  Mr. Baldwin presented the night's honorees Sharon Bush with the Edeyo Hope Award, Dr. Jane Aronson with the Edeyo Humanitarian Awardand Cindy Stagoff with Edeyo Empowerment Award. Chair Member Nigel Barker honored Nancy Myers-Alverez with the Edeyo Ambassador Award.

The party kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction with guests including Geoffrey Bradfield, Kamela Forbes, Marc Leder, Susan Gossage, Stewart Rahr, Crissy Barker and Lady Liliana Cavendish. Following the reception, attendees were treated to an award ceremony, seated dinner with authentic Haitian cuisine and live auction with items including a Kenya safari and tickets to the Super Bowl and Grammys. Closing the special event was a live performance by Grammy Award wining singer Bridget Kelly and set by DJ Cassidy.
Unik Ernest, Bridget Kelly, and Stephen Baldwin
Sharon Bush
In June 2007, Unik Ernest decided to utilize his birthday to give back. In lieu of gifts, he encouraged guests to dig into their pockets and donate towards a greater cause. This year marked his Edeyo Foundation’s 5th Anniversary and keeping with tradition, this birthday party for both Edeyo and Unik Ernest, carried the same ritual. The evening raised much-needed funds for the Edeyo Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education. For more information, visit
Crissy Barker and Nigel Barker
Dr. Jane Aronson
Cindy Stagoff
Geoffrey Bradfield and Lady Liliana Cavendish
Nancy Myers Alverez
Susan Gossage, Danny P, and Kamela Forbes

Photographs by Patrick McMullan (ArtHamptons; SH Hospital); Richard Lewin (Dina Merrill); Scott Indermaur (Newport).