|Last Saturday late afternoon in East Hampton, the Reginald Lewis family and Valentino Carlotti hosted a reception for guests and supporters of the launch of All Star Code (ASC) with an inaugural benefit at the Lewis estate overlooking the Atlantic.
Guests including professionals in finance, technology, arts and philanthropy. They were there for the showcase of innovative achievements of the ASC students who have completed its intensive six-week summer program. It was a celebration of the experience achievement, personal and otherwise. Achievement = a Better World for all.
|All Star Code was founded by Christina Lewis Halpern, the daughter of Reginald and Loida Lewis. It’s a non-profit dedicated to providing under-represented high school boys of color with skills, networks and know-how to succeed in the tech sector, through a foundation of computer science training and teaching interpersonal skills. ASC’s mission is to attract, prepare and place boys of color in the tech career pipeline. For additional information, visit www.allstarcode.org
Meanwhile, back by the beautiful sea and the balmy breezes, under the tent on the Lewis lawn, guests mingled to the tropical Latin sounds provided by Jose Conde y Ola Fresca. The cocktail menu was provided by Marcus Samuelson’s Red Rooster Harlem, and everyone was quite happy on all counts. ASC. All Star Code.
|On Friday, July 11th, Island Moving Co. held its summer gala Nuit Blanche Opera Garnier - A Luminous Evening of Performance in the Magical Gardens of Bellevue House.
Dancers dived into the pool for an emotional aquatic ballet, an opera singer trilled in the pergolas, and New York's Tin Pan Band led 400 guests through the magnificent gardens of Bellevue House, Newport, from performance to exciting performance. It was an artistic Folie among Ronald Lee Fleming's gardens at Bellevue House in Newport.
|Nuit Blanche's theme this year was "Opéra Garnier," inspired by the glorious Paris Opera House with its colorful Marc Chagall ceiling, featuring stunning décor by artist/designer John Sawicki. Newport's resident contemporary ballet company invited musicians, singers, painters and other artists to join the Company's dancers in short performances set among the allées, follies and ornamental pools of the gardens. The evening also included a live auction, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and dancing for all to music by New York's Tin Pan Band.
Ballroom dancers from FloorTime studios graced the garden, opera singer Youngchul Park sang thrillingly, musician Taeyoung Lee played, the Parisian duo On Est Gentils acted, violinist John Bergin, Mime Vlad Tenenbaum, and a musical duo, La Merchante et le Connard, played, Olympic bronze medalist figure skater Marissa Castelli from Cranston was a special guest.
|The guests wandered the gardens and the performances at their leisure until musicians and dancers led them to the tent for a live auction led by Emlen Drayton, and a silent auction of very select items. The "Nuit Blanche" shoe competition was afoot, the winner receiving a gift certificate to Jo's American Bistro in Newport.
"Nuit Blanche" colloquially means "sleepless night", and the dancing continued well into the night. No one wanted to sleep.
|The Mashomack Polo Club hosted the 17th Annual Mashomack International Polo Challenge & Luncheon on Saturday, June 21, 2014, generously presented by Nespresso.
The high-spirited event began at noon with a Louis Roederer Champagne Reception, while Mashomack’s “Young Guns,” aged eight-years-old and up, rode their hearts out in a rousing exhibition match.
|A tented field-side elegant luncheon and the exciting eight-goal International Polo Challenge immediately followed. This year, the Challenge welcomed Team Italia sponsored by Wide World Ferrari, embolized in vivid red, Marco Elser, Paolo di Campello, Raimondo Visconti di Modrone and Gringo Colombres.
The other teams were QUEST, Vikram Chatwal Hotels, Nihiwatu Sumba On the Edge of Wilderness, and What2WearWhere.
|The Chairmen of this year’s event, Bruce and Teresa Colley, Parker Gentry Thorne, and Karen Klopp, welcomed the additional support of sponsors La Martina, Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Manhattan Saddlery, and Kokin Hats. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will help local charities including Pine Plains Fire Hose & Rescue Company, New York State Troopers Foundation, and Ronald McDonald House New York.
After a hard fought battle the International Mashomack Challenge Cup was won by What2WearWhere against Wide World Ferrari, and the Mathias Guerrand Hermes Sportsmanship Award went to captain of the team, John Klopp. The Heather Croner Sotheby’s International Real Estate’s Best Playing Pony Award went to the well-deserved Dynamite, owned by Philip Mactaggart.
|This prestigious event marks the official start of the summer social season in Millbrook, and attracted over 1000 guests, who enjoyed an exciting day of competitive polo. Besides the beautiful tented luncheon, many others enjoyed the enjoyed field-side tailgating and the merriment of the sidelines.|
|Also last Saturday, right here in ole Manhattan, on a beautiful summer afternoon over in Shubert Alley in the heart of the Great White Way, Broadway Barks held its 16th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event featuring stars from the hottest shows on Broadway, all to benefit the New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies.
The Cast: a co-founder of this wonderful organization, the great Bernadette Peters,along with Zach Braff from “Bullets Over Broadway,” Danny Burstein from “Cabaret,” Colin Donnell from “Violet,” Lesli Margherita and Matt Harrington from “Matilda, the Musical,” James Monroe Iglehart from “Aladdin,” Audra McDonald (“Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill”), Clara Renee from “Pippin,” Mary Testa (“Wicked”), and many others who came out to help find good, loving homes for our many furry friends who enrich our lives with their presence.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan(Broadway Barks); Cutty McGill & Peter Sanchirico (Mashomack)|