Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Classic moments

Kevin Babington of Ireland guided the young mare Shorapur to the fastest fault-free jump-off time (39.16 seconds) to claim the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, in an exciting climax to the 39th Annual Hampton Classic.
Out in Bridgehampton, they held the 2014 Hampton Classic, from August 24-31, offering competition in six rings for more than 1,500 horses. The Hampton Classic Grand Prix was an FEI-sanctioned qualifying event for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April.

As one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for horse people, the Classic is a much-anticipated stop on the summer tour. Now well into its third successful decade, The Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, both in the minds of spectators and horse people alike.
Picolo and Darragh Kenny claimed the $40,000 Longines Cup, presented by the Crown Family
The Hampton Classic plays host to the year-end finals of the very popular Young Jumper Championships, where 5, 6, and 7 & 8 year-old horses compete in their respective divisions after qualifying in a year-long, very competitive points race for their top prize of the season.

As the first U.S. stop in the East Coast World Cup League, the quest for those coveted spots on the World Cup Finals squad kicks off here. At the Classic, you get to see some of the top jumper riders from around the world, coming to compete for some of the richest prize money offered in this country.
Under the VIP tent
Jennifer Lopez and her children enjoy the action
This year's Hampton Classic featured its usual impressive line-up of celebrity attendees including Jennifer Lopez, former New York City Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, Congressman Peter King, musicians Jimmy Buffet and Bill Evans, television stars Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Gayle King, Jill Rappaport, Mary-Kate Olsen, Luis Ortiz, Frederik Eklund, LuAnn de Lesseps, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Noelle Reno and James Lipton, and Sports Illustrated Swim Suit model Julie Henderson.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is always a grand way to end the summer.
Gayle King, Frank Cooper, and Nina Cooper
Rod and Judy Gilbert
Carol Washer and Cliff Washer
Leah Lane and Paige Patterson
Stewart Lane, Virginia Comley, James Comley, and Bonnie Comley
Jen Mahl, Michele Mahl, Nancy Xu, and Jason Hirsch
Karen Goerl, Gayle King, and Nina Cooper
Charles Gold and Joanne Pateman
Hannah Balagh, James Lipton, and Kedaki Lipton
Maryann Epley and Mayor of Southampton Mark Epley
Mallory Robbins, Christopher Robbins, and Jillian Robbins
Kedaki Lipton, Stewart Lane, Bonnie Comley, Leah Lane,Victoria Benhamo, Judy Gilbert, and Rod Gilbert
Vanessa Price
Coleen Rein, Morgan Rein, and Gary Rein
Emma Quinan and Shirley May Hughes
Trish Burke and Annette Lauer
Matt Lauer
Steven Gambrel and Whitney Fairchild
Dan Gasby and B. Smith
Neal Sroka, Debi Sroka, Barbara Campbell, and Bobby Campbell
Warren Gourin, Jeanine Gourin, and Howard Lorber
Joanie Goodman and Marley Overman
Rudy Giuiliani and Judy Giuiliani
Jennifer Myles and Glenn Myles
Dennis Susskind, Gayle King, B.Smith, and Dan Gasby
Domingo Zapata and Brittany Christian
Georgina Bloomberg with her son Jasper
Stewart Lane, Alan Keeley, Carol Washer, and Cliff Washer
Marty Bauman
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary Kate Olsen
Patty Raynes, Nick Raynes, Matthew Raynes, and Lisa Kerkorian
Margo Nederlander and Felicia Taylor
Nicole Nadeau and Countess Luann de Lesseps
Jean Shafiroff, Jana Bullock, Sheila Rosenblum, Jill Zarin, Beth Stern, and Trish Burke
George and Sabrina Lewis
Dottie Herman
Nick Loeb
Equestiran Kama Godek and Meghan Breen
Katie Couric and friend
The Classic also recognized the best designed tables in its famed VIP tents as selected by HC&G (Hamptons Cottages and Gardens magazine). Honored as winner was the table of Benhamo/Thomas, followed by those of English Country Antiques and the Crown Family.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s most promising cancer research, hosted a special evening - the “This Is It” Gala - on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Parrish Art Museum at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY. Nearly 250 guests were in attendance of the event in support of the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament held from August 22 – 24, 201, raising $1.5 million in support of prostate cancer research.
Bonnie Pfeiffer Evans, Glenn Myles, Jennifer Myles, Barbara Duffy, and Joel Pashcow
This Is It was a fun evening of cocktails, dining, quizzes and dancing which included a surprise show by Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins, who performed many of his favorite hits like ”Footloose” and “Danger Zone”. Guests celebrated twenty years of the advances made in the fight against prostate cancer by PCF. In his audience address, Founder and Chairman Michael Milken said the organization had raised $50.6 million in 2013, a new high-water mark for the organization. Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation which partners with PCF, gave a moving speech in memory of her husband Charles.

PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan W. Simons, MD thanked the audience for their support, saying “investment in ideas can change everything”. He said the day in which the disease could be a considered a chronic but manageable condition, instead of a life sentence, is becoming “closer than ever”.Guests viewed an audiovisual which remembered many inspiring individuals who had lost a battle with cancer, including Wade Thompson, Lou Rawls, Leslie Misrock and Jerry Orbach.
James Cerretani, Adil Shamasdin, and Rameez Junaid
Jonathan Steinberg and Maria Bartiromo
During the auction, five guests – Seth Bernstein, John Paulson, David H. Koch, Steve Schwarzman and Anonymous - donated $75,000 for three years, a total of $225,000, in sponsorship of the PCF’s young researchers program. Others contributed $25,000 to which David H. Koch generously added $150,000. A total of $1.5 million was raised at the Gala in support of cancer research, making up part of the $2.5 million in total raised over the entire weekend.

The event was hosted by: Michael and Lori Milken, David and Sybil Yurman, David and Julia Koch, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal (MDC Partners), Richard and Karen LeFrak, Don and Catie Marron, Danny and Sheila Rosenblum, and Mort Zuckerman.
Glenn Myles, Kenny Loggins, David Koch, and Mike Milken
Those who attended the event were:  Michael Milken (Founder, Chairman), David & Sybil Yurman, David H. Koch, Glenn & Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal, Richard & Karen LeFrak, Richard Merkin, Andrew Berman, Arik Kislin, Bill Finneran, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Charles Evans Trustee), Brent & Lauren Nicklas, Brian Reynolds, Dax Vlassis, Dean Palin, Hank Nordhoff, Howard Shore, James Coleman & Cynthia Ott, Jean Shafiroff, Jeff Greene & Mei Sze Greene, Joel Pashcow, Jonathan W. Simons (PCF CEO), Larry Leeds, Maria Bartiromo & Jonathan Steinberg, Mark Ein, Ralph Finerman, Senator Robert Bennett, Steven & Christine Schwarzman, and Zach Schreiber.  Pro tennis players who attended and had earlier competed in the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Tournament include: Bobby Reynolds, Cyril Saulnier, Don Johnson, Guillermo Canas, Jason Pinsky, Kevin Kim, Luke Jensen, Rick Leach, Robert Kendrick, and Scott Davis. Other notable guests who attended the event for cocktails include Julianne Michelle, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Margo Manhattan, Ramona Singer, Robin Cofer, Dominick D’Alleva, Dianne and Alan Lieberman, Tulla Booth.
Luke Jensen
Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally. Since 1993, its unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most promising research programs have generated life-saving results. The organization channels resources to the world’s top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.

As a champion for increased government and private support, PCF has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion. Through the generous contributions of our donors, it has funded more than 2,000 programs at more than 200 research centers in 18 countries. For more than 16 million men and their families fighting prostate cancer globally, PCF is a primary source for new standard-of-care and research information. It connects patients, loved ones, care providers and scientists to critical updates, the latest developments, best practices and news from the treatment pipeline.
Karen and Richard LeFrak
Margo Manhattan
James Coleman and Cynthia Ott
Jill Zarin
Julianne Michelle and Daniela Montemosso
Mei Sze Greene and Jeff Greene
Nouriel Roubini and guest
Brian Reynolds, Pat Reynolds, Richard Merkin, Jennifer Myles, and Glenn Myles
Ramona Singer
Sybil and David Yurman
Sally and Mark Ein
Scott Davis and Shelly Davis
Vince Spadea and Brielle Strickland
Howard Shore, Olya Kislin, and Arik Kislin
Sam Herzberg, Cassandra Herzberg, and David Herzberg
Zoe and Janna Bullock
Invitations to parties and galas at private homes in the Hamptons are always coveted but the hottest ducat was the lecture by architect, historian Gary Lawrance, co-author with Anne Surchin of Houses of the Hamptons: 1800-1930 held in one of the largest private residences ever built on the East End, Whitefield, formerly known as The Orchard

Sponsored by the Southampton Historical Museum, the talk quickly sold out and several hundred guests filled the baronial music room at the sprawling estate. With its soaring, carved mahogany wood walls, coffered ceilings with hand painted embellishments and a fireplace that one could stand inside, the Music Room was the ideal setting for a discussion about the Gilded Age.
James Breese home 'The Orchard' now known as Whitefield
The Music Room at Whitefield
Lawrance, the ultimate authority on the creation of the opulent homes of this era, launched into an engaging talk backed up with scores of rarely seen images of the interior and grounds as they were in their original state.

He explained how in 1897, Wall Street broker James L. Breese who had purchased a small cottage on 30 acres of prime real estate on Southampton's tony Hill Street, commissioned his good friend Stanford White of the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White to design a summer residence for his family on the enormous property.  
Entrance Hall
Living Room
The Dining Room
The Library
White worked on the project from 1897 until his untimely death in 1906 when he was murdered by millionaire Harry K. Thaw over White's affair with Thaw's wife, actress Evelyn Nesbit, the infamous 'Girl on the Red Velvet Swing'. The court case was dubbed the "Trial of the Century" by reporters.

He designed a long series of houses for the rich, and numerous public, institutional, and religious buildings. His design principles embodied the "American Renaissance" and was considered the foremost Beaux Art designer of his time. Lawrance pointed out that The Orchard was a rare departure from the firm's formal grand constructions and was instead a light airy, Colonial - by the standards of the time - more reminiscent of Mount Vernon complete with a two story portico and lovely gardens designed by Louise Shelton.

The home's spectacular 30 by 70-foot "music room" is believed to be White's last completed project.
The Music Room
Among the buildings that Messrs. McKim, Mead & White have designed are such well-known structures as the Rhode Island State Capitol, the Pennsylvania Station in New York City, the Library of J. P. Morgan, Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Minneapolis Art Museum, and many others of the largest monumental buildings in America. It was interesting, to learn they designed a country house of so informal and picturesque a character as the residence of Mr. Breese in Southampton.

From 1926 to 1956, it was owned by Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956), who deeded it to Amherst College. Amherst College later sold it to the Nyack School for Boys, which closed in 1977.
Cocktails on the great lawn
The house sat vacant until a developer purchased it in the 1980s and turned it into what is now Whitefield, a condominium complex named to pay homage to Stanford White. In what was constructed as a single family home now comprises 24 townhouses along the perimeter of the property and 5 units in the mansion!

Among the history aficionados listening raptly were Zita Davisson, Peter Hallock, Barbara Sloan, Anne Surchin, Maribeth & Tom Edmonds, Jim & Maureen Callanan, Drew & Margaret Watson, and scores more.
Co-authors Gary Lawrance and Anne Surchin
Southampton Historical Museum Director Tom Edmonds and Zita Davisson
Myra Weiser, Peter Hallock, and Barbara Sloan
Maribeth and Tom Edmonds
Nick Maki
Regina Rule, Michael Avallone, and Margo Ressa
Maureen Callanan, Drew and Margaret Watson, and Jim Callanan
Rhonda Sherwood, Amy Fraser, and Dee Hickey
Photographs by Rob Rich (Hamptons Classic); Patrick McMullan (PCF).