|This past Saturday night in Southampton, the Southampton Hospital celebrated its 56th Annual Summer Party (theme: Endless Summer) in the tents at the corner of Wickapogue and Old Town Road. Guests arriving were greeted by 9 artist-designed surfboards from Peter Max, Michael Dweck and Peter Tunney provided by the event’s media partner Hamptons magazine and auctioned off on CharityBuzz.com.
|Benefit Chair Laura Lofaro Freeman, Southampton Hospital President & CEO Robert Chaloner and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed 650 supporters. The evening raised $1.5 million to provide critical support for the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department.
WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough emceed, supported by Corporate Chair was Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Fashion Chair Michael Kors. Guests danced to the music of the Alex Donner Orchestra. The buffet dinner was catered by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs under the gorgeous tents designed by Steven Stolman. The night’s live auction included fine jewelry from Sintessi and LJ Cross.
|Guests included Audrey and Martin Gruss, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Hilary Geary Ross, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Liliana Cavendish, Edward Cavendish, Janna Bullock with daughters Eugenia and Zoe Bullock, Edward Cavendish, Dottie Herman, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., New York State Senator Ken LaValle, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, Howard Lorber, Donna and Dick Soloway, Melanie and John Wambold with sons George and John Jr., Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Brendan and Eva Dillon, Cheri Kaufman and Bill Sclight, Scott Snyder, Alessandra and Dr. John Hubbell, Cynthia Maltese, Paola and Larry Wohl, Leesa Rowland, Paola and Arnie Rosenshein, Richard Farley, Chele Chiavacci, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Rista Cosby and Tomaczek Bednarek, Cornelia Bregman, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Jean Remmel FitzSimmons.|
|The Southampton Hospital annual summer gala is possibly the oldest, longest running event of its kind in the Hamptons. Over the decades it has been supported (and chaired) by some of the most prominent families in New York. Like all charity galas with longevity, it has lost its supporters, but miraculously gained new ones, that have kept it going. Its chairs have been some of the most dynamic women in the community that is Southampton, as well as New York City too.
It makes sense: they are supporting the hospital that can take care of the members of the community, including those great philanthropists who support the major New York hospitals. Because of them and today's supporters, it remains the only major hospital on the East End of Long Island. Congratulations are always in order for its now long list of chairs, co-chairs and sponsors, who miraculously manage to deliver a very successful evening, no matter the obstacles and competition that is now rife when it comes to charity events on the East End of Long Island.
|Last Friday night in Water Mill, the Alzheimer’s Association hosted its official Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons kick-off reception hosted by Anne and Jay McInerney at their Ashgrove Farm home. Among those attending were Founder and Gala Chair Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, actress Lauren Miller Rogen, Bob Balaban, Roger Waters, Brendan Shanahan and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. They were celebrating the upcoming 31st annual Rita Hayworth Gala in New York City on October 21st.
Princess Yasmin started this charity in honor of her mother, the legendary actress Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before succumbing to the disease in 1987. The first Rita Hayworth Gala was held in New York in 1984, and the event expanded to include Chicago in 1987. To date, under Yasmin’s leadership, more than $63 million has been raised for the Alzheimer’s Association through the Rita Hayworth Galas. Yasmin, or Yazzie as she is known to her friends, started this event with the help of her friends. It is a tribute to her and to her mother that many of those friends who were there in the beginning, including Anne Hearst McInerney, are still working to assist in making this event one of the most successful annual galas in New York.
|Guests in attendance included Police Commissioner William Bratton and Rikki Klieman Bratton, CSO of the Alzheimer’s Association Angela Geiger, Mark Locks of Tiger J LLC, Gala Steering Committee members Nicole Sexton, Cornelia Bregman, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, Chele Chiavacci, Somers Farkas, Nurit Kahane Haase, Karyn Kornfeld, Louise Kornfeld, Robin Meltzer, Margo MacNabb Nederlander, Marlyne Sexton and Martha Webster, along with Young Leadership Committee members Lizzie Meltzer and Noah Samuels.
Additional guests included Blaise Labriola, Alexandra Lebenthal, Bettina Zilkha, Peggy Siegal, Francine LeFrak, Jonathan Farkas, Stephen Kornfeld, Steve Kobre, and Tracy Sexton to name a few.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan|