|This past Saturday night in Water Mill, the Parrish Art Museum, with Director Terrie Sultan, held its annual Midsummer Party in their new home. This event reigns at the top of the list of the Hamptons social season, a festive gathering of art collectors, artists, socialites, entertainers, philanthropists and business leaders from the Hamptons and beyond. More than 1000 attended and they raised $1.25 million for the museum.
This year they honored philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, and her daughter, filmmaker and writer, Katherina Otto-Bernstein, for their contributions to the Parrish as well as arts and culture around the world.
|Among those attending: Nathan Bernstein, Alice Ayecock, Jennifer Bartlett, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Debbie Bancroft, Mildred Brin, Andrea Glimcher, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Clifford Ross, David Salle, Lilane and Norman Peck, Lisa Perry, Robin and Fred Seegal, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Sandra Lee, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Connie Fox, Jane Freilicher, Bryan Hunt, William King, Maya Lin, Margo McNabb Nederlander and James Nederlander, Gale and Ira Druker, Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Veronica Atkins, Jean and Martin Shafiroff, Barbara Slifka, Kelly and Jay Sugarman, Ned Smith, Keith Sonnier, Donald Sultan, Joe Zucker, Cynthia Clift and David Wassong, Marcia Dunn Sobel and Jonathan Sobel, David Croland, Alexandra Stanton, Peter Haveles Jr., Jamee and Peter Gregory, Kyle DeWoody, Ron Burkhardt and Sylvia Hemingway, Helen Lee Shifter, Lisa Anastos, Vanessa von Bismarck and Maxmillian Weiner, Richard and Donna Soloway, Linda Fargo, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Lisa Jackson, Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, Jamie Niven, Liliana Cavendish, Wendy Finerman, Mary and Howard Frank, Dottie Herman, Nicole Miller, Mary Kathryn and Alexander Navab, Arthur Zeckendorf, Marcia and Richard Mishaan, Barbara Goldsmith, Adam Dell, Jane and David Walentas, Wilbur and Hilary Geary Ross, Donald Lipski, Josephine Meckseper, Somers Farkas, Tiffany Dubin, Bettina Zilkha, Stuart Sundlin, Geoffrey Bradfield, Janna Bullock, Couri Hay, and hundreds more just like ‘em.|
|Catching up: A couple Saturdays ago, the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport area held its Eleventh Annual Beach Ball at the Bayfront home of Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond. Attended by over 500 people, the event raised funds in excess of $300,000.
Featuring a live and silent auction themed around the "Art of Summer", the event kicked off at 6 p.m. with food and drinks available from local vendors and served by volunteers and members of the community. Overseen by Carl Hedin and John Wiecks, the offering was eclectic and delicious.
|Midway through the event, the crowd stopped for speeches to welcome Michael Bussa, chairman of the board and Tracie Romandetti, executive director to the stage who thanked the attendees and organizers, before introducing the clubs Youth of the Year, Emani Peterson. Emani took the microphone and spoke about the positive impact that the club has had on her life.
Finally, Charlie Rose who acted as master of ceremonies for the entire event, spoke about the importance of the club in the community and alluded to a potential job offer for Emani after learning of her desire to enter into journalism.
|Later in the evening, an auction took place where a Grucci Fireworks show went for $12,000, a Beyoncé and Jay Z Front Row Package at Met Life Stadium went for $3,200, and a three-night trip to Caneel Bay went for $2,300. Following the auction, guests resumed in their revelry and spent the evening dancing away until 11 p.m.
Guests included: Alexandra Lebenthal and Jay Diamond, Charlie Rose, James Danzinger, Stefan Beckman, Dana Buchman, Amanda Burden, Lucy Danziger, Phil and Debbie Grucci, Bob Morris, Scott Pask, and Angela Westwater.
|More catching up: Madison Square Boys & Girls Club hosted its' annual Youth of the Year Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. The event hosted more than 650 friends of Madison for an evening of celebration. The four 2014 Youth of the Year shared their stories of determination in the face of adversity, crediting the Clubhouse staff and their Clubhouse experience with their success.
Guests were also treated to a speech from Champion of Youth Honoree, President and CEO of ABM Industries Henrik Slipsager, and Keynote Speaker Chief Philip Banks III, Chief of Department, NYPD.
|Immense community support raised over $1 million dollars, which will benefit the more than 5,000 at-risk youth of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.
Youth of the Year is the national premier recognition program for Boys & Girls Club members. The program celebrates the remarkable lives of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club members who have distinguished themselves by rising above challenging circumstances. Youth of the Year promotes service to the Club, community and family, academic success, strong moral character and life goals.
Madison offers a safe and supportive place where urban youth can come when they are not in school and find support and guidance from caring adults. Madison aims to empower at-risk youth to see past their own circumstances and find the tools necessary to pursue the vast opportunities that lie ahead of them.
|“The Club has created a family away from home and has given me the security from the outside world," said Luz Negron, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year and newly named New York State Youth of the Year "It has given me so many opportunities that I would have never thought would be within my reach. The Club is my home.”
Since 1884, Madison has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing after-school and summer programs for children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle. Every day, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at seven sites throughout Brooklyn and the Bronx as well as at Camp Madison in Kingston, New York.
|Photographs by Patrick McMullan (Parrish, Beach Ball)|