|Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Connecticut’s largest land trust protecting 9,000 acres in Litchfield County, held its 2014 Midsummer Party Benefit on July 26th, hosted by Event Chairs Anne Bass, Lisa Mahar, and Donna Rosen; and Vice-Chairs Linda Allard, Christine Armstrong and Ben Nickoll, John Funt and Richard Childs, Agnes Gund, Brett and Greg Heyman, Jim and Carolyn Millstein, Kirsten Peckerman, Anne-Cecilie and Rob Speyer, and Hiram Williams and Peter Vaughn.
Since 2007, the Midsummer Party has provided a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local residents, non-profit leaders, business professionals, and celebrities from the fashion, film, political, and performing arts worlds to dine together while helping to save the natural areas, fish and wildlife, and working farmland of Northwest Connecticut. This year’s event was held at the John Dorr Nature Laboratory, the Connecticut-campus of the Horace Mann School, which is used for outdoor and environmental education programs for children from Kindergarten through Twelfth grade.
|The speaker for the evening was Richard Louv, co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle. Mr. Louv is also the recipient of the 2008 Audubon Medal; past recipients include Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, and Jimmy Carter. Along with Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust’s Board of Directors, former event chairs and Midsummer Party supporters include: Robert Couturier and Jeffrey Morgan, Diane von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, Jane and Bob Harrison, Rita and Gustave Hauser, Hillary Lane Hochberg and Steven Hochberg, Henry and Nancy Kissinger, Carolyne Roehm and Simon Pinninger, and Bunny Williams and John Rosselli.
|This year’s Midsummer Party benefit raised over $200,000. Proceeds will support Weantinoge’s regional conservation work, environmental education workshops for children and families, and assistance for local farmers. As the state’s largest land trust, Weantinoge maintains 14 nature preserves open to the public with 18 miles of hiking trails, 15 working farms, and offers outdoor and science education programming to more than 200 children and families each year. In 2013, Weantinoge was recognized with an EPA Environmental Merit Award for its outstanding commitment to safeguarding the region’s land, air, and water for present and future generations.|
|The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival's 31st Anniversary Benefit took place on Saturday, August 2, 2014. This was the festival's second event, coming right after the free outdoor kickoff concert on July 30, and featured a one-hour performance followed by cocktails and an elegant dinner at The Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton.
The evening began with a concert featuring Eric Ewazen's vibrant Bridgehampton Suite for Flute and Violin, Viola, and Cello, which was written for the festival in 2006, as well as the elegant Sonata in G Major for Two Cellos by 18th-century French composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, and perhaps the greatest piano quartet ever written, Schumann's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47.
|The performers, led by flutist and festival founder Marya Martin, include violinists Amy Schwartz Moretti and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violist Beth Guterman Chu, cellists Edward Arron and Carter Brey, and pianist Joyce Yang.
The BCMF Board of Directors is led by Kenneth S. Davidson, chairman, and includes Arlene Alda, Peter D'Angelo; William J. Fleming; Keith R. Gollust; Mary Rodgers Guettel; Anne Gilchrist Hall; Judith Little; Marya Martin; Helen Meates; Sandra R. Meyer; Paige L. Nagle; Katheryn C. Patterson; Joseph L. Rice, III; and Connie Steensma.
WSHU-FM is the official radio sponsor of the 2014 Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
|In the 31 years since its founding, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has become known for presenting a broad and stimulating range of music performed by some of the best musicians in the country in one of the most beautiful seaside settings the East Coast has to offer. Currently comprising around a dozen events spanning four weeks, the Festival began with an inspired idea. New Zealand-born flutist Marya Martin and Manhattan businessman Ken Davidson had just married, as Allan Kozinn of The New York Times relates: "Davidson was dismayed by the prospect that Ms. Martin would be spending her summers traveling the festival circuit while he worked in the city and spent weekends on his own in the Hamptons." Ken and Marya's solution—to start their own festival, right in Bridgehampton—is now local legend. To learn more and buy tickets to the festival, visit www.bcmf.org.|
|On Thursday, August 7th, more than 600 people attended UJA-Federation of New York's 2014 Hamptons Trunk Show at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. The trunk show featured more than 70 vendors selling designer clothing, jewelry, accessories, art, and home décor, as well as music and refreshments, all in an elegantly tented outdoor space. The event was chaired by Ramy Sharp and vice chaired by Jill Bikoff, Stacey Bronfman, Harriet Croman, Jennifer Gardner Trulson, Jamie Mitchell, and Debbie Wilpon. Twenty percent of the proceeds of all sales go toward UJA-Federation's annual campaign to sustain its network of nearly 100 nonprofit agencies that touch the lives of 4.5 million people annually.|
|On Saturday, August 2, The Santa Fe Opera, the premier summer opera festival in North America, hosted its annual Summer Gala. Held at the Eldorado in downtown Santa Fe, the glamorous event delighted 300 guests with a red carpet Perrier-Jouët champagne reception, five-star dinner and dancing until midnight with The Pink Flamingos. Susan Graham, Santa Fe’s own diva par excellence, charmed audiences with three magnificent pieces, including La Vie en Rose, which she performed at the piano.|
|In attendance for the evening’s festivities were: Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson, Charles MacKay (General Director), Susan Graham, Harry Bicket, Anthony Michaels-Moore and Emily Doyle Moore, Sam Donaldson and Sandy Maxwell, Cindy Aloi and Irwin Sugarman, Beth and Steve Moise, Bob and Myra Hull, David and Kay Ingalls, Brenda Rae, Erin Morley, Kevin Burdette, Susan Morris (Board President), Nedra Matteucci, Carey Ramos and Catrina Bentley, Shana and Clem Gunn, Frederick Haas, Michael Gieleta, Peter and Joanna Townsend and David and Mary Beth Kenny. The event was co-chaired by Sue and Phil Marineau.|
|On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the City Parks Foundation welcomed supporters and players to their annual Golf Tournament at the Dyker Beach Golf Course in Brooklyn. Joining the foundation was LPGA pro and former US Open champion Cristie Kerr, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, business executives, and government officials. The tournament had nearly 60 competitors and raised over $78,000 for CityParks Golf presented by René Lacoste Foundation.
Special guests included Cristie Kerr, LPGA Pro; Ron Lieberman, Executive VP for the Trump Organization; Peter L. Malkin, Chairman Emeritus of the Empire State Realty Trust; Francis Pierrel, CEO & President of Lacoste North America; Mitchell J. Silver, NYC Parks Commissioner and Alison Tocci, President, City Parks Foundation.
Thanks to the support of Cristie Kerr and the Trump Organization, City Parks Foundation honored 13 year old junior golfer Nortee Panpinyo, of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with a new scholarship that will send him to the prestigious Doral Publix Junior Classic tournament in Florida this December. This premiere tournament for junior golf brings over 680 juniors from around the globe to participate each year. Contestants not only have to be great golfers but they must demonstrate academic excellence in the classroom. City Parks Foundation will send Nortee, all expenses paid, to compete in the tournament. Nortee has been playing in the CPF program since 2008.
|Cristie Kerr's ties to the Doral Publix Junior Classic go back over two decades. Cristie grew up playing in junior golf programs of the Miami-Dade area and is a past champion of the event which is celebrating over 30 years of championship golf. The event has produced other past champions including Lexi Thompson, Rory McIlroy, Sean O'Hair, Candie Kung, Grace Park, Michelle McGann, and many others.
Proceeds from Golf Tournament benefitted CityParks Golf, a special program that provides free professional golf instruction to more than 3,500 young people, ages 6-17, in neighborhood parks throughout all five boroughs. Funds also support the CityParks Junior Golf Center, located behind Dyker Beach Golf Course, the Junior Golf Center is a state-of-the-art facility offering more advanced instruction and tournament training to NYC youth players.
|Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF's programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more details, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.|
|Photographs by Durst Breneiser (City Parks)|