|This past Saturday night, the East Hampton Library held its 10th Annual Authors Night Benefit under a huge tent at the Gardiner Farm on James Lane in East Hampton where over 1,000 attendees had the opportunity to meet the authors, purchase their books and have them personally inscribed.
Unlike most public libraries, East Hampton Library is funded primarily by private donations rather than taxpayer money, so this night truly will benefit the community. That is the reason so many acclaimed authors participate. The evening then continued as some of the authors discussed their books at dinner parties held in private homes throughout the Hamptons.
|After the Authors Book Signing Cocktail Reception, select guests had dinner at their choice of private home of 23 Hamptons notables, including Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, Jo Carole and Ronald Lauder, Mort Zuckerman and Jane Friedman.
For more information, visit: Authorsnight.org
| Also this past Saturday, August 9th, Actress Julianne Moore hosted Sunset Cocktails on Mill Pond to benefit Children's Health Fund at the home of Ovation Travel's Paul and Lisa Metselaar.
Notable attendees included New York Senator Chuck Schumer who spoke, Beach magazine editor Cristina Cuomo, Bloomberg News anchor Gigi Stone, fashion designer Valentina Kova, Christopher Fischer, Giorgio Armani's Graziano de Boni, and Moore's adorable 12-year-old daughter, Liv Freundlich, among others.
As the sun set and the super moon rose, guests had the opportunity to tour a Children's Health Fund Mobile Medical Clinic, a complete "doctor's office on wheels" and one of 50 that provide underserved children with the health care they desperately need across the country.
Guests also tried out the Jaguar F-Type convertible, a door prize lease that was won by a very lucky Jamie Dahill.
|The live auction, presided over by Christie's Jennifer Wright, offered such tempting goodies as a custom version of the Valentina Kova outfit Moore wore, an exotic vacation to the Maldives, luxurious stays in Maui and in St. Martin and private air travel. The auction continues on Charity Buzz at www.charitybuzz.com/support/CHF.
Children's Health Fund is committed to providing health care to the children who need it most. Its innovative programs reach out to children in their neighborhoods and at school, helping to ensure that they're healthy and ready to learn.
|On July 26, 2014 tastemakers from the Hamptons and New York City indulged their appetites for cuisine and philanthropy at the tenth annual “A Hamptons Happening” fundraiser, raising an estimated $400,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF).
Staged at the scenic Bridgehampton estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel, the event’s tented venue was resplendent in white accentuated by décor and floral arrangements in the SWCRF’s cancer research awareness color Orchid for the Cure. The event honored celebrity chef David Burke, iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson, and Paul Ridley, co-founder of Row For Hope, to support the SWCRF’s funded research programs to reprogram cancer cells and develop less toxic treatments for patients.
Approximately 400 guests enjoyed cuisine presented by the top chefs, restaurants and food and spirits brands in New York City and the Hamptons.
|The evening included an awards presentation and live auction presided over by WCBS-TV Channel 2 News anchor Chris Wragge, “A Hamptons Happening” founding co-chair Laurie Schaffran and SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D., who announced a $25,000 grant for brain cancer research established by the Fishel family in memory of Avi Concool. Wragge galvanized the audience by holding an impromptu auction to match the Fishel’s donation.
Howard Schwartz, principal of Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, conducted the primary auction, which was highlighted by the appearance of Gianni Russo, one of the stars of the classic film “The Godfather,” to present his donation of an authentic Sicilian dinner for eight and a serenade of Italian classic songs performed by Russo himself. Dr. Waxman then presented SWCRF awards to honorees David Burke, Betsey Johnson and Paul Ridley for their support of fundraising and awareness for cancer research.
|"A Hamptons Happening" was chaired by event co-founders Marion Waxman and Laurie Schaffran as well as Jennifer Gould Keil and Jill and Bobby Zarin. The night’s raffle was chaired by Jennifer Myles, who sourced an exciting line-up of designer products donated by Calvin Klein Home, Tori Burch and Lauren Cecchi New York, among many others. Erica Fineberg was the journal chair.
An after party to celebrate the SWCRF’s new Millennial Society committee was hosted at Red Stix by chairpersons Bradley Fishel, Melissa Fishel, Allyson Shapiro and Joanna Wexler.
|In addition to David Burke, participating “A Hamptons Happening” chefs, restaurants and food brands included: 75 Main, Peter Ambrose Catering & Events, Arlotta Food Studio, Bostwick’s Chowder House, Bareburger, The Candied Anchor, Carlyle on the Green, Joe Cipro, Chris Coleman, The Cuddy, Dawn’s Delights, Delmonico’s, Elegant Affairs, Erica’s Rugelach & Baking Co., Fresh Hamptons, Georgica, Hampton Chocolate Factory, Hampton Coffee Co., Komegashi, The Living @ c/o The Maidstone, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Marcony, Pizza Luca, Red Horse Market, Red Stix, The Seafood Shop, Sen Restaurant, Smush and T Salon.
|Financial and in-kind sponsorships were provided by Brewery Ommegang, Douglas Elliman and Palm Bay International. Music was provided by D.J. Phresh of 4AM. Event production was by LBS Productions.
The “A Hamptons Happening” committee included Chris Arlotta, Marjorie Baldinger, Tammy Caress, Diana Chudnoff, Jessica Cohen, Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel, Robyn Joseph, Adrienne Kantor, Robert Kantor, Bettina Klinger, Marcia Lavipour, Jessica Mackin, Pamela Morgan, Mario Pecoraro, Andrew Sabin (Gold Patron), Edward Sadovnik, Sarah Sarpolis, Lisa Simonsen, Diane Spilker, Marc Taub, Sandy Taub, Bettina Waxman and Spencer Waxman.
|If you were not one of the thousands looking up at New York City’s Twin Towers on the morning of August 7, 1974—then August 7, 2014 was your chance.
With Paul Winter on the Soprano Saxophone, floating on a platform in Peter’s Pond, and dramatic readings by actress Melissa Leo (from Philippe Petit’s book To Reach The Clouds) the performance was an act of indelible beauty which benefited the magnificent Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York.
Same man, same high wire, same distance, same tensioning device, same balancing pole—but 40 years later—at a more human scale. Instead of being a “dot in the sky,” Philippe’s features and the details of his aerial choreography were clearly witnessed by all those present.
Conceived, directed and performed by high-wire artist Philippe Petit, the special 40th anniversary “LOOK UP!” event was produced by Kathy O’Donnell. Ted Hartley of RKO Stage was the Executive Producer.
|The extraordinary “LOOK UP!” event at LongHouse Reserve and Philippe Petit’s 40th anniversary walk were followed by an intimate Champagne Supper with Philippe, Paul and Melissa at a private residence nearby.
Guests in attendance included LongHouse Reserve’s Jack Lenor Larsen, Dianne B, Matko Tomicic, Philippe Petit, Kathy O’Donnell, Grammy winning saxophonist Paul Winter, actress Melissa Leo, Ted Hartley, East Hampton Village Mayor Paul Rickenbach, hosts Mary Jane and Charles Brock, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Dan Rattiner, Chris Wasserstein, James Signorelli, Elaine Grove, Anthony Haden-Guest, Molly Chappellet, and Reese Chappellet.
|Photographs by Richard Lewin and Lisa Tamburini (Authors Night); Tom Fitzgerald & Pam Deutchman / society-in-focus.com (Waxman).|