|On Saturday, August 8th, Audrey Gruss hosted a White Tea Garden Party at her Southampton home for thirty of her friends to kick off her upcoming Hope For Depression Research Foundation's Fall Luncheon which will take palce on November 10th at 583 Park Avenue.
Guests were invited to wear their brightest whites. Classic tea sandwiches were passed around. There were white linen covered tables laden with pastel-colored pastries in the poolhouse. The grounds of "Fairwind," the Gruss property, featured a white cutting garden, blooming white hydrangeas, a white and green woodland garden and the swimming pool surrounded by white dogwood trees, as well as an apple orchard and a white birch allee.
|Rosemarie Pacheco of Grace's Marketplace in Manhattan gave a short talk explaining how white tea is one of the most effective antioxidants. It is a rare tea, harvested only once a year and originally saved for emperors and nobility in the Far East to enjoy. It is now available for all – even an emperor if you can find one – through its U.S. distributor The Republic of Tea. All guests left with gifts of white tea from The Republic of Tea.|
|Among the ladies in white on a beautiful, warm Southampton afternoon were Serena Boardman, Karen LeFrak, Margo Nederlander, Louise Blouin, Kim Heirston, Susan Mortimer, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Carol Mack, Lise Evans, Dana Hammond Stubgen and Francesca Stanfill Nye.|
|Audrey started Hope for Depression nine years ago to fund cutting-edge, neuroscience research into the origins, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of depression and other mood disorders – bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, anxiety disorder and suicide.
In 2010, HDRF launched its Depression Task Force (DTF) – an outstanding collaboration of seven leading scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, from different research institutions across the U.S. and Canada.
These scientists have developed an unprecedented research strategy that integrates the most advanced knowledge in genetics, epigenetics, molecular biology, electrophysiology, and brain imaging. To accelerate breakthrough research, they share ongoing results, in real time, at the new HDRF Data Center. For more information, visit: www.hopefordepression.org
|Also on Saturday, August 8th, the 2015 summer gala benefiting Hyde Hall took place on the grounds of the historic house museum in Cooperstown, New York. The Kentucky Derby theme event titled Run for the Roses,was co-chaired by Cooperstown philanthropist Carrie Thompson and New York interior decorator Eric Lysdahl
The event honored Edward W. Stack of New York -- a beloved Cooperstown figure and a former chairman of the The Clark Estates & The Clark Foundation (of the Clark family Singer sewing machine fortune). The Clark Foundation's public works and philanthropic activities in the region have included the awarding of more than $80 million in college scholarships to local students over the past 40 years.
|Guests were treated to mint juleps in silver beakers made with locally distilled bourbon courtesy of Cooperstown Distillery, and live bluegrass musical entertainment by The Handsome Hearts -- a Brooklyn-based trio -- followed by dinner, dancing, and a mock horse race with individually decorated horses by local artists under an enchanted big-top decorated by Laird Elting.|
|Attendees included: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge (of the 'Fabulous Beekman Boy's' TV fame), Susan Henshaw Jones (director of Museum of the City of New York), Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., Andy and Flis Blum, Keyes and Allison Hill-Edgar, Doug and Carrie Thompson, Christopher and Jen Hulse, Mitchell Owens, David and Nancy Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gipson, Faith Gay and Francesca Zambello, Eric Lysdahl and Lawrence Lewis III (CEO of Assael Jewels Inc.)|
|The New York Center for Children (NYCC) hosted "The Sunflower Party" on Friday, August 7th at the home of Henry Buhl in Southampton. Henry, incidentally, is a longtime aficionado of the Sunflower. He has a whole field of them on his property. His house's interior contains a plethora of Sunflower images in one form or another. I think he once told me the significance of the Sunflower to him. Although Henry has a very practical side and the Sunflower is nothing if not practical in many ways. It grows very easily in sandy soil with lots of direct sunlight. They can grow very tall – even 12 to 14 feet in height. And they're charming and bright and sunny, and practically indestructible. That's also a good description of children who are cared for, nurtured and supervised in a harmonious atmosphere.|
|There was a silent auction. There were cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (it was a beautiful evening and so it was outside). Lots of cocktails, and from the looks of it all promoted (good for the charity) by a company called Manhattan Moonshine, as well as Sufi Wines, Circo Southampton, Pasion Tequila, Iceberg Vodka, Furzen Ice, Tracy Stern Tea and Gabriella Wines. There was a band led by Alfredo Merat, and there was dancing and even serenading by one of the guests, Metropolitan Opera soprano Alyson Cambridge who gave a rendition of George Gershwin and DuBose Hayward's "Summertime."
Following Ms. Cambridge's performance, Lauren Vernon, who was a co-chair of the party, spoke to the guests about the importance of raising funds to help the children and families who use the NYCC's resources. The NYCC offers relief to families and children who have been victims of abuse. It provides free comprehensive therapy for as long as needed. They never turn a chld away. But it is a non-profit and relies entirely on donations to ensure providing these services.
|In the crowd: Lucia Hwong Gordon, Lauren Vernon, Christine Rales, Randy Polumbo, Nicole DiCocco Tracey Stern, Joy Marks, Anna and William Mann, Jean Shafiroff, Elizabeth Belfer, Vivan Van Dijk, Maria Elena Christiansen, Harrison Morgan, Alison Sneed, Kristy Rao, Elita Abkarian, Chanel Korby, Cheri Kaufman and Bill Sclight, Andrew Flach, Andrea Greeven-Douzet, Dr. Penny Grant, Lisa Herbert, William Kehler, Maria and Mario Maccioni, Jackie Rogers, Howie Rosen, Randi Schatz, Aviva and Reid Drescher, Christine Crowther, Hana Bisceglie.|
Photographs by Patrick McMullan; Lisa Tamburini (Artist & Writers)