Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unconditional Love

Guests taking their seats at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation's 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala.
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 18th at a sold out event at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff and Board President Jonathan McCann hosted this year’s Great Gatsby themed event, which honored Leslie Alexander & Liz Brown, Brigid Fitzgerald and Michael Katz and Domenic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS.

Beth Ostrosky Stern
came out to the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, Anna Throne Holst, John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo. Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry.
Beth Stern with Mei Ling
Southampton Mayor Mark Epley
Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed over 300 guests including, Board Member Robert Lohman, Cliff and Raya Knight, Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Jean Remmel FitzsimmonsWendy Wegner, Amy Cosman, Flo Anthony and Jill Rappaport, in addition to Junior committee members Elizabeth Shafiroff, Katie McEntee and Lindsey Spielfogal, who enjoyed dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra.

The real stars of the evening were the cutest cats and puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption.  Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year and funds raised during the night’s cash call went to support the spay/neuter program at the shelter clinic as well as the mobile low cost van granted to the Shelter by the ASPCA.
Chuck Scarborough, Melanie Wombold, Ellen Scarborough, and John Wombold
Dick and Donna Soloway
Proceeds from the event also supported the SASF’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. The Shelter also runs programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF's "Playing For Life" program, created by the SASF's former Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in 100 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes.  SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10% of the best rated shelters in the U.S. In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its "live release rate", which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes.  SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention.  No adoptable animal is left behind! To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at or their Facebook page at
Wirt Blaffer, Conor McEntee, and James Marzigliano
Lisa Hartman with Hazel
Sara Lowenberg, Melissa Cohn, Rebecca Cleary, Elizabeth Stribling-Kivlan
Jill Rappaport with her rescue dog, and Jonathan McCann
Collette Russell, Howard Marton, and Jean Remmel
Chris Vollmer, Ava Watkins, Rocky the dog, Carol Dmitrash
Renee Schlater and Seena Stromberg
Liz Brown, honoree Leslie Alexander, Ginny Frati, and Shelley Berkoski
Tina Flaherty and Patty Francy
Beth Stern, honoree Dr. Dominic Marino, chariwoman Jean Shafiroff, and president Jonathan McCAnn
Alison Beskin and Stephen Ham
Riki Shaw, Richard DeMato, and Jasmine Greenameyer
Fred Tanne, Laurea Tanne, and Kevin Maple
Melisa Pashayan and Laura Pashayan
Bridgette Fitzgerald and Dollie Fitzgerald
Monique Grignard and Henry Buhl
Carol Burns, Toni Haber, Mollie Scruggs, and Sarah Alvarez
James Marcigliano and Kate Mc Entee
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne- Holst, Jean Shafiroff, and Carolyn Maloney
Clif and Raya Knight
Jill Rappaport
Dr. Frank Weiser and Martin Shafiroff
R. Couri Hay and Joe Alexander
Jonathan McCann and Chuck Scarborough
John Catsimatidis, Margo Catsimatidis, and Liliana Cavendish
Nina Delano, Alex Donner, and Katie McEntee
Sharon Bush and Oscar Plotkin
On Saturday, July 18, LongHouse Reserve—the not-for-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization founded by legendary textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen—hosted its 2015 Summer Benefit, ON GOSSAMER WINGS. The gala, which took place on LongHouse Reserve’s beautiful 16-acre East Hampton grounds, celebrated the foundation’s 24th season and honored internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor Kiki Smith with the LongHouse Award. The glamorous garden affair raised $500,000 for the organization.

Guests who arrived in billowy black and shimmery white attire included Agnes Gund, Robert Wilson with Inga Maren Otto, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Alice Aycock, Barbara Slifka, Jenni Muldaur, Maria Bacardi, Jonathan Sheffer, John Hall, Nicole Miller, Fern Mallis, Mary Jane Marcasiano, Ralph Pucci, photographers Ralph Gibson, Michael Halsband, and Larry Warsh, architects Richard Meier, and Steven Holl, Ike Ude, Faith Popcorn, Florence Fabricant, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Janna Bullock, Zoe Bullock, Veronica Atkins, Hala and James Salomon, Vincent Covello, Katja Goldman, April Gornik, and Polina Proshkina.
The Brooklyn Peaches
Party goers entered a bamboo passageway that transported them into a magical universe of sounds, illusions and art. Music was provided by John Houshmand and his art band Soundwall, which played self-styled instruments that stirred everyone’s senses with their unique sounds.

Guests were also serenaded by singer Jenni Muldaur and pianist Jonathan Sheffer, who belt out Cole Porter from the veranda of LongHouse during the cocktail reception.

Synchronized swimmers, the Brooklyn Peaches—permeated the air as “wood nymphs” with a new kind of fantasy and dressed in designs by Nicole Miller and Mary Jane Marcasiano that featured artwork by honoree Kiki Smith.
Tent design by Paul Aizaga
Other guests who were enchanted by the evening included Dr. Andre Goy and Jeffrey Ornstein, Amy and Ronald Guttman, Kiki Spensieri and Scott Kilgour, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Alexandra Munroe, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Jo Ann and Lee Skolnick, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Edwina von Gal, Marcia Wilson and Herb Hellman, Alison Mazzola, Sylvia Mazzola, Joanne and Fred Wilson, Melinda and Andrew Wimpfheimer, Lucy Winton and Bryan Hunt, Hilary Helfant and Jack Youngerman, R. Couri Hay, Theresa Catena, and Barbara and Mark Zand.

The festivities concluded with a grand dinner of lobster and short ribs beneath the stars, punctuated by Kiki Smith’s award and an exciting montage that encouraged the continuing evolvement of the LongHouse Education program. Following the scrumptious feast, the stylish and inimitable DJ Donna d’Cruz invited guests to join her for a no-holds-barred Dessert & Dance Party.
Emily Goldstein, Laurie Lembrecht, Alexandra Monroe, and Victoria Monroe
ON GOSSAMER WINGS was organized by LongHouse Reserve President Dianne B., LongHouse Reserve Board of Trustees; honorary chairs Julianne Moore, Robert Wilson, Edward Albee, Cindy Sherman, Richard Meier, Laurie Anderson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, and Barbara Slifka, among others; and LongHouse Reserve Founder and Curator, the esteemed Jack Lenor Larsen.

Benefit Auction Highlights included works by: Laurie Anderson, Alice Aycock, Ross Bleckner, Dale Chihuly, Jun Kaneko, Steve Miller, Nico Muhly (a compositional drawing), Larry Rivers, Cindy Sherman, Takashi Soga, Nigerian sartorial artist Ike Ude (a portrait of Amy Fine Collins), Robert Wilson, and Lucy Winton, among many others. The pinnacle of the auction was an original bronze coupling Woman and Sheep, one of two artist’s proofs from Kiki Smith that every smart collector would want to own.
Rawan Rihani, Michael Halsband, Nicole Salm, Nicole Sciarrillo, Steve Miller, and Caitlin McKenna
Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton exemplifies living with art in all its forms. Through its arboretum, sculpture gardens and programs, LongHouse Reserve brings together art and nature, aesthetics and spirit, with a strong conviction that the arts are central to living wholly and creatively. LongHouse Reserve is a not-for-profit museum that encompasses nearly 16 beautiful acres in East Hampton, New York. Each year the LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the pavilion and the gardens. Currently, there are more than 60 sculptures for the gardens including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Toshiko Takaezu, and bronzes by Willem de Kooning and Kiki Smith. Works by Alfonso Ossorio, Claus Bury, Yoko Ono, Alexander Calder, Pavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller and a site-specific Sol Lewitt add interesting scale and dimension.

LongHouse is currently open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm. Admission is $10 and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for LongHouse members, children under 12 and high school and college students with ID. Visit

Art in the Gardens is funded in part by a grant from Suffolk County.
Seeton Smith, Kiki Smith, Dianne Benson, and Lys Marigold
Mark Leuthold, Jack Larsen, Dianne Benson, Mary Jane Marcasiano, and Ralph Gibson
Steven and Sheila Bernard
Yan Assoun and Polina Proshkina
Zach Showenhut and Ivan Cheng
Cindy Sherman
James Salomon, Matias Salomon, and Hala Salomon
Ike Ude and Phyllis Hollis
Richard Meier and Fern Mallis
Matko Tomicic and Max Levine
John Hall, Agnes Gund, John Waddell, and Hope Sandrow
Margaret Kashmir and Sharjeel Kashmir
Nicole Miller, Kim Taipale, Janna Bullock, and Emanuele Fiore
Owen Laub, Ralph Pucci, Inga Maren Otto, and Robert Wilson
Donna D'Cruz
On Friday, July 17th, Chess in the Schools, a New York City-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved public school students by using chess as a learning tool to build self-esteem and improve essential non-cognitive skills, held its first Hamptons event with a cocktail reception hosted by architect Kathy Prounis and her husband Othon Prounis, a lawyer with Ropes & Gray, at their home in Bridgehampton.

Guests who mingled by the pool on Friday evening included Chess in the Schools President and CEO Marley J. Kaplan, Vice-President, Development and Communications Yolanda F. Johnson, hosts Kathy and Othon Prounis, Sharon Bush, interior designer Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, artist Melinda Hackett, Debbie Bancroft, Nicole Miller, Liliana Cavendish, Fruzsina Keehn, Eleni and Randall Gianopulos, Kristen and Charlie Krusen, Alison Price Becker, Cricket Burns, Caroline Berthet, Donna Zilkha, Jay Snyder, Kate Picket, Mathew Wolf, George Farias, Alison Mazzola, Melissa Green, Nacho Ramos, Whitney Fairchild, Susan  and Hunter Cushing, Sylvia Hemingway, Polly Onet, Eva Pomice, Kevin Scherer, Kathy Riley, and Satoko Miyake.
To further expand Chess in the Schools’ reach in the Hamptons, on Tuesday, July 28, LongHouse Reserve—the not-for-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization founded by Jack Lenor Larsen—will host a special Chess Tournament for children and throughout Long Island’s East End that will be organized by Chess in the Schools. In addition to the tournament, attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with Yoko Ono’s 1999 work of art, Play it by Trust. The piece is a life-sized chessboard that is completely white with white pieces.
Kathy and Othon Prounis
Alison Mazzola, Alex Papachristidis, Fruzsina Keehn, and Scott Nelson
Chess in the Schools is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving non-cognitive skills and building self-esteem among inner-city public school children. Since 1986, Chess-in-the-Schools has taught, inspired and empowered more than 500,000 students in low-income New York City public schools. Through structured classroom, after-school, weekend and summer programs, Chess in the Schools uses chess as an educational tool to promote learning and to help young people develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving.  Through its various school programs, alumni are able to be analytic thinkers, motivated learners and critical problem solvers. They learn to think before they move, take pride in their accomplishments and become graceful winners and losers.
Sarah Pitari, Stevanica Augustine, Marley Kaplan, and Yolanda F. Johnson
Caroline Berthet and Sharon Bush
Melissa Green, Nacho Ramos, and Whitney Fairchild
Alison Price Becker, Patrick McMullan, Cricket Burns, and Melinda Hackett
Susan Cushing, Hunter Cushing, Eleni Gianopulos, and Randall Gianopulos
Debbie Bancroft, Nicole Miller, and Liliana Cavendish
Mathew Wolf and George Farias
Sylvia Hemingway, Eva Pomice, Kevin Scherer, Kathy Riley, and Satoko Miyake
Randall Gianopulos and Kristen Krusen
Donna Zilkha, Kate Picket, and Marley Kaplan
More than 200 people came together on a beautiful Friday evening in the Hamptons to attend the The Peconic Baykeers annual fundraising gala “Celebration of our Bays” at the beautiful Water Mill estate of George and Joan Hornig, who generously opened up their home for this important event.  Coupled with a book signing by author Annie Falk, who donated 1000 copies of her latest book “Hamptons Entertaining” it made for a special evening in the Hamptons.
The Peconic Baykeeper is the only independent, not-for-profit advocate solely dedicated to the protection and improvement of the aquatic ecosystems of the Peconic and South Shore estuaries of Long Island. Its clean water mission is advanced through conservation and management initiatives, public education, research, monitoring and participation in the public environmental review of projects and activities that may adversely impact the ecological health of the region's waters. The recovery depends on the kinds of enlightened coastal management policies and responsible development practices that can be adopted when citizens and communities come together and are informed and engaged in local decision-making.
George Hornig weclomes guests
Dan Gulizio, Exec. Dir. of Peconic Baykeeper
Annie Falk and Agnes Zilyte
Among the attendees were Diana Taylor, Sid Goodfriend, Susan Bloom, Sharon Kerr, Angela Boyer-Stump, Nancy Herbert, Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, Melanie Wambold, and Greg D’Elia

George Hornig thanked the assembled guests for attending and emphasized how important it is to protect our local waters as pollution threatens the vitality and health of our bays.

Guests were treated to cocktails, and delicious hors d'oeuvres were provided by Tim Burke Productions, while Dennis O’Connor provided the music.

To find out more about the Peconic Baykeeper, visit
Diana Taylor, Joan Hornig, and Julie Glennon
Barbara and Brittany Portman
Derick Schuster, Steve Reiss, and Mary Mattingly
Elizabeth Mohtares and Joan Amadori
Francesca Dricot and Kimberly Goff
Susan Bloom, Angela Boyer-Stump, and Amy Treitel
Joan and David LoPinto
Joan Hornig and Southampton Councilwoman Bridget Fleming
John and Helga Leathers with Perry and Larry Bogart
Kathryn Goodfriend and Kiera Klinsky
Melanie Wambold, Greg D'Elia, and Kirsten Galef
Sharon Kerr and Tanja Huybregts
Sid Goodfriend and Nancy Herbert
Bidding fun for the live auction
Fun footwear
Music by Denis O'Connor (DOC)

Photographs by Patrick McMullan; Rob Rich (SASF); Lisa Tamburini (Peconic)