Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Paddle & Party for Pink

Jackie and Bippy Siegal, Myra Biblowit, Kinga Lampert, Larry and Maria Baum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabby Reece, Laird Hamilton, Tracy Anderson, and Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, and Gary Cohn.
The Hamptons were rocking on Saturday with the fifth annual Paddle & Party for Pink raising a record-breaking $1.75 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow, the two-part event included a morning paddle board race in Sag Harbor and a sunset party at Fairview on Mecox Bay in Bridgehampton which featured a live performance by the Grammy Award-winning Nile Rodgers and Chic. The night was capped off with a music set by DJ Brendan Fallis.
Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.
Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece.
Gregory Baum, Joey Baum, Larry Baum, Maria Baum, Laird Hamilton, Reece Viola Hamilton, and Brody Jo Hamilton.
Jamie Tisch and Gabby Reece.
Katie Lee and Tracy Anderson.
Attendees included Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton, Tracy Anderson, Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe, Monique Lhuillier, Nicole Miller, Katie Lee, Pat Kiernan, David and Sybil Yurman, Jason Sehorn and Christina Steinbrenner among many others.  Maria and Larry Baum, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn and Gary Cohn, Kinga and Edward Lampert, and Jackie and Bippy Siegal were the event’s co-chairs.

Led by fitness guru Tracy Anderson, surfer and founder of stand-up paddle boarding, Laird Hamilton and his wife, volleyball player, Gabby Reece, the morning’s paddle race at Haven’s Beach kicked off with 200 paddlers after a moving speech by Maria Baum describing her battle with breast cancer.  “This is why we’re here.  To save lives,” said her husband, Larry Baum while speaking of his wife and women facing the disease.
Jennifer Levene Bruno with T and C team.
Tracy Anderson. Jamie Tisch.
Laird Hamilton.
Jason Sehorn. Maria Baum.
Pat Kiernan.
Laird Hamilton, Jennifer Levene Bruno, and Maria Baum with the Town & Country team.
Since the event’s inception, Paddle & Party for Pink has raised more than $5 million for BCRF’s mission of funding innovative breast cancer research around the world.  Founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993, BCRF has been involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.  This year, the charity is investing $54 million to support the work of 240 scientists across 13 countries, making it the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide.  91 cents of every dollar goes towards BCRF’s mission.  To find out how you can help, click here. — Delia von Neuschatz.
The tent where dinner was served for 500 guests.
Guests adhered to the evening’s dress code of “think pink.”
The beautiful setting for the sunset party was the edge of Mecox Bay.
Custom paddle and surf boards, a highlight of the evening’s silent auction, were designed by artists and designers such as Matt Bond, Mark Boomershine, Christina Burch, Tory Burch, Eric Cahan, Michael Dweck, Natasha Law, Greg Miller, Nicole Miller, Scott O’Neil, Lisa Perry, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, Donald Robertson and Serena & Lily.
Pink teacups made for pretty serving dishes.
Gwyneth Paltrow presided over the evening’s festivities which featured a live and silent auction.  The Oscar-winning actress raised the evening’s take considerably by donating a surprise live auction item – her personal tickets to a private Cold Play concert at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett this past Sunday night.  The $55,000 winning bid included a guaranteed kiss (on the lips!) from her “consciously uncoupled husband” (her words as she took the stage), Cold Play lead singer, Chris Martin.
Gwyneth Paltrow.
Kinga Lampert.
Lydia Fenet and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Maria Baum, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gabrielle Reece, and Laird Hamilton.
Another highlight of the evening was a silent auction showcasing custom surf and paddle boards designed by artists and designers such as Tory Burch, Michael Dweck, Nicole Miller, Lisa Perry, and Serena & Lily
Gary Cohn, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn. Gwyneth Paltrow, Tracy Anderson, and Maria Baum.
Molly Sims and Mark Boomershine.
Maria and Larry Baum with children Sabrina, Joey, and Gregory Baum.
Charles and Myra Biblowit. Desiree Gruber.
Jackie Siegal and Christina Steinbrenner.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Nile Rodgers.
Gabrielle Reece, Laird Hamilton, Reece Hamilton, and Brody Jo Hamilton. Amy France.
Judith Giuliani.
Myra Biblowit, Maria Baum, Tracy Anderson, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, and Kinga Lampert.
Jennifer Fisher, Lauran Walk, Tracy Anderson, and Katie Lee Joel.
Monique Lhuillier and Nicole Miller. Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale.
Lisa and David Klein, Kinga Lampert, and Christina Steinbrenner.
Brendan Fallis.
Dawn and Pat Kiernan.
The peerless, Grammy Award-winning Nile Rodgers and the ladies of Chic brought the house down with their many hits including “Everybody Dance,” “Dance, Dance, Dance, (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah),” “I’m Coming Out” (written and produced for Diana Ross), “Le Freak,” (Ahhh, Freak Out!), “Good Times,” “We are Family” (written for Sister Sledge) and “Get Lucky” (co-written for Daft Punk’s Pharrell Williams). 
This is the second year that Nile Rodgers and Chic performed at the Paddle & Party for Pink Hamptons fundraiser.  That’s because cancer research is a cause close to Rodgers’ heart.  “Get Lucky,” one of the best-selling songs of all time, was released in 2013, three years after the artist was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.  His doctor had told him to go home and get his affairs in order.  For the acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer, that meant writing and performing twice as much as he had done in the past – a tall order indeed considering his long and extremely successful career, collaborating on hits with many musical artists from Sister Sledge and Diana Ross to Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Lady Gaga. Six years after his doctor’s dire prognosis, the indefatigable, cancer-free Rodgers is living (and singing) to tell the tale.
Photographs by Michael Blanchard & Patrick McMullan