Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lovin' Long Island

Students perform at the Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts’ Annual Gala —“Dreaming in the Woods."
Last Friday in Bridgehampton, The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening celebrated culinary excellence, philanthropy and science for a cancer cure to benefit the research programs of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) under a tent on the estate of Maria and Kenneth Fishel. The event marked the announcement of two new SWCRF research grants and closed with exciting performances by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and recording artist Sophie Beem, a protégé of Beyoncé.

The evening fundraiser featured tastings from some of the leading chefs, restaurants and food and beverage brands in New York City and the Hamptons. Highlights included the announcements of two separate grants created by the SWCRF in collaboration with the Kate McGarrigle Foundation and the Ann Liguori Foundation for research in sarcoma and ovarian cancer, respectively.  Ms. Liguori presented a $15,000 check to SWCRF Founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D.  Dr. Waxman then delivered an overview of the new SWCRF Partnership for Aging and Cancer Research, leading into the science auction led by auctioneer Lucas Hunt.
Bobbie Lloyd, Samuel Waxman, M.D., Marion Waxman, Chef Gabriel Kreuther, and Margaret Hayes
A Hamptons Happening was hosted by CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge and honored the achievements and charitable contributions of high-profile professionals from a wide range of industries: Glenn Myles, Chairman and CEO of First Wall Street Capital; Bobbie Lloyd, Chief Baking Officer of Magnolia Bakery; Shep Gordon, Talent Manager, Hollywood Film Agent, Producer and Author; Gabriel Kreuther, Owner and Executive Chef of Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, a Michelin Star recipient, and Relais & Chateaux restaurant; and Margaret Hayes, President and CEO of Fashion Group International.

This year’s benefit was chaired by event Co-Founder Marion Waxman and co-chairs Karen Amster-Young, Chris Arlotta, Jake Croman, Erica Linden-Fineberg, Jacob Frisch, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Jennifer Saraf Myles and Jake Taub.
Karen Amster-Young, Rufus Wainwright, Dana Forman, and Brett Forman
The event was produced by Robin Lathrop of By Robin. Music and a fun photo booth were provided by Untouchable Events.

Sponsors and event partners included: AmTrust Title, Hamptons Magazine, Media Sponsor, The Independent, Newspaper Partner, Keith’s Nervous Breakdown Margarita Mix, Pottery Barn Southampton, and Williams-Sonoma Bridgehampton

Performers from The National Circus Project were again on hand to delight attendees with their whimsical presence and magic tricks.
Howard and Debbie Shlafmitz with Elin and Michael Nierenberg
William Sullivan, Pamela Morgan, Marion Waxman, and Laurie Schaffran
Patsy Lynch, Rosemarie Bravo, and Michelle Feeley Sophie Beem
Bradley Fishel, Melissa Fishel, Maria Fishel, and Kenneth Fishel
Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles, and Oliver Myles Robert Kinberg and Sharon Wilkes Kinberg
Samuel Waxman, M.D., Allison Fineberg, Robert Weiner, and Ann Liguori
Bobbie Lloyd, Shep Gordon, and Norena Barbella
Samuel Waxman, M.D., Helen Samuels, and Chris Wragge
On Thursday, August 3rd, nearly 600 people attended this year’s Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts’ Annual Gala —“Dreaming in the Woods”— Held in a tent on the Camp’s beautiful 140-acre wooded campus in Wheatley Heights, Long Island. It was the most successful Usdan gala to date.

The fundraiser began with a concert featuring many of the students showcasing the skills developed over the 2017 Season. The dinner featured performances from Hedgecock Fellow Christopher Edwards (11th grade violinist); Shoring Fellow Andrew Kupferman (12th grade percussionist) and Ross Fellow Ashley Slapo (12th grade flutist). And, a Kids’ Carnival – with games donated by Marcy and Abe Kaplan—kept the younger attendees engaged throughout the evening.
John Usdan
Lauren Brandt Schloss
VIPs on hand: Jennifer Allan Soros, John Bennardo (Legacy Builders), John & Eva Usdan, Susan Weber (Historian/former ED Open Society Institute), Margaret Williams and Richard Eisenberg. Lesley Friedman Rosenthal, Lillian and Joel Cohen, Dale and Debra Lewis (Arts Reach Fund), Marian Conway (NY Community Bank Foundation), Gerald and Nancy Federlein, Philip Santoli, Dr. Jerrold Ross (Dean, St. John's University, School of Education), Liz Axelrod, Lisa Valentine, Angela Jaggar, Ned Wight, along with Usdan’s Executive Director Lauren Brandt Schloss, Artist Pedro Lasch and Choreographer Juliana May celebrating the evening honorees Amy Hagedorn (philanthropist; posthumously honored) –accepted by Amy’s grandaughter and Usdan alumna, Shaye O’Beirne—as well as John Corrado (Suffolk Transportation Services), Kevin Clifford (Huntington Coach Corporation), Amy Schecher (Usdan’s Director of Student Leadership Programs) and Andrew Copper (former Usdan Associate Executive Director).
Phil and Marie DiDomenico
Andrea Morris-Edwards and Christopher Edwards
Lesley Rosenthal, Nancy Fadem, and Sheldon and Deanna Friedman
Shaye O’Beirne and Lisa Valentine
Pedro Lasch, Oliver Hagen, and Mike Blutman
Andrew Copper
Margaret Williams and Richard Eisenberg
Doug and Karin Barnaby
Guests toasting at Usdan's Summer Gala
The Southampton Hospital hosted its 59th Annual Summer Party on Saturday, August 5th in support of Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care in the South Fork. The event was produced and took place at the corner of Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road in Southampton, NY. The honorary chair for this year’s event was Georgina Bloomberg. The 2017 benefit chairs were Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy and Marigay McKee and Bill Ford. Douglas Elliman Real Estate was this year’s corporate chair.

The evening was designed, catered and produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events.  A long-time supporter of multiple causes, Larry is as respected for his expert party planning skills as he is for his philanthropy.  Larry supports over 30 causes annually and has been working with Southampton Hospital for the past two years.  The lavish “Larry Party” provided stunning ambiance to the event with exquisite floral arrangements, decadent cuisines, luxurious décor and lighting, and attention to detail. Music by the Groove Society serenaded guests as they partook in a delectable all-night feast.
The night raised more than $1.5 million to provide support the Paulson Emergency Department which treats more than 25,000 people annually.

The evening was emceed by Fox 5’s Good Day New York host Greg Kelly. Among the guests were Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary Geary Ross, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen Irving, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Julie Ratner, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Chairman Howard M. Lorber, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation; Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association Chairman Kenneth Wright, and Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley.
Steve Bernstein, Wilbur Ross, Robert Zimmerman, and Hillary Ross
Debra Halpert, Lawrence Scott, Scott Seltzer, Sammy Seltzer, and Steven Burke
Arnie Rosenshein and Paola Bacchini Bobby and Marjorie Emden
Co-Chairs Terrence McNally, Tom Kirdahy, Marigay McKee, Bill Ford, and Bob Chaloner
Steve Schutzer and Sara Herbert-Galloway Southampton Mayor Michael Irving and Ellen Irving
Bob Chaloner, Greg Kelly, and Judith Grey
Dr. Olga McAbee and Thomas McAbee Julie Stone and Jay Schniederman
Todd Bourgard, Barbara Bourgard, Paul Brennan, and Dawn Wexler
Melanie Wambold and Somers Farkas Jean Shafiroff
Photos by Rob Rich (SH Hospital & Waxman); Romina Hendlin (Usdan).