A Breath of Fresh Air

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A kick-off cocktail party at the historic Maidstone Club welcomed in the East Hampton House & Garden Tour, now in its 37th year.

The Fresh Air Fund held its Annual Fall Benefit, “The Big Apple Bash,” presented by The Fresh Air Fund Council at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Over 350 supporters and friends enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing. Singers Alyson Cambridge and Colin Smith and a band of amazing musicians gave a fabulous performance.  The event raised nearly $400,000 to benefit The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization.

The Benefit Chairs were Isabelle B. Krusen, Courtney Alexis Langer and Tamie Peters Thomas and Richard D. Thomas. Vice Chairs were Alyson Cambridge, Amanda Starbuck Hanlan, James T. Tang, Mara Upson and Frank A. Zimbaro.


L. to r.: Will Rodd, Council Member of The Fresh Air Fund, and Benji Nwachukwu, Council Member of The Fresh Air Fund; Chris O’Malley and Wendy Flanagan, President of the Board of The Fresh Air Fund.

Gold Underwriters were Blavatnik Family Foundation, Con Edison, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., John and Jeanet Irwin on behalf of Hillside Capital Incorporated, Glenn and Alina Pacchiana and Thalle Industries, Kimberly Steward, Winston & Strawn LLP/Mats & Lydia Carlston. Underwriters were Carofin, LLC, Chelsea Piers, LizabethAnn Rogovoy Eisen, Wendy Flanagan and Chris O’Malley and Donald L. Hawks III. Special thanks to Michter’s Distillery.

Since its founding in 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit youth development organization, has provided free life-changing summer experiences in the outdoors to more than 1.8 million children from New York City’s underserved communities. Young people also participate in year-round leadership, career exploration and educational programs. For more information, visit www.FreshAir.org.


Lisa Gitelson, CEO of The Fresh Air Fund, Lydia Carlston, Mats G. Carlston, Board Member of The Fresh Air Fund, and Isabelle B. Krusen, Board Member and President of the Council of The Fresh Air Fund.
L. to r.: Z Huang and Victoria Kennedy; Nicole DeFosset, Council Member of The Fresh Air Fund, and Suzanne DeFosset, Council Member of The Fresh Air Fund.
Richard D. Thomas, Board Member of The Fresh Air Fund, LizabethAnn Rogovoy Eisen, Board Member of The Fresh Air Fund, and Katherine Bruck.
L. to r.: Josh Levin and Hannah Van Winkle; Ariel Pierre and Kiara Pierre.
Jarrett Keys, Siumy Keys, Board Member of The Fresh Air Fund, Lisa Gitelson, Alpha Conteh, CFO of The Fresh Air Fund, and Michael Clarke, COO of The Fresh Air Fund.
L. to r.: Laura Maged and Alexis F. Maged, Board Member of The Fresh Air Fund; Alyson Cambridge.
William P. Lauder, Chairman of the Board of The Fresh Air Fund, Georgina Bloomberg, and Lisa Gitelson.

A kick-off Cocktail Party on the evening of Friday, November 25, welcomed in the highly anticipated East Hampton House & Garden Tour. This annual event, now in its 37th year, was held at the historic Maidstone Club, ringing in the East End holiday season in style!

The Cocktail Party was well attended by history buffs, local dignitaries, architects, interior designers, home enthusiasts, and design aficionados. Distinguished guests included Media Sponsor HC&G’s Kendell Cronstrom and Alejandro Saralegui, Alan Patricof, Howard Williams and Eric Gunhus, Dianne Benson and Lys A. Marigold, Interior Designers Tom Samet and Nathan Wold, and Barbara Ostrom, East Hampton Historical Society Executive Director Stephen Long, members of the Board of Trustees, including President Michael Clifford, Vice President Hilary Osborn Malecki, Treasurer Arthur “Tiger” Graham, House & Garden Tour Committee Chairs Joseph Aversano, James Blauvelt, and Dale Ellen Leff, and Committee members including Annette Cumming, Leah & Alain Lebec, Jan Willem Bergen Henegouwen, Mary Jane and Charles Brock, Coco Shean, among others.



The following day, the East Hampton Historical Society hosted the 2022 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of architecture in the East End. Explore Five Spectacular East Hampton Properties Spanning Five Centuries, this year’s tour – comprising five distinguished homes & gardens – offered a one-time-only glimpse inside some of East Hampton’s most storied residences. With over 800 attendees, the East Hampton House & Garden Tour enjoyed the biggest attendance in their 37-year history.


East Hampton’s “White House”, which dates to 1724, is one of the East Hampton’s most recognizable properties.

“The House & Garden Tour is one of our most important fundraisers,” said Event Chairman Joseph Aversano, “and all proceeds will support the East Hampton Historical Society’s museums and vital educational programming for hundreds of students each month.


Leah and Alain Lebec.
Ayse Kenmore, Dianne Benson, and Lys Marigold.
Jim Blauvelt and Annette Cumming.
Katie and Tiger Graham.
Charles Brock and Mary Jane Brock.
Michele Siano and Jan Willem Van Bergen Henegouwen.
Dan Marotta and Amy Zavatto.
Anthony Waltz and Lynn Stefanelli.
Kendell Constrom and Alejandro Saralegui.
Pamela Eldridge and Sabina Streeter.
L. to r.: Steve Long and Mike Clifford; Justin Sautter, Libby Sautter, and Jim Blauvelt.
Eric Gunhus and Howard Williams.
Joseph Aversano and Dale Elen Leff.
Tom Samet, Tamara Stephenson, and Randal Stephenson.
Justin Sauter, Libby Sauter, Jonathan Stas, and Jim Blauvelt.
Tom Samet, Barbera Ostrom, and Nathan Wold.
Joe Cipro and Jessica Mackin.

Photographs by Jenna Bascom (Fresh Air Fund); Rossa Cole (East Hampton Historical Society).

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