300 guests attended this past Saturday night’s 19th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God’s Love We Deliver at the historic Samuel Parrish house, est. 1889 in Southampton, NY. This signature event supports God’s Love We Deliver, the only organization of its kind that cooks and home delivers 1.8 million nutritious, individually tailored meals annually to clients living with severe illnesses, their children and senior caregivers.
Seen at the event were: Fern Mallis, Terrence Meck, Richard Mishaan, Margaret Russell, Mark Brashear and Jim Shreve, Alexandra Idol and Justin Sperling, Louise Grunwald, Alfredo Paredes and Brad Goldfarb, Jean Shafiroff, Tamara Tunie, and Vicente Wolf to name a few.
“We look forward to Midsummer Night Drinks every year,” says David Ludwigson, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of God’s Love We Deliver. “It’s a special way for our guests to support God’s Love and kick off the summer season with a really fun event.”
Guests bid on God’s Love program items such as meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or the special holiday meals that God’s Love We Deliver sends to their clients.
This year’s corporate sponsor was Tito’s Handmade Vodka with special thanks to Canard, Inc., Campari, and Jordan Roth.
Guests left the beautiful evening with “Chuck’s Famous Brownies,” baked with love by Chuck the Baker, who has been the baker for God’s Love more than 28 years.
God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. All of the agency’s services are provided free to clients, and full of love. In its history of more than 34 years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. Because the demand for services of God’s Love has grown more than 135% in ten years, this year’s Midsummer Night Drinks was more important than ever.
God’s Love We Deliver cooks and home-delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Founded in 1985 as a response to the AIDS pandemic, we now serve people living with more than 200 different diagnoses. To support the health and well-being of their clients, God’s Love provides ongoing nutrition assessment, education, and counseling, and advocate for food and nutrition support. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization serving individuals living with illness, and their children and caregivers. With a community of more than 14,000 volunteers, they deliver 1.8 million meals annually. All services are free to clients and full of love.
For more information, visit godslovewedeliver.org.
On Friday, June 14th, The Nantucket Historical Association hosted the grand opening of the Fine Arts Wing at the Whaling Museum. The evening began with a ribbon cutting of the new Williams Forsyth Gallery, featuring its inaugural exhibit, Two Hundred Years of American Art on Nantucket: Pairings from the NHA and Private Collections. This exhibit was made possible by the generous support of NHA Board President Kelly Williams and her husband, Andrew Forsyth.
The evening also celebrated the loan exhibit from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in the McCausland Gallery, Modern American Realism: Highlights from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection. This exhibit was made possible with generous support fromBonnie and Peter McCausland, the Sara Roby Foundation, Kelly Williams & Andrew Forsyth, Jason Tilroe, and First Republic Bank. The C. F. Foundation in Atlanta supports SAAM’s traveling exhibition program Treasures to Go.
“We believe that music has the power to make the world a better place and with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, we strive to achieve this every day”, declared CEO Leszek Barwinski-Brown, as he welcomed a capacity audience to their first Young Scholars Concert at Steinway Hall. Lang Lang himself chose the performers — offering a note to the program, “My wife, Gina Alice, and I send our love and support. You’ll forgive us for not being there as we were on our honeymoon in China.”
A disarming talented and stunning Aliya Alsafa, 14, played Ravel, Mozart, Liszt and Morton Gould with remarkable command. Amir Siraj, 19, now an alumni of the program, played Mozart, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff. Currently he’s at Harvard, studying both piano and astrophysics (and a member of the Steinway Young Artist program).
Among the audience were board members David Hyrck, Kyle Wool, plus his wife Soo Yu, and guests Teri Agins, Liliana Cavendish, Joanna Fisher, Stephanie and John Foster, Barrett Frelinghuysen, Michèle Gerber Klein, Luchia Hwong Gordon, Sylvia Hemingway, Kate and Gary Parr, Sana Sabbagh, Klara and Larry Silverstein, Mengmeng Wang, and Victoria Wyman.
Leszek Barwinski-Brown closed the concert saying, “Without your friendship, we could have never accomplished and of this.” A Moët & Chandon reception followed.
Photographs by Patrick McMullan (God’s Love); Eleanor Hallewell (NHA); Annie Watt (Lang Lang).