‘The Children Matter’, an exclusive charity event benefiting MATTER & The Starkey Hearing Foundation, was presented by Bridgehampton Benefit at Southampton Arts Center Saturday on Saturday, July 29th. The talented singer/songwriter, Sophie Simmons, was joined by her father, KISS legend, Gene Simmons, wife Former Playmate of the Year, Shannon Tweed-Simmons and their son Nick Simmons. The Simmons Family have been long-time supporters and ambassadors for the nonprofit MATTER.
This event could not have taken place without the incredible dedication and hard work of the main event planner and coordinator team, Noë Brown (Gala 631) and Jason Zimmerman (Founder of Bridgehampton Benefit). The unforgettable evening was kicked off with energizing performance by New York based band, The Janes, immediately followed by a fashion show featuring, Holland’s Next Top Model Winner, Kim Feenstra, and Best Selling Author of The Earth Diet & 10-Minute Recipes Liana Werner-Gray. Adjacent to the fashion show, Kendra Scott had an interactive Hamptons Y’all photo booth.
There were many delectable bites served under the tent including tacos, guacamole, three types of gourmet mac and cheese, passed hor d’oeuvres, and take home drinks and treats from Argo Tea, and Beanfields bean and rice chips. In the center of the tent there was a silent auction.
America’s Got Talent Finalist, Sal Valentinetti, serenaded the over 200 guests, in addition to a rare performance by Hellen Matsos. During the live auction, Gene Simmons out-bid the crowd for a pair of stunning Ruby Earrings. Sophie Simmons closed out the event with an outstanding performance mixed with her originals and popular covers.
Notable guests included Gene Simmons (KISS), Sophie Simmons, Shannon Tweed Simmons (Former Playmate of the Year), Nick Simmons, Sal Valentinetti (America’s Got Talent Finalist), Rohan Marley, Jack Brewer (Former NFL Player), Hellen Matsos (Producer of Emmy Award Winning National Geographic Series, Star Talk & Opera Singer), Liana Werner Gray (Best Selling Author of The Earth Diet & 10-Minute Recipes), Lauren Roberts, Robert Roberts, Stanley & Helen Roth, Former Mayor Mark Epley, David & Jackie Hartstein, Michael & Joan Axelrod, Sandi Young, Quenton Marty (President of Matter), and Brady Forseth (Executive Director of The Starkey Hearing Foundation).
The Children Matter is a collaborative initiative founded by Gene Simmons, nonprofits MATTER and The Starkey Hearing Foundation on the simple belief that the lives of children MATTER. Together MATTER & The Starkey Hearing Foundation are working in 150 countries to igniting healthier futures through access to hearing and healthcare.
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