Bridgehampton Benefit: The Children Matter

‘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.

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13th Annual A Hamptons Happening 2017

The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) took place this past on Saturday, August 5 from 6:30-10pm at the private estate of Maria & Kenneth Fishel and Family in Bridgehampton. The host for the evening was CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge. This is one of my favorite Hamptons summer events for a number of reasons: the enthusiastic guests, the organization and professionalism of the staff, and the extravagant culinary display that easily rivals any other Hamptons summer soirée. The evening drew in about 500 guests and had the opportunity to savor plenty of fine cuisine and sip cocktails all while having the opportunity bid on live and silent auction items.

Event-goers were also treated to live performances by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and up-and-coming recording artist Sophie Beem. Wainwright’s performance celebrated the introduction of a sarcoma research grant established jointly by the SWCRF and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation (KMF), a nonprofit organization he and his family founded to support sarcoma research after his mother passed away from the disease. Beem is a rhythmic pop singer, songwriter, and musician from New York City who was discovered and developed by Beyoncé. She has opened for Beyoncé internationally on the historic Formation World Tour, performed at the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day, DigiTour, and Jay-Z’s Made In America Festival.
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Hayground Chefs Dinner 2017

Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen celebrated their 13th Annual Chefs Dinner on Sunday, July 30th at Hayground School in Bridgehampton. Chefs Tom Colicchio and Nick and Toni’s and Hayground Founder Toni Ross hosted the farm-to-table benefit dinner honoring Chef Bill Telepan and Tinka D. Topping. Telepan is the Executive Chef of Oceana and Topping is a Hayground Founding Member. This was my second time attending the intimate event; the guest list is strictly limited to 150 individuals and the evening is always a sell out. The food at cocktail hour alone is so exquisite and artfully presented. Each plate is so sumptuous that each deserve its own accolade.
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OCRFA Super Saturday 2017

beThe 20th annual OCRFA Super Saturday was such a success! The famous ‘shop till you drop’ event took place this past Saturday, July 29th from 12-6pm in Watermill at Nova’s Ark. The VIP hour was from 12-1pm; general admission commenced at 1pm. This year’s event was hosted by Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan, Gabby Karan de Felice, Molly Sims, and Rachel Zoe, and presented by QVC. Over 2,000 people attended including supporters and their families, designers, celebrities, editors, media, and fashion lovers. Super Saturday raised over $3 million for OCRFA’s ovarian cancer research and support programs! I am honored to once again attend this stunning event and help contribute and spread the word about such an important cause. Donna Karan and Liz Tilberis, the late and beloved Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar and President of OCRF created the event in 1998. Donna Karan has sponsored and hosted the event since its founding, and Kelly Ripa has been a co-host since 2004.

This all-day event is one of the most organized Hamptons summer events. The event was very well-attended despite the crisp bite in the air and anticipation of rain. Thankfully, the wind did not last long and we did not receive any rain during the event. It turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day during the last three hours. I arrived promptly just in time for the 12pm VIP entrance. There were already at least two hundred people on line eager and ready to get in and start shopping. Once we all entered, I first stopped by the Conair Beauty Bar, grabbed a refreshment, and then headed in to the big tent for some shopping.

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Jill Zarin’s 5th Annual Lux Luncheon

Jill Zarin has done it again! The Luxury Luncheon benefiting Thyroid Cancer Research took place this past Saturday, July 29 from 12-4pm at the Private Estate of Jill and Bobby Zarin in Southampton. Throughout the afternoon, guests enjoyed the luscious surroundings, gourmet food and drinks, and glamorous indulgences at the luxurious outdoor soiree. The event was held under two luxurious tents and around the Zarin’s stunning infinity pool complete with fun pool floats (think the cheery rainbow unicorn and oyster shells). Upon arrival, guests were provided with a detailed map to help them navigate the VIP beauty treatments and experiences. Spa services comprised of a 5 minute face lift, braid bar, brow bar, massages, makeup applications, and an IPL laser treatment.

Notable attendees to the Luxury Luncheon included: Ally Shapiro, RHONY‘s Luann D’Agostino, Tinsley Mortimer, Dorinda Medley, Cindy Barshop, Aviva Dresher, and Kelly Bensimon; Real Housewives of Miami Marysol Patton, Real Housewives of Atlanta Cynthia Bailey, Actress Kelly Rutherford, Millionaire Matchmaker, Former NY Yankee David Cone, Television Personality Dina Lohan, News Anchor Rita Cosby, Actor Titus Burgess, Chef Roble, “90210” Actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds, and of course, American Television Personality The Real Housewives of New York, host Jill Zarin.

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