The fifth annual St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons event was held on Saturday, July 13th at the outstanding horse training and boarding facility known as Pinnacle Farm in Water Mill. This year’s Honorary Chair was none other than Georgina Bloomberg, the equestrian and philanthropist who was thankful to all the supporters that came out to attend the exciting yet important event. The evening raised over $393,620 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other diseases.
This year, the benefit gala featured a world-class horse jumping competition as the sun slowly lowered over the course during the cocktail hour. Over 500 guests were served champagne and rosé wine as they watched the puissance and six bar jumping contest. Later, under a beautifully decorated tent everyone enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner featuring grilled salmon, roasted chicken, steak and salads. Many guests danced to a live band anda live auction was led by auctioneer Pat Tully. There was also a silent auction that included beautiful items from Tiffany jewelry to an Hermés scarf, a Diane von Furstenberg dress, a custom-fitted men’s suit by Knot Standard, and a J. McLaughlin Annie leather tote — one of my favorites.
Laura Bowery, a Hampton’s professional rider and trainer, served as the event chair, and the evening’s master of ceremonies was Jimmy Torano. The committee members included Cindy Barshop, Ike and Sarah Birdsal, Barbara Borg, Jay Cardiello, Steve Clarke, Christine Clemens, Jo Ann Comfort, Mollie Duggal, Jessica von Hagn, Aleksandra Kardwell, Debra and Neil Rego, Elisabeth Santana and Pat Sliwenski. Among the Six Bar competition riders were Peter Leone, Jonathan Corrigan, Laura Bowery, Lucy Deslauriers, Germaine Dougherty and Adam Cramer.
The event was created by Water Mill’s Dave and Sue Birdsall. Their grandson, Drew, was just two years old when he was found to have acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Drew was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and underwent two and a half years of chemotherapy treatments.
Since the first St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons in 2015, generous donors have raised more than $1.6 million. Thanks to events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
St. Jude’s purpose is: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Generous sponsors included The Borg Family, People’s United Bank, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Hampton Pool Company, Grounded World, Duggal Visual Solutions, and David and Sybil Yurman who were among the guests. The beautiful floral arrangements were designed by ES Blooms. Guests received a fabulous lip color gift from Lancôme Paris to take home – I can’t wait for next year!
To join the St. Jude mission or to make a donation visit http://www.stjude.org