On Saturday, August 3rd, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital hosted its 61st Annual Summer Party under air-conditioned tents in the fields at Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road in Southampton. The renowned Summer Party is the largest fundraising event in the Hamptons and this year benefited the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department. All proceeds raised from this year’s event will help to sustain Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Emergency Department, which is open 24/7 year-round for residents as well as visitors and summer guests.
This year’s party was emceed by lead news anchor at WNBC Chuck Scarborough and was attended by the who’s who of Southampton. Notable attendees included CEO and Founder, MM Luxe Consulting Marigay McKee; Fashion Icon Fern Mallis; CEO of General Atlantic Bill Ford; Actress Mercedes Ruehl; Philanthropists Jean and Martin Shafiroff; Designer Babi Ankasa; Designer Sachin Ankasa; Philanthropists Audrey and Martin Gruss; Founder of East End Taste Vanessa Gordon; Actress Rolonda Watts; Founder and CEO of Sterling Resources Laura Lofaro Freeman.
Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events provided the ambiance and gourmet offerings. Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and her husband Martin Shafiroff were honored at the event. Larry Scott’s floral décor was inspired by Jean Shafiroff’s elegant style and glamorous gowns. This year’s party theme was ‘The Colors of Summer’ that included fun and surprising decorative designs.
“From the ridiculous to the sublime”, A Larry Party™ brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Larry is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Larry’s commitment to community has spanned decades of support for charitable causes including Global Lyme Alliance, The Feinstein Institute and Southampton Hospital, to name a few.
During the cocktail hour, Hamptons Lemonade and Hamptontinis were served along side top shelf wines and cocktails; and a new local brand, Montaukila will be serving its 100 percent agave azul tequila.
During the gala dinner, guests were treated to a full spread of fresh fruit, crackers, cheeses, crudité, orzo salad with craisins, chicken, salmon, steak and a variety of hearty side dishes. Dessert was epic with our friends including chocolate and red velvet cupcakes, Twinkies dipped in colorful icing, marshmallow balls coated with snow caps, moon pies, chocolate chip cookies, and more.
Red carpet designers, Sachin & Babi, are the Fashion Chairs this year and will be attending the event. Sachin & Babi are well known for their celebrity clients who include Michelle Obama, Octavia Spencer, Mindy Kaling, Brooke Shields, Patricia Clarkson and many other leading ladies.
The renowned Annual Summer Party is the largest fundraising event in the Hamptons. It has raised an impressive $1.5M+ in 2018 and $100M+ over the past 60 years in support of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
Honorary Chairs for the event are Georgina Bloomberg and Stanley & Fiona Druckenmiller, Junior Chairs are Michael Lorber, Jackie Sharioff, Elizabeth Shafiroff, Caitlin Diebold, and Vanessa Gordon. Medical Chairs are Dr. Charles & Diane Guida and Dr. John & Alessandra Hubbell. The Corporate Chair is Douglas Elliman Real Estate.