Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s Starry Night – PHOTOS!

Photos from the Ellen Hermanson Foundation’s Starry Night Gala in Southampton, NY on July 23, 2016

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Halsey House Gala 2016 – PHOTOS!

Photos from the 2016 Halsey House Gala in Southampton, NY on July 9, 2016

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Beach Magazine Hosted a Health & Wellness Party At New Union Cantina Restaurant

Beach magazine, published by Modern Luxury Magazine  in the Summer, hosted a Health & Wellness Issue Release Party at Southampton’s new modern Mexican restaurant Union Cantina on Friday, July 8th, 2016. The event was followed by an exclusive screening of the Spike documentary I am JFK Jr. at the Southampton Inn.

 Attendees included: Cristina Cuomo, Chris Cuomo, Derik Murray, RoseMarie Terenzio, Ramona Singer, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Kimberly Allan, Paola Bacchini, Rob Allan, Jillian Marie, Cari Shimkus, Mary Larkin, Connie Lippert, Amelia Doggwiler, Connor McInerney, Ashley Peleckis, Diana Heather, Ashley Heather, Curtis Terkuile, Monique Millane, Erika Halweil, Corey DeRosa, Jessica Lynn, Lisa Hartman, Alan Benson, Liza Benson, Lauren Day Roberts, Morgan Suckow, Sam Foley, Mark Lemerise, Paul Delaney, Wendy Delaney, Gary Ginsberg, Kevin Kay, David Schwarz, Debra Fazio, Roland Foster, John Schlimm and Brian Steel.

Beach magazine, helmed by Editor-in-Chief Cristina Cuomo, follows its readers to the Hamptons in the summer months with engaging profiles about people of influence, fashion, art, design and trends in the Hamptons. In the winter months, the magazine is published as Manhattan magazine in New York City, delivering engaging content to the affluent local and visitor like no other.

Guests mingled at restauranteurs Ian Duke and David Hilty’s new restaurant Union Cantina while tasting delectable hors d’oeuvres from the innovative Mexican kitchen. Union Cantina boasts award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf from legendary television show Iron Chef of America, who brings his dedication to the classic “farm to table” cooking style to the new Union Cantina. Some of the new menu specials include the signature Castilla de Res Mole short rib dish and the innovative Deconstructed Enchiladas, which come in five variations.

Parrish Art Museum Landscape Pleasures 2016 – PHOTOS!


The Weekend-Long Benefit included a Symposium and Garden Tours

The Benefit Committee Cocktail Party hosted by Tim Davis at the Wyman estate in Southampton Village. Photo: Pam Deutchman / http://www.society-in-focus.com

WATER MILL, NY 6/14/2016—Landscape Pleasures, the Parrish Art Museum’s annual two-day horticulture event on  Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, raised over $120,000, making it one of the most successful years of the event in the last decade. A mainstay of the Parrish Art Museum benefit events for the last 32 years, Landscape Pleasures helps to support the Museum’s year-round programs, exhibitions, and events. Landscape Pleasures 2016 honored the memory of long-time committee member, Jack deLashmet.

The Saturday morning symposium hosted almost 200 attendees who heard presentations by leaders in garden design and landscape architecture: Charles Birnbaum, President & CEO, as well as founder, of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TLCF); Andrea Cochran, winner of the 2014 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture; and Darrel Morrison, advocate of design informed and inspired by observations of the naturally-evolving landscape.

On Sunday, over 300 people participated in self-guided tours of private gardens at the homes of Michael Forman and Jennifer Rice designed by landscape architects Oehme van Sweden; Herbert and Karen Friedman, whose garden was originally designed by deLashmet & Associates: Victoria & Jack Rovner, designed by LaGuardia Design Group; and Loren Skeist and Marlene Marko.

In addition, 175 ticket purchasers at the Sponsor level and above ($350+) attended a private cocktail reception on Saturday evening hosted by Tim Davis of the Corcoran Group, at the modern Wyman estate situated on 15 acres on Pond Lane in Southampton Village, with views of Lake Agawam.

2016 Landscape Pleasures event was co-chaired by Lillian Cohen, Martha B. McLanahan, and Linda Hackett Munson, with vice-chairs Stacy Paetzel, Tony Piazza, and Dennis Schrader.

Landscape Pleasures is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Grand Patrons Veronica Atkins, Lillian & Joel Cohen and MARDERS; Grand Sponsors C.A.L. Foundation, LaGuardia Design Group, Meryl & Robert Meltzer,’ Summerhill Landscapes Inc., and Whitmores; and Grand Participants Arthur L. Loeb and Piazza Horticultural.

About the Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.

Photos from the Parrish Art Museum Landscape Pleasures 2016 Cocktail Party

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Furniture from the Southampton Fresh Air Home DDD in Southampton, NY on June 4, 2016 – PHOTOS!

Furniture from the Southampton Fresh Air Home Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala in Southampton, NY on June 4, 2016

Photos from the SFAH DDD

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Hamptons Contemporary Design Secrets Discussion – PHOTOS!

Design Secrets at the Inaugural Hamptons Contemporary Home Design and Decor Show

SOUTHAMPTON, NY (June 4, 2016) – Real Housewives of NYC star and Madame Paulette owner John Mahdessian, lifestyle expert Tracy Stern, and Million Dollar Contractor Stephen Fanuka teamed up with 25A Magazine Publisher Chase Backer to dish out design secrets at Rick Friedman’s inaugural Hamptons Contemporary Home Design and Decor Show on Saturday.  The fair ran from June 3-5 on the Southampton Elks fairgrounds.

Photos from the Design Secrets Discussion at Hamptons Contemporary

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Love Bites 2016 – PHOTOS!

On Saturday night, January 30th, the “LOVE BITES” event was in full swing, to say the least. Almost 400 guests attended to support Katy’s Courage, in memory of Katie Stewart and The Scarlett Fund, in Honor of Scarlett James, both charities benefiting Pediatric Cancer. Steve Long, President of Children’s Museum of the East End, Nina Landi, Sag Harbor kindergarten teacher and Dr. Diane, Reidy-Lagunes, Co-Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center were the evening’s honorees. Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and his wife Marianne served as Honorary Chairpersons. All honorees received plates especially designed by Scarlett James and Robert Stewart.

The Hamptons finest chefs, restaurateurs, caterers and private caterers hosted tables and served their signature dishes. Chef Peter Ambrose served as the Chef Coordinator and Linda B. Shapiro coordinated the event with the assistance of Marla Schwenk, Auction Chair, Mark Masone, Décor Chair and the assistance of Jason Bencivenga/Party Up.

Thank you’s go to Chef Joe Realmuto, Chef Sam McClelland, Chef Cheryl Stair, Smokin’ Wolf, Dina’s Delights, Silver Spoon Specialties, Hampton Coffee Company, Erica’s Rugelach and Baking Co., Golden Pear, Chef Joe Cipro, Saaz Indian Restaurant, Conca D’oro, Edgewater Restaurant, Hamptons Foodie, Ketchum Seafarm, La Superica, Cowfish and Rumba, Sea Bean Natural Foods, Old Stove Pub, Hampton’s Racquet Club, Warren Bobrow, “the cocktail whisperer”, Niche, Imperial Paper and Bag Company, At Your Service, Chopin Vodka, Martha Clara Vineyards, Society-in-Focus, The INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER, The Sag Harbor Express, Press News Group, Ubon’s Bloody Mary Mix, Sarasota Water and Flowers by Topaz.

Although a final count is not in, the event has raised over $50,000.00! It was a bittersweet, yet joyful evening for all and everyone who attended had one word, over and over “INSPIRATIONAL” and when are tickets on sale for next year??!! In addition, literally, all of the participating chefs thanked “us” and told us to sign them up for next year, last night!!

Photos from Love Bites at The Muses in Southampton, NY on January 30, 2016

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20th Annual Ellen’s Run in Southampton, NY on August 16, 2015 – PHOTOS!

Congratulations to Nick Lemon of Sag Harbor, winner of the 20th Annual Ellen’s Run with a course record of 15:54, Molly Bennet of East Quogue, first place female with a time of 19:24, and Judi Donnelly of Southampton first place breast cancer survivor for the third consecutive year with a time of 23:26. We also congratulate all 775 participants who finished Ellen’s Run.

20th Annual Ellen’s Run in Southampton, NY on August 16, 2015

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WATER MILL, NY 8/4/2015—The Parrish Art Museum presented its second annual Summer Family Party on Sunday, August 2 from 3–6pm. The event, with nearly 300 attendees, featured informal workshops where children interacted with and learned from established, practicing artists. Michael Combs, Alice Hope, Paton Miller, Dan Rizzie, Alexis Rockman, and John Torreano led art-making projects for children and adults to learn first-hand the techniques of painting, sculpture, field drawings, 3-D modeling, and more.

Other engaging activities included hip-hop dance lessons with A&G Dance Company, stop-motion animation stations with filmmakers from The Good School in New York, Jackson Pollock-inspired drip painting workshop with author/artist Joyce Raimondo, an art scavenger hunt, and the opportunity to create original, classic flip books.

In addition to an afternoon of creativity and entertainment, Summer Family Party activities furthered the Museum’s mission to foster connections among individuals, art, and artists of many disciplines. The visual artists who led the inspiring workshops—established, working practitioners in a variety of media—have a long relationship with the Parrish. Combs, Miller, Rizzie, and Torreano are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection as is Rockman, who will be featured in a full scale exhibition at the Parrish in October.

Co-Chairs for the 2015 Summer Family Party, a benefit for the Museum’s programs, are Julie Falk and Marcia Dunn Sobel; Vice-Chairs are Meredith Cairns, Robin Lefcourt, Hallie Nath, Alexandra Oblak, Robin Perkins, and Alexandra Stanton; and Committee Members include Nina Edwards Anker, Deborah F. Bancroft, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Lauren Schor Geller, Lisa McCarthy, Satoko Miyake Nir, and Ellen Niven.

The Parrish Art Museum is grateful for the generous support of Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, Children’s Education Sponsor. Modern Luxury’s BEACH magazine is the Media Sponsor.

About the Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting an artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.

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Southampton Hospital’s 57th Annual Summer Party – PHOTOS!


 (Southampton, NY) August 3, 2015 — Benefit Chair Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Honorary Chair Howard Lorber, Underwriting Chair Jean Shafiroff, Southampton Hospital President & CEO Robert Chaloner and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed over 750 supporters to the Southampton Hospital’s 57th Annual Summer Party, themed Fantasia on Saturday, August 1st. The night raised over $1.3 million to provide critical support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department.

The festive evening was emceed by Chuck Scarborough and brought out supporters including Martin and Audrey Gruss, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Peter and Jamee Gregory, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Laura Lofaro Freeman, Dottie Herman, Jay McLaughlin and David Arquette.

This year’s tent was transformed into a black & white masterpiece, right down to the tiled dance floor, by the imagination and creativity of Tony Urrutia. Guests enjoyed an elegant catered dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra that kept everyone on their feet. The night’s raffle included fine jewelry from LJ Cross and House of Murat.

Jean Remmel FitzSimmons told guests in attendance, “I’ve had a wonderful ride with my work for the Hospital. The last ten years have been so much fun.” Robert Chaloner thanked everyone for their support and shared his excitement about the partnership with Stony Brook and for the upcoming Capital Campaign, which will be led by Howard Lorber, to build a new Southampton Hospital. The Southampton Hospital’s Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.

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