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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Parrish Art Museum

Director, Terrie Sultan


The Parrish Art Museum’s Hamptons Holiday Party + Market on November 27 and 28 included shopping at exclusive vendors and a festive benefit Cocktail Party with live music, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and book signings by New York Times food critic Florence Fabricant, artist April Gornik, fashion industry expert Fern Mallis, and artist Clifford Ross. Proceeds from the Friday evening benefit support the Parrish’s year-round programs.

 Visitors to the Museum shopped at the gift market featuring vendors AERIN, Calypso St. Barth, The Golden Pear Café, Haverhill Fine Jewelry, Kinross Cashmere, LSC Designs Fine & Estate Jewelry, Naturopathica, and Stella & Ruby. Guests were invited to view the current exhibitions: Connections and Context, the newly installed permanent collection; and special exhibitions Alexis Rockman: East End Field Drawings, and Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson: Seen and Unseen.


The Cocktail Party benefit included four book signings.

  • Florence Fabricant, the author of eleven cookbooks who has been a regular contributor to the Times since 1980, signed City Harvest: 100 Recipes from Great New York Restaurants (Rizzoli, 2015).
  • Parrish collection artist April Gornik signed copies of April Gornik: Drawings (FigureGround Press; Har/Psc edition, 2014), an extensive compilation of charcoal drawings made by Gornik from 1984.
  • Fern Mallis, creator of New York’s Fashion Week, signed Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis (Rizzoli, 2015)—a series of interviews with industry luminaries including Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Bruce Weber.
  • Clifford Ross signed copies of two books (C-opublished with MIT Press and MASS MoCA, 2015). Seen & Imagined: The World of Clifford Ross is the first comprehensive survey of his work, and Hurricane Waves features Ross’s photographs of stormy surf.

The Museum’s online auction continues with one-of-a-kind experiences, including a table for eight at Rao’s and tickets to the Broadway musical sensation, Hamilton, through, closing December 17.


Deborah Bancroft                                                                   Paris Hilton

Jonathan Capehart                                                                 Aerin Lauder

Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Christopher Cuomo                Jo Carole Lauder

Andrea Greeven Douzet and Alexandre Douzet                   Fern Mallis

Florence Fabricant                                                                  Charlene and James Nederlander

Laura Lofaro Freeman and James Freeman             Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder

April Gornik                                                                             Clifford Ross

Dana Hammond                                                                     Nicky Hilton Rothschild and James Rothschild

Peter Haveles                                                                         Christine and Stephen Schwarzman

Stan Herman                                                                          Barbara Slifka

Barron Hilton                                                                           Alexandra Stanton and Sam Natapoff

Kathy Hilton

The Hamptons Holiday Party + Market was supported, in part, by media sponsor Manhattan Magazine, and wine and beverage sponsor Niche Import Co.

About the Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum is the oldest cultural institution on the East End of Long Island, uniquely situated within one of the most concentrated creative communities in the United States. The Parrish is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of art from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on honoring the rich creative legacy of the East End, celebrating the region’s enduring heritage as a vibrant art colony, telling the story of our area, our “sense of place,” and its national—even global—impact on the world of art. The Parrish is committed to educational outreach, to serving as a dynamic cultural resource for its diverse community, and to celebrating artistic innovation for generations to come.

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7th Annual IGHL Luncheon and Fashion Fling – PHOTOS!

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2015 Hampton Classic Grand Prix VIP Tent – PHOTOS!

Photos from the 2015 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday VIP Tent

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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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5th Annual Twilight Reception for Chabad Lubavitch of the Hamptons – PHOTOS!

5th Annual Twilight Reception to Benefit Chabad Lubavitch of the Hamptons held in Sagaponack, NY on August 9, 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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Hampton Classic Horse Show Returns for the 40th Year

The 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 23-30, to showcase the highest levels of equestrian show jumping competition. The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds.

“Whether you are a rider, supporter or spectator, there is something for everyone at the Hampton Classic Horse Show,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s Executive Director. “Our pristine world-class venue draws the finest horses and riders, including Olympians, from across the nation and around the world to compete for coveted titles and top prize money. Spectators can enjoy world-class competition, high-end shopping boutiques and gourmet cuisine – all in one location. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

The Hampton Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper and equitation classes are offered from leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix level. The Classic also has classes for riders with disabilities.

The horse show kicks off with The Atlantic Opening Day on Sunday, August 23. The day starts out with the leadline classes, showcasing riders who are as young as two years old, and are just beginning their equestrian career. Later in the day, the show’s top hunter riders take on the $50,000 iHeartMedia Hunter Derby, presented by Ghurka.

The following day, Monday, August 24, features the sixth annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day which presents rescued horses, cats and dogs available for adoption. In addition to its adoption day programs, the ASPCA also conducts seminars and other fun activities at the ASPCA Patio frequently throughout the Hampton Classic. Also occurring on Monday is the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities Finals.

Tuesday, August 25 sees the start of the Classic’s jumper divisions, including some big opportunities for prize money with the $20,000 Hampton Classic Jumper Challenge and the $10,000 Open Jumper class. Wednesday, August 26 also features the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper class and the start of the Young Jumper Championship Finals.

On Thursday, August 27 the Grand Prix Ring hosts the EnTrust Amateur-Owner Jumper class followed by a $10,000 Open Jumper class. The highlights of Friday, August 28 include the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines and the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby presented by Sotheby’s International Realty.

The opening of the weekend competition, on Saturday, August 29, showcases the $40,000 Longines Cup, the $10,000 Equitation Championship, and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. In addition, Saturday is the longstanding favorite Optimum® Kids’ Day which features children’s activities throughout the day. Kids under the age of 12 receive a complimentary pony ride. There are also circus performers, face painting and a magician.

The final day of the Hampton Classic, Sunday, August 30, features the $30,000 7 Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Finals, the $25,000 Jumping Derby and the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic. The week of competition culminates with the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The Grand Prix, features Olympians, World Champions, and show jumping veterans.

The Hampton Classic is famous not only for its world-class equestrian competition, but also for its celebrity sightings throughout the week. Some spotted in recent years include Matt Lauer, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara, Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Jennifer Lopez.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at Most of the Classic’s other classes will also be available on

Southampton Animal Shelter’s 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala – PHOTOS!




(New York, NY) July 20, 2015 – The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) held its 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala on Saturday, July 18th at a sold out event at a private waterfront residence on Gin Lane in Southampton. Gala chair Jean Shafiroff and Board President Jonathan McCann hosted this year’s Great Gatsby themed event, which honored Leslie Alexander & Liz Brown, Brigid Fitzgerald and Michael Katz and Domenic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS.

Beth Ostrosky Stern came out to support Mrs. Shafiroff and the Shelter, as did Southampton Mayor Mark Epley, Anna Throne Holst, John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margo.  Honorary Corporate Chairs for the Unconditional Love Gala included Ferguson Cohen, LLP and Sequin Jewelry.

Master of ceremonies Chuck Scarborough welcomed over 300 guests including, Board Member Robert Lohman, Cliff and Raya Knight, Martin Shafiroff, Sharon Bush, Liliana Cavendish, US Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Jean Remmel FitzsimmonsWendy Wegner, Amy Cosman, Flo Anthony and Jill Rappaport, in addition to Junior committee members Elizabeth Shafiroff, Katie McEntee and Lindsey Spielfogal, who enjoyed dinner by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and music by the Alex Donner Orchestra.

The real stars of the evening were the cutest cats and puppies, seven adult and baby Chihuahuas and a loveable bulldog mix who were all up for adoption.  Proceeds raised from the Unconditional Love Gala help SASF to continue to care for over 1,200 homeless animals per year and funds raised during the night’s cash call went to support the spay/neuter program at the shelter clinic as well as the mobile low cost van granted to the Shelter by the ASPCA. Proceeds from the event also supported the SASF’s work with No More Tears Rescue to rehabilitate and find homes for adult dogs rescued from puppy mills, with The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia to take in dogs on death-row and find them permanent homes, and with the ASPCA to save dogs from cruelty and disaster situations and place them in safe homes. The Shelter also runs programs that help special needs children, along with educating, mentoring and implementing SASF’s “Playing For Life” program, created by the SASF’s former Training & Behavior Director, Aimee Sadler, which is currently in 100 shelters and highlighted at the major animal conferences throughout the U.S.


Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing for the welfare of homeless pets in our community and, in turn, placing them in permanent caring homes.  SASF has been called one of the most progressive shelters in the country, having recently won an award as the finest shelter on Long Island and ranked in the top 10% of the best rated shelters in the U.S. In addition, the Shelter leads the country with its “live release rate”, which means that of all dogs and cats brought to the shelter, 94% are adopted into loving homes.  SASF is an open intake shelter that welcomes stray pets regardless of age, breed, or health providing them with the finest care, food, training, and medical attention.  No adoptable animal is left behind! To learn more, please visit SASF’s website at or their Facebook page at

For more information on the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and its 6th Annual Unconditional Love Gala, contact Marie Assante, R. Couri Hay Creative Public Relations,


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