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Solar One Revelry By The River

Originally Posted: June 13, 2011

Lee Fryd

Gina Argento, Chris Collins and Elettra Wiedemann. (Ann Watt)

Alex McCord and Simon van Kempen. (Ann Watt)

New York City - Elettra Wiedemann can get solar electricity produced in Rwanda, Burundi and Haiti, but not in Bellport. She and mom, Isabella Rosselini tried, but, "Apparently our house isn't angled that way," Elettra told us on June 7, 2011. "So, we're thinking of getting a wind thing put in." It was her success with the former and not the good intentions, that landed Elettra on the podium at Solar One's "Revelry by the River" at Sotheby's last week. Girlfriend and former honoree Kick Kennedy, another daughter with a famous parent (Robert F. Jr.) making a difference in her own right, presented her with the Young Environmentalist Award.

Gina Argento, whose Broadway Stages (NYC's largest privately owned solar producer) is powering "The Good Wife" with sunny energy, was also honored. H. Hartley du Pont and Margo Langenberg continued to power Solar 1 as co-chairs. Brookfield Properties, Broadway Stages, Con Edison, Grenadier Realty, HSBC Bank, and Kraus Hi-Tech Home Automation were among the sponsors. Solar One is a green energy arts and education center for K-12 schools, adults, and businesses. It also sponsors solar powered dance and film festivals.

Paul duPont and Hartley duPont. (Ann Watt)

One day's salary from many, is what Wiedemann asks, under the banner "One Frickin Day," the charity she co-founded, which joined Partners in Health, and the Solar Electric Light Fund to provide solar energy for the clinics. "These were really inexpensive projects that provide health care for people that had no previous access. It was a no brainer," said Elettra, seemingly aptly named. She received her Masters Degree in Bio Medicine from the London School of Economics this fall, and is planning trips to Iceland and Italy this summer. Wiedemann goes to Bellport "four or five days every other month," where she rides her bike and "explores" on foot, all with a tiny new dog, the perfect accessory to her model good looks.

Kids, not dogs are model type and Hamptons frequenter, 'Real Housewife' Alex McCord's accessory. She and husband Simon, have supported Solar One from Day One. "It's very important for people to do whatever they can to green up their lives," she said. "If everyone takes one small step that equals a huge change." The McCords admire Solar One's educational outreach. "They're getting kids at the beginning of their awakening as to how to the world works and helping them cultivate good habits." Expect to see the McCords in the Hamptons July 16 for Dan's Taste of Two Forks, and, intermittently, throughout the summer. Just don't ask them to plan too far in advance. "We concentrate on work first. And we haven't even put the kids in camp yet."


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