Karen Andrews, Barbara Kolpak and Jay Sears. (Brittany Buckley)
Douglas Matthew Petraco, M.D. and his wife.
Westhampton Beach - The weather may have been foggy but the party shined brighter than ever. The Westhampton Beach Country Club was the place to be on Friday, September 24th! Peconic Bay Medical Center held its Fifth Annual Benefit in Black and White and drew quite the crowd of supporters for an honorable cause.
Gregg Jarit, an Orthopedic Surgeon at Peconic Bay feels that patients who go to the hospital for surgery are in good hands. "They're doing a lot of wonderful things at Peconic Bay and really building up the hospital very nicely, so one of the great things about this benefit is it gives a lot of people the opportunity to donate their time and money to a good cause. The patient care is really excellent; patients will get stellar care no matter what specialty at Peconic Bay."
The evening started out with an incredible showcase of valuable auction pieces from exquisite paintings to high fashion. As guests perused the array of beautiful items, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails circulated through the crowd, turning the party up a notch. Besides a silent auction, the Benefit in Black and White's raffle gave supporters 25 chances to win a daily cash prize of $200 and even a grand prize of $10,000.
Helmut Huber and Susan Lucci.
As doctors and donors began to get settled, the main ballroom became a five star restaurant and lounge. Dimmed candles and vivid purple orchids topped the intricately set tables throughout the dining room.
And that's not all, if you happened to look up at the balcony, you may have caught a glimpse of the East End DJ's who set the tone for the delicate scene. Couples twirled across the dance floor and returned back to their seats just in time for the speech of the night.
David Mogull, son of Ivan and the late Marcia Mogull, gave a speech that raised hundreds of champagne glasses across the room. His mother passed away last March of lung cancer. Marcia Mogull's devotion and commitment to the on-going successes at the Peconic Bay Medical Center was the main inspiration behind this year's Benefit. A moment of silence left the room filled with love and appreciation for a devoted mother, wife and friend.
David Mogull raised a glass to honor the memory of his mother, Marcia Mogull, during the 5th Annual Benefit in Black & White.
Maureen Brady, the Peconic Bay Foundation's event coordinator, is happy to see such progress and support going towards the new innovations at the hospital. "It started out by a group of women in this neck of the woods at a designer show house and eventually they realized that they needed to get the hospital further down on the South Fork," says Brady. "It's grown and it's almost like an end of the season party."
With such an incredible turnout and strong support, the patients and the team at Peconic Bay Medical Center have many successes to look forward to. "It's important for the hospital to have people down here that know about us. We've built new wings, a brand new center for surgery and they appreciate it," says Brady. "They know that they can rely on us."