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Originally Posted: March 28, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

Christina Addison, Christina Smith, Lisa Errico, Donald, Barron and Melania Trump,
and Elizabeth Fuller at the 16th Annual Bunny Hop. Photo by Cutty McGill

It was a hopping good time as The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Associates Committee celebrated their 16th Annual Bunny Hop Chaired by Lisa Errico, Christina Addison, and Elizabeth Fuller on Tuesday, March 13th. Honorary Chair, Melania Trump was also on hand, escorted by Donald Trump and their son Barron, who was outfitted head to toe by the title sponsor of the evening Susie Hilfiger and Best and Co. Also clad in Best and Co. were the Kids Kick In Committee, made up of The Associate's Committee's children, who were circulating throughout the store with their "Every Penny Counts" pails, to collect additional funds for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Department of Pediatrics. With their help, the 500 children and 700 adults in attendance contributed in the raising of over $380,000. The Vice Chairs were Celeste Boele, Annabelle Fowlkes, Lynn Morris, and Maria Villalba. It was held at FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue, where the legendary "Hop" began in 1992 as the brainstorm of Joanne de Guardiola.

Susie Hilfiger celebrated the evening with her four children Ally, Richard, Elizabeth, and Kathleen, who all came to support their mother's sponsorship. When asked about her choice to support this event Susie stated, "My mission has always been to give back to children and make their world brighter. The children and their families that are undergoing cancer treatment need our help and I know through our combined efforts with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's "Bunny Hop", our special "Hop to A Cure" t-shirt campaign and general awareness about the need for additional funding we can help."

To kick off the Laughing Pizza performance Melania Trump and Susie Hilfiger thanked all of the supporters of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering and emphasized the ongoing aid the children in the pediatric department need from them and introduced the largely applauded family group.

The Hilfiger Family at the 16th Annual Bunny Hop. Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

Throughout the night children enjoyed the entertainment of Magic Al, Noddy, Clifford the Red Dog, Swarovski Tattoos, Mikey Mike, Bob the Builder, Spot the Dog and Peter Rabbit throughout the store. InStyle, the official make-up artists of The Society's Pediatric Prom, was dolling up little ones like their favorite movie stars, additional face painting, cookie decorating, candy necklace making and shopping was also available for all to partake in. A silent auction consisting of 34 items and packages, was also available to bid on, which included a trip to the Ritz South Beach, The St. Regis in San Francisco and Broadway Show Tickets, as well as items from Tory Burch, The Carlyle Hotel, Trump Golf Course, Links of London, Cory Plumb, Carolina Herrera, Maia DuBrul, Laughing Pizza, and Doubles Club.

Among the guests were the Associates Committee Chairman Christina Smith, former Bunny Hop chairs Stephanie Griswold, Leslie Heaney, Mary Darling, Jennifer Creel, Leslie Coleman, and Alexandra Mandis who attended with their families. Others included the Society's President Vera Safai, Doubles Club's Wendy Carduner, Harvey Keitel's wife Daphna Krastner and son Roman, Sallie, Mark, Allegra and Leta Giordano, Dana, Patrick, and Charlotte Stubgen, Christina Vita and Chloe Coleman, Barbara, Kevin, Madeline and Hugh McLaughlin, Ara, Rachel and Serena Hovnanian, Heather, Steven, Dylan, Emma and Player Mnuchin, Annabel Darling, Chris and Nicholas Errico, Caroline, Carlin and Fayre Smith, Nancy, and Sloane Sambuco, Carolina and Annabelle Addison, Isabel Villalba, Kathy, Sophie and Andrew Thomas, Andrew and Emmeline Heaney, Lisa, Isabelle and Charlie Gorrivan, Brooke and Avery Egerton-Warburton, Allie, Kevin, Wyn, Stuyvie and Avery Coleman.

Additional attendees included FAO Schwarz CEO Ed Schmults and his wife Anna, E.A. and Sloane Kratzman, Beth Foley, Jill Schwartz, Beth Ostrosky, Katherine Straub, Phil, Alexandra and Charlotte Fisher, Kate Spade, Anastasia, Alex and Annick Coleman, Jennifer and Braden, Jr. Keil, Cathy, Kevin, Parker and Caitlin Lorenz, Barrett and Kate Pickett, Mia, Chris and Robert Morris, Deborah and William Kanabis, Paige and Annabelle Rustum, Lillian and Tessa Rose Stern, Claudia, Gunnar, Taylor and Gunnar, Jr. Overstrom, Kristina, Arthur and Arthur, Jr. Ward, Nicholas, Caroline, Catherine, Clementine and Cosima Toms, Anne, Fred and Harry Randell, and Kimberly, Pricilla and Sam Putzer.

Tom Colicchio, Stuart Match Suna, Ruth Reichl, Joe Realmuto, Claudia Fleming,
and Larry Forgione at the Great Chefs Dinner. Photo by Joe Corrigan

Three cheers for The Society's Olivia Striffler and her team who put it all together again. Until next year, keep smiling!

From the outset, it was clear that the Great Chefs Dinner to benefit the Hayground School was going to be one big family affair and a virtual love fest for the families and friends who turned out at John McDonald and Josh Pickard's award winning Lure Fishbar in Soho. The crowd of East End and New York foodies came to dine sumptuously and pay tribute to the memory of the late Jeff Salaway, the much loved founder of the progressive school and the co-owner of East Hampton's internationally famed Nick and Toni's Restaurant.

There were no formal committee reception lines just a smiling group of Hayground students who welcomed guests at the front door while the evening's hosts best-selling author Gourmet Magazine editor Ruth Reichl, restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Hayground co-founders and major supporters Toni Ross, Susan Ringo Sonnenfeld, Scott Kraft and Lizz Salaway whirled through the beautifully appointed eatery greeting old friends.

Meanwhile the enormous kitchen was a veritable beehive as a dozen of New York's superstar chefs worked side by side, each preparing a dish especially for the evening. No reality show ego trips or tantrums with this savvy group, a stellar lineup of culinary masters, many of them longtime friends of Jeff. The kitchen team included Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar, Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar, Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants, Top Chef TV, Claudia Fleming of The North Fork Table and Inn, Larry Forgione of An American Place, An American Café St. Louis, Michael Huynh of Mai House, Marc Meyer of 5 Points, Cookshop, Provence, Joseph Realmuto of Nick and Toni's Restaurants, Dan Silverman of Lever House, Aaron Sanchez of Paladar, Centrico Restaurant, Toshio Tomita of Nobu Restaurant, Laurent Tourondel of BLT Restaurants, and Miche Bacher of SacredSweets with eleven Hayground student chefs who had apprenticed with Miche in the school's Jeff's Kitchen program. Add to this the numerous sous chefs assisting and you have one crowded kitchen!

Lizz Salaway, Isabella Rossellini, Toni Ross, and Ana Pump at the Great Chefs
Dinner. Photo by Joe Corrigan

Outside in the main dining room, servers bearing trays passed though the festive crowd offering savory treats such as deviled eggs with caviar, Yellowtail Himachi, fried oysters, sliced Rib Eye wrapped around sugarcane - yum - tostadas and a full sushi bar with Nobu's famed Toshio Tomita at the counter. All of this we washed down with a splendid Guy Charlemagne NV Blanc des Blanc that wine master and the dinner's wine advisor Michael Cinque of Amagansett Wine and Spirits had chosen. And this was just for the cocktail hour!

Throughout dinner Drew Nieporent, the evening's auctioneer, kept the crowd entertained with his hilarious commentary while taking his auction responsibilities very seriously. In several cases when bidding was extremely fierce, Drew would turn to the donor and ask can we get another of these. Turbo Chef's Richard Perlman immediately offered a second Turbo oven doubling the take. Likewise Provence owners Marc Meyer and his wife Vicki Freeman quickly doubled their donation of a dinner for six at their yet to open but eagerly anticipated addition to their growing restaurant empire. A guaranteed reservation for Saturday nights in July and August at Nick and Toni's - an impossibility for most mere mortals - snared $1,800 for one lucky bidder.

Livingston Taylor took to the stage with his guitar to gently serenade the audience with his timeless classics. No sooner did he finish then Drew Nieporent offered Livingston's guitar for auction and raised another $4,200 for the school's scholarship fund. The auction continued with a number of big ticket items: a stay in a Tuscan villa donated by Joann Picozzi, rare vintages and a host of one of a kind dining experiences. Ruth Reichl lost out on several lots before happily scoring a case of rare wines.

Barbara Reuter, Bill Williams, and Mildred Brinn at Spring Fling at the Parrish Art
Museum. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Dining on the exquisite fare were Isabella Rossellini, Herbert Gould, Anna Pump, Joni and Christopher Fischer, Marilyn and Stewart Werner, Stuart and Vicki Match Suna, Scott O'Neil, Joan Tisch, Stefi Gildberger, Sybille and Gerrit Van Kempen, Janice Pfund, Michael and Katja Sonnenfeld, Betsy and Mark Smith, Marc and Helen Jerome, and Anna and Lukas Weinstein

Besides the scores of folks from the restaurant community, major support came from Jonathan Tisch, Turbo Chef, Loaves and Fishes Cookshop, ChefWear, Peter and Harry Poulakakos, Carole and Bob Daly, Kraftworks, Charles Merinoff, and Toni Ross. Kudos to event coordinator and Hayground parent Donna Imbarrato and all for a memorable feast that honored a visionary member of the East End community with great style.

Spring officially sprung last week on the east end, and with it comes a calendar full of opportunities to bring out of storage some of those lighter weight cocktail dresses and suits. While other places signal the start of the season with the Vernal Equinox, The Parrish Art Museum helps usher in the season with their annual Spring Fling. The Museum was literally packed when we stopped by on Saturday to wade our way through the guests celebrating the "Soul Train" theme to benefit the education department.

Stopping to chat with Dr. Lewis Feder, we are already looking forward to this summers Polo matches, where he was a sponsor last year. Also spotted in the crowd were Mildred Brinn, Barbara Reuter, Susan and Nancy Herman, and Rick Friedman who was hard to miss when he yelped excitedly at our meeting in the crowd, so much so that Cindy Lou Wakefield thought perhaps he had stepped on our foot. Not to fret, the toes were safe and sound as we chatted about the successful party and returning warm weather.

Alicia and John Wiltshire at the Old Fashioned Sock Hop to benefit Ellen's Run.
Photo by Katina Lovett

The concert hall featured a psychedelic backdrop for the live band that had the guests getting their groove on, as well as a tasty looking bar and hors d'oeuvres. Silent auction items including outings to Mohegan Sun for dinner or the Southampton Inn for brunch had our mouths watering, and the aptly timed gift certificate for Lynch's Garden Center had our brown thumb thinking green for spring.

With a bounce in our step, we headed to Amagansett for an Old Fashioned Sock Hop to benefit Ellen's Run. Poodle skirts and saddle shoes were everywhere when we arrived just in time for Elvis' cameo serenade. The 60's music was a big hit as guests young and old tried their hand at classics like the lindy swing and hand jive.

The retro theme continued off the dance floor into the buffet with treats including twinkies and bubble yum gum where we got the chance to chat with guests including Jean Bloch, Lynn Silver, Julie Ratner, and Karen Pardini. Everyone seemed to be more interested in the dance floor than stopping to talk, and we don't blame them as the family friendly evening was a big hit, with a 50/50 raffle and grab bag goodies providing more opportunities to help out Ellen's Run.


Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer




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