Michael Bebon and Ron Delsner. (Rob Rich)
- Hamptons Rocks for Charity presented its premiere event, a Crosby, Stills & Nash
(CSN) concert, on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in East Hampton, to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
(OCRF) and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
(CCFA), where guests rocked on with the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famers.
A magical evening was provided by not only David Crosby
, Stephen Stills
, and Graham Nash
, who reminded many of us - again - just how much fun it is to ride the "Marrakesh Express," but gracious hosts Barbara
and Michael Bebon
(Founders of Hamptons Rocks for Charity), celebrity chef, restaurateur and author Geoffrey Zakarian
. Bebon also arranged a fantastic raffle with Mercedes-Benz Southampton
who provided a customized 2012 E550 Mercedes convertible as the raffle prize. Additional raffle prizes included luxury items, including two guitars signed by CSN.
This year's sponsors included LiveNation, Free Country Outerwear, Bombay Wines, Ketel One, Dorado Beach Residences, Inside Sports, Coca-Cola and The Palm Restaurant.
Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern. (Rob Rich)
"My wife Barbara and I have always wanted to do something charitable for multiple organizations that are dear to our family, friends and clients," said Michael Bebon. "We have created this annual event as a fun evening for families and friends to come together and support these important charities."
Aside from the 'Hamptonstock' vibe CSN created by performing every memorable, and some forgotten hits, the band, well known collectively and individually for their charitable work, reminded everyone why they were there, and certainly endeared themselves to every woman in the audience by immediately announcing when they hit the stage "The women in the Hamptons are beautiful."
The event was rescheduled after 'Irene' made her way through the East End, and everyone was ready for a night of fun, entertainment and release - and this evening provided just that - regardless of your age.
A slight snafu with ticket distribution and a major snafu with retrieving your vehicle at the end of the evening in no way dampened the 90-minute CSN performance in the substantial studio that featured comfortable chairs (although very few sat), terrific acoustics, large monitors, and a lovely team of ushers who made sure everyone had water and a good seat.
Attendees included Howard Stern
, Beth Ostrosky
, Ron Delsner
, Rosanna Scotto
, Hoda Kotb
, Donny Deutsch
, and others who were all on their feet, dancing, clapping and enjoying the timeless tunes and merry atmosphere created by this trio of legendary singer-songwriters, who have been actively collaborating since 1969 - and who still soundly urge us, over 40 years later, "don't be angry, don't be sad...honey, love the one you're with."
to all - can't wait for next year!
Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, and Nash rock the house. (Rob Rich)
Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.