M.C. Bonnie Grice kept the fashion moving along. (Joe Strand)
- The annual Swimsuit Show for the benefit of Time For Teens was once again held at the Southampton Publick House
on Thursday, February 2, drawing a huge crowd of well wishers for the wonderful work Founder and Executive Director Loraine Gordon
offers "providing a safe, healing and creative envionment for teens who have suffered the loss of a loved one."
With attractive models, swimsuits provided by Sunrise to Sunset Surf Shop
, a myriad of enticing silent and raffle items, tasty treats provided by the always generous Don Sullivan
and the Southampton Publick House
, as well as an open bar, and live music rockin' the night by Nancy Atlas
, and Dylan Jenet Collins
, the fashion show was kept moving briskly by M.C. Bonnie Grice
Collins launched the evening with covers from both Adele and Katy Perry
, and make no mistake about it, this lovely and talented 14-year-old gave the pros a run for a future Grammy. Belting out "Rolling in the Deep," Collins brought her considerable skill front and center and made the song her own for this evening at least.
Nancy Atlas and band mates keep the night rockin'. (Joe Strand)
Atlas played a few of her own well loved tunes, as well as covers that kept the dance floor packed and everyone pumped up. Atlas knows her audience and is so talented her fan base just gets bigger and bigger. With a recent addition to her own crew (three-month-old Levon
) - congrats! - this rockin' Mama is always a delight to see perform.
Models hit the runway in swimsuits from Sunrise to Sunset Surf Shop. (Joe Strand)
Grice kept the fashion show portion of the evening moving smoothly down the runway with her blend of insightful humor and refreshing candor, while more than 18 volunteeer models, including Southampton Mayor Mark Epley
, and Legislator Jay Schneiderman
, hit the runway in bold, fresh and vibrant colored swimsuits and attire, giving everyone a peek to what will be seen on the best dressed beaches come this summer.
had all the models looking healthy, while Kevin Maple
of the Kevin Maple Salon made sure hair and make-up were runway ready, the models - young, good looking, and all smiles - worked the runway like Fashion Week to the cheers (and a few whistles) from guests.
The evening was dedicated to the memory of Thomas Manglavitt
, and Gordon, who began Time For Teens in 2007, thanked the family for their generous donation, as well as all those who made the evening such a success, including sponsors Vilbrequin
, Gabby's Inspiration Foundation
, Sunrise to Sunset Surf Shop
and Kevin Maple Salon
, and quipped "I too had a spray tan and feel so healthy." Gordon also hit the dance floor and showed them how it's done!
All volunteer models with big smiles worked the runway like pros. (Joe Strand)
Bidding was intense for the silent auction items, including a surfboard, wooden ship model, layette from Ralph Lauren
, ties from Vineyard Vines, beach towels, jewelry, spa and salon certificates, dining and wine certificates, and so much more. The Raffle included certificates to Brewster's Seafood shop, antique teacup and saucer, and what appeared to be one of the most popular items - an astrological reading. More than 50 area businesses donated goods and services for the event.
Elected officials, including Legislator Jay Schneiderman and Mayor Mark Epley, took on the "difficult task" of not only modeling but posing with attractive bikini clad ladies as well. (Joe Strand)
A fun evening for a most worthy cause will keep this annual event popular among East Enders, and Gordon and Board Members, including President Thompson Holdsworth PGA
, Vice President Kathie Russo
, Secretary Allanah Kirk RNC
, Treasurer Brian Matthews, Esq.
, as well as the Board of Directors, are to be commended for ensuring that a local event to raise funds for a local organization features local talent and brings out members of the community to show their support.
See you on the beach!