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The Retreat's 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Party Celebration

Originally Posted: May 29, 2012

Lisa Tamburini

Dan Rizzie, Joan Hornig, and Richard D'Amato. (Photo: Lisa Tamburini)

What better way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Hamptons than wandering around the magnificent Water Mill estate of Joan Hornig and George Hornig. The celebration not only helped kick-off the summer in the Hamptons, but three weeks from now, on June 16, is the Retreat's largest gala of the year - the 17th Annual Artists Against Abuse Benefit. This year, the Benefit will be honoring Joan Hornig by bestowing the Hope Award to Joan for all her work in philanthropy, as well as to Sag Harbor artist Dan Rizzie. The Retreat is the only domestic violence agency on the East End Of Long Island offering comprehensive services to both women and children.

The "High-Tea" event delighted guests with a selection of sparkling wines, beer and juices, as well as a varied selection of hors d'oeuvres. The Hornigs were gracious enough to open up their recently completed, newly restored 150 year old barn (the only one of its kind on the East End), which will serve as a showcase for emerging artists as well as a collection of treasures and artifacts from around the world. Guests were able to bid on silent auction items by some of the industry's top retailers and designers, as well as make donations to the Retreat by selecting "Buy It Now" items.

Barbara Olton (President of the Retreat), James Lipton, and Kedakai Lipton. (Photo: Lisa Tamburini)




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