Set against the backdrop of Northwest Harbor in East Hampton on the magnificent grounds of Bruce T. Sloane
's private residence, Live Out Loud's Fourth Annual Pride in the Hamptons Fundraiser on Saturday, June 23, 2012, exceeded all expectations in creating a fun, fashionable, well-attended, celebratory event and successful fundraiser for Live Out Loud, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering LGBT youth by connecting them with successful LGBT role models.
Reichen Lehmkuhl and Leo Preziosi, Jr. (Photo: Barry Gordin)
Over 250 guests of all ages enjoyed an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by Restivo Events. Guests mingled on the wooded property while savoring a breathtaking sunset over the Harbor. An impressive Silent Auction boasted an equally inspired selection of fine art, fashion, theater packages, health and fitness related treatments, as well as fine dining and wine offerings donated by many of area's most esteemed galleries, artists, dealers and businesses, while raising still more funds for the organization. As a special addition, Kate Mueth
's Dance Company, Neopolitical Cowgirls, performed a piece from their upcoming theatrical production entitled "Eve."
Leo Preziosi, Jr., the Founder and Director of Live Out Loud, addressed the crowd by highlighting many of the milestones reached and celebrated by the organization this year. He then introduced Brian Williams
, one of the scholarship winners, who thanked the organization and all those supporting it, for creating the opportunities it did for him and others like him. Preziosi also acknowledged that this week marked the one year anniversary of the passing of the same sex marriage law in New York State. Last summer's fundraiser fell on the day after the amendment passed, leading to several engagements being announced at that time. This year, there were several couples celebrating their own nuptials since the passing of the amendment, who were congratulated and acknowledged at the event.
After cocktails, a starlit sky shone down upon a 3-course buffet dinner generously donated by Michael's of Maidstone
for 120 guests including Reichen Lehmkuhl
, Bonnie Comley
, Stewart Lane
, Nanette Shaw, and Isa Goldberg. Sir Ari Gold sang several songs for the dinner crowd, including his own rendition of Happy Birthday to Leo Preziosi, Jr. whose milestone 50th birthday coincided with the event. The night ended with an exciting fireworks display that could be seen from across the bay in Sag Harbor.
Sunset over Northwest Harbor. (Photo: Barry Gordin)