Log In   ·   Become A Member

Southampton Fresh Air Home Hosts 23rd Annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale And Auction Benefit Gala

Lee Fryd

"The Sopranos" star Aida Turturro with her BFF Carolann Sandoval. (Photo: Lee Fryd)

It was the day of Belmont. The bell rang. The throng was off. Not the horses, the shoppers waiting at the Southampton Fresh Air Home 23rd Annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala 2015. By the time they gathered to watch the new Triple Crown winner on Saturday, June 6th, it seemed like everything was already sold. And yet, there were treasures galore for those waiting in line for the Sunday half price leftovers. We've gotten some of our favorite accent pieces the day after, but that didn't stop us from waiting on the 5 p.m. line.

This year, there was champagne for those who came early: Benefactor patrons were invited to toast the new Catherine di Montezemolo Administrative Building that opened this spring. "She was an amazing woman, elegant and beautiful, who was on the board for many years," D-D-D Honorary Co-Chair (with Charlotte Vonstrom Assaf), Sarah Senbahar told Hamptons.com of the building's namesake. The new building replaces an underground space for staff. "Now the campus can come in and interact," Sarah said.

She was chatting with Tory Burch, "here because of Sarah," the designer told us, "and because nothing is better than making children happy." The D-D-D sales account for 40 percent of the operating costs of the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a non-profit camp for physically challenged kids, which is 114 years old. The antiques and home furnishings have been curated and donated by Southampton's top designers, at prices so low, one purchase can pay for the price of admission. Auctions feature luxury fashion, travel, entertainment, health and beauty items. The Wine Auction delivers bottles with bragging rights.

Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf and Sarah Senbahar were Honorary Chairmen with Kirsten Solsvig Galef and Barbara Page Glatt as Chairmen. Nicola S. Grant and Silke Tsitidiris served as Vice-Chairmen and Raya Keis Knight was Auction Chairman. Vittorio Assaf, Patricia and Daniel Hope, Max Rohn, Roman Roth and Joey Wolffer were Wine Auction Chairmen. Ann R. Grimm served as Design & Decoration Chairman with Tish Bliss and Christl Meszkat as Design & Decoration Co-Chairmen. Peri Bogert, Maria del Rio, Jane J. Fear, Traudl Geraghty and Ann Yawney were Design and Decoration Vice Chairmen, and Gary P. Crain, Christie Hansen and James Alan Smith were Designers Committee Chairmen.

Some years it felt like "The Sopranos" star Aida Turturro was single-handedly covering the camper's costs. With BFF Carolann Sandoval, she seemed to blanket the sale with "SOLD: AIDA TURTURRO" stickers. Having filled her own home and those of her friends, Turturro said this was a slower year for her. "I was feeling little under the weather, so, I didn't go as crazy as I usually do," she said. "Just a coffee table for my friend who's getting a house, a lot of rugs (One I have no idea why I bought) and a little table, and a lamp. I wanted to buy a couch for my friend, but it's hard to get that if they don't ask." We caught Aida on "Law and Order" and "Blue Bloods" this year. She'll go to Sardinia again this summer. "And, when a smart person comes along and casts me in a wonderful role," she said, "They're going to be lucky."

As lucky as we were at the sale, we still had one regret, not buying fast enough and more.

For more information about Southampton Fresh Air Home, visit www.sfah.org.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is the sky?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
Rosehip Partners Real Estate
Properties In The Hamptons

Gary R. DePersia, Corcoran Real Estate
With over $2 billion in transactions, Gary DePersia is consistently ranked among the top producers in the Hamptons. A year-on-year member of The Corcoran Group Presidentís Council, he has qualified as a national list maker since 2007. In the 2016 REAL Trends & The Wall Street Journal list of Americaís top real estate professionals, he was designated #22 nationally and #5 in the Hamptons by volume with nearly $200 million of transactions for the past year.

East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Advertise on Hamptons.com - Have your business be seen by over 2 million viewers including NEW searches
Hamptons.com- Our exclusive online magazine has 2.6 million Page Views YTD for 2015. Contact us to join our elite group of clients that benefit from having a presence on the Hamptons award winning publication www.Hamptons.com

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers ó and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Despatch of Southampton
Despatch of Southampton has been moving homes locally on the East End for decades. We operate a well-maintained fleet of vehicles that can accommodate any size move. On a day to day basis we service moves from and to New York City.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.
We exhibit representational artists from around the world, who produce fine art of exceptional quality that challenge collectors to contemplate concepts about the artist, themselves, and our human experience. Utilizing timeless techniques in creating their drawings, paintings and sculptures, our artists have developed unique, signature styles that present a current vision of our world.

Hampton Luxury Liner
Hampton Luxury Liner was started in 2000 as a more luxurious way to travel from NYC to the Hamptons and back. The clientele quickly grew and over the years Hampton Luxury liner became the preferred method of transportation to the Hamptons and NYC for many living in NYC and the Hamptons that wanted a comfortable and affordable way to travel back and forth. In 2009, HLL was taken over by Classic Coach and things with the liner didnít change to much for years and the owner there changed the buses to Prevost as opposed to Mercedes Setra Top Class Coaches that have always been a signature of the liner. Please call (631) 537-5800 to reserve a charter or email us at Hampton Luxury Liner. The Only Way to Ride!