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Black Tie Christmas Party Benefits Sag Harbor Food Pantry

Originally Posted: December 07, 2008


Sean Scanlon hosted his "21st Annual Black Tie Benefit Christmas Party" at Spin-
naker's in Sag Harbor. Photos by Eileen Casey

Sag Harbor - Local Sag Harbor resident and businessman Sean Scanlon threw his "21st Annual Black Tie Benefit Christmas Party" at Spinnaker's in Sag Harbor on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tickets were $25 and guests were encouraged to bring canned or dry goods to benefit the Sag Harbor Food Pantry. Shopping carts were stationed at the front door to collect the items.

Live music was provided by Brad Beyer and the always entertaining Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks. Guests were also encouraged to adhere to the 'first annual color theme' and wear something gold.

Those in attendance were certainly grateful and happy to have a local venue in Sag Harbor offering live music and the opportunity to dance, dance, dance. Beyer soothed the crowd with traditional Christmas carols and then The Lone Sharks managed (as they always do) to rock the house, making it reminiscent of the old "Wild Rose" days.

William and Jacquelyn Falkenburg hit the dance floor.

Scanlon, also known for his annual Barcelona Neck summer party, made sure everyone was properly attired and having fun.

Spinnaker's Restaurant cleared out the center tables leaving a rather large dance floor with built-in booths along each side for those who needed to sit and catch their breath.

The decor was gold themed with balloon bunches, gold stars and gold holiday decorations making for an attractive and festive environment.

Outside three large ice sculptures and two large doormen greeted guests and collected the nominal $25 charge as well as any canned or dry goods attendees were urged to bring, while cleverly improvising some amusing neckwear and ties for those gentlemen who did not adhere to the strict 'black tie' enforced by Scanlon.

Among those spotted were Vanessa and Kurt Leggard, David Morris, William and Jacquelyn Falkenburg, Geralyne Lewandowski, Carolyn Beegan, Scott Paltow, Daria Deshuk, and David Kushnir.

A delightful and festive evening was enjoyed by all for a worthy cause that has garnered additional recognition from a local resident exercising a true holiday spirit.


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.


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