The first notable snowfall of the season didn't deter 374 East Enders from dashing into the ocean at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton during Heart of the Hamptons' 14th Polar Bear Plunge.
Beth Stern was joined by Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel Nicole, and animal advocate and award-winning author Jill Rappaport at NYU Kimmel Center’s Rosenthal Pavilion in New York City during Bash for the Bulldogs. The annual Long Island Bulldog Rescue benefit brought out over 200 guests and around a dozen dogs. Proceeds will aid, help heal and find homes for abandoned, abused, neglected and injured or ill English Bulldogs.
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) presented “20 for 20,” a special tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a lasting impact in the food allergy community and have contributed to 20 years of progress in food allergy research, education and advocacy, during its 20th Annual Food Allergy Ball at The Pierre in New York City. Honorees included Janet Atwater, chair of the FARE Board of Directors; Becky Basalone - Teal Pumpkin Project®; Pierre-Henri Benhamou, MD - DBV Technologies Inc.; Dave Bunning, philanthropist; Denise Bunning, food allergy educator, philanthropist and FARE Board Member; A. Wesley Burks, MD – University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Ruchi Gupta, MD - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Judith and John Hannan – co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative,; The Jaffe Family, co-founders of the Food Allergy Initiative; Stacie Jones, MD.
Radio personality Peter Rosenberg hosted North Shore Animal League America's annual Celebrity Gala at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. The event for the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization brought out Howard Stern and Beth Stern, Christine Evangelista, Kathryn Erbe, Chris Cimino, Lauren Scala, Selenis Leyva, and more.
Teens for Food Justice hosted its 2nd annual FEAST gala at La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel in New York City. The evening, which was held in honor of Tara Smith, brought out Gloria Estefan, Karolina Kurkova, Richard Kind, and more.
Awards season kicked off with the Gotham Independent Film Awards at , which brought out several notable names, including "Big Little Lies" co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Margot Robbie, Adam Sandler, Robert Pattinson, Cynthia Nixon, Ben Stiller, and more.
Vienna before the war was the apotheosis of old world high culture and genteel civilization, my Viennese Aunt Vera has always told us. And, the great conductor Jascha Horenstein who conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in the 20s was her first cousin. We felt it was his spirit that brought her grandson Shawn to New York on the night of the celebration of The Vienna Philharmonic Society Orchestra's 175th anniversary and launch of their new historical book, A Sound Tradition: A Short History of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a day before Vera's 101st birthday.
Marders in Bridgehampton celebrated the start of the holiday season by hosting its 42nd Annual Open House.
LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton kicked off the start of the holiday season with a Members Holiday Gathering. Attendees, including Alice Aycock, Mary Busch, Max Bonbrest, Lukie and Harvey Bernstein, Sherri Donghia, Sarah Duke, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, Nina Gillman, were treated to music from the Calvary Baptist Church Choir, apple cider, hot toddies, espresso martinis and vegetarian chili and cornbread. Guests could also attach their holiday wishes to Yoko Ono's Wishing Tree.
East Hampton Historical Society toasted to its 33rd annual East Hampton House & Garden Tour during Cocktails at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton. The kick-off party, held the eve before the tour, brought out local dignitaries, architects, interior designers, home enthusiasts, design aficionados and history buffs.