Help for Orphans International's 2nd Annual Hamptons benefit at Nova's Ark Project
in Watermill drew over 300 guests on Friday sponsored by Hamptons.com, Fame Game, Zarin Fabrics, and Christiania Vodka. The event, co-chaired by Help For Orphans International founder Sarah Ehrlich
and Jill Zarin
of "The Real Housewives of New York City
", raised essential funds to build a vocational school for orphans in Kisii, Kenya, which will open next year.
Guests including the stars of "The Real Housewives of New York City" - Bethenny Frankel
, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps
, Alex McCord
, Ramona Singer
, and the newest housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon
, along with Tundra Wolf
, Enzo Morabito
, Lucia Hwong Gordon
, Sara Herbert-Galloway
, fashion designer Michael Mione
, Justin Love
, Tex Caldarola
and Mrs. Gerry Curatola
and Jerry DeCrosta
, Amelia Doggwiler
, Vincent Horcasitas
, Maynard Monrow
, Helen Gifford
, Glenn Myles
, Allyson Shapiro
, Anna Wilding
, Bobby Zarin
, Mara Yorizzo
, and Dr. Robert DiPilla
bid on art by the likes of Andy Moses
, and Hunt Slonem
and enjoyed food provided by Creative Cuisine and the rhythmic sounds of the Boom Samba group.
Kelly Killoren Bensimon, Ramona Singer, and Countess LuAnn
The new school will give the older orphans in Kisii (who have finished their basic education) the skills needed to create careers and participate in their villages. They will be taught sustainable agriculture, dairy farming, horticulture, art and other skills needed to support themselves, their families and hopefully others, including other orphaned children. The children will also choose from various trades, and will be helped in starting their careers. Not only will they be given a foundation in education and basic living skills, Help For Orphans International will also work actively with the community to provide the necessary tools for a stronger foundation in life.
Help for Orphans International, founded in 2004 by Sarah Ehrlich
, is non-profit organization that provides superior education facilities and materials for orphans around the world. The organization gives orphans the means to create better lives for themselves by giving them an education and empowering them to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose. Further, the organization provides orphans with food, clean water, clothes, medicine, educational materials and teacher training. The organization has assisted orphanages in Kenya, Uganda, India, and South America.
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