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Making The Rounds

Originally Posted: June 04, 2008

Nicole B. Brewer

Tommy Hill, Destiny Masouras, and Michael Wudyka at the Timothy Hill Children's
Ranch gala. Photo by Angela Williams

Taking a breather after the Memorial Day onslaught, Hamptonites shopped, made the restaurant rounds, and held intimate parties. One of the big events of the weekend was in Riverhead as the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch held their annual "Preparing The Journey" gala. This fundraiser was held at the spectacular Atlantis Marine World and was sponsored by the Baiting Hollow Country Club, Riverhead Building Supply, and Suffolk County National Bank, to name just a few. Several different companies around the Island donated and purchased tables for an evening of dinner, cocktails, and a silent auction.

After the mingling and cocktail hour, the Timothy Hill Children's Ranch Founders, Jerry and Fern Hill, welcomed the guests and recognized some of the attendees for their continued support including Councilman Ed Romaine, Barbara Blass, and James Wouten along with his wife Rebekah Wouten.

Timothy Hill Ranch is known as a place for young boys to call home after a troubled childhood. Most children just need a family to show them that they are loved and that they're not alone. The ranch gives these kids that feeling of comfort and motivation to want to live a fulfilled and happy life. While at the party some of the young men that reside in the home were in attendance. They told stories about how difficult their lives had been before they came to the ranch and how now they feel secure and ready to grow as individuals. It was nice to see that the Timothy Hill Ranch has changed and touched so many lives.

Tony Ingrao, Reina Schiffrin, and Randy Kemper at the Planned Parenthood
Hudson Peconic's East End benefit. Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

Renowned interior designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper hosted Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic's (PPHP) East End benefit, "Everything That Is Beautiful," at their Woodhouse Park estate in East Hampton, which raised $410,000 to help support PPHP medical services, education and advocacy programs on the East End. The benefit honored the organization's 75 years of keeping the community healthy and informed and featured both a live and silent auction of art, jewels, and design inspired by nature.

The auction itself raised $100,000 and included contributions from artists such as Ross Bleckner, Jeff Koons, David Salle, Kiki Smith, Kara Ross, Nina Runsdorf, Cartier, Sidney Garber, Louise Lawler, Bryan Hunt, and more. Furnishings auctioned included a 1952 Jewelry Chest by Hendron courtesy of Donzella 20th Century Gallery retailed at $4,500, and jewels ranged from a Jennifer Miller yellow gold and Lucite link bracelet retailed at $225 to a Rob Wynne 18K gold, diamond, and emerald Octopus Ring retailed at $7,500. Art included a color aquatint etching by Ross Bleckner valued at $2,700 and a Jeff Koons photo lithograph entitled "Stacked", valued at an estimated $15,000.

Guests including Beth Ostrovky, Nicole Miller, Patty Raynes, Richard and Renee Steinberg, Christine Wasserstein, Robert Florio and Ellen Cea, Dan Rattiner, Lisa Perry, Elizabeth Ballard, Benjamin Dollar, Richard and Eileen Ekstract, Jackie Harris Hochberg, Daphne Hoge and Savanna Hoge enjoyed a sophisticated 14 course hors d'oeuvres tasting catered by The Art of Eating, under an enchanting tent setup designed by Ron Wendt Design.

Planned Parenthood officials including PPHP's Reina Schiffrin and Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards wholeheartedly greeted their guests and kicked off the live auction with an inspiring thanks to supporters. High sellers included Jeff Koon's photo lithograph, which went for $18,000, a gold and diamond chain necklace by Sidney Garber for $4,000, and a David Salle oil on lithograph piece for $3,500.

Saturday night the very fashionable Elie Tahari along with his wife Rory celebrated the launch of the limited edition summer collection created with artist Kenny Scharf at their flagship store in East Hampton. Champagne and mojitos were served as guests raved about the beautiful inspired clothes.

Artist Michael Cardacino at the 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the East End
Photographers Group. Photo by Eileen Casey

A quick walk across the street and we were off to see "Sex and the City." Afterwards it was time for drinks and a late dinner at Wei Fun where we were greeted by Denise the manager and Billy the bartender who was very happy to whip up an absolutely delicious Cosmopolitan. The perfect drink after seeing the movie that caused the Cosmo craze of course. Ladies, don't listen to the reviews, the movie was great and if you loved the show you will love the movie. I loved it, run in your Manolo's to go see it.

Throughout the weekend the galleries held a few notable openings. Starting in Southampton, Hampton Road Gallery hosted the opening reception for the solo exhibition of artist Harriet Sawyer. Her exhibition "The Life We Choose" will be at the gallery through June 12.

The Surface Library Gallery and Atelier in Springs, East Hampton presented "Orbiting Abstraction" with an opening reception. The group exhibition curated by Christa Maiwald includes works by Mary Boochever, Eric Dever, Denise Gale, Fulvio Massi, Sue Papa, Kevin Teare, Tom Wasik, and Greta Watson. The exhibit runs through June 22.

Ashawagh Hall hosted the 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the East End Photographers Group. The evening also included live rock and soul music by The Blue Collar Band, and surf music by The Surf Dogs. There will be a closing reception held on Sunday, June 8, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thanks to Sunday's sunny skies, some 250 guests attended the celebration for the opening of OSO Restaurant at the Southampton Inn where they were not only able to sample the delights of Chef Peter Dunlop's kitchen in the handsome new Mediterranean steakhouse, but also able to enjoy the European style patio and gardens as well.

Dede Gotthelf Moan, Peter Dunlop, and Terry Moan at the opening of OSO
Restaurant. Photo by Tony Vargas

Inn proprietor Dede Gotthelf Moan and husband Terry Moan were thrilled to raise a glass to celebrate their much anticipated addition to the East End dining scene as the crowd of friends and neighbors poured into the new restaurant which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Heather Dunn and her stepson Tom Kostura were praised for their artful painting of the eatery's walls which featured a faint fleur des lys design. Southampton artist Kimberly McSparran was cheered for her soft watercolors of the area's famed golf clubs - Shinnecock, The National Links, Sebonac and Southampton - which grace the lounge area. Builder, painter, and gallerist Kimberly Goff, is continuing her mother Elaine Benson's tradition with rotating art exhibits at the restaurant.

Enjoying the evenings festivities were Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and wife Marianne Epley, Marlena and Sam Gershowitz, George and Amy Kane with daughter Sharri Kane, Doug and Susan Murtha, Sara Herbert Galloway, Ron Burkhardt, Jeanine Edington, Lee Fine, Cindy Lou Wakefield and Rick Friedman, Pamela Willoughby, Mary Skillern, Chuck Schwartz, Rob Rich, Lora Fox, Kathy and Dan Comelli, Joseph Pasquino, Gregory D'Elia, Mary Ellen Winston, Cheri Kaufman, Caroline Lieberman, Brooks McIntyre, Andrew Wargo, Dick Coons and Kristi Witker, Gina and Lou Arresta, Donna and Dick Soloway, Democratic Committee Chair Gordon Herr, Laura Weir, Tim Burke, Blossom and Marty Gluck, Jeffrey Katz, Leonard Barton, Don McDonnell, Tom and Maribeth Edmonds, Amy Zerner, Monte Farber, and Fred and Sylvia Lehrer. Dede happily ended the night joining Richard Jenkins on the piano.

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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