- Time For Teens, Inc. brought summer to the Hamptons Thursday night, with their second annual Swimsuit Show held at the Southampton Publick House
. Good friends gathered amid palm trees, beach toys and other tropical décor, many in beach attire, to support Time For Teens, an organization which provides a safe, healing and creative environment for teens ages 12 to 19 who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Time For Teens Founder Laraine Gordon. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
Time For Teens was founded in 2007 by Laraine Gordon
, who has devoted her life working with teens after the loss of her sister at age 12. "There is a huge gap in services for teenagers that are grieving," said Gordon. Funds raised at the Swimsuit Show would benefit the Time For Teens hosted annual bereavement retreat, where the teens can be in a comfortable, safe place, and where everyone understands what they are going through.
"It is extremely important to get to the kids when they're going through that and I can say that it's life changing for some of the kids who have come to the camp," Gordon said of the retreat
. She also stressed the importance of creativity and fun in helping the teens heal, "It's really important to remember that you are allowed to have fun following a loss," she said.
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman
who attended the event not only as a guest, but as a model as well, is on the Board of Advisers for Time For Teens, and has provided the organization with a $5,000 grant every year since its founding.
"Laraine came to me at the very beginning, when she was first putting the organization together and I said 'you know it sounds like an amazing idea,' and she seemed like the perfect person to head it up," explained Schneiderman of his involvement with Time For Teens, "When you're affected by the loss of a sibling or a parent, it can mess you up permanently, and the way Laraine approaches it, she does a lot of creative stuff with the kids, whether it's theater, or the arts, they really find ways to work through what they're suffering from."
Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman walks the catwalk. (Nicole A. Flotteron)
A slideshow of pictures of past bereavement retreats played on a screen throughout the night, as guests participated in a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction which featured items from Vineyard Vines
, and a signed copy of "Goodnight My Angel" by Billy Joel
. J. McLaughlin
and Jill Lynn Jewelry set up on site pop-up shops where guests were able to shop some of the looks that were seen on the runway.
At 8:30 p.m. attention shifted from the cocktails and appetizers to the stage, where the hilarious comedienne Carol Ann Doner
performed a stand-up routine which was met by laughter, clapping and cheers from the crowd. Following the performance, Doner emceed the swimsuit fashion show.
Hamptons Tans provided the models with spray tans, The Kevin Maple
Salon provided hair and make-up services, and Sunrise to Sunset Surf And Sport
Shop, J.McLaughlin and Vilebrequin provided fashionable swimsuits and attire, perfect for a day at the beach in the Hamptons.
Crowd favorite looks included Schneiderman in a swim trunk and tee-shirt, and Pastor Rick Boyer
From The Southampton Presbyterian Church who sported his Pastor robe over purple Quicksilver swim trunks and tee-shirt. While Schneiderman walked the runway, Doner quipped, "Isn't it great today to see a politician with his shirt on!"
The Time For Teens Swimsuit show was a great success with fun and laughs with old friends and new acquaintances. Congratulations to Gordon for all her hard work, and to Anita Boyer
of the Stressless Event who put such a wonderful evening together.
It felt like summer at the Swimsuit Show at the Southampton Publick House. (Nicole A. Flotteron)