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’Gatsby On The Green: Croquet And Cocktails’ To Benefit The American Red Cross

Originally Posted: August 17, 2011

Southampton - The inaugural 'Gatsby on the Green: Croquet and Cocktails,' will be held on Saturday, August 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This fundraising event, benefitting the American Red Cross, will be co-hosted by American clothier J. McLaughlin and jeweler Gilan and will be held on the "Village Green" of Olde Towne, located at 64 Wickapogue Road in Southampton.

As guests enter The Green under the majestic London Plane trees of Olde Towne, they will be harkened to simpler times long ago. Arriving guests will be greeted with a variety of beverages and tasty foods from the era, Pimms Cups, Mint Juleps and tea sandwiches. Also, philanthropic businesses have shown their support in donating many of the other foods and beverages, such as Eleni's New York cookies and cupcakes and Plain T iced teas. Several croquet courts will be available for guests, staffed by professional players to demonstrate and assist in the games. A special display of classic and vintage cars, many from the Gatsby era, will surround the Green for guests to admire. J. McLaughlin has exclusively created and donated boat neck sailor shirts with Red Cross logos for the wait staff and volunteers as well as a limited edition canvas tote for the gift bag.

At the event, Sally Phipps, a long-time Southampton resident, will be honored for her years of dedication and support to the Red Cross with the prestigious "Red Cross Hero Award." Over 200 guests are expected to attend with notables such as Alina Cho, Whitney Fairchild, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Amanda Hearst, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney, Joan and Jay McLaughlin, Barbara and Kevin McLaughlin, Mario Nievera, Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson, Patty Raynes and Bettina Zilkha.

This event will raise much needed funds for the American Red Cross Greater New York Region which includes Long Island, New York City, the Lower Hudson Valley and Greenwich, Connecticut. As the nation's largest and busiest Red Cross region - home to over 13 million residents - the Greater New York Red Cross responds to nearly 3,000 local disasters each year, providing relief in the form of food, shelter and emotional support to more than 15,000 people. Additionally, it provides lifesaving training in skills like first aid, CPR and aquatics to over 300,000 residents each year.

"An average of eight times a day, every day, families across our region find themselves suddenly displaced from their homes by a fire, flood or other emergency," said Vikki Pryor, CEO, Greater NY Red Cross. "At that moment, when they are in despair and don't know where to turn, the Red Cross is there, bringing compassion, hope and healing-and helping them back on the road to recovery."

About The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

Tickets or sponsorships can be purchased in advance by visiting the website or by contacting Michelle Weinraub, Greater NY Red Cross Event Director, at 212-875-2031 or Polly Onet, Ober, Onet & Associates, at 212-876-6775.

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