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Hetrick-Martin Institute Celebrating 16th Anniversary Of School’s Out

Nicole Barylski

"James and I are extremely delighted to host the School's Out benefit for the first time ever in our East Hampton home," noted Lisa Cohen, who is co-hosting the event with her husband, James Cohen. "After getting a tour of the HMI headquarters in New York City, and seeing first-hand how much HMI does for LGBTQ youth, I knew I wanted to get involved to support the thousands of at-risk LGBTQ youth that come through HMI's doors annually."

On Saturday, June 6th from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, is holding the 16th Anniversary School's Out cocktail party fundraiser. This year, the benefit will be hosted at a new location, the East Hampton home of interior design magazine editor Lisa Cohen and husband James Cohen, president and CEO of Hudson News.

"School's Out has become a tradition as the Hamptons' premiere event," said Thomas Krever, Chief Executive Officer of HMI. "Not only is it one of the summer's most notable kickoff parties, but this fundraiser is so important to HMI because it enables us to provide our vital services throughout the summer months to the most vulnerable youth in New York City."

Bobby Graham of GQ, Alfredo Paredes of Ralph Lauren and Ward Williams of MotherNY are event co-chairs, with William Li of Ralph Lauren Home, interior designer Scott Sanders and his partner Peter Wilson hosting the soiree.

HMI Ambassador Efva Attling and her wife Eva Dahigren. (Photo: Elsie Boskamp)

After parking at Georgica Beach, attendees will be shuttled to the benefit via a Mini Cooper, courtesy of Greater Gotham MINI Dealers. Once they arrive at the fundraiser, supporters can enjoy cocktails by Ketel One and hors d'oeuvres, document the moment during a photoshoot in the interactive photo booth, courtesy of Barry's Bootcamp, and they should make sure to stop by the Gant station, where they can pick up a free pair of sunglasses.

Proceeds from School's Out help HMI continue to provide services throughout the summer to LGBTQ at-risk youth.

For more information, visit www.hmi.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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