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Holiday Celebrations Illuminate December

Originally Posted: December 03, 2010

Brittany Buckley

The Waxman Girls light up the 38 Annual Samuel Waxman event. (Amber de Vos)

Southampton - The smells of Christmas fill the air. December marks a time when families and loved ones gather in tradition of a holiday that celebrates the miracles of winter and the people in your life who make this time of year worth the wait. From New York City to the Hamptons, the Christmas spirit is felt everywhere and the social gatherings this month are livelier than ever. Mark your calendars and let the celebrations begin!

Sheryl Crow performs at the Samuel Waxman Annual Gala. (Amber de Vos)

The New York Women's Foundation (NYWF) hosted the 23 Annual Stepping Out and Stepping Up Gala in honor of Museum of Modern Art President Emerita, Agnes Gund as well as Grace Hightower De Niro and Robert De Niro in New York City on Wednesday, December 1. Hosted by Good Morning America's Juju Chung, the lavish gala brought nearly 300 star-studded guests and kicked off with an address by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Guests included filmmaker, Jane Rosenthal, Muffie Potter Aston, philanthropist, Anne Bass and iconic filmmaker, Martin Scorsese. The NYWF is a cross-cultural alliance of women serving as a force for change by funding organizations and programs that move women towards long-term economic security, justice, health and sexual rights as well as safety and positive development. As NYWF President & CEO Ana L. Oliveira explained, the Foundation is "not a traditional foundation, it is a public foundation [producing] community-based authored solutions;" Ana also reinforced the message that "when we invest in mothers, we invest in children - when we invest in children, we invest in our future." Co-Chairs for the evening included Hyatt Bass, Somers Farkas and Diana L. Taylor. Vice Chairs included Susan R. Cullman, Anne E. Delaney, Antoinette E. La Belle, Carolyn Buck Luce, Yvonne S. Quinn and Jean Shafiroff.

Shopaholics Anonymous: Spread the holiday cheer to those in need. Feed Projects recently launched a global initiative to give this season. The program, "12 Days, 12 Ways to Feed" began on November 29 and runs for 12 days, giving shoppers a unique gift guide to giving. Purchasing Feed bags, teddy bears and accessories will curb the plague of world hunger, giving one more person a happy and healthy Christmas. A set cost of your purchase will help the organization create and supply goods across the world. Purchasing a bag can provide school children in Rwanda with meals for an entire year and buying teddy bears will provide nutrients to toddlers in need. Feed Projects offers new product suggestions to customers including six new items that are perfect for the holidays. Feed partners include Gap, Forever 21 and Lord & Taylor, offering exclusive products for the season. Pitch in for the cause and give a gift that can change the status of world hunger this year.

Open your arms to a four-legged friend who is looking for a loving home this season. Beau Hulse Realty Group and Little Lucy's Canine Couture are teaming up for an Adopt-a-thon in support of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. Feel free to bring a gift for the shelter from the dog and cat wish list, including blankets, toys, shampoo, biscuits, peanut butter and of course, a loving home to spend the holidays in.

Kelly Osbourne with MAC Senior Artist, John Stapleton in honor of World AIDS Day. (Casey Rogers)

Begin the holiday shopping season with a punch of art at Watermill Ateliers Galleries, including Lon Hameker's gallery showcasing photography and vintage furniture as well as Indonesian textiles by Rose Halsey and artwork by Daniel Dens. Don't miss out on the unique opportunity to view artwork that speaks for itself.

Party Lovers: New York Stage and Film (SAF) will be holding the Annual Winter Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Sunday, December 12. Honoring Grammy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actress, Laura Linney as well as Jujamcyn Theaters President, Jordan Roth. Proceeds from the event will benefit SAF's withstanding support of artists from across the country. SAF is committed to developing and producing new works for theater and film.

Music Fanatics: Grammy Award-winning singer, Sheryl Crow teamed up with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) celebrating the 13 Annual Collaborating for a Cure Dinner and Auction in New York City. Nearly 1,400 guests gathered in support of the cause. Crow, a cancer survivor herself, was honored to perform at such a meaningful event. Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Dale and Peter Claman, Alyssa and Cliff Greenberg and Kristin Fizulich were the event chairs whose hard work contributed to the success of the annual event that helps SWCRF invest time and money in fighting cancer. The Live Auction alone raised nearly $1 million. Notable guests included Jean and Jackie Shafiroff, SWCRF Executive Director, Gwen Darien, SWCRF Associate Scientific Directors, Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D. and Jonathan Licht, M.D., SWCRF Board of Directors, Gary Gladstein, Musa Mayer, Spencer and Bettina Waxman, SWCRF Vice Presidents, David Taub, Dena Weiner and Gary Jacob, Bald is Beautiful founder, Sharon Blynn, Ceslie Armstrong, lifestyle and fashion reporter, Katlean de Monchy and TV personality, Joe Terranova.

Hollywood Music in Media Award Nominee, Trent Hancock, teamed up with Rock & Wrap It Up! for a benefit at Citi Field Stadium in Queens, New York. Hosted by Jackie Martling, the event showcased Hancock's extensive talent as a solo artist. In honor of David Alcoro, the benefit raised funds for a meaningful cause and held a live auction as a part of the fundraiser. Rock & Wrap It Up! recovers food and other assets to be given to agencies fighting poverty, increasing their operation budgets. This allows them to hire more services to attack the root cause of poverty.

Sightings: Kelly Osbourne was recently spotted at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles, volunteering in honor of World AIDS Day. Osbourne joined MAC Cosmetics lending support on behalf of the MAC AIDS Fund.

Agnes Gund, Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro at the Stepping Out and Stepping Up Dinner. (Lawlor Media Group PR)

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