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Life@Nite: The Memorial Day Weekend Hamptons Benefits Roundup

Nicole Barylski

Jean Shafiroff, Jonathan McCann, a guest, Jill Rappaport, and Katie McEntee at last year's A Taste of Wine. (Photo: Jared Siskin/PMC)

Want to kick-off the holiday weekend by toasting to a worthy cause? Here's the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser roundup:

The Garden Club of East Hampton is presenting its annual Garden Party, Plant Sale and Silent Auction, with annuals, perennials, orchids, hanging baskets, planted pots, and more, at Mulford Farm (10 James Lane, East Hampton, gceasthampton.org) over Memorial Day weekend. The Garden Party will be held on Friday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission to the Garden Party is $50 and admission to the Plant Sale is free.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is hosting A Toast to Summer 2017 at Oreya at The Capri (281 County Road 39A, Southampton, www.eventbrite.com) on Friday, May 26 at 10 p.m. All proceeds will support The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Attendees will be treated to a 1 hour open vodka bar sponsored by TOAST Vodka, a kissing booth, a traditional photobooth, raffles, live and silent auctions and more. Admission starts at $50.

David Kilmnick, Dr. Robert Moraru, Brett White, Rachel York, Greg Kammerer, Steven Barnes, and Robert Vitelli at LGBT Network's Summer Kick-Off. (Photo: Patrick McMullan/PMC)

LGBT Network (lgbtnetwork.org) is hosting back-to-back Memorial Day weekend benefits on Saturday, May 27th. The excitement will begin with Edie's Backyard BBQ, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the home of LGBT civil rights trailblazer Edie Windsor. From 6 to 8 p.m., stop by the Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club (231 Mid Ocean Drive, Bridgehampton) for LGBT Network's Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Reception with an open bar, light fare, and a silent auction. Tickets to Edie's Backyard BBQ begin at $90 and tickets to the Summer Kick-Off Cocktail Reception begin at $325.

At Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons' (ARF) annual Designer Show House and Sale at The ARF Thrift and Treasure Shop (17 Poxabogue Lane, Sagaponack, www.arfhamptons.org), you can fit in a little shopping as you enjoy the holiday weekend. The Show House will debut during an Exclusive Preview Hour on Saturday, May 27 at 5 p.m., followed by a Cocktail Reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and the Show House will open to the public on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the Exclusive Preview Hour is $250, tickets to the Cocktail Reception are $150, and on Saturday and Sunday there is a suggested donation of $10 upon entry.

East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement & Education Directive Program is holding a Reception & Fundraiser at Bay Kitchen Bar.

East Hampton Shellfish Enhancement & Education Directive Program (EHSEED Program) is holding a Reception & Fundraiser at Bay Kitchen Bar (39 Gann Road, East Hampton, sofo.org) on Sunday, May 28. From 4 to 6 p.m., guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and oysters on the half shell, which will be served along with local beer and wine. Proceeds will support East Hampton's Oyster Garden Initiative that educates the community about the importance of oysters to our ecosystem and as a sustainable food source. Additionally, the evening will include tours of the nearby shellfish nursery. Tickets are $65.

Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is hosting A Taste of Wine at Southampton Historical Museum (17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, southamptonanimalshelter.com) on Sunday, May 28. From 5 to 8 p.m., partygoers can mingle with SASF's adorable canines and felines as they enjoy a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. 100 percent of proceeds will support helping homeless pets. Admission is $50.

On Sunday, May 28, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) (www.ppaction.org) is presenting its 29th Annual East End Benefit. Taking place at a private home in Bridgehampton at 5 p.m., the Memorial Day weekend fundraiser will feature Wolffer Estate Vineyard wines, Montauk Brewing Company beer, foods from Elegant Eating, music by DJ Twilo, and a private screening of the 360 degree virtual reality film Across the Line. Admission is $200, and tickets must be purchased before Friday, May 19.

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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