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Tricks and Treats

Originally Posted: November 08, 2006

Nicole B. Brewer

Mariano and Richard at Rowdyween. Photo by Katrina Lovett

With all of the fall fairs and pumpkin picking, it's hard to forget one of the best parts of fall - dressing up and having some fun. For the younger crowd, the trick or treating offers enough candy to fuel a sugar high for most of the next week. For the adults, it's the perfect opportunity to get in a little mid-week partying.

We headed over to Rowdy Hall in East Hampton on Halloween to celebrate their Seventh Annual Rowdyween. The spooky graveyard in the courtyard set the spooky-fun mood as party goers packed into the bar for drinks and dancing to the lively music. The costumes made for great conversation starters as some of our favorites in the crowd included Steve Day with his devil and angel on each shoulder (though apparently the angel took the night off...) and Mariano and Richard's spot on CHIPs costumes. We can't wait for next year's Rowdyween, start planning your costumes now!

With cancer affecting so many people across Long Island, we were excited to stop by the second annual Long Island OCEANS Wave of Hope Gala to benefit Ovarian & Gynecologic Cancers. Giorgio's Restaurant in Baiting Hollow lent the picturesque backdrop for the evening, where guests mingled while sampling the generous hors d'oeuvres spread and checked out the Chinese auction. Everything from a pre-loaded jewelry box to a set of golf clubs and bicycles had everyone trying to decide their favorites to bid their tickets on. With the holidays just around the corner, it was the perfect opportunity to do some shopping while contributing to a good cause, though we'll admit to eyeing a few items for gifts to ourselves.

Herman Oswald and Vic Leone at the Wave of Hope Gala.
Photo by Katrina Lovett

Heading into Riverhead, we stopped over at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium for the Long Island Beach Buggy Association's Charles & Marie Hollins Memorial Scholarship fundraiser. Dedicated to beach access, ecology, and conservation, LIBBA has worked to protect and preserve the beaches of Long Island since 1958.

The Charles & Marie Hollins Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in Marine Sciences, particularly apt considering the conservation goals. The Aquarium proved to be the perfect setting for the evening as guests young and old seemed equally interested in the marine life displays as the delicious food. Two lucky ladies even got the opportunity to take a dive into the shark tank before dinner (though we hope the sharks had the chance to eat first), making it a challenge to get the younger guests away from the viewing windows to eat. Silent auction items including decorated birdhouses, fishing gear, games, and puzzles as well as a 50/50 raffle rounded out the opportunities to donate to the cause while enjoying the exhibits after hours.

Shark diving at Atlantis. Photo by Katrina Lovett

Sunday afternoon, we stopped in Westhampton for the Quogue Library's Wine tasting and Tapas with hosts Starr Boggs and Pilar Turner. The afternoon's presentation of cooking demonstrations and holiday entertaining ideas was a big hit as we saw guests heading back for seconds as they watched Starr and Pilar serve up the tasty snacks including an earthy lamb sausage, a surprisingly tender duck breast fresh off the barbeque, as well as the succulent seafood dishes - a Clam and Monkfish dish as well as a Salted Cod, all dressed up with a cranberry sauce and honey aioli to add a hearty taste perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

With such a food selection as well as the tasty wines paired with them at the bar, we could have made a meal of the afternoon, and can't wait to stop back at Starr Boggs' Restaurant to do just that. The Quogue Library continues their tasty holiday celebrations with a gingerbread house workshop December 9th, this one perfect for all ages. Make sure to stop by and take a look.

Starr Boggs. Photo by Katrina Lovett

To mark the milestone of its 100th Anniversary and the beginning of its second century, Benenson Capital Partners LLC hosted a magnificent three day celebration at the landmark Fletcher Sinclair mansion, home to the Ukrainian Institute. A highlight of the event was the exhibition of priceless masterpieces from the renowned collection of the late Charles B. Benenson, many of which had not been seen in public for almost four decades.

Bill Benenson, Frederick Benenson and Lawrence B. Benenson, sons of Charles, and partners in the family held business along with key executives Richard Kessler, COO, James Stifel, CIO, and Lloyd Stabiner, CFO were on hand each night to welcome the hundreds of political, civic, religious and cultural leaders, business associates and friends who came to toast the anniversary and pay tribute to the much respected and much loved "Charlie" Benenson.

On the opening evening, Lawrence B. Benenson, sporting a wildly patterned tie, a trademark of his father's, introduced longtime family friend Senator Charles Schumer who spoke eloquently about the family's support of the city, achievement in business and their deep sense of civic responsibility.

Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center, pointed to the Lincoln Center Real Estate Council co-founded by Charles Benenson as pivotal in the development and now renovation of the internationally acclaimed arts center.

Lawrence Benenson and Senator Charles Schumer. Photo by
Rob Rich 2006 robwayne1@aol.com

Proclaiming October 24, 2006 as "Charles B. Benenson Day", Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted "Charles was a man of impeccable taste who led one of the city's most storied and successful real estate companies, Benenson Capital Partners, to great heights." He continued in his praise, "While Mr. Benenson's achievements in real estate are impressive, it is his art collection and philanthropy that set him apart". Bloomberg then cited Benenson's long history of commitment to New York through his leadership in the Association for a Better New York, his co-founding of the Lincoln Center Real Estate Council, major support of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and the Museum of African Art.

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, Charlie's alma mater and grateful recipient of the Benenson art collection which will go on display at Yale in December, told how Charlie Benenson, a sharing man, "constantly invited students and faculty to his Greenwich estate to view his collection".

Tributes by friends continued throughout the evenings with former Mayor David Dinkins citing the family's long time commitment to the New York Junior Tennis League and the Sports & Arts in Education Programs. Dinkins was glowing in his praise for Benenson's help in establishing over one thousand new schoolyard tennis courts. His Excellency Bishop Walsh spoke proudly of the Benenson family's support of the Inner City Scholarship Fund which has for three decades provided quality education for thousands of inner city youngsters. He ended with a special message to the family, "You have graced this city with your work in real estate and you have graced the city's children".

Mara Yorizzo, Nicole B. Brewer, and Patrici Kennedy at Benen-
son's 100th Anniversary party. Photo by Rob Rich 2006

The third and final evening ended with a very typical Benenson touch as Lawrence Benenson introduced Richard Ronga, principal of P.S. 166 on the Upper West Side, the very school Charles had attended in the 1920's.

Accepting a generous gift from the family to purchase art books and materials for the school, Ronga said, "This gift will help us improve the teaching of Art and the arts. Our students will all be the richer for this". It was yet another example of the Benensons desire to grow the legacy of Charlie Benenson and continue his dedication to helping others.

Over the three days, the historic mansion was filled with the members of New York's important real estate families, leading figures in banking, brokerage and art enthusiasts. Among the hundreds of guests each night were: Beth Rudin DeWoody, Laurie Tisch, Billie Tisch, Eric Vacca, Jonathan Tisch, Faith Hope Consolo, Jeffrey Gural, Charles Millard, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rose, Robert Arnow, Adam Rose, Peter Malkin, Tony Malkin, Mary Ann Tighe, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tisch, Lynn and Sy Syms, Bill Rudin, Constance and Hank Schwartz, SilverCup Studio's Stuart and Vicki Match Suna, Alan Suna, Nicole B. Brewer, Michael Stoler, Andrea Siben, Patricia Kennedy, Dorothy and Lewis Cullman, Angela LaGreca, and four generations of Benensons.

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer


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