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Evenings of Reunion and Celebration

Originally Posted: March 14, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

Music legend Clive Davis joined Stephen Marriott, Hollywood Producer and Southampton resident Marty Richards, News Channel 4 anchor Chuck Scarborough and many other celebrities and honorees for the "Music of Winternight" Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis last Wednesday. The event which attracted more than 750 people raised one million dollars for Lighthouse programs which serve people with visual impairments.

Roger Goldman, Chuck Scarborough, Clive Davis (with Billy Joel signed guitar), and
Tara Cortes at the Fighthouse international Gala. Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

According to Tara A. Cortes, PhD, RN, President and CEO of Lighthouse International, "The response to our event demonstrates that people are very supportive of our mission to help people of all ages overcome the challenges of vision loss to enjoy productive and independent lives."

The black tie event was chaired by Barbara Saltzman. Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough saluted "Lighthouse Legends" Clive Davis, Kitty Carlisle Hart, and Carol Channing. Veteran film star Arlene Dahl accepted for Carol Channing.

A jaunty Clive Davis gave the crowd a wave upon receiving his award. "I have been blessed and I want to continually give back," he said. He added that it was a great honor, noting that 160 million people worldwide are suffering with vision problems and that Lighthouse International has been their beacon of hope for over 100 years. Clive cited lines from by Ralph Waldo Emerson from a page in the journal sponsored by Board Chair Roger O. Goldman, Fern Portnoy and family: "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you lived well."

The evening's honorees Stephen Marriott, Executive Vice President, Marriott International Inc., and Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, President, Product Development, Genentech, Inc. spoke as well. President Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter and Senator John E. Sununu were Honorary Patrons. There were Proclamations from Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Eliot Spitzer and Lieutenant Governor David Paterson.

The evening's Co-Chairs included Cece Cord, Ella Krasner, Marty Richards, Morgan Stanley's Ann D. Thivierge and The Macula Foundation's Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD. There were other chairs: William J. Moran, Industry Chair, Brian Wood, Auction Chair, Regan Stone, Young Leadership Chair, Industry Leaders: Thomas S. T. Gimbel, William P. Miller, Jonathan Wainwright, Debbie Bancroft, Adria de Haume, Beth DeWoody, Bloomingdale's Michael Gould, Annette Green, Jamee Gregory, Mai Hallingby Harrison, Frances Hayward, Margo McNabb and James L. Nederlander, Elaine Sargent, Martha Schulman, Deborah Wood, and AOL's Tom Wlodkowski.

Barbara Tober, Aldon James, and Sharon Bush at the Lighthouse International Gala.
Photo by PatrickMcMullan.com

The event's Gala Committee included Muffie Potter Aston, Janna Bullock, Sharon Bush, Arlene Dahl and Marc Rosen, Alvin Deutsch, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, A. James Forbes, Michelle Marie and Jon L. Heinemann, Grace and Chris Meigher, Andrea Stark, and Jill and Robert Zarin. Other guests included Matthew Sapolin from The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities with his wife Candra and his dog Compass, National Arts Club President Aldon James, Barbara and Donald Tober, model Carmen Dell'Orefice, Bud Rosenthal - NY Events Committee Chair, author and attorney Arlene Dubin, "Gangs of New York" screenwriter Jay Cocks, actresses Sylvia Miles, Celia Weston and Verna Bloom, artist Hunt Slonem, actor/director Mitchell Lichtenstein, New York Events, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Director Patrick Harrison and the NY Dept. of Education's Steven Gilroy.

Steven Bate, Don Sullivan, Sue Skrezec and Angela Lipfert at Two Corks and a Fork.
Photo by Katrina Lovett

The Parrish Art Museum was filled to the rafters this weekend catering to both the business and art worlds. On Friday night, they hosted their annual Two Corks and a Fork networking night. It was the perfect chance to catch up with friends and associates before the rush of summer settles in. With the cold weather keeping the wine tasting across the east end centered on each individual winery, it provided a great excuse to sample many local wines all under one roof thanks to help from the Long Island Wine Council.

Wine even made its way onto the raffle table where several gift sets were available, and quite tempting after the tasting. To keep the appetites at bay before heading out to dinner, Mecox Bay Dairy had a hearty selection of cheeses to try, and we couldn't resist a piece of Holy Moses Cheesecake while we caught up with Lorraine and Jim Hanse, Peter and Susan Barylski, Maggie and Don Sullivan, Cindy Lou Wakefield and Richard Friedman.

It was an unusual site Saturday evening on Jobs Lane - more reminiscent of a crowd for a rock concert then a museum opening - as hundreds of local teens waited patiently for the doors to open to the Parrish Art Museum. It wasn't rock that attracted the kids but the Third Annual High School Art Exhibition and Competition that had them bristling to get inside. Within minutes over 600 teens, some with parents in tow, swept into the stately halls to checkout the creative work of their friends and classmates.

C, Betty Ann, and Carl and Stella Jaeger at the Third Annual High School Art Exhi-
bition and Competition. Photos by Katrina Lovett

Professionally hung throughout the museum were several hundred paintings in oils, acrylics, charcoals, pastels and pen and ink and sculptures, mixed media works and constructions on pedestals. Surprisingly the works on display were of high caliber and it was hard to believe that some of the works were created by 16 and 17 year olds as they showed so much maturity and sensitivity not to mention sheer talent.

Melissa Erb, the Museum's Director of School Programs was justifiably proud of this year's competitors especially that so many of the finalists in the competition were accompanied by their art teachers as proud of their young artists as the students were themselves.

Outgoing director of the Parrish Trudy Kramer, who just this week announced she would be resigning after 26 years of helming the institution, was as always on hand to congratulate the young artists and welcome their family and friends.

Thanks to the financial support of Fred Krimendahl and Emilia Saint-Amand and The Pincus Family Fund and Bridgehampton supporters of the program the exhibition was executed to the museum's very high standards - and there were cash prizes for the winners as well! Not only did the show offer young aspiring artists a professional forum for them to display their best work but it also paid tribute to the art teachers in the region's schools who inspire, direct and help shape the teens' artistic endeavors.

Among the many proud families were three generations of the Acierno family who came to applaud Patchogue - Medford senior Joseph Acierno whose stunning self portrait in black and grey acrylic garnered him praise and a prize from the judges in the painting competition. His father Peter Acerino proudly pointed to the boy's grandmother Dorothy Acierno as inspiration; she's been a professional artist for 35 years. Joseph hopes to get into the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.

Christine Collins with Amanda and Terri Kopp at the Third Annual High School Art
Exhibition and Competition. Photos by Katrina Lovett

In the adjoining room, prize winner Jana Jurukovski of Ward-Melville High School was surrounded by family as well - mom and dad Nevena and Vladimir and brother Luka proudly showing off a streetscape she had done of a Serbian alley way. It was double win night for Jana! She also went home with the raffle prize - Buddha Board!

David Ashby of Riverhead another prize winner drew kudos for his sculpture that included natural elements of straw in porcupine like quills swirling around an earth colored urn. His mom Carole was beaming with pride at her talented son's creation, not to mention the cash prize.

Five other high school senior students were awarded prizes for excellence in art. Each student was awarded $200 cash. The judges, Sara Nightingale, of Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, and Neill Slaughter, Professor of Art at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, reviewed the submissions and selected the winners on March 8.

The other award recipients were Danica Parry of Ward-Melville High School for drawing; John Kinney of Ward-Melville High School for computer graphics; Angela Sanfilippo, of Centereach High School for photography; Megan Buckley, of Hampton Bays, for graphic design; and Ahanu Valdez of Southampton High School for mixed media. In addition to cash prizes, Bridgehampton National Bank presented a $100 savings bond to each of the winners.

Jeffrey Katz, JZ Holden and Leonard Barton at Bravura Gallery. Photo by Katrina Lovett

The Bravura Boys are back! After a six week sojourn in South Florida, Leonard Barton and Jeffrey Katz re-opened their Bravura Art and Objects for a new show of Works on Paper officially heralding the arrival of the new season. Looking tanned and fit - though as Leonard said not as well rested as he'd like what with all the parties in Key West, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach they squeezed in - the boys welcomed back old pals who were thrilled that Nugent Street was happening again.

It was a delight to see some of the winter crowd that has been hibernating through the recent arctic blast and especially to catch up with dear friends Isabel and Jack Biderman just returned from a stay in Paris before Isabel trots off to her native Colombia for a family reunion. Tom Ratcliffe with his lovely 6 month pregnant wife Jen proudly told us they were awaiting the arrival of little Thomas the IV. Fashion commentator Lauren Eszersky, who reports on trends for WLIU, is clearly making the East End her home base. The Queen of the velvet rope scene told us she is quite happy with the slower pace out here and gets a regular fix on fashion with quick visits to NYC.

Sipping the exceptional white Bordeaux and settling in at the cozy gallery were artists Alex Vignoli, Ryan Bollman, Chris Foster, Tom Steele, and Hamptons Home and Garden Show producer Rick Friedman with Cindy Lou Wakefield. Our own art guru J Z Holden was on assignment and spent quite a bit of time perusing the gorgeous collection of vintage jewelry on display as well as the stunning amber necklaces created by the multi-talented Leonard.

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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