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Rita Hayworth Gala Hamptons Kick-off At Ashgrove Farm

Originally Posted: August 15, 2011

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Anne Hearst McInerney, Jay McInerney, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan and Somers Farkus. (Courtesy Photo: PatrickMcMullan.com)

Water Mill - Last week supporters of the Alzheimer's Association gathered for the Hamptons Kick-off cocktail reception for the 28th Annual Rita Hayworth Gala to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria on October 25.

The Hamptons Kick-off was once again hosted by the late Rita Hayworth's daughter the Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. The Princess has been a tireless supporter of the Alzheimer's Association, the leading volunteer organization for Alzheimer care support and research, since her mother's death from the disease in 1987.

Co-hosting with the Princess were Anne Hearst McInerney and Jay McInerney who offered up their beautiful Water Mill home, Ashgrove Farm, for this year's annual cocktail reception. Navy and white striped tablecloths with white flowers in blue/white paisley containers adorned the lawn with décor by Michael Gerloff from Colin Cowie. Caterers Robbins Wolfe poured champagne and "Southsides" to compliment the scrumptious hors d'oeuvres they created for this year's event.

Rufus Wainwright and Jorn Weisbrodt. (Courtesy Photo: PatrickMcMullan.com)

Guests were treated to a preview of a $30,000 yellow leather bed from English luxury company Savoir Beds, which was prominently displayed on the McInerney's lawn. The bespoke bed company has donated one of its hand-made Savoir mattresses and beds to be auctioned off at the upcoming gala in October.

Besides the hosts, other notables in attendance included Bob Balaban, Ross Bleckner, Alina Cho, Debbie Bancroft, Chele Chiavacci, Sharon Bush, Whitney Fairchild, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Harry Johns (President & CEO Alzheimer's Association), Alexandra Lebenthal, Ivana Lowell, Robin Meltzer, Nicole Miller, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Marlyne Sexton, Nicole Sexton, Jay Snyder, Jorn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright, Lauren Wilner, Robert Wilson, Bettina Zilkha, Hunt Slonem, Pandy Biddle, Dirk Wittenborn and Robert Zimmerman.

It should be noted that Somers Farkas will receive this year's Rita Hayworth Award and the Corporate Award will go to HSN CEO Mindy Grossman at this year's Waldorf-Astoria gala.

Since the inaugural Rita Hayworth Gala in New York nearly three decades ago, the New York, Chicago and Dallas events have raised more than $53 million to support the Alzheimer's Association's critical care and research programs. Of course, the pervasive altruistic nature of the Hamptons has once again played its part.

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Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline

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