Sports personality Ann Liguori and Walter Stockton are all smiles at the sold out event. (Eileen Casey)
- The Independent Group Home Living (IGHL
) again held their third annual Fashion Fling and Luncheon at the Westhampton Beach Country Club
on Sunday, October 2. This popular event was sold out, as guests enjoyed a delicious luncheon, live and silent auctions, and fashion show, featuring styles for all occasions.
Hosted again by sports personality Ann Liguori
, the event has become an annual favorite for many East Enders. Liguori relayed "This organization is so important and the work they do is just amazing. I am always happy to be involved in any event IGHL undertakes, as it is tougher and tougher to keep funds available for these necessary programs, and what this wonderful organization does."
Liguori also revealed that IGHL Chief Executive Officer, Walter Stockton
was recently recognized by Networking Magazine
for his dedicated work on behalf of IGHL. She displayed the issue when addressing guests which brought a blush to Stockton's cheeks.
The afternoon featured a delicious luncheon menu which included a variety of the Chef's special hors d'oeuvres; cream of butternut squash soup; argula salad with a choice of filet mignon, grilled chicken or shrimp; and Peaches Foster and Sweet Conclusion chocolate truffles for dessert. Drink Specials including Bellini's and a special Key Lime Martini concoction nicknamed IGHLtini's assured that guests not only had full stomachs but were fueled with energy to take on the bidding for the live auction items, including an antique evening bag, watch, and a diamond ring, among other items.
IGHL Senior Director of Human Resources Dori Geier. (Eileen Casey)
The auctions consisted of more than 100 exciting items, ranging from dinners, spa items, artwork, holiday themed items, clothing, tickets, and much more which kept many buying raffle tickets and listening hopefully for the winning ticket numbers.
Chief Executive Officer Walter Stockton
addressed attendees and reaffirmed IGHL's commitment to continue moving forward, even with the difficult economy and the slash in funding in New York State for many programs. Stockton revealed "This event grows larger and larger each year, and this year we were sold out, that is just fabulous and I appreciate the support of the community, families and IGHL employees, and can assure all that we are committed from Manhattan to Montauk that we will continue our outstanding programs."
Once again a stylish fashion show was organized by Renee's of Mattituck
, featuring the latest fall and winter fashions for women, teens, men and children. Each year Renee manages to highlight the latest trends with age approrpriate and affordable clothing to make anyone feel stylish, from casual to formal wear, the fashion on display elicited a number of oohs and ahhs.
For the first year, Cross Golf USA
apparel participated in the fashion show, featuring golf and leisure wear for men, women and children. This Swedish based company also features ski apparel, and the bold colors sported by participating models ensured that donning these duds will make you stylish and noticed whether on the golf course or ski slopes.
Supporter and model Lisa Lombardi and Linda Carlino. (Eileen Casey)
The Greg Williams Quartet
performed throughout the event, and guests once again left with attractive baskets of violets provided by 1-800-Flowers
, as well as nifty gift bags. Additionally, this year each guest received a small female bust sporting a large pink hat - simply charming.
The event sponsor was Willis, IGHL employee benefits consultant. Other partners included 1-800-Flowers, the Family of Carra Polen, Aetna Life Insurance Company, Gerry LoDuca-Dukal Corporation, Heart Screen, Herbert L. Jamison & Company, Jackson Lewis LLP, Mutual of America, Napoleon (Nap) Monroe - Henry Schein, Inc. and the Wellness in the Workplace.
IGHL, Independent Group Home Living, is a not-for-profit organization that cares for the developmentally disabled, offering over 50 group homes on Long Island and day programs at their Manorville headquarters. Their mission is to "Provide quality programs, services, supports and related auxiliary services for those in need of [our] expertise in caring for people who are developmentally disabled. IGHL will, in concert with the state of New York, community leaders and the families of people who are developmentally disabled, continue to develop creative and state-of-the-art programs to promote the quality of life and personal growth of people who are developmentally disabled. IGHL will remain dedicated to seek legislation and alternative funding in order to expand [our] services, understanding that many consumers remain underserved, at risk and in need of [our] assistance."
Once again a wonderful and memorable afternoon was enjoyed by all, who gathered to show their support for an outstanding organization.
Kathy McCann, Julie Anne Allsman, Devon McCann and Jenna McCann enjoy the afternoon.(Eileen Casey))
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Eileen Casey spent many years working in the television and music industries in New York City on the "ABC In Concert" weekly series, as well as several prime time network and cable television specials. An award-winning journalist, editor, and artist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com, she enjoys staying warm in Charleston and cool in the Hamptons.