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East End Hospice Holds Annual Hamptons Summer Gala

Originally Posted: July 05, 2012

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Moonlight Luau, the 2012 East End Hospice Gala at Sandacres Estate in Quogue. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

Quogue - East End Hospice (EEH) held its annual summer gala at Sandacres Estate thanks to the generosity of the Potts family who graciously hosted the event at their beautiful property in Quogue once again this year.

This year's gala was themed "Moonlight Luau" and attendees were urged to dress festively Hawaiian, with many in brightly colored Hawaiian shirts and dresses. Upon entering the enormous dinner tent, guests were greeted by two hula dancers who presented each guest with a traditional lei flower necklace. Later in the evening the dancers performed for the almost 1,000 guests in attendance and posed for photographs with numerous eager gentlemen.

This year's gala co-chairs were Linda Filardi and Betsy Rowe and the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies was once again Bonnie Grice of Peconic Bay Broadcasting (WPBB 88.3 FM). The delicious buffet style dinner was supplied by Beth D'Alessio Catering and the evening's musical entertainment was the Julie Bluestone Band, who kept the dance floor filled.

Hanna Abrams, Jarrad Abrams, Leyland Abrams and John Fitzsimons enjoying the Monlight Luau in support of East End Hospice (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

After the sunset cocktail hour and remarks by EEH President and CEO Pricilla Ruffin the 13th Annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award was presented to this year's honoree Gordon A. Werner by EEH Board Chairman W. Michael Pitcher. During his acceptance speech Werner noted, "The true Good Samaritans are the volunteers and the nurses of East End Hospice and I accept this award on their behalf."

There was a 50/50 raffle, silent auction tables filled with fabulous prizes, an early live auction to benefit Camp Good Grief and charity casino gambling throughout the night until guests cashed a in their chips for vouchers for the evening's Live Casino Auction. The aforementioned Camp Good Grief is a weeklong summer bereavement day camp open free of charge to any child who has experienced the loss of a parent or loved one. EEH has sponsored the camp since 1997 and last year helped 147 children cope with loss of a family member.

We are the Men In White! Yours truly with philanthropist Jay Sears. (Photo: Leyland Abrams)

First certified in 1991, EEH has provided in-home care for 8,828 terminally ill patients and their families on the East End and no one is ever denied care because of an inability to pay. This year EEH will break ground on an in-patient care facility on a six-acre plot of waterfront property in Quiogue that was donated by its owner in a last will and testimony and designated to be used for hospice purposes. The beautiful facility, designed by the renowned Roger Ferris and Partners architectural firm, will be able to service eight patients at a time.

The capital campaign for raising funds for the facility is called "Building the Dream" and has a goal of $10 million to include a $2 million endowment to sustain the facility. So far the campaign has raised just over half of the money needed to reach its goal. The gala is EEH's major yearly fundraiser, but private donations are welcomed, appreciated and very sorely needed.

East End Hospice, an organization that, with all respect to the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, helps terminally ill East Enders "...go gentle into that good night."

Honoree Gordon A. Werner with EEH President and CEO Priscilla Ruffin and EEH Board Chairman W. Michael Pitcher. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)

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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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