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ACRIA: Hamptons Art, Fashion, And Philanthropy At "Cocktails At Sunset"

Originally Posted: July 24, 2012

Thomas McKee

David Wu, Josh Silver, Cliff Fleisher, and David Lipke (Photo: Tom McKee).

Fashion's heavy-hitters came out for a calm, cool, and collected evening this past Saturday at "Cocktails at Sunset," the annual East End fundraiser to benefit the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, hosted at the home of artist Ross Bleckner.

InStyle's Ariel Foxman and Brandon Cardet (Photo: Tom McKee).

Hamptonites flocked to the sprawling lawns of artist's studio - a fabulously understated midcentury-modern that's just a stone's throw away from the dunes, once occupied by author Truman Capote (who died on the grounds in 1984).

With drinks provided by Belvedere Vodka and Veuve Clicquot, along with music by Paul Sevigny, guests relished a high-class comingling of art and philanthropy, with a silent auction composed of works from new and emerging contemporary masters and photographers, including Chuck Close, Jessica Craig-Martin, Bleckner himself, and many others.

Notable guests included W magazine Editor-In-Chief Stefano Tonchi, InStyle Managing Editor and ACRIA board member, Ariel Foxman, writer Bob Colacello, filmmaker Vincent Fremont, and Women's Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa.

Since it's onset in 1991, ACRIA is a spearheading force in the lobbying and fundraising for necessary and timely research, and has contributed to more than a dozen medications that have received FDA approval.

According to the organization, "ACRIA tests the newest HIV therapies; undertakes cutting-edge research to understand better who has HIV and how to best care for them; provides life-saving HIV health information to disadvantaged communities around the world; and strengthens community-based AIDS groups across the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean through training and technical assistance."

Tim Bitici, Ross Fenton, Celeste Greenberg, Javier Peral and Bernardo Hernandez (Photo: Tom McKee).

And with ACRIA to host a satellite conference at the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC this upcoming week -- spotlighting the issue of HIV amongst aging populations -- the 300K in proceeds raised during the event will benefit programming, education and research all over New York City and State, across the country, and around the world.

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