When walking up the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club
to go to into the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons
Jewels of Summer benefit all I could think of was the song "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window". Outside of the benefit was the ARF
mobile van filled with adorable cats and dogs available for adoption and many of those dogs were recently rescued from Alabama by this year's honoree Candy Udell
. Candy the President of London Jewelers
founded Rescue Paw Foundation, a New York based not-for-profit that provides grants for the establishment and operations of no kill shelters and spay/neuter clinics.
Ronnie Lavine and Charles Lavine adopted Mona. (Photo: Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan.com)
The gala which was held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, was attended by over 250 high profile guests from New York and the Hamptons. Guests included, Sybil and David Yurman
, Candy and Mark Udell
, Gale and Ira Drukier
, Lisa and Brian McCarthy
, Barry and Donna Slotnick
, Raphael and Claudine De Niro, Judith Hope and Tom Twomey
, Muriel Siebert
, Elaine and Jerry Unterman, Jean and Martin Shafiroff
, State Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Florence and Richard Fabricant, Frances Hayward
and Robert Zimmerman
served as Emcee for the benefit which was chaired by Gale and Ira Drukier and Lisa and Brian McCarthy. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice
who is an animal advocate against dog fighting presented Candy with the ARF Champion of Animals Award.
The event raised $250,000 in support of ARF, the leading animal adoption center on the East End of Long Island and on lucky dog Mona, a terrier mix was adopted by State Assemblyman Charles Lavine and his wife Ronnie.
For those of you who were not able to make it the Jewels of Summer Gala, you can still support ARF by bidding on a range of exciting experiences and packages from Charitybuzz
the official online auction dealer for the event. Some of the packages that are available include a baseball signed by Mariano Rivera, a getaway to Peters Island, NY Knicks
and NY Giants
VIP Packages, a Victoria's Secret Runway experience and a round of golf at the exclusive Maidstone
Golf Club. Bids will be accepted until Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
To bid on items to support ARF visit www.charitybuzz.com
. For more information on ARF visit: www.arfhamptons.org
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com