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Originally Posted: August 22, 2007

Nicole B. Brewer

Donald Trump and Melania Knauss at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge. Photo by
Rob Rich www.hamptonscene.com

We've seen it and, oh yes folks, it's real. Of course if you were in the Hamptons this weekend you know what we're talking about - Donald Trump's infamous hair. Trump on the Ocean was the sponsor of the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge at JetOne Jets field in Bridgehampton this weekend and we got up close to check out that famous hairline. Which, after much speculation and discussion, is all real and cut regularly by his wife.

As always, he brought along a bevy of beauties including his gorgeous wife Melania Knauss, Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith, Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, and Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner. He was all smiles on the field as he tossed out the ball for the first chukker then he strolled over to the VIP tent. He was joined by Star Jones Reynolds, Steven Carl, Rick and Kathy Hilton, Neal Hirsch, Cathy McNamara, Nacho Figueras, Jay Kranitz, Harold Lorber, Carol and Stewart Rahr, Todd Rome, Cygalle Dias, Richard Rubinstein, Ashley Calloway, Sara Herbert Galloway, Rocco DiSpirito, Sessa von Richthofen, and Richard Johnson.

After the match the masses snapped photos of "The Donald" as he presented the cup to the winning team, Polo Do. The day was lighthearted and the weather was the most beautiful of the entire summer. A few lucky guests walked away with Donald Trump dolls that mimicked his famous lines including, "You're Fired." On the horizon for the real estate mogul - a TV show currently in production with MTV all about the pageant ladies and his newest venture on Long Island, Trump on the Ocean.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, and Miss USA 2007
Rachel Smith enjoy the day in pretty dresses at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge.
Photo by Rob Rich www.hamptonscene.com

Participating athletes traversed the harbor waters from Maidstone Pavilion to Fresh Pond using kayaks and paddleboards to raise much-needed funds for a favorite New York City charity, Miracle House, during the Miracle Paddle. The event, which took place on Saturday, is quickly becoming an East End tradition. Miracle House's unique mission is to provide temporary housing and a wide range of support services to visiting caregivers and patients coming to New York City for critical medical care.

Participating athletes included Janet Allard, Lisa Bender, Mark C. Bozek, Ed Cashin, Victor Curro, Fred Doss, Lisa Farber, Kent Fikrig, Josh Foldy, Michael Foley, Jane Halsey, Ryann Lyden, Christine Moynihan, Laurie Munn, Russell Nuce, Majo Prazenec, Don Roth, David Sidwell, Marilyn Suder, Lars Svanberg, Brent Vosters, Ron West, and Robin Wilder.

For those with a more adventurous spirit, there will be an 18 Mile Challenge scheduled for Friday, September 7th. Trained paddlers will be following a different course from Montauk to Block Island. Both events were founded and created by Miracle House Board Member and adventure-seeker, Ed Cashin.

Just a week after he hosted the fabulous Sunflowers After Hours bash, the indefatigable Henry Buhl was hosting yet another terrific party for a cause in which he greatly believed: RID, The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. A member of the organization's board of directors, Buhl, and RID founder Betsy McCaughey put their not inconsiderable political and social muscle to bringing together a group of eminent health care leaders to learn first hand some of the incredible statistics regarding hospital infections and its stratospheric costs both in lives and dollars.

Athletes participated in the Miracle Paddle.

Party committee co-hosts Trudi and Robert Borchardt, Eileen and Richard Ekstract, Peggy Hill, Robert Hormats, Marilyn and Harold Siegel, and Irene and Bernard Schwartz helped fill Henry's lush gardens with a major group of movers and shakers committed to helping the effort to clean up our hospitals. Guests included Bob Roberts and Lauren Day, Henry Sholder, Rolt Heitmeyer, Emanuel Nadlow, Gene and Harriet Dworkis, Brondi Borer of The Williams Institute, Stanley Cohen, Daisy Dickenson, Seth Shulman, J.P. Bommel, Katherine Reid, Joseph Cohen, and Patricia Barenboim.

House parties, or should we say estate parties, are all the rage this summer. One fabulous spot for a fabulous party is The Estate, nestled up in the woods in Sag Harbor. Hosts Mark Birnbaum, Eugene Remm, and Tony Adams held an evening of self expression. Guests were invited to create a masterpiece to take home as the pool patio was transformed into an artist's workshop. Blank canvasses and paints were scattered about and guest had a blast creating peace signs, ocean waves, flowers, and pop art.

Henry Buhl and Betsy McCaughey at The Bug Bash. Photo by John Wegorzewski

The glamorous Molly Sims, Cover Girl model and star of NBC's hit series "Las Vegas", showed up dressed hippie chic with her fabulous hair a riot of golden waves held back with a sweet headband. She introduced the enthusiastic performance artist Dan Dunn as he made his way poolside to create three monster-sized works. As the first strains of Ray Charles music wafted over the patio guests took their seats poolside or atop the second story balcony deck to watch the show. Mesmerized we watched a black canvas transform into a portrait of Ray Charles. Assisted by his son Dunn continued to his next piece, a 7' x 7' Perrier-JouŽt champagne bottle complete with frothy bubbles.

He took a bit of a break to chat and clean up a bit while guests enjoyed oysters, petite lamb chops, and delicate lobster rolls with the sparkling champagne and assorted martinis. Talking with the artist we discovered that each piece is a choreographed performance which after months of rehearsal time takes under 4 minutes on stage. Dunn learns each portrait right side up, backwards, upside down, and sideways. After identifying the most distinguishing feature of a subject, Dunn works the painting so that is the last piece of the puzzle before the full image emerges and the audience gets the "wow" factor. It is truly amazing to watch as he layers on color after color perfectly timed to the music.

The assemblage for the nights' festivities included restaurateur John McDonald, Judy Licht and Jerry Della Femina, Gina Glickman and Richard Kubick, Candi Jacobs, Donegal Fitzgerald, John Steward, Alexandra Lebenthal, Baroness Sherry de Borchgrave and publisher Ian Shapolsky, Shahil Upadhyda, Karen Dass, Joy Marks, Alex D, Richard ZK, Fabian Gay, Karen Lauren, Emanuel Sylvano, Marianna Suarez, Merv Matheson, Kamela Forbes, Sir Ivan Wilzig and Mina, Lauren and Brad Ziefman, and Edward, Krista, and Vincent Zilnicki.

Molly Sims gets artistic at The Estate. Photo by Rob Rich www.hamptonscene.com

As dessert, fresh plump strawberries with chocolate dipping sauce and whipped cream and frozen hot chocolate, was served through the ensemble Dunn began his final piece of the night - Elvis Presley. If you get a chance to take in his show don't buy the front row seats as he gets a bit messy using two paint brushes and his hands to create his masterpieces. We found the balcony to be the best viewing spot before it was off to the next hot spot.

Viva Las Vegas it was off to the Oceans 13 party to benefit the Fresh Air Fund in Water Mill. The invitation read Vegas Glam and Rat Pack attire for the party by the pool. The Tremors provided energetic live music and the standing room only crowd watched a mermaid swim laps in the chilly water. Casual bars were scattered across the back yard of the sprawling property serving Ty Ku, Baerfoot Wines, and Gosling's Black Seal Rum.

Party goers wore tuxedos and plenty of sequins and mingled until the clock struck 12:30 a.m. - sadly the hosts announced that the party was over and they scattered to various nightclubs to party until the sun rose. Kudos to Danielle Scherman of Soiree Events for the fun night. We spotted Tom Seaman, Dave Lessen, Tom Campo, John McCarroll, Dave Mead, Rich Owens, Steve Velotti, Chris MacLaughlin, Kate Cronin, Nancy Pearson, Anu Khilnani, Kirsi Jarvinen, Adele Bertholet, Rohina Shandari, and Nichole Wright having a winning time.

Dan Dunn with his finished portrait of Ray Charles at The Estate. Photo by Rob Rich

Always one of summer's loveliest parties, this year's On the Bay lawn party and auction benefiting the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) was no exception. Close to 400 guests, most clad in breezy summer whites, strolling the bayside property of generous host Carl Jacobs.

This year's event co-chaired by Michael Heitner and Joseph Pasquino honored two individuals who had done much in raising awareness of GLBT concerns: the irrepressible Carson Kressley, star of Bravo's out of the box award winning series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", and New York State Assemblywoman Pat Edington. A testament to the community's regard for LIGALY's vital work was the list of over sixty corporate and media sponsors who made the event possible. Another hallmark of every LIGALY event is the enormous volunteer staff that turns out each year to tend bar, pass food, supervise the auction and all the many details involved in putting together a fabulous fete! Kudos to all!

Helping with the hosting duties were Board President Andy Stern, Vice-President MaryAnn Pfeifer, Treasurer John Ottino, Secretary Cathy LaPorte and their dynamic development director Robert Vitelli.

Alphonso Guardino, Carson Kressley, and Peter Paranicas at On The Bay. Photo by
John Wegorzewski

The folks from Tommy Bahama Rum and Corazon Tequila made sure there was an endless supply of tropical drink delights just perfect for the waterside setting and Mike Turner and his team from East Wind Caterers kept the platters flowing throughout the party. A pasta station was a major hit with the chefs tossing up tasty primavera all afternoon.

On the Bay always draws an incredibly diverse audience of gay, lesbian, and transgender folks as well as many straight couples and families who support their GLBT friends. Spotted in the fashionably attired crowd were Suffolk County Legislator Jack Edington (applauding his wife honoree Pat Edington), Lizz Salaway, Dominick Locavera, Peter Paranicas, Jim Haag and Todd Samberg, Darcy Becker, Al D. Rodriguez, Suzanne and Bruce Poli, Holly Rhodes Teague, Mary McCarthy, Tom D'Angelis, Bellport Film Society honcho Joe Varsalona, Dr. Carlos Magill, Pietro and Yvonne Palmari, Carolyn and Brendan Russo, Lori Thompson, Derrick Carroll, Briarcliff College president Dr. George Santiago, and Jessica and Nathaniel Welch.

In accepting his award, Carson Kressley pulled lots of laughs from the sophisticated crowd especially when he suggested that next year they should honor Reese Witherspoon then they can call the event the "LIGALY Blonde" On the Bay Party!

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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