The annual Hamptons Tea Dance
was held at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill on Saturday, July 16th. The fun music, guests dancing, delicious food and drink, fabulous charities, and friendly faces could not have made a more perfect night.
Judith Kasen and Edie Windsor, Chairsperson of The Hamptons Tea Dance. (Photo: Sydney Braat)
This year's event benefited three new organizations: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center (The Center), Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and Callen-Lorde
Community Health Center (Callen-Lorde).
"We are a community health center dedicated to serving primarily LGBT populations and people living with HIV through primary care, mental health care, dental care, case management and a variety of other services. We strive to achieve health equity for our community," Wendy Stark, Executive Director of Callen-Lorde, shared. "This event has a long history and is a real corner stone of the Hamptons summer. We're so excited to be collaborating with The Center and SAGE to make sure this event stays alive and part of the event calendar."
The event has occurred since 1992, but this year was bitter-sweet since Empire State Pride Agenda
, the fundraiser's previous beneficiary, has disbanded.
The ever-convivial DJ Lady Bunny
lit up the evening and made it hard for guests to leave the dance floor.
Honorary Chair and LGBTQ pioneer Edie Windsor
was ecstatic to be a part of this fun, annual, summer event.
"I think this particular day has turned into a reunion," said Windsor. "All three of the organizations being represented here tonight are very close to my heart. This is probably the biggest event like this out in the Hamptons."
For more information on the Hamptons Tea Dance, visit hamptonsteadance.org. To learn more about Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, visit callen-lorde.org. To learn more about The Center's work, visit gaycenter.org. To learn more about SAGE, visit www.sageusa.org.
Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping.