One of the bright stars in the constellation of summer events is the Group For The South Fork Benefit and Auction held Saturday, June 18, under the tent at Wolffer
Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack. Leb by host Christian Wolffer
and chairs Dick Cavett
, who helped with the live auction which brought in $92,000, Carrie Nye, and Richard Mohlere, the smart sophisticated set turned out in decked droves to enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing as well as the chance to bid on such fabulous items as golfing at Shinnecock, a visit to the Canyon Ranch Health Spa, cooking classes with Ina Garten
along with designer goods from the likes of Ralph Lauren
, David Yurman
Reflecting its broad base of support for its environmental advocacy and education, The Group For The South Fork's guests included Nicole Miller
, Ellin and Ron Delsener, Ann Colley, Somers White, Cynthia and Dan Lufkin, Debbie Bancroft
, Jonathan Farkas, WB11 News Anchor Jim Watkins and his wife Lauren Thierry, designer Douglas Hannant and Frederick Anderson, Chappy Morris
and Melissa Stanley, Congressman Tim Bishop
, Cindy Adams and Robert Zimmerman
, Alix Michel
and Van Cushny, attorney Sal Strazzullo and Jodi Fanelli, chic cleaners Madame Paulette
's John Mahdessian
and Beata Borowska, pop artist Michael Perez of Southampton's Job's Lane Pop Art Gallery, Charlie and Kristen Krusen, Amy and John Griffin, Lizzie Mitchell, Brandon Pracht, Heather Henricksen, Melissa DeMouche and Scott Lamb, Hayley and Stuart Boesky, Roy and Mary Judelson, President Bob DeLuca and Christian Wölffer who hosted.
Almost 500 supporters turned out on the beautiful evening to fill the spacious, white festive tents set up on the vineyard grounds, to raise over $515,000 for The Group for the South Fork, the Hamptons only local environmental advocacy and educational organization, committed to preserving and protecting the natural resources in East Hampton, Southampton and Shelter Island for over 30 years.
Salvatore Strazzullo and Jodie Fanelli
As guests entered the cocktail tent, they couldn't help but notice the orange lights glowing on the bar, while classic sounds of the keyboard filled the room. Over 100 silent auction items were on display and included items from David Yurman, Ralph Lauren, Alvin Alley Dance Theatre, Kevin Maple
Salon, a three night stay at the HRH Resort's Hampton Baby Beach Club, a shopping outing with style guru Barbara Sussberg, Michael Perez' hand painted designer jeans, hand-crafted outdoor garden fountain designed in Bali, Indonesia courtesy of The Furniture Garden, and a 27" Panasonic color television with VCR and DVD courtesy of Sebonack Golf Club
. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres such as pan seared Scallops, Wild Mushroom and cheese Quesadillas with mango Salsa and local Long Island Potatoes piped with crème fraiche and caviar. As the crowd moved into the dinner tent, they were wowed by the white lanterns hanging on the ceiling and large bamboo shoots surrounding the poles. The white table clothes were set with pink Peonies and white daisies. Dinner included a Lobster salad and Chicken Breast stuffed with Ricotta and Wild Mushroom stuffing all catered by Janet O'brien Caterers,
After the live auction which included items such as an Elvis Presley
vacation donated by Robert Sillerman; Golfing at Shinnecock and East Hampton Country Club; a one week stay at a St. Martin Villa, which went for $9,000 donated by Louis and Susan Meisel and was "gotten" by Scott Fleig of Sothebys, guests danced to the Bruce Saunders
Orchestra playing sounds of the 70's and 80's until midnight. Later, an after-party was held at Cain at Cabana in Southampton. A great time was had by all!
Fat Joe and entourage
Our next stop of the evening was CAIN at Cabana. We were stopped at a light on the way to the club, and a large black SUV pulled up next to me and motioned for me to roll down my window. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous since I was fresh out of Grey Poupon, but as it turns out, the 2 gentlemen inside were lost and needed directions to CAIN at Cabana of all places. I let them follow me there, and was thanked profusely by them at the valet stand. It wasn't until a bit later in the night that I discovered that the 2 gentlemen I helped out were in fact LV and Speed of Terror Squad. They needed to get to CAIN in order to perform with Fat Joe. So basically, we delivered half of Fat Joe's entourage to him! CAIN is a gorgeous location, laid back, and very beachy. Our only complaint was all the sand, which clearly was not put there by women in stilettos, looks beautiful but not practical. The DJ for the night was playing great music, including some new remixes that many of the clubgoers hadn't heard before. Fat Joe was supposed to be performing at 10, but by 11:45 he still had not emerged from his hotel room. Oh yes, we saw him enjoying his BBQ catered by HRH Catering through the window! For that reason, we would have to say that the mojitos being served were the hit of the night over Fat Joe, as we heard many people raving about them, and there was no wait time to get your hands on one of them.