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A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Benefits Go Round!

Originally Posted: July 27, 2005

David Kalajian, Yara deVlieger, Elisabeth Krook, and Marshall
Bush pick up the Piper-Heidseick and enjoy the tiny bubbles.

And polo continues to rule the Saturday afternoon rounds. Rhianna stopped by this week to lead off the event sponsored by the Barbados Tourism Authority where Intermix and Yahoo! Music set up shop to the delight of those in the VIP tent. Also enjoying the amazing weather and the polo match were Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern, Jay Z, Jessica Odle, Chris Briere, Ashley Schiff, Noah Teppenberg, John Flannagan, Esai Morales, Lisa Sinclair, Alex Skora, Dawn Palo, Keda Kei, James Lipton, Marshall Bush, Yara deVlieger, Elisabeth Krook, Rich Thomas, Sylvie Rojan, Nina Kaminska, Scott Grey, Cynthia Sestito, Scott Storbo, Stephanie Blanding, Leandra McPartlan, Star Jones and her puppy Pinky, Brittany Gastineau, Rich Thomas, Todd Rome, Stella Kietel, Tamie Peters, Shannon Duff, Michael Carrazza, Devon Duff, Mikal Dror, Dr. Eric Sadeh, and Jaci Reed.

Kim Cattrall, Bruce Anderson, and Mario Cantone

Those who skipped polo spent time on the beach in East Hampton. Close to 1,000 people turned out for Dancing on the Beach 5 early Saturday evening at the East Hampton home of Bruce Anderson and Ken Kuchin. Noted White Party DJ David Knapp served his blend of house anthems and feel-good classics at the event, which benefits New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, one of the nation's leading LGBT organizations. Host Kim Cattrall attended with Sex in the City co-star Mario Cantone. Also present was former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey. This year's dance raised $206,000 for the Center, exceeding last year's total of $127,000.

Julie Andrews and Alec Baldwin

Bay Street Theatre held its 2005 Summer Gala Benefit Bash last Saturday, July 23rd at the Siena Spirituality Center in Water Mill. Where the evening started with a cocktail reception with the panoramic water views that surround the back of Villa Maria. The silent auction during the reception was a buzz of activity with exciting offerings including trips to Canyon Ranch Spa in Tucson and a stay at the famed Cambridge Beaches Resort in Bermuda; a pass to the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, golf at the prestigious National Golf Links, unique theatre and movie memorabilia and the "Bum Steer" one of the original hand painted fiberglass cows that was part of the New York and Connecticut "CowParade".

After the reception, guests were invited into the dinner tent where the spirit of Argentina was seen throughout the red, black and white décor to the spectacular entertainment that featured tango dancers from Forever Tango whose performances were so sultry and sensuous the audicence was left speechless and in need of a private moment to regain their composure. The incredible singing voices of Broadway Direct led by Anne Runolfsson (currently in Phantom of the Opera) with Brigid Brady (Phantom of the Opera) and Adam Heller (Caroline or Change, Victor/Victoria) had everone looking to book a few theater seats for upcoming shows. During a rendition of "Don't Cry for me Argentina" Marty Richards was leaping from his seat leading the thunderous applause. The evening ended with dancing and the sultry Latin sounds of Alfredo Merat and Europa.

Andy Sabin and guests at Bay Street Live Fantasy Auction

The master of ceremonies for the live "Fantasy" auction was John McDaniel, known for his days on the Rosie O'Donnell Show, Broadway shows and for his Grammy-Award winning record producing. He is also the Music Director for Bay Street Theatre's upcoming production of Pippin (Aug. 9 - Sept. 4).

Alec Baldwin kicked off the live "Fantasy" auction with a $44,300 watch from Harry Winston, modeled by Julie Andrews and won by Michael and Iris Smith. The Live "Fantasy" auction also included $10,000 in Target gift cards, house seats for the opening night of The Odd Couple, and the chance to sail on an America's Cup 12 - meter yacht during the Sag Harbor Charity Cup Challenge in September. The final auction item was a deluxe trip to Argentina with stays in 5-star hotels in Buenos Aires and Patagonia donated by Destination Argentina with international air travel donated by American Express. Unfortunately for the guests no one took Alec up on his offer to jump naked in the water for $25,000. If only I had brought my American Express card...

Among the over 400 in attendance were Julie Andrew, Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook, John Carley and Pia Lindstrom, Walter and Molly Channing, Connie Collins, Beth DeWoody, Jonathan Farkas and Somers White, Steve Flaherty and Trevor Hardwick, Dick Grasso, Hilary Knight and Jackie Rae, Bonnie and Stewart Lane, Piedy and Sidney Lumet, Pat and Candace Malloy, John McDaniel and Glenn Daniel, Joanna and Steve Meringoff, Marty Richards, Mercedes Ruehl, Andy Sabin and Lei Shen, Marlyne Sexton, B. Smith and Dan Gasby, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson, Tony and Gen Walton, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Yulin, and Robert Zimmerman.

Matko Tomicic and Janet O'Brien

The sound of drum beats permeated the sultry summer night at the African Odyssey benefit for the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton on Saturday where guests wandered the romantic gardens of designer Jack Lenor Larsen at twilight and perused the safari themed silent auction. LongHouse joined with Events East to produce the incredible night where dinner was served under the tent and after a live auction of several great vacation destinations, the mesmerizing song and dance began with Jean-Paul Samputu and his band traveling all the way from Rwanda to promote peace and education.

The most respected names in the arts were among the host committee. Honorary chairs were: Edward Albee, Molly Chappellet, Jan Cowles, Lisa de Kooning, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Eileen Ekstract, Bill T. Jones, and Robert Wilson. LongHouse Reserve is an open-air museum with a dual focus on nature and the arts. Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally known for his textiles, opens his home and extensive gardens for cultural and education programs and to the public on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. You can also reserve a spot for the twilight tours offered throughout August.

Dr. Samuel Waxman and Marion Waxman

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation's 2nd Annual Hamptons Happening Benefit organized by event planner Harriette Rose Katz we held Saturday evening at The Mill, the historic residence of Dena Weiner and David Rozenholc in Southampton. Enjoying the evening were Dr. Samuel Waxman (Scientific Director of the Foundation), Marion Waxman (Event Co-Chair), Richard Abend, Ali Abend, Ruth Rozenholc Abend (Junior Committee Chair), Randy Abend, Marcia Lavipour, Baldoria Chefs Frank and Carla Pellegrino, David Rozenholc, Laurie Schaffran (Event Co-Chair) and Dena K. Weiner, Sara Lavipour, Ali Ziph, Jennifer Schoscheim, Jessica Natbony, and Shyam Ayengar.

Later that night many polo lovers hit the club scene where Jay Z, Brittany Gastineau, Jonathan Cheban, Dori Cooperman, Rob Fautz, Charlotte Freund, Delfina Blaquier, polo player Nacho Figueras, Peter Beard, Esai Morales, and Jeff Goldstein were among the crowds at the Star Room.

Nancy Atlas at Martha Clara

Sunday seems to be the night for concerts and plays. This past Sunday there was a concert at Martha Clara Vineyard to support Soldier Ride and Central Suffolk Hospital. It was no easy feat to get to the show located in the center of the vineyard grounds. After a short hike we were at the show and enjoyed the sounds of Nancy Atlas, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, the Funk Brothers, the original Motown backup band, who played on more #1 albums than the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beach Boys combined, and everyone's favorite margarita lover and East End resident, Jimmy Buffett. Hosted by WEHM, The Stephen Talkhouse and Martha Clara Vineyard, the VIP tent had a lovely lobster dinner and front row seats on hay bales.

The concert signifies the end of the 4,200-mile cross-country journey of close to 100 disabled soldiers and local bicyclist Chris Carney that began in Los Angeles on May 22nd and was completed on July 18th at Montauk Point.

Ahh, what a weekend!

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