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Perfect Peiper Weekend!

Originally Posted: August 18, 2005

Mercedes Ruehl and David Geiser at Guild Hall.

Guild Hall in East Hampton was filled to the rafters Friday evening with guests including Mercedes Ruehl, Cindy Sherman, and Ruth Applehoff stopped by for cocktails and a chance to mingle and view the exhibits before the 6th Annual Summer Gala. Collections drew the interested into the air conditioned galleries for a peek at the work, including a unique photography display by Cindy Sherman, making interesting use of makeup and setting for thought provoking pictures.

The 'no drinks' restriction kept most of the partygoers in the main lobby and front lawn, making it difficult to navigate the crowd. As the sun started to set, the weather cooled enough to make the evening enjoyable, though the muggy weather left many guests opting for lighter summer wear.

Laura Landro and Molly Channing at the Willian Brian Little

The Sounds of Samba seductively danced through the vines and sculptures at the Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton on Friday as Brazilian musicians Romero Lubamo and Cyro Baptista joined the Bridgehampton Chamber Music ensemble at the William Brian Little Concert. Guests enjoyed tasting the best of Channing Daughter's wines and appetizers then moved to the tent to hear some of the most beautiful live music of the summer. The stunning combination of classical music roots with the samba theme created a winning combination highlighted by artistic director Marya Martin on flute with Romero on guitar and Baptista on percussion. Even the background cacophony of private jets could not dim the power of this music with works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Baden Powell, Lins, and Pixinguinha.

Adrian Grenier at the Yahoo! Music tent at Polo.

This weeks Saturday afternoon Polo scene was quite a mixture of faces. Folio Collection was the sponsor displaying sleek information for their clubs. Over at the Yahoo! Music booth chukker lovers enjoyed Yahootinis and grape snow cones. Intermix had a mini fashion show in their booth - love that skirt! The resident hottie of HBO's Entourage, Adrian Grenier, hung out by the Mercedes VVIP tent but after the first chukker he was over at the Yahoo! Music booth playing a little poker. Luke Perry, of Beverley Hills 90210 fame, stopped for a quick hello and photo and told us that he's got a new project in the works. Can't say when it will air - damn networks. AJ Calloway, formerly of BET's "106 and Park" gave us a big smile - he's starting a management company, opening a restaurant and working on a television pilot. It had previously been reported that he was filming a pilot for UPN entitled "The Show with AJ Calloway." Busy guy!

Luke Perry and Nicole Brewer at Polo.

We spied Christine Raspino and Rachel Koenig treating their tootsies at the Serio Rossi booth. Other names enjoying the match included Ahmad Rashad, Sale Johnson, Matt Heien, Tracy Schwartz, NBC's Dan Abrams, Brooke Bradford Churchill, Dawn Palo, Scott and Theresa Chisholm, Thomas Martinsson, Caroline Van Sickle, Jamie Bryant, Doug Alexander, Karen Mastrandrea, Abiola Abrams, Wendy Diamond, Matthew Knauer, Matthew Shore, Stephan Lang, Will Lindsay, Jessica Peters, PR's hottest new Guru Christian MacPherson, Isa Brito, Maria Puff, Michelle Chae, Michelle Barish, Sess Von Richthofen, Nina Sargeant, Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck, Richard Johnson, Chris Barish, Stella Keitel, and Tamie Peters. It was a long match but overall a "Perfect Peiper" day of Polo! A big hello to Gina Glickman and her trusty cameraman! And Nacho Figueras played - what more can we say.

The Juilliard School announced that some of its best-known alumni, including Laura Linney, "The West Wing's" Bradley Whitford, Renee Fleming, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Emanuel Ax, and Wynton Marsalis, will perform at their gala spring 2006 Centennial Celebration at a luncheon in the Southampton home of Pamela Gross and James Finkelstein, hosted by the gala's chairs Cynthia and Dan Lufkin of Amagansett.

Hamptonites Kitty Patterson Kempner, Town & Country's Pamela Fiori, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Jessie Araskog, Michèle Gerber Klein, Andrea Stark, Douglas Hannant, Ruth Fleischman, Frederick Anderson, Debbie Bancroft, R. Couri Hay, Audrey Gruss, Jane Holzer, Melissa Berkelhammer, Karen LeFrak, Bettina Zilkha, Mai Harrison, Tinsley Mortimer, Juilliard vice president Tony Newman and New Yorkers Sharon Bush, Christine Schott, and Plum Sykes were among the guests who enjoyed the delicious food prepared by Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs. A trio of Juilliard musicians, flutist Adi Menczel, clarinetist Igor Begelman, and bassoonist Larisa Gelman, serenaded with enchanting music. The big event on April 3rd, at the school in Manhattan's Lincoln Center will be followed by a dinner dance. Tickets start at $1,500, for information call 914-579-1000.

Jana Raphael, Arnoldo Colon, and Janet O'Brien at Sergio
Rossi in East Hampton.

As any woman with a shoe "thing" knows, Sergio Rossi is a great place to get your fix. We stopped by during the opening reception of their East Hampton store, right downstairs from London Jewelers. Arnoldo Colon welcomed each guest, love those green eyes - we hear he makes shoe house calls! Doctor doctor! Edmundo Castillo was on hand to create a quick rendering of any shoe purchased. Catering by Janet O'Brien Caterers was a tasty mix of caviar, sausages, and Belinis (the tasty wait staff made for dreamy afterparty conversation). Devotees included Courtney O'Hill, Claire Pastere, Samantha Doherty, Heather Buchanan, Sharon Anderson, Harold Lenta, Edward Wilkerson, Rob Ronen, Randi Udell, Sara Tecchia, and Ali Joseph.

Mary Richardson Kennedy, Larry David, Lorraine Bracco, and
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Blue.

The hot weather continued through the weekend, though the "scattered" thunderstorms that were predicted were nice enough to stay at bay until later in the evening. Saturday brought Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Larry David, and Lorraine Bracco to Watermill for the Blue party to benefit the Riverkeeper Foundation, dedicated to defend the waters of the Hudson River and Peconic and South Shore Bays. Most of the guests preferred to stay out in the cool breeze, and it took some coaxing from Kevin McCallister of the Peconic Baykeeper to invite them into the main tent where drinks and a delicious menu by Todd Jacobs, of Tierra Mar and Atlantica.

The evenings program, including auction items like the trip for two to Paris, and several fishing, paddling and sailing trips to enjoy the local waterways had guests bidding to raise even more money for this worthy cause. Jazz music by the Steve Shaughnessy Trio and goodie bags that included hair and skin products from Biolage and Clarins, natural soaps and cleansers, and tasty drinks from Izze and Zico was sure to make the evening enjoyable. It seems like guests Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, Linda Schaller, Camille DuValle-Hero and Byron Hero, Amanda and Randy Hearst, Luigi Tadini, Christina Greeven Cuomo, Hanna Struever, R. Couri Hay, Pamela Fiore, Roger Webster, Priscilla Park, Sandy Klein, Vered, Ann Hearst, and Jay McIrnerney did just that.

Anna Anisimova - the perfect hostess.

Anna Anisimova and Young Friends of MIPC held their annual summer bash to benefit Dr. Robert Cancro and the Mental Illness Prevention Center. True to the "Hawaii 5-0" theme, each guest was greeted with a lei and a cheerful "Aloha" at the door. The tropical décor transported each guest to the island paradise of their dreams as lotus blossoms floated on the blue-lit pool and a summer breeze made the cabana curtains billow. Hosts Anna Anisimova, Katie Zorn and Douglas Hand, Kira Cohen, Jeffrey Goldstein, Mike Heller and co-chairs Nicole Write and Ron Sylvestrie, Jr. welcomed contributors. Guests including Sale Johnson, Ahmad Rashad, Stella Keitel, Elizabeth Sobieski, Denise and Larry Whole, and Jay Coleman raised over $50,000 for the Mental Illness Prevention Center. Guests were treated to a stirring speech about mental illness and its effects given by honoree Dr. Robert Cancro.

Tasty buffet food and cocktails were available for guests as they perused the silent auction items inside, including many pieces of priceless sports and movie memorabilia, or outdoors in the intimate cabana tables set up along the lawn and pool. Guests were a steady trickle, preferring to mingle among close friends than on the dance floor as the power cut out to the DJ cabana a few times during the evening. And while the evening ended at Anna's, the party continued at Tavern down the road in Southampton where guest's danced the night away.

Seth Campbell, Mike Heller, and Baron Fancy at Anna's.

Clambake & Cocktails, sponsored by New York magazine in conjunction with Teach For America's Junior Sponsors, generated approximately $30,000 in ticket sales to support Teach For America's expansion in New York City. Over 200 guests - predominantly young professionals representing a range of industries including fashion, media, film, advertising, and finance - attended the benefit on Saturday, August 13, 2005, at Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett. The evening's program included remarks by New York magazine's Director of Strategy and Business Development, Laura Nissenbaum, Teach For America New York Executive Director Iris Chen, Junior Board Co-Chair and new Executive Director of Children for Children, Maggie Jones, and Kelly Perdew, season two winner of "The Apprentice."

Mr. Apprentice announced Teach For America's selection as one of the Top 10 finalists for Amazon.com's inaugural Nonprofit Innovation Award. Selected from 1,000 applicants, all 10 nonprofits are competing to raise the highest dollar amount through Amazon.com by September 30, 2005. The winner will be awarded a matching grant of up to $1 million of the total raised from Amazon.com, and the award title. Sponsors of the event included New York Magazine, Barefoot Wine, Brooklyn Brewery, Claws-on-Wheels, Kenneth Cole New York, Tate's Bake Shop, V1 Private Jets, and Warner's Nursery. Other speakers at Saturday's event included current Teach For America corps member, Becky Owens, who spoke of the impact of working with 13 other corps members at her school, and an alumnus of the program, Drew Martin, who will open a KIPP charter school this September in Newark, NJ.

It was a tequila party over at the Star Room with margaritas with Corazon making the rounds. I like mine on the rocks, no salt please! We spied Sabrina Quartierei, Alessandro Vento, Allison Martuscello, Melanie Hansson, and Caitlin Powell having fun. The afterparty for Blue spilled over into the crowd and Luigi Tadini and Amanda Hearst led the way. Mike Braverman and Dan Abrams partied into the wee hours. And of course Lizzie Grubman and Jonathan Cheban were there directing traffic on the dancefloor from their private booth with the Power Girls in tow.

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