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Classic End to Summer

Originally Posted: September 08, 2005

Barbara Sobel, Charlie Walk, and Cliff Sobel (US Ambassador
to the Netherlands) at Fight for Children.

With summer wrapping up, Charlie and Lauren Walk, of SONY/BMG, hosted an "intimate" affair entitled "San Tropez Summer Soiree" to benefit Fight for Children on Saturday evening. With three separate check-in points and valet parking cars as far as half a mile away, the party was far from small or intimate, but still quite enjoyable.

Guests included Lindsay Lohan, Sale Johnson, Ahmad Rashad, Sophie Dahl, Lorraine Bracco, D.M.C. of Run-D.M.C., Rocco DiSpirito, Carol and Todd Rome, Cathy Jones, Lisa Ellis, Mark Baker, Anna Anisimova, Tina Wells of Buzz Marketing Groupand Vicky Andren. Large screens playing tropically themed videos to match the music provided by DJ Mark Ronson flanked guests. The party could have easily been mistaken for one of the local nightclubs as it seemed to be the 'place to be and be seen' of the evening as guests danced away on the spacious dance floor set next to the pool, or lounged in the ample cabana style tent seating.

Clarence Jones and Monica Hawkins at Fight for Children.

The party was still going strong when we left around 10, as the line to come in was nearly as long as the line waiting for valet to get their cars. Gift bags (in a fabulous brown and teal tote from IllParcel) was full of goodies including Steve Madden flip flops, t-shirts, a key chain from Marc Jacobs, and a tasty lip gloss from Sue Devitt. Set on the check-in table next to the gift bags was a touching reminder that it's not all about "What can I get," but also "What can I give?" with a jar for collecting donations for the Red Cross' Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts.

Fight For Children, a nonprofit organization that creates brighter futures for children by supporting organizations, initiatives and programs that provide quality education options and healthcare opportunities, unveiled the new faces of it's "Create, Promote, Invest We're Fighting For You" campaign featuring Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Howie Dorough and John Legend during the party. T-shirts specially created by New York fashion designer Alice Roi were debuted at the event.

The final big summer weekend was pretty mellow compared to recent years - not a Diddy party all summer. A party at the Star Room was packed but tame. We spotted Lizzie Grubman and Chris Stern, Jonathan Cheban, Riccardo Natoli, Tony Theodore, Daisy Johnson, Josh Sagman, Tamie Peters and Richard Thomas, Samantha Kane, and Sherry Alexander enjoying the perfect evening.

Debbie Bancroft, Jaret Cellmer (winner of I Want to Be a Hilton)
and a friend enjoy the Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic.

With Bridgehampton Polo now just a dusty memory, the Hampton Classic rolled into town for their annual festivities. Now in its 30th year, Grand Prix Sunday drew large crowds to watch the riders compete. You could practically hear a pin drop in the stands as they all but held their breath as each rider attempted the challenging course. A good thing, considering we heard a horse balked the day before at a jump, sending its young rider over without them. Luckily the girl walked away seemingly unscathed.

Those seeking a break from the competition could satisfy their shopping needs at the plentiful vendor stands scattered among the grounds, seemingly perfectly lined up to draw the wandering eye as visitors walked between the main arena and parking areas. Everything from artwork to designer duds for humans and pets alike, to 'petography's by Jim Dratfield had us stopping to eye each adorable picture. Each vendor was very friendly as they made you feel at home viewing artwork you could picture in your own home (except maybe the life-size wooden horse sculpture that looks like it'd require its own turnout ring). Kids had ample entertainment as they got to play with a sample playground with a rock wall from Walpole Woodworkers, and a 'petting zoo' tent where they could interact with farm animals including a potbelly pig, horses, and even a few llamas.

Dianne Feldman and Harriet Radwell at the Classic.

The Red Cross had one of the more popular desks of the event as people were lining up to make donations to the relief effort. Perhaps to rightfully pay back some of that shopping karma for the designer hat they just bought.

We spotted Katie Couric, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Peter Cook and Christie Brinkley with son Jack Cook, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos - with kids in tow, Sale Johnson, Jill Rappaport, Daisy Johnson, Charles Ferrara, Lorraine Bracco, James Mischka, David Yurman, Mark Badgely, Stella Keitel, Jamie Gregory, Muffie Potter Aston, Grace Hightower, Kelly Klein, Jennifer Faga, Peter Boyle, Dave Mason, Chris Cuomo and Christina Greeven Cuomo, Terry Allen Kramer, Somers White and Jonathan Farkas, Audrey Gruss, Countess Luann DeLesseps, Alec Baldwin, Dan Gasby and B. Smith, Ambassador and Mrs. Enriquillo A. del Rosario, Whitney Stokes, Carastina DuBrovin, Peggy Siegel, R. Couri Hay, Cassandra Seidenfeld, Michael Braverman, James Marcus, Guillaume Fouilleron, Kimberly Zimmerman, Marcie Warren, Lucia Hwong Gordon, and Jaret Cellmer (winner of "I Want to be a Hilton") enjoying the festivities. Love the table settings in the VIP tent! How gorgeous!

Lex and Margerie Federbush, Judy Ney and Sarah Davidson (Excutive
Director of ARF) at Be Kind.

The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons teamed up with the Humane Society of the US to put on a fundraiser for the "Be Kind" campaign at the home of Frances Hayward in East Hampton. Rubber bracelet fundraisers seem to be running as rampant as the multi-color assortment of ribbon magnets on cars. But the two-toned "Be Kind" bracelets with proceeds going to help fund ARF and the matching collars for the Humane Society provided a hip alternative.

Rick and Kathy Hilton with sons Barron and Conrad, Coryn Nadeau, Louanne Delesseps, Nicole Nadeau, Cassandra Sidenfeld, Debbie Bancroft, Frances Hayward, Christopher Mason, Fred Schneider of the B-52's, R. Couri Hay, Tony Ingrao, Todd Shapiro, Sarah Davidson, and Sarah Comis took the chance to mingle with two and four legged friends as a small dog in one arm was as common a sight as the cocktail in the other. A careful balancing act indeed when the tasty and plentiful hors 'd oeuvres included sushi, vegetable and cheese trays with the usual assortment of dainty cucumber sandwiches. Hilton pets Dolce, Tinkerbell, and Pixie were also in attendance.

The reggae style music kept the atmosphere light, though the crowd made navigating the patio and gardens a bit tight as we enjoyed watching the sunset. On the way out, guests were greeted with a gift bag perfect for the four-legged guests, including a Caesar gift pack of food and treats, a tennis ball, and bright red bandana from Petco. To keep the owners from feeling left out, a Be Kind Bracelet and the Humane Society's calendar and magazines rounded out the gifts.

In the rush of trying to do everything we can to help the people hit by the Hurricane in the south, the Humane Society reminds us that there are animals that need our help as well. Hopefully the collar sales will help with the needed aid and shelter for the pets left homeless.

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