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Originally Posted: November 07, 2005

Sanjana Jon, Anand Jon, and Freda Payne at Halloween
Masquerade Ball to benefit the Stephanie Stiglich Cancer
Research Center. Photo courtesy of R. Couri Hay CRP

Fashion designer Anand Jon, who has been featured on "America's Next Top Model" and has just been named one of India's 50 Most Beautiful People, hosted a Halloween Masquerade Ball to benefit the Stephanie Stiglich Cancer Research Center. The glamorous event was attended by over 150 people and included performances by music legends including famed singer Freda Payne (Band of Gold) and jazz great Bobbi Humphrey, who has played with Stevie Wonder and Dizzie Gillespie.

Model Luigi Tadini, producer of the Wu Tan Clan Cathy Jones and designer Sanjana Jon were among the co-hosts. Other attendees included Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, who launched the Model Search for the "IG Int'l Miss Universes AIDS," Miss Teen USA Allie LaForce, Miss Chelsea Cooley, Director Antonio Campos who showed the crowd his film, "Buy It Now", the winner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, which is based upon the story of a 16-year old girl who sold her virginity on ebay, Robert Stiglich, who founded the Stephanie Stiglich Cancer Research Center in honor of his beloved daughter after her death at age four.

Luigi Tadini, Amanda Hearst, and Anand Jon. Photo courtesy
of R. Couri Hay CRP

Guests were whisked into a trolley or a limousine from Fifth Avenue to The Boathouse for a magical experience adorned in their most glamorous costumes and masks, they were greeted by glowing candelabras and twinkling red and gold votives, which hung from mini-trees made of orange Orchids and Barberries making the over-the-top centerpieces which stood atop tables set with black table clothes and orange plates. Guests dined on delicious Salmon or Filet while background music supplied by Def Jam's DJ Alamo. The African Folk dancing troop Kotchegna entertained guests with their tribal African moves and beats from their conga drums.

The Stephanie Stiglich Cancer Research Center's mission is that pediatric brain tumors have a high profile in all advocacy efforts. The SNSCRC will work so that our children will not be forgotten and will become part of a national awareness effort that will hopefully lead to a bright future for all children experiencing brain tumor diagnosis. After the death of Stephanie Nicole Stiglich, her father Robert Stiglich pledged to keep crusading and working to find a cure for "Pontine Glioma" (a rare form of brain cancer). The Masquerade ball's goal was to generate awareness to help bring about necessary legislation and funding for research to successfully battle brain tumors within children.

Mickey and Cathia Klimovsky, Nancy Spielberg, Shimon Katz,
Ms. Lavan, and Gabe Erem at the Eden Fine Art Gallery.
Photo courtesy of Tamie Peters PR

Eden Fine Art Gallery and hosts Gabe Erem of Lifestyles Magazine, Nancy Spielberg, Shimon Katz, Michael and Linda Jesselson, Toby Rubinstein, Rabbi Marc Schneier and others welcomed the upper echelon of the Jewish community and New York society for Eden Fine Art opening on November 3rd.

Bringing a true Israeli art collection to New York, Eden gallery hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the opening, the art, and the artists. Guest including actresses Melissa Leo and Tina Louise, MG Sqaud's Diamond Temple, Fabian and Martina Basabe, Stella Kietel, Shawn Modell, and designers Yigal Azrouel, Joanna Mastroianni, and Katie Zorn enjoyed a special viewing of the gallery's collection and the opportunity to meet with the artists with wine and passed hors d'oeuvres as well as live jazz to compliment the contemporary and innovative art.

Martina and Fabian Basabe at the Eden Fine Art Gallery. Photo
courtesy of Tamie Peters PR

The collection includes paintings and etchings by Yoel Benarrouche and Mark Tochilkin, as well as metal sculptures by David Gerstein and Dorit Levinstein, and mesh shadow sculpture by Randy Cooper.

On Saturday, November 5th, Martha Clara Vineyards hosted the 6th Annual North Fork Environmental Council Chili Cook Off. The smell of chili filled the vineyard before you even entered the tent and dining room. Restaurants and chefs from around the East End included The Amazon Grill, Farm Country Kitchen, Green Earth Natural Foods, The Soundview and Cooperage Inn filling the tent wall to wall.

Tom Burke welcomed the diners and invited them to line up to select the chili. Variety was in full bloom with everything from your standard meat to vegetarian, chorizo, and even venison choices of chili on the menu. Even with the unseasonably warm weather we enjoyed this weekend, the hearty bowls were eagerly accepted with heaping piles of corn bread and bottles of wine to help cleanse and perhaps cool the palate between samplings.

Judges Paulette Satur and Robert Devinney at the 6th Annual
Chili Cook Off at Marth Clara Vineyard.

Celebrity guest judges Paulette Satur, Robert Devinney, Sylvia Carter, David Page, and Joseph Gergela took copious notes with sips of wine as they were brought bowl after bowl to rate. We hope they brought their appetites!

After the chili, guests were invited to work off the calories by dancing to tunes provided by Ladeez in the House before heading home happy and full.

Later in the night, Beau Hulse & L.A. Woman hosted a Katrina benefit concert at Madame Tongs in Southampton. The Pan Asian restaurant and club was filled to the rafters as partiers crowded into the bar and restaurant area. Even the outdoor patio and lawn were standing room only as the outdoor fireplace and plentiful drinks kept them warm.

L.A. Woman warms up the crowd at Madame Tong's.

L.A. Woman took the small stage first, warming up the crowd as they filtered in. Some guests took advantage of the tasty menu available in the cozy dining room, almost too warm with the fireplace and revelers. After a short break, and a chance for some air (or a cigarette) on the back lawn, an excited murmur arose as people crowded in to the stage area waiting for Beau Hulse. And he certainly didn't disappoint, 'crowd surfing' in on a door passed over their heads to the stage.

Playing crowd favorites including 'Break On Through' and 'Waiting For The Sun', pretty much everyone was up on their feet and dancing. For those wanting to relive a little bit of Woodstock nostalgia, or those that missed it the first time, the front of the stage was quickly packed with fans jumping and gyrating with the music. We saw many ladies professing their love for Beau and the rest of the band, letting their inner groupie out for an evening with the low lights giving little chance of identification or embarrassment the next morning.

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