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Diane von Furstenberg’s Boutique Hosts Kick-Off Benefit For Southampton Hospital

Originally Posted: June 16, 2009

Douglas MacKaye Harrington

Marion and Philip Piro (Southampton Trustee) with Suzanne Reynolds enjoy the Diane von Furstenberg's Boutique kick-off benefit for Southampton Hospital. Photos by Douglas Harrington

Southampton - Once again, commerce and cause find themselves intertwined in the Hamptons. On Friday evening June 12, the Diane von Furstenberg boutique on Jobs Lane in Southampton hosted a kick-off event to Southampton Hospital's 51st Annual Summer Party, which will be held on Aug. 1. Dubbed a evening of "Cocktails and Shopping," Hamptonians gathered to shop at DvF with all proceeds going to benefit the hospital.

DvF accessories table laden with goodies for purchase with all proceeds going to Southampton Hospital.

A wine and hors d'oeuvres event catered by Acquolina, attendees sipped and shopped in the beautifully designed and appointed DvF boutique, amazingly, von Furstenberg's first store in the Hamptons. The fashion icon first arrived on the scene in 1972 with her signature "wrap dress" and built upon it an internationally acclaimed fashion house that today is a global luxury lifestyle brand.

The event drew an overflow crowd with DvF devotees queuing for the dressing rooms. A full service boutique, attendees not only had the exquisite clothing line to browse, but bags, hats, jewelry and other fashion accessories to chose from, and chose they did. Kathy Lucas, Director of Special Events for Southampton Hospital, spearheaded the event, "I am thrilled with the turnout and thrilled to have Diane von Furstenberg involved in our 51st Annual Summer Party. It is a natural fit and the support from the fashion community for the hospital is something we deeply appreciate and look forward to every year."

Overflow crowd at the Diane von Furstenberg boutique for the Southampton Hospital Cocktails and Shopping event.

Asked how important events like this are in difficult economic times she continued, "It is very, very important. These are tough times, they are challenging times and it is important for the community as a whole to get together and support the hospital, especially emergency services."

Long time supporter of the hospital, Lisa Crawford, whose daughter Kingsley will be modeling at the upcoming fashion fundraiser at the Meadow Club, shard her thoughts, "We should have more of it in Southampton. I think they have done a fabulous design job with the store, I think they have got a great group of people together and I wish all the stores would do events like this for the various charities. I think Southampton Hospital and other charities are worthy of it."

Philip Piro, who sits on the hospital's Board of Trustees, explained the importance of Southampton Hospital to the community "This event is particularly important, because we all need to come together and demonstrate our support for the hospital, which provides such terrific emergency care to all of us that come in the summertime and need great urgent care at times."

Rob Fox, Sheila O'Malley Fuchs (Summer Party Co-Chair) and Maura O'Rourke expressed their happiness at the evening's turnout.

Sheila O'Malley Fuchs, who is one of the chairs of the upcoming Summer Party, was delighted with the event, "Oh my gosh, I am so thrilled - I am actually thrilled that I see so many people shopping, which is a miracle. It is a tough economy, but I must say we are tracking to where we were a couple of years ago in terms of revenue. We are very, very happy so far with what has come in and we haven't even sent the invitations out yet. It is not as frightening as I thought it would be last January. People are feeling more comfortable, the stock market is a bit up, people are feeling more charitable and they understand that the hospital is our hospital, the only one on the East End. It is truly one of those important things we need to support in the community."

Beyond the fine fashion, food and friendship reflected in the evening's festivities, the importance of Southampton Hospital resonated in the generous participation of DvF and the attendees that sipped and shopped at this unique charitable event. An evening of pure Hamptons altruism at its best.

For more information regarding upcoming events in support of the Southampton Hospital go to www.southamptonhospital.org.

Frequently mistaken for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" from the Dos Equis commercials and the iconic gray-bearded Sean Connery, DMH is the Senior Contributing Editor at Hamptons.com. www.hamptons.com Hamptons HamptonsOnline HamptonsOnline


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