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Glittering Evenings

Originally Posted: June 21, 2006

Nicole B. Brewer

Scott Currie and Thom Filicia at Portraits of interiors. Photo by
Edward Callaghan

The Municipal Arts Society's Urban Center Books housed in the north wing of the historic Villard House at the Helmsley Palace was the elegant setting for a fete hosted by Edizioni Press and Mayer Rus to celebrate the release of "Designing The Hamptons: Portraits of Interiors" on Wednesday, June 14. Hundreds of design mavens swarmed through the landmark mansion, pored over copies of the lavishly detailed tome and congratulated their favorite interior designers.

Accepting kudos for their projects, glamorous interiors by the most celebrated designers on the scene, were Tony Ingrao, and partner Randy Kemper (a sartorial statement in all white, flashing silver lame sneakers), Barney's creative director Simon Doonan and partner Jonathan Adler, Thom Felicia long respected for his keen eye for design before Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy made him the toast of television, Enrico Bonetti, Dominic Kozerski, Jamie Drake, Tom Flynn, Arthur Dunnam, Steven Gambrel, Edmund Hollander, Joe Nahem, Craig Socia, Robert Stilin, and Mark Zeff.

Rus, the renowned House & Garden design editor who penned the introduction to the book, was all smiles welcoming guests such as image guru Montgomery Frazier creator of MTV's House of Style, fitness guru High Voltage, artist Rita Blitt, she'll show at Southampton's Ezair Gallery in July, Eric Piasecki, who shot many of the interiors for the book, with Andrea Bakacs, author and columnist Anthony Haden Guest, actor Joel Gray, and L.A. based designer Barclay Butera who's spending more and more time on the East Coast with major projects.

Randy Kemper and Kelly Graham at Portraits of interiors. Photo by
Edward Callaghan

Couri Hay and his merry band of party-makers including Sydney Masters and Roger Webster filled the roomy overflowing with the likes of Sharon Bush, Heather Cohane, Nina Garcia, Richard Mishaan, Celerie Kemble, Somers White-Farkas, Gillian Hearst-Shaw, Arnold Scaasi and Parker Ladd, Carole Guest, Mark Gilbertson, Lucia Hwong-Gordon, Samantha Cole, Michael Witmer, Nina Griscom, and Leonel Piraino.

The Parrish Art Museum Business Council held a lovel yevent at Wolffer Estate Vineyard on Wednesday night. The setting was perfection for an evening that included tasty treats from Tate's Backshop and delicious nibbles from The Clamman. Delicious wines from Wolffer flowed into the sunsest enjoyed by Trudy Kramer, Melody and Phil Tierney, Don Sullivan, Linda Muse, Marge Muse, Susan Marlow, Denise Simmons, Judith Otter, Rick Friedman and Cindy Lou Wakefield, Ellen Cea, John Proctor and Erin Waterhouse, Linda Miller Zellner and brother Jim Miller, Silvia Lehrer, Fran Girimonti and George Franke, Gay Waserman, and Paulette and Sol Katz.

Southampton Youth Services is celebrating the success of the "Sold Out" 4th annual Summer Soiree on June 17th. With the dedication of the benefit and honorary committees and the generosity of Soiree guest and underwriters, SYS enjoyed its most fruitful fundraiser to date. Cynthia and Dennis Suskind provided the perfect Hamptons setting for this gala event with the use of their residence.

Revelers at SYS.

The Oriental theme helped to create the beautiful atmosphere for the 450 guest including Kelsey Grammar and his wife Camille and other supporters of SYS and the Southampton Town Recreation Center. Giant dueling dragons were projected on the walls of the enormous tent by lighting specialist Matt Murphy Event Lighting and delicious Asian cuisine was provided by Peter Ambrose and the catering of the Seafood Shop in Wainscott. Adding to the atmosphere were statues of Buddha's and dragons lent to SYS by the notorious eclectic store, Yesterdays Treasures, located on Montauk Highway. JiJi and Lee Witham who own and operate JiJi Floral Design, new to North Sea, brought their New York event design experience to this years Soiree with and amazing array of decorations and exquisite flower arrangements.

Countless businesses and individuals donated a wide variety of silent auction items including Botox treatments, smile makeovers, and a complete party including tent, live band and dinner for 50 brought to your home by Outback Steakhouse. With generous donations like these, more than $60,000.00 dollars was taken in from the auction and the 50/50 raffle alone.

The Marvalettes at SOFO. Photo by Mary J. Allmaras

Also on Saturday night, 420 supporters of the Group for the South Fork gathered under party tents at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack to raise money for the organization's environmental education and advocacy projects. The event, called "Towns and Villages," raised $690,000 for the Group's environmental advocacy and education programs. This is more than any fundraiser in the Group's 34-year history! The Master of Ceremonies was WB11 News at Ten Anchor Jim Watkins. After cocktails and a seated dinner by Janet O'Brien Caterers, a live auction was conducted by Sotheby's Auctioneer Ian Irving raising $105,500. Guests danced to rock, disco, and Motown by The Bruce Saunders Orchestra.

The evening's glittering committee included Chairman Ronald S. Lauder, Co-Chairs Ina and Jeffrey Garten, Soledad and Robert Hurst, Susan and Louis Meisel, Jane and Jerry Mount, Frank Newbold and Steven Drucker, Dara and Tim O'Hara, Mary and Chris Pia, Jackie and Peter Schellbach, Nicole Miller and Kim Taipale, Edwina von Gal, Kim White and Kurt Wolfgruber, Aerin Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer. Dinner Co-Chairs were Ann Colley and Mary Walker.

Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com HamptonsOnline NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer NicoleBBrewer

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