Log In   ·   Become A Member

Southampton Fresh Air Home Hosts 23rd Annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale And Auction Benefit Gala

Lee Fryd

"The Sopranos" star Aida Turturro with her BFF Carolann Sandoval. (Photo: Lee Fryd)

It was the day of Belmont. The bell rang. The throng was off. Not the horses, the shoppers waiting at the Southampton Fresh Air Home 23rd Annual Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction Benefit Gala 2015. By the time they gathered to watch the new Triple Crown winner on Saturday, June 6th, it seemed like everything was already sold. And yet, there were treasures galore for those waiting in line for the Sunday half price leftovers. We've gotten some of our favorite accent pieces the day after, but that didn't stop us from waiting on the 5 p.m. line.

This year, there was champagne for those who came early: Benefactor patrons were invited to toast the new Catherine di Montezemolo Administrative Building that opened this spring. "She was an amazing woman, elegant and beautiful, who was on the board for many years," D-D-D Honorary Co-Chair (with Charlotte Vonstrom Assaf), Sarah Senbahar told Hamptons.com of the building's namesake. The new building replaces an underground space for staff. "Now the campus can come in and interact," Sarah said.

She was chatting with Tory Burch, "here because of Sarah," the designer told us, "and because nothing is better than making children happy." The D-D-D sales account for 40 percent of the operating costs of the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a non-profit camp for physically challenged kids, which is 114 years old. The antiques and home furnishings have been curated and donated by Southampton's top designers, at prices so low, one purchase can pay for the price of admission. Auctions feature luxury fashion, travel, entertainment, health and beauty items. The Wine Auction delivers bottles with bragging rights.

Charlotte Bonstrom Assaf and Sarah Senbahar were Honorary Chairmen with Kirsten Solsvig Galef and Barbara Page Glatt as Chairmen. Nicola S. Grant and Silke Tsitidiris served as Vice-Chairmen and Raya Keis Knight was Auction Chairman. Vittorio Assaf, Patricia and Daniel Hope, Max Rohn, Roman Roth and Joey Wolffer were Wine Auction Chairmen. Ann R. Grimm served as Design & Decoration Chairman with Tish Bliss and Christl Meszkat as Design & Decoration Co-Chairmen. Peri Bogert, Maria del Rio, Jane J. Fear, Traudl Geraghty and Ann Yawney were Design and Decoration Vice Chairmen, and Gary P. Crain, Christie Hansen and James Alan Smith were Designers Committee Chairmen.

Some years it felt like "The Sopranos" star Aida Turturro was single-handedly covering the camper's costs. With BFF Carolann Sandoval, she seemed to blanket the sale with "SOLD: AIDA TURTURRO" stickers. Having filled her own home and those of her friends, Turturro said this was a slower year for her. "I was feeling little under the weather, so, I didn't go as crazy as I usually do," she said. "Just a coffee table for my friend who's getting a house, a lot of rugs (One I have no idea why I bought) and a little table, and a lamp. I wanted to buy a couch for my friend, but it's hard to get that if they don't ask." We caught Aida on "Law and Order" and "Blue Bloods" this year. She'll go to Sardinia again this summer. "And, when a smart person comes along and casts me in a wonderful role," she said, "They're going to be lucky."

As lucky as we were at the sale, we still had one regret, not buying fast enough and more.

For more information about Southampton Fresh Air Home, visit www.sfah.org.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
What color is a banana?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

CP Complete- Landscape Design & Construction
Paul Guillo And Chris Hall Two Of The Most Respected Names In The Community Together, they are partners in CP Complete. They bring their years of experience and integrity to creating and renovating luxury backyards.

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Calissa is Mykonos in the Hamptons.
Our menu focuses on seafood and Greek dishes such as salt baked fish, seafood pasta and Mediterranean mezze. Our wine list has been awarded The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and boasts the largest selection of rosé in the Hamptons. The name Calissa is derived from the brightest constellation in the summer sky.Our sister restaurants in New York are Amali and Bar Marseille, opening 2020 in the Rockaways. Calissa offers private dining spaces for groups from 10 to 300 people. To plan your next wedding, corporate event or gathering, please email events@calissahamptons.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.

WordHampton Public Relations
We build client revenues and reputations. Our reputation is built on delivering a strong media presence and, as a result, demand for our clients' offerings, resulting in a positive impact on sales. Successful campaigns start with understanding the goals of our clients and developing a customized strategy that will achieve those objectives.

SGF Acupuncture, PLLC. Is owned and operated By Sandra Geehreng Foster.
SGF Acupuncture, PLLC. Is owned and operated By Sandra Geehreng Foster. Her treatments are based on five element acupuncture. She also offers Far Infrared Sauna treatments. PEMF cellular excerise.

Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez.
Spanish Maven was founded by Marisa Ramirez after she experienced learning English as a second language upon relocating to New York.

Big Brunch Box-delivered in The Hamptons
BIG BRUNCH BOX. Your favorite gourmet brunch foods for weekend eating with friends and family, ordered with ease and conveniently dropped at your doorstep in The Hamptons every Friday with fanatical attention to quality.