- Supporters gathered at the beautiful Westhampton Beach Country Club
for the seventh year in celebration of one the East End's premier healthcare facilities, the Peconic Bay Medical Center
Board of Directors Treasurer and Chairman of Strategic Planning Charles Massoud with PBMC President and CEO Andrew Mitchell. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)
The annual Benefit in Black & White Gala drew guests from across the Island to raise funds for a hospital that this past year was ranked third in New York State for patient safety by Consumer Reports
and ranked in the top 10% of U.S hospitals for General Surgery by Health Grades ranking service. PBMC also announced this year the creation of a Manorville Campus to serve the needs of residents in an area of Long Island underserved in regards to healthcare.
The event started with a sunset cocktail hour overlooking the 18th green as guests, dressed appropriately in black and white, mingled and chatted with each other and many of the hospital staff that were in attendance. PBMC is the single largest employer in Riverhead Town and central to Riverhead's economic revitalization, as Town Supervisor Sean Walter
noted, "A rising tide lifts all boats, so as the hospital rises in its popularity and its stature so too does the town of Riverhead."
The benefit in Black & White sunset cocktail reception at the Westhampton Beach Country Club. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)
President and CEO of PBMC Andrew Mitchell
put the importance of the event in perspective and also reiterated the present and future impact of PBMC servicing the healthcare needs of the East End, "It is one of our largest fundraising events of the year and it also expresses the support of our South Fork communities, that are so much a part of the service area of the medical center. It is a great celebration of the growth of the medical center and the support of the community for that growth."
State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle chatting with PBMC Foundation President Sherry Patterson at the Benefit in Black & White Gala. (Photo: Douglas Harrington)
The Benefit in Black & White also features one of largest silent auctions of any fundraising event in the Hamptons including vacations, jewelry, artwork and a chance for Beacon Theatre 6th row orchestra seats to see Jerry Seinfeld
's first live performance since 1998. Every year there is also a spectacular wine raffle and a Grand Prize Raffle that this year featured a 2012 Fiat.
After brief opening remarks at dinner by Mitchell and major hospital donors like John and Elaine Kanas
, guests danced the night away to the music of East End DJs. The evening ended with the announcement of the raffle winners.
The Benefit in Black & White is one of the great events west of the Canal. The best of Hamptons support for the Peconic Bay Medical Center, one of the nation's highly ranked healthcare facilities and a vital component to health and welfare of all East Enders!
The fabulous silent auction featured fantastic prizes, including a chance to see Jerry Seinfeld live! (Photo: Douglas Harrington)
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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