Each year, The Retreat
calls upon generous artists and celebrities to create one-of-a-kind, hand-painted ceramic platters that are showcased and then auctioned off during All Against Abuse,
The Retreat's annual gala. For this year's benefit, the non-profit has recruited a particularly special group of artists - children who have spent time at The Retreat's shelter.
"We are so excited to celebrate the successes of our survivors and of our programs at our All Against Abuse
event," shared Loretta Davis, The Retreat's Executive Director.
Toni Ross' platter. (Courtesy Photo)
First held in June 1996, the benefit is a result of a group of dedicated Retreat supporters who came together at the residence of artist and printmaker Dan Welden to brainstorm fundraising ideas for the young organization. While at Welden's home, it was the artist's unique kitchen floor that led the volunteers to present the inaugural Artists Against Abuse
fundraiser - which was later renamed All Against Abuse,
as all are welcome to support the vital non-profit.
So, what was it about those floor tiles that sparked the idea for The Retreat's signature summer soiree? Well, Welden didn't want just any boring tile, so he reached out to friends to hand-paint a small square tile. The response was a resounding yes, leading to over 100 one-of-a-kind works - including masterpieces from Justin Greenwald, who will be featured at All Against Abuse
this year, and Ann Chwatsky
, who was in attendance at the original meeting and has championed every All Against Abuse
ever since, that still embellish his floor. The strong response to Welden's request and unique event concept led those at the house to take a chance and create an event that revolved around spectacular hand-painted ceramic platters. And that chance has most certainly paid off as All Against Abuse
has raised over $2.5 million in support of The Retreat's mission of offering safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse and ending the cycle of family violence.
The 2018 All Against Abuse
will feature works by April Gornik
, Barbara Maslen
, Barry Kreiswirth and Lisa Allen, Dan Rizzie
, Jack Youngerman, Jill Musnicki, Justin Greenwald, Miles Jaffe, Peter Dayton, Toni Ross
, Dan Welden, and Lynn Savarese - as well as those budding young artists. It will also honor Joy Behar
and Robin Hommel-Tenenbaum for their tireless support.
The children who stay at The Retreat's shelter are invited to channel their creative side - using it as a way to project their wish for wellbeing and love. The masterpieces that they have created especially for the benefit are striking and touching - portraying their powerful message of hope.
"We bring our wonderful staff, supporters and survivors together to share this festive evening," Davis noted. "It is really a celebration of all the community support that is so generously bestowed on the Retreat and its clients."
Since it was established The Retreat - which is the East End's sole domestic violence agency - has assisted 6,625 individuals, with 115 clients finding solace and shelter at The Stephanie House, 324 clients receiving counseling services, and 137 in-school violence education programs have been presented. Services offered by The Retreat include a 24-hour bilingual hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, prevention education, and emergency shelter.
"All the funds raised on June 9th will go directly to our strong, expanded services and programs!" Davis explained. "Survivors, kids and adults, change and enhance their lives through counseling, advocacy, and case management. If needed, they also get a roof over their heads so they can heal and move forward."
The Retreat's All Against Abuse
will be held on Saturday, June 9 at The Muses in Southampton. The event will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and feature the signature platters, of course, as well as catering provided by Art of Eating
, music from East End Entertainment, and more. Tickets are $500.
The Muses is located at 111 Saint Andrews Road in Southampton. For more information, visit retreatgala.org.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com
Rosehip Partners Real Estate
Properties In The Hamptons
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 ó 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.
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 rosť 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 email@example.com. 1020 MONTAUK HIGHWAY, WATER MILL
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.