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Hamptons Jewel: Southampton Hospital Gala Sparkles

Originally Posted: August 07, 2012

Lee Fryd

Models Elena Bushujeva, Sarah Parr, Chiara Vaselli, and Ksenra Goncharova glittered in Graff Diamonds. (Photo: Adriel Reboh/PatrickMcMullan.com)

I was worried Southampton Hospital Gala Chair Laura Lofaro Freeman was going to tell me, "my eyes are ten inches higher," but she simply said, "The necklace is Graff." It was blindingly spectacular.

"It's out first year sponsoring," Graff Diamonds VP of Marketing, Courtney Smith explained. "And we're proud supporters. We're known for the most fabulous jewels in the world, the most extraordinary diamonds. More historic gemstones have passed through Mr. Graff's hands than any other. It's a perfect alignment with the hospital."

Southampton Hospital Gala Chair Laura Lofaro Freeman in a stunning Graff Diamonds necklace left us speechless. (Photo: Adriel Reboh/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Freeman directed our attention to the Graff bedecked models standing in front of race cars. "The theme tonight is Grand Prix Monaco," Laura said. "And the cars all raced in the Grand Prix Monaco and won in their different years. So these cars are all very special. My husband has been racing as an avocation for the last 30 years. And he got these cars from all parts of North America." One car was from the 1930s.

Being a wussy type who won't even get on a motorcycle, I wondered if Freeman worried when hubby raced. "When I met him, he was already doing this," she replied. "I can't get him to stop and it actually keeps him in shape. You can't get your license unless you have good health."

Good health was certainly the topic at hand. Freeman, who has been involved with the hospital for the past ten years, said the charity was a natural fit. "My father was a surgeon so I grew up in a family of physicians. My son is a doctor, my niece, my nephew, my brother, my brother-in-law. So I know what it means to really have excellent health care. And so, we live here. We work here. We play here. We need to have the best emergency room possible. And if everybody does a little bit..."

Those in attendance who had done much more than a little bit included Southampton Hospital President & CEO Robert Chaloner, Jean Remmel FitzSimmons, Audrey Gruss and Martin Gruss, Veronica Webb and Chris Del Gatto, Jean Shafiroff and Martin Shafiroff, Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley, Barbara Meguid and Terry Meguid, Whitney Fairchild, Henry Buhl, Somers Farkas and Jonathan Farkas, NY State Senator Ken LaValle, Harold Lorber, and SandraMcConnell. WNBC News 4 anchor Chuck Scarborough emceed the night's festivities. Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate also sponsored.

The Alex Donner Orchestra kept the dance floor going. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs catered, and Steven Stolman decorated the tent. Funds raised by the Summer Party, the longest running annual fundraiser on the East End, enables critical support for the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, a facility that serves emergency care to more than 25,000 patients annually.

Elegant ladies who always do a bit more...Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Suzanne Murphy, Nancy Silberkleit, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Jean Shafiroff, Joy Marks, Sara Herbert-Galloway, and Cheri Kaufman. (Photo: Adriel Reboh/PatrickMcMullan.com)

Updated: August 7, 2012, 4:00 pm
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