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ACRIA Cocktails At Sunset – Magical Moments

Submitted by on July 27, 2011 – 11:08 amNo Comment

acria fundraiser Hamptons

There are a few magical moments in a Hamptons summer which embody true joie de vie.  The Cocktails at Sunset benefit for ACRIA at host Steven Klein’s West Kill Farms in Bridgehampton on Saturday was such an illuminating night.  Tiki torches with their flames aglow guided guests through fields to the tent surrounded by lanterns with a long lit lap pool and fire pits.  Another magical orange glow of the signature Veuve Clicquot bottles lined the bar along with the icy Belvedere VodkaThe Misshapes got the music grooving on the dance floor and the moon rose in the sky.  With a sign saying “AIDS isn’t taking the summer off and neither are we,” you were reminded it was indeed good to be alive. 

acria veuve clicquot

“Buy art – Fight Aids” was the rallying cry.  An amazing silent auction of a broad range of art works lured guests.  

acria silent auction


I had my eye on Jim Dine’s “Imprint from Dorian Gray’s Stomach” and a gorgeous set of cascading turquoise and 18k gold earrings from designer Ippolita.  With money going to charity the shopping is completely guilt free.

Ippolita cascading turquoise earrings

Ippolita cascading turquoise earrings

 The proceeds of the benefit go to support the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America.  Since 1991 ACRIA has been helping people with AIDS lead longer and healthier lives.  The event had full support of the artistic community with a who’s who benefit committee including among others: Andre Balazs, Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Deborah Hughes, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Cynthia Rowley, Darren Star and Rachel Zoe.

Danielle Franz, Dr. Richard Ash, Rachel Paletsky, Maureen Dodd of WellNEST Healing Arts Center Sag Harbor

Danielle Franz, Dr. Richard Ash, Rachel Paletsky, Maureen Dodd of WellNEST Healing Arts Center Sag Harbor

We made sure to hit the photo booth to document the night and noticed condoms in the money jar where people made their contributions.  “What is that worth?” we asked.  “Priceless,” was the answer.  Cheers to that!

acria lanterns

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