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Hamptons Benefits 2014

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Watermill Center Summer Benefit

Hamptons fundraisers are not only the place to see and be seen but a great testament to the generosity of the community to support local and national organizations.  Here’s a round up of HIpHamptons favorite Hamptons Benefits 2014. Even if you can’t make the date, you can find other ways to contribute or enjoy these cultural institutions.  A few wardrobe musts: wedge heels, creative attire as many of these events are themed, layers you can add or shed in case it’s warm or chilly, business cards as these are attended by major movers and shakers, and (I am channeling my mother) a big smile.  Successful and attractive men and women abound so maybe you’ll make a romantic connection.  Losers and serial killers tend not to attend.

DJ Lady Bunny

DJ Lady Bunny

Sat. July 12th Empire State Pride Agenda Hamptons Tea Dance 2014

Held in the field at ArtHamptons in Water Mill this is the largest LGBT event in the Hamptons and it does sell out so buy your ticket early.  DJ Lady Bunny returns to rock the crowd.

Insider Tip: Gay or straight this is hands down the best dance party of the summer and usually has major fashion, media, and political leaders.

Parrish Midsummer Party

Sat. July 12th Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party

In its second year in its fabulous new home in Water Mill, this elegant party boasts the who’s who of artists, designers and social leaders.  Honoring Inga Maren Otto and Katharina Otto-Bernstein, the Midsummer Party features art, music, and performances as well as cocktails and dinner.

Tickets start at $1500

Insider Tip: The After Ten Party with dancing, drinks and dessert gets a jet setter younger crowd and offers a more affordable ticket at $200.

Bay Street Theatre Gala

Sat. July 12th – Bay Street Theatre Summer Gala

Held in a tent on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor overlooking the mega yachts, the annual benefit brings out the stars of Broadway to host the evening of dinner, dancing, and live and silent auction.  This year honors Kate Burton, April Gornik, and Sheldon Harnick.

Tickets start at $550

Insider Tip: There’s a special ticket for Young Professionals 40 and under for $395.  You never know what famous actors will make an appearance so get ready for your selfie with the A-lister.

LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve

Sat. July 19th White Hot and Blue 2 LongHouse Reserve Summer Benefit

Honoring Agnes Gund and Cindy Sherman these magical sculpture gardens in East Hampton transform into a performing art, musical, and culinary playground.  The evening includes cocktails, dinner and a great silent auction.

Insider Tip: This is truly the most spectacular setting making you feel like you’re in a whole new world and creative types arrive in regal themed costumes.  See if your outfit catches the eye of photographer Bill Cunningham of the New York Times.

Tickets start at $750

Southampton Animal Shelter Unconditional Love

Sat. July 19th Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Unconditional Love

This cocktail party and dinner dance in an oceanfront hideaway in Southampton honors animal rights activist Georgina Bloomberg.  For any animal lovers this is a must event.

Insider Tip: Waterproof mascara.  When they bring out the pups for adoption with their please adopt me bandanas you will cry and try to fit all of them in the back of your Kia.

Tickets start at $500 – special Junior Tickets offered $175

Love Heals

Sat. July 19th Love Heals Let’s Misbehave ‘80s Style

The rockin’ cocktail party which formerly was held at Luna Farms moves to Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack.  Benefitting the Alison Gertz Aids Education Foundation, this event is the favorite of the young and hip social set.  Blue blazers are shed in favor of blue suede shoes.  More than one marriage has been sparked by this event so get your game on and help a great cause.

Insider Tip:  This event has one of the absolute best silent auctions for fashion, trips, and special experiences.  Bid early and often.

Tickets start at $300

chefs and champagne

Sat. July 26 James Beard Foundation Chefs & Champagne®

Held at the stunning Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack this is a delectable tasting from 30 chefs including James Beard award winners paired with Tattinger Champagne, Wolffer Wines and Stella Artois® beer.  This year honor’s Bobby Flay and it is a super star line up of culinary genius under a single tent.  They also have an amazing silent auction.  The event benefits scholarships to bring up the next great generation of chefs.

Tickets $275 and $200 for James Beard Foundation Members

Insider Tip: Do your juice cleanse, double up on Soul Cycle, and get your palate ready.  This is the time to indulge your senses and try everything.

Southampton Rose Society Benefit

Sat. July 26 Southampton Rose Society Fundraiser

This is the time to literally stop and smell the roses.  Held at a beautiful garden in Southampton the cocktail party and auction fundraiser is the height of social sophistication and the chance to be surrounded by passionate planters.  The Southampton Rose Society maintains beautiful public rose gardens, a reminder of how sweet life can be.

Tickets start at $200

Insider Tip: Gardens are extremely romantic.  Impress a new date by bringing her or him to this event.

Watermill Center Summer Benefit

Sat. July 26 Watermill Center Benefit – One Thousand And One Night

Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center is in a word, “cool.”  The world’s innovative and avant-garde artists have a home at this center which hosts an Artist Residency Program and the public is lucky enough to be invited to see their works in progress.  It is mind expanding and often mind blowing.  The annual benefit is one of the most unique events in the Hamptons where guests are transported through performances and installations over the 8 ½ acres then enjoy a special dinner.   The worlds of theater, art, fashion, design, and society collide in an exciting social fusion.

Tickets start at $500 for the cocktail portion

Insider Tip: The bold artistic installations are a must.  Be sure to take the full tour around the grounds.

Southampton Hospital Gala

Sat. August 2nd Southampton Hospital Summer Party

Endless summer is the theme of this swanky dinner dnace that benefits the Jenny and John Paulson Department of Emergency Services.  Almost everyone has ended up in the Southampton Hospital emergency room so this is your chance to support a local necessity.  A dinner, dance, auction and raffle highlight the evening.

Tickets start at $750

Insider Tip:  If ever there was a “Blue Book of The Hamptons” social event – this is it.

Great Chefs Dinner

Great Chefs Dinner

Sunday August 3rd Hayground Chefs Dinner Benefit for the Hayground School and Jeff’s Kitchen

This intimate VIP dinner honoring Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush offers the best from local and Manhattan chefs with a fantastic live auction.

Insider Tip: If you are a huge Eric Ripert fan he will be on hand.

Tickets $1,000

Peconic Land Trust Benefit

Sunday August 3rd Peconic Land Trust “Through Farms and Fields” Benefit

This special supper at a waterfront  home celebrates the best of local bounty from food or wine and raises money for the Peconic Land Trust, a private not for profit which uses money to preserve local farms on Long Island.  They are a key part of maintaining the beautiful vistas of the Hamptons.  This year honors Barbara Slifka.

Insider Tip: Be sure to ask around for the best way to become part of a Community Supported Agriculture program where you can pick up fresh fish and produce straight from the source.

Tickets start at $350

Fri. August 8 Guild Hall Summer Gala

Guild Hall hosts some of the Hamptons best art, film, theater, music, and dance performances.  The cocktails and dinner at a private home culminates in an exciting live auction.  There are special cocktail only tickets with an exhibition preview and also a Young Patron’s ticket for $100.  East Hampton celebrities come out to support this favored local institution.

Insider Tip: This is a great weekend kick off – the rarity of a Friday night fundraiser.

Tickets start at $500

Authors Night East Hampton

Sat. August 9th East Hampton Library Authors Night

Imagine over 100 authors under one tent with their newest books ready to sign copies and greet readers.  Despite the online revolution books are one of the great pleasures of the world and there is nothing that beats sitting on a Hamptons beach with a good book.  The range from novels to biographies to self-help to non-fiction is vast at the cocktail reception.  Rediscover your intellect.  Use three syllable words. Bask in literary splendor.  Held in Gardiner Farm in East Hampton the book signing reception is followed by dinners at private homes.

Insider Tip:  There are many bold faced name private hosts for the dinners but you have to choose your dinner by the book so find one that you are passionate about and enjoy a private salon.

Tickets start at $100 for the cocktail reception and $500 for the private dinners.

ARF Bow wow Ball

Sat. August 16th ARF Bow Wow Meow Ball

The Animal Rescue Fund annual gala is celebrating its 40th year (that’s 280th in dog years.)  This beloved organization is so popular that it usually sells out.   Our animals are clearly easy to love.  The cocktails dinner and dancing in Wainscott draws a big-hearted crowd.

Tickets start at $500 with a junior ticket at $125

Insider Tip: If you are an animal lover but can’t adopt a pet you can always volunteer at ARF to take some fine friends for a walk.

paddle for pink board

Sat August 16th The Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink

Raising money for breast cancer research this event starts with an 8am Paddle Board Race and culminates with the 6:30pm Sunset Party at the residence of Lisa and Richard Perry.

Tickets for the party start at $1,000

Insider Tip: Aside from an incredibly important cause this benefit also shows off the stunning waterfront residence of the style maven Lisa Perry and her husband.   What a sunset view.

Sun August 17th Ellen’s Run

Benefiting breast cancer patient support services, the annual 5k race/walk brings out a dedicated community to raise money for a cause that touches so many lives.

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