‘This Is It’ Hamptons Gala Raises $1.5m for Prostate Cancer Research

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s most promising cancer research, hosted a special evening – the “This Is It” Gala – on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 6.30pm at the stunning Parrish Art Museum at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY. Nearly 250 guests were in attendance of the event in support of the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament held from August 22 – 24, 201, raising $1.5 million in support of prostate cancer research.

This Is It was a fun evening of cocktails, dining, quizzes and dancing which included a surprise show by Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Loggins, who performed many of his favorite hits like ”Footloose” and “Danger Zone”. Guests celebrated twenty years of the advances made in the fight against prostate cancer by PCF. In his audience address, Founder and Chairman Michael Milken said the organizationhad raised $50.6 million in 2013, a new high-water mark for the organization. Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, trustee of the Charles Evans Foundation which partners with PCF, gave a moving speech in memory of her husband Charles.

PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan W. Simons, MD thanked the audience for their support, saying “investment in ideas can change everything”. He said the day in which the disease could be a considered a chronic but manageable condition, instead of a life sentence, is becoming “closer than ever”.Guests viewed an audiovisual which remembered many inspiring individuals who had lost a battle with cancer, including Wade Thompson, Lou Rawls, Leslie Misrock and Jerry Orbach.

During the auction,five guests – Seth Bernstein, John Paulson, David H. Koch, Steve Schwarzman and Anonymous – donated $75,000 for three years, a total of $225,000, in sponsorship of the PCF’s young researchers program. Others contributed $25,000 to which David H. Koch generously added $150,000. A total of $1.5 million was raised at the Gala in support of cancer research, making up part of the $2.5 million in total raised over the entire weekend.

The event was hosted by: Michael and Lori Milken, David and Sybil Yurman, David and Julia Koch, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal (MDC Partners), Richard and Karen LeFrak, Don and Catie Marron, Danny and Sheila Rosenblum, and Mort Zuckerman.

Those who attended the event were:  Michael Milken (Founder, Chairman), David & Sybil Yurman, David H. Koch, Glenn & Jennifer Myles, Miles Nadal, Richard & Karen LeFrak, Richard Merkin, Andrew Berman, Arik Kislin, Bill Finneran, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Charles Evans Trustee), Brent & Lauren Nicklas, Brian Reynolds, Dax Vlassis, Dean Palin, Hank Nordhoff, Howard Shore, James Coleman & Cynthia Ott, Jean Shafiroff, Jeff Greene & Mei Sze Greene, Joel Pashcow, Jonathan W. Simons (PCF CEO), Larry Leeds, Maria Bartiromo & Jonathan Steinberg, Mark Ein, Ralph Finerman, Senator Robert Bennett, Steven & Christine Schwarzman, and Zach Schreiber.  Pro tennis players who attended and had earlier competed in the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Tournament include: Bobby Reynolds, Cyril Saulnier, Don Johnson, Guillermo Canas, Jason Pinsky, Kevin Kim, Luke Jensen, Rick Leach, Robert Kendrick, and Scott Davis. Other notable guests who attended the event for cocktails include Julianne Michelle, Jill and Bobby Zarin, Margo Manhattan, Ramona Singer, Robin Cofer, Dominick D’Alleva, Dianne and Alan Lieberman, Tulla Booth.

For further information on the PCF, please visit http://www.pcf.org/

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Kelly Rutherford hosts The Children’s Justice Campaign Benefit

Former Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford and Patrice Lenowitz, founders of The Children’s Justice Campaign (CJC), hosted the non-profit organization’s Inaugural Benefit on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Promoted by our friends at London Misher PR, the event was held at a private home in Water Mill, New York. Model and actress Christie Brinkley, along with Lauren London, Mashonda Tifrere and Samantha Yanks co-hosted.

As Kelly Rutherford continues battling for custody over her two kids who reside with their father in France, she hopes to raise money for CJC which aims to help other families facing similar legal struggles with the US Family Court System.

High-profile stars like Real Housewives of New York City’s Sonja Morgan gathered at the event for cocktails, conversation and entertainment from Henry Hall.

To read more about the event, click here.

To find out more about The Children’s Justice Campaign, click here

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Celebs enjoy gourmet BBQ and popcorn at drive-in movie premiere of “Innocence”

On Saturday August 16, 2014, Talent Resources’ held a special Hamptons outdoor Drive-In film premiere of “Innocence” at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, NY. The film, starring Kelly Reilly and Sophie Curtis, was produced by Sophie’s father Ron Curtis, along with Jane Mendelsohn and Pam Koffler, and directed by Hilary Brougher.

The star-studded event was a big success and felt like a true drive-in like the old days. Held at a parking lot next to the beach at 268 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY, people turned up early to secure the best spot in front of a 50-foot blow up screen. Stars of the film and guests gathered to enjoy a BBQ with award-winning gourmet burgers by the East Village’s Whitman’s Restuarant and L’alpina Artesian Water on a perfectly serene Hamptons’ evening.

People watched the film on top of their cars with blankets, while others opted to stay in their cars and listen to the sound via FM radio. Massachusetts-based Corn and Co. provided the popcorn, with creative flavors ranging from kettle corn to dill pickle and Thai chili.

Guests included:  Ron Curtis (Executive Producer “Innocence”);  Mike Heller (Talent Resources); Kelly Bensimon (“Innocence” Actress, “Real Housewives of New York City”); Sophie Curtis (“Innocence” actress, “Arbitrage”); Jill Stuart (fashion designer); Kelly Reilly (actress, “Black Box”); Zach Erdem (owner of 75 Main Restaurant); Rachel Heller (actress); and Jill Zarin (former star of “Real Housewives of New York City”) and husband Bobby Zarin . Others included Greg Benin (Corn & Company); Chris Benz (fashion designer); Nick Raynes (producer); Kelly Bensimon’s daughter Thaddeus Bensimon; Cornelia Sharpe, Brad and Tatiana Marx, Cornelia Bregman, Alfred Culbreth (CEO American Premium Water Corp); Mark Rockefeller (Entrepreneur); and Dan Baker Jnr. 

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The Clintons dine at Sotto Sopra in the Hamptons

Bill and Hillary Clinton were spotted dining with family at Hamptons’ hotspot Sotto Sopra in Amagansett on Saturday night.

Joined by their pregnant daughter Chelsea and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, along with six others, the group were said to be having an early birthday celebration for Bill who turned 68 on Tuesday.

Witnesses said the group dined on pizza as an appetizer, then Bill chose the salmon and Hilary had the skirt steak.

Reportedly when they were brought through the garden, the whole restaurant gave them a standing ovation. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who was also dining at Sotto Sopra, wished the former president a happy birthday. On Hillary’s way out, she signed four copies of her book ‘Hard Choices’ which were sitting on a nearby table.

Read article featured in Page Six of the NY Post here: http://linkis.com/pge.sx/3xZhU 

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Fashion’s Hottest Accessories: Amrita Singh Jewelry

Though jewelry making began as an accidental love for Amrita Singh, it grew into a compelling passion and a successful business recognized by a dazzling list of VIPs and celebrities around the world.

Amrita Singh Jewelry is special and unique because it draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create breathtaking jewelry and accessories. The versatility and timeless beauty of Amrita’s jewelry makes her styles popular throughout the world. Her designs are global and reflect her roots in India, as well as her working life in New York City.

Over the years, the Amrita Singh lifestyle brand has grown to include handbags, accessories, sandals, scarves, specially-designed bangle towers, jewelry and cosmetics cases, artisanal mosaic sculptures and a wide range of home decor. As Amrita’s breadth of styles evolves through collaboration with innovators in the fashion world, she remains devoted to the beauty of fine classical design and creating intriguing jewelry for every woman.

Amrita Singh Jewelry has dazzled a long list of VIPs and celebs, including Princess Mary of Denmark, Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian, Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Faith Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, and Anne Hathaway. Her styles have been featured in prominent fashion and lifestyle publications around the world, notably Women’s Wear DailyVogue, Vogue India, Vogue Japan, Cosmopolitan, Life & StyleHarper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour, Marie Claire and Elle, and on TV shows like American Idol, Gossip Girl and The Today Show.

For more information about Amrita Singh Jewelry, visit: www.amritasingh.com

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Sulfi Wines: French wine to accompany your next Indian dining experience

It has always been difficult to find a good wine to match the rich and complex flavors of Indian food. But, luckily, last year Sam Bhatia of Sulfi Wines recognized this gap in the market and set about creating a wine range designed to complement Indian cuisine, under the label Mirza Ghalib.

Mirza Ghalib is the first French wine which has been perfectly blended to take your next Indian dining experience to new heights.

When the company launched Mirza Ghalib last year at Dervi Restaurant in New York, hundreds of excited professionals from the food and beverage industry attended.

The company has a team of experts led by the passionate Frederic-Jean Hoguet – a member of the prestigious Academie du vin de Paris, who hand-select wines to balance the flavors of traditional Indian food.

CEO Sam Bhatia says the wine complements Indian food’s spicy and complex flavors in two ways: first, the wine’s acidity boosts the layers of flavors in a dish while softening its extremes, whether of body, richness, fattiness or spicy heat. Second, the wine’s fruitiness or sweetness tones down spicy heat, letting the dish’s other flavors shine.

The Mirza Ghalib Red signature blend brings out the spicy and rich flavors in North/ South Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, such as lentils (Daal Makhani), curries (Chicken Tikka Masala), assorted Kebabs and biryanis. The Mirza Ghalib white is a viognier grape that complements primarily fish dishes and lighter veg fare such as Tikkas, Pakoras and Samosas.  The Mirza Ghalib Rosé is great with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Find out more here: http://sufiwines.com/

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Sangrias and Summer Bites at the Jeannie McQueeny Kaftan Shopping Party

Hamptonites gathered on Saturday, August 16, 2014 for sangrias, summer bites and a Jeannie McQueeny Kaftan Shopping Party, courtesy of Kelli Delaney of the popular Hamptons website, KDHamptons.

Chic kaftans are a fashion staple for summer, and these ones by luxury resort wear label Jeannie McQueeny are particularly gorgeous. All are handmade using the best quality silks, linen and cashmere fabrics, and are primarily sold in Lyford Cay.

The brand originated in Nassau, with one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, and has evolved into an internationally coveted ready-to-wear collection.

The girls from jewelry makers Origami Owl were at the party helping guests create personalized lockets for Moms and daughters.

Check out KDHamptons’ interview with Jeannie McQueeny on her aesthetic for combining glamor with comfort:

KDH: Some women are afraid to try the “kaftan look”- can any woman wear a kaftan?
JMQ: Any woman can wear a kaftan as there are interpretations of it to suit every age, size and style. I think a kaftan’s appeal lies in the fact that it’s a timeless garment that make a woman look both totally glamorous, yet feel completely relaxed.

KDH: Can a kaftan be worn anywhere?
JMQ: There is a kaftan for every occasion! Of course at the beach, but my collection always has exquisitely embroidered and beaded kaftans that can be worn at the grandest occasions. My idea is that most of my kaftans can move effortlessly from a chic beach lunch, to cocktails, and on to dinner.

KDH: Do you have a favorite silhouette from the current collection?
JMQ: Yes, there are two silhouettes I love: a long simple piece that slips on over a swimsuit and ties at the waist; and a ‘double’ or oversized kaftan that gives the effect of butterfly floating.

KDHWhat are the best accessories to wear with a kaftan?
JMQ: Strappy sandals (flat or high) always look terrific – as do bare feet if on the beach – and clutches, or slouchy bags (large or small, depending on the setting and time of day etc). Jeannie McQueeny kaftans tend to have embroidered and jeweled necklines – I know what a bore it is to take a lot of jewelry on vacation, so when I started, I incorporated the idea of a ‘necklace’ into the kaftan design. One really only needs dangly earrings, dramatic bracelets and a pair of sandals!

KDH: What’s next for the Jeannie McQueeny lifestyle brand?
JMQ: A line for the African market (men and women) which is extremely exciting, and swimwear!

For information on Jeannie McQueeny, visit www.jeanniemqueeny.com.

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Joe Biden has lunch at his favorite place in the Hamptons: 75 Main

Vice President Joe Biden visited his favorite Hamptons restaurant and bar 75 Main today for the fifth year running.

Zach Erdem, the owner of 75 Main in Southampton, is featured in the photo with Biden featured below.

The restaurant’s Main Street location, excellent food and nightlife vibe has given 75 Main a see-and-be-seen cache.

Frequent celebrity diners include Yankee slugger Alex Rodriquez, Barbara Walters, Calvin Klein and actor Chris Noth. Sarah Jessica Parker, music mogul LA Reid, television personality Kelly Ripa and even Kim and Kourtney Kardashian have also been spotted there.

75 Main is located at 75 Main Street, Southampton, NY. For more information, visit the website here.

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“Innocence” film appears in WSJ

Excitement is building for the premiere of “Innocence” at the Coopers Beach parking lot in Southampton on Saturday, which this morning appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

The WSJ’s Marshall Heyman spoke to the film’s producer, Ron Curtis, whose daughter Sophie Curtis is also cast as the leading actress.

Mr Curtis is known for films like “Arbitrage” and the Diana Vreeland documentary, “The Eye Has to Travel”.

He says he wanted to have an outdoor screening in the Hamptons as “it’s the most calm and beautiful time”.

A 50-foot blow-up screen will be placed in the parking lot, which can hold more than 100 cars, and the sound will be broadcast via FM radio.

“Having a non-traditional movie like “Innocence,” in that it didn’t come straight from the Hollywood studio system might necessitate a non-traditional way to see it,” Mr Curtis says.

Read the full article here

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LMG attends world premiere of “The Giver” film in New York

Lawlor Media Group attended the world premiere of “The Giver” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Monday, August 11, 2014 in New York.

Based on the 1993 beloved novel by Lois Lowry, and directed by Phillip Noyce, the film stars Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites.

The plot of the film centers on a young man, Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment, yet as he spends more time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), he begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of the community’s secret past.

Swift attended the premiere in a stunning red-and-cream Monique Lhuillier gown.

The shocking news of Robin Williams’ death broke moments before the event, leaving Jeff Bridges, who has worked with Williams in the past, to pay tribute in his speech.

“It’s very difficult for me to be here losing a dear, dear friend, Robin Williams. I know we’ll all miss him,” he told the audience.

The Premiere’s after party was held at the Central Park Boathouse where guests nibbled on pizza, sliders and tacos.

The Giver, a Weinstein film, will be publicly released on August 15, 2014. 

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