- CHARITY BENEFIT
Rain and thunderstorm clouds threatened the party all day. Friday evening’s drive to the Hamptons was a nightmare for the thousands trekking out to a leisurely weekend in the Hamptons (an oxymoron!)… And the cocktail party for the “Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala” kick-off was a brilliant success. The weather cooperated and turned into a warm, summery Hamptons evening. People coming from the City so were in a fine mood to party, talk and listen to great music. Over 200 guests were at board member David Hryck’s house in Southampton, under the stars and under a tent (just in case!), everyone mingled in fine form. Amy’s parents, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, and their respective spouses Richard and Jane, were visiting from England. Board members Monte Lipman and Alan Serrins journeyed from the City along with Executive Director Julie Muraco.
Among the crowd of “faces” were Cheri Kaufman, Rod and Judy Gilbert, PR guru Catherine Saxton, financiers Patrick J. Harvey and Eric Goldberg, Fruzen Ice creator Hana Bisceglie, Trenton Harrison-Lewis, the irrepressible Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and famed pop singer Taja Sevelle, who has also created “Urban Farming,” to create 100,000,000 “farms” around the world.
Mitch Winehouse, performed with the Dominick Farinacci band. As a special tribute to the iconic performer, the Thai ceremony of lighted balloons rose into the night sky.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards Gala will take place at the Waldorf Hotel on October 11, 2012. The Gala will honor three music legends, Tony Bennett, who won the Grammy Award for his duet with Amy. Salaam Remi, hip hop producer and keyboard player as well as current favorite Nas, who recently released his latest chart topping album Life Is Good featuring Amy Winehouse.