- CHARITY BENEFIT
The moody weather patterns did not keep anyone from having fun this weekend. First off The 15th Annual Super Saturday hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karen began with a bang. Storm clouds loomed over the fields of Nova’s Ark Project where the event took place. Anxious shoppers were not sure if the day of bargain shopping in honor of The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund would still take place. But, when it comes to raising money in The Hamptons nothing can stop the effort.
“Super Saturday is shopping for a good cause and bad weather is not going to stop it,” said Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York. “The foundation has been at it for a long time and I have seen it grow to amazing heights. It is just so great to see them do so well.”
At the end of the day $3.6 million was raised and organizers were simply thrilled with the results. It was a sweet 15th anniversary for the fund, but it was also a moment of appreciation for the help.
“In another15 years we hope to be out of business, but that probably won’t happen,” stated CEO Audra Moran. “We have a long way to go and a lot of research left to do. We just need to keep raising money until we find a cure.”
For a few hours in the early evening the storm clouds continued to pound down on Hamptonites hopping from party to party. But, it did not dampen spirits of the festivities.
The big events of the night included Art for Life 2012 hosted at Russell Simmons beautiful East Hampton estate. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon made a brief, but stunning appearance on the center stage at the top of the annual fundraiser. The evening concluded with a zany and high-energy performance by the duo Salt-N-Pepa.
A few miles down the road The 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer benefit hosted another art-loving crowd and raised $1.5 million for the famed center. Guests sipped cocktails as they silently bid on pieces to take home to the penthouses of The Upper East Side and lofts of Tribeca.
Millions of dollars were raised in one Saturday and by Sunday it was time to relax at The Diesel Sunday Funday Brunch party. Partygoers started the morning with a meal of lobster rolls and mimosas while overlooking the gorgeous view at Montauk’s Surf Lodge. Shortly after the chic crowd gathered in beach shuttles and were transported to the phenomenal Ditch Plains for surf lessons and much needed beach time.
“This is just an amazing summer,” said guest Greg Adams. “I got such a workout yesterday shopping at Super Saturday and as a treat I am taking a nap on the beach.”
ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for the new social commentary website www.sensiblesocialite.com.