Gourmet Dining To Benefit United Way

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For one of the final major events of the Hamptons summer season, Avis and Bruce Richards—she is the founder of the Birds Nest Foundation, he is the CEO of Marathon Asset Management—threw an event for the United Way on Saturday called “What’s On Your Table?” at their home in Southampton, featuring a performance by Jon Bon Jovi.


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The hosts of the United Way fundraiser, ‘What’s on Your Table?’: Avis and Bruce Richards.

Ms. Richards attended the event last summer and was honored by United Way this year. So when the party came around this August, “I’ve got a big backyard, so I said, ‘Let’s do it at my house,'” said Ms. Richards. (Their house previously and famously belonged to the philanthropist Caroll Petrie and her now-deceased husband, the retail executive Milton.)

“What’s On Your Table?” supports the United Way’s effort to ensure that poor and low income New Yorkers are able to access healthy, nutritious food. “It’s a perfect tie-in for me,” said Ms. Richards, who is particularly interested in the national school lunch program. When she was researching a film Birds Nest was producing, “what I found wasn’t pretty. A lot of times I just saw white on the plate: mashed potatoes, macaroni, a sugar cookie. Our children are overfed and undernourished.”

“We need to get more nutritious food in those cafeterias,” added Ms. Richards, who is working on the “Ground Up Campaign,” which builds gardens in schools. “If you grow it, they’re more likely to eat it.”

In turn, on Saturday, Tom Colicchio brought several of his chefs to make farm-to-table dishes for the evening, and in lieu of gift bags sent guests home with fresh local produce.

Hampton’s “What’s On The Table?” Charity Event Hosted By Avis & Bruce Richards

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On Saturday evening, August 25th, TheBarnYardGroup enjoyed “supporting” a “night to remember”! Attending with philanthropist Melissa Vaske and change-agent Gina Otto, founder of Change My World Now (and author of inspiring children’s book Cassandra’s Angel) we all enjoyed a magical evening with Avis Richards.

Celebrity hosts included Top Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio and his wife filmmaker Lori Silverbush, rocker Jon Bon Jovi his wife Dorothea Hurley, Susan Burden, and philanthropist Avis Richards and Marathon hedge fund co-founder Bruce Richards hosted the 2nd annual “What’s on the Table?”, an event to benefit the anti-hunger programs of the United Way of New York City. Over $200,000 was raised to benefit UWNYC’s work to reduce hunger and provide more nutritious food for struggling children, families and seniors.

Held at the spectacular Southampton home of TheBarnYardGroup iCooperative partner Avis and Bruce Richards, “What’s on the Table?” emphasized the need not only to help the hungry in New York City access to food in times of emergency but to ensure that food they receive is fresh and nutritious. In keeping with the theme, guests dined on culinary delights from five of Tom Colicchio’s restaurants.

Tom Colicchio, Jon Bon Jovi, and Avis and Bruce Richards helped to raise more than $200,000 to benefit the United Way of New York City at “What’s on the Table” in Southampton on Saturday evening.

Tom Colicchio, Jon Bon Jovi, and Avis and Bruce Richards helped to raise more than $200,000 to benefit the United Way of New York City at “What’s on the Table” in Southampton on Saturday evening.
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Chefs from Colicchio and Sons, Craft, Riverpark, Craftsteak and Topping Rose each offered two dishes featuring a local, in-season ingredient. These included zucchini (ricotta stuffed and fried zucchini blossoms~ my favorite of the night!), corn (corn chowder), and raspberries (raspberry cobbler), among others.

100% of the evening’s net proceeds went to the United Way’s campaign to significantly reduce hunger in New York City. A portion of the funds raised came from an exciting auction presided over by Cate Smit, who sold a surprise item: a private dinner cooked by Tom Colicchio with a performance by Jon Bon Jovi at the bidder’s home which went for $40,000 after an exciting bidding war!

In their speeches, Colicchio, Bon Jovi, both Richards, and Ms. Silverbush – director of the forthcoming documentary about hunger titled “A Place at the Table” – stressed the critical nature of the issue hunger in America. One startling statistic revealed is that 1 in 5 children go hungry daily in the United States. Guests were encouraged to call their Congressional representatives to protect funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which puts healthy food on the table for 46 million Americans each month.

In addition to Cliché and Bon Jovi, guests included chef Katie Lee, supermodel Hilary Rhoda, CNN anchor Alina Cho, Estee Lauder head John Demsey, Dan Abrams, actress Natasha Bell, Royal Pains actor Rupak Ginn, Bloomberg TV host Matt Miller, Dayssi and Paul Olarte de Kanavos, Duane Hampton, Louise Grunwald, Esther Newberg, Charmaine and Carter Burden, and Stephanie Hirsch. United Way of New York City’s Jennifer Jones Austin, Senior Vice-President for Community Investment and Kevin Taylor, Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement were also in attendance.

Coverage included Hampton’s Magazine to Bloomberg TV.

Bloomberg’s article can be seen at this link and the video is attached to this article

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Bloomberg reported:

“Bruce Richards stood under a party tent anchored by multiple stakes in the lawn of his Southampton home. He was hosting the United Way of New York City “What’s on the Table?” benefit Saturday night.

“They promised it will all be back to normal tomorrow,” said the chief executive of Marathon Asset Management LP, who clearly didn’t mind supporting programs that fight hunger and boost nutrition in New York City.

Wearing a light-blue Brioni jacket, Richards and his wife, Avis, welcomed more than 300 guests to their property. Her dressy white shorts were covered in pink and yellow flowers. Tickets were $250, and the event raised more than $200,000.

Among its many initiatives, United Way of New York City funds urban farms, teaches healthful cooking, and brings local farm produce to food pantries.
Nutritionist Leigh Kusovitsky said she spends about 25 percent of her job at food pantries and soup kitchens.

Last week a family at a pantry in Queens, New York, left with a bag of whole-wheat pasta, fresh eggs, green beans and bread from a local bakery.

“It looked like what anyone would get at a supermarket,” Kusovitsky said, adding that the United Way promotes and funds “client choice” at pantries, allowing clients to select their own food.

Guests had their choice of produce from a farm stand set up near the driveway. On their way out they filled up brown paper bags with peppers, eggplant, zucchini and corn.

Small Plates

During the party, healthy fare came on small plates prepared by chefs at Tom Colicchio’s restaurants, including peaches served with prosciutto or sweet ricotta, from Craftbar’s Lauren Hirschberg.

William Hardie, a managing director at Houlihan Lokey, gave the evening a boost with his $40,000 bid for a dinner prepared by Colicchio with music by Jon Bon Jovi. The chef and the rocker were event co-chairmen.

Was it odd to be helping the hungry at a party in the Hamptons? “Whatever it takes to get people to show up and open up their wallets, that’s what it’s about,” Hardie said.
Colicchio’s wife, Lori Silverbush, encouraged guests to call their representatives in Congress to protect funding in the Farm Bill for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Her documentary about hunger, “A Place at the Table,” is set for theatrical release in February 2013.

“What’s hard is when people don’t ask the obvious question, which is why we have double the food we need in this country, and people are still hungry,” she said.

John Demsey, the group president of Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. (EL), checked out the rose garden with hybrid varieties planted by the home’s former owner, philanthropist Carroll Petrie.

Interior decorator Raphael Di Tommaso, who is working on the home, pointed out highlights on the first floor such as an old snooker table and books he arranged by color.
On the kitchen counter were home-baked muffins and Think bars. The Richards family eats healthy, said son Dylan, a junior at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

With the help of his film-producing mom, he presents 90- second videos on a show called “Dylan’s Lunchbox,” in which he cooks nutritious meals with restaurant chefs. They appear on YouTube and NYC Life, the flagship station of NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York. A half-hour series of the same name is scheduled to have its premiere on Oct. 31.

“He makes a very good challah,” his mom said.”

Tom Colicchio And Bon Jovi Host “What’s On The Table?” Benefit For United Way Of NYC

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On Saturday, restaurateur Tom Colicchio and his wife Lori Silverbush, along with Jon Bon Jovi his wifeDorothea HurleySusan Burden, and Avis and Bruce Richards hosted the 2nd annual “What’s on the Table?” benefit for the United Way of New York City. More»

Parrish Art Museum in Southampton annual benefit, the 2011 Midsummer Party gala

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Last Saturday night at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, they held their annual benefit, the 2011 Midsummer Party gala. Considered one of the cultural events of the summer in the Hamptons, they began with cocktails and a private viewing of Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye – the first ever retrospective of the artist.

Guests were seated for dinner at about 7:45. They honored the Parrish’s Founding Partners who have been so generous in supporting the life and vision of the Parrish and the development of its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building which will open in the summer of 2012.

Avis & Bruce Richards, Top Chef Tom Colicchio, and Jon Bon Jovi Raise Over $200k for United Way!

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Avis & Bruce Richards, Top Chef Tom Colicchio, and Jon Bon Jovi Raise Over $200k for United Way!

On Saturday evening, August 25th, Top Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio and his wife filmmaker Lori Silverbush, rocker Jon Bon Jovi his wife Dorothea Hurley, Susan Burden, and philanthropist Avis Richards and Marathon hedge fund co-founder Bruce Richards hosted the 2nd annual “What’s on the Table?”, an event to benefit the anti-hunger programs of the United Way of New York City. Over $200,000 was raised to benefit UWNYC’s work to reduce hunger and provide more nutritious food for struggling children, families and seniors.

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Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon Honoree: Avis Richards

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avis_richards“Avis Richards, was honored with three New York Emmy® Award nominations for best “Community Service,” “Health/Science: Program Feature/Segment” and “Graphics: News/Program” forLunch NYC.”

Avis Richards, an award-winning executive producer and director, is the founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation, a nonprofit group that produces documentaries, short videos and other media for charitable organizations.  Through her work at Birds Nest Foundation, Avis helps nonprofit organizations to promote their missions by empowering them with critical media tools and strategies.

Avis has produced and directed hundreds of episodes and films for national, local broadcast, websites and events.  Her work has been honored with multiple Stevie, W3, Telly, Davey, and Aurora Awards.  Avis’ films often benefit those charities focusing on improving healthcare and education, serving inner-city youth, preventing domestic violence, protecting the environment, and guarding human rights.  Avis launched “The Ground Up Campaign” a National campaign providing indoor edible academic gardens and curriculum  to over 100 classrooms.

Avis serves on the boards of directors for HELP USA, Sophie’s Voice, Bat for the Cure, Earth Day Network, and the R Baby Foundation.  She is also a member of the advisory board of Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation, Cancer Schmancer, Mobile Movement, HUM News, and Renu Mobile.  An Ambassador for Bicycle for a Day and a Peloton Project member for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Avis exemplifies both leadership and dedication to the community.

In 2012, Avis is receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Maryland.  In 2010, Avis received the University of Maryland’s Nonprofit Industry Impact Award, as well as the Artivist Award for Advocacy and Leadership.

Avis earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and continued post-graduate studies at both George Washington University and Bank Street College of Education.

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AvisAlumniSpotlightAvis Richards ’80 was an education major with a passion for helping children become confident, knowledgeable and productive. More than 50 films and documentaries later, the founder and CEO of Birds Nest Foundation, a non-profit creative group that produces short videos and public service announcements for charities, is reaping the rewards of her success.

“I vividly remember one of my Maryland professors encouraging us students to develop our vision of who we could become and to continuously pursue happiness and business objectives. That encouragement has proven to be a powerful catalyst for my success over the years.” Richards has earned several high profile awards and has been nominated for three New York Emmy Awards. On April 14, the Maryland alumna returned to campus to receive the School of Education Distinguished Alumna Award, presented at the Twelfth Annual Alumni Association Awards Gala.

For Richards, accolades inspire action. “Listening to the other award recipients at the Awards Gala, I am incredibly motivated, knowing that there is much unfinished business for me as I strive to make a difference.” 

She is doing just that, one lunch at a time. Richards produced the television series, “Lunch NYC,” which takes on unhealthy school lunch programs, and “Lunch: The Solutions,” which provides healthy school lunch examples. “It’s a campaign designed to educate the public, so that we can all make educated decisions for the health of our children.”

A mother of two, Richards puts her money where her mouth is. “Fortunately, they are able to navigate their nutritional choices to maintain a super-healthy lifestyle, whether it’s a salad in the lunch line or a trip to Whole Foods,” she says of her school- and college-age children.

One of Richards’ most recent initiatives plants the seeds of childhood nutrition—literally. Her “Ground Up Campaign” provided indoor academic gardens for 100 classrooms in New York to help children appreciate vegetables, proper nutrition, and to teach healthy eating habits from a young age. To learn more about Richards’ work, visit www.birdsnestfoundation.org. Alumni Spotlight Archives 

Eat NYC Celebrates National Food Day Today

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New Yorkers have another reason to celebrate this month as the 2nd Annual Eat NYC event comes to town. The family event held at the Food and Finance High School on October 24th, the same day as National Food Day, will feature delicious food tastings and cooking demonstrations from the city’s best local and organic restaurants.

A bill of top food celebrities, including Celebrity Chef and best-selling author Rocco DiSpirito, will be delivering speeches and headlining the event.

In addition to DiSpirito, Dylan Richards, teen food critic and host of Dylan’s Lunchbox, will also deliver a special address about the need to eat healthier food. Dylan first became interested in food advocacy from his own poor experience with unhealthy food options at school. Since then he has talked with countless students on the need for school food reform. Season 2 of his show returns Wednesday, Oct. 31stat 9pm on NYC Media.

Event hosts Lisa Suriano, Avis Richards (the mother of Dylan Richards), and Peter Insalaco see Eat NYC as a means to address long-term problems within school food. They have teamed up to channel event proceeds to Mrs. Richards’ signature school garden initiative, the Ground Up Campaign. Her campaign, coupled with curriculum from Mrs. Suriano’s education company Veggiecation, provides indoor academic gardens to public schools across the nation in an effort to promote vegetable-centered, farm-to-table eating habits and proper nutrition.

The Ground Up Campaign is just one of Mrs. Richard’s healthy eating initiatives that form the base of her Lunch Movement. She has also produced an award-winning documentary Lunch exposing the failures of the National School Lunch Program and the Emmy Award-nominated show, Lunch NYC.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids and can be purchased at http://eatnyc2012.eventbrite.com

2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL FOOD DAY WITH CELEBRITY CHEF ROCCO DISPIRITO

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To celebrate the 2nd annual National Food Day, enjoy delicious food tastings, cooking demonstrations, and special guest speakers at this year’s much anticipated “EAT NYC” event. Satisfy your taste buds with foods from New York City’s best restaurants committed to local, healthy, and sustainable food practices. This fun, family event will also feature SPECIAL KEYNOTE SPEECH and book signing by Celebrity Chef & Author Rocco DiSpirito. Featured guest speakers include Dylan Richards, America’s favorite teen food critic and star of TV’s Dylan’s Lunch Box, Fox News Anchor and author Dari Alexander and Tanya Zuckerbrot, Author, TV Personality, and creator of the F-Factor diet.Screenings of episodes of “Dylan’s Lunch Box,” a popular, local NYC TV series where Dylan Richards visits New Yorks best, healthy and organic restaurants, food trucks, and farmers markets, will be broadcast throughout the venue.
 

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Ground Up Campaign, the signature program of non-profit Birds Nest Foundation, which plants academic gardens in public schools across the nation to encourage healthy eating habits in students while building a positive relationship with vegetables, farm-to-table practices and gardening.
 

This event is hosted by Avis Richard (Founder, Birds Nest Foundation), Lisa Suriano (Founder, Veggiecation), and Peter Insalaco (Director/CEO, Local Food Support Network) There will also be a special keynote speaker with Celebrity Chef & #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of “NOW EAT THIS! ITALIAN” Rocco DiSpirito.Guest speakers: Dylan Richards (Host of Dylan’s Lunch Box), FOX News Anchor & Author Dari Alexander,  and Tanya Zuckerbrot (Bestselling Author, TV Personality, R.D. and creator of the F-Factor diet)
 

2ND ANNUAL NATIONAL FOOD DAY WITH CELEBRITY CHEF ROCCO DISPIRITO
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH, 2012
6:30PM – 9:00PM
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525 WEST 50TH STREET
NY, NY 10019
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ADULTS: $25
KIDS: $10
 

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Hamptons party highlights: Love Heals, Talent Resources Polo Classic, more

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Hosts Andrew Saffir, Charlotte Ronson, Hilary Rhoda, Daniel Benedict attend the 13th Annual Love Heals Charity Event.

Examiner.com was on the scene at some of the hottest parties in the Hamptons this past weekend. Check out some of our celebrity sightings:

Out east was the place to see and be seen on Saturday July 7th as Talent Resources’ held their Third Annual Charity Polo Classic at a private estate in Watermill, NY. The event benefitted Rally for Kids with Cancer, whose philanthropic mission is to raise funds in support of children’s cancer research, treatment and care. Mission complete, as the tickets available on Gilt City sold out within just 48 hours and many guests bought tickets upon arrival. Mike Heller and his Talent Resources team welcomed American polo star Nic Roldan, who hosted the event in the blazing heat. Excited to promote the charity, it’s mission and the first polo match of the Hampton’s season, Nic flew in just for the occasion.
 

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Polo player Nic Roldan attends Talent Resources’ Third Annual Charity Polo Classic in the Hamptons
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Over 250 guests including Hampton’s socialites, celebrities, tastemakers and influencers showed their support for this wonderful cause. Both new and old cast-mates of Bravo’s hit reality show, The Real Housewives of New York, attended including,Ramona and Mario SingerLuAnn de Lesseps with boyfriend Jacques Azoulay and Kelly Bensimon, who was having a girls day out with her youngest daughter Teddy in tow. Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo, along with daughter Lexi, also made an appearance. Adding to the impressive list of celebrities enjoying themselves on the grounds were Bravo’s Gold Coast Girls star Chanel Omari, celebrity style expert Lindsi Lane and plus sized model Andrea Horblitt. Looking to impress, all guest’s arrived in their Hampton’s best. As the event kicked off, New York City’s Mulberry Project treated guests to scrumptious lobster rolls, steak tartar and an array of fine foods that were hand passed. To wash down the popular bites, Mulberry Project’s Bespoke Cocktails were a huge hit. Whether guests preferred vodka, tequila or bourbon, there was a specialty cocktail for all.
 

The winos weren’t left out to dry as 14 Hands Winery provided their signature bottles of Hot to Trot, both white and red available. When it was too warm to drink alcohol, guests were encouraged to taste the three variations of The Teaologist’s home brewed iced tea. The White Pony Iced Tea, contents including white tea, peach, lemongrass and lemon, was the unanimous favorite amongst guests.
 

Drinks in hand, all attendees made their way to the polo field as the announcer, with a strong authentic accent, introduced lyricist/vocalist duo, Dean and Ravo. They sang the National Anthem to ignite the game, after which Kelly Bensimon threw the ball as an official start to the match. Upcoming reality star of The Catalina, Nathan Leiberman, played in the match alongside his father. The father/son duo wasn’t strong enough to beat out Nic Roldan and his team of hot horsemen in white. As the sweat dripped, FLUROwater came to the rescue, not only for the polo players but for all guests. Saturday was a scorcher, and attendees drank through cases beyond cases of the delicious water. When the bar’s supply ran out, the owner of FLUROwater dabbled into his special reserve, located in the trunk of his car. Although he wasn’t driving an Aston Martin, guests were offered the chance to test drive a luxury DBS model in the front of the venue. Teddy Bensimon, Kelly Bensimon’s youngest daughter, begged her mom to test drive the car. The tween must wait until she’s approved for a driver’s license, but once she is – no one can stop her!
 

Away from all the action was a secluded relaxation area. Bio Supplements provided guests of the event with manicures, pedicures and mini massages. Rave reviews poured in as attendees appreciated the convenient and calming amenities. Risk takers stayed near the Silent Auction table and tried their luck at bidding on over 20 high value items. Those who didn’t win, or did, rewarded themselves with mini cupcakes from the ever delicious Baked By Melissa bakery.
 

To top off a successful day, Dean and Ravo headed back to center stage for a special performance, featuring songs from their new album, Life’s A Trip, as well as exclusive cuts from their most recent collaborations in the studio. Guests danced to the catchy beats with arms in the air, crowding around the duo. As Dean and Ravo closed the event, guests walked away with gift bags full of goodies. Included in the bags were FLUROwater tank tops, Bio Suppliment hair products, gift certificate for teeth whitening services from Dr. Lee Gause, a Soria Z bracelet and a Talent Resources newly branded baseball cap.
 

As a final hurrah after the end of the Third Annual Charity Polo Classic, Kitchit presented a private, intimate dinner, hosted by Nic Roldan under the stars. Chef Dave Martin, known for his appearance on Top Chef Season 1, cooked a beautiful meal for guests to enjoy. For starters, a fire roasted gazpacho, white bean & poblano hummus along with a large selection of Farm Cheeses and dried fruits were offered. Chef Martin prepared three salads for all taste buds; simple salad with cinnamon pecans, bleu cheese, dressed in a mango and walnut oil vinaigrette, summer watermelon, heirloom tomato and blueberry salad with goat cheese and extra virgin olive oil, and a grilled summer corn salad with green chile, red bell peppers, arugula dressed with an orange, roasted garlic and champagne vinaigrette. The main event included; marinated apple mango chicken with peach and plum sauce, chimichurri hanger steak and root beer braised pork shoulder. The rain held out all day, until the sun went down and the dinner began. As the rain poured, no guest seemed to mind because the delightful decor with perfectly lit lanterns and gorgeous flowers lined the tables, along with the impeccable food and drink relaxed all minds.
 

Kitchit was founded by Co-Founder and CEO Brendan Marshall with partners IanFerguson and George Tang. Launched in San Francisco in 2011, it has since expanded to Los Angeles and is making its New York debut on May 8, 2012. Kitchit’s website ispioneering the concept of “bespoke dining,” connecting consumers directly with top-tier professional chefs who create everything from world-class gastronomic adventures tocasual dinner parties. Its mission is to create experiences that are effortless, memorable,and customized—in other words, bespoke. Kitchit brings the quality and ease ofrestaurant fine-dining to private, in-home, events. In 2011, Forbes recognized founderand CEO Brendan as a business leader in the Forbes 30 Under 30.
 

Later that evening, we headed to Love Heals. The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education hosted the Ultimate Birthday Party at its 13th Annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event. A celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, the 650 person event raised over $300,000.
 

Throughout the evening, hosts Hilary Rhoda, Charlotte Ronson, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict mingled with guests and friends under the stars. Everyone enjoyed real southern BBQ (brought to the Hamptons from South Carolina and cooked on-site for 24 hours prior to the event) and fresh summertime cocktails from Patron — Patron Birthday Splash, Luna Farm Refresher, and Healing Touch. A sudden thunderstorm drove guests under the huge tent and DJ Kiss revved up the party with her dance tunes. The crowd boogied the night away, taking breaks to visit the Patron Mojito bar and popsicle stand.
 

Hilary Rhoda wore REBECCA MINKOFF Resort 2013 and carried a REBECCA MINKOFF COLLECTION “Mini Box Sammy” to the Love Heals Event.
 

Others in attendance included the organization’s co-founder, Dini von Mueffling, supermodel Nicole Trunfio, pianist Chloe Flower, designer Rebecca Minckoff, Rodale’s David Zincenko, news anchor Chris Wragge, Peter Davis, Kelly Delaney, Richard Farley, Stephanie Hirsch, Richard Johnson & Sessa von Richtofen, Scott Lipps, Avis Richards, Teresa Sorkin, Martin & Nina Varsavsky, Eric Villency, and Niche Media’s Samantha Yanks, among others. Alison Gertz’ parents Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Gertz were also in attendance. Love Heals was founded in 1992 to carry on the memory of the late AIDS activist Alison Gertz, who contracted HIV from a single sexual encounter at the age of 16. Love Heals, the Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, empowers young people in the fight against HIV.
 

Other celebrity sightings:
 

  • Mariska Hargitay, Kyle MacLachlan and Debra Messing attended the Theodora & Callum Shopping Event Benefitting The Joyful Heart Foundation on July 6, 2012 in Bridgehampton, New York.
  • Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin attend the ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Special Screening at Guild Hall on July 6, 2012 in East Hampton, New York.
  • John Slattery, Nanette Lepore and Bob Savage attended the Everything But Water East Hampton Nanette Lepore Designer Event at Everything But Water East Hampton on July 7, 2012 in East Hampton, New York.
  • Jeffrey Wright and Alexander Soros attend The Alexander Soros Foundation’s Global Witness ‘Unmasked’ Gala on July 7, 2012 in Bridgehampton, New York.
  • Mala Sander, Eric Ripert, Debra Halpert and Samantha Yanks attend Hamptons Magazine Celebrates With Cover Star, Eric Ripert At Intimate Culinary Dinner on July 7, 2012 in Sag Harbor, New York.