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Leslie and Peter Jones with
Hilary Califano
Photo by Jimi Celeste/PMc

Summertime Parties
Kept Many Folk Busy

By Roger Webster

UMMERTIME and the living is easy unless you were hosting any of the following gorgeous evenings, and if you were, thank you!

Jamee Gregory, Leslie Jones and Henri Barguirdjian hosted a Champagne Veuve Clicquot cocktail party in honor of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's 15th anniversary preview party for the International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, surrounded by millions of dollars worth of yellow diamonds at Graff Jewelers, on Madison Avenue.

Among the committee members working to make the October 16 benefit a smash were Pat Buckley, Coco Kopelman,  Muffie Potter Aston, Hilary Califano, Melanie Seymour Holland, Jackie Weld, Tory Burch, Jennifer Creel, Mary Davidson, Junior Chair Hilary Dick, Somers Farkas, Pamela Fiori, Felicia Taylor, and Bettina Zilkha.

There were men  too including Jamie Niven, Rand Araskog, Peter Gregory, R. Couri Hay,  Peter Jones, Tom Guinzberg, Marvin Davidson, Jeffrey Hirsch, and David Patrick Columbia.

Royce Pinkwater and
Mark Epstein
Photo by  Sam Bolton/PMc

Funding For Dean

NTERIOR designer Mark Epstein threw a little fund raiser for Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont, one of the contenders for the Democratic candidacy for President in his elegant home in the Hamptons.

Guests included  Sotheby’s VP Royce Pinkwater, style writer Michele Gerber Klein, Jill and Bobby Zarin, designer Steven Stolman, crack journalists Courtney Callahan and Corey Kilgannon,  Christian McPherson and Linda Mansfield.

Dean spoke privately among the main contributors and answered questions regarding both his conservative views on the economy, gun control and the death penalty, as well as his liberal views on civil unions for gays and lesbians, the environment, national healthcare and national security.

Mishaan Fun

LLE DÉCOR and Diffa had a party where designer Richard Mishaan made it fun with a summer theme inspired by  Charlie’s Angels. Each guest at his table, including Patrick McMullan, Donald Baechler, Leslie Klots, Bill Smith, and Michael Morelli, received a bottle of sex wax. Surf’s up!

Sharon and Lauren Bush in
the Hamptons
Photo by Patrick McMullan/PMc

Polo Challenge

HE Ninth Annual Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge opened at the Bridgehampton Polo Club with a benefit for The Retreat. More than $30,000 was raised for an organization that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic violence and educates the community about the issue.

Kim Cattrall and Dr. Howard Sobel, whose Skin & Spa Cosmetic Surgical Center is one of the event’s sponsors, presented trophies to the winners.

Among those enjoying the sport were Billy Joel, Peter Boyle, Sharon, Lauren, Ashely and Pierce Bush, Jason Grant, Russell Simmons, Angela Basset, Alexandra Wentworth, Star Jones, Cathy Moriarty, Kelly Posner,  Francesco Scavullo, Sylvia Miles, Nina Griscom, Helen Schifter, and Amanda Hearst.

Partying The Night Away

HE Parrish Art Museum held its midsummer gala in an air-conditioned tent in the arboretum made fantastic with music by the Steven Scott Orchestra, lighting by Bentley Meeker and décor by Antony Todd.

The co-chairs were Anne Hearst, Patty Raynes, Marcia and Richard Mishaan. The Honorary co-chairs were Debbie Bancroft, Beth Rudin DeWoody and Katharina Otto-Bernstein.

More than 1,000 guests partied the night away, including Carroll Petrie, Mark Badgley, James Mischka, Roberto and Joanne de Guardiola, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Larry and Michelle Herbert, Barbara K,  Vera Wang, Nicole Miller, Royce Pinkwater, Marissa Bregman, Jan Cowles and indie film director Austin Stark.

Private Tour

OUSE & GARDEN’S editor-in-chief Dominique Browning hosted a cocktail party at the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Southampton. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs delighted guests with delicious saffron rock lobster medallions, grilled artichoke, savory cheese cakes with sturgeon caviar, seared beef tenderloin, and Vegetable Samosas.

There was a private tour of the1920s mansion displaying the creations of some of today’s foremost designers, including Tony Ingrao, Alexa Hampton, Jackson Siegel Aaron, Scott Sanders, Eric Cohler, and Laura Hunt and a celebrity auction benefiting The Southampton Hospital.

Designer Lisa Jackson gave a dinner at her dramatic First Neck Lane home for such guests as Stephen Siegel, Catherine Aaron, House & Garden's Cynthia Frank and Jay McInerney with his fiancee Jeanine Pepler.

Dina Merrill, Joanne de Guardiola
and Kathy Hilton
Photo by Alan-Michael Braveman

Jewel Of A Party

EAMAN SCHEPPS, the renown jewelers whose clients have included the Roosevelts, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Rockefellers, the Duponts, Marlene Dietrich, the British royal family and Andy Warhol, held a luncheon at the prestigious private Southampton Meadow Club  to announce the opening of their temporary store in the Southampton Hospital thrift shop on the town’s Main Street.

Devouring the scrumptious food served on cheerful blue and white table cloths, donated by Steven Stolman, were Dina Merrill, Mai Harrison,  Kathy Hilton,  Jessie Araskog, Perri Peltz, Alex Kramer,  Pamela Gross, Jean Remmell Little, Coleen Caslin, Jay Bauer, Ann Grimm, Marge Sullivan, Sapphire Ball co-chairs Barbara Glatt and Kathryn Cowles, and Southampton Hospital president Annette Leahy.

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