Christopher Bickford and
Michele Gerber Klein
David Patrick Columbia and
David and Julia Koch
Summer Ball Under The Tent
Brings In Record Million$
By Roger Webster
Photos by Jamie McCathy/PMc
OUTHAMPTON Hospital held its 45th annual summer party, The Sapphire Ball, on a beautiful Saturday night in a huge tent on Wickapogue Road in Southampton Village. A crowd of over 1,000 turned out to help the hospital’s Emergency Medical Department raise over a $1 million—more than any of the previous years’ events.
The major sponsor was internationally renowned jeweler Seaman Schepps, famous for their use of exotic stones including sapphires and diamonds in their signature Shell Earrings.
Talented Lisa Jackson designed the interior of the tent using an underwater theme that included candle-lit coral centerpieces. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs served abundant dishes of roast leg of lamb, grilled salmon and baby spinach salad.
The Alex Donner Orchestra presented special guest performer, disco queen Thelma Houston, who brought the crowd to their feet when she belted out her famous ‘70s hit Don’t Leave Me This Way.
Among the guests were the anniversary chairmen David and Julia Koch, event chairman Ann Grimm, event co-chairmen Kathryn Cowles, Barbara and Alan Glatt, development chairman Jean Little FitzSimmons and mistress of ceremonies Perri Peltz.
Others enjoying the evening were Bianca Jagger, Dina Merrill, Charlotte Ford, Lally Weymouth, Vera Wang and Arthur Becker, Marty Richards, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Tory and Christopher Burch, Pamela Gross and James Finkelstein, Laura and Harry Slatkin, Dr. Howard Sobel, Dr. Kelly Posner and David Gerstenhaber, Michelle Gerber Klein, Christopher Bickford, Ophelia and William Rudin, Martin and Patricia Raynes.
Also David Patrick Columbia, Jonathan and Somers Farkas, Dan and Cynthia Lufkin, Dr. Dan Baker, Mai Harrison, Simon Doonan, Dana Hammond, Mark Gilbertson, Chappy Morris, Guy Regal and Julie Dannenberg, Betty and Virgil Sherrill, Bettina Zilkha, Nancy Stonea, Steven Stolman, Seaman Schepps’ Anthony Hopenhajm and Coleen Caslin, and hospital president Annette Leahy.