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Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zach Erdem Chats With Cognac Wellerlane About

 75 Main Restaurant 









TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zach Erdem from 75 Main Restaurant


Restaurant Staffer Ioana Rosu poses for a photo-op with 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 75 Main Restaurant

Recently awarded The Four Star Diamond Award from the American Academy Of Hospitality Sciences, Since 2010

75 Main Restaurant is proud to have served the Hamptons area!


75 Main has long been a favorite among locals, visitors and A-List celebrities alike.   Their impeccable cuisine and atmospheric excellence makes 75 Main the perfect hot, trendy and sexy destination in Southampton.

75 Main is the The perfect blend of class and comfort.


Bolstered by the cooking of award-winning chef, Mark Militello, and our stellar customer service, 75 Main has garnered a reputation for perfection. Visiting their Southampton restaurant is an experience, one that they  have finely crafted to ensure that you and your party will never forget.


Before our dinner I had a chance to chat with Celebrity Restaurant Owner Zac Erdem who told me about his passions and why he decided to buy 75 Main and put it on the map as one of the most famous restaurants in the Hamptons.

Rising restaurateur Zach Erdem has gained considerable attention in the hospitality industry after transforming a seasonal Hamptons dining staple into a year-round hotspot. The dynamic 32-year-old has used his unique design to balance the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife to reinvent the Southampton eatery, 75 Main. The ever popular restaurant and lounge has become a favorite among locals, visitors and celebrities alike, attracting Hollywood’s A-Listers and politicians such as Sarah Jessica Parker, LA Reid, Kelly Ripa, Stanley Tucci, Sofia Vergara, Howard Stern, Pierce Brosnan, Barbara Walters, Jodie Foster, Alex Rodriquez and Vice President Joe Biden.


Erdem’s esteemed reputation in the restaurant industry was not established overnight. After moving from Europa to the United States in 2002, Erdem was struggling to make a living and had planned to move back home after just six months. With only sixty dollars in his pocket—which was loaned to him by a friend—Erdem decided to take a quick trip to the Hamptons two days before his scheduled flight. After arriving at the East End, he ordered lunch at the first restaurant he saw—75 Main.


Erdem quickly befriended 75 Main’s General Manager, who offered him a bartending position on the spot. Impressed by the Hamptons and its reputation, Erdem ultimately strived to create a name for himself in this elite community. In the years that followed, Erdem traveled all over the country, working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, gaining insight into the continuously changing restaurant business. Erdem eventually returned to Southampton to manage the popular Nello Summertimes and brought his experience to bear.


In May 2010, Erdem was finally able to fulfill his dream of taking ownership of 75 Main—a dream that was born over nine years earlier on the beaches of the East End. Using a combination of an expertly crafted menu, sophisticated decor, and post-dinner entertainment, Erdem is taking the already established restaurant to the next level. Erdem collaborated with well-known and award winning chefs, artists, designers and D.J.’s, revamping 75 Main into one of the Hamptons popular destinations for high-end fare, ambiance and nightlife scene.


After his success in the Hamptons, Erdem searched for the perfect location to open a second restaurant. In April 12 2012, Zach Erdem took his talents down to South Florida and opened 75 Main in Delray Beach, Florida. Drawn to the charming seaside community's vibrant mix of dining, shopping, and cultural amenities, Erdem found this venue to be as thriving as the original 75 Main. 75 Main Delray has already gained a celebrity following with the likes of actor and comedian Kevin James and retired Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman, michael Jordan.


In the future, Erdem hopes to expend his reach, opening additional restaurants in some of the world’s most renowned locations.


For more information please visit https://75main.com

Keep reading Cognac's Corner Magazine for the latest news in fine dining in the Hamptons, Long Island and Manhattan.


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St Barth Hamptons 2017 Hosted by Christie Brinkley



Christie Brinkley Poses for a photo-op at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash to promote her Cover for Social Life Magazine


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Christie Brinkley at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Editor in Chief Devorah Rose of Social Life Magazine at St. Barths Hamptons and Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


Wanda Ftrriras, Joanne Rodriguez, and Benny Golan pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerane at St. Barths Hamptons and 

Social Life Magazine Cover Bash


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at St. Barths Hamptons

Social Life Magazine and St Barths Tourism Presented The 5th Annual St. Barth Hamptons Gala on Saturday, July 23rd from 6-10PM which was Hosted by Super Model and Actress Christie Brinkley.

During the event I chatted with Christie about her Prosecco Belissma.


In Italian, bellissima is the word for "most beautiful". To us, it stands for a new line of sparkling wines, all made from the finest organic grapes grown in Italy's Treviso-Veneto region. There's Bellissima Sparkling Rosé, Bellissima Zero Sugar, and Bellissima Prosecco. Bellissima was developed with help from one of the world's most discerning and beautiful women, Christie Brinkley. For the label, Christie chose Botticelli's masterpiece, The Birth of Venus. The Roman goddess of love provided the perfect image. Look for all three varieties wherever you shop for fine wines. And please, enjoy Bellissima responsibly. That would be the most beautiful thing of all.


Christie Brinkley has appeared on more than 500 magazine covers worldwide. She is also an artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist & environmentalist. Combining her modeling experience with her artistic talents and diverse interests, Christie's career over the years has been interesting and dynamic and has been photographed in six continents and more than 30 countries. Forty-two years in the beauty industry, including thirty years as a top Ford model, Christie was first discovered by a photographer while studying art in Paris, France. Since then, she has become the first model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for three consecutive years, with a fourth Special Issue multi cover and appeared in the publication's annual swimsuit issues and television specials for years to follow including, most recently, Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Issue and NBC Television Special where she won a Top 5 of all time Covers Award (#4 .)


With her ageless beauty, Christie was recently featured on the cover of People Magazine celebrating her 60th Birthday. Christie Brinkley has been signed to write a book that will offer "a holistic look at diet, fitness, vitality and style. The as-yet untitled book and accompanying audio edition are tentatively due in fall 2015.

Christie will also introduce a line of skin care, "Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare", early next year. During her extraordinary career, Christie's access to the best doctors and dermatologists worldwide and has learned what works best for her skin. She will share those same benefits with women everywhere. Christie worked very closely with a number of world-renowned experts to develop a comprehensive anti-aging range. The collection will debut with more than a handful of breakthrough products, including a day cream, night cream, eye cream and several treatments.


As a passionate humanitarian, Christie, along with her model daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, traveled to South Africa and Kenya last year, in support of The First Lady of Kenya's "Hands Off Our Elephant" Campaign and Anti- Elephant and Rhino Poaching Campaigns of The United States and South Africa.


Christie Brinkley's new line of fresh and fashionable wigs and hairpieces as part of the Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection was introduced last fall and was inspired by Christie's supermodel beauty expertise and real life leading roles as mom, entrepreneur, and actress, offers a new line of affordable, on-trend hair additions. The Hair2Wear Christie Brinkley Collection lets any woman have the most coveted hair trends in quickly and easily.


Christie Brinkley received critical-acclaim in 2010 when she made her Broadway stage debut as the merry murderess, Roxie Hart, in the Tony Award-winning hit musical "Chicago." She continued her stage success reprising the role in London's prestigious West End for a limited four-week run and again, wowed the sold-out audiences. Christie came back by popular demand to reprised her role on Broadway, and the went on to headline with The National Touring Company of "Chicago" with 182 total performances in cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston and Hartford. Christie's acting and dancing chops has The U-T in Sand Diego stating… "The lady looks amazing and has natural dazzle to spare... Brinkley can carry a tune. Her singing has a husky note that fits the rough-edged glamour gal Roxie...Brinkley brings this merrily morbid story of fame and mayhem in the Windy City a presence like a summer sunbeam ...plus a game-for-anything streak of moxie. Her disarming charm works its way into her acting technique." While Broadway World.com praises… "Brinkley is still beautiful and is a strong presence on stage. She fits the look of Roxie who is a wannabe glamour girl from the chorus. Brinkley brings a charm to the part that makes Roxie seem more ditzy than coldly calculating. She gamely tackles the songs and the tricky choreography...is made up for in enthusiasm. Her voice is nice and has a husky tone to it that fits the character."


In December, Christie made her debut on "Parks & Recreation," The episode featured Brinkley portraying the beautiful wife of "Parks and Rec" character Jerry Gergich, continuing the tradition of beautiful women in Jerry's life, since then, she's had a reoccurring role on the NBC sitcom.


Christie's popularity and sense of humor, was evident on Anderson Cooper recently as she co-hosted "Anderson Live with Anderson Cooper." In this now-famous show, Anderson revealed his temporary blindness. Christie also dazzled DWTS alumni Gilles Marini with her honed "Fosse" moves when they danced together to the delight of the audience.

Christie continues to hone her comedy chops, appearing for the third year in-a-row-on the hit comedy "Celebrity Autobiography" where superstar memoirs are acted out live on stage. Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, "Celebrity Autobiography" features a first rate comedic ensemble performing from the actual memoirs of a wide range of celebrities. Christie's performances featured both solo and ensemble pieces that include themed mash-ups whereby performers play off of each other's excerpts

Christie has immersed herself as part of the Theatre community she adores and participated in both the 25th and 26th annual Broadway Cares "Easter Bonnet Competition," a memorable spectacle celebrating the incredible generosity and creativity of the theatre community and all Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supporters. This summer, Christie Brinkley received the prestigious 2012 Broadway Beacon Award. This award represents a not-for-profit Children¹s Theatre Company that brings the joys and advantages of musical theatre to NYC¹s under-served public school students throughout the five boroughs. It is presented annually to individuals in the Theater who have been advocates for increasing the audience for live theater in New York City, particularly in helping to develop new audiences for Broadway. In June, "SOFO Goes SOHO" honored Christie Brinkley for her contributions as a concerned environmentalist, especially for her work on the East End of Long Island, which is her home, at The South Fork Natural History Museum.


In 1976, Christie landed the coveted CoverGirl contract, which launched the start of a 25-year partnership that marks the longest-running cosmetics contract of any model in history. The Total Gym has become the best selling Total body fitness equipment in the world. This year, Christie Brinkley helped launch the " Move it Campaign (Check name)" for active wear company Danskin's "Move For Change" Fall 2011 campaign. Known worldwide for her commitment to health and fitness. Christie wrote and illustrated a health and beauty book, "Christie Brinkley's Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Guide" which topped The New York Times bestseller list.


On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase as "the girl in the red Ferarri" in the hit feature film National Lampoon's Vacation, which is listed as one of the Top Ten Funniest films of all time.. and its 1997 sequel, Vegas Vacation. And participated in new interviews for the release of the DVD last year? She also famously appeared in Billy Joel's classic music videos "Uptown Girl," "Keeping the Faith" and "All About Soul," as well as painted the Cover of his album "River of Dreams" Mick Jones' music video "Just Wanna Hold. Christie was also featured in the Adam Sandler film, "Jack and Jill."


On television, Christie has appeared on NBC's "Mad About You" and hosted Lifetime Television's "In Style Celebrity Weddings," which became the highest rated special in Lifetime's history. She has also been featured on VH1's "Pop Culture Icons" series. Christie has been the subject of many documentaries including the HBO program "Beautiful Baby, Beautiful," Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait" and "Barbara Walters' Oscar Night Special," and hosted her own series for CNN "Living in the 90's with Christie Brinkley" She has also guest hosted, ABC's The View.


Christie is the recipient of many humanitarian awards including The USO Merit Award for her efforts to entertain our troops from Bosnia to Kosovo. She has also received many honors for her work protecting our health and the environment. She sits on the Board of Directors of The Global Security Institute and Radiation and Public Health Project, whose aim is to promote security thru the elimination of nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants. She has spoken on their behalf at both the United Nations, and the U.S. Senate. She wants all kids to get an education and to that end, has created a Scholarship Fund at Ross School in EH, NY. Christie's dedication to charity work includes the American Heart Association, South Hampton Hospital and Max Cure Foundation. Christie was recently awarded the "Positively Beautiful Award" for her work with Smile Train.


She currently lives in New York with her youngest daughter Sailor Lee, a brilliant student and part time model with IMG Models. Her son Jack Paris is a college student at Emerson in Boston. Her eldest daughter Alexa Ray is a singer/songwriter/poet/ artist /and writer living in NYC. Christie is very proud of all three! Christie is on Facebook and Instagram where she shares her passion for photography.


Guests enjoyed Sounds and music by DJ Lee Kalt.


Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for Manhattan and the Hamptons. Our content focuses on luxury lifestyle on local, national, and international levels. Social Life Magazine provides you an opportunity to target the most prominent New Yorkers, sought-after tastemakers, successful professionals, international jet-setters, advancing entrepreneurs, and A-List Celebrities.


During the evening I had a delightful interview with Editor in Chief Devorah Rose.

Devorah Rose is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, writer, and creator of beautiful things: stunning photographs, engaging editorials, enticing events and much more.


Devorah is best known as Editor-in-Chief of the Hamptons-based Social Life Magazine (SLM). A first generation American, proud Latina, and self-made woman, Devorah is passionate about empowering the voiceless and elevating the importance of media literacy. She believes in the power of hard work to create the life you want.


Born in Plano, Texas to a Guatemalan father and Venezuelan mother, Devorah Rose moved to Venezuela with her parents at just three months of age. At age six, Devorah moved back to the United States, where she entered kindergarten not knowing a word of English. She went on to graduate as an English major with honors from Barnard College and later worked towards her MFA at Columbia University’s prestigious creative writing program.

Devorah Rose’s college career brought her to New York City, where she was charmed by the unique promise the city held for young professionals and aspiring creatives. Soon after, the opportunity of a lifetime arrived, and she helped build Social Life Magazine from the ground up, from an idea into an enterprise.


She has worked at the helm of the publication for 14 years, and in her tenure made waves in the industry. When she placed Christie Brinkley in a bikini for the first time in 30 years, the issue garnered a record 50 million media impressions. Many other publications followed suit with Brinkley appearing in a swimsuit on the cover of People as well as numerous other publications. Devorah has cast, creatively directed, and produced covers with Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, Brooke Shields, Ciara, Lauren Bush Lauren, and many other notable public figures.

Devorah’s strength as a woman was born by example; she credits much of her grit to the powerful women who raised her. During a sexist age in a third world country, Devorah’s mother graduated as a medical doctor at the age of twenty-five. Her mother would go on to compete for a highly-coveted residency at Tufts University and secure a position. Her grandmother, a woman from Martinique, raised eight successful children on her own, each of whom went on to forge a unique career path. In keeping with her family’s passion and drive, and with gratitude for their influence, Devorah Rose has done the same.


Devorah knows that inside each one of us there is a yearning to make a mark and give back to the world, which is why she seeks to empower young women (and men) by regularly extolling the virtues self-acceptance, personal wellness, and anti-bullying. A lifelong animal lover, she is currently working to spread awareness about the dog meat trade in Asia and champions several charities fighting for animal rights. She encourages donations to The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Ping An A Fu Organization, HSI Global, and other charities that can be found at DevorahRose.org.


When she isn’t directing a cover shoot or working on a creative project, Devorah Rose is most likely curled up with a good book alongside her dogs, Estella and Thor.

Keep reading Cognac's Corner for the very best in red carpet events in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons.


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Long Island International Film Festival Celebrates Twenty Years



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actor Brian O'Halloran at the Long Island International Film Expo 


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress and 

TV Host Helen Proimos


Filmmaker Saila Kariat poses for a photo-op with her trophy for Best Feature Film "The Valley"


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op on Awards Night at the Long Island Film Expo


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane attends the Screening of "High Hopes" Written, Directed, Produced by, and starring Dennis Cabrini, this hilarious new feature film comedy centers around Danny Valentino, an aging New York taxi cab driver whose passionate dream of being an actor gets him into crazy situations!


Long Island Film Expo Presenters

After an exciting week of short and feature-length independent films from around the world premiering at the Long Island International Film Expo, the 20th Annual festival will go out with a bang as they presented their Closing Night Awards Ceremony Thursday, July 20th at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY 11710) from 7:00PM to 9:00PM.

Host Kevin Brown (30 Rock, Did you hear about the Morgans?) kicked off the festivities along with presenters including actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) *Also receiving Best Supporting Actor Award for Shoot Me Nicely*, Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) who also performed some of his songs, Actress Ilene Kristen (Ryan's Hope, One Life to Live), Comic/Radio Personality/Actor/Author Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (The Howard Stern Show, Private Parts), and Actor/Producer Brian O'Halloran (Clerks, Dogma)!

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which shows 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo offers networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, SAG contracts and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

Some of this year’s films included Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.

Other premieres included Emma Thompson like you never saw her before as a boisterous agent with colorful language in the web series, High Road; the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter - winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Mineola’s Nugent Cantileno, Valley Stream’s Robert La Rosa and Marc Riou, formerly of Huntington, and it follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarda- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate a beautiful but damaged thief; the world premiere of Like Me from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face; Keith McMahon from Brentwood has two short film premieres at LIIFE - The Ruins of Villastrigo which is a Nassau County Premiere, and Forgive Me which is a Long Island premiere; Patchogue producer Drew Henriksen’s short film Power of Prayer making its Long Island Premiere, which is directed by Bellport's Andrew Damon Henriques and also produced by Patchogue’s Donna McKenna, NYC’s Rich D’Angelo and Tony Simonetti from Islip Terrace; Producer/Director Leslye Abbey from Bellmore with her documentary Big Fish Blues with a host of incredible performances by top Long Island blues greats; Pasquale’s Magic Veal - starring Vincent Pastore, Danny Grimaldi, Artie Pasquale, Joe D'Onfrio, and The Long Island Premiere of One Take More, a Hofstra student film from Merrick’s own Jonathan Leiner.

The program also included other notable films from Long Islanders like the Long Island premiere of Family Drama Working Poor from New Hyde Park director Steven Bozga; TylerCam from Seaford director Jacqueline Xerri; The U.S. Premiere of documentary short The Satellite from Greenport Director Anne Johnson; the Long Island Premiere of Roll Call: A Dance Story from Northport Director Anthony DiFranco; Short/Drama Road Kill from East Patchogue Director Campbell Dalglish; The Nassau County premiere of Remembered from first time Director and Manhasset’s own Chris Armienti; the World Premiere of D.I.Y.L.I. from Seaford Director Brian Stieglitz; Documentary Short Days and Nights at Duck Island from Cold Spring Harbor Director James Redford, and SO MANY MORE!

LIIFE this year also held a showcase, (not in competition) of student films from the Long Island High School of the Arts and the Not Yet Legal Films club. Laughing through the Fear is a documentary on stand-up comedian, CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” star and Long Island Native Chris Roach, which was filmed by the local high school film students group "Not Yet Legal Films."

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com

Congratulations to all Winners:

BEST STUDENT FILM

The Pixie Fighters

BEST TRAILER

Alfred J. Hemlock

BEST ANIMATION (IT’S A TIE)

The Basket (Tokri)

The Pits

BEST WEBISODE/TV/NEW MEDIA

Shoot Me Nicely

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Chopin’s Fantasie Impromtu

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Pay It Forward – Best Documentary Short

Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio – Best Documentary Feature

ALAN FORTUNOFF HUMANITARIAN FILM AWARD

Roll Call: A Dance Story

FINISHING FUND GRANT

Power of Prayer

AUDIENCE AWARD

One Take More

FINISHING FUND GRANT

Power of Prayer

SCREENWRITING COMPETITION WINNER

“Powder, Pencils and Eraser”

Andrea Cavalcanti

BEST ACTOR

Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

BEST ACTRESS

Suchitra Pillai – The Valley – Best Actress in a Feature

Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer – Best Actress in a Short

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

BEST LONG ISLAND FILM

Working Poor

BEST FOREIGN FILM

An Evening of Eternity

BEST SHORT FILM

The Last Hunt

JURY AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

A Comfortable Distance

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Pinch

BEST STORY

Life Hack

BEST DIRECTOR

Groove

BEST FEATURE FILM

The Valley

LIIFE 2017 TECH AND SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

(Tech awards were given away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Official Opening Night Party. Special Acting awards were awarded Thursday, July 20 at the Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony)

BEST ACTOR

Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

BEST SUPPORT ACTOR

William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

BEST ACTRESS – IT’S A TIE!

Suchitra Pillai – The Valley

Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

BEST ART DIRECTION

Janet Fitzgibbon – The Gift of the Magpie

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Benjamin Zimbric – Life Hack

BEST EDITING

Jennifer Enskat – Flush the John

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Jacob Yoffee –The Valley

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Austin Merullo – No One Fights Alone – The Cartographer

JUDGES’ AWARD FOR FX

Lucas Newton – Alfred J. Hemlock

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Out Of Bounds

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Barrett, Cheryl Sokolow and Norman Mooney


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist KAT O’NEILL


Artist JOAN GIORDANO poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


Artist ANN BRANDEIS poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Owner and Artist Andrea McCafferty and poses for a photo-op with Exotic Car Collector Marc Haskell

Michael Wellbrock poses for photo-op with Marc Haskell

This past weekend I took a break from the charity galas in the Hamptons and enjoyed an art show at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.


OUT OF BOUNDS is an exhibition of 8 contemporary artists featuring photography, painting, mixed media and sculptures with each artist pushing the boundaries in their own unique way.

Tombstones are brought to life through archival inks and layers, metals twist and thrust into provocative images, marble and glass take on appealing shapes, images bleed together and the sky becomes a voyeur. Art is exhibited inside the gallery and outside in the garden.


Art lovers enjoyed Food and Wine while enjoying the paintings, photographs and sculptures.


Showing works by:

ANN BRANDEIS

KAT O’NEILL

LAUREN ROBINSON

CFineArt presents:

KEVIN BARRETT

JOAN GIORDANO

ELIZABETH GREGORY-GRUEN

NORMAN MOONEY

ISOBEL FOLB SOKOLOW


The White Room Gallery opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has been voted Best Gallery In The Hamptons ever since. Our artists’ work has appeared in countless publications and websites including Fine Art Magazine, The New York Times, The East Hampton Star, The Independent, Dan’s Papers, The Sag Harbor Express, Hamptons Art Hub and Hamptons Daze.


We exhibit an eclectic blend of contemporary art with themes that are abstract, graphic, surreal and magical featuring both well-known and emerging artists. This past year we presented numerous exhibits including live graffiti, iconic rock n roll, a designer showcase as well as juried shows themed America on Fire and Love and Passion. To submit an inquiry or to purchase a piece of art just double click on the image.

To learn more about the White Room Gallery please visit http://www.thewhiteroom.gallery/


For the best information in art in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons please visit Cognacscornermagazine.com


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A Journey into the Wild: Honoring Nejma & Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz At 

The SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala

SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Alpha Romeo Brown's Automotive Group Sponsor


Director of Development & Special Events: Diana M. Aceti and Executive Director: Frank Quevedo pose for a photo-op at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Brown's Automotive Group President Gary Brown poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Auction Items SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Adrian Grenier at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Artist Asia Lee and Kevin Berlin pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


Honoree Alan Rabinowitz from Panthera.org poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree and World Renowned Artist and Photographer Peter Beard at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala -

 A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Founding Chairman & Expedition Leader Chris Fischer at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017

It was a Wild Time at SoFo’s 28th Annual Summer Gala - A Journey Into The Wild

Saturday, July 8, 2017. Guests mingled with Honorees World Renowned Artist and Photorapher Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz.


It was South Fork Natural History Museum's Most Important Benefit of the Year Benefiting SoFo's educational & environmental programs & initiatives.


The event was chaired by Anke & Jürgen Friedrich and Susan & David Rockefeller. Co-Hosts included Alex Guarnaschelli, Debra Halpert and Kerry Heffernan.


The event started at 6pm-7pm Pre-Event VIP Cocktail Reception and 7pm-10pm Benefit Party & Dancing. The event was catered by Peter Ambrose.


The South Fork Natural History Museum (SoFo) & Nature Center is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island. Founded in 1988 by a group of South Fork naturalists as The Nature Clubhouse in Amagansett, the museum opened at its permanent location in May, 2005 in eastern Suffolk County at 377 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton, New York.


A place for children and adults of all ages to discover, explore, learn, and engage, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center is open seven days a week, except on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is open until 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (September – Mid June) for free admission.


Visitors are accompanied by the museum’s expert nature educators as they experience the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, all of which engage the senses and bring the outdoors in.


The magic continues outside with SoFo’s Native Butterfly Garden, Native Wildflower Garden, Educational Pond, Purple Martin nesting gourd site and more. Visitors can take nature walks through the 40 acre Vineyard Field Preserve bordering the museum, and explore the six-mile trail system of the Long Pond Greenbelt, which features an expanse of interconnected ponds, woods and wetlands abounding with rare plants, animals, and ecological communities.

The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come. We look forward to seeing you at SoFo! We know your first visit will not be your last.


In 1988, a group of South Fork naturalists concerned about the future of the area’s fragile ecosystems formed a membership organization called the South Fork Natural History Society, better known as SoFo.

Their objective was twofold – to increase public awareness about the past, present, and future of eastern Long Island’s natural history and to share with others the joy they found when they went out “in the field,” exploring and learning. In 1989 SoFo obtained its charter from the New York State Department of Education, as well as its not-for-profit 501(c) 3 status. By its first year of operation, SoFo had a growing membership and a number of nature walks and programs for its members and the general public.


During the initial years, the organization operated out of a small building in Amagansett called the Nature Clubhouse. The Clubhouse was a draw for many children who made repeated visits to study the amphibians and reptiles housed there. Others came to learn about the insects netted from an adjacent pond or to watch the process of metamorphosis of butterflies or frogs.


The mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center – SoFo – is to stimulate interest in, advance knowledge of, and foster appreciation for the natural environment, with special emphasis on the unique natural history of Long Island’s South Fork.


The goals of the museum and nature center are to:

Engender in children and adults a sensitivity to the natural world through direct observation and joyous hands-on nature experiences in the museum and in the out-of-doors, and to give them the tools they need to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and in the future.

Procure, preserve, document, study, and display material relevant to the natural history of the South Fork of Long Island.


Serve as a central source of local natural history information with facilities and programming designed for all segments of the public – from the interests of children to those of the scientific community.

Work in partnership with other educational and environmental organizations on the local, state, and federal level.

To carry out its mission, the museum presents hands-on interactive exhibits and guided educational experiences, in the museum and in the out-of-doors.

For more information please visit http://sofo.org.


Honorees included Peter Beard, Chris Fischer, and Alan Rabinowitz.


Peter Hill Beard is an American artist, photographer, diarist and writer who lives and works in New York City and Kenya. His photographs of Africa, African animals and the journals that often integrate his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1960s.


Peter Beard’s photographs of Africa, African animals and journals that often integrate his photographs have been widely shown and published since the 1970s. Each of his works is unique, a combination of his photography with elements derived from his daily diary-keeping, a practice he continues to this day. These volumes contain newspaper clippings, dried leaves, insects, old sepia-toned photos, transcribed telephone messages, marginalia in India ink, photographs of women, quotes, found objects, and the like; these become incorporated, with original drawings and collage by Beard. Certain of his works incorporate animal blood, sometimes Beard’s own blood (in sparing quantities), a painting medium the artist favors.


Beard’s first exhibition was at the Blum Helman Gallery, New York, in 1975. Landmark museum exhibitions have been held at the International Center of Photography, New York, in 1977, and the Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, in 1997. Gallery exhibitions followed in Berlin, London, Toronto, Madrid, Milan, Tokyo and Vienna. Beard’s work is included in private collections throughout the world.


In 2017, Beard was sued by actor David Spade who tried unsuccessfully to resell an unsigned Peter Beard work that he had purchased from the dealer Peter Tunney.


Descended from distinguished American families on both sides, Beard is one of three sons born to Roseanne Hoar Beard and Anson McCook Beard, Jr. A great-grandfather, James Jerome Hill, was founder of the Great Northern Railway in the United States in the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Having made his fortune in the railroad business, James Jerome Hill was a great patron of the arts. All of his heirs were exposed to and owned great collections, presumably having a strong influence on Beard’s interests in the arts and beauty.


Beard married his first wife (Minnie Cushing Beard Coleman) in 1962; their marriage lasted only briefly. His second wife was supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, from 1982 to 1986. Beard has been married to Nejma Khanum since 1986. The couple has a daughter, Zara, for whom his book, Zara’s Tales, was written.


Beard has befriended and in some cases collaborated with many legendary artists including Andy Warhol, Andrew Wyeth, Francis Bacon, Karen Blixen, Truman Capote, Richard Lindner, and Salvador Dalí. He has also photographed many well-known people.


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C-Fine Art Showcases Art at Art Market Hamptons in Bridgehampton

C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Cheryl Sokolow at

 C-Fine Art at Art Market Hamptons


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


STYLIST AND FASHIONISTA PATRICIA ANN PARENTI POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH TV HOST/ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT ART MARKET HAMPTONS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


ART MARKET HAMPTONS


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP IN FRONT OF A STEPHEN KENNETH HACKLEY PAINTING AT ART MARKET HAMPTONS IN BRIDGEHAMPTON

Market Art + Design, the East End's premier modern and contemporary art fair, returns to the town of Bridgehampton this July 6 - 9 for the fair's seventh edition. From its coveted location in the heart of the Hamptons - just off Highway 27 at the Bridgehampton Museum - Market Art + Design will showcase presentations by 65 top galleries enhanced by a striking and tightly curated design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world.


The 2017 Market Art + Design Preview, presented by 1stdibs, will benefit the Parrish Art Museum - the East End's leading cultural center. Market Art + Design will also work alongside Sponsors and Partners Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, The Wall Street Journal, BYREDO, Jadot Wine, AirSea Packing and Shipping, and Art Money to create an exciting and extremely visible event for Eastern Long Island and a highlight of the Hamptons' summer season.

Art Market Productions is a partnership between Jeffrey Wainhause, Max Fishko and the dealers they work with. Since 2011 Art Market Productions has produced a different type of art fair that focuses on creating the highest quality fair experience by connecting collectors with dealers in the most optimal settings and contexts. Art Market Productions is dedicated to improving the art world by creating platforms and expanding networks of connection.

Art Market Productions currently produces six art fairs: Art on Paper NY, Art Market San Francisco, Art Market Hamptons, Seattle Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project.


This year I visited the C-fine Art Gallery and had an intimate chat with Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow.

C Fine Art specializes in the acquisition and placement of large-scale, outdoor and indoor sculpture and sculptural works.


They represent and exhibit the work of established, International artists with a focus on formal abstraction in sculpture, sculptural works and painting.


C-Fine Art excels in facilitating both residential and commercial, site-specific commissions and curating compelling, exhibitions of larger scale.


C Fine Art is the founder and creator of the exhibition series UNCOMMON GROUND I, II & III -- a season long, outdoor sculpture exhibition in Bridgehampton, NY -- which has become an integral part of the Hamptons' cultural programming while making large, outdoor sculpture accessible to the community.


C Fine Art provides estimate reports for existing collections and offers consulting and advisory services to both individual and corporate clients.


Owner Cheryl Sokolow has over 15 years experience in the art business. She has both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Art History.


For more information about C-Fine Art please visit http://www.c-fineart.com

For more information about Art Market Hamptons please visit artmarkethamptons.com


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EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Gallery Owner and Art Expert Janet Lehr poses for  a photo-op at the Janet lehr Fine Art Gallery


Painting by Artist George Schulman EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Sculpture by Artist  William Aquino

EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artists Kevin Berlin, George Schulman, Dave Rogers and Marketing Expert Debra Rothberg at EDGY: Contemporary Art 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Tuesday, July 25, 2017


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Socialite Eric Andrews poses in front of Art by George Schulman and Dave Rogers (Portrait of Lady Gaga)

East Hampton, NY– Janet Lehr Fine Art was pleased to present "EDGY:

Contemporary Art 2017": a group exhibition featuring new works by six

gallery artists: William Aquino, Pipi Deer, David Demers, Oliver

Peterson, Dave Rogers and Master Artist George Schulman.

Many of the works are thematic pieces that explore unconventional painting techniques such as, multi

patterned paintings, underwater photography and found object sculptures.

The series EDGY:Contemporary Art 2017 will run from July 1, 2017 – July

25,2017. Opening reception was 8-10 pm on Saturday July 1, 2017 during 4th of July weekend.

Gallery opened daily

from 11am-7pm.


I had the chance to interview Artist George Schulman as well as William Aquino and Dave Rogers.

Master Artist George Schulman Retrospective of 6 Large Paintings and Collages come with 24 Kt Gold represents a lifetime of love, grit and sacrifice. An elite member and influencer of Art History, Master Artist George Schulman is a Long Island and American treasure.


Taught to draw by Marc Chagall at 5 years old, who frequented his second mother Freda Diamond, the Martha Stewart of her era, Schulman also drew with Roy Lichtenstein at Manhattan's Music and Art High School. As studio assistant for Masters Knox Martin & Allan D'Arcangelo, Schulman also was a student of Jim Dine, Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, James Rosenquist, Al Held, Bob Rauschenberg and other great Masters. He worked for Marlborough, Leo Castelli and Betty Cunningham Galleries, managed the historic Jamie Canvas and mentored Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Schulman's first inspirations came from the Miro and Chagall paintings which hung on Freda Manhattan Brownstone living room. At 15, Schulman painted like and met the artists Karel Appel and Oskar Kokoschka. His work was so advanced, his teacher at Music and Art gave Schulman his own private studio.


Before Music and Art high school, inspired when seeing Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollack, Schulman met and was mothered by a childless Lee Krasner, who showed him Pollack paper cuts. Elaine de Kooning whose husband William de Kooning works were represented at Marlborough Gallery gave Schulman, only 20, the freedom, truth and courage to work large. Thus, began Schulman's lifelong love affair with the process of creating art.


In 1972 Schulman had a one man show at the Ingber Gallery, whose other artists of the Gallery included Louis Finkelstein then Chairman at Queens College, his wife Gretna Campbell who taught at Yale, Kajori taught at the Studio, Wilbur Niewald Chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute, a young landscape painter from the East End. She also included Schulman in a show with Knox Martin, Fairfield Porter and others over 100 people showed. It was his coming out party.


For more information please visit www.georgeschulmanartist.com

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Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle​

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Jonathan Morse for Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist David Slater at The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum for Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle


Face To Face: East End Portraits By Jonathan Morse - Curated By Peter J. Marcelle

Face to Face is a collection of black & white portraits of artists and writers from the East End by Sag Harbor photographer, Jonathan Morse. This series chronicles an important era in the long and inseparable connection between artists and the East End. It celebrates the idea that one who has lived a long life of the mind, develops a depth of character that is revealed in their faces.



Jonathan Morse is an artist of this new age, and in many ways he is a trailblazer. It is typical, when a new methodology for manufacturing art arrives, for artists to try and bend its potential to older aesthetic habits. The first artist photographers in the 19th century tried to make photographs look like paintings. Many of those who embraced Acrylic paints soon after their development in the past century tried, in vain, to make them behave like oils. The imaging arts of our age are full of examples of people attempting to make these new digital tools imitate the hand or the older kinds of film cameras and photographic papers. Jonathan does none of these things. He has taken hold of both the computer and its digitally generated physical products, and has absorbed himself in learning to navigate and manipulate their actual nature. The result, as seen in this exciting exhibition of what I consider to be his most fully realized work in the medium, is something we have never seen before. This is computer art with a human hand embedded in its heart. Precisely by abandoning all attempts to make facsimiles of handmade things, he has found a way to make a technological thing that has had human life breathed into it. These are not photographs, or copies of something else – they are original works of art made wholly by technology, yet guided by a thoughtful and engaged human intellect.


Face to Face consist of some 35 portraits from a collection of 75, most of which will be illustrated in a limited edition catalog which is available at the Museum.

The exhibit will be from Friday, June 16, 2017 - Wednesday, July 12, 2017. To learn more about Jonathan Morse please visit http://www.jmorseart.com

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Baldwin Family Host 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball Benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund At The Crest Hollow Country Club, Jericho, New York

2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Keith Hart and  Heather Grumet


Founder Keith Hart Talks to Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Bobby Goodrich, Restaurant, Night Club Impresario


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Poses for a Photo-op With Honoree

Matthew Yonick, General Sales Manager Manhattan Beer Distributors


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Billy Baldwin 

TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Actor Billy Baldwin at  2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball Benefiting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund At The Crest Hollow Country Club, 

Jericho, New York

Great Lengths Hair Extension Expert. Pres. of Ravell Salon Jennifer Ravell poses for a photo-op at 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball


TV Host/Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a Photo-op at the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball

The 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball, benefitting the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, was Hosted by the Baldwin Family.


This year's event took place on Monday, June 26th, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY from 7:00pm - 12:30am. Last year's event raised a record of $408,215.00. Now in their 7th year, the Long Island Hospitality Ball has collectively raised over $2 million.


The gala was created by Keith Hart, a hospitality industry mainstay and cancer survivor, to raise funds for charity by showcasing offerings from the region’s top restaurants, wine and spirit brands, nightclubs and entertainers as well as hotels and catering halls.


Newsday’s Jim Bernstein and Erica Marcus called the inaugural event “one of the largest fundraising events in years to raise money to battle cancer” and “a food-industry showcase.” The night of sensory delights continues to raise important and much needed funds in the fight against cancer.


Continuing at the heart of the affair is Keith Hart, who is best known for his eponymous marketing agency on New York’s nightlife and entertainment scene. Hart’s private battle with thyroid cancer, now in remission, inspired him to go public with his mission, and rally the industry to join the fight against cancer, through an extraordinary evening of dining, dancing and donating.


This year the organization is proud to announce the 2017 Long Island Hospitality Ball honorees for their achievements in the Industry:


Giovanni Casano, Empire Wines and Spirits On-Premise, Division Manager and Director of Sales

Bobby Goodrich, Restaurant, Night Club Impresario

Matthew Yonick, General Sales Manager Manhattan Beer Distributors

Lifetime Achievement Award: Rob Verderosa, Hospitality Consultant

Ed Low Media Award: Joan Reminick, Newsday Food Critic


The Long Island Hospitality Ball, reflecting the breadth and depth of the region’s now mature hospitality business, was modeled on the Bartenders’ Ball, an annual fundraiser, originating in 1978, that spread to Long Island and other major markets from Washington D.C., to aid local charities and pay tribute to leaders in the Industry.

The organization is grateful to their Executive Committee Members for all of tireless work in helping to make the Long Island Hospitality Ball a huge success.


Executive Committee Members:

Keith Hart, Chairman

Greg Bartolotta

Richard Bedrosian

Michael Esposito

Larry Golus

Jay Grossman

Frank Minier

Nick Paccione

Dante Paganini

Brian Rosenberg

Richard Rubenstein

George Voutsinas

Billy Wolfe


The Baldwin family firmly believes that the key to finding a cure for breast cancer can be found by providing the funding necessary to allow researchers to learn more about this disease.


To date, there have been many significant advances in the methods of detection and treatments for breast cancer, yet many women continue to loose their battle for life every year as they succumb to the devastating effects of this disease. Our mission is to find a cure – nothing less.


The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund FindACure.org is committed to battling breast cancer by supporting both new and established researchers. To date, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund has awarded more than 72 research grants totaling in excess of $4 million to medical research.

For more information please visit http://findacure.org and for more information on the Long Island Hospitality Ball please visit http://longislandhospitalityball.org.


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ACCESSORIES THE SHOW




ACCESSORIES THE SHOW

This Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories Trade Show for Women was held May 7 -9, 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC and is part of the WWW.UBMFASHION.COM family of fashion trade shows. I know Summer just started but the show had the latest Fall 2017 trends. I wanted to share them with my readers so that when September comes around you will be armed with a list of the latest Accessory trends and be all ready to go shopping. Major trends for Fall/Winter seen at the 2017 Trend Display (see photos labeled below) BOHO BANDIT continuing from summer but with velvet, suede, embroidery, fringe; CLEAN SLATE which is minimalist and clean looking with a nod to the 1980’s fashion; LUSH OPULENCE is all about pearls, furs and bows; URBAN ROOKIE bold graphic prints with masculine influences. 

Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti poses for a photo-op wearing a TOUCAN HAT by Carole Amper

We all know I love to wear hats in all seasons of the year and no matter how hot it is out you probably will see me with a hat on. In high school and college no one wore hats for it wasn’t the style; I did and didn’t care what anyone said either. My mother use to say to me that if I was around in her era I would have been a hat model. Well she was right for I did model hats for the photos below and have done so professionally in the past. With my love of hats, I decided to interview some of the headwear designers that all have different style of hats. Now go click on the websites listed to shop for your summer straw or winter felt/knit hat.

TOUCAN HATS by Carole Amper

Carole has been in business 30 years and the hats are made in Kingston, NY. Looking for the perfect straw hat for the summer than go shop her website for she has them in stock now. Her inspiration is vintage hats from the 1920’s – 1930’s. She uses fine straws such as sinamay, sisal, raffia and packable straws that don’t break when folded in a suitcase. Her hats have a feminine touch with such trims as silk satin ribbons, netting, flowers and feathers in styles as fedora, lampshades, bloaters and cowboy hats. Fall hats come in lush fabrics as velvet, wool felt, fur felt and angora in easy to wear styles such as cloche, profile hats, fedora, berets, caps and derby. She trims them by hand with jeweled brooches, handmade silk satin flowers and feathers. I have been wearing Toucan hats for years and they hold up well in my cramped hat boxes that’s for sure. Retail prices $48.00 - $200.00. Children’s and men’s hat available for purchase along with women’s styles on WWW.HUDSONVALLEYHATTER.COM

Article written by Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti

DIVA HATS

Hand crafted hats made in Moscow, Russia for over 25 years. We all know the Russians like high style with lots of glitz in quality fabrics and this line has all. Lushest fabrics as fur, fur felt, wool felt, and velour are used for the Fall/Winter collection and summer styles are in sinamay and parasisal straws. They use some interesting shapes such as cloche, fascinators, berets, fedoras, cocktail hats, newsboy caps, and even headbands. The collection has a 1920’s theme to it. Adornment is rhinestones, rhinestone buckles, grosgrain ribbons, fur pompoms, with many hats using self-trimmings. The sherbet colors are delicious and the animal prints are bold. Small combs are put in the cocktail hats on the sides to make the hat stay on your head just like they did in the old days. Retail prices are $70.00 - $250.00 and they can be ordered and shipped worldwide at WWW.DIVAHATS.RU Going to Moscow then contact them for an appointment in their showroom.

Article written by Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti

OPHELIE HATS

Do you have a head size that doesn’t fit the hats sold in the store? Well this company can custom make a hat for men or women in their studio. Oh no this line is not made in China but for 18 years made in Montreal, Canada by hand. In the photo are straws to order for right now but the show had mainly Fall styles for the store/website buyers. Colors for the upcoming season are gray, olive, taupe, browns, red and of course black in classic styles including cloche, fedora, baseball, jockey, porkpie, along with some trendy shapes as toreador, hats with high crowns, Mountie, and tilbury. Lots of handwork goes into these hats with hand cut felt flowers. Other trims used are leather bands, chains and Italian ribbon. I especially love the cocktail hats in round saucer shapes with embroidery on the top. The good news is they won’t fall off your head because they have an elastic attached to the inside that is worn in the back of the head. Retail prices $68.00 - $240.00 To order readymade or custom made hats for men/women WWW.OPHELIEHATS.COM

Article written by Stylist and Trend Reporter Patricia Ann Parenti

WILLI HATS HEAVEN

Sixty-three-different pastel, jewel tone, and neutral colors these hand knitted hats from 100% wool in Poland come in. Easy to wear styles for everyone to keep warm in Winter are berets, cloches, beanies and French Berets. The use of lace flower appliqués, fur pompons, veiling and hand cut self-flowers adorn these hats. Many styles are pleated and come with/without rhinestones and look like they came right from the Jazz Age Era. Berets are embellished with appliqués in roses and have stitched polka dots in them. A great feature that will make the French Beret fit most heads is an elastic in the back. Oh, but it looks entirely different than any beret you have seen for its quilted on the top with a three-inch band and it comes with a grosgrain and velvet bow to make it very pretty. The collection consists of 100 different styles. You can see how pretty they look on Azra Haxhaj who is the US Sales Rep for the brand/works at the store and who modeled all the hats. Retail prices $100.00 - $150.00. To view the collection only and decide what you want to buy WWW.WILLI.PL To buy the hats all year round in USA go to the store UNIMAG, 516 BRIGHTON BEACH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY, Phone 347-424-9263, Email [email protected]MAIL.COM, Open Monday thru Saturday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The storefront will also say Bright & Wear. When you contact/visit the store PLEASE tell them you heard about them from the blog on  http://cognacscornermagazine.com/blog  and use my name Patricia Ann Parenti ! You can also order off Instagram @WILLIHATSHAVEN.USA

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Guests Gathered At A Night in Havana

All Against Abuse Gala​

Saturday, June 17 



Loretta K. Davis, Executive Director And TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Kimberly J. Nichols, Director of Development And TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Artist Asia Lee poses for a photo-op  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Executive Director Loretta K. Davis poses for a photo-op with Supporters  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Poker at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Auction Items  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Auction Items  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


Auction Items  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op next to a vintage car  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse, Ms. Wellerlane's dress designed by Fashion Designer Grace Edwards


TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op  at A Night In Havana Annual All Against Abuse.  Ms. Wellerlane's dress designed by Fashion Designer Grace Edwards

The Retreat Domestic Violence Services presented A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala on Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 pm. The extravagant event took place at The Field House, Butter Lane Bridgehampton.


The gala featured performance by Maria Bacard, Live Salsa Music with Mambo Loco, Monte Carlo Style Gaming by Great Neck Games, World Renowned Auctioneer & Entertainer CK Swett, Cuban inspired dishes catered by Art of Eating and Late Night DJ Dancing with East End Entertainment.


April Gornik, Jacques Pepin, and Peter Dayton were are among the artists bringing back the tradition of hand painted ceramic plates to All Against Abuse, the annual gala supporting The Retreat's domestic violence services.

Originally a "plate auction," hundreds of famous and local participating artists created and donated one-of-a-kind, beautiful plates which were auctioned and sold to the highest bidder. The concept of artist painted plates began in 1996. NYU Professor and photographer Ann Chwatsky, still a member of the AAA Committee, helped coordinate the premier auction. "We thought that plates would be a good idea, something novel that would allow everyone a chance to buy artwork," explains Chwatsky. "It was amazing how many artists were happy to participate, even though the majority had never worked with ceramic glazes for the painting. The plates became a symbol of support for The Retreat - both for the creators and the buyers."


Over the years, the event grew into something larger than an auction. It has become a celebration of The Retreat's partnership with the community. In 2015, the gala was renamed All Against Abuse, to clarify all people are encouraged to get involved, not only artists.


At the event I had the chance to chat with Executive Director Loretta K. Davis.

Loretta K. Davis joined The Retreat in early 2015 as Executive Director.


Since taking the position of Executive Director, Loretta has secured new sources of public and private funding and provided strategic and management guidance for all of The Retreat’s services. Under Loretta’s leadership, The Retreat has launched new programs, increased pro bono attorney representation of clients, increased clients served, strengthened its services, broadened community involvement and spread awareness of our services.

Loretta, with the help of a skilled team of managers, oversees a staff of 55 individuals. As a judge in New York State for over 19 years, Loretta has a strong understanding of the court system and a commitment to the issues of our clients.

The Retreat offers victims of domestic violence:


Bilingual Hotline Services – Telephone crisis intervention is available 24 hours per day. Staff and trained volunteers link callers to the shelter, police, emergency health and other needed services, while providing supportive listening, basic information, and referrals. The Retreat’s hotline number is 631.329.2200.


Counseling – Individual and group counseling is provided for adults and children. Short-term goals help clients take control of their lives and make positive changes without guilt. Long-term counseling provides a setting for healing, and group counseling combines education about abuse with mutual support.


Legal Advocacy – Trained legal advocates accompany victims to court, explain the legal process, and assist in obtaining orders of protection, and custody. In addition, working with the New York Office of Victim Services, The Retreat provides information and assistance to innocent victims of crime for out of pocket expenses.

Residential Services – The Stephanie House, located on the east end of Long Island, provides housing for 18 adults and children for a 90-day length of stay. Included among the services are adult and children’s counseling, legal advocacy, educational programs, and case management services. Access to the shelter is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call our Hotline if you need shelter 631.329.2200.


Violence Prevention Education – The Retreat’s in-school education program effectively helps children and teenagers build self-esteem while enabling them to identify and understand how to deal with problem situations on the playground, in their home, or in dating relationships. Through these programs, children learn at an early age that violence is unacceptable. We also educate the community via workshops and presentations about domestic violence, including bullying and dating violence.


Join The Retreat in celebrating 30 years of saving lives. Learn more at www.retreatgala.org or call (631)329-4398.

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21st Annual Hamptons Heart Ball Honors Ralph S. Mosca, M.D. & Lori Mosca, M.D., PHD

TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS AT THE HEART OF THE HAMPTONS BALL IN SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honorees Dr. Ralph and Lori Mosca At The 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Event Co-Chair George Benedict


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Open Your Heart Chair Jean Shafiroff at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball.  Ms. Shafiroff's gown designed

by Victor deSouza


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Hamptons Magazine Publisher and Event Committee Member Debra Halpert


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Singer and Auction & Gift Bag Co-Chairs Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin at The 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Auction & Gift Bag Co-Chair Tracy Stern


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Event Committee Member Sara Herbert Galloway


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Fox 5 TV American Newscaster Harris Faulkner at the 21st Heart of The Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress Cassandra Seidenfeld at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


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Brander Debra Rothberg poses for a photo-op with Cognac Wellerlane at at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


The Team at Long Island American Heart Association that put the event together poses for a photo-op at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


Dining Tent at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


Philanthropist and Open Your Heart Chair Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


Harris Kimberly Faulkner poses for a photo-op at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 21st Heart of the Hamptons Ball in Southampton, New York


Guests gathered at 21st Annual Hamptons Heart Ball to honor Dr. Ralph and Lori Mosca with the Distinguished Service Award.


Dr. Ralph Mosca, MD is a cardiac surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 57 years old and has been practicing for 32 years. Dr. Mosca is affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Mosca graduated from Da vidson College Magna Cum Laude, received his medical degree from Upstate University Medical Center Cum Laude and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society for graduating in the top of his class. He completed residencies in General Surgery at Upstate Medical University and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Mosca then went on train in Pediatric Cardia Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann rbor where he subsequently served on the faculty for nearly a decade before becoming Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Children's Hospital of New York in 2000. Dr. Mosca was recruited to lead the Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery Programs at NYU Langone Medical Center in 2009.

Dr. Mosca has provided humanitarian care to babies across the world and has participated in mission to developing countries to provide life-saving surgical procedures on children with heart defects and to train local surgeons to increase their capacity to provide quality congenital heart care.


Lori Mosca, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of Preventive Cardiology at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Mosca received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and her Masters in Public Health and Ph.D. in Epidemiology from Columbia University. She completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Upstate Medical University and a Fellowship in Preventive Cardiology at Columbia University. Dr. Mosca has been listed among America's and New York's Top Doctors every year since 2005. She is author of Heart to Heart: A Personal Plan for Creating a Heart-Healthy Family.


Dr. Mosca’s area of clinical expertise is preventive cardiology and women's health. Her research focuses on lifestyle and family centered interventions to prevent heart disease. She is Principal Investigator of 3 National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded studies including one to evaluate the role of caregivers to improve cardiac patient outcomes. Dr. Mosca has mentored dozens of new investigators and has been supported by a National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Mid-Career Award in Applied Preventive Cardiology Research. Her research contributions were recognized by the American Medical Women's Association with the 2007 Women in Science Award. Dr. Mosca is also a standing member of the NIH/NHLBI Clinical Trials Study Section.


Dr. Mosca is Past Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and Past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. She currently chairs the AHA Expert Panel for the Effectiveness-Based Guidelines for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Women. In 2004 she was the inaugural recipient of the Woman's Day Red Dress Award, and was named the Outstanding Young Alumna at Upstate Medical University. She is also the recipient of the 2011 National American Heart Association's Meritorious Achievement Award and the 2011 WomenHeart Wenger Award for Excellence in Medical Leadership. She has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, and the CBS Evening News and recently hosted a PBS special educational program, Dr. Mosca's 3 Keys to Heart Health. Dr. Mosca serves on several editorial boards and is a peer reviewer for leading journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has authored more than 200 scientific publications. Dr. Mosca has 2 sons, is the wife of a pediatric cardiac surgeon, is a competitive triathlete, and Hawaii Ironman finisher.


Chairs included: George Benedict + Aubrey C. Galloway, M.D. + Seymour Cohn.


The Village of Southampton will also be recognized for beinga Heart Safe community. The 2017 Hamptons Heart Ball will be chaired by George Benedict, Chair Emeritus of the Board of Seafield Center and Aubrey C. Galloway, M.D., Seymour Cohn Professor & Chairman, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery NYU Langone Medical Center.

The Hamptons Heart Ball, is a fun and elegant event focused on raising funds for the mission

of the American Heart Association. Friends and colleagues from NYC, Long Island and The Hamptons

enjoy the beautiful setting of the Hamptons while eating delicious heart healthy foods, drinking

delightful local wines and having fun with the music and dancing. The evening featured live

music by That 70's Band, cocktail hour, a seated dinner catered by Elegant Affairs as well as a

live & silent auction was also the highlight the night. Also new this year was the Crash the

Ball After Party which took place from 9:30pm to 12:30pm.


For more information on how to donate, participate and contribute please visit www.heart.org.

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GUESTS AND SUPPORTERS ATTEND HAMPTONS.COM CONNECTIONS AND COCKTAILS PARTY AT UNION CANTINA RESTAURANT IN SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK



Hamptons.com staff Hamptons.com Editor-in-Chief Nicole Barylski, Hamptons.com Publisher Joe Kazickas, Bridgehampton National Bank Marketing Director Claudia Pilato, Director of Sales & Marketing Michele Steudte, and Controller Mary Wilson and photographer Lisa Tamburini pose for a photo-op at Hamptons.com Connections and Cocktails Party


GUESTS GATHER AT HAMPTONS.COM CONNECTIONS AND COCKTAILS PARTY


TV HOST AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS EDITOR IN CHIEF NICOLE BARYLSKI



TV HOST COGNAC AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS ECO-CHEF & SPEAKER DEBRA SECUNDA


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES WITH NY SOCIALITE ERIC ANDREW RUIZ

TV HOST COGNAC AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH ERIC ANDREW NYC SOCIALITE  AT HAMPTONS.COM CONNECTIONS AND COCKTAILS PARTY

ERIC ANDREW NYC SOCIALITE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT HAMPTONS.COM CONNECTIONS AND COCKTAILS


TV HOST AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH ERIC ANDREW NYC SOCIALITE AT THE HAMPTONS.COM CONNECTIONS AND COCKTAILS PARTY

Guests mingled, connected and enjoyed cocktails at this year's at Hamptons.com Connections and Cocktails Party on Friday, June 9th.


  Hamptons.com kicked off their annual summer Connections & Cocktails party presented by Bridgehampton National Bank. The event took place at the newly opened Union Cantina Restaurant in Southampton.

It has become an annual tradition as Hamptons.com Publisher Joe Kazickas and Bridgehampton National Bank to co-host this wonderful event each year.


I had the chance to chat with Nicole Barylski who is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology for the very online publications www.Hamptons.com


I also had the opportunity to connect with Eco-Chef and Speaker Debra Secunda who is an expert and guru on healty living.


TV host Debra Secunda has interviewed best selling authors such as Dr. Dean Ornish “Eat More, Weigh Less”, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Columbia Prof. Robert Thurman “Inside Tibetan Buddhism”, Gary Null “Natural Healing”, Jack LaLanne, Ram Dass “Be Here Now”, Sharon Gannon & David Life of “Jivamukti Yoga”, Krishna Das, “Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga”, James Van Prague “Talking to Heaven”, Adele Puhn “The 5 Day Miracle Diet”, Dan Millman “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior”, Dr. Earl Mindell “The Vitamin Bible”, and many others concerning the Body-Mind-Spirit connection in relation to Health, Awareness & Wellness.


Her dedication to improving “everyday life on Earth” is reflected in various charity fundraising projects and endeavoring to further Enlightenment and Healing through the MEDIA and “Sky in the Pie Productions, Inc.”.

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TV HOST AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST CELEBRATES HER BIRTHDAY SOIREE AT PANAME NYC FRENCH RESTAURANT IN MANHATTAN WITH FANS, GUESTS, OPERA STAR CRISTINA FONTANELLI AND VIOLIN PLAYER GRAY DEVIO

TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH OPERA STAR CRISTINA FONTANELLI AND VIOLIN PLAYER GRAY DEVIO AT PANAME NYC RESTAURANT FOR COGNAC WELLERLANE'S BIRTHDAY SOIREE


CRISTINA FONTANELLI AND VIOLIN PLAYER GRAY DEVIO POSE FOR A PHOTO-OP AT PANAME NYC RESTAURANT FOR COGNAC WELLERLANE'S BIRTHDAY SOIREE


FRIENDS AND GUEST POSE FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE AT PANAME NYC RESTAURANT FOR COGNAC WELLERLANE'S BIRTHDAY SOIREE


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP AT PANAME NYC RESTAURANT FOR COGNAC WELLERLANE'S BIRTHDAY SOIREE

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Thanks to all who came and celebrated by wonderful Birthday Soiree. Restaurant Owner and Executive Chef Bernard Roz and Publicist Miriam Silverberg hosted this wonderful event for me which was a special birthday!

During the evening Violinist Gray Devio performed for my guests and I.


Born in New York City, Gray Devio, songwriter, producer, singer, violinist, violist, pianist and guitarist began his studies in music at the age of 3, and began writing and arranging original material at age 7. By the time he was 11, Gray had performed in many of the major concert halls in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall. He accepted an invitation to perform in Tchaikovsky Hall and other leading concert halls in Moscow, and has made many appearances on television and radio. Pre-College, Gray attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York City for 4 years, studying performance, composition, conducting, theory and solfége. Having been concertmaster of the Symphony and principal violist of both the Symphony and Orchestras, Gray graduated from Juilliard in the Spring of 1999. To continue his education after Juilliard, Gray attended Brown University for studies in business, marketing, computer science and music engineering. After his inspiring years at Brown, he returned to New York to continue performing, start his own unique talent and event production company, Gray Devio Events, as well as his artist collective, Bigger Bang Media. Since then, Gray has performed at and produced events for high-end clients such as Lamborghini, Audi, The Rolling Stones, Donald Trump, Tony Parker, Kevin Hart, Tyra Banks, Elizabeth Arden, NBC, and American Express, to name a few, and has shared the stage with well-known acts all over the world, some of them including Pitbull, Alicia Keys, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Taio Cruz, Wyclef, Deborah Cox, Aaron Neville, Najee, Jordan Knight, Fabolous, Sean Kingston, Twisted Sister, Jennifer Holiday, Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, Ashford & Simpson, Rick Derringer, Michael Bolton, The Gin Blossoms and Rod Stewart. Between his performances and event production around the world, Gray devotes his time to writing and producing music across many different genres: Pop, Country, Rock, Heavy Metal, R&B, Hip-Hop, House, Commercial Dance, Electronica, as well as thematic music for film & television. For a full list of releases, please visit the discography page.


For more information on this talented songwriter and musicial please visit https://www.graydevio.com.


I also had the special treat of Opera Star Cristina Fontanelli singing Happy Birthday to me!

Cristina Fontanelli — has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. Tony Bennett and Crisitina FontanelliShe has appeared as PBS-TV/NY affiliates host for Andrea Bocelli’s “Live From Central Park” also starring Celine Dion and Tony Bennett; for the “Il Volo Takes Flight” special; Vienna Boys Choir and Qi Gong PBS-TV Specials. In November of 2014 Cristina was chosen by the Italian government as a world-wide representative of the Puglia region to sing in Bari, Italy. She is the “voice of Domino’s Pizza” on their national radio commercial, the voice of “Nonna” on PBS-TV Chef Lidia Bastianich’s Christmas special (in over 300 PBS outlets across the U.S.) and has appeared on CBS Weekend NY in interview/performance/co-hosting roles for the past 2 years. Cristina’s beautiful soprano voice has taken her to the White House as part of President Clinton’s holiday celebration and Cristina was invited to open the ceremonies at the Stars and Stripes Inaugural Ball for President George W. Bush. This following her “Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts” from the Order Sons of Italy in America (previous honorees include Luciano Pavarotti).


Cristina is a proud member of the top entertainment industry unions – SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY and has been cited as one of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts most notable alumni (along with Robert Redford, Danny DeVito, Edward G. Robinson, etc.). She has sung title roles with the Palm Beach Opera, the Cairo Opera, Opera of Hong Kong, the NY Grand Opera, NJ State Opera and the Opera of the Hamptons in Tosca, La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, the Merry Widow, etc. as well as symphonic classics such as the Beethoven 9th.


She has completed three world-tours with the Mantovani Orchestra. Annual and recent appearances include Jimmy Kimmel’s Feast of San Gennaro in Hollywood, CA; singing the National Anthem on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. for the testimony by fashion-icon Giorgio Gucci; appearing annually at Feinsteins at the Regency Hotel; singing Happy Birthday to Mickey Rooney for his 90th birthday celebration at Feinsteins (Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Tony Bennett, et al in attendance); opening the ceremonies for the prestigious Hamptons Classic Horseshow; honoring Connie Francis at the historic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach; the National Arts Club NYC; performances in San Diego (with Giada DiLaurentis); making her off-Broadway debut at the St. Luke’s Theater in “My Big Gay Italian Wedding”; the PBS Gala at Times Square Discover and she continues to produce her “Christmas in Italy” which will soon be a PBS production later this year.


Cristina has sung at Gracie Mansion at the invitation of Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Washington, D.C. for the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the 9/11 Memorial at Rockefeller CenterItalian Embassy, Lincoln Center with stars from the Metropolitan Opera and the Waldorf-Astoria for the Columbus Citizens Foundation honoring Franco Zeffirelli and Maestro Riccardo Muti. She has toured the Middle East extensively as an “Ambassador of Opera”. Ms. Fontanelli has also toured as a solo concert artist in major concert halls throughout Japan, Korea, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States. She has received rave reviews for her nightclub entertainment abilities, in addition to her classical concert and operatic appearances. Other appearances include the Hilton in Atlantic City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC, a 9/11 memorial concert at Rockefeller Center with the NYPD Concert Band (televised on CNN, Fox National and NY Channels 5, 7 and 9) and the Columbus Day Parade on 5th Avenue NYC. She was signed by platinum-record winning producer to record “Cristina Fontanelli Sings Great Italian Favorites”. Her numerous awards include the American Opera Auditions and awards from the Puccini and Koussevitsky Foundations and “Woman of the Year” awards from the NYC Transit Authority, Italian Charities in America, the NJ Federation of Italian and Italian-American Societies, the Ethnic Press Council of Toronto, the Salerno Club of the State of NY and the International Women’s Network for service to NY. Ms. Fontanelli speaks fluent Italian and sings and entertains in 8 languages.

For more information please visit http://www.cristinafontanelli.com


Celebrity guests in attendance included:  Actor Bill Lee Lanndis, NY Socialite Eric Andrews and Doug,  Little Shelter David Ceely and Tito Colon, Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti, Brand Expert Debra Rothberg, Artist George Schulman,  Finance Expert Owain Morgan and Celebrity Photographer Shane Morgan, Magazine Publisher Olga  Papkovitch, Socialite Beverly Gelb and Ken Gelb and The Baroness Marion von Burchard


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Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2017

















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TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH ANNA BIGHAM, RACHEL TOMKAL AND DOLLY ZURZUSKI AT GREENWICH CONCOURS DE ELEGANCE 2017


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE INTERVIEWS TV PERSONALITY AND TV HOST WAYNE CARINI FROM "CHASING CLASSIC CARS"


TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE POSES FOR A PHOTO-OP WITH BONHAMS REP ERIC MINOFF AT THE GREENWICH CONCOURS DE ELEGANCE 2017


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Saturday, June 3, at the two-day (June 3-4) 2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Conn., featured the popular Hot Rod and Custom Car classes, children’s cars and Supercars of the world. The day ended with a gala at the Delamar Hotel.

Organized by Chasing Classic Cars TV host Wayne Carini, along with automotive journalist Ken Gross, collector Ralph Marano Jr. and Chief Judge Jed Rapoport, the display of Hot Rods and Custom Cars ranged from the legendary Ed "Isky" Iskenderian's 1924 Ford Model T Roadster to contemporary Custom Cars by Rick Dore and Rob Ida. There was a special presentation beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the awards tent where they discussed the design and build of the cars.


Ida showcaseg a 1940 Mercury and a 1948 Tucker Custom, uniquely designed and created at Rob Ida Concepts in Morganville, N.J. "We're super excited to be a part of the Greenwich Concours," said Ida, whose company brings three generations of experience in the specialty automobile industry. "For one of the nation's most coveted Concours to recognize the work of Modern Coach Builders is nothing short of inspiring. Coach Builders have existed as long as cars have and there was a time that these artists and craftspeople were admired and featured for their unique one-of-a-kind vehicles. It's nice to know that the craft is still being recognized at such a high level at the Greenwich Concours."


Dore displayed a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II "ReMARKable” and a 1963 T-Bird "Tango.” “I've been hearing about the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance for years," said Dore, who operates Rick Dore Kustoms in California. "Our focus is American roadsters from the 1930s through 1960s, and I'm excited to have our cars and car culture showcased at such a great event."


Carini, based in Connecticut, is known as a master car restorer, car collector and television personality. He owns three restorations companies and, as host of Chasing Classic Cars on Velocity Channel, he welcomes you into the elite club of car restorers and collectors as he buys, restores and sells vintage rides. He also introduces you to owners of the most exclusive and secret garages open only to him. Concours visitors will see hot rods from Carini's collection, including his "Moal Speedway" which was featured on an episode of CCC.

The extreme Supercars, known for their high-performance and radical design, will also be featured on the field. Cars unattainable to most ordinary citizens will dazzle the senses. They include a Pagani Huayra BC, a Bugatti Veyron SS and a Ferrari LaFerrari.


Chlldren's cars on display included a Ferrari Bimbo Racer, Ford GT40 and a Jaguar XKE.

Supporters and guests attended Saturday Night Gala at the Delamar Hotel across the water from the Concours site which was sponsored by Burgess Yachts, duPont REGISTRY and Betteridge Jewelers. The l’escale restaurant offerd a gourmet buffet and open bar, with luxury yachts on display at the docks. Proceeds from the silent auction benefited Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies and health programs.


Sunday Results List 2017

Award Title

year

make/model

owner

Best in Show

1938

Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

Private Collection

People's Choice

Founders Award

1967

Ghia 450 SS Convertible

Michael Schudroff

Most Elegant Motorcar

1950

Rolls Royce Silver Wraith

Gene & Marlene Epstein

Grand Marshal's Award

1952

Jaugar C-Type

Drake Darrin

Chief Judge's Award

1932

Bugatti Type 49

John Cesari

Chairman’s Choice

1960

Bentley Continental convertible

Fred & Dan Kanter

The Malcolm Pray award

1935

Amilcar

Ralph Bonanotte

Most Fun Car

1989

Tatra 613

Vinnie & Julia Baksht

Best car for the Milia Miglia

1954

Lancia D50A

Peter Giddings

Most Outstanding Jaguar

1954

Jaguar XK120 FHC

Todd Ressler

Most Outstanding Ferrari

1953

Ferarri 166 mm Barchetta

Colton Amster

Best combo of Car & Costume- Genia

1957

BMW 503 Coupe

Zahcary Schulman

The Journalists Award

1925

Bugatti Type 30

Peter Charlap

Hagerty Youth Judging

Chasing Classic Cars

1959

Stanguellini Formula Junior

Tim LaGananke

Vintage Rallies Award

1954

Siata 200 CS

Walter Eisenstark

Preservation Award

1926

Bugatti Type 37

Sarah Rheault

HVA Award

1931

Buagtti Type 37

Sandy Leith

Most Outstanding BMW

1957

BMW 503 Coupe

Zachary Schulman

Most outstanding Lamborghini

1965

Lamborghini 350 GT coupe

Blake Stevenson

Spirit of the hobby - SCM

1956

Arnolt Bristol Bolide

Charles Schumdorf

Childrens Cars - BIC

Ferrari Bimbo Racer

Private Collection

Childrens Cars - BIC

Jaguar D-Type

Private Collection

German - BIC

1950

Volkswagen Bettle Split Window

Bob Cropsey

German - BIC

1972

BMW 2002 tii

Bruce Hall

German - BIC

1964

Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster

Jerry Robinson

German - BIC

1970

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

Guita & Christian Mortinger

German - BIC

1973

Porsche 911 RS Carrera Coupe

Douglas & Susan Brown

Bugatti - BIC

1929

Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport

Tedd & Christina Zamjahn

Bugatti - BIC

1927

Bugatti Type 37A

Maureen Serri

Bugatti - BIC

1938

Bugatti 57C Atalante coupe

Private Collection

Bugatti - BIC

1928

Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport

Richard S. King

Most Outstanding Motorcycle

1937

BMW R6

Philip Richter

Motorcycle - BIC

1948

Velocette KTT

Randy Hoffman

Motorcycle - BIC

1984

Ducati TT1

Ralph Richter

Ferrari - BIC

1965

Ferrari 275 GTB Coupe

Howard Riina

Ferrari - BIC

1970

Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Glenn Simon

Italian Sports/ GT - BIC

1960

Triumph Italia 2000GT

Alan & Robin Anspaugh

Italian Sports/ GT - BIC

1954

Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Chris Robins

Italian Sports/ GT - BIC

1983

Lamborghini Countach Coupe

Bob Daddino

Prewar - BIC

1937

Delahaye 135M competition

Myron Schuster

British - BIC

1934

Bentley 3.5 liter DHC

Dan Mcurdy & Rob Anderson

British - BIC

1958

Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII

Matthew deGarmo

British - BIC

1966

Jauguar XKE FHC

Alan & Gretchen Wiedie

Lime Rock Historics - BIC

1932

Alta Le Mans Racer

Nick Grewal

Lime Rock Historics - BIC

1962

Jauguar XKE (Ford Powered)

Nick Soprano

Lime Rock Historics - BIC

1959

Stanguellini Formula Junior

Lawrence Auriana

Lime Rock Park 60th Anniv. Award

1975

Alfa Romeo Tipo 33

Joe Nastasi

International - BIC

1973

Citroen SM 3.0

Seth Neubart

Award of Speed & Style: Robert Graham

1937

MG L Boattail Roadster

M.ichael Graham

Award of timeless Elegance: Betterridge

1954

Mercedes Benz 300b

James & Janet Jones

Award of Speed & Style

1969

Mercedes Benz 280 SL

Thomas & Kristin Zarella

Award of Speed & Style

1959

Fiat Transformable conv

Lance Levathan

Award of Speed & Style

1953

Bentley R-type

Frank Giarratana

Award of Speed & Style

1959

Lancia Appia GTE Berlinetta

John Kistoff

Award of Speed & Style

1965

Beach Mk 4B2

Richard Kresch

Award of Timeless Elegance

1971

Iso Grifo

Byron LaMotte

Award of Timeless Elegance

1967

Ferrari 275 GTB4 Nart Spyder

Jeffrey Mamorsky

Award of Timeless Elegance

1938

Aston Martin 2-ltr Ulster

Robert Burt

Award of Timeless Elegance

1964

Aston Martin DB5 Coupe

Mark & Trish Davies

Award of Timeless Elegance

1961

Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible

Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible

For more information please visit www.greenwichconcours.com


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Hamptonites Attend A Taste Of Wine At The Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit The Southampton Animal Shelter

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Adoption Director  Kate McEntee at A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the 

Southampton Animal Shelter


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff Poses For A Photo-op With Supporters At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President Jonathan McCann At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


TV Host Interviews Fashion Designer VICTOR dE SOUZA At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


Karen Koeningsberg Founder/President of www.cherishedfeet.org poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


Costume Designer Rosemary Ponzo, Actress Sara Johnson Kaplan At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


Eco-Chef & Speaker Debra Secunda poses for a photo-op At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op At A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter


 A Taste of Wine at the Southampton Historical Museum to Benefit the

Southampton Animal Shelter

Supporters and Hamptonites attended A Taste of Wine, a Wine Tasting on Sunday May 28 from 5p/8p at the Southampton Historical Museum located at 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY.


Guests enjoyed a selection on exquisite wines, Hors d'oeuvres and live music to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter. Philantropist Jean Shafiroff hosted the event who is dedicated to rescuing animals as well as many other causes.


Shafiroff has been a trustee of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) since 1992, and served as a board member of the Youth Counseling League, a division of JBFCS, from 1998 to 2009. She has served as co-chair of Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Foundation since 2005, and as a member of the board of directors from 2001 to 2004.


Shafiroff joined the board of Couture Council, which supports the museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), in 2010. In April 2012, Shafiroff was appointed to the board of the French Heritage Society. Later that year, she joined the board of the New York Women's Foundation after having hosted the foundation's annual luncheon fundraiser the previous four years.


Ms. Shaifroff is an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter.


Shafiroff is known for "her leadership in raising money for the Southampton Hospital." She chaired the hospital's annual summer gala fundraiser for the years 2010–2011 and 2013. Shafiroff has chaired other galas and fundraisers, including the Bicentennial Gala of the NY Mission Society, the Solar One Gala and the New York City American Cancer Society Gala three times.


Ms. Shafiroff has also organized and hosted high-profile luncheons for many charitable organizations.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that relies on the caring generosity of our donors and volunteers to care to for the homeless animals in our community, and place them in loving “forever homes.” The number of animals in need of our help is growing every day. The overpopulation of pets on Long Island is a major issue and sadly more amazing animals are ending up homeless. Whether caring for strays found wandering the streets, rescuing neglected and abandoned animals, or saving dogs from the horrors of the puppy mill industry, the shelter is a safe haven for all animals and for some, a last resort. Without SASF, these animals would not be able to survive. The shelter provides a stepping stone for animals to find a loving home. It offers them housing, food, medical treatment, training, and rehabilitation when necessary.


SASF is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of its donors and volunteers. Your support makes all of this possible and together we can help save more lives!


The Southampton Animal Shelter was operated as a municipal shelter by the Town of Southampton until January 2010. Due to budget cuts at the time, the Town eliminated the shelter. A concerned group of locals citizens banded together to save the shelter and created the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, with a mission to provide for the welfare of the ever growing number of homeless animals, and, in turn, to place them in permanent caring homes.


For more information on how you can contribute, participate, support, donate and adopt please visit https://southamptonanimalshelter.com


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Despite Stormy Weather Supporters Attend Pink Tie Gala At The Crest Hollow Country Club In

Woodbury, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Sports Star Jim Leyritz at the Pink Tie Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Cancer Survivor and Attorney Theresa Mari at  the Pink Tie Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Rich Cave and Guest at he Pink Tie Gala at

 the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York



Co-Founder Rich Cave poses for a photo-op at he Pink Tie Gala at the

 Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York



Scott Stapp from Creed performs at he Pink Tie Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Actress and TV Host Helen Proimos


Stylist Patricia Ann Parenti poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at he Pink Tie Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in 

Woodbury , New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at he Pink Tie Gala at the 

Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury , New York

Despite the stormy weather, almost 3,000 supporters attended the 2017 Pink Tie Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Monday May 22, 2017.



The event was held inside due to the weather but that did not dampen the spirit and the passions of all those committed to bringing awareness and putting an end through funding for cancer research.

Pinktie.org Real Estate Professionals Networking for a cure was established and founded by Mike Cave, CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services on the premise that breast cancer is an all to familar threat on Long Island impacting just about everyone in one way or another.



After the success of their first few annual events, Pinktie.org decided to launch a new initiative, PinkTie1000. PinkTie1000 is a 100% pass through organization, with the mission to compel 1,000 professionals to commit to contributing $100/quarter ($400 per year). In turn, they will collectively cut a $100,000 check benefit various causes that impact our community.



PinkTie.org and PinkTie1000’s core mission is to benefit local organizations, nationwide, in the communities that they serve, which are predominately volunteer, with zero-to-minimal overhead costs and administrative fees. This allows pinktie.org to make the most direct impact in the community. Their vision is to find creative ways to bring our vast real estate network together, in support of education and research to find a cure for causes including (but not limited to): breast cancer, autism, traumatic brain injury, and more.



In addition to standard fundraising events, PinkTie.org uses the men’s fashion accessory to attract funds for charitable organizations, with sports celebrity-autographed neckties.



For more information on how you can support donate and contribute please visit https://pinktie.org

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Art Enthusiast Experience NO BOUNDARIES At RJD Art Gallery and Automotive Art At Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Gallery Owner Richard J. Demato



























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Gallery Owner Richard J. Demato, Director Eve Gianni Corio, And Assistant Art Director  Casey Dalene at RJD Art Gallery  


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Art Show "No Boundaries" at the RJD Art Gallery in Bridgehampton, NY

Art Enthusiast Experience NO BOUNDARIES At RJD Art Gallery and Automotive Art At Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York on May 20, 2017.


Art collectors came out East to Experience NO BOUNDARIES, from the subversive subject matter of Margaret Bowland, the illumination of decay by Rick Garland, to the emotional colored pencil realism of Jesse Lane, gathered together in celebrating these new works and more, on Saturday May 20th 6-8pm.

RJD Gallery specializes in contemporary art with a focus on Magical, Figurative Realism, Narrative Portraiture and Urban Landscape.


RJD Gallery exhibits international, representational artists with a concentration on narrative realism, photorealistic portraiture, surrealism and figurative art. Exhibiting drawing, painting and sculpture, Their emerging artists and American Master Painters from their RJD Private Collection present a contemporary vision of our world.


Gallery Owner Richard J. Demato possesses a tireless enthusiasm for life and set out on his own at 17. He worked nights driving a newspaper truck, and was educated at The University of California at Irvine, wherein he achieved a B.S. in Biology, teaching credentials, and ultimately entered their PhD program in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. An exciting business opportunity arrived in 1974, and he found himself in the textile industry – where he would spend the next 30 years.


Prior to the RJD Gallery, Richard owned and operated a global textile and manufacturing business. He travelled extensively throughout the world, and acquired a vast collection of art and priceless experiences on his journeys. His firm was extremely active with a myriad of charities; including The Fashion Institute, AIDS LA and NYC, Fountain House/NYC, Joel Finkelstein Cancer research, UJA; and funded research in breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s.


In 2003, he moved to Sag Harbor, NY and his commitment to charitable endeavors persisted. For 10 years, he has been a part of the board of The Retreat, an organization dedicated to ending family violence. He is also an honorary board member of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, and has been involved with Fountain House, NYC, for many years. Other charity involvements have included The Animal Rescue Fund, East End Theater and Radio, breast cancer research, and local art and artists via The Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall membership.


The support and awareness of our collectors has allowed RJD gallery to endow a portion of our proceeds to non-profit causes, including, but not limited to, The Retreat, The Southampton Animal Shelter, amFAR and the Fountain House NYC.


Richard has been on the board of The Retreat, theretreatinc.org, since 2005, the Honorary Board of the SASF since 2013, and has assisted Fountain House, NYC, since the early 1990’s.


Eve Gianni Corio, Director

Eve has been a student of the arts her entire life. She was raised in NYC and consumed with the fast paced lifestyle of her families’ women’s fashion company and travelled extensively throughout Europe, and was constantly exposed to art and design. She attended The Chapin School in NYC and after the untimely passing of her father, went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Vermont. During that time she also attended the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy where her passion for art was further realized.

The visual world has been her constant passion and after years in her families clothing business, Gianni Sport Ltd., working in design and production and as the Director of Marketing, she transitioned into interior decorating working at Cullman & Kravis and eventually, opening her own firm after moving to East Hampton, NY in 2005.

Since 2011, Eve has been the Director of the RJD Gallery, and is involved with all aspects of the business from artist selection and curating exhibitions to marketing and advertising.

She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, enjoys her active involvement with the galleries non-profit affiliations, and continues to seek and share the beauty in this world, with her daughter, family, friends and others.

For more information on new exhibits please vist http://rjdgallery.com

Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery








TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Art Director Nicholas O at the Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Mark Borghi Fine Art Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York

Mark Borghi Fine Art was founded in 1998 in New York. In 2004 the gallery opened a second space in Bridgehampton serving as a summer outpost exhibiting the same program as New York. The gallery program has mounted exhibitions of contemporary art featuring the work of Richard Prince, Jean Michel Basquiat and Christopher Wool as well as exhibitions dedicated to the history of The New York School, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art showing the earlier work of Hans Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein and Willem de Kooning. In 2011, a third gallery opened in Palm Beach at 255 Worth Avenue with the inaugural exhibition: “Larry Poons Recent Works” During its first five years, the Worth Avenue space, has presented work by Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell and Jackson Pollock.


For more information please visit http://borghi.org


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Supporters Attend Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island













Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


Dog Fashion Designer Kevin Ugarte poses for a photo-op with one the canine models at the Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Dog Clothing Designer Kevin Ugarte at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews NYC DJ Jimmy Prada and Sean Reese at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Laura Petrocelli CEO of Couture Concepts NYC at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


Jennifer Ravell and Teresa Steinberg pose for a photo-op front row at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Teresa Steinberg and Jennifer Ravell at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


Executive Director David Ceely and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Fashion and Ferrari's: One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Fashion and Ferrari's: 

One Night Fashion Spectacular To Benefit Little Shelter Hosted By Ferrari-Maserati Of Long Island

Ferrari-Masserati of Long Island, home of the Experience Auto Group is opened its doors to Little Shelter on May 18th for the 4th annual Rescue Runway Fashion Show. Known for their amazing events and generosity to charity, this renowned dealership went to the dogs for an evening of fur, fashion and fun.

Among the lines of Ferrari's and Maserati's, Little Shelter's adoptable dogs spent the evening mingling with the marque's clients and enthusiasts before taking to the runway dressed in the hottest fashions sponsored by Fetch. Doors opened with a cocktail hour that included food and drinks sponsored by over a dozen of Long Island's finest restaurants and hotels. Attendees were encouraged to take the time to have a meet and greet with the evening's stars while indulging in gourmet cuisine.

"Our relationship with Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island began with a small brunch over 6 years ago, which resulted in an overlooked dog of ours finding a loving home. For that we'll always be grateful" says David Ceely Executive Director of Little Shelter "Stuart Hayim and his team's support has grown over the years, sponsoring not only this event, but many other Little Shelter fundraisers. Their support is really special to us" says Ceely. The event i attracted dog and car enthusiasts alike, including animal advocate Kristine Thorne of ABC 7, who was a special guest and MC for the fashion show.

A large raffle to benefit Little Shelter  closed out the event at the end of the night with amazing prizes such as:

Gift Certificates to La Villa Restaurants

Mets game tickets

And so much more!

Attendees were encouraged to bring a donation for the benefit of the animals to the event.

Special Thanks To The Event sponsors: The Experience Auto Group, Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island , Fetch, Len Marks Photography, Decco By Party Up Productions, Couture Concepts New York, Petco Foundation, Taste Of Asia, Tula Kitchen, Harbor Club at Prime, Pink Potion Energy, Maria's Mexican & Latin Cuisine, Babalu NY Cuban & Mediterranean Bistro

You can contact Little Shelter at 631-368-8770 for more details or visit the website at www.littleshelter.com

Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island has been awarded by Little Shelter as Long Island's Most Supportive Business. One of Long Island's oldest no-kill shelters, Little Shelter is dedicated to saving all companion animals whose lives are in jeopardy. Through rescue from kill facilities, rehabilitation of sick and un-socialized pets, and a 100% spay/neuter program, Little Shelter hopes to end pet overpopulation and place all dogs and cats in loving homes. Located in Huntington, NY. Little Shelter is also a part of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC Animals. 


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"Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery

Dr. Marjorie Van De Stouwe poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane 

Dr. Marjorie Van De Stouwe poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Exhibition "Awakenings" at the Hersh Fine Art Gallery

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"Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery


Co-Director Steve Forster from Hersh Fine Art Gallery poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Awakenings Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery



Co-Director Rebecca Forster from Hersh Fine Art Gallery poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Awakenings Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery


TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Artist Dr. Marjorie Van De Stouwe and her family at "Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery


"Awakenings" Featuring The Artwork Of Marjorie Van De Stouwe At The Hersh Fine Art Gallery

Hersh Fine Art is pleased to present "Awakenings," a solo exhibition of paintings by Long Island artist Marjorie van de Stouwe. "Awakenings" will be on view from May 13 until June 17, 2017. The artist presented an opening reception on Saturday, May 13, from 6 to 8pm.


Dr. Marjorie van de Stouwe is woman devoted to nurturing and preserving life. Both a successful physician and a highly skilled artist, her artistic work naturally comes from a deep love and respect of life in its depiction of living flower arrangements and their accoutrements. “I would like my work to soften the edges on our minds,” Dr. van de Stouwe explains, “to create a sense of peace, and at times, possibly humor.” Her subject matter is primarily still life with an emphasis on nature, frequently featuring flowers picked straight from her garden.

Each season offers a new opportunity to create a fresh body of work as the landscape changes with the weather. Awakenings celebrates transition, spring, and new birth. Tying together lyrical composition with an almost scientific investigation into the surface quality that communicates the difference between a dandelion and a daffodil, Dr. van de Stouwe’s work transcends mere academic pursuit. It celebrates the fleeting yet enduring qualities of beauty and impermanence. For a moment, the petals are intact and the leaves are suspended the in the air by their own strength, but the moment passes, and the flowers cannot endure long. Awakenings explores all stages of life and brings dignity to each one.


Antique Spray Roses subtlely pinpoints the moment of transition from the peak of life to its end. No petals have fallen, yet in an otherwise spry bouquet, several of the roses have begun to soften and sink, signaling the inevitable decline. Dandelions in a Crystal Vase pushes even further, immortalizing a common weed in all of its life cycles and giving it a place of honor in elegant crystal. It is a reminder that the apparent end of life is another beginning; the seeds will be taken up by the wind, dispersed, and new flowers will bloom.


Dr. van de Stouwe began formal classical training in earnest in 2002, studying at the Stevenson Academy and then the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove, but her journey began when she purchased her first oil painting set in the 8th grade. Her strengths in science and math took her on a different career path, however, and she graduated medical school with a specialty in Rheumatology. Dr. van de Stouwe has continued a serious pursuit of painting while maintaining a thriving rheumatology practice and raising three daughters, taking workshops and classes on a regular basis in addition to private lessons with Michael Klein and others. In 2014 she brought her years of private training to the public eye and began exhibiting and winning awards in numerous juried shows across the United States, including exhibitions for Oil Painters of America and American Women Artists. "Awakenings" is her first solo exhibition. Dr. Van de Stouwe currently lives and paints in her home studio in Upper Brookville, Long Island.

"Awakenings" will run from May 13-June 17, 2017, with a gallery reception on May 13 from 6-8pm. For details please refer to www.hershfineart.com or contact Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324 or [email protected]


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