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Hampton Lifeguard Association Summer Kick Off Benefit Party

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Lifeguard Expert John Ryan and Richard Kalbacher, former chief of the ocean rescue squadat The Hampton Lifeguard Association Summer Kick Off Benefit Party Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Harbor Bistro in East Hampton NY

Hampton Lifeguard Association (easthamptonoceanrescue.org) hosted their annual summer kick-off benefit party on Saturday, April 13 from 7–11 p.m. at Harbor Bistro (313 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton). The benefit featured music by Josh Brussell, a cash bar, delicious food and a silent and Chinese auction with tons of amazing items from spectacular travel destinations and gift baskets to restaurant gift certificates and spa treatments.

All proceeds go to support the HLA.

East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue (EHVOR) has been responding to water emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 2003. Our volunteer organization is the only one of its kind. We safeguard thousands of swimmers each year in Open Water Swims and Triathlons in the Town of East Hampton. Many of these are charitable events that benefit cancer research, Fighting Chance, Surfers Healing and Paddle for Pink.

Our mission is to make expedient and safe water rescues year-round at all unprotected beaches in East Hampton Town. Each month, we train in different locations coordinating with multiple Emergency Agencies, to be prepared for any water emergency from Wainscot to Montauk.

Our members promote water safety and education by assisting Hampton Lifeguard Association (HLA) in drown-proofing the East End. EHVOR assists with training and testing all lifeguards on the East End. We also train junior lifeguards, and the ages range from 9 to 14. EHVOR conducts a Nanny Program to educate nannies in water safety, especially for the summer months. We run educational press releases for Beach Safety Week on the dangers of rip currents and we are installing Rip Current signs at all the town’s ocean beach access points.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE OCEAN!

LEARN to SWIM!!!

And always:

swim near a lifeguard!

swim with a buddy and check with the lifeguards!

use sunscreen and drink plenty of water!

obey posted signs and flags!

keep the beach and water clean!

learn rip current safety!

LIFEGUARDS FOR LIFE

East Hampton has a rich history of everyday heroes, ordinary men and women who do extraordinary things. Since the 1770’s, when local volunteers patrolled the coastlines, these heroes courageously saved many lives in the waters surrounding the Town of East Hampton. In 1848, The United States Life-Saving Service, a governmental agency, formed with the mission to save the lives of shipwrecked seafarers and their distressed passengers. Then in 1915, they merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard.

Fast forward to 1978, when a group of local, courageous East Hampton baymen organized themselves, forming what was to become the East Hampton Baymen’s Association Dory Rescue Squad, a volunteer organization that grew out of humanitarian efforts to protect the lives of people in distress in the waters around the Town.

Due to their unique fishing skills of haul-seining, a fishing practice that required specialized knowledge of how to deal with powerful surf, these men provided emergency response teams for the Town’s lengthy ocean coastline. Thanks to their unending commitment, their knowledge and skills saved many lives. At its peak, the group had 130 members, all men.

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

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St.  Jude Fundraiser Hosted by Vine Wine Bar In Merrick, NY

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Lynn Mione at The Vine Wine Bar in Merrick, NY For St Jude Fundraiser 

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner Lynn Mione at The Vine Wine Bar in Merrick, NY For St Jude Fundraiser   

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Beauty Pageant Winner and Runners-up  Jane Rubenstein, CJ Marie, Phyllis Pinard from  Ms. New York Senior America 



TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Ms. New York Senior America  2015  C.J. Marie.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with JANE RUBINSTEIN, Ms. New York Senior America 2014

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at at The Vine Wine Bar in Merrick, NY For St Jude Fundraiser Thursday, April 11th 6:00 - 8:00 pm St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Guests gathered to participate at The Vine Wine Bar in Merrick, NY For St Jude Fundraiser Thursday, April 11th 6:00 - 8:00 pm. 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

The Vine Wine Bar hosted its 8th annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Event to honor ‘Woman of Courage’ Judy Mione

Long Island, N.Y. (March 8, 2019) – The Vine Wine Bar, located at 2259 Merrick Road in Merrick, New York, is welcoming the public to its eighth annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in honor of the late Judy Mione. Mione died in April 2011 after a long battle against breast cancer and was the mother of The Vine Wine Bar owner Lynn Mione.

Supporters enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine. All proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Judy Mione, a loving single mother of three, was a longtime supporter of St. Jude who requested donations to the hospital in lieu of flowers or other memorials. Her difficulties in coping with her own disease and her abiding love for children combined to fuel her outrage at the thought of children having to deal with serious health problems.

A source of unwavering support and inspiration to her daughter, Judy Mione also was known for her pioneering efforts on behalf of women on Wall Street, the financial district of New York City. She was one of a small group of women spearheading awareness regarding discrimination and sexual harassment in their industry. She was honored by the National Organization for Women (NOW) as a Woman of Courage in 1997.

In addition to this event, The Vine Wine Bar will be accept donations during the month of April on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for its pioneering research and lifesaving care. Because of organizations like these and their generous patrons, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

For further information about the event, visit thevinewinebar.com.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

For more information about St. Jude please visit https://www.stjude.org

Celebrities in attendance included Beauty Pageant Winner and Runners-up Jane Rubenstein, CJ Marie, Phyllis Pinard from Ms. New York Senior America

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Presents IN THE PINK Party -

 Honoring Rita Wasserman on Saturday, March 30

IN THE PINK Party - Honoring Rita Wasserman on Saturday, March 30 

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Rita Wasserman, Founder Julie Ratner and Band Leader Joe Lauro from The HooDoo Loungers

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Founder Julie Ratner poses for a photo-op with In The Pink Volunteers

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Supporters gathered  at  The  IN THE PINK Party - Honoring Rita Wasserman on Saturday, March 30 at 230 Elm in Southampton, NY presented by the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.


In May 2000, Rita Wasserman moved to beautiful Springs in East Hampton, NY and fell in love with the proximity to the ocean, the natural beauty of the area and the vibrant cultural events. Being a volunteer and giving back to community was always a very important part of her life. In 2002 she became involved with Guild Hall and Bay Street Theater. At Guild Hall, Rita has served as lead usher for more than ten years, and is responsible for scheduling volunteers and overseeing ushers to ensure that all runs smoothly. She greatly enjoys coordinating events including the annual Clothesline Art Sale and serving as cashier in the very busy gallery. At Bay Street Theater, Rita has been involved with numerous fundraising events where she enjoys greeting guests and selling raffles. In addition to volunteering with these cultural institutions, Rita is active with the Defend H2O organization, Coalition for Women's Cancers, Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center, Hamptons International Film Festival, and has been a member of the Springs Citizen Advisory Committee for many years. Her dedication to political activism could be seen in the various capacities she served for many years for the East Hampton Democratic Party: volunteering as a poll watcher, hosting meet-and-greets with candidates in her home, canvassing door-to-door, fielding calls at the phone bank, and more. Rita is a proud supporter of the East Hampton Library, Slow Food East End, Wellness Foundation based in Sag Harbor, and Neo-Political Cowgirls. After her diagnosis and fight with breast cancer which began in 2003, Rita became deeply involved with The Ellen Hermanson Foundation becoming a beacon of hope for others like her who are affected by cancer. Rita has been a member of The Jewish Center of the Hamptons since 2011 where she is an active member. When Rita's husband, Ted, of 50 years passed away suddenly in 2010, her life was turned upside down. She had to create a new life for herself which was very hard to do. She is grateful for her two wonderful children, son-in-law and her family, as well as her incredible support group of great friends with helping her through this very difficult time in her life.

"After my diagnosis with breast cancer in 2003 I was overwhelmed. I will never forget the love, care and support I received from Ellen’s Well and Ellen's Run. I made up my mind then to do anything and everything I could to forward the mission of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which did so much for me and continues to help and change people’s lives, offering the most state-of-the-art procedures. I am so proud of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center that Ellen’s Run has created and expanded over the years. This honor means more to me than words can say... Thank you from the bottom of my heart."

- Rita Wasserman

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Ellen Hermanson and carry on the important work to which she devoted so much of her time and energy. An activist and an advocate, Ellen channeled her journalistic talents to become a forceful voice for breast cancer patients and their families. She educated her readers about the importance of early detection, the challenges of living with breast cancer, the very real but little-discussed or understood issue of pain management, and the debilitating effects of breast cancer on the entire family.

The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is unique in its commitment to helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer. No patient is turned away from the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center for lack of insurance or inability to pay for treatment. All services though Ellen’s Well are provided free of charge.

Ellen Hermanson was an articulate, courageous and indomitable warrior in the war against breast cancer. Her personal battle with the disease began in February 1989, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer while still nursing her six-month-old daughter. Ellen fought against her disease medically by undergoing surgery and aggressive chemotherapy.

Ellen also fought against breast cancer by becoming an activist and advocate. A journalist by training, she used her prodigious talent as a writer to give voice to the needs of breast cancer survivors and to educate her readers about the importance of being well informed, the challenges of living with breast cancer, and the availability of resources to help with the myriad problems that arise as a result of breast cancer. Her remarkable accomplishments attest to her extraordinary inner strength and selfless generosity.

ELLEN BECAME...

an active member of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), which advocates for survivors of all types of cancer. Later she served on its board and edited its quarterly newsletter, The Networker. When Ellen looked to her own heritage for spiritual support and sustenance, she found that what she sought did not exist. Instead of bemoaning this lack, Ellen became one of the founders of the Jewish Healing Center. She also served as the organization’s founding executive director and the first editor of its newsletter, The Outstretched Arm.

IN THE SPRING OF 1992,

Ellen was appointed the first executive director of the Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert. Ellen coordinated and organized their annual October symposium, bringing together doctors and lawyers to tackle cutting-edge issues in health law and policy confronting cancer patients. In the fall of 1992, Ellen was diagnosed with a recurrence of her disease, this time in her bones. Ellen continued her work. Although she underwent chemotherapy, and would remain on chemo for the rest of her life, her condition worsened. Ellen’s many projects included editing the Annual Report of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 1993. In November 1994, Ellen delivered an important speech entitled “One Patient’s Pain” at the NCCS annual conference. She was weak, barely able to walk, and facing hip replacement surgery that her doctors agreed to delay until after the conference. It was at this conference that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke of her breast cancer.

Ellen lost her hard-fought battle with breast cancer on April 11, 1995, at the age of 42. She was working on an article exploring the then new and exciting potential of the Internet as a source of information and sharing for patients and their families. Ellen left a legacy of dignity, courage, determination, grace and love to all who knew her. To honor her memory, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has been established to support and continue the important work she began.


Proceeds  The In The Pink Dance Party

will  benefit The Ellen Hermanson Breast Centers at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and satellite locations in Hampton Bays and East Hampton and Ellen's Well, a free psychosocial support program.


For more information on how you can participate, support, donate and volunteer please visit https://www.ellenhermanson.org/


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New Hope Rising's 3rd Annual Psychic Night Fundraiser with 

World Renowned Psychic Medium, Josephine Ghiringhelli

Danielle Bruschi, CASAC-T

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/CO-FOUNDER

Danielle Bruschi is the Co-Founder and CEO of New Hope Rising. She co-founded the organization in 2014 to provide safe, supportive and structured recovery housing on Long Island. Under Danielle’s guidance and with her vision, New Hope Rising has become the premier, leading model for recovery housing on Long Island, offering a higher level of individualized care and supportive services. Danielle continues to advocate for greater access to safe and supportive housing for women and men with substance use disorders. While “sober homes” are not currently regulated in the State of NY, she has been actively involved in the process of creating standards for recovery housing in Suffolk County through the Suffolk County Sober Home Oversight Board and National Association of Recovery Residences (NARR).

Through her management and progressive efforts, Danielle grew the organization into a multifaceted community resource, expanding the agency’s services in June 2017 to include New Hope Rising’s Therapy and Wellness Center with the focus on ensuring behavioral health care services are accessible and affordable on the East End of Long Island. Since the very beginning, Danielle’s vision for the organization has been to increase access to quality care for all who call Long Island home. That vision is fulfilled in New Hope Rising’s comprehensive approach to strengthening communities and ensuring behavioral health care services and recovery housing are available to those in need.

Prior to co-founding New Hope Rising, Danielle worked at the largest single men’s homeless shelter in Suffolk County providing case management services and linkages to permanent housing. She quickly realized that a high percentage of the shelter residents had a history of substance use disorders and how it contributed to their chronic homelessness. While attempting to refer her clients to recovery housing she found a severe shortage of safe, supportive options on Long Island. In her search for community resources, Danielle found that there was an even more significant shortage of safe recovery housing options for women, and she began planning for the creation of New Hope Rising’s first recovery housing program for women.

Danielle’s struggle with substance use began at the early age of 12. After being in and out of institutions throughout her youth, she first discovered recovery as a teenager. It was her dream and passion to create a safe haven where all services were provided under one roof. This idea, based on the love and compassion that she found in recovery, led to the formation of New Hope Rising. Today she is a person in long-term recovery who has dedicated her life to helping others to recover and find the light that was lost in the darkness of addiction and breaking down barriers to access care that they need.


Lauren McNamara, MSW

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER/CO-FOUNDER

Lauren is a Master of Social Work with a degree earned from Boston University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Stony Brook University with a concentration in women’s studies and sociology. Ms. McNamara has been working in the social service field for the past 10 years in a multitude of different arenas and has experience with alternative healing methods as well, and is a Reiki II practitioner. She is also an NYS Department of Labor Offender Employment Specialist.

With a combination of conventional treatment and holistic healing Lauren continues to dedicate her life to helping individuals heal. Learning firsthand from a young age that addiction is a family disease, Lauren’s passion for helping addicts and alcoholics and their families to heal was realized through the founding of New Hope Rising.


Psychic Josephine Ghiringhelli has done radio, tv, countless events including fundraisers that have helped raise thousands for worthy causes including the Carol Baldwin fundraiser which raised over $17,000 towards the cure for cancer.


Josephine worked for years as the resident psychic on radio stations such as WLIR FM and WMJC FM where she read live on air for people who called in to receive messages from their loves ones.


She has taught psychic and spiritual development at Hofstra University, Dellecave, Enchanting Cottage, Holbrook Wellness Center and many other locations throughout the Island.


Josephine is renowned for her powerful, compassionate group readings which are held at schools, firehouses, restaurants, private charity establishments and others locations throughout the Island. Private readings are held in her Selden, NY office. 


Josephine has chosen metaphysics as her life's journey, and has always incorporated its' philosophies into her everyday life. She has touched the lives of thousands from all walks of life. Her sincerity, honesty and pure heart have always been her strengths.


As a psychic, medium, lecturer and vessel of guidance to the growing number of people who have found their way to Josephine over the years, she has seen lives change due to her God-gifted ability to communicate with loved ones.


Josephine remembers from her childhood her special link to the unknown. As a child, she saw spirits, astral projected, traveled through the veil. Often times, making it difficult for her to feel connected to this world. Not knowing what this all meant kept her in a very unusual place as a child into her young adult years.


One of her first memories of deep loss and spirit connection was when her grandpa passed. After the tragic death of her brother, Josephine sought out to communicate with him through a renowned medium that subsequently led her on her life's journey. At that time, she worked for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Some time later, she decided to leave her position to enter into the world of the unknown to pursue her calling as a spirit communicator.


Josephine continues to service others and remains true to her spirit journey in spite of her unspeakable tragedies she has had to endure. Her brother in 1978, both her parents 2001, her sister in 2005 and on Oct 4th, 2009, a mother’s worst nightmare, her beloved son James rose into the white light, there are no words! Together with her strong faith and signs from her son and family above she continues to stay strong.

Just weeks after James passed, her colleague and friend for whom she holds the utmost respect John Edward, gave her a reading that remains in her heart to this day. With John's compassion and Josephine living through this unspeakable sorrow and pain, both wanted to help others in their grieving. Together they taped 3 sessions on Tribute to A Son and a two part taping of A Lesson in Grief. All can be viewed on here .

Josephine hopes you watch these videos and that in some way by her sharing her pain and sorrow that she can bring a sense of strength to you. Her desire is for all of us to live with courage and take comfort in knowing that one day we we will all be reunited

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Co-Founder Danielle Bruschi, CASAC-T at The Third Annual Psychic Night Fundraiser 

Supporters gathered for the 3rd Annual Psychic Night Fundraiser featuring world Renowned Psychic Medium Josephine Ghiringhelli  at 230 Elm in Southampton, NY on March 23, 2019 to benefit New Hope Rising.


New Hope Rising was founded in 2014 when Co-Founders Danielle Bruschi and Lauren McNamara joined together with a shared vision of creating an innovative model for recovery housing programs on Long Island. New Hope Rising Recovery Housing Programs were created in response to a shortage of safe, supportive and structured housing for individuals with substance-use disorders seeking to build a foundation for long term recovery in our community. The belief that people in recovery deserved a higher standard of care and services helped to drive the vision for NHR’s Recovery Housing Programs.

Since its inception, New Hope Rising has grown to be a multifaceted community resource, continuing to be committed to the communities we serve. The Co-Founders and Board of Directors continue to focus on the importance of building and empowering healthy communities.

In June of 2017 of New Hope Rising opened the Therapy and Wellness Center in Westhampton Beach with the belief that everyone should have access to quality behavioral healthcare and wellness services. The Center’s purpose is to provide a high level of care and affordable services to all those seeking help, support, and wellness in our community.


New Hope Rising Therapy and Wellness Center offers comprehensive behavioral healthcare and holistic wellness services to the East End of Long Island. Our Center’s aim is to provide a high level of care and accessible services to all those seeking help, support, and wellness.

The Therapy and Wellness Center is a sanctuary of healing. Our compassionate, experienced licensed therapists offer an integrative and evidence-based approach to behavioral healthcare, providing individualized treatment for each client in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Through a therapeutic process, individuals, families, and couples discover how to nurture the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of well-being, integrating both clinical and holistic wellness services. We believe that every person has the ability to find inner awareness and healing on their path to self-discovery.


New Hope Rising, is a non-profit organization that provides safe and supportive recovery housing programs for both women and men in Suffolk County, NY. Our innovative four-phase program is a safe haven for individuals who are in recovery from substance-use disorders. Our program has been recognized as a leading model for sober living on Long Island, as we offer a higher level of individualized care and services.

The NHR Recovery Housing model is an innovative four-phase program designed to meet the specific needs of each of our residents. Unique emphasis is placed on recovery of the whole self- mind, body and spirit- with encouragement of spiritual growth and healing through a 12-step recovery process. NHR Recovery Housing is more than just a “sober house”- our program combines a holistic approach to healing with vocational/educational support and recreational activities in a beautiful home environment.

Our Recovery Housing programs provide people with the support and accountability needed to build on their strengths, while addressing the areas of their lives that were impacted by addiction to build a foundation for long-term recovery.

NHR Recovery Housing Programs are located in Eastern Long Island, NY and are centrally located to 12-step meetings, public transportation and employment opportunities.


For more information on how you can support, donate and contribute please visit http://www.newhoperisingny.org


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The Muses Southampton hosted Love Bites, an annual tasting event to benefit Katy’s Courage

Cognac Wellerlane interviews John A. Kowalenko from Art of Eating Event Planning Catering


Cognac Wellerlane interviews Event Planner Samantha Payne Markel Caterers

Cognac Wellerlane interviews Co-Founder Jim Stewart of Katy's Courage at Love Bites Tasting Event


Cognac Wellerlane interviews Celebrity Chef Peter Ambrose at Love Bites at the Muses in Southampton to benefit Katy's Courage

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Poses for a photo-op at Love Bites to benefit Katy's Courage

The Muses Southampton hosted Love Bites, an annual tasting event to benefit Katy’s Courage on Saturday, January 26 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. A Love Bites Kick Off dinner was held at The Clubhouse on Wednesday, January 16 at 6 p.m., This year’s sponsors included: The Independent, The Press News Group, Flowers by Topaz, East End Entertainment, Decco and Choppin. The event honored The Rock Star Culinary Community of the Hamptons.

Durng the event I had the chance to interview Co-Founder Jim Stewart about Katy's Courage.

Katy’s Courage a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2012 in honor of a precious young girl, Katy Stewart, who inspired all who knew her throughout her lifetime. Katy was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric liver cancer called hepatoblastoma and died at 12-years young. Her smile and her kindness have continued to shine, and her infinite courage motivated the founding of the organization.

Katy’s Courage is to dedicated to raising monies to fund local school scholarships, pediatric cancer research and Katy’s Kids @ CMEE. Scholarships are awarded yearly to students who exemplify remarkable courage, kindness and empathy, just as Katy did through her brief, yet exceptional, lifetime. The Katy’s Courage Fund for Pediatric Cancer Research is based at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, the hospital where Katy underwent treatments. Katy’s Kids @ CMEE is new program, located at the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton, NY, designed to offer play and expressive support opportunities for children and adolescents. The focus of the group will be to offer peer support within a safe environment where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving the death of a loved one can share their experiences. The group will utilize modalities such as art, music, poetry, dance/movement and drama.

Annual events are held to support fundraising efforts including the Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor, NY, the Classical Students for Katy’s Courage benefit concert in Sag Harbor, NY, and the Skate-a-Thon and Bake Sale at Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton, NY.

The ultimate goal for Katy’s Courage is to foster kindness, happiness and well being in the world through upholding its mission to “pass it on.”

For more information on how you can participate, contribute and donate please visit https://katyscourage.org


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Suzanne Bartsch and David Barton Host Annual Toy Drive at TMPLE Gym

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Marc Jacobs at Suzanne Bartsch and David Barton Host Annual Toy Drive at TMPLE Gym

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TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Marc Jacobs

Club Promoter Suzanne Bartsch poses for a photo-op  at Suzanne Bartsch and David Barton Host Annual Toy Drive at TMPLE Gym

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Sonja Morgan Realty TV Star from the Real Housewives of New York at Susanne Bartsch & David Barton's Annual Toy Drive


Gym Owner David Barton poses for a photo-op at Susanne Bartsch & David Barton's Annual Toy Drive


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Susanne Bartsch & David Barton's Annual Toy Drive


Celebrities, press and New York City Socialites  attended Susanne Bartsch & David Barton's Annual Toy Drive

The event also coincied with the unveiling of  TMPl Gym newly owned by Celebrity Trainer David Barton.  Everyone that participated brought a non non-wrapped toy which will be distributed to hospitals and social service agencies serving underprivileged infants through teen in the tri-state area.  

The event was hosted by Alan cumming, Cindy Serman, Char DeFrancesco, Frankie Grande, Designer Marc Jacobs, Designer Norma Kamali, Steven Klein, Milk.  Music by Johnny Dynell and Amber Valentine.


Ask anyone in sneakers or a sports bra and they will tell you David Barton is fitness personified. He is a disruptor and visionary within the gym industry. David's epic vision involves a collaboration of preeminent talent in design, lighting, technology and exercise science to create the ultimate gym environment and most advanced workout.

Deemed by The New York Times as "the man who made working out cool," David is widely respected as the person who first breathed life, sexiness and celebration into fitness. He took the one-dimensional gym business, flipped it on its head, and created a body altering, heart-racing, music-thumping dynamic that defined a new class of health gym and personal lifestyle.

Prior to TMPL, Barton founded his namesake DavidBartonGym, distinguished across the country for its intense personal training, cutting-edge design, charged environment and provocative advertising with locations in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle.

Barton holds a Bachelor of Science in human development from Cornell University. He has been featured in numerous publications, including VOGUE, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Town & Country, The New Yorker and Interior Design and has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Bloomberg TV, VH1 and MTV, among others.


For more information please visit  https://www.tmplgym.com


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COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane Interviews Grace Forster at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Caroline Loevner at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Evan Leone at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

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 Karen Peterson, Laurette Richin  

Coco Austin and Baby Chanel

Photos by Rob Rich


Honoree Andrea Dayton, Laurette Richin    

Honoree Liz Gamba, Laurette Richin    

photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 [email protected] 



Jill Rappaport auctions off Christie Brinkley signed Bellissimo Prosecco at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs photo by Rob Rich

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Ellen Menocal,DVM, Fernando Luyva, DVM,Lois Vanacoure,DVM, Coco Austin, Chanel Marrow, Patrick Roynarv,DVM, Andrea Shlifelberg,DVM pose for a photo-op at  COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs Photo by Rob Rich

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Baby Chanel, Coco Austin and Laurette Richin
 
pose for a photo-op at  COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

 photo by Rob Rich

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Coco Austin at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Anthony Rubio at COCO & FRIEND PRESENTS Long Island Bulldog's Rescue's : Bash For The Bulldogs

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Coco Austin and Friends Host Bash for the Bulldogs in New York City to Benefit Long Island Bulldog Rescue

On Friday, December 7th, Coco Austin and friends, including her daughter Chanel Nicole, bulldog Maximus and animal advocate and award-winning author Jill Rappaport, hosted the Bash for the Bulldogs to benefit Long Island Bulldog Rescue at NYU Kimmel Center’s Rosenthal Pavilion in New York City.

More than 200 guests came out to support the organization and bid on auction items including a signed Bruce Springsteen guitar, Muhammed Ali’s boxing glove and a signed life-size fiberglass bulldog from Howard Stern. All proceeds from the event go to help, heal and home abandoned, abused, neglected and injured or ill English Bulldogs.


The evening included delicious food by Top of the Square, wine donated by Chatham Imports, and a live and silent auction, which Rappaport emceed the podium, with items including signed guitars by Bruce Springsteen and Alice Cooper, a Howard Stern signed bulldog statue, and a celebrity chef private in-home dinner for four.

Long Island Bulldog Rescue was founded in 1999 by Laurette Richin, and serves nine states in the Northeast United States, as well as Southeast Canada. Their mission is to help English Bulldogs through education, prevention, intervention and adoption. They fulfill their mission by helping, healing, and homing abandoned, neglected, abused, or released English Bulldogs. Long Island Bulldog Rescue has directly helped more than 10,000 families protect and save more than 3,500 English Bulldogs. Long Island Bulldog Rescue is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. www.longislandbulldogrescue.org


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Sunrise Senior Living  Host Singing Off  Key for Alzheimer’s Disease at 

The Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn

Sunrise Senior Living presented a check to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at 

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Sunrise Senior Living Presented a Check to the Alzheimer's Foundation at Singing Off Key for Alzheimer’s Disease at

The Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn

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TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Gino Veneroso  and Josie Di Chiara Senior Vice President External Relations at Singing Off Key for Alzheimer’s Disease at

The Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn

Sunrise Senior Living Hosted Singing Off Key for Alzheimer’s Disease at

The Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn on October 11, 2018.

Supporters, participants and contributers came out to sing off key karaoke style for a very good cause in the battle agaist Alzeheimer's Disease.

At the end of the event a check was presented from Sunrise Senior Living to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

Beginning with a single community in 1981, there are now more than 320 Sunrise Senior Living communities throughout the U.S., in Canada and the United Kingdom. Each of their communities maintains the mission laid out by Sunrise founders Paul and Terry Klaassen more than 35 years ago: to champion quality of life for all seniors.

The Klaassens’ vision to redefine senior care resulted in a resident-centered approach to care that focuses on the individuality of each resident and has set the standard in the assisted living industry. They are defined by their people. Their team of serving hearts are guided by their mission, Principles of Service and Values – all of which help encourage independence, preserve dignity and enable freedom of choice for each resident.

For more information please visit https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their families and caregivers.

AFA was founded in 2002 by a caregiver whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support. His goal was to make sure that no other family living with Alzheimer’s disease would have to go the journey alone.

AFA was created to be that resource for families in their time of need. AFA operates a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484), staffed entirely by licensed social workers, which provides support and assistance to callers, as well as connect them with resources in their area, no matter where in the United States they live. The helpline has grown into a seven-day a week service. AFA’s national network of more than 2,600 member organizations serve families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses in each of the fifty states.

To help individuals take a proactive approach to brain health, AFA has a National Memory Screening Program which provides, free, confidential memory screenings at sites across the country. What began as a program on a single day in November has grown into a year-round service which has screened more than 4 million people to date.

AFA also works with professional caregivers and dementia-care settings to provide them with additional training and continuing education to elevate the level of care they provide on a daily basis. Through its Dementia Care Professionals of America division, AFA has trained more than 16,000 healthcare professionals in dementia-specific care.

For more information please visit https://alzfdn.org

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Southampton Arts Center Host Their Annual Summerfest in 

Southampton, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Artist Eteri Chkadua and Executive Director Tom Dunn of the Southampton Art Center for their annual Summerfest event in Southampton, NY


Art enthusiasts and individuals from the Hamptons communties gathered for a special night to celebrate Summerfest hosted by the Southampton Arts Center.

The event featured a live painting by internationally renowned contemporary artist Domingo Zapata, including the opportunity to bid on the original work created at the event, and this iconic piece, Love Panda, will be available on Paddle8 from 8/30-9/13! https://paddle8.com/auction/sac/

The event also featured Signature Dishes from the Most Celebrated Chefs & Restaurants on the East End including*:

Boa Thai Asian Fusion, Catena’s Market, Citarella, Clamman Seafood Market, EMP Summer House, The Golden Pear Cafe, Hampton Coffee Company, Hamptons Farms Social Eatery, Janet O’Brien Caterers, Juice Press, Kalamazoo Pizza by Plesser’s Luxury Appliances, Le Charlot, Little Red, Maison Vivienne, Red Bar, Saaz, Sant Ambroeus, Seasons of Southampton, Sip ‘n Soda, The Fudge Company, Topping Rose House, and Union Cantina.

SUMMERFEST 2018 ANNUAL CULINARY ARTS FESTIVAL was pleased to honor PETER MARINO

2018 Champion of the Arts Award.

The event took place on August 30, 2018.

Host Committee:

Debra and Leon Black, Jill Braufman and Daniel Nir, Lisa and Jimmy Cohen, Bob Colacello, Lisa Dennison, Lise and Michael Evans, Cynthia Frank, Anke Beck-Friedrich and Juergen Friedrich, April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Adrian Grenier, Jane Holzer, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Hal Bruckner, Paton Miller, Tiffany and Claus Moller, Holly Peterson, Susan and David Rockefeller, Carol and Lawrence Saper, J. Whitney Stevens, Dana and Andy Stone, Stefano Tonchi and David Maupin, & Edwina von Gal.

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

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LUXE WANDERLUST HOSTED BY MY HAMPTONS GUIDE AND ROLISE RACHEL AT THE TOPPING ROSE HOUSE IN BRIDGEHAMPTON, NEW YORK

TV Host Cognac Wellerane poses for a photo-op with Celebrity Recording Artist Sir Ivan at the Luxe Wanderlust at the Topping Rose House

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman at the Luxe Wanderlust Event at the Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY

Publisher of online MY NYC & Hamptons Guide coordinated an amazing fundraising event at The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY entitled Luxe Wanderlust, a luxury travel event with lite bites and signature local wines. The event benefited The Retreat for Domestic Violence via a trip to the Viceroy Mexico, Yacht Club Antigua, American Beech Shelter Island, Brooklyn Chop House dinner and more.

Supporters and sponsors included Chef Peter Ambrose, Walter Hinds, Marco C Barrila, Justin Swartz, Mattitaco, Penn Phiengphenh Hongthong, Sen Restaurant & Clarkson Crumcake. — with Marco C Barrila and Frank Trivoluzzi.

For more information please visit https://www.myhamptonsguide.com/

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Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash

TV Host Entertainment Journalist interviews Producer Paul Allan and Asst. to Producer/Director of Development Scot Allan  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Casting Director Michael Baker and Actress Julia Macchio  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at  at the Shake The Shore Gateway's Bayside Bash at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue, New York

THE GATEWAY’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

TO BENEFIT THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OF SUFFOLK COUNTY

took place on FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 at Sunset Harbour in East Patchogue.

Guests and supporters joined together to support Gateway Theater in bringing live, professional, 

Broadway quality entertainment

to Suffolk County. Your support will also further their community outreach efforts such as arts in education programs within their local school districts and non-profit partners,

as well as providing theatrical arts opportunities to the underserved in the community's local area.

The evening was filled with fabulous fun, food, and festivity in

celebration of 69 years of the best in theatrics

The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County strives to enrich a wide range of communities with quality theatrical experiences through diverse arts, entertainment and educational programs. They endeavor to serve these communities in a fiscally responsible manner, to provide affordable resources to schools and non-profit organizations, and to ensure the future of the theatrical arts in their region.

The Gateway School for the Performing Arts (GSPA) offers a comprehensive array of classes, workshops, and intensives for students of all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner, a musical theatre enthusiast, a comedian, or a serious actor, there’s a class designed specifically for you, each culminating in a final presentation for family and friends on their Main Stage!

At the event I was happy to chat with Director Michael Baker who expressed that all Gateway Acting School instructors are arts & enteratinment professionals, with extensive academic and professional experience in the theatre, film and TV world. Many are based in New York City, hold BFA degrees in acting and are affiliated with professional unions such as AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA.

Faculty members have trained with luminaries such as Sir Anthony Hopkins, Uta Hagen, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephane Schwartz (creator of Godspell, Pippin, Wicked, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame), and Jason Robert Brown (creator of "The Last Five Years").

Both Executive Artistic Director Paul Allan and Director of Development & Public Relations Scot Allan stressed the importance of the arts and live theater.

The Gateway is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Help live theatre thrive by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Currently running at the Gateway Playhouse is Cabaret!

Willkommen, bienvenue, and welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where a raucous ensemble takes the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. Set in a sexy nightclub in post-World War I Berlin,this fierce and provocative musical tells the story of a vivacious, talented performer who strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the club. Featuring some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Two Ladies” and “Maybe This Time,” this John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff Tony-winning masterpiece is well worth revisiting.

I also had a chance to chat with Actress/Dancer Julia Macchio daughter of Actor and Filmmaker Ralph Macchio about her performance in the upcoming production "Flashdance" which will be showing Aug 29, 2018 - Sept 15, 2018 at Patchogue Theatre.

Belting 80s Anthems! What a feeelin’! Based on the Paramount Pictures film of the same name, Flashdance is an inspiring musical about the power of holding onto your dreams and love against all the odds. Prepare to be blown away with an astonishing musical spectacle and phenomenal choreography to this iconic score including the smash hit "Maniac," "Manhunt," "Gloria," "I Love Rock & Roll" and the sensational title track "Flashdance!" Karate Kid’s daughter and Long Island native Julia Macchio plays Alex, an 18 year old dancer who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy. When a romance complicates her ambitions, she harnesses it to drive her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

To learn more information about the Gateway Playhouse Theater please visit https://thegateway.org/

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The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews  CBS 2 NEWS ANCHOR CHRIS WRAGGE at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation 

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Dr. Samuel Waxman poses for a photo-op with Honorees Chef Matt Lambert,  Ramy Brook Sharp and Joe Farrell at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Chef Mat Lambert at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, CPT Founder and CEO of Elements Fitness Studio at The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening To Benefit The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening celebrated the achievements and charitable contributions benefitting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) at Kenneth and Maria Fishel’s Bridgehampton estate. Hosting the most anticipated summer benefit was CBS 2 co-anchor Chris Wragge who helped honor leading industry visionaries including: Chef Honoree Matt Lambert, Executive Chef & Co-owner of The Musket Room and Michelin Star Recipient; Fashion Honoree Ramy Brook Sharp, Founder & Creative Director of Ramy Brook; and Business Honoree Joe Farrell, Founder & President of Farrell Building Company.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Chris and Sarah Wragge, Kenneth and Maria Fishel, Chef Matt Lambert, Ramy Brook Sharp, Robert Sharp, Joe Farrell, Michael Nierenberg, Elin Nierenberg, Laurie L. Schaffran, James E. Frankel, Jill Frankel, Lewis and Wendy Rubin, Wendy Rubin, Howard Shlafmitz, Natali Yura, Marc Taub, Sheriff and The Deputy, Marc Leder, Brian Waterman, Debby Hymowitz, Rique Uresti, William T. Sullivan, Robin Lathrop, Jesse Dean, Rachel Kramer, Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young, Erica Fineberg, Chris Arlotta, Barbara Lambert, Jessica Mackin, Jake Taub, Marc Taub, Duncan Shiek, Andrea Fornarola, Ian Duke, Scott Kampf, Jean Shafiroff, Ricky and Dianna Passarelli.

The Hamptons Happening drew more than 300 distinguished guests in celebration of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s international efforts to cure cancer. Calling to action the members of the audience, emcee Chris Wragge asked those who have been affected by the disease to raise their hands. The wave of hands emphasized the heartfelt connection between both supporters and collaborators that further tied them to the cause Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Samuel Waxman has dedicated his entire career.

Taking the stage, Samuel Waxman, M.D. joined Chris Wragge to graciously present awards to the honorees and event hosts who included the East End’s most sought-after home developer, Joe Farrell, leading contemporary womenswear founder and creative director of Ramy Brook, Ramy Brook Sharp, and Michelin-star Executive Chef Matt Lambert of the Musket Room. Philanthropist family Kenneth and Maria Fishel, accompanied by their children Melissa and Bradley, have hosted the Hamptons Happening at their 15-acre Bridgehampton residence for four successive years. Maria Fishel accepted a bouquet of white roses, on behalf of her family, for their reputable dedication in the fight against cancer. The Fishels reciprocated with an additional $10,000 donation towards the Foundation.

Facilitated by auctioneer Duncan Shieb, the live auction led to a spirited bidding war for a selection of thoughtfully curated auction items. A Rosewood Fairmont Resorts package auctioned for $8,000 brought additional philanthropic support to the Foundation. A dinner and wine pairing for eight at The Musket Room was secured by a final bid of $5,000. Also, a hands-on internship experience at the Ramy Brook store was secured by another auction participant. Two bidders secured tee times for four players at Robert Rubin’s exclusive The Bridge Golf Club. Lastly, a “Passport” Vacation auction item with more than 20 travel destinations to choose from went to a very lucky winner.

Every year, The Hamptons Happening is among the most eagerly awaited events of the Hamptons summer 2018 social calendar. The benefit is a scrumptious celebration of New York’s finest cuisine, personally presented by 20 of the top chefs of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City and the Hamptons. Guests indulged their appetites for the savory and the sweet, mixed and mingled, bid on exciting live and silent auction items and danced to world renowned bluegrass band Sheriff and The Deputy all the while collaborating to fund the quest for a cure for cancer.

Sheriff Bob of Goodtimes and Deputy Kat Minogue treated guests to a bluegrass and country music jam playing the feel-good sounds of authentic country music. In high spirits, Dr. Waxman took part in the “Goodtimes” on stage as guests sung along during the one-of-a-kind performance. The event’s producer was Robin Lathrop of ByRobin and Untouchable Events donated a DJ and photo booth.

The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening was chaired by Event Co-Founder Marion N. Waxman, Sponsorship Chair Karen Amster-Young and Journal Chair Erica Linden-Fineberg. The Hamptons Happening committee members included Chris Arlotta, Ellen Antonucci, Jordan Brail, Maria Fishel, Barbara Lambert, Jessica Mackin, Laurie Schaffran, Jake Taub, and Erin Woudsma.

Sponsors and event partners included: AmTrust Title, Bridgehampton National Bank, Farrell Building Company, J.P. Morgan Private Banking, Palm Bay International, Sun Capital Partners, ByRobin, The Independent, with Hampton Luxury Liner as the Transportation Sponsor, and Hamptons Magazine as the Media Sponsor. Participating restaurants, chefs and spirits brands included: Union Cantina, 21 Club, Backyard Brine Pickle Company, Centro Trattoria & Bar, Clarkson Ave. Crumb Cakes, Eataly, Great Performances Catering, Golden Pear Café, Insatiable EATS Catering & Event Specialists, Haas Brothers Tequila, Magnolia Bakery, MarieBelle Chocolates, The Musket Room, Montauk Hard Label Whiskey, Saaz Indian Restaurant, Seafood Shoppe, Simple Vodka, South Fork Bakery, Union League Club, and Woops! Macarons.

Performers from The National Circus Project returned to The Hamptons Happening for a third year to delight attendees with their whimsical presence and magic tricks.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information on SWCRF, visit: www.waxmancancer.org


About Sheriff and The Deputy


Sheriff Bob, also known as Sheriff Uncle Bob and The Sheriff of Goodtimes, has been playing Country, Bluegrass, and Folk music in New York City for more than 60 years. In the 50s and 60s Bob was playing in West Village cafes with the likes of Wavy Gravy and Bob Dylan. The Sheriff currently runs a jam every third Wednesday of the month at the Zinc Bar, where everyone is encouraged to play and sing along and learn the songs—to take part in the Goodtimes! Sheriff Bob also supports other jams, such as Mona’s Monday Night Bluegrass Session, run by guitarist Rick Snell. Sheriff Bob also brings Goodtimes to the small Caribbean island of Anguilla, where he co-produces the Moonsplash festival at the Dune Preserve with long-time friend and fellow musician, Bankie Banx. The Sheriff also runs a studio where artists such as Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, and Phoebe Hunt have recorded. Sheriff Bob is currently producing a short documentary film about being “The Sheriff of Goodtimes,” featuring some of the finest musicians in New York City! This film will premiere at the “Doc NYC” film festival in November 2018.

In 2017, Sheriff Bob teamed up with long-time singing partner, Kat Minogue, to form the band, Sheriff and The Deputy. Kat grew up in the country but only started playing Bluegrass and Country music when she moved to the city. It is the mission of this band to bring Goodtimes to people through music. Sheriff and The Deputy plays Opry City Stage, the Zinc Bar, Thompson Street Medicine Show, Anyway Cafe, Mona’s, Porchlight, and has just been accepted into the MTA Music Under New York program!

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 5TH ANNUAL “COMEDY NIGHT WITH SOME APRIL FOOLS”

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Executive Director Gillian Wood Pultz at: Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with supporter Denise LeBeau at:

Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

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TV Host/Entertainment Journalist interviews Comedian SCOTT SCHENDLINGER at Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall 

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Auction items at Comedy Night With Some April Fools

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Vail-Levitt Music Hall

Longislanders "TICKLED THEIR FUNNY BONE AT THE 5TH ANNUAL “COMEDY NIGHT WITH SOME APRIL FOOLS”

A benefit for the North Fork Animal Welfare League!

The event featured NATIONAL HEADLINER: JODIE WASSERMAN!

Jodie has appeared on NBC'S Last Comic Standing, BET's Comic View, plus Comedy Central's Premium Blend.

PLUS! DIRECT FROM THE NY COMEDY SCENE…

SCOTT SCHENDLINGER, GARY KESHNER

AND PAUL CORRIGAN (SIRIUS/XM RADIO)!

 AT THE VAIL-LEVITT MUSIC HALL

18 PECONIC AVENUE. RIVERHEAD, NY 11901

APRIL 21 2018 AT 8:00PM

Doors open at 6:30pm



The event took place at the grand historic Vail-Levitt Music Hall off of main street at 18 Peconic Avenue

 in Riverhead, New York.


Back in the early 1960s, the Southold Dog Pound could be found at the Town Dump. It was a small, dirty, cinder-block building the size of tool shed with no air conditioning, and a very sad place for an animal to end up.

Along came a very small group of animal lovers who wanted to help the homeless strays in their community and thus formed the North Fork Animal Welfare League (NFAWL). With no funds and no shelter, they began their long, slow journey to provide a decent, temporary home for unwanted animals until their forever home was found. Fifty years later they continue to strive toward this mission to adopt out all of our community’s strays and surrenders.

By the 1970s, the League’s presence had grown bigger. More people became members and embraced the mission, and along with them came donations. The League and the people who supported it began to put pressure on Southold Town. These efforts provoked the Town to build a six run dog kennel in Peconic, and a dog warden was hired. Unfortunately, due to uncaring wardens and substandard building construction, the animals still received very poor care, and the building deteriorated. Something needed to be done.

In the late 1970s, New York State enacted a new Dog Control Law and for the first time, Humane Societies such as ours were given the right to contract with a Town to help enforce dog control laws and run the Town’s dog pounds.

In 1980, NFAWL was the one of the first not-for-profit organizations in the state of New York and the first Humane Organization on Long Island to contract with a town. Now, the League operates animal shelters for two towns — Southold and Riverhead.

The Nort Fork Animal Welfare League has dog control officers on hand 24 hours a day. They are called out at any time to pick up lost or escaped dogs and pick up lost companion animals. They also assist in rescuing wildlife.

The organization has an open door policy for their community’s dogs and cats without homes. They provide immediate veterinary care for the sick, and every dog and cat is vaccinated and gets a complete checkup. No companion animal is ever killed because it is homeless . . . EVER!

They have many programs available to the public including spay and neuter clinics, microchip clinics, and Feral cat spay and Neuter programs. They help local families keep their companion animals in their homes when they experience hardships. They also offer our community educational clinics such as humane education, bite prevention, dog training, dog therapy visits, etc. The list keeps growing.

To learn more information on how you can support, participate and contribute please visit main.nfawl.org

Your donations count!


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