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Hundreds Gathered For A Tasting To Support Long Island Harvest At Coindre Hall Host by LI Pulse Magazine




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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Owner and Chef  Jose Fernandez from Sangria 71 Restaurant at at Benefit for Long Island Harvest At Coindre Hall Host by LI Pulse Magazine










































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at a Charity Benefit for Long Island Harvest At Coindre Hall Host by LI Pulse Magazine







Hundreds of supporters and  guests gathered together at the elegant Coindre Hall in Huntington Long Island on November 17, 2016,  in honor of Long Island Pulse’s Island Tasting, the event to support Island Harvest, Long island’s largest food rescue organization.


Long Island Pulse coordinated the event to raise funds and awareness for Island Harvest. 


Long Islanders came to give their support at Coindre Hall, to taste delicious offerings from over twenty of Long Island’s top restaurants and food, wine, and spirit vendors, as they bidded on luxury raffles throughout the evening. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing Owner and Chef Jose Fernandez who donated the Spanish cuisine from Sangria 71 Restaurant.

During my interview, Mr. Fernandez revealed "Island Harvest does great things.  They donate food to food banks all over Long Island.  As a matter of fact we did their event last month and all the food that was left over from the event they were nice enough to collect and donate it to a food pantry the next morning...nothing goes to waste."

Born on a farm in the coastal province of Galicia, Spain, Rosendo and Jose Fernández spent their early years surrounded by fresh produce, farm-raised animals, and the simple, yet flavorful cooking of their mother, Sofia. As boys, they learned how to make delicious chorizo with their grandparents, played in sweet-smelling cornfields, and stomped on grapes during the wine harvest. It is these early childhood moments and memories that resulted in a lifelong devotion to bringing together food, family and friends.

In 1978, Rosendo and Jose immigrated to the United States at the ages of 5 and 6. When their father, Rosendo Sr., became the chef at El Rincon De España in Greenwich Village, the two started spending their weekends there, helping out around the kitchen and the dining room.

Rosendo decided to take employment at the popular Café Español, located in the heart of Greenwich Village 1976.

His devotion  took him from bussing tables to eventually taking over the reigns of the renowned establishment. Rosendo’s love of cooking traditional Spanish cuisine, his hands-on approach to the restaurant and hospitality industry and his dedication to the best service have led to a loyal following from his loyal customers.

In 2003, Rosendo took over the helm of Café Español’s second location on Carmine Street. He followed that up with the opening of Bamboleo, a lively Mexican eatery, which is located on the corner of Bleecker and Sullivan streets in Manhattan.

While his sibling Jose began out in restaurants, too, a fascination with the travel and airline industries eventually led him to open ESPA Cargo in 1994. Jose satisfied his culinary desires by smoking his own chorizos at home,  establishing his own wine and cooking delicious dishes for his family, colleagues, friends and loved ones.

In 2010, Jose and Rosendo partnered up to introduce Paella To Go NYC, cooking and selling fresh paellas on the spot at NYC street festivals to thousands of hungry, satisfied customers. This fast and casual approach to making paellas, tortillas, empanadas as well as other Spanish staples was an instant success for the brothers and it was the first Spanish Paella concept in the history of Little Italy’s annual Feast of San Gennaro.

Three years later, Jose and Rosendo have realized their dream of opening a Spanish restaurant close to the Queens neighborhood where they grew up and near the Long Island area where they currently reside. That dream is Sangria 71, a new restaurant serving savory meals and tasty drinks to guests craving culinary delights, seeking good times or celebrating momentous occasions.


For more information about Sangria 71 please visit http://www.sangria71.com/

Island Harvest was created in 1992 by one woman with a cooler, a station wagon, and a strong desire to help people in need. Linda Breitstone, our founder, was infuriated that food from a local convenience store was being thrown away at the end of the day – with a safe house for women and children down the street. In response, she established Island Harvest and our mission, “to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island.”

Since those early days, Island Harvest has become Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. Our volunteers and staff now deliver millions of pounds of good, surplus food – much of which might otherwise go to waste – to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organization that offer feeding services for those in need. By doing this, we provide a vital supply of food to counter the sharply rising problem of hunger here.

By aggressively recruiting more businesses and members of the public to donate food and pioneering innovative distribution methods, we have increased the volume of food we pick up and deliver by 2.5 times since 2002. Since our inception, we have delivered 71 million pounds of food, supplementing close to 66 million meals.

Hunger awareness and education have long been a part of our programs, as they develop and strengthen key allies in our community.

In recent years, we have begun to attack hunger in targeted and strategic ways. The most visible example of this is our Weekend Backpack Feeding Program. Piloted in 2006, this initiative provides 35,000+ packs of nutritious food to schoolchildren who rely on school lunches and breakfasts and may not receive solid meals on weekends.

For more information on how to support, donate and participate please visit http://www.islandharvest.org/

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Emmy Award Winning Actress Presents AAA Four Diamond Hotel To The Garden City Hotel





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Actress Susan Lucci poses for a photo-op at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York















































Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman poses for a photo-op with Emmy Award Winning Actress Sisan Lucci  at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York














































Husband Helmet Huber and Emmy Award Winning Actress Susan Lucci pose for a photo-op at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York




















Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane  at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York



















Jill Rosenberg, CTC Manager Group and Executive Services at AAA Travel talks to TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York





















Garden City Hotel Owner Morris Moinian and TV Hosr Cognac Wellerlane at the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York





























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Emmy Award Winning Actress Susan Lucci at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York










































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a  photo-op at at  the AAA Four Diamond Hotel  Celebration To Honor  The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York








Members of the press and guest celebrated The Garden City Hotel receiving an award as an AAA Four Diamond hotel on Thursday November 17, 2016.

Soap Star and Emmy Award-Winning Actress Susan Lucci, a Garden City resident, was an employee at the hotel in the 1960's working as a waitress.  Ms. Lucci was also the guest of honor at the ceremony in which she presented AAA Four Diamond Award to Morris Moinian, President of the Fortuna Realty Group, which bought the hotel in 2012.

AAA’s professionally trained inspectors convey the voice of AAA members. They conduct in-person property inspections as a service to members, using guidelines weighted by member priorities. Inspections are unannounced to ensure a typical guest experience and members are encouraged to provide ongoing property feedback and recommendations.

Each year AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels including resorts, historic inns, B&Bs and more.   Only a small percentage make the AAA Diamond list. 

In my interview with Ms. Lucci she revealed that she had many happy memories growing up in Garden City New York and  meeting her husband Helmut when he was working as a chef at the Hotel and her daughter was also married at the Garden City Hotel as she remarked, "It is well deserved."

Since 1874, The Garden City Hotel has welcomed guests with gracious hospitality and first class service. Located in the picturesque village of Garden City in Long Island, New York, The Garden City Hotel boasts spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites, exciting restaurants and a renowned Sunday Brunch. Explore all that their prestigious address has to offer.

The Garden City Hotel offers 269 spacious guest rooms and suites offering the necessities and comforts for business and leisure travel. Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2014, all rooms are luxuriously remodeled with custom millwork and Italian furniture, plush pillow top mattresses, sparkling baths with French boutique amenities and technology for connecting all mobile devices in room.

The new modern classic Polo Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse in the heart of Garden City, NY, serving 28-day dry-aged, USDA prime grade steaks, chops and fresh seafood. Sleek black sofas and tufted red chairs offer a twist on tradition for locals, power players and connoisseurs at the Garden City Hotel.

For more information please visit The Garden City Hotel at http://www.gardencityhotel.com/

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2016 Hampton Classic At Grand Prix Sunday


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Alan Wade, Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs toast Champagne at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday - Photos by Lenny Stucker













Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker















Chuck and Ellen Ward Scarborough pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
















James Lipton poses for a photo-op at at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker























Bridget Marks poses for a photo-op
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Sara Herbert Galloway poses for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker














Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker











Mayor Bloomberg and Marty Bauman pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker






















Lucia Hwong and guest pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker


















Actress Cassandra Seidenfeld and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday



















TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and  Jennifer Gerstel Ringelstein
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Kathlean De Monchy and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday


















Sue Ann Greenfield and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday








Cassandra Seidenfeld, Colleen Rein and Kathlean DeMonchy pose with supporters at at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker












Ring Master Alan Keeley blows the Official horn at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker








































































2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker












Doug, Patricia, Cognac and Eric Andrews pose for a photo-op
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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker





















TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op
at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday




Supporters, celebrities and members of the press attended the 41st Hampton Classic.

Bridgehampton, NY - September 4, 2016 - In one of the most exciting jump-off rounds in the 41-year history of the Hampton Classic, Richie Moloney (IRL) blazed around the course on Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity, LLC, to claim the top prize in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Longines.

"It's special, it's a great show and always a great crowd here," said Moloney. "We try to have our horses in top form for this week. It means a lot to win the Grand Prix here. My horse has been amazing, this is his fourth grand prix win. It's very good to have him and I'm lucky to have my owners at Equinimity, and a great staff. I'm just thankful, without all of those people this wouldn't be possible."

The victory gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider for third time in four years. He received 100 points for a final total of 337.5, which put him 98 points ahead of Catherine Tyree who finished second with 239.5. McLain Ward finished in third with 226 points.

Five horses out of the 29 starting entries representing six nations made it to the jump-off by turning in clean rounds over the Alan Wade-designed course. In the jump-off, all five went clear, leaving it up to the Longines timers to determine the winner. The first to go in the jump-off was the defending champion, Karen Polle (JPN) on With Wings. They set the mark to beat with a clean round in 41.54 seconds. Four-time Olympic medalist Beezie Madden (USA) was next on Quister de Guldenboom, owned by Abigail Wexner, and they finished two-tenths of a second faster to take the lead with 41.33. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and Cassinja S then shaved off another two-tenths of a second to move into first place with 41.12.

"I am blessed with a great support team whose hard work plays a key role in any success my horses and I achieve," said Jacobs of his Reserve Championship. "They deserve to be sitting up here every bit as much as I do."

Andrew Welles (USA) tried his best to beat the lightning fast round of Moloney's on Brindis Bogibo, owned by AEM Enterprises, LLC. He stopped the timers in 41.15, only three one-hundredths of a second slower than Jacobs, good for third place.

"It's unbelievable," said Welles. "I am so fortunate to be able to ride this horse. He rode seven rounds this week, counting jump-offs, and turned in seven clean rounds. This was a beautiful way to end an amazing week. To be third in this Grand Prix is just incredible."

Richie Moloney receives his Longines Timepiece from (L to R):  Shanette Cohen, Hampton Classic Executive Director; Amy Figueroa, Longines US Brand Manager; Charles Villoz, Longines International Vice President of Sales.

Charlie Jacobs has spent nearly his entire life around horses. From short stirrup to Grand Prix, he has experienced success in every major aspect of the sport and is a member of one of riding’s most active equestrian families. Jacobs views horse shows as a great way for his family to stay connected and enjoys the support and enthusiasm he and his family provide for each other.

Jacobs had a very successful career as a junior rider. In 1988 he won the qualifying competition for the United States Equestrian Team Show Jumping Talent Derby. He returned the following year to place three horses among the top five in the 1989 Rolex USET Show Jumping Talent Derby Final, demonstrating his outstanding potential at the Grand Prix level.

As a junior, Jacobs rode “Ebony Buzz” to many wins in the junior jumper division. Together, they won the High Junior Classic at the prestigious Devon Horse Show three consecutive years and retired the division trophy.

Jacobs moved up to the Grand Prix level in the early 1990s and he rode “Piquet” and “Maybe” on winning Nations’ Cup teams in Rotterdam and Luxembourg. He was second to his trainer Joe Fargis in the US Open Jumper Championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington in 1990.

After taking time off to enter the business world and raise a family with his wife Kim, Jacobs returned to showing. In 2004, he won Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series classes at the CSIO US Cosequin Finale and the PDP Capital Wellington Masters at the Winter Equestrian Festival aboard Innocence.

In 2005, at the 122nd National Horse Show, Jacobs placed second in the Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake aboard “Pia” and thirteenth aboard “Innocence”. He returned to the National Horse Show the following year and won the Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Stake with “Pia”. He finished the season tied with Cara Cheska as the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Reserve Champion.

In recent years, Jacobs has often battled his brother Lou for the championship in the Amateur-Owner division. He also returned to the Grand Prix division and had a fifth place finish in the $60,000 Hermes Grand Prix at the 2006 I Love New York Horse Show.
In 2009, Jacobs rode “Secret Love” to win the I Love New York Horse Show’s $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix. Jacobs and “Secret Love” produced the only fault free round of the event, a feat that had occurred only one other time in the 32 years that the I Love New York Horse Show has taken place.

Jacobs has continued to remain a top competitor in 2010. He rode “Quidditch II” to win the top prize in the $50,000 CN Palm Beach Jumping Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair also won the Amateur-Owner High Power & Speed class in the twelfth and final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

In 2011, Jacobs rode “Leap of Joy” to the Amateur-Owner Championship for the Eastern Conference of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. He also won a Grand Prix at the Fieldstone Summer Classic and capped his standout season with three wins at the CSIO-W Buenos Aires in Argentina including winning The World Cup Grand Prix on “Leap of Joy”.

Jacobs continues to perform well on the Grand Prix circuit. In 2012 he won the Fieldstone Grand Prix aboard “Flaming Star”. He started 2013 with two big wins in Wellington, winning the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup and the Mar-A-Largo Club Grand Prix. The pair earned many placings at international shows, and ended their year with a victory in the $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI-W 2* Grand Prix in Wellington.

Jacobs began the 2014 season with a win in Round 2 of the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series at WEF, and then made his World Cup debut with “Flaming Star” at the 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon, France, where he finished 20th against the best show jumpers in the world. In August, he rode “Cassinja S” to the win in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix.

In 2015 Jacobs earned many top-ten placings at international grand prix level during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, while campaigning his top horses, “Leap of Joy,” “Flaming Star” and “Cassinja S.”

Charlie Jacobs had a great trip on Cassinja S in 41.12 seconds to be the runner-up, while Andrew Welles was just an instant behind him to finish third in his Hampton grand prix debut on Brindis Bogibo (41.15).

Jacobs is actively involved with a number of community-based and philanthropic organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Children's Hospital, and the Boston Bruins Foundation, the latter of which he serves as President. Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings, including the Boston Bruins. In 2009, Sports Business Journal (a publication of Advance Publications) named Jacobs to their "Forty Under 40" list, a list that seeks to represent "the best and the brightest" in the sports industry.

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

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Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal

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Beth Shak Leventhal  and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal














































 CEO Alan R. Cook from Metropolitan Aviation poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Brand Ambassador Michele LanFrank and CEO Alan R. Cook of MetropolitanJets.com at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal













































Josh Tanner from New York Prime Beef poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal














































New Executive Director John A. MacPhee and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal

































Celebrity Professional Poker Player Beth Shak Leventhal poses for a photo-op with her husband and Jill and Bobby Zarin at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal








































Publicist Liz Derringer poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal








































TV  Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal







Supporters and Poker Player Enthusiast joined together to enjoy a wonderful evening at Hamptons Summer Charity Event To Benefit The Jed Foundation Hosted by Beth Shak-Leventhal.

Beth Shak is an American professional poker player, who has been playing professionally since 2004. She is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a shoe and handbag expert. Shak ran a private vintage designer clothing business for 10 years. Her most recent project is a custom designed poker chip set currently on pre-order at her website.

She recently attended a charity event to support the Jed Foundation and was inspired to help the organization.  During the event I sat down with Executive Director John A. MacPhee.

Over the last fifteen years, The Jed Foundation has emerged as the leader in protecting the emotional health of America's 21 million college students.  Their proven model and award-winning programs are changing the way campuses, communities and families promote mental health and prevent suicide.

As the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, The Jed Foundation is protecting the mental health of students across the country.  With your support, They will continue to lead the way and protect the potential of tomorrow's leaders.

For more information please visit http://www.jedfoundation.org/

The event was sponsored by Metropolitanjets.com who is owned and operated by CEO Alan R. Cook.

the very best private jet management and charter experience. Based at Manassas Regional Airport in Metro DC, They manage an exceptional fleet of jets that are privately owned and available for charter worldwide. Their operations team exceeds industry standards in maintenance and safety, while their METROPOLITAN JETS sales team delivers the highest level of service to their aircraft owners, charter clients, and the industry’s best brokers.

Also I got the chance to chat with  Sponsor Josh Tanner from NewYorkPrimeBeef.com about his selection of prime beef that was featured at the event.

New York Prime Beef is home to a newly constructed, state of the art dry aging facility. Under carefully monitored temperature and humidity our steaks are dry aged for 28 days before being hand selected at the peak of flavor and tenderness. It may take time and painstaking attention, but we believe that the results of the aging process merit the extra effort and expense.  For more info please visit http://www.newyorkprimebeef.com/

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Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York

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Director of Development & Public Relations Scot Allen and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York

















































Executive Artistic Director Paul Allen and his wife Anne Marie Allen pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlne at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York










































Broadway Actress Andrea McArdle from "Annie" poses backstage with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York










































Actor Ray DeMattis poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York










































Shelley Berkoski Director of Development and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York



























Terry Tuthill, Owner of Long Island Advance Suffolk County News & Islip Bulletin poses for a photo-op with his wife Joanne and TV Host Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane
























































































































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Cognac Wellerlane  toasts a Glass of Champagne at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York









































Cigarette Girls pose for a photo-op at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York
























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York








Guests gathered at Gateway's Blockbuster Ball Sixth Annual Gala To Support The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, New York.

The Gateway is a non-profit 501(c)3 performing arts center and also home of the oldest professional theater on Long Island. Presenting the best in Broadway quality professional programming since 1950, They are a monument of the arts community in Suffolk County.

Supporters enjoyed live and silent auction, A preview to the Rocky Horrors Show, Special Performance of Broadway Star Andrea McArdle from "Annie" cocktails and dinner and dancing.

With the help of all The Gateway will be able to continue to present Broadway musicals starring the finest New York City, Equity actors. Your donation also plays a part in all the enriching activities of the Gateway School of Performing Arts which boasts professional training classes for students who go on to have flourishing careers in the arts – Broadway, TV, Film, and beyond. And most importantly, your gift will further our outreach and educational programming which includes theater training in the public schools, after school programming for the underserved community, and even acting classes for people with disabilities.

Theater enthusiasts joined together at The Blockbuster Ball - a special night filled with fabulous fun, food and music, in celebration of 67 years of the magical art of theater.

Backstage I had the opportunity to interview Andrea McArdle from Broadway's original "Annie" and star of The Gateway's "Anything Goes."

This year's theme was The Great Movie Musical! Celebrate with us!

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

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

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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY


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Animal Activist Beth Stern Ostrosky poses for a photo-op at The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY














































Shelley Berkoski and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY














































Guardian Angel Founder Curtis Suwa and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY














































Director of Development & Public Relations Scot Allan of the Gateway Playhouse in Bellport, Long Island poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY


































The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY















The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY


























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The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY













































Animal Activist Beth Ostrosky Stern and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD ANNIVERSARY







Guests could not miss out on the The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center's 10th GET WILD Event!  The cocktail party hosted by Molly Channing of Channing Daughters Vineyard.  Supporters had a meet and greet with some of their feathered and furry friends knowing that their donations will make a difference to the lives of the injured and orphaned wildlife that inhabit this region.

The event took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Channing Family Sculpture Garden.

Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s Mission is “To preserve & protect our region's native wildlife by providing rehabilitation services and education to raise public awareness of the factors that threaten its abundance and diversity.”

Estelle Alexander was born 1910, married to Jack Alexander, and had one child, Leslie Alexander. Estelle went by Evelyn. She was an artist and a great singer and always loved animals. In response to a generous endowment presented to the Wildlife Rescue Center by Mr. Leslie Alexander in early 2011, the Wildlife Rescue Center became the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in honor of Mr. Alexander's mother.


Board Of Directors Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center
Executive Director: Virginia (Ginnie) Frati
Director of Development: Shelley Berkoski
Medical Director: Justin Molnar, DVM

Board Of Directors:
Linda Buetelschies, R.A.
Jim Hunter
Jonathan Turetsky, DVM
Hon. Martin Kerins
Agena Rigdon
Linda Beutelschies, RA

Honorary Board:
Ingrid Arneberg
Rosalie Brinton
Catherine Cahill
Ingrid & Thomas J. Edelman
Linda & Benjamin Lambert
Will Marin
Maryann & Robert Marston
Howard Marton
Avis Richards
Beth Ostrosky Stern
Ellen & Chuck Scarborough
Sony Schotland
Marcy Warren

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

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Cognac Wellerlane


Lawrence Scott Events Caters Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews President Robert Chaloner at the Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party


















































Philantropist Jean Shafiroff poses for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party - Ms. Shafiroff's Gown designed by Victor de Souza














































Hunanitarian Sara Herbert-Galloway and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party













































Fashion Designer Victor de Souza and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party









































Fashion Designer Victor de Souza and Lucia Hwong Gordon pose for a photo--op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party












































Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party








































Stylist Anthony Linzalone and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party












































Stylist Anthony Linzalone and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party












































Event Planner Rebecca and Founder and Creative Director Lawrence Scott Gottesman of Lawrence Scott Events pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party
































































































































































































































































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Michael Wellbrock and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party - Photo by Lenny Stucker Photography








Hamptonites and Supporters gathered at The corner of Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road to Join Southampton Hospital for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing which included a silent auction and raffle to benefit The Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. Benefit Chairs included Hollis & James Forbes Marigay McKee & Bill Ford.

Corporate Chair included : Douglas Elliman Real Estate Emcee: Chuck Scarborough Music: Groove Society Catering & Decor but the biggest addition was the catering by Lawrence Scott Events.

While attending Art Southampton I chatted with Southampton Hospital President Bob Chaloner who revealed this wonderful new addition to the Southampton Hospital's 58th Annual Summer Party.

Lawrence Scott Gottesman brings unparalleled creativity and imagination to his signature special events. A native New Yorker, Larry started his career in catering before opening one of Long Island’s most successful restaurants, Larry and The Redhead. In 1989, he established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime”, A Larry Party™ brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Larry is equally known for his philanthropic efforts.

Larry’s commitment to community has spanned decades of support for charitable causes including, Make–A–Wish, The Feinstein Institute, Live Out loud, Forward Face, City Of Hope, and MS, to name a few. Larry’s reputation is that of a generous and charismatic man who considers his employees “family” and treats his clients with adoration and respect.
They return to him time and again to celebrate all of life’s important occasions knowing their party will be like no other — and one that they..."will NEVER, EVER forget!"

To learn more information please visit http://lawrencescottevents.com

Since its establishment in 1909, Southampton Hospital has remained faithful to the vision of its founders in providing the very best in medical care to the Eastern Long Island community. An affiliate of Stony Brook Medicine and a member of the East End Health Alliance, a group of three Long Island hospitals on the North and South Forks, the Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services and is staffed by more than 280 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing 48 medical specialties. The Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, an agency that rates the quality of care provided by some 20,000 healthcare facilities across the United States.

The Mission of Southampton Hospital is to provide and ensure the highest quality of healthcare services for its entire community.

The Vision of Southampton Hospital is to meet the evolving healthcare needs of its Eastern Long Island community by providing access to a continuum of high quality clinical services. To achieve this, the Hospital will focus resources on continuously improving clinical outcomes, patient safety, service excellence and promoting educational outreach and professional development of its staff.

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

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5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival


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Emmy Award Winning News 12 Reporter Erin Colton and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Long Beach International Film Festival













































American Idol Singer/Songwriter Robbie Rosen poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival













































Long Beach Film Co-Founder Ingrid Dodd and Entertainment News Reporter From News 12 Elisa DiStefano and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival














































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at 5th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival









The Long Beach International Film Festival was the hottest place in town last week as filmmakers, actors, celebrities and members of the press attended this year's film festival.

Stars and filmmakers from around the globe came to Long Beach to celebrate film and show their movie productions. There were long and short-form pieces of all genres, as well as many celebrations and parties to fill the time between screenings.

The three-day event showcased forty films, screening long movies at the Long Beach Cinema and short films directly on the beach itself.

In addition to a cavalcade of films, there were also parties hosted at the Allegria Hotel, as well as the popular Taste on the Beach, which showcased the fare from restaurants all over the area.

Long Beach International Film Festival co-founder Craig Weintraub has faith that his New York festival can become the next Cannes—arguably the most prestigious and best-known film festival in the world.

“The only difference between the Cannes Film Festival and the Long Beach International Film Festival is that 70 years ago somebody decided to start a festival in that city,” said Weintraub earnestly.

Conveniently located and only twenty-five miles away from Manhattan, Weintraub is certain  that the Long Island event can become, if not the country’s most influential film festival, at least one of New York’s most visited.

The film lineup included feature-length narratives, documentaries, shorts and animated movies.

Films included in the roster were:  Coach of the Year directed by David Stott, Dave Dodds’ Cherry’s in Season, about Fire Island's legendary gay bar Cherry's on the Bay; David Sigal’s Saving Jamaica Bay, which focuses on a community’s fight to preserve the 18,000-acre wetland estuary; and Martín Rosete’s Money, a drama that was partially shot in Woodbury, Long Island.

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


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Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole Host Variety Show At Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York


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Recording Artist and Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-uop at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York














































Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole,  Singer Marissa Deltor and TV Host  Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York























































Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole poses for a photo-op with her children Bella and Max at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York










































































































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York









This past weekend I caught up with Celebrity Vocal Coach and Recording Artist Samantha Cole.  On Friday, July 29th, Samantha hosted a variety show at Manna Restaurant in Water Mill, New York.  Ms. Cole works with up to 40 students at a time to prepare them for future songwriting and singing careers. The variety show at Manna featured five to six of Samantha’s top students performing live acoustic sets outside in the courtyard “under the stars” at Manna Restaurant.

Celebrated Chef Marco Barrila creates a multi-regional array of traditional, rustic dishes that change seasonally and focus on local farm-to-table, as well as imported Italian products. The menu includes signature dishes like eggplant timbal, grilled octopus with chimichurri, lobster risotto and truffled veal chops.

Chef Barrila emphasizes the authenticity of his dishes. "Everyone is so excited about farm-to-table in this country, but in Europe it is the norm". No matter the region of cuisine, Chef Barrila gives his customers an authentic experience.

Manna offers fine dining in a chic, yet comfortable atmosphere. Walls are adorned with organic 3 dimensional Hampton landscapes by local artist Gil Ferrer.

Open year round, enjoy dining by the fire place in the winter and al fresco seating during the summer. Manna's courtyard terrace can also be booked for private and semi-private gatherings in secluded setting for up to 200 guests.


So naturally Manna was the perfect setting for a variety show.


A native from Southampton, Samantha has been on hiatus for a while from recording albums to raise a family in Connecticut, New York.


Ms. Cole grew up in Southampton, New York. At the age of 15, Cole began taking vocal lessons and landed a number of singing engagements in New York. Cole made more than thiry appearances (and one performance) on MTV's The Grind, and became a regular performer at Tatou in New York City.  Through these appearances, Cole was discovered by Universal Music's Doug Morris and Daniel Glass, and promptly signed to Universal Records.


Samantha's eponymous debut album was released in 1997. Cole co-wrote eight songs on the album, which included an impressive roster of all-star producers including: David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Richard Marx, Rhett Lawrence, and Diane Warren. Samantha Cole's debut single "Happy With You" peaked at #78 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Her follow-up single, "Without You", failed to chart. The song was covered by American Idol stars Kimberley Locke and Clay Aiken in 2004 and went to #1 in Asia. The song is featured on Locke's album, One Love. Cole went on to release her last single from her debut album, "You Light Up My Life", in the UK in 1997.

In 2001, Cole was featured on the single "Luv Me Luv Me", by Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy. She was brought in to rerecord Janet Jackson's vocals because Jackson had chosen not to allow Shaggy to use her vocals in the song. Her version of the single with Shaggy did not peak on any chart in the USA, but did peak at #5 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2002, Cole teamed up with Shaggy for the second time for the song "Bring It To Me", that was featured on the Dark Angel soundtrack.

In 2005, Cole released a cover version of Animotion's 1985 hit, "Obsession". The song charted high on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and gained radio airplay.

Since releasing "Obsession", she has remained a staple of New York City discothèque club scene, regularly performing to sold out crowds. Cole has also modeled and has appeared in layouts for FHM and Loaded.

Cole has also dabbled in acting, appearing in an episode of HBO's Sex and the City, the WE network reality show, Single In the Hamptons, and the Damon Dash's 2003 film, Death of a Dynasty.  Samantha was also casted as a Judge on The Voice in 2014 and is currently holding auditions.

She continues to teach promising young singers and songwriters on how to have a successful career in show business and resides in Conneticut with her family and also Southampton, New York.

"I may come out with yet another album," she excitedly reveals.

For more information please visit her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/samantha.cole

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Christie Brinkley Host St. Barths In the Hamptons For Social Life Magazine

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Christie Brinkley Host St. Barths In the Hamptons For Social Life Magazine

























Anthony Schembri and Lori Snyder.pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane












































Jewelry Designer Yanina LeCristal  poses for a photo-op at St. Barths in the Hamptons with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane

































 Interior Designer Beth Krupa poses for a photo-op at St. Barths in the Hamptons with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane












































Publicist Sara Ann Fingerman poses for a photo-op at St. Barths in the Hamptons with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Designer Hillary Flowers at St. Barths In The Hamptons
































Artist Kevin Berlin poses for a photo-op at St. Barths in the Hamptons with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane










Hamptons Star Christie Brinkley Age 62 looked better than ever and resembled an angel dressed all in white as she hosted the 2016 St. Barths Hamptons Gala which by the way is one of the sexiest parties in the Hamptons.

A bevy of sexy dressed ladies and older billionnaires attended the event on Saturday night to support St. Barth Tourism Board and the Bridgehampton Historical Society.

Christie also launched the Social Life Magazine Cover as well as her own brand of Prosecco.

Her new Prosecco entitled Bellissima, an organic Prosecco brand is now available to consume and enjoy at your next red carpet gala darlings!

“I believe that celebrating what we are grateful for with family, friends and Prosecco contributes to a healthy, happy and sweetly beautiful life,” she tells PEOPLE Magazine of the sparkling new venture.

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