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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.

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

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Actor Ed Asner Recieves the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Long Island International film Expo

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Ed Asner recieves Lifetime Achievemen Award at the Long Island International Film Expo














































Actor Sal Rendino receives his award at Long Island International Film Expo














































Actress Cathy Moriarty and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Long Island International Film Expo in Bellmore, New York
























TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Actor Ed Asner about his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Long Island International film Expo in Bellmore, NY




















































Actress Helen Proimos and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island International Film Expo in Bellmore, NY









































Actress Ilene Kristen and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island International Film Exp in Bellmore, NY















































Long Island International Film Expo Actress Kelli Vonshay and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island International Film Exp in Bellmore, NY









































Long Island International Film Expo Actress Kell Vonshay receives award for her role in Reset






























































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Long Island International Film Exp in Bellmore, NY








The Long Island Film/TV Foundation is established to stimulate and encourage film and TV production on Long Island. Since film and activities on the Island account for over $140 million dollars in revenues per year, the foundation hopes to invite future projects to our area by working closely with industry executives, financiers, film producers, TV/Cable operators and government officials.

This year the Festival honored Actor Mr. Ed Asner with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his amazing body of work.  His recent project was the film "My Friend Ed."

Ed Asner is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation, delighting audiences of all ages, from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant to Elf and Up. But he's also an all-American activist who refuses to budge on his ideals, no matter what anyone thinks. Beneath the tough skin of this crotchety crusader lies the heart of a true warrior for justice.

Ed Asner  is an American film, television, stage, and voice actor, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He is also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy film Elf (2003) and its remake Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014).

In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up, and made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode "Yahrseit". In early 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT. He starred in the Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television and has appeared in the 2013 television series The Glades. Edward has most recently starred as Guy Redmayne, a wealthy, homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florick's campaign in the sixth season of The Good Wife.

My Friend Ed is a portrait of a patriot.

From the picket lines to the Pentagon, from the Sunset Strip to El Salvador, my friend Ed has fought for the underdog, cursed out the corrupt, and been a thorn in the side of the status quo. He's spent his celebrated life on the front lines of the fight for justice, and even at 83 years old he's still at it!

For more information about the film please visit
http://www.myfriended.com

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Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala

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SOFO HONOREE PATSY TARR AND TV HOST COGNAC WELLERLANE AT SOFO'S 27TH ANNUAL GALA





































































FITNESS EXPERT TRACY ANDERSON AT SOFO 27TH ANNUAL SUMMER GALA














































Executive Director: Frank Quevedo poses for a photo-op at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala















































TV Personality, Food Critic and Bestselling Author Katie Lee poses for a photo-op with Executive Director: Frank Quevedo













































Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson poses for a photo-op with President Andy Sabin at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala














































Jill Zarin and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala



































James T. Ash – Vice President and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala




































TV Personality, Food Critic and Bestselling Author Katie Lee poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane






































President Andy Sabin poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala






































































































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in Front of Auction Items at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala






































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at Sofo's 27th Annual Summer Gala









Guests gathered at SOFO'S 27th Annual Summer Gala Benefit.

This year the The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center honored the Patsy and Jeff Tarr Family and Anke and Jurgen Friedrich for their philanthropic efforts.

The event also featured special Celebrity guests including: Special Guests Hosts Tracy Anderson and Katie Lee.

Co-chairs included Ann Liguori and Kim and Greg Lippmann.


From 6:00-7:00 PM supporters enjoyed a PRE-GALA VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION with a Special Tasting Menu by Kerry Heffernan & other Leading Chefs & Eateries

From 7:00 - 10:00 PM Guests enjoyed a GALA RECEPTION.
Music by Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project Band

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

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

Visitors can enjoy the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits, a Marine Touch Tank, terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, a Nature Library, outstanding educational programs on and off-site, and a variety of outdoor nature walks and programs, all of which offer direct observation and hands-on experiences with expert nature educators about the rich natural heritage of the area. The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come.

We look forward to seeing you at SoFo! We know your first visit will not be your last.

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

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Social Life Magazine Host Healthy Guru Cocktail Party and Fashion Show


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Healthy Guru Founder Carrie Brudner poses for a photo-op with Click Models wearing her brand of Workout and Fitness line




























































































































Healthy Guru Founder Carrie Brudner and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Healthy Guru Cocktail Party in Southampton.


























Elegant Affairs Caterer Andrea Correale poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Healthy Guru Cocktail Party in Southampton














































Realty TV Star Kim DiPaola from Realhousewives of NJ poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane














































Social Life Magazine Publisher Justin Mitchel poses for a photo-op with sponsors at the Healthy Guru Cocktail Party













































Realty TV Star Kim DiPaola from Realhousewives of NJ poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane










































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Healthy Guru Cocktail Party in Southampton









Healthy Guru is the hottest new fitness and wellness event held in the Hamptons and Manhattan annually. The event, which was hosted by supermodel Veronica Webb, brought together fitness, wellness, yoga, fashion, beauty and nutrition. The event combined the greatest healthy brands in one location on one day. Among the healthy-luxury guests, everyone got to become a Healthy Guru.

Afterwards everyone enjoyed a nutritional cocktail party provided by Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs.

There was also a wonderful fashion show presenting Work out gear and chic fitness apparel and I got to chat with Founder Carrie Brudner of HealthyGuru.com

The event was sponsored by Social Life Magazine.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southampton Arts Center located at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton.

For more information please visit http://healthyguru.com

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ArtSouthampton 2016

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ArtSouthampton Founder Nick Korniloff poses for a photo-op at ArtSouthampton















































Robert Chaloner President of Southampton Hospital poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at ArtSouthampton














































ArtSouthampton Artist Kevin Berlin poses for a photo-op with a bevy of beautiful models wearing his signature Top Hat







































































Model Lucy CI Miller, Artist Kevin Berlin and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Art Southampton















































ArtSouthampton Founder Nick Korniloff and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at ArtSouthampton






































Art Southampton Kevin Berlin's Model Lucy CI Miller poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane













































ArtSouthampton - TV Host Cognac Wellerlane chats with Shark Tank Host Kevin O'Leary at ArtSouthampton about his Art Work


















































































































































































































































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Art Southampton - TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo op in front of Adrien Brody's Painting entitled "Hooked"

















































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in front of a sculpture made of small time pieces at Art Southampton










Art Southampton, Christie’s International Real Estate, and participating galleries invited Platinum VIP cardholders and accredited members of the press to experience an exclusive first view of the highly anticipated Art Southampton fair with a cocktail reception benefiting the Parrish Art Museum and the Southampton Hospital. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were served to all that supported the event.  The event took place on opening night July 7th from  7:30pm - 10pm

Throughout the weekend many events took place including Friday evening The New York Academy of Art presenting “Call of the Wild”, a special exhibition co-curated by Brooke Shields and Academy President David Kratz. The show featured paintings and sculptures by Academy alumni, which focused on the natural world and the animal kingdom.

Artists featured: Dina Brodsky, Benjamin Craig, Claire Cushman, Alexandra Finkelchtein, Shauna Finn, Angela Gram, Alonsa Guevara, Loretta Mae Hirsch, Aliene de Souza Howell, Jake Ingram, Sara Issakharian, Lani Kennefick, Maria Kozak, Will Kurtz, John O’Reilly, Elliot Purse, Nicolas V. Sanchez, Susan Siegel, Hannah Stahl, Nikki Vail

SHARK TANK HOST & LIFETIME PHOTOGRAPHY ARTIST, KEVIN O’LEARY’S INTERNATIONAL PHOTO EXHIBITION: “IRRECONCILABLE IMAGES” Presented by Gallery Valentine presented his lifetime of rare photos.

All proceeds from sales will benefit the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (www.pjcf.org) and Teenage Entrepreneurs.

After a phenomenally successful fourth edition, Art Southampton, the premier international contemporary and modern art fair in the Hamptons, returned to present amazing art from  July 7 – 11, at the height of the summer social and cultural season. Art Southampton is the most important destination for acquiring the finest investment quality works of contemporary and modern art along with design. The fair quickly has become the ‘can’t miss’ event of the summer for all serious collectors, museum professionals, curators, interior designers and art enthusiasts to acquire works from more than 60 leading international galleries.

Art Southampton’s unique ambience and design is unrivaled by any other art fair in the Hamptons. The elegant, air conditioned Pavilion will showcase emergent, cutting edge and modern works, along with a focus on design, paintings, photography, prints, drawings, video art, sculpture, and indoor and outdoor curated projects of the highest quality. 

The fair is located on the world-renowned pastoral grounds of Nova’s Ark Project in Bridgehampton. Art Southampton’s ample on-site complimentary parking and convenient hours made this ‘can’t miss’ fair accommodating even for guests who are visiting the fair and the Hamptons just for the day.



















ACADEMY AWARD WINNER AND ARTIST, ADRIEN BRODY was unable to attend but his sencond series, "HOOKED" which calls upon the viewer to find light in a dark world through a collection of lively, colorful painted fish, in conjunction with Benrimon Projects was also presented at ArtSouthampton.


For more information please visit http://www.art-southampton.com


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C Fine Art & The White Room Gallery Opening Reception: Saturday July 2nd, 6-8 pm

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White Room Gallery Owner Artist Sally R. Breen stands in front of her Painting















































White Room Galley Artist Melissa Hin poses for a photo-op in front of her painting













































CFine Art Gallery Owner Cheryl Sokolow and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op in front of one of CFine Art Sculptures at The White Room Gallery Reception in Bridgehampton on 4th of July Weekend







































































































































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses with Artist Melissa Hin on 4th of July Weekend


























Artists William Quigley, George Schulman and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane, Artist George Schulman and Debra Rothberg pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane, Artist George Schulman and Debra Rothberg pose for a photo-op at Art Show Reception at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































White Room Gallery Co-Owner and Curator Andrea McCafferty and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Art Show Reception at TheWhite Room Gallery in Bridgehampton














































White Room Gallery Artist Beth Barry and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Art Show Reception at The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton













































White Room Gallery Co -Owner Artist Sally R. Breen poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the White Room Gallery on July 2nd in Bridgehampton, NY


 







C Fine Art & The White Room Gallery
Opening Reception:

Saturday July 2nd, 6-8 pm

In ‘Off the Wall’, Cheryl Sokolow represented an exciting roster of internationally recognized artists, including Kevin Barrett, John Van Alstine, Isobel Folb Sokolow, Norman Mooney and Rogan Brown.   They participated with sculpture and wall reliefs of all sizes. Each artist fabricates his/her work with a discernible yearning, one that reaches far beyond the boundaries of their chosen material revealing a unique visual language which engages the viewer on a variety of levels.

The White Room Gallery brought paintings by Beth Barry, Melissa Hin and Sally Breen ‘On the Wall’.  With abstract sensibility, each painter defines the illusion of space in their own personal way capturing nature’s exquisite light and atmosphere with its many colors and textures.
Artists:

OFF THE WALL: Norman Mooney - Kevin Barrett - John Von Alstine (Also on view: Isobel Folb Sokolow, Rogan Brown)

ON THE WALL: Melissa Hin - Beth Barry - Sally Breen



Sally Breen has long taken her inspiration from the beauty of the ocean. Living in Water Mill, NY, the artist draws on the continual change of light and the reflection from the water surrounding her. Ms. Breen’s lyrical, contemporary paintings capture the very essence of light and water and are transformative for both the artist and viewer. The artist is able to capture the enormity of the sky and the expanse of the ocean on canvas, while conveying the moods of the moment. Her paintings are a powerful metaphor for all that is beautiful, changing and hard to contain in life.

Ms. Breen also served as a gallerist at The Gallery, Sag Harbor, an experience that convinced her she preferred art creation to art business. However, seeing a need for a main street gallery that can give artists a platform, she has become a partner in The White Room Gallery.

In the past her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found The Local Art Rag, the East End’s Guide to local artists and musicians, with her partner Daniel Schoenheimer, which ran for five years. Earlier in her varied career, includes computer graphics, print making, gouache painting; and even one-of-a-kind silk-screened tee shirts sold at Thompson Square Park back in the day.

Ms. Breen’s contemporary style is informed by her intuitive and reflective approach to the subject, yet Ms. Breen has a very solid classical training in the arts. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and took post-graduate classes at the New York Academy of Art. She also has studied at as varied institutions as the Corcoran, the Torpedo Factory, SUNY Purchase and NYU.


Melissa Hin's emphasis in Fine Art is in exploring the expression of emotion through the use of pure color and composition. Utilizing the complexity of applying / throwing a multitude of colors layer upon layer. Each color dominating various parts of the whole until the painting is finally complete. What each color represents is left to the interpretation of the viewer. It can represent a feeling, an opinion, an emotion, a part of society or culture. Each entity in itself a thing of beauty and when combined a compelling part of the whole.

Artist Beth Barry reveals, "When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color, shapes and shadows created by the light from the sun.  The sun influenced everything, infusing the already rich palette of the landscapes and seascapes with what felt like a supernatural light.  As the plane moved, the images seemed to move as well.  The shapes bounced and swayed in their own rhythmic way.

This was all very exciting to me and the experience has informed my artwork ever since.  Light, color and movement are basic elements of all of my paintings.  My work has also been strongly influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts.  I grew up there and have always felt tremendous happiness and excitement at the beach.

Pleasure is a large part of my process and a critical part of the finished piece.  My paintings are places of happiness."

For more info on Art Shows, Art Receptions and Red Carpet Events keep reading cognac's Corner Magazine.

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Alec Baldwin Host 2016 Long Island Hospitality Ball

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Long Island Country Singer Lisa Matassa poses for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Long Island Hospitality Ball








































Hospitality Ball Beauty Pageant Winner Dana Wachter Miss Hudson Valley 2016 poses for a photo-op at the 2016 Hospitality Ball











































Victoria Secret Model poses for photo with Christine Guarino at the Long Island Hospitality Ball






































Actor Alec Baldwin Host the Long Island Hospitality Ball















































Actor Singer/Songwriter Michael D'Amico poses for a photo-op withV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Long Island Hospitality Ball




























































Gino Veneroso and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Long Island Hospitality Ball












































 Ciao! Filippo Lapides from VOGA Italia and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at The Long Island Hospitality Ball































The Long Island Hospitality Ball




































































TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Long Island Hospitality Ball







The 2016 Long Island Hospitality Ball benefits the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and this year was hosted by Alec Baldwin.

The event took place on Monday, June 27th, 2016 at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY from 7:00pm - 12:30am. Now in their 6th year, the Long Island Hospitality Ball has collectively raised over $1.5 million.

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

Newsday’s Jim Bernstein and Erica Marcus called the inaugural event “one of the largest fundraising events in years to raise money to battle cancer” and “a food-industry showcase.” The night of sensory delights continues to raise important and much needed funds in the fight against cancer. Now in their 5th year, the Long Island Hospitality Ball has collectively raised over $1.1 million.

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

The organization is proud to announce the 2016 Long Island Hospitality Ball honorees for their achievements in the Industry:

    Garrett McGuinness, Vice President/General Sales Manager, Spirits Division, Southern Wine & Spirits
    Sean Rose, President and CEO, Clare Rose, Inc.
    Chris D'Ambrosi, Owner, Mio Posto Restaurants

    Posthumous Honor - Jerry Cusack, Babylon Carriage House

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


they are grateful to their Executive Committee Members for all their tireless work in helping to make the Long Island Hospitality Ball a huge success.

Executive Committee Members:

    Keith Hart, Chairman
    Greg Bartolotta
    Richard Bedrosian
    Michael Esposito
    Larry Golus
    Jay Grossman
    Frank Minier
    Nick Paccione
    Dante Paganini
    Brian Rosenberg
    Richard Rubenstein
    George Voutsinas
    Billy Wolfe
    Thomas Wright

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

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

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

For up to date news on charities and fundraisers in Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons please visit Cognac's Corner Magazine.


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20th Anniversary Heart Of The Hamptons Ball


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Humanitarian Heart Honoree Jean Shafiroff, Honoree Dr. Frank Specer and Barbara Poliwoda Regional Director, Hamptons Heart Ball, Healing 5k, Heart Ride pose for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball















































Barbara Poliwoda Regional Director, Hamptons Heart Ball, Healing 5k, Heart Ride and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball

























































Humanitarian with Heart Award Honoree Jean Shafiroff













































Humanitarian with Heart Award Honoree Jean Shafiroff and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball
















































Breck Costin and  Chair Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin pose for a photo -op at at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball












































Rosemary Ponzo, Edward Ankudavic pose for a photo -op at at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball















































Joy Marks  poses for a photo -op at at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball















































Joy and Alan Marks pose for a photo -op at at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball





































Victor de Souza and Dusin Lujan
pose for a photo -op at at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball










































Jessica DiMeo Senior Regional Director, Communications and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a phot-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball
 












































Co-Chair Lori Snyder, Joy Marks and Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball














































Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball







































Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 20th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Ball.  Ms. Wellerlane's Fascinator designer by Millinery Designer Dora Marra of Headdress New York





This year guests gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Heart of The Hamptons Ball.

The glamorous event took place on Saturday, June 25th from 6 to 11 p.m. at the grounds of the Hayground School. This year's theme was "An Evening Under The Stars" and the event was surely dazzling.

The Heart of the Hamptons Ball honored Dr. Frank Spencer, MD, Professor of Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, with the Distinguished Service Award, as well as Jean Shafiroff, Humanitarian and Philanthropist, with the Humanitarian with Heart Award.


"The funds the Hamptons Heart Ball raises goes towards the important lifesaving work of the American Heart Association," revealed Barbara Poliwoda, Regional Director for the Hamptons Heart Ball. "Some of the funds raised by the American Heart Association have helped to put defibrillators in schools, helped develop the artificial stent, pacemakers and cardiac stents. Funds have also helped to restricted smoking in public places, and provided information to the people in our community on healthy eating and signs of symptoms of a heart attack and stroke."

The event this year was chaired by Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Nicole Noonan, Randi Schatz, and Tracy Stern.


Dr. Frank Spencer was born in Haskell County, Texas in a country farmhouse.  Seven miles from the nearest town of Haskell, there was no electricity or running water in many farmhouses.  Dr. Spencer learned to read, spell and do multiplication tables from his mother at a very young age which led to his being placed in the third grade at the age of six. The nearest school was a two room schoolhouse three miles from Dr. Spencer's home.  For five years he rode six miles every day on a horse purchased by his father so that he could go to school.  With the addition of graveled roads, students were finally able to take a bus to the high school in Haskell were Dr. Spencer graduated as valedictorian at the age of fifteen.

Thanks to the encouragement of his parents and a high school science teacher, Dr. Spencer was accepted to North Texas State. During his freshman year, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.  At the age of seventeen he was accepted in Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee which enabled him to attend medical school and accept a commission in the Navy as a lieutenant instead of enrolling in the draft.

Dr. Spencer's exceptional work allowed him to graduate as the top student in his medical school class in 1947 whereas he  went on to intern at Johns Hopkins.  He spent two years at UCLA followed by two years in military service.  Five years out of medical school is when Dr. Spencer made major advances in surgical techniques in the military.  Dr. Spencer was placed in a small hospital unit that was just barely behind battle lines. The official policy was to ligate injured arteries which resulted in amputation in about 50% of cases.  Dr. Spencer took a major risk with the support of his military advisor and implemented an experimental program to repair arteries.  With a team of four surgeon, 90 arteries were repaired over the course of several months which resulted in many less amputations.  His program was a success and was adopted in Korea within only a few months and subsequently in Vietnam.

Dr. Spencer was awarded the Legion of Merit Award and was honored in two different Presidential  Addresses for outstanding surgical advance in military surgery in both Korea and Vietnam.  He remained on the facility at John Hopkins for six years and helped launch open heart surgery there in 1955.  He went on to accept the Chairman of Surgery position at New York University where he introduced coronary bypass.  He was the Chairman at NYU Langone Medical Center for over 30 years; he remains on the faculty primarily working with patient safety.  Dr. Spencer has also been President of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Spencer attributes his success to enormous dedication and in plain words "A Lot of Hard Work."

Congratulations Dr. Frank Spencer for you dedication and being honored as Distinguished Service Honoree

This year Humanitarian with Heart Honoree goes to the very elegant Jean Shafiroff.

Ms. Shafiroff is a philanthropist and activist.  She is considered to be at the vanguard of a new movement of modern philanthropists.  Jean's philanthropy goes beyond financial contributions and includes the gifts of extensive time and knowledge.  Through her work she encourages and seeks to empower all individuals to become philanthropists so that they can build the fulfillment of giving into their lives.

A volunteer fundraiser, leader and spokesperson for several charitable causes, the spectrum of Jean's philanthropic work includes improving the lives of underserved populations, women's rights and well being, health care, animal welfare and resources for children in need, in addition to other causes. Jean serves on the boards of New York City Mission Society, New York Women's Foundation, French Heritage Society, Couture Council (Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology), Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (20+ years), Southampton Animal Shelter Honorary Board and Southampton Bath & tennis Club's Charitable Foundation.  Jean has been widely recognized and featured in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, the New York times, New York Social Diary, Avenue, Hamptons Magazine and the Huffington Post among others.

Jean works closely with the multiple causes she supports.  Each years she chairs numerous galas and hosts events benefiting numerous not-for-profit organizations.  She is particularly well known for her leadership in raising money for many charities including the Southampton Hospital, New York City Mission Society, New York Women's Foundation and Southampton Animal Shelter.  Jean has been honored by several organizations including the New York City Mission Society, Youth Counseling League, Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, Surgeons of Hope, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, Pet Philanthropy Circle and Animal Zone International.

Ms. Shafiroff holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columia University and a BS in physical therapy from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  She has worked both in public finance and private partnership on Wall Street.  Prior to that she was a physical therapist at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City.  Jean is married to Martin Shafiroff an investment advisor and together they have two daughters, Jacqueline and Elizabeth who share their mother's interest in charitable efforts.

In March 2016, Shafiroff authored her first book "Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give." The book is about Shafiroff's experiences as a philanthropist and how to get involved in charity work. It contains an introduction by Georgina Bloomberg


During my interview I asked "Jean what does this award mean to you, you must be so thrilled."

Jean:  Well first I want to speak about the American Heart Association and as you know heart problems are the number one killer in the United States and stroke is the fourth killer.  I am so honored to be part of this event and to be honored really means to give service.  I am delighted to give a little service to the American Heart Association.

Cognac:  I also understand that you recently wrote a wonderful book and it's on the Best Seller List.  Many people have bought the book in Manhattan and the Hamptons and people are talking about it all around the world.  What inspired you to write this book, "Successful Philanthropy?"


Jean:  Yes, I wrote the book "Successful Philanthropy  How to Make a Life By What You Give"....and I wrote it to encourage people to get involved in the giving process.  Now many, many millions of people are but there are others who have so much to offer and I would like to encourage people to give and to believe what they can give in terms of time, knowledge and resources is very valuable and they can truly make a difference.

Both Jean and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton.

Congratulations Jean Shafiroff as this year's Humanitarian With Heart Honoree.


For more information please visit www.heart.org

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SoFo's 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium

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PETER BOYD, Founder of The Time4Good Group speaks out at
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Sofo Climate Change Symposium - TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with STEVEN ENGLEBRIGHT New York State Assembly member for the 4th District






South Fork Natural History Museum hosted the SoFo's 2nd Annual Climate Change Symposium on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The event took place on the grounds of the museum and and a group of panelists discussed how all of us can improve the quality of life, sustainable energy and adapt to climate change globally.

Panelists included:  PETER BOYD, Founder of The Time4Good Group, Senior Advisor and Climate Lead for the B Team; STEVEN ENGLEBRIGHT, New York State Assembly member for the 4th District, SoFo Board Trustee; BRIDGET M. FLEMING, 2nd District Suffolk County Legislator; MICHAEL B. GERRARD, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School and Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, New York State 1st District Assemblyman; and EDWINA VON GAL, Founder-President of Perfect Earth Project, Hamptons Landscape Designer.

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

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

Visitors can enjoy the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits, a Marine Touch Tank, terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, a Nature Library, outstanding educational programs on and off-site, and a variety of outdoor nature walks and programs, all of which offer direct observation and hands-on experiences with expert nature educators about the rich natural heritage of the area. The museum is dedicated to teaching and inspiring families to become engaged and responsible caretakers of our planet now and for generations to come.

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

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Committee Members and Contributors Attend East End Hospice Shelter Island Cocktail Party at The Shelter Island Yacht Club

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East End Hospice Committee Member Kathy Zarzhin And Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-opat the East End Hospice Cocktail Party on Shelter Island



























East End Hospice Shelter Island Committee Member Mary Chobor and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-opat the East End Hospice Cocktail Party on Shelter Island

































































































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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses in front of the Shelter Island Yacht Club



Committee members and contributors soared into Summer at the biannual East End Cocktail Party on Shelter Island.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and participated in Taking Care of Their Island Cocktail Party & Auction and bid on fabulous silent auction items which included trips to Tuscany, Italy, Sugarbush, Vermont, NYC Ballet Tickets, Backyard Barbeque for 15 people with fixings, Paddleboard Party, plus many more fun and exciting prizes.

East End Hospice provides care and comfort for all terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones living on the North and South Forks of Long Island, including Brookhaven Township. Health care professionals and volunteers offer pain and symptom control as well as palliative care and social, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones in a comfortable and caring environment.

East End Hospice also seeks to promote awareness of the benefits of hospice care in their communities through educational and informational presentations to civic, fraternal and religious groups, professional organizations and educational institutions.

No one is ever denied care by East End Hospice because of inability to pay.

East End Hospice brings hope to the dying and their families and friends. By affirming life, hospice helps people conclude life with comfort and dignity, offering pain alleviation and symptom control in a familiar and caring environment. Certified in 1991, East End Hospice, a 501(c)(3) not- for-profit corporation, has provided services to over 7,500 terminally ill patients and their families – primarily in patients’ homes under the direction of professionals—and with invaluable assistance from dedicated volunteers.

Their coordinated teams of seasoned health care professionals and volunteers are committed to meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients and families who come to them for care. Supporting families through grief and bereavement is an essential component of East End Hospice, including a comprehensive children’s bereavement program and Camp Good Grief—our highly acclaimed day camp for children aged 4-16 (Camp Good Grief opened in 2000.)


With over twenty years experience in managing end-of-life care, East End Hospice was acutely aware of the growing need for inpatient care. Not only are hospitals designed for short-term stays, they’re not home-like environments. This spurred East End Hospice President & CEO Priscilla Ruffin and the Board of Directors to campaign for an inpatient hospice care facility on the East End of Long Island to serve the needs of terminally ill patients. Ground was broken in July, 2014. The new facility will allow patients to live out their final days in a home-like setting close to home, here on the East End, with friends and relatives nearby. Learn more about our capital campaign and naming opportunities.

For more information please visit
https://www.eeh.org/


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