Who ever thought doing good could be so much fun? This past weekend the American Heart Association hosted its 20th Annual Hamptons Heart Ball in Bridgehampton. The event has donated millions to heart research nationwide for 20 years. The distinguished chairs of this event included Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Nicole Noonan, Randi Schatz, and Tracy Stern. The evening honored Dr. Frank Spencer, Professor of Special Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, with the Distinguished Service Award. Jean Shafiroff—well-known humanitarian and philanthropist—received the Humanitarian with Heart Award. The benefit prides itself on bringing together leaders in the philanthropic and medical communities from New York and Long Island year after year.
The theme “An Evening Under the Stars” could not have been more appropriate. The function opened with a red carpet filled with crimson attire, and continued on with a cocktail hour full of lively conversation. The festivities progressed into a divine dinner catered by The Garden City Hotel, and concluded with dancing late into the starry night. The beautiful summer evening was perfected by live music by Alex Donner throughout the event.
With 15-foot entertainers—on stilts, of course—roaming about, how could the evening not be full of amusement? The giraffe-like acrobats performed a circus show once guests had been seated for dinner. The tables were flecked with people paramount to this cause—in addition to many others: Star Jones, John Catsimatidis, and Marian and Peter Goodman.
During the effusive hour set aside for mingling, a silent—and later live—auction took place. The silent auction included items such as jewelry, artwork, and clothing. The stars of the live auction were a Friday night reservation at Rao’s, Aspen ski retreat, and a Burma ruby and diamond ring.
The event, as usual, was a roaring success! Last year alone the Heart Ball campaign raised over $71 million. This money helps fund prevention programs and life-saving research all across the nation.
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