Celebrities descended on the La Palestra Kids Benefit 2013 at East Hampton Studios in Wainscott this weekend. Noted guests including Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky Stern, six-time Grammy Award-winning gospel vocalist Bebe Winans and Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz. The event was emceed by Michael McGlone, best known as the spokesperson for Geico. Guests dined on a four-course meal, with catering provided by famed restauranteur Richie Notar and celebrity chef David Burke.
The night featured an intimate performance by both Winans, who brought down the house with his catchy gospel favorites, and the Counting Crows. Duritz said his band performed because La Palestra co-founder Pat Manocchia is one of his oldest friends. This wasn’t the lead singer’s first time on the East End. Duritz said he was staying in Bridgehampton for the event, but he has spent more time on the North Fork, staying with friends in Southold.
Word is Stern even sang a version of “I Will Survive.”
Founded by Pat and Deborah Manocchia, La Palestra Kids is a registered 501 c3 nonprofit that provides integrative health classes with the mission “to improve the quality of children and their family’s lives through the integration of exercise, nutrition and socialization.” On stage, Winans announced that the event raised enough money for La Palestra to “do this” for an entire year.