Sweet Charities


In April, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons launched a new social media campaign, #ARFRESCUELOVE. The campaign is the brainchild of ARF adopter and well-known ad man Neil Kraft, and he enlisted the help of ARF board member Amy Sullivan, who wanted to help bring attention to ARF’s rescue missions on a broader level.

Kraft, founder and creative director of advertising firm Kraftworks, and the man behind the iconic Marky Mark and Kate Moss Calvin Klein ads created #ARFRESCUELOVE to showcase ARF’s mission and the animals they save and care for while they wait for their “furever” homes. Reaching out to their friends, photographer Francine Fleischer and copywriter Melissa Berman — both parents of rescue dogs — the team was set.

An inaugural exhibition of the #ARFRESCUELOVE photographs will be presented at the recently restored Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, with the opening exhibition on Friday, June 15, coinciding with Much Ado About Madoo, the Conservancy’s summer benefit.

#ARFRESCUELOVE is an ongoing project dedicated to reminding us to always “Adopt, Don’t Shop.”

School’s Out

Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, will host the 20th anniversary of its annual School’s Out fundraiser on Saturday, June 16, from 5 to 7:30 PM. The event is co-chaired by Benjamin Dixon, Dan Ennis, and Rod Grozier. The event’s co-hosts are Alfredo Paredes, Paul Weinstein, and Ward Williams. It will be held at the home of Lisa and James Cohen in East Hampton.

Following the cocktail party, there will be a dinner hosted by Martha Stewart, Joseph Altuzarra, Tracy Anderson, Charlie Ferrer, Steven Gambrel, Anetta Nowosielska, Brian Sawyer, Kevin Sharkey, Robert Stilin, and Jacqueline Terrebonne.

Navy SEAL Foundation

Navy Beach in Montauk is honoring Montauk’s Naval history and continuing its support of the Navy SEAL Foundation with the sixth annual fundraiser for the organization. The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. On Saturday, June 16, from 3 to 5 PM, Navy Beach will host the benefit cocktail party.

The party will be the official kick-off to a sixth season of fundraising efforts at the restaurant. This year’s remarks will be provided by Rear Admiral Tom Steffens, US Navy (Ret), who served 34 years as a Navy SEAL. In fact, Steffens learned to swim on Long Island and gained his love for the ocean riding waves at Jones Beach.

The event will feature cocktails and snacks from signature Navy Beach favorite menu items. In addition, guests will be able to bid on silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets for several prizes. The cost to attend the event is $50 per adult, $25 for veterans, and free for children under 16 (at the door). Following the event, the restaurant will be open for regular dinner service beginning at 5:30 PM and reservations are recommended. For those who prefer to purchase their tickets at the door, RSVP for the cocktail party to [email protected].

Wellness Foundation

The Wellness Foundation will host its seventh annual summer benefit at Mulford Farm in East Hampton on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 8 PM. There will be plant-based hors d’oeuvres, a book signing of Food is the Solution by Matthew Prescott, cocktails, and live music by MTK Band. For tickets, visit www.wfeh.org.

Building On Tradition

The North Fork Community Theatre presents its 10th annual Building On Tradition Campaign Gala on Saturday, June 16, at 6 PM at the Southold Historical Society. The event celebrates the theater’s 60th season. There will be hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, live performances, live auction, and raffle prizes. For tickets and more info, visit www.nfct.com.

Shelter Island Run

The 39th Annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk, a USA track and field certified course, will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 5:30 PM. Touted as the most scenic course, the Shelter Island Run is a fundraising event for East End Charities. This year’s race will welcome former Olympian, four-time NYC Marathon winner, and four-time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers. Local beneficiaries include East End Hospice and Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.

A Family Fun Post Race Festival will take place at the American Legion, adjacent to the race finish, and will be complimentary to all. There will be dancing in the street with DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks including Noah’s, Scotto’s Pizza Truck, Opa on the Go, Mister Softee, and Stars Café, and a BBQ complimentary to all runners featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and more. For a full schedule of events throughout the weekend visit www.shelterislandrun.com/events.html.

Sign up is available online at http://bit.ly/2Gva66L.

Pony Rides 

Stony Hill Stables will be hosting pony rides to support the Stony Hill Stables Foundation on Sunday, June 17, from 10 AM to noon. A $20 donation is suggested. Children of all ages are welcome. Visit www.stonyhillstables.com.

Camp SoulGrow

Camp SoulGrow, a non-profit enrichment workshop camp for all kids, will host its fourth annual Camp SoulGrow benefit at The Palm in East Hampton on Thursday, June 21, from 6 to 8 PM. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door. The event includes open bar, complimentary menu, and a silent auction. Visit www.campsoulgrow.org.

Summer Solstice

Celebrate the Summer Solstice Kickoff and art opening reception co-hosted by The Ellen Hermanson Foundation and The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday, June 23, from 6 to 8 PM. For more information, go to ellenhermanson.org or call 212-840-0916.

Get Wild

The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center’s Gala, Get Wild, will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 5 to 7 PM. The event will be hosted by Joan and Bernard Carl at Little Orchard in Southampton. The event will honor Susan McGraw Keber and Jay Schneiderman. For more info and tickets, visit www.wildliferescuecenter.org.

Jazz for Jennings 

Jazz for Jennings 2018, a fabulous afternoon of food, wine, and extraordinary jazz on the grounds of the glorious Watermill Center, will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 12:30 to 4 PM. Jazz for Jennings is named for the late legendary news anchor and honors his commitment to the community and, especially, the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center. The benefit, now in its fourth year, has raised critical funds to support The Center’s all-important educational, recreational, and enrichment programs.

For tickets and more info, visit www.bhccrc.org.

Deadline for submissions is Thursday at 9 AM. Email to [email protected].

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