Gala Season

Andrea Grover, Shantell Martin, Sunny Khalsa, and Marguerite Zabar Mariscal at Guild Hall’s Visionaries Luncheon. Independent/Jess Dalene

It’s gala season in New York City, a season of gowns and giving. Over the past few weeks, a handful of foundations that host events that happen in the Hamptons each summer, as well as East End organizations, hosted their annual galas and events. Here are a few recaps.

The Hamptons Holiday House to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation takes place each summer in the Hamptons. Holiday House NYC held its opening night gala on November 13.

Holiday House founder Iris Dankner and design chair Amy Lau present this highly anticipated fall designer showhouse. Located at 125 East 65th Street, the Holiday House is presented in a 1904 neo-Federal five-bedroom home, designed by renowned architect Charles A. Platt. The mansion features rooms designed by more than 15 of New York’s celebrated designers.

The showhouse will remain open for visitors through December 15. General admission is $40.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation, which hosts a summer benefit at the Parrish Art Museum each summer, hosted its New York Dinner at Daniel on November 19. Dinner at Daniel offered guests an exquisite culinary experience with a special guest performance by Academy Award-winning artist Jamie Foxx. The event raised over $5 million.

Founder Michael Milken welcomed guests and spoke about a few topics including PCF’s partnership with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the advances researchers and scientists have made so far. The organization is dedicated to identifying and funding groundbreaking cancer research programs.

East Hampton’s Guild Hall held its annual Visionaries Benefit Luncheon, at The Pool in the historic Seagrams building on November 15. The event brought together three artistic vanguards in art and lifestyle for a conversation moderated by Guild Hall’s executive director Andrea Grover.

The program celebrates a new generation of women leaders who inspire and empower. Sunny Khalsa, photographer and pioneer woman; Shantell Martin, visual artist and cultural facilitator; and Marguerite Zabar Mariscal, CEO of Momofuku Group, shared their stories with more than 170 guests.

“Visionaries is an important program to Guild Hall because it brings women to the forefront on major endeavors they are accomplishing. The event has grown tremendously over the past three years. The success of this event really shows how important it is to celebrate these leaders and really understand what they have been doing and how they got to where they are today,” said Grover.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, which hosts its annual Hamptons Happening each summer in Bridgehampton, held its annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street on November 21. The event honored Valery Joseph of Valery Joseph Salons, designer Kobi Halperin, and Marc Taub of Taub Family Companies. The evening finished with a performance by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Since its inception in 1976, the SWCRF has awarded approximately $100 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. The research the foundation conducts is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through its collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, researchers share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research.

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