EAST END HOSPICE 2012 Summer Gala "Moonlight Luau"
QUOGUE - JUNE 30: EAST END HOSPICE 2012 Summer Gala "Moonlight Luau" on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Potts family's Sandacres Estate in Quogue, New York On June 30th over 600 guests clad in festive Hawaiian, in bright shirts and colors, bid on over 100 auction items, enjoyed playing their hands at the gambling tables, danced the night away, sipping the signature mai tai cocktails and enjoyed delectable food at the place to be – the East End Hospice annual summer gala "Moonlight Luau" at the Potts’ family’s private Sandacres estate in Quogue. All proceeds from the evening benefit East End Hospice. Linda Filardi and Betsy Rowe served as co-chairs of the annual benefit. Bonnie Grice of 88.3 Peconic Public Broadcasting served admirably as Mistress of Ceremonies and Gordon A. Werner was presented with the 13th Annual Dorothy P. Savage Good Samaritan Award Upon being presented with the award, the clearly humbled Werner stated graciously that "The true Good Samaritans are the volunteers and the nurses of East End Hospice and I accept this award on their behalf." Priscilla A. Ruffin, President & CEO, announced that Building the Dream, the capital campaign for the building of the EEH inpatient hospice facility, has raised over $5 million and the facility will break ground this fall. Nancy DeMatteis, a generous supporter of East End Hospice, encouraged others to join her in giving to the campaign. Food & Cocktails: A delicious buffet style Luau with an extensive array of rather succulent offerings was supplied by local culinary artiste, Beth D’Alessio Catering of Beth's Cafe & Fish Market 48 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY (Tel: 631 653-0222 | Four Square) The Julie Bluestone Band kept the guests dancing throughout the night. The live auction raised significant funds with a membership to Hampton Hills Country Club, airfare and a stay in Ashford Castle in Ireland, and a Mazda Miata going to the highest bidders. In charitable form, Gene Warren, winner of the Ashford Castle stay, donated the trip back to East End Hospice and allowed for the second bidder to take the trip. Camp Good Grief also benefited at the event, with attendees pledging to send 20 children to camp at $1,200 each. The aforementioned Camp Good Grief is a weeklong summer bereavement day camp open free of charge to any child who has experienced the loss of a parent or loved one. East End Hospice has run the camp since 1997 and last year helped 147 children cope with loss of a family member. Honorary Committee: Matthew & Susan Blank, Anderson Cooper, John & Elaine Kanas, Reverend Peter Larsen, Senator Ken LaValle, Norman Leavitt, Frank & Molly Maguire, Susan McAllister, Bill O’Reilly, John Roland, Jay Lockett Sears, Thomas Von Essen. Committee Chairs: Betsy Bean, Décor; Jane Campbell, Underwriting; JoMarie Pica, Auction; Sally Richardson, Honorary Committee; Christine Mayer, Décor; Bevin & Bryn Kenny, Junior Committee Co-Chairs. A committee over of 50 people participate in making this event a success, including Stephanie Delaporte, Cathy Dougherty, Yvonne Elliman, Dr. Christine L. Frissora, Georgia Hatch, Tara Liddle, L. Wesley & Pat Lowd, Pauline Schmidt, and Alexandra Urdang. Angel Sponsors: Aspatuck Gardens, Mr. & Mrs. John V. Brennan, Mr. & Mrs. John A. Kanas, The Potts Family, Showtime Networks, Mr.Gary Talarico & Mrs. Linda Filardi (Talarico) ; Benefactors: Mrs. Robert Allen, Dior Beauty, Martha Clara Vineyards, The Winifred & William O’Reilly Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. James Nespole, and Roger Ferris + Partners; Patrons: Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Blank, The Company Store, Eastern LI Hem/Onc, Hampton Jitney, Jered Ann Lynch, JoMarie & Vincent Pica, Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence C. Rafferty, SuffolkCounty National Bank, and Westhampton Rotary. A special thank you to all participants in the evening – East End Hospice raised over $300,000 with the support of the community!!! For more information, contact: Theresa Murphy, Community Relations Coordinator | tel: 631.288.7080 | e-mail: email@example.com ABOUT EAST END HOSPICE: Certified in 1991, East End Hospice, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, has provided services to over 9,000 terminally ill people and their families on Eastern Long Island, primarily in their homes under the direction of professionals, and with valuable assistance from dedicated volunteers. Supporting families through the times of grief and bereavement is an essential part of our Hospice service, including children’s bereavement programs as well as Camp Good Grief–our acclaimed day camp for children aged 4 to 16 now in its 15th year. No one shall be denied care by East End Hospice because of inability to pay. "Building the Dream" - Capital Campaign: East End Hospice will begin building the long hoped for Inpatient Facility later this year. The facility will be built on a six-acre plot of waterfront property in Quogue that was donated by its owner in a last will and testimony and designated to be used for hospice purposes. The beautiful facility, designed by the renowned Roger Ferris + Partners architectural firm, will be able to service eight patients at a time. Fundraising is ongoing through the ”Building the Dream” Capital Campaign. The campaign has a goal of $10 million to include a $2 million endowment to sustain the facility. Over $5 million has been raised to date for this vital community resource which is approximately half of the money needed to reach its goal. The gala is EEH's major yearly fundraiser, but private donations are welcomed, appreciated and desperately needed. A model and display material was available at Sandacres Moonlight Luau. Please contact Maggie Goldfarb for more information or to make a donation at: Maggie Goldfarb, Capital Campaign Coordinator | East End Hospice Inc. | PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 | ph: 631.288.7080 | fx: 631.288.4943 | e-mail: or firstname.lastname@example.org PRESS: See also Social Life Magazine (July 17, 2012), Society Column "Summer Soul Cycle - Building Dreams" PHOTO CREDIT: Copyright © 2012 Manhattan Society.com by Christopher London | tel:Private | e-mail: Private | Bookings: email@example.com*****NOTE: More photos and id's to come*******Read More
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QUOGUE - JUNE 30: EAST END HOSPICE 2012 Summer Gala "Moonlight Luau" on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Potts family Sandacres Estate in Quogue, New York (Photos by Christopher London ©2012 ManhattanSociety.com)