Show Me the Money




Gardens opened to the public during the 31 years the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, in Wainscott, has been running sneak-peek, self-guided tours among some of the South Fork’s most lovely rosebeds and potagers. Four: the number of stars that ARF has earned from Charity Navigator — making it the only animal-welfare organization on Long Island to win a perfect score. One-thousand-six-hundred: The number of dogs ARF saved in 2016.
Save the date: June 17


Pillows that a performance artist named Brian O’Mahoney cuddled up with during his dreamy cats sleep anywhere installation on a rooftop at the Watermill Center’s benefit last summer, which raised a whopping $2.2 million. A record-breaking 689 guests sat down for dinner. Among the trees and on rooftops, 36 artists created an enchanted forest of unsual acts, with a surprise cameo appearance by the rapper Ja Rule. 
Save the date: July 29


In sales of lemonade, ice cream, and needlework at the first Ladies Village Improvement Society Fair, held in East Hampton in July 1896. (That would equate to about $16,000 today, according to the Consumer Price Index.) Fun fact: Did you know the L.V.I.S., now in its 122nd year, is to thank for the American flag that waves on Main Street — and that its ladies were daring, early champions of historical-house preservation on the East End?
Save the date:  July 29


The lifesaving figure raised for Southampton Hospital’s emergency services at at its storied summer party last year, at which a rawther tony crowd of Social Register types gathered under the white tent on Wickapogue Road and bid on a variety of blue-chip auction items, including a pair of oh-so-elusive Hamilton tickets.
Save the date: August 5


Wine glasses clinked at the 2016 Guild Hall Summer Gala, which raised $840,000 for East Hampton’s beloved museum, arts center, and community theater. Attendance for the (typically rocking, occasionally raucus) event was capped at 484, which factors out to more than five glasses of vino per person. Hope no one was driving home!
Save the date: August 11


Pink condoms handed out as party favors at the star-studded, crowd-pleasing Planned Parenthood benefit in Bridgehampton last May. (Safety first!) Over all, the organization’s Hudson Peconic region raised $3,795,000 for the women’s health in 2016; with the recent federal budget cuts, they’ll be needing help now more than ever.

At top: Maidstone Club members in costume for a benefit tea, Guild Hall, East Hampton, 1942. East Hampton Star Archive.
EAST Staff