In counting my favorite benefits, LongHouse Reserve has always been at the very top of the list. Having been to nearly every summer fundraiser at the 16-acre East Hampton garden/arboretum/sculpture grounds/museum for the past decade, I have to say that Saturday’s event, “Serious Moonlight”for the 25th anniversary Jubilee Year celebration, was the absolute best. So many friends and serious supporters turned out to pay a visit and their respects to founder Jack Lenor Larsen and his East Hampton-based garden of delights, netting $500,000 in the process. It was a beautiful night under the Serious Moonlight, not soon to be forgotten.
This year’s honorees were sisters Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells, who both received the LongHouse Arts Patron Award, which was presented by Martha Stewart–all longtime friends of Jack.
Other notables who turned out: Robert Wilson, Cindy Sherman, Fred Savage and his wife, Lynn, Alice Aycock, Nicole Miller, Mary Jane Marcasiano, Ralph Pucci, Sherri Donghia, Ralph Gibson, Larry Warsh, Alex Papachristidis Scott Nelson, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Veronica Atkins, April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emilia Kabakov, Lucy Winton, Bryan Hunt, Lynda Benglis, Mary Heilmann, Lana Jokel, Alexandra Munroe, Bridget Fleming, Bonnie Comley, Stewart Lane, Ron Guttman, Terri Sultan, Andrea Grover, Steve Miller, Bonnie Grice, Yuka Silvera, Uko and Hideki Morita, Joe Pintauro, Eric Dever, Dianne B (who received a special award from Jack), Lys Marigold, Nico Muhly (who performed a seriously fun mini concert), Nona Hendryx (who rocked it out), Matko Tomicic, Em Watson, Florence Fabricant, Regina Weinreich, Elizabeth and Mark Levine, Steve Miller, Elizabeth Birkelund, Bastienne Schmidt, Ted Hartley, Ralph Gibson, Johnny Swing, Peter Dayton, Ryan McGinness, Laurie Lambrecht, Elena Glynn, Nina Gillman, Lynda Benglis, Bryan Hunt, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, Katja Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeld, Dr. Vincent Covello, Jo Ann and Lee Skolnick, Fern and Lenard Tessler, Edwina von Gal, Marcia Wilson and Herb Hellman, Terrie Sultan, Christopher French, Jennifer Landes, Andrea Grover, Jack Youngerman, to name several dozen. : )