All About the Arts


For those looking to put their money where their mouths are, so to speak, it’s time to donate to The Sag Harbor Partnership’s capital fundraising campaign to save the Sag Harbor Cinema. The campaign will fulfill urgent funding needs set out under a recently-announced agreement to purchase the property destroyed in the town’s devastating December fire.

Time is limited so make sure to send in your donation asap. To ensure that the deal is complete, the SHP needs to raise $6 million by July 1, 2017 to secure the contract. Following that, an additional $2 million is needed by December 31, 2017 to take ownership. It’s a tough one; if the community falls even a dollar short of the $8 million needed by the end of the year, the agreement will be voided.

Approximtely $1.5 million has been raised to date. Notable Involved community members include: April Gornik, Eric Fischl, Emma Walton Hamilton, Steve Hamilton,  Susan Lacy, creator of the American Masters series on PBS,  Dame Julie Andrews. Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker, Harris Yulin, Bill Collage and Katie Lee. Visit to pledge support for the fundraising campaign. All donations are tax-deductible.

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And since we’re on the subject of Julie Andrews, it’s fun to note that she will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Hamptons International Film Festival‘s 25th Anniversary celebration this fall. Additionally, there will be a screening of the classic film “Victor Victoria,” starring Ms. Andrews, on October 7. She will be present, as will HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin, who will conduct a Q&A with the film and stage legend. The annual festival run from October 5 through October 9 this year.

Well known for her defining roles on stage in “My Fair Lady” and “Camelot,” and her classic screen performances in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” the multi-talented and award winning actress is a Kennedy Center Honoree (2001), a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is a bestselling author of over 30 children’s books as well as the first installment of her autobiography, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years” (2008) and is now working on the companion sequel. Ms. Andrews just completed directing a hugely successful revival of “My Fair Lady” which is currently touring though Australia, and is the co-creator and star of “Julie’s Greenroom,” a newly released series on Netflix which teaches young children about the theater and the arts.

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Let’s end on a good philanthropic note today, shall we. Thanks to Myron Levine, Donors Unite has launched. The Sag Harbor-Based entrepreneur and philanthropist, also the founder of All For the East End, has created a new charity gift card-giving website, which is poised to forever change the way we give gifts.

By harnessing the power of the ubiquitous gift card, Donors Unite provides an alternative to material gifts for any occasion – a charity gift cardThe Donors Unite gift card is perfect for any occasion –  major holidays, birthdays, weddings or even a thank you for a dinner invitation. Instead of giving the token gift, gift givers can present their friends and loved ones with something that truly matters—a tax deductible charity gift card that enables users to choose from the most comprehensive list of more than 1.5 million U.S. registered and IRS-approved charities on the website.

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And for those who are passionate about local charities (who isn’t??), there’s a comprehensive search engine, which enables either the giver or receiver the ability to find and support a charity in their community.  Even better, Donors Unite is affordable, allowing gifts of as little as $10, thus only giving what you can afford to give.


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