Photos: The Retreat’s All Against Abuse, A Night in Havana

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The gang from Douglas Elliman: Justin Agnello, Bonny Aarons, Barbara Mattson, James Keough, Denise Wilder, Tim Kelly, Janette Goodstein, Dawn Watson (hey, that’s me!) and Hara Kang. 

What a terrific way to spend this past Saturday night, with so many of my friends present and accounted for at  A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. The sold-out event, held at the Ross Lower School in Bridgehampton, was a colorful sight to behold, and a heck of a benefit that raised beaucoup bucks for people who are most definitely in need of some kindness and compassion. It was a beautiful night, complete with a performance by Maria Bacardi, live salsa music with Mambo Loco, Monte Carlo-style gaming, DJ, dancing, Cuban-inspired food by Art of Eating and auction performance by CK Swett, and one that I won’t soon forget! Thanks for the photos Kimberly Goff!


But wait, there’s more! Thanks to The Retreat and photographers Pam Grienke and Helen Atkinson-Barnes for sharing their pix too!


Photos & Results: Shelter Island Run|Walk

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Want to know everything that happened at the 38th annual Shelter Island 10K/5K Run/Walk on Saturday? You came to the right place. I’ve got plenty of pix and rankings right here.

Proceeds from the USA Track & Field-certified course race benefit several East End charities including The Shelter Island 10K Community Fund, East End Hospice and  Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. Notable runners in this year’s race included: former Olympian, four-time NYC Marathon winner and four time Boston Marathon winner, Bill Rodgers, and first-ever women’s Olympic marathon champion, Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Post-race, runners and friends celebrated at The Runners Festival, held at the Island Boatyard and Marina and produced and sponsored by John Kowolenko of Hampton Event Management International. The post-run event featured dancing with DJ Twilo, local artisan food trucks, a photo booth, kids fun area, and more.

All photos by Todd Plitt. 

Photos: Hamptons Heart Ball

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It’s always nice to share images from terrific fundraisers, such as the American Heart Association’s 21st annual Hamptons Heart Ball, which was held earlier this month at the Southampton Arts Center.

For the festivities, more than 400 guests–including honorees Dr. Lori Mosca and Dr. Ralph S. Mosca, event co-chairs George Benedict, Dr. Aubrey Galloway and Open Your Heart co-chair Jean Shafiroff, Master of Ceremonies Lori Stokes of ABC News, Martin Shafiroff,  Meredith Cohn, Arnie and Paola Rosenshein, Ava Roosevelt, Ann Liguori, David and Jill Kandell, Consuelo Costin Vanderbilt, Tracy Stern, Nicole Noonan, Randi Schatz, Barry and Marsha Altman, Dean and Maria Elana Christiansen, Jon and Joan Gruen and John and Terry Tortorella–turned up to show their support for heart health.

Photos by Rob Rich and Patrick McMullan.

Hamptons Hot Picks: Saturday, June 17

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The Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk race is one of the many events happening today. Image courtesy Shelter Island 10K/5K/Run/Walk.

Does anyone else feel like they are on that perpetual treadmill that is going just a tick or two too fast? This is my 2017 Hamptons summer, which seems to be perpetually a half step behind.

These Hot Picks might be fashionably late, but better late than never. Fingers crossed that I catch up before Labor Day.

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First thing this morning, it’s the 31st annual ARF Garden Tour. Always a treat, this year’s self-guided event features the East Hampton Village gardens of Dr. Richard Axel, Susan and Frank Dunlevy, Alex Goren and Brooke Kroeger, Carol and Paul Mendez, Jackie and Alan Mitchell, Scott Sanders and Peter Wilson, and Frances Schultzin. The tours are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

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Madoo in Sagaponack is holding its annual Much Ado About Madoo to-do today as well from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Garden Market happenings include a Talk in the Studio with Betsy Pioneer Schiff, Barbara McLaughlin and Wendy Moonan at 9:30 a.m., Once Upon a Time at Madoo for the kids from 3 to 5 p.m., plus  an afternoon full of potting plants, floral face painting, and DIY Bob Dash prints! This is an event that is truly fun for the whole family.
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From last year’s Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach.

For a super great benefit that’s really cool and chill, head out east for the fifth annual Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser at Navy Beach in Montauk. That event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Can’t make it but still want to contribute to this worthy cause? Click here to donate.





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The 38th Annual Shelter Island 10k/5k Run/Walk, presented by BNB, is happening today at 5:30 p.m. on Shelter Island. Touted as the Most Scenic Course by Runner’s World Magazine, participants will have the chance to run with former Olympians Joan Benoit Samuelson and Bill Rodgers, with a $10,0000 Runner’s Purse and course bonuses at stake. Better yet? There’s an after party from 7 to 10 p.m.,at the Island Boatyard and Marina on Shelter Island. The family-friendly event, which features food trucks, music by DJ Twilo, a kids’ fun area, and more, is open to runners and the public. This year, proceeds from the Shelter Island Run will benefit the Shelter Island 10K Community Fund and various charities such as East End Hospice and The Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch.



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The Hetrick-Martin Institute is hosting its big School’s Out fundraiser tonight at the East Hampton home of Lisa and James Cohen. The event, which benefits the nation’s oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service, will feature special guests Tracy Anderson, Margaret Russell,  Martha Stewart and Rosanna Scotto. Can’t wait for this one!



After School’s Out, I’ll be heading over to A Night in Havana All Against Abuse Gala, courtesy The Retreat. That sold-out event will be held at The Field House on Butter Lane in Bridgehampton and features a performance by Maria Bacardi, live salsa music with Mambo Loco, Monte Carlo-style gaming, DJ, dancing, Cuban-inspired food by Art of Eating and auction performance by CK Swett, who is always entertaining.

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 Also happening tonight, and also Sunday in case your dance card is overfull, it’s The Boys of Broadway concert at the Southampton Cultural Center. Not only is this gig guaranteed to be fun and entertaining, it’s also a fundraiser for SCC’s valuable Center Stage program.
And lastly, speaking of dance cards, check out Dancehampton‘s Decadence performance  at 1 p.m. today at the East Hampton High School or the Competition Showcase at 7 p.m. if you’re so minded. Happy Saturday everyone!

Photos: Ann Liguori Foundation Golf Tournament


We all know that golfers are SERIOUS about their games. But they also like to have some lighthearted moments too. So, in celebration of that, let’s start this one with a little golf humor, just for funsies.

Noting that her husband looked more haggard and disgruntled than usual after his weekly golf game, his wife asked what was wrong.

He answered, “Well, on the 4th hole, Harry had a heart attack and died. It was terrible! The entire rest of the day, it was hit the ball, drag Harry, hit the ball, drag Harry!”


Now on to more serious stuff.  : )

I’ve got some great photos of the 19th annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton from this past week. Woohoo! All photos were shot by Daniel Gonzalez.

The hugely successful event was the 19th straight sell-out with golfers who came in from all over the world to play and support the cause — raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention.

Jim Donaghy, named 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Business Honoree, said “everything about the tourney was first class! It’s obvious to see how much the golfers appreciate the effort by the Ann Liguori Foundation and the prestigious golf courses that host the tourney each year. There’s a fun, positive, festive attitude throughout the entire event.”

Two-time Super Bowl champ Ottis Anderson was entertaining and lively as the celebrity auctioneer. He did his part to help raise money by sharing great Golf trips, unique dining experiences and prizes to those in attendance. Fun, fun, fun!

For the curious, here are the photo captions:

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​Ann Liguori & Scott Vallary
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​Ann Liguori with event volunteers 
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Dylan Coates with Eyeking. Each participant received a pair of Eyeking sunglasses.
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Staci Hayman & Matthew Wisman with RMS Golf Glove. RMS fit every golfer for a glove. 
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Ann Liguori with Dr. Max Gomez, Medical Correspondent, Channel 2 News
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L to R:  Suzanne Karath, Diane Lenowicz, Ann Liguori & Jean Skidgel
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Ann Liguori with the 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
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L to R:  2016 Ann Liguori Foundation NY WICI Sports Media Scholar, Allison Waddington and Diane Schimmer
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Walter Stockton, CEO IGHL 
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Diane Morgan, her daughter Pamela Davis, grand daughter Joy Davis 
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Ann Liguori Foundation event coordinator Jean Skidgel & Ann Liguori
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Jean & Steve Skidgel  
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L to R: Nancy Stone, Ann Liguori, Kelly Burke McMillin & Colleen Donaghy
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L to R: Mike Elliott, Pres.,Golf, Greg Norman Collection, Lyla Renai, John O’Brien, Marty Hackel ‘Mr. Fashion’, Michael Setola, Tharanco Lifestyle
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L to R – Gene Toliver, Joe & Allison Waddington,  and 2-time Super Bowl Champ & Celebrity Auctioneer,  Ottis Anderson
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Colleen & Jim Donaghy 
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Ann Liguori & Scott Vallary 
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Bobby Catalano & Suzanne Karath
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Jim Halpin CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
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Ann Liguori presents 2017 ALF Business Award to Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone. Jim Halpin, CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & former Business Honoree 
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ALF 2017 Business Honoree Jim Donaghy, CEO, Structure Tone
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Melissa Firmes, KIDS NEED MORE
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2-time Super Bowl Champ Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, Celebrity Auctioneer
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L to R:  John Patrick, Stephen Athan, William Puricelli & Alex Roit
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Jim Halpin.CEO, Platinum Maintenance, ALF Board Member & past Honoree
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William Puricelli
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Nancy Stone, winning bidder for North West Coast Ireland Links trip 
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Picking the 50/50 winner, Jean Skidgel, Ann Liguori & Jim Donaghy
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Jason Dove raffle winner
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Winning team, low net.
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L to R:  Robert Voit, Doug Miller, Mark Ness & Gene Storms
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Jerry Costanza
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Jerry Costanza Quartet
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Marty Hackel, Ann Liguori & Scott Vallary
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All the golfers participating in 2017 Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, Maidstone Club
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L to R — Pamela Davis, Kelly Burke McMillin and Suzanne Karath
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L to R:  Scott Vallary, Ann Liguori, Lynda Packard ‘Volunteer of the Year’ & Matthew Wisman
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Steve Soviero, Jim Phillips, Jim Donaghy & Glenn Isaacson
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Lynda Packard, Ann Liguori & Dr .Max Gomez

Photos: Hamptons Magazine Summer Kickoff

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Hamptons magazine threw a party for its Memorial Day issue, featuring cover girl Hilary Swank, and I’ve got the pictures. The event, held at a private estate by the ocean in Southampton, was masterminded by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events and brought out such notables as: Mariska Hargitay, Rosanna Scotto, Ramona Singer, Jean Shafiroff, Debra Halpert, Samantha Yanks, Zach Vichinsky, Cody Vichinsky, Neil Sroka, Debbie Sroka, Campion Platt, Libby Langdon, Bradford Rand, Jeff Muhs and Beth McNeill.

The lavish celebration included gorgeous summer themed setting, stylishly decorated tables with fresh, colorful culinary creations, and an outdoor bar – elegantly arranged to suit the classic Southampton venue with an ocean view.  The invitation-only soiree marked the 39th annual summer season for Hamptons magazine.  Photos by Rob Rich of

Going Golfing

Boy am I ever looking forward to hanging out with some guys and gals who walk softly and carry big sticks (drivers, irons and woods) later today at the Maidstone Club, thanks to Ann Liguori and her 19th Annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic Honors. Woohoo!

This year’s honoree for the annual Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, which is held in East Hampton and benefits cancer research and prevention, is Jim Donaghy, Chairman of the Structure Tone Organization,  the leading global construction management company.

“Getting involved in the Ann Liguori Foundation Charity Golf Classic, raising money and awareness for cancer research and prevention, is an opportunity to make sure we are taking care of those in need,” says Jim Doneghy. “There are so many distractions in life, especially when you live in the New York metro area, but to me, it’s important not to forget what matters most. Cancer is such a terrible health crisis, affecting our entire population. It’s important to take care of people who need our help. We can never stop working together to find a cure.”

“It’s very nice to get recognized by people I hold in high regard, but to me, it’s more about supporting the cause, than it is about me. I feel very fortunate that I’m in the position to make a difference.”

Ann Liguori, renowned sports talk show host/interviewer/author and golf correspondent for WFAN Radio and CBS Sports Radio Network, hosts the popular charity event every year on the East End of Long Island. Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori is heard Saturday mornings 9-10 AM EST on NPR’s WPPB 88.3 FM and on-line at Ann is the author of ‘A Passion for Golf, Celebrity Musings About the Game.’ Each year the Ann Liguori Foundation honors a business man or woman who best exemplifies the ideals of the Foundation’s mission: helping those less fortunate; providing generosity, leadership and support for organizations that focus on cancer research and prevention and to a variety of other not-for-profits.

The annual charity tournament, played each year at a prestigious golf course in The Hamptons, raises money and awareness for not-for-profits that focus on cancer prevention, care and research, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, KIDS NEED MORE, a camp on Shelter Island for children with cancer and their siblings, and a variety of organizations that support this cause. ALF also works to educate young people about the importance of good nutrition and regular exercise.

Another program the Ann Liguori Foundation supports is the ALF Sports Media Scholarship, part of NYWICI, assisting young women hoping to pursue a career in sports media and the Jim Liguori Memorial Scholarship at the University of South Florida to help students in need.