Inaugural SummerFest Gala

| September 11, 2014 | Parties

On August 30, 2014, the Southampton Arts Center held its Inaugural SummerFest Gala Thursday night. SummerFest was sponsored by Audi of America, Douglas Elliman and Modern Luxury’s BEACH magazine. The Center, which formerly housed the Parrish Art Museum, left a question mark as to how the iconic building would be used when the Parrish moved to Watermill.

Epley and philanthropists Whitney Stevens and Simone Levinson worked tirelessly for four years to make their vision of bringing a vibrant cultural resource to East Enders a reality. Levinson chaired Thursday’s event with Tiffany Moller, drawing over 400 people under an enormous tent, where local restaurants served a sampling of their best dishes, Jazz At Lincoln Center played music, and Dance Heginbotham, a dance company obtained through a programming partnership with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, performed. Guests included BEACH's editor-in-chief Cristina Cuomo, whose magazine has been a huge supporter of the Center, and her husband Chris Cuomo, Hilary and Wilbur Ross, Fairley Pilaro, Dayssi and Paul Kanavos, , and Erica and Michael Karsch. Close Up: Contemporary Portraiture was on display in the gallery. The show included portraits by Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Julian Schnabel.

The evening raised $400,000 to bring world class cultural programming to the Southampton community.

Photography by Adriel Reboh and Patrick from Patrick McMullan


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