A Cabinet-Level Southampton Fête Feeds the Homebound

by Michael Gross Photographed by Sean Zanni/PMC
Monday, June 12, 2017

Retired fashion designer Calvin Klein invited three hundred guests to his waterfront home in Southampton for Saturday night’s 17th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks benefiting God’s Love We Deliver, the organization founded in the early days of the AIDS crisis, when the disease was often still kept a secret, its victims suffered in silence and shame, and mention of it was anathema, even among those most at risk. Ever since, as times changed, and some of its devastation slowed, God’s Love has cooked and home-delivered meals to clients living with severe illnesses, their children and senior caregivers.

Notable guests includes Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his wife Hilary Geary Ross, first friends of President Trump like Howard Lorber and Richard Lefrak (who was with wife Karen Lefrak), and former first sister-in-law Blaine Trump, alongside the less politically-connected Michael Stern, Vicente Wolf, Mark Brashear, Sally van Erk, Trent Huffman, Regina Glocker, Scott Currie, Jon Gilman, Margaret Russell, Dennis Basso, Fern Mallis, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Steven Gambrel and Jim Anderson, Frank and Laura Greenwald, Jamee and Peter Gregory, Richard and Alexandra Mishaan, Lizzz Kritzer, and Olive Watson.

“Midsummer Night Drinks is always a special night for God’s Love,” says David Ludwigson, its Vice-President and Chief Development Officer. “It is a wonderful way for us to say thank you to our supporters while enjoying a lovely evening at the home of special friends. We could not be more grateful to Calvin Klein for hosting the event and welcoming us to his home, and to our guests for supporting our work. With the generosity of so many, we can always be there for all those in the New York City metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.”

Guests bid on God’s Love program items such as funding meals for one year for a person living with HIV/AIDS or meals for a mother living with breast cancer and her children for six months while themselves munching on miniature versions of dishes straight from the God’s Love Cookbook like David Salle’s Fava Bean Puree and Blaine Trump’s Carrot Cake.

Since the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic, God’s Love has become the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. The demand for services of God’s Love has grown more than 140% in ten years, yet all of the agency’s services are still provided free of charge, and in its than 32-plus years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list.


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