On The Avenue

School’s Out in East Hampton

by Missy Hargraves Photographed by Carl Timpone/BFA.com
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What one guest claimed was arguably the largest congregation of well-dressed handsome men on The East End” (and some very attractive women as well) showed up for The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)’s 20th Anniversary School’s Out Benefit.  Lisa and James Cohen opened their beachfront East Hampton estate for the fundraiser benefitting LGBTQ youths and their families.

After a cocktail reception, Martha Stewart, fitness guru Tracy Anderson, and Michelle Obama-approved fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra hosted an intimate dinner al fresco on Saturday, June 16th. Architecture, design, decorating, and publishing stars Charlie Ferrer, Steven Gambrel, Anetta Nowosielska, Brian Sawyer, Kevin Sharkey, Robert Stilin, and Jacqueline Terrebonne co-hosted the feast.  While Stewart left the cooking to Lulu’s Kitchen of Sag Harbor, she did design the floral arrangements.

Amidst a sea of snug white jeans, cropped pants, and Dad Denim, benefit co-chairs Benjamin Dixon, Dan Ennis, and Rod Grozier mingled with guests including THE AFFAIR star Domenic West, Sydney Sadick, HMI Chief Executive Officer Thomas Krever, Fern Mallis, Susan Magrino, and James Dunning.

Dixon told the sold-out crowd that HMI “shows these youths that they matter” by providing reinforcement in several aspects of their lives including emotional support, academic achievement, creative endeavors, and job preparedness. The guests and sponsors including MINI USA, Facebook, and Nordstrom helped HMI surpass their goal of raising $300,000.

Artwork by Geraldine Neuwirth, Jessica Lichtenstein, Federico de Francesco, and others was auctioned as was a Stephanie Hirsch surfboard emblazoned in beads with the word that accurately describes HMI and their efforts: “Unstoppable!”



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