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Perelman’s Apollo benefit aka Rt. 27 Freeze-out

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMC
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Of all the fetes that helped paralyze the South Fork on Saturday night, including AVENUE’s August Issue soiree at Baker House, and the East Hampton Library’s Author’s Night, the starriest by far-iest was Ronald O. Perelman‘s annual benefit concert and dinner for Harlem’s Apollo Theater, held, as is his custom, at his estate, The Creeks, on Georgica Pond. Normally, there is a car full of security guards at Perelman’s East Hampton gate, but those crawling by in the gridlock that was Rt. 27 that night could have been forgiven for thinking some Trump was in the house. Armed guards were the order of the evening.

They weren’t being deceiving. They had a lot of someones to protect, as well as the $5 million Perelman raised to support the Apollo’s artistic, educational, and outreach programs. The event was co-chaired by Perelman; Jon Bon Jovi; Apollo Board Chairman Richard Parsons; and Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots.

While one of Perelman’s ex-wives, Patricia Duff, was at Baker House, celebrating her appearance on the cover of AVENUE’s August-September issue, his current wife, Anna Chapman, was at The Creeks, along with Harvey Weinstein and his wife, former AVENUE cover girl Georgina Chapman, morning chat-show hosts Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer, radio snarkfest host Howard Stern, Lorraine Bracco, Christie Brinkley, Jimmy Buffet, Priyanka Chopra, Donny Deutsch, Robert Downey Jr. Kyle MacLachlan, Don Johnson, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Maxwell, John McEnroe and Chris Rock.

“Apollo in the Hamptons celebrates and supports one of the great cultural institutions in the history of our country,” said Perelman. “Support for the arts and community education is more important than ever. The Apollo’s programs provide young people the inspiration, experience and training that help them succeed. Without our support, these incredible programs would be in danger or could disappear entirely.” (No wonder no Trumps were there.)

The 8th Annual Apollo in the Hamptons concert included performances by Mavis Staples, Patty Smyth, Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Smith, Citizen Cope, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Gary Clark Jr., with The Roots as the live house band. Jamie Foxx was master of ceremonies and closed out the evening with a surprise performance, bringing Alicia Keys on stage for an impromptu rendition of “Empire State of Mind.”


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