On The Avenue

Diamonds are a Hospital’s Best Friend

by Debbie Bancroft Photographed by Patrick McMullan /PMC
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Southampton Hospital Gala, the motherload of all Hamptons events, was especially exuberant this year as it celebrated the Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary.

“Have you been here all 60 years?” I asked Bob Chaloner, Chief Administrative Officer of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, tongue firmly in cheek. “Sometimes it feel like it,” he responded. Bob is often credited with the vast improvements at the hospital, including, importantly, The Jenny and John Paulson Adult Trauma Center—the first of its kind on the south shore of Long Island, and the beneficiary of the $1.5 million dollars raised this night. Not surprisingly, this Center is especially busy during the summer, with surfboard smashes, fireworks burns and perhaps this summer…shark bites.

The Catsimatidis (Margo, John, Andrea and John Jr.) and Mosley (Wendy, Bruce, Charlotte and David) families were honored for their philanthropy, service and commitment to the underserved. And I personally salute daughter Andrea Catsimatidis for keeping that dress up. Those were the days.

Expert emcee Chuck Scarborough thanked the guests for their friendship and support and suggested that this, the Diamond Jubilee, would be the perfect time to emulate the philanthropy of Harry Winston who, in the first year of The Southampton Hospital Summer Party, donated the Hope Diamond to The Smithsonian—a gem worth $250,000,000 in today’s dollars, which happened to be the fundraising target to build the Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art facility. Capital idea, capital campaign.

Among the guests: Howard Lorber, Chair of The Southampton Hospital Foundation, his son, Michael Lorber, Kenneth Wright, Chair Southampton Hospital Association, Steven Bernstein, President Southampton Hospital Foundation, Jean Remmel Little, Margo Nederlander, Melanie and John Wambold, Cristina Greeven Cuomo, Ellen Scarborough, Dottie Herman, Alex Roepers, Cindy and Ladd Willis and 770 other friends.


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