|The Southampton Hospital hosted the 59th Annual Summer Party on Saturday, August 5th in support of Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care in the South Fork. The exclusive event was produced by Lawrence Scott Events and took place at the corner of Wickapogue Road and Old Town Road in Southampton, NY. The honorary chair for this year’s event was philanthropist and animal-rights advocate Georgina Bloomberg. The 2017 benefit chairs were Terrence McNally & Tom Kirdahy and Marigay McKee & Bill Ford. Douglas Elliman Real Estate was this year’s corporate chair.
The evening was designed, catered and produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. A long-time supporter of multiple causes, Larry is as respected for his expert party planning skills as he is for his philanthropy. Larry supports over 30 causes annually and has been working with Southampton Hospital for the past two years. The lavish “Larry Party” provided stunning ambiance to the event with exquisite floral arrangements, decadent cuisines, luxurious décor and lighting, and attention to detail. Music by the Groove Society serenaded guests as they partook in a delectable all-night feast. Proceeds from the ticket cost, auction, and raffle tickets funded the highly trained team at the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department as well as the upcoming Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory in the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center. The party raised over $1.5 million for the Foundation.
Benefit Chairs Bill Ford and Marigay McKee, Terrence McNally and Tom Kirdahy, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Chaloner, and Southampton Hospital Foundation President Steve Bernstein welcomed 700 supporters to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 59th Annual Summer on Saturday, August 5th. The night raised more than $1.5 million to provide support for the Jenny & John Paulson Emergency Department, the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.
The festive evening was emceed by Fox 5 Good Day New York host Greg Kelly and brought out supporters including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and wife Hilary Geary Ross, Southampton Village Mayor Michael Irving and wife Ellen Irving, Somers and Jonathan Farkas, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Julie Ratner, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Chairman Howard M. Lorber, who is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Foundation, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Association Chairman Kenneth Wright, and Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel Stanley. Former event Chairs in attendance included Jean Fitzsimmons, Jean Shafiroffand husband Martin Shafiroff, and Audrey Gruss and husband Martin Gruss. Lawrence Scott Events transformed the tent with lavish buffets decorated with delicate blooms and dramatic table centerpieces of white roses, while music from the Groove Society kept everyone dancing.
After Mr. Kelly welcomed guests, he asked Mr. Chaloner to the stage, who revealed that after a decade of discussion, Southampton Hospital was officially a part of the Stony Brook Medicine health care system, which allows patients at the hospital access to significant resources and advanced technology. The collaboration includes a new cardiac catheterization laboratory, part of The Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart & Stroke Center and the Phillips Family Cancer Center, which will make top-level cancer care more readily available to East End residents.
Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is recognized by the NYS Department of Health as a provisional Level III adult trauma center, the first one on Long Island’s East End. This designation enables the Hospital to provide care to the most critically injured patients. During the summer season when the regional population swells, it is even more critically important that trauma care be accessible close by. Faster treatment for trauma patients can mean the difference between life and death, so support for this essential service is vital.
About Lawrence Scott Events
Lawrence Scott brings unparalleled creativity and imagination to his signature special events. A native New Yorker, Larry started his career in catering before opening one of Long Island’s most successful restaurants, Larry and The Redhead. In 1989, he established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime”, A Larry Party™ brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Larry is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Larry’s commitment to community has spanned decades of support for charitable causes including, Make–A–Wish, The Feinstein Institute, Live Out loud, Forward Face, City Of Hope, and MS, to name a few. Larry’s reputation is that of a generous and charismatic man who considers his employees “family” and treats his clients with adoration and respect. They return to him time and again to celebrate all of life’s important occasions knowing their party will be like no other — and one that they… “will NEVER, EVER forget!”
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