August 20, 2013
Attending The Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is an incredible organization where 91 cents of every dollar they raise goes directly to breast cancer research. This past weekend was the BCRF annual summer Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink fundraiser. One of the ways they raise money is through their Charity Buzz Auction, which I am honored to be one of a select group to design one-of-a-kind Laird Stand Up Paddle Boards. My board design was inspired by my love of faux bois, or false wood. Other designers include Aerin Lauder, Cynthia Rowley, J.Crew, Leviev, Lisa Perry, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn, Nicole Miller, Ross Bleckner, Thom Filicia, and Tory Burch. Our very own Darcy Miller – Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings and Celebrations Expert also offered The Ultimate Party Package, which includes an amazing selection of many of her favorite party finds, all customized for you – including one of her sketches for 100 personalized invites, and even a party planning consult at our offices and an invite to our annual bridal fashion week party. Today is the last day to bid on these items. To bid on my Paddle Board, click here. For Darcy’s Party Package, click here.
1 Darcy Miller asked me to design a paddle board for the big Breast Cancer Research Foundation fundraising party, held at the home of Richard and Lisa Perry. I am standing with Darcy and Myra Biblowit, the president of BCRF.
2 Here I am with the great surfer, Laird Hamilton and Bob Pearson, of Pearson Arrow Boards, the manufacturer of the boards that were designed by celebrities. I loved my faux bois paddle board so much. It turned out better than I expected.
3 Laird has transformed the sport of surfing. He is every surfer's hero and he's charming, handsome, talented, and is a good business man. Laird and Bob Pearson were instrumental in the evening's success.
4 Every designer of a board signed along with Laird.
5 Each board had a card like this. Guests were asked to bid on the boards.
6 I really wanted my own board, but so did a lot of other people. It was a very chic and subtle design. Laird said he liked it a lot.
7 Patrick McMullen took lots of photos that evening.
8 Patrick is a very well known celebrity photographer. He now has quite a staff working for him at every big event.
9 Bob Pearson was really happy with the response to the finely crafted boards.
10 I've been a friend of Nicole Miller and her husband, Kim Taipale, for years. Nicole designed a colorful and snazzy board.
11 Ross Bleckner is a fine artist and he designed a dark stealth-like board that caught the eye of Donna Karan.
12 Donna bid a lot for this board.
13 Tory Burch's board was very "Tory".
14 J.Crew designed a brightly patterned board.
15 Cynthis Rowley's board was very popular.
16 With Richard Perry and Donna Karan. Richard and his wife, Lisa Perry hosted the party at their spectacular North Haven home.
17 Donna, Thom Filicia, and I admired Thom's carpeted board.
18 Here I am with Donna and William Lauder in front of Aerin Lauder's board and my faux bois board.
19 Matt Lauer came and posed with Laird and his beautiful wife, Gabrielle Reece, the professional volleyball player.
20 Matt said he liked my board also.
21 With William Lauder, Irwin Simon, of Hain Celestial Group, and Irwin's wife Daryl
22 There were lots of press, cameras, and interview.
23 And lots of delicious foods from local restaurants and shops
24 And diamond jewelry worn by the beautiful model, Kira McDonald
25 And a wonderful vista with a pink sunset
26 And an almost full moon
27 Jonathan Adler came - He and I have been friends for years.