There are few East End events more rewarding, for as a deserving an organization, and just a gosh darned fun kick off to summer than The Southampton Fresh Air Home’s (SFAH) Decorators-Designers-Dealers Sale and Auction. The SFAH provides a summer camp for physically challenged children, 70% of whom receive financial aid—giving the kids a summer to remember and their family some rest from caregiving.
Honorary Chair of the Board, Pam Michaelcheck told me: “The DDD is one of our biggest fundraisers. Tania Higgins, co-chair Raya Keis Knight and our wonderful staff did an amazing job, and Ann Grimm pulled off another fabulous furniture sale. This year our building was completely rebuilt, which brought a decade of renovation and refurbishment to completion. The kids, the most deserving part of the population, will arrive to a beautiful and fully accessible, shingle village. The kids get to experience independence in a safe space, along with true freedom, fresh air, sports and the love and joy of old and new friends in a place that I consider to be the most beautiful place on earth.”
There is nothing like that, to inspire spending. Dennis Basso bought eight tall, vine encircled wine glasses that he’ll use for berries. Nicole Miller scored a butter warmer, having been beaten out on some outdoor furniture by a faster shopper. Jim Coleman got a dinner, at Bar Italia and I got some irresistible white porcelain monkey pitchers. It’s virtuous shopping. I often proudly announce that I decorated my house from here. My designer Richard Mishaan once found, among other beauties, an old, matted Dorothy Draper sofa and chairs for $200, which, when recovered, were featured in Elle Décor.
And if you would rather travel and imbibe than decorate, the auction offered a truffle trip to Itay, a sexy stay at The Mark Hotel and VIP tickets to Seth Myers, among other tempters.
Other proud purchasers included: Michael and Maryanne Shaheen, Sarah and Izak Senbahar, Danielle and David Ganek, Michaela Keszler, Pamela Camacho, Kirsten Solsvig Galef and Catherine Kuehn Price.
We may have brought home yet another tchotchke, but it’s a noble little guy.