With Columnist Joe Alexander & Photographer Patrick McMullan
Neil Patrick Harris, “It’s easier for me to flirt with girls now that girls know that I’m gay. It almost makes it a sexier encounter than if I was trying to pretend that I was straight.” Hugh Jackman…..“If I’m a lush at anything, it’s food and drink. “…. Sarah Jessica Parker, “I don’t judge others. I say if you feel good with what you’re doing, let your freak flag fly.” Chef stars: Sofia Vergara: “I think it would be ungrateful if I were upset because I’m seen as attractive or sexy. That’s opened so many doors for me in my life.” Scarlett Johansson…..“I still eat a burger at a counter with ketchup dripping down my face.” … Nigel Barker and Unik Ernest hosted the Edeyo Gives Hope Ball, which raises money to build schools in Haiti. iPark parking mogul Bill Lerner was honored for his work with Billy4Kids, which provides shoes children in need edayo.org … Scott Snyder and Ellie Cullman will co-chair the Design Committee for the Palm Beach Show Group, which will debut its new New York Art, Antique & Jewelry show at the Park Avenue Armory from September 17th through the 21st.
nyfallshow.com … Lullaby’s Jennifer Hudson, “My biggest thing is banana pudding, but it’s the devil! Because I can’t control myself.” Her co-star Amy Adams confessed, “Ever since grammar school, I knew I wanted to be famous.” Hoteliers Brandon and Hank Freid celebrated the 2nd anniversary of their lounge Haven Rooftop in their Sanctuary Hotel. havenrooftop.com …. Zac Posen contributed his Z-Spoke purses to the Fashion Project’s online auction to benefit the Hope Foundation. The organization’s spokesperson Nicole DiCocco, the sister of the late Coach Frank DiCocco who’s memory the foundation was created, said, “Our programs inspire inner city kids to build character on and off the playing field.” hopefoundation.us Alec Baldwin… “When I told my parents, ‘I’m going to be an actor,’ they screamed and wept and freaked out.”
Georgina Bloomberg, who was honored by Southampton Animal Shelter at their Unconditional Love Gala, was toasted at a wine tasting hosted by the Shelter’s president Jonathan McCann, Jean Shafiroff and Aimee Sadler. Guests included the town’s Mayor Mark Epley, celebrity dentist Dr. Thomas Behm, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Rafael Feldman, Leesa Rowland, Larry Wohl, dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Mark, Elaine Sargent and Merchant Solutions Group’s Billy Morrissey. southaptonanimalshelter.org … Donatella Arpaia, the head judge on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” is now Executive Chef of Jonathan Rapillo‘s Sienna Restaurant and Ultra Lounge. Her critically acclaimed modern Italian menu features her award-winning meatballs. siennahamptons.com …Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Laura Lofaro Freeman will co-chair Southampton Hospital’s Summer Party on August 2nd. There will be a surfer theme created by Steven Stolman and music by popular bandleader Alex Donner…. NBC anchor Chuck Scarborough spoke at a kick-off party for the Ellen Hermanson Foundation Gala at Sequin, which raised funds for the EH Breast Center at Southampton Hospital. The foundation will host its annual Ellen’s Run on August 17th. ellensrun.org …
Ralph Lauren model Morgan O’Connor, who is also a philanthropic ambassador for Mercedes-Benz fragrance and Billy4Kids, celebrated his birthday with a pool party in East Hampton. Earlier in the week, he won the Altaneve Prosecco mini sailing regatta hosted by the vineyard’s owner David Noto. The OUT Hotel’s Mati Weiderpass came in second place. Applauding were The H.O.P.E. Foundation’s Nicole DiCocco, Nicole Noonan and Steven Nobel. altaneve.com …. Also on the East End, Charlie Rose emceed The Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport Area’s annual benefit. The fun Beach Ball was held at the home of Jay Diamond and his wife Alexandra Lebenthal, who Fortune Magazine recently called “The Queen of Wall Street.” The organization inspires and enables disadvantaged young people on the South Shore. Dancing were Calvin Kline designer Francisco Costa, Amanda Burden, Colin Callender, Dana Buchman and Bob Morris. bgca.org Designer Lisa Jackson had a show of her new jewelry line LJ Cross at JANGEORGe in East Hampton. ljcrossny.com