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Hangin' in the Hamptons: 2 benefits, 2 honorees

TV personality Star Jones is this year's

TV personality Star Jones is this year's honorary chairwoman at the Art for Life Gala. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

The gala fundraiser season is at its peak.


The organizers call it a garage sale, but the annual "Super Saturday" affair is really a combination fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and a shopping experience featuring upscale clothing, accessories, beauty products and home goods from more than 100 designers and companies at various discounts. Hosted by actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa and fashion luminary Donna Karan, the event happens Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Nova's Art Project (30-60 Millstone Rd, Water Mill) with tickets starting at $450 (800-873-9569;


The nonprofit Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue is throwing its third annual summer benefit Saturday at 5 p.m. at the home of WNBC news anchor Chuck Scarborough. Gimme Shelter, which works to save dogs from kill shelters nationwide, has put together an evening featuring hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a live performance from Grammy-winning singer Loudon Wainwright III. Tickets are $125 in advance, $175 at the door (call 631-903-9215 or visit for more information).


Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is not just a kitchen king but an accomplished cookbook writer, restaurateur and TV host. The nonprofit culinary group James Beard Foundation will celebrate all of Flay's achievements at its annual Chefs & Champagne summer tasting party Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard (139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack). Guests can also enjoy wine, beer and bites prepared by more than 30 chefs. Tickets are $275-$375 (212-627-2308,


Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will be honored by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation at the Art for Life Gala Saturday at 6 p.m. at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton (19 Horsemill Lane). Broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien hosts the event, and TV personality Star Jones is this year's honorary chairwoman. Rounding out the night will be live performances from hip-hop stars Doug E Fresh, Kurtis Blow and Naughty by Nature. Tickets start at $1,500 (212-254-6677,

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