(Bridgehampton, NY) - Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (PPHP) kicked off the summer season with their Annual East End Benefit on Sunday, May 24th at the home of Eileen and Richard Ekstract, publishers Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine, in Bridgehampton.
The event, Picnic for Planned Parenthood, attracted more than 200 guests and raised funds to support PPHP medical services, education, and advocacy programs on the East End.
Producer/Director Barry Sonnenfeld and designer Isaac Mizrahi energized the crowd to bid on the silent auction items of one-of-a-kind designer picnic tables and specialty picnic baskets. The tables were designed by Greg Turpan, Lisa Perry, Jonathan Adler, Ruby Beets, Bjornen Design, Richard Ekstract, and Sylvester & Co, among others. The baskets were donated by local Hamptons’ businesses including Loaves and Fishes, Green Thumb, Mixed Media, and Jonathan Adler. Beach blankets designed by Alex Katz, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, and Raymond Pettibon sold out.
For over 75 years, PPHP has provided affordable, confidential, and compassionate care to women, men, and teens. PPHP works to protect the right to reproductive freedom, and offers education and training programs to improve parent/child communication, peer-to-peer education, and a variety of other community resources.
Honorary Chairpersons for the event included Iris & Richard Abrons, Antonia Bellanca, Loraine Boyle, Ellen Chesler & Matthew Mallow, Leslie Close, Honorable Janet DiFiore & Dennis Glazer, Ina & Jeffrey Garten, April Gornik & Eric Fischl, Susan U. Halpern, Caroline Hirsch & Andrew Fox, Bryan Hunt, Tony Ingrao & Randy Kemper, Ellen Kern, Delphine & Reed Krakoff, Dominique Levy & Dorothy Berwin, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Isaac Mizrahi, Scott O’Neil & Neil Kraft, Sandy & Steve Perlbinder, Lisa & Richard Perry, Cecile Richards, Susan Ringo & Barry Sonnenfeld, Toni Ross, Amanda Steck & Glenn Fuhrman, Patsy & Jeff Tarr, Kathleen Turner, Edwina von Gal, Nancy & Michael Weber, and Jane Wenner.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc (PPHP) is the 16th largest affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and operates 13 medical centers in Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. In 2008, PPHP provided services to over 36,000 patients in over 70,000 visits. We conducted over 1,800 education programs reaching more than 30,000 youth and adults, and mobilized approximately 10,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPHP has served the community for 75 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. Planned Parenthood has done more to reduce the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy than any other health care provider or advocacy group. PPHP is headquartered in Hawthorne NY. For more information about PPHP services and programs, visit http://www.pphp.org/.
Contact: Beverly Katz (914) 467-7341
June 03, 2009