Summer in Southampton

As philanthropically focused publicists based in New York City, every summer we are lucky enough to work with some of the best charity organizations out East, and this year is no exception. These three events are always extremely fun, but also important as they raise money for critical services.

The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation is a no-kill shelter that is nationally recognized and has an adoption rate of 96%. Their Ninth Annual Unconditional Love Gala is being held on Saturday, July 21st at a waterfront estate with Gala Chairman Gregory D’Elia, Junior Chairman Katie McEntee and Honorary Chairman Jean Shafiroff. Every year, there are adorable and adoptable animals to play with, in addition to the gorgeous gowns from the attendees. The Southampton Animal Foundation is unique on the East End, as they take in animals from all seven villages and 16 hamlets in the Township. Plus, with its “open admissions” policy, it accepts all animals – no matter what physical or behavioral condition, or special needs, no matter what medical condition, no matter what age.

We are also once again working with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, which this year celebrates their 60th annual summer party on Saturday August 4. One of the highlights of the season, the party will once again take place under the air-conditioned tents at the corner of Wickapogue and Old Town Road in Southampton. And believe me, you can’t underestimate the brilliance of the air-conditioned tents! This year, John Catsimatidis and Bruce Mosler are the events honorees. Robert Chaloner will of course be there as will one of our favorite newsmen, Chuck Scarborough, who will serve as this year’s emcee. The festive evening benefits Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department, which is the sole provider of emergency care on the South Fork, treating more than 25,000 people annually.

We will also be returning to help Hope for Depression Research Foundation with their Third Annual Walk of Hope + 5K Run to Defeat Depression on August 5. The USA Track and Field sanctioned event will raise awareness and funds for advanced depression research, with every dollar raised going directly to research. HDRF’s glamourous Founder Audrey Gruss will lead participants on a beautiful route around Lake Agawam in Southampton Village. This high-spirited event is family-focused, inspiring and fun, whether there is rain or shine.

These are all events that raise funds for important causes, and if you want to help, please click on the links in this story to purchase a ticker, or simply donate. Visit our Events page for further information.

  • The Southampton Animal Foundation: Tickets can be purchased by emailing UL@sasf.org, contacting Adrienne Walter at 631-488-8000, or by visiting southamptonanimalshelter.com.
  • Stony Brook Southampton Hospital: To purchase tickets, visit: southamptonhospital.org or call Kathy Lucas, Director, Special Events, 631 726-8700, Ext. 3.
  • Hope for Depression Research Foundation: To participate, please visit hopefordepression.org/events.