Bill and Hillary Clinton stopped by the Sagaponack General Store yesterday as Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., settled into brunch at CittaNuova in East Hampton, paging through real-estate ads over eggs.
On Saturday, the former president dropped by the Artists and Writers Softball Game (the artists won), and went to a party with his wife in Wainscott.
Saturday night was also the second part of the Paddle & Party for Pink fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with the evening’s guests gathering at the North Haven home of Richard Perry, president of Perry Partners LP, and his wife, fashion designer Lisa Perry.
Joshua Harris of Apollo Management Holdings LP said he’d done a triathlon in the morning. Also present were Jonathan Gray of Blackstone Group LP, and Marc Lipschultz of KKR & Co.
Gary Cohn, president of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., brought his house guest, New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.
Edward Lampert, chairman and chief executive of Sears Holding Corp., chatted with fellow Goldman Sachs alumnus Richard Perry, chairman of Barneys New York.
Lampert’s wife, Kinga, who wore a hot-pink Lisa Perry dress, is co-chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The fundraiser, in its second year, started with paddle races in the morning. More than 500 guests attended the party, raising $1.2 million, about double last year’s total.
A big draw was surfer Laird Hamilton, who made the trip from Malibu with his wife, volleyball Olympian Gabrielle Reece, and their children.
Hamilton, based in Hawaii, agreed with Lars Svanberg, president of East Hampton-based Main Beach Surf and Sport, that Long Island is a haven for stand-up paddling.
“You guys have an incredible amount of coastline,” Hamilton said. “What you lack in grand surf you make up for in the fun of exploration.”
Hamilton was on the water to help paddlers during the race. Some of his advice: Keep the board straight and go for deep, short strokes rather than long, shallow ones.
Racers included David Wassong, managing director at Soros Fund Management LLC, and Maria Baum, co-owner of Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor, whose experience paddling during breast-cancer treatment and recovery led to the creation of the Paddle & Party for Pink. Baum got to wear a diamond necklace by event sponsor Leviev.
Artist Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn completed the 6-mile course. At the party she got a kiss from her husband in front of a paddle board featuring a painting of hers. Thom Filicia and Aerin Lauder also decorated boards that are up for auction on CharityBuzz.com until Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
In one of the dozens of mini-living rooms composed of white lounge chairs on the Perry lawn, Cohn hung out with female partners at Goldman including Stacy Bash-Polley and Michele Docharty. A big reveal: his favorite food in the Hamptons is corn on the cob.
Cohn, rather than racing, volunteered at Havens Beach, helping people get into the water and cheering a lot.
Guests danced as surf rocker Tom Curren performed. Ann Tenenbaum, co-founder of Curren’s record label, Wolfbomb Productions, was one of them.
Martha Stewart, in blue, said she paddles and sails, and that Saturday had been a “gorgeous” day to do both.
(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)