Hamptons Scene: Seinfelds Join Polo, Laird Hamilton Paddleboardsby
Fundraisers support poverty-fighting, breast cancer research
Pony rides, tattoos, designer swimwear, giant whoopie pies
Far into a warm-weather regime of exercise, beach time and gorging on farmstand bounty, folks in the Hamptons were ready to be social in their bathing suits. Kinga Lampert, co-chairman of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, did just that over the weekend with Laird Hamilton at the paddle portion of the Paddle and Party for Pink. The race took place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor on Saturday morning. Hamilton, the champion surfer who popularized paddleboarding, said it’s a natural sport to be considered for the Olympics.
Maria Baum, who began paddleboarding during her breast cancer treatments, is a founder of the event, now in its fifth year. “It’s taken on an energy of its own,” she said, noting she doesn’t know every racer, party-ticket buyer and volunteer anymore.
The event raised $1.8 million by the end of the party portion, which included Gwyneth Paltrow auctioning two tickets to Coldplay at the Stephen Talkhouse on Sunday night for $55,000.
Racers included former pro football player Jason Sehorn and SoulCycle instructor Stacey Griffith, both top finishers.
While the food and drink for racers was healthy (bananas, protein and energy bars from fitness guru Tracy Anderson, and turmeric lemonade from Honeydrop Beverages), the Southampton Hospital annual dinner dance on Saturday night took another tack. Guests were offered a buffet of giant cupcakes, whoopie pies, treats resembling Yodels and so on.
Then on the way out, guests including benefit co-chairmen Jim Forbes and Bill Ford were offered tickets to get a cone at an ice cream truck. Also going along with the theme of indulgence: the raffle prize, $25,000 cash. Tickets were $100.
Bugattis were on dazzling display at the Piaget Hamptons Cup on Sunday, but Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld perhaps had more admirers as they strolled next to the polo field to greet David Saltzman, the Robin Hood Foundation’s executive director. The event raised more than $750,000 for his group.
There was plenty of wholesome fare, like coloring in pictures of horses and sticking on Robin Hood tattoos.
The hosts were Joseph and Diana DiMenna, who mingled with guests throughout the afternoon, including Hal Lehr of Aithon Capital and Lise Evans.
At halftime, kids played too.
Those who stayed for the asado barbecue had the pleasure of seeing the polo star and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras take off the shirt he played in to present it to Donna Karan, who won it in a live auction, paying $2,500.