Hamptons Scene: Navab, Wambold for Southampton Hospital
Alex Navab, co-head of KKR & Co.’s North American private-equity business, and his wife, Mary Kathryn, had their second daughter at Southampton Hospital.
“It was planned,” Navab said at a benefit for the hospital Saturday night, emphasizing their confidence in the quality of care at the facility located on Long Island’s East End.
“I’ve been taking people to the ER with all sorts of ailments over the last 20 years,” Harvard Business School professor Robert Kaplan said. “And the hospital has been extraordinarily helpful.”
The hospital, which is landscaped like the mansions nearby with tall hedges and hydrangea bushes, has operated since 1909.
“We’re here for everyone who needs us,” Robert S. Chaloner, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer, said, standing near a display of race cars and models in Graff jewelry.
The theme of the 54th annual Summer Party, held in a field next to the hospital, was the Monaco Grand Prix. Guests dressed accordingly.
Audrey Gruss wore a Chanel checkered print, echoing a racing flag. She said she’d recently been to Monaco with her husband, Martin Gruss of Gruss Investments LLC, where they drove around in a 1963 Ferrari Superfast.
The party’s chairman, Laura Lofaro Freeman, whose executive search firm, Sterling Resources International, specializes in financial services, wore a pale blue dress by Wesley Nault and looked like Grace Kelly.
John Wambold, managing director at Imperial Capital LLC and a board member at Southampton Hospital, channeled James Bond in a white dinner jacket.
Chaloner came to the hospital nearly six years ago, after running Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan. His initiatives include a doctor-recruitment program and the digitization of medical records.
He built a new emergency department with a $5 million gift from John Paulson, the hedge-fund manager, and his wife, Jenny, announced in 2009.
“They were the best donors on the planet,” said Darin Wiggins, the medical director of the Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. “John said, ‘Here’s my money, please don’t waste it.’ He let me design the emergency room I dreamed of.”
The Paulsons didn’t attend the event, leaving Wiggins to describe its features, which include trauma rooms, a ship in the waiting room for kids to play in, and seven full-time doctors.
Emergency visits triple during the months of June, July and August, Wiggins said. Ocean-related traumas and tick cases are frequent.
Amanda Grieco, who works at Ogilvy & Mather’s HealthWorld division, visited the emergency room three weeks ago.
“I was on Flying Point beach, at a lobster and clambake party,” Grieco said. “Someone knocked over a tiki torch, and I jumped to get out of the way and landed weird.”
Her sprained and fractured ankle healed well, she said, showing off a high-heeled shoe at her table, where she sat with Amelia Ogunlesi, wife of Bayo Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners.
Dining with the Navabs were Dusty Philip, co-head of the Global Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and his wife, Yesim, co-founder of a luxury tennis-wear brand, L’Etoile Sport. “It’s for women, so I can’t wear it,” he said, adding that his sport is biking, not tennis.
Collector Henry Buhl said he is selling his collection of photographs of hands at a Sotheby’s auction in December. Also attending the event were Terry Meguid, head of asset management at Perella Weinberg Partners LP, and Claus Moller, founder and managing partner of P2 Capital Partners LLC.
Linda Huber, chief financial officer of Moody’s Corp. (MCO), wore a floral-print dress by Banana Republic that went well with the Scalamandre tablecloths. They were made with an archival fabric called “Jour de Juin,” a design that was, according to the fabric maker’s website, inspired by an 18th-century embroidered waistcoat.
Steven Stolman, the president of Scalamandre, oversaw the decor, which included a projection of the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo on the tent ceiling. The Alex Donner Orchestra played covers of the Black Eyed Peas, which lured even septuagenarians to the dance floor.
The event is on track to raise $1.8 million for the Southampton Hospital Foundation; more than 800 guests attended. The grand prize in the raffle, $25,000 cash, went to Southampton resident Claire Stephenson. Raffle tickets were $100 each.
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