Oheka Castle Toys Of Hope

 Toys Of Hope and Oheka Castle, with co-hosts Animations Family Entertainment, will join together for the 20th annual Toys Of Hope Children’s event benefitting over 300 needy children on Thursday, Dec. 18.

On that day, children ages 3-5 will be treated to a party with clowns, a DJ, Spongebob, Elmo, Dora the Explorer, the Cat in the Hat and many celebrities and sports figures to make it a day that they will never forget.

This is a closed party and by invitation only. Donation admission is $75 at the door, $50 if prepaid by Dec. 1. If you are interested in sponsorship or would like to come to this party and be put on the Guest List, please contact Toys of Hope at 631-271-TOYS. Donation admission pays for one child’s bag of presents.

The Annual Toys of Hope Oheka Castle party has been made possible all these years by our wonderful partnership with The Pat Covelli Foundation. www.patcovellifoundation.org

In addition to sponsoring the party as a “Golden Key” sponsor, they also provide funding for new winter coats for thousands of needy children every year. Toys of Hope could not have this party without the support of The Pat Covelli Foundation.

Exotic Car Show Benefits Diabetes Research

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity saw it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute 

“In exotic cars, I find a tremendous amount of art – the lines, the curves, the craftsmanship.  It speaks to me personally, and I try to incorporate that feeling into my designs, which are sporty and empowering for women on the go,” said Del Prete-Rosten, whose clothing line is inspired by the rough and tumble world of exotics: cars, motorcycles and jets – a world she’s been exploring since the age of 15.  Her first car?  A Pontiac Trans-Am 6.6 Liter.  “I was always the tomboy,” she said. 

“One of the most exciting things for me when I drive the car around the east end of Long Island is when the kids come up to the car wanting to talk to me about it and take pictures with the car.  It’s a great feeling to see them smile,” she continued. 

The Canto car was among other classic racers, super exotics and specialty one-off vehicles, including Ferraris, Roll Royces, Porsches, Mercedes and customized BMWs, in addition to several limited-edition cars, such as a Lola, Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari Challenge racers at the Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock.   

The event was co-chaired by Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts – a facility Del Prete-Rosten says is “the only go-to place for anyone that cares about their car.”  Top sponsors included: Competition BMW, Prestige BMW, and Rallye BMW, among others.  While the cars were the highlight of the day, the event also featured entertainment for the whole family, live music presented by local bands The Lazy Dogs, Rolling Stoned and The School of Rock, plus prize opportunities and plenty of delicious food options, and all to support the Diabetes Research Institute’s mission to cure diabetes.   

Although she has no direct connection to diabetes, Del Prete-Rosten stated, “I’m participating for a reason, to raise awareness for a disease that affects millions of American adults and children.  I think about what these kids with diabetes have to endure each day just to survive, and I feel compelled to find a way to help.”


Mangano Honors OurHarvest Founders

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored local entrepreneurs Scott Reich and Michael Winik, co-founders of OurHarvest, for their innovative business model where-by partnering with farmers, fishermen, and food artisans, they purchase or source all-natural products locally to maximize freshness, ensure quality and traceability, and keep costs down. 

Customers place orders online through a website then OurHarvest fulfills the orders and brings them to a convenient location in the community where customers pick-up their food — sort of like a pop-up farmer’s market.  For every order above $25, OurHarvest donates a meal to a local food pantry in or near your neighborhood.  Not only are you and your family eating better food; you’re giving back to your community at the same time. 

OurHarvest is currently operating in Roslyn, Port Washington, Huntington, East Meadow, Hicksville and New Hyde Park.  To learn more about OurHarvest or to place an order, visit www.OurHarvest.com

Margo Manhattan Celebrates Warrior Collection In East Hampton

Nicole Miller, Margo Manhattan Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

Nicole Miller, Margo Manhattan
Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

Avenue on the Beach Magazine helped internationally renowned jewelry designer Margo Manhattan celebrate the arrival of her “Warrior” collection in stores and online with champagne, fashion and more on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Raul Carrasco in East Hampton. The event benefited Dream Extreme, which helps charity organization STEPS to end domestic and family violence. [Read more…]

This Is It Gala Raises $1.5M For Prostate Cancer Research

Brian Reynolds, Pat Reynolds, Richard Merkin, Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

Brian Reynolds, Pat Reynolds, Richard Merkin, Jennifer Myles, Glenn Myles
Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the world’s most promising cancer research, hosted a special evening – the “This Is It” Gala – on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 6.30pm at the stunning Parrish Art Museum at 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY. Nearly 250 guests were in attendance of the event in support of the 10th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament held from August 22 – 24, 201, raising $1.5 million in support of prostate cancer research. [Read more…]

Panera Teams Up With Lemonade Charity


Panera Bread has announced that in celebration of National Lemonade Day on August 20, the café will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its Lemonade sales to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer. Read more…

Local Bra Artists Honor NBC’s Pat Battle


Woodbury’s Dale Flashner, director of the graphic design program at Adelphi University’s Department of Art & Art History, and Eliz Alahverdian, the director of exhibitions at Adelphi, have paid homage to NBC’s Pat Battle with the creation of an art bra entitled “The Glittering Garden of Hope (Part 2).” Read more…

An East End Party For Good


There was a point when I really loved the East End but wound up cutting down on my trips out there due to all the excessive traffic. But I recently made an exception to attend a fundraiser for EAC (Empowerment, Assistance, Caring), a not-for-profit human service agency whose mission statement includes the protection of at-risk children. In fact, I am a member of the board. Read more…

David Burke, Betsey Johnson, Paul Ridley Honored In Hamptons

betseyTastemakers from the Hamptons and New York City indulged their appetites for cuisine and philanthropy at the tenth annual “A Hamptons Happening” fundraiser on July 26, raising an estimated $400,000 to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). [Read more…]

Jill Zarin’s Luxury Ladies Luncheon

Simon Van Kemp, Roble Ali, Jill Zarin, Cynthia Bailey, Alex McCord, Noelle Roboinson, Dr. Ronald Blatt Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez

Simon Van Kemp, Roble Ali, Jill Zarin, Cynthia Bailey, Alex McCord, Noelle Robinson, Dr. Ronald Blatt Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez

Bravo’s Real Housewife of New York Jill Zarin hosted her Second Annual Luxury Ladies Luncheon, among the most anticipated events in Southampton this summer, at her private estate in Southampton.  Guests enjoyed a day of beauty, pampering, drinking, dining and shopping for a charitable cause. With food and décor provided by Carlyle Catering, the event hosted complimentary spa services including manicures, massages, makeup touch-ups, trunk shows, branded engagement, amazing gift bags and luxe facials from MedSpa44; New York City’s hottest new medical spa. A donation from the proceeds and the Zarin Family Trust will be made to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. [Read more…]