In a season that has already seen a plethora of over-the-top galas, sizzling cultural events and sumptuous dinners, this weekend is the Grand –Daddy of summer of them all with three of the hottest tickets to celeb studded galas for truly worthy causes. If you were ever going to loosen your purse strings, this is the weekend to do it!

Kelly Ripa

Donna Karan, Kelly Ripa, Emma Stone & Ariel Foxman Prep for Super Saturday

Since Donna Karan first launched Super Saturday in memory of the late much loved fashion editor Liz Tilberis, this ultimate garage sale of designer duds has become one of the best and most popular summer charity events in the Hamptons. This year, Emma Roberts and Kelly Ripa will join with Karan, Ariel Foxman and InStyle to host this super sale to benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). It takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York from 1:00PM – 6:00PM with a special preview hour beginning at Noon.

The big draw is the one-of-a-kind designer garage sale which pulls in savvy shoppers from all over the East Coast. The LIRR trains will be jammed in the morning with gals prepped for the experience of shopping on a polo field – wearing easy to remove garments and flat shoes to try on the merchandise from over 200 prominent designers including: Donna Karan, Judith Lieber, Theory, Jimmy Choo, Pratesi, Robert Rodriguez, Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Haute Hippie and Ralph Lauren. For the fourth consecutive year, the “Designers A to Zoe” booth by Rachel Zoe will feature luxury designers such as Kara Ross, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, Elise Overland, Jean Paul Gaultier and Etro among others/ Beware it can get like a soccer scrum at times with buyers tugging on the last DVF wrap dress in size 6! For participation information, contact


Russell Simmons

Simmons Family Hosts 12th Annual Art for Life

Layer that evening, Rush Philanthropic will celebrate the Twelfth Annual Art for Life East Hampton benefit event! Each year hundreds of friends, supporters and A List celebs have joined Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation ay Russell’s estate to celebrate the creative energy of New York City youth and honor exemplary individuals for success in their respective fields and good works to better the community.

This year they will honor Grammy winning recording artist Mary J. Blige, Kimberly B. Davis, President JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Oz Garcia, Nutritionist & Author Tamara Mellon, OBE, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jimmy Choo and Edward Norton,, Actor/Filmmaker, Crowdrise Co-Founder. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien will host and Star Jones will serve as the Rush Kids Auctioneer.

Powerhouse Jennifer Hudson will perform, as will dazzling violinist Miri Ben-Ari and featured artist is Kara Walker.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou will serve as Honorary Chairs. Event Chairs are Lala Anthony, Marc J. Leder, Katie Lee, Esther Silver-Parker, Uma Thurman and Patricia Velasquez. All of the money raised at this event will support thousands of underserved New York children. Close to 800 industry leaders from the entertainment, arts, business and philanthropic communities attend the event each year.

If you are planning on attending do know that Russell is very strict about the dress code – In past years, anyone not wearing white the attire requested was banished to the parking lot. This year it’s a little trickier with the dress code requesting attendees to wear “Sun-Kissed Saffron & Red Jade”. Keep that in mind when you’re tearing through the racks at Super Saturday Individual tickets from $1,500 and Tables of 10 from $15,000To become a sponsor of purchase tickets, please contact: Tracey Doolin, Inez Weinstein Special Events, Inc at 212.254.6677 or


Isaac Mizrahi

Great Chefs

The Great Chefs Dinner on Sunday at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton ranks as my all time favorite food event of the season, Launched by a handful of celebrity chefs to honor their colleague the late Jeff Salaway, the event has morphed into the must attend event of the year for serious foodies - and why not with such world class chefs at the stoves such as Jonathan Waxman, Joseph Realmuto, Marc Meyer Josh Capon, Claudia Fleming, Marc Forgione and more. Best part of all proceeds go to the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund at the progressive Hayground School which Jeff co-founded with his wife Toni Ross, Barry & Susan Sonnenfeld, Roy & Brenda Scheider, Jonathan Snow and several others committed to the philosophy that art is at the center of life not the periphery.

This year, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will be the guest "chef" and will be making dessert Tequila cherry chocolate chip ice cream. There's an overwhelming amount of food at this event, which is divided into two parts: It kicks off with a cocktail hour and then there's a full sit down dinner afterwards in the school’s Jeff’s Kitchen.

The Chefs Dinner series is the primary fundraiser for Bridgehampton's own Hayground School and an annual tribute to the late Jeff Salaway, a widely respected and beloved restaurateur and one of the school's co-founders. The 2010 event raised $200,000 for Jeff's Kitchen and the Jeff Salaway Scholarship Fund. Says Nick & Toni's Toni Ross, "Jeff believed that the growing, preparation and sharing of food is a primal human experience and the foundation of family and community." Jeff's Kitchen is a full service professional kitchen and classroom fitted with top-of-the-line Viking appliances and a new pizza oven. Classes in nutrition, food science and cooking are held there for both children and adults. Completing the facility, recently a professional Farmtek greenhouse was erected by Hayground students, staff and friends with funds provided by Slow Food.

To reserve pre-sale tickets contact Samantha Dettmer at 631-537-7068, ext. 113 or email at or


Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh Recreates Prime Minister Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony

Sunday evening check out the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center presentation of “Golda’s Balcony”. Starring Tony & Emmy Award-nominated Tovah Feldshuh, this breathtaking tour de force is a portrait of Golda Meir, a Milwaukee schoolteacher who became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. The play encapsulates the story of the birth of Israel in the wake of the Holocaust and its endless struggle for peace. After 17 months of standing ovations on Broadway, this award-winning show set the record for the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history and promises to be a deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre. Box Office or call 631 288-1500.

Photos By: Walter McBride/RD/Dziekan/Retna