Leesa Rowland With Kristy Rao

Vanessa Gordon, Hamptons lifestyle expert Publisher of East End Taste Magazine, presented the 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch at The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton, New York. This event was in benefit of Bideawee, one of the first no-kill animal rescue centers in America, with focus on their Westhampton rescue center.

Actress and Philanthropist Leesa Rowland was a special guest for the brunch. As a philanthropist and animal rights activist, as well founder and president of Animal Asham, Leesa Rowland is one of the top East End influencers

Leesa Rowland With Jodine Russo

Vanessa Gordon
Despite the sweltering heat, The 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch was well attended. Hamptons Luxury Liner transported the notable influencers, celebrities and NYC based personalities to The Maidstone Hotel. The brunch featured many interactive stations and onsite sponsored activations. The influencers’ favorite activation was Millstone Flowers ‘make and take’ station that let guests create their own floral arrangements from locally sourced and handpicked flowers straight off their luxuriously oversized flower cart. Attendees of #HIIB2019 were also treated to various dining options including the famed CIPRIANI who provided a wonderful selection of brunch items like fresh crab with cucumber and tartine with beef carpaccio. To help beat the heat, guests sipped from an endless supply of beverages adorned with Acrylic Sticks like LaCroix Sparkling Water, Hamptons Rosé from CW Distributing, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Eternal Water and Boxed Water. An ice cream station provided by Serendipity 3 and energy boosting ice cold Life Aid beverages were also available for guests to enjoy in the lush outdoor garden at The Maidstone Hotel. Love Love Edibles and Rawmantic Chocolate served raw, vegan, and organic chocolates and cakes and gifted guests a selection of chocolate bars, truffles, and custom cakes for the event.

Guests shopped for the cause at pop-ups from Reena Mathur designs and others who donated a portion of proceeds to Bideawee. A beauty bar featured complimentary products and touch-ups from Intoxicating Beauty, Alina Cosmetics, Sylveco USS, and Skyn Iceland. Mary Sabo educated guests on the power of essential oils and created custom blends for guests to take home. Amy Zerner and Monte Farber gave guests live readings and showcased their clothing and accessories collection. Photo opportunities were endless including a raffle where guests could enter to win a Life Proper satchel and a popular swing set the Maidstone Hotel was installed just for this event.

Melanie Chandra

The event was well attended by a range of influencers including celebrity youth activist and recording artist Meredith O’Connor, Real Estate Broker Eric Goldie, Nutritionist Liana Werner-Gray, and Tinkerbell The Dog. Actress Leesa Rowland, Cara Woodhouse of Cara Woodhouse Designs and actress Melanie Chandra were the special guests. Rowland was spotted purchasing a necklace from Amy Zerner's jewelry collection at the event.

Upon their exit, guests received an oversized tote from One Kings Lane stuffed with luxurious products and treats curated by Vanessa Gordon like jewelry from Kendra Scott and delicious treats sourced like Tiny Tate’s Cookies, SeaSnax, and Bare Snacks. The Hamptons Interactive Brunch Founder and local Hamptons Expert, Vanessa Gordon of East End Taste says she was, 'thrilled with the event’s turnout and food selections this year.’ She plans to continue the invitation-only event in 2020.

Participating Brands Included: Acrylic Stick, LaCroix Sparkling Water, CW Distributing, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Eternal Water, Boxed Water, Reena Mathur, Intoxicating Beauty, Sylveco USS, Skyn Iceland, Life Proper, Cipriani, Tate's Cookies, Life Aid, Millstone Flowers, and Doterra.

The event was produced by celebrity event planners Sean Koski and Brian Kelly of Ticket2Events.

About Leesa Rowland

Most acclaimed actors have interesting backgrounds, but few are as unique and wide-ranging as cult film star and philanthropist Leesa Rowland. Shortly after Leesa finished her acting studies at the world-renowned Steller Adler Studio in Los Angeles, she gained a following after being cast as Victoria in Troma Entertainment’s 1992 cult film classic, Class of Nuke ‘Em High Parts 2 and 3, and she also appeared in the sequel Return To Nuke ‘Em High, which aired on The Starz Network in 2013.

Leesa is also known from Troma’s television USA Network series Troma’s Edge along with Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon, and from her role in Travis Campbell’s Slaughter Daughter as Phyllis Adjani, an eccentric mother who drives her daughter to insanity. Not only did the film win the award for best feature at Orlando’s 7th Annual Freak Show Film Festival that same year, it led to a co-starring role in the critically acclaimed web series Two City Girls opposite fellow Troma actress Lisa Gaye, as well as appearances on the Oxygen reality series Jersey Couture in 2012.

Beyond her extensive career and credits as a film and television actress, Leesa is the author of the best-selling self-help/motivational book Discovering the It Factor within You: Developing Your Charismatic Personality, which was published in 2015. She is also well-known for her work as a philanthropist and animal rights activist. A vegan dedicated to healthy eating, she has been active with the national non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals since 1989 and is the president of the New York non-profit group Animal Ashram, which she founded in 2013.

For more information, visit leesarowland.net

Photos Courtesy Of Lawlor Media GP / Rob Rich Society Allure