Charity happenings on the East End

Sweet Charities

Southampton Arts Center will host its fifth annual SummerFest benefit on Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 10 PM. The event is the center’s final major fundraising event of the summer season.

SummerFest is SAC’s premier annual event, raising nearly a half-million dollars, to support world-class exhibitions and 200-plus programs annually, many of which are free of charge. Attendees will enjoy signature dishes from the most celebrated chefs on the East End plus DJ and dancing under the stars on the historic grounds of 25 Jobs Lane.

Tickets for SummerFest start at $500 for individuals, with VIP tables starting at $10,000, and can be reserved online at, by calling Southampton Arts Center at 631-283-0967 ext. 13, or by emailing Advancement Coordinator Molly Bishop at

Late Summer Cocktail Party
Southampton Historical Museum will host a Late Summer Cocktail Party on Saturday, September 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event is hosted by Peter Hallock and Marge Sullivan and is held in honor of Mayor Michael Irving. For tickets and more info, visit

Scholarship Benefit Concert
Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue is holding its second annual Scholarship Benefit Concert on Sunday, September 9, at 4 PM. The ticket price is $20 and includes live music by Joe Hampton & Friends and refreshments. All proceeds go towards Old Steeple’s Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call 631-722-3070 or email

Heart Of Springs
The Heart Of Springs gala will be held on Saturday, September 15, on the green at Ashawagh Hall from 5 to 7 PM. Tickets are $100. The attire is fisherman formal. Heart Of Springs’s mission is to promote and celebrate the cultural, historical, and spiritual significance of the Springs Historic District in the Town of East Hampton. Visit

Operation International
Operation International’s 21st annual Summer Benefit will be held on Saturday, September 22, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM at Laurel Lake Vineyards in Laurel. Funds raised will benefit Team NY’s medical outreach and work at the Rakai Infant and Elementary School Orphanage in Uganda. The event will honor Jack Van De Wetering and Maryellen Spandonis (in memoriam). Tickets are $125 for individual and $200 for VIP and include dinner, live music, silent auction, and dancing under the stars. VIP tickets include luxury bus service to and from the event. For more info, visit

Breast Cancer Awareness
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition is holding the 20th anniversary “5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness” on Sunday, September 23. The fundraiser takes place at the Riverhead Tanger Outlets. Participants can pre-register or register from 7:30 to 8:45 AM that morning. The walk begins at 9 AM. The registration fee to participate in the 5K Walk is $25 if paid by September 15 and $30 if paid after that date or on the day of the event. The first 300 entrants will receive an official walk gift bag. Visit to register.