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*AUDUBON AWARDS LUNCH
The National Audubon Society will host a luncheon that proudly presents the first Rachel Carson Award. Honorees include Chevy’s wife, Jayni Chase, and NewsChannel 4’s Felicia Taylor will emcee. Chairs include: Karen Clark, Ann Stevenson Colley, Fernanda Kellogg, Allison Rockefeller, Margo MacNabb, Lisa McCarthy, and Nicole Miller. 12 p.m. The University Club. Call: 212-979-3093.
*TASTE OF SUMMER
Don’t miss a chance to be wined and dined under the stars at Taste of Summer 2004, an annual benefit for the Central Park Conservancy. Chefs from 43 of NYC’s most famed restaurants, including Spice Market, Jean Georges, SushiSamba, Tribeca Grill, The Mandarin Oriental, and Fred’s at Barneys, will be cooking up a storm! You’ll also enjoy a silent auction featuring restaurant dinners, clothing, jewelry, and travel and spa packages. 7 p.m. Bethesda Terrace, Central Park. Call: 212-310-6658.
BODY POSITIVE GALA
Jerry Della Femina and Judy Licht will host the 17th Annual Garden Gala, benefitting Body Positive, the AIDS organization, at their East Hampton home. Expected guests include: Sam Champion, Peter Jennings and Kaycee Freed, the B-52’s’ Fred Schneider, and Congressman Timothy Bishop. 5:30 p.m. East Hampton. Call: 212-566-7333, ext. 10.
HOME DESIGNERS’ SALE
The 12th Annual Decorators, Designers, Dealers Sale & Auction Preview Party, benefitting the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a summer residential camp for physically challenged children and young adults, kicks off the summer season! Patrons can participate in an auction and furniture sale including: art, linens, fashion, jewelry, and porcelains — all donated by decorators, renovators, and estates. Chairs include: Catherine di Montezemolo, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller, Anne Keating, Sarah Senbahar, and Mimi Lenihan. 5 p.m. Southampton. Call: 631-283-5845.
*“WE ARE FAMILY” DISCO
Don’t miss “A Night at Studio 54,” the 2nd annual fundraiser benefitting songwriter/producer Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation. Event hosts include: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Carson Kressley, Montel Williams, and Nile Rodgers. Bianca Jagger will receive the Humanitarian Award, while 14-year-old Master Gregory Smith will receive the Peacemaker Award. CHIC, Maxine Nightingale, Tavares, and Dionne Warwick will perform. 6:30 p.m. Studio 54. Call: 212-397-4333.
*GREAT PRIDE DINNER
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) will hold its 5th annual awards dinner, “Honoring with Pride,” scheduled during Gay & Lesbian Pride Month in NYC, and paying tribute to renowned playwright and author Tony Kushner, Zackie Achmat, and Jonathan Canno. Hosts include: Elizabeth Taylor, The Hon. Mario Cuomo, Liz Smith, Marcia Gay Harden, Carrie Fisher, B.D. Wong, Cyndi Lauper, and Eric McCormack. 7 p.m. Gotham Hall. Call: 212-806-1611.
*KATE’S ESTATE SALE
Don’t miss Sotheby’s two-day estate sale of Katharine Hepburn’s property, including furniture, paintings, books, clothing, and accessories from her former L.A. home; her Upper East Side townhouse; and Fenwick, her waterfront home in Old Saybrook, CT, where she died in June of 2003 at age 96. Bid on her wedding dress, her own artwork (never before seen by the public), a manuscript from her 1992 autobiography Me: Stories of My Life (Ballantine Books), and more! 10:15 a.m. Sotheby’s. Call: 212-606-7910.
Get your engines ready for The Fifth Annual Hamptons Concours d’Elegance auto show! Kicking off this auto affair will be the two-day-long Hamptons Auto Classic/2004 auction, showcasing antique, vintage, and classic cars. Expected guests include: Billy Joel, Jerry Seinfeld, and Alec Baldwin. 10 a.m. Sayre Park, Bridgehampton. Call: 631-537-1868.
Greg Connors and Don Burns will again host “Mid Summer Drinks,” the 4th annual cocktail party at their Southampton waterfront home. The summer soiree will benefit God’s Love We Deliver. Committee members include: Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Nicole Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Rivers, Blaine Trump, and Sylvia Vogelman. 6 p.m. Southampton. Call: 212-294-8143.
PARRISH GARDEN TOURS
The Parrish Art Museum will host its Landscape Pleasure Symposium & Garden Tours all weekend. Catch the symposium and breakfast on Saturday, attend the cocktail reception that evening, and take a self-guided garden tour on Sunday. Co-chairs include: Lillian Cohen, Gale Drukier, Perry Guillot, Charlotte Moss, and Edwina von Gal. 8:30 a.m. Parrish Art Museum, Southampton. Call: 631-283-2118, ext. 33.
*FARE WITH FLARE
Citymeals-on-Wheels, along with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, and Restaurant Associates will host the 19th Annual Great American Chefs Tribute to James Beard: “Feast of Many Moons.” This tasting event features menus prepared by top chefs in the U.S. and Asia. The evening’s host is Nick Valenti. Chairs include: Ninah and Michael Lynne, Laura and John Pomerantz. 7:30 p.m. Rockefeller Plaza. Call: 212-687-1290.
*ROCK THE BOAT
The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) will hold its 13th Annual amfAR Rocks (formerly Boathouse Rocks) benefit. The swinging soiree offers a food tasting from NYC’s best restaurants, a Silent Auction, and Celebrity “Kiss” Auction! Co-chairs include: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Ted Allen and Carson Kressley, Olympic gold-medal figure skater Oksana Baiul, Kristen Chenoweth, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Betsey Johnson, and Kimora Lee Simmons. 8 p.m. Tavern on the Green. Call: 212-806-1636.
Join in the fun at Hula-Baloola, a party benefitting the Birch Family Camp (which provides a “week in the country,” in a residential camp setting, for children and families affected by HIV and AIDS). This festive event will have music, auctions, raffles, and dancing. Committee members include: WCBS’s Mario Bosquez, Z100’s Paul “Cubby” Bryant, ABC’s Sam Champion, and Court TV’s Henry Schleiff and A.J. Hammer. 7:30 p.m. Drive-In Studios. Call: 212-741-6522, ext. 208.
The Love Heals, Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, will host its 5th Annual Love Heals Benefit at Luna Farm. Expect a fun barbecue to kick off the summer, great music, and a silent auction. Co-founders are: Dini von Mueffling, Stefani Greenfield, and Victoria Leacock. Expected guests include: Shoshanna Lonstein and Josh Gruss, Jill Stuart and Ron Curtis, Elisabeth Kieselstein-Cord, and Samantha Cole. Sagaponack. Call: 917-351-8642.
DANCING BY THE BAY
Don’t miss the annual Beaches and Bays Ball, honoring Jim and Gretchen Johnson, benefitting the Nature Conservancy. The co-chairs are Chris Browne and Virginia Schwerin. Guests will enjoy a sunset dinner and dancing in the moonlight. Past attendees have included Martha Stewart and Gov. Pataki. 7 p.m. East Hampton. Call: 631-329-3981, ext. 19.
House & Garden is presenting the annual Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala Preview Evening, benefitting Southampton Hospital. Interior designers, landscape architects, and decorative artists will “show” off their skills, turning a shingle-style house into a beautifully decorated mansion. Co-chairs include: Catherine di Montezemolo, Mildred Brinn, Charlotte Moss, and Mario Buatta. 6 p.m. Wainscott. Call: 631-745-0004.