On Saturday, July 7th, Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation hosted its annual Love Heals at Luna Farm event with 650 guests in attendance at the Sagaponack party. The 13th annual event commemorated the organization’s 20th birthday by raising over $300,000 towards AIDS Education.
The evening’s hosts included model Hilary Rhoda, designer Charlotte Ronson, and philanthropic socialite couple Andrew Saffir & Daniel Benedict. Love Heals co-founder Dini von Mueffling manned the helm again this year and talked to press about her passion for promoting AIDS awareness. She sadly lost her best friend Ali Gertz in 1992 to AIDS and has dedicated her resources ever since to prevent others from being lost to the disease.
As attendees mingled under the big top tent, there were so many different aspects of the party to enjoy, from the silent auction tables brimming with fabulous luxury items and exciting experiences to bid on, to the whimsical photo booth sponsored by Patron. And speaking of the fabulous tequila brand, they created several custom cocktails to keep guests high spirited, garnishing muddled mojitos with fresh fruit and branded “bee” swizzle sticks. There was even a Patron popsicle cart with several yummy flavors to choose from. So refreshing!
Everyone enjoyed a full South Carolina-style barbecue buffet for dinner and even a Nathan’s Hot Dog from the outdoor cart for a late night snack after dancing the evening away to the beats of DJ Kiss. Out of nowhere the clouds opened up and unleashed a heavy rain, sending everyone straight to the dance floor with fervor. This year’s attendees were especially younger than in years past, and dance floor was packed!
Notable guests in attendance included model Nicole Trunfio, designer Rebecca Minckoff, producer Avis Richards, Teresa Sorkin, and Niche Media’s Samantha Yanks. Alison Gertz’ parents Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold Gertz were also there to support the cause.
As we dragged ourselves off the dance floor and made our way out of the tent, the Love Heals crew thanked guests on the way out for coming and offered up a fabulous Scoop gift bag filled with goodies like Vincent Longo lip pencils, a Scoop tee, and even a few condoms (to further reiterate the cause of the evening, naturally).
This event is truly one of the best summer parties that we look forward to all year long, so make sure you get your tickets early for next year and don’t miss out on a fun way to spend a Saturday in the Hamptons, all for a great cause.
About Love Heals
Love Heals was founded in 1992 to carry on the memory of the late AIDS activist Alison Gertz, who contracted HIV from a single sexual encounter at the age of 16. The organization empowers young people in the fight against HIV, and provides HIV-positive speakers for youth programs who put a face to the epidemic and train a new generation of community educators and activists.
Love Heals also creates and distributes educational materials in partnership with hundreds of schools and community groups throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. By the close of 2011, Love Heals directly educated more than 530,000 young people about the realities of HIV and AIDS.
Photos via Owen Hoffmann for Patrick McMullan and supplemented by Socially Superlative