The height of the Hamptons Benefit Season is July with most Saturday nights double-booked with must-attend events. Late spring sees the first bloom of benefits by local organizations. So far, the Parrish Art Museum, East End Arts and the Springs School have held benefits worth attending. Here's our list of upcoming benefits for May. Some take place in The Hamptons and others in New York City. All have the advantage of combining fun and culture to raise money for worthy Hamptons and East End programs and non-profits.


Event Organizers Susan Barry Roden and Stacy Quarty stir up the crowd at a Reconstructed Bra Auction. Photo by Tom Kochie.

Event Organizers Susan Barry Roden and Stacy Quarty stir up the crowd at a Reconstructed Bra Auction. Photo by Tom Kochie.


May 7 (Thursday)

“Five by Seven - Small Works, Big Artists” opening auction and reception takes place on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at Ricco Maresca gallery in Chelsea. Benefits Hayground School in Bridgehampton.

The show is comprised of over 200 5”x7” artworks created by artists, writers, actors, musicians, sculptors and celebrities, as well as Hayground School students and campers. Participating artists and notable personalities include Alec Baldwin, Mary Heilmann, Maira Kalman, Ross Bleckner, Toni Ross, Eric Fischl, April Gornik, and Clifford Ross among many others. There will be a silent auction during the opening reception of a special piece that Paul McCartney has created for the show. 100% of the proceeds from the exhibition will directly support the Hayground School’s tuition assistance program.

Ricco Maresca is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011. For benefit details, visit

May 16 (Saturday)

“Shakespeare on Wine” takes place on Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House. Benefits The proceeds will benefit HITFest, Non Disposable Productions, and the East Hampton Historical Society.

There will be wine, company, laughter, and Shakespeare. The NDP from NYC will entertain you with “Shakespeare on Wine,” sixty minutes of Shakespeare designed to delight your senses (and whet your appetite for Summer Shakespeare under the stars at Mulford).  The performance will run from 8 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 516 725-5205.

The Bridgehampton Community House is located at 2357 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton, NY 11963.

May 19 (Tuesday)

Meet the Stars of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” on Tuesday, May 19. The cocktail party will take place at a Manhattan townhouse from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Benefits Guild Hall.

Times to three weeks before Opening Night of "All My Sons", meet Alec Baldwin, Laurie Metcalf, director Stephen Hamilton and the producers. Opening Night is Saturday, June 13. Tickets include a pre-performance reception, a premium seat of the performance of Arthur Miller’s award-winning classic, and a post-performance buffet supper with Alec Baldwin, Laurie Metcalf, director Stephen Hamilton and more. Tickets are $1,500. For purchase and details, visit

May 21 (Thursday)

“One Guitar” takes place on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. Benefits Maureen's Haven Homeless Shelter Program.

The One Guitar Project is a collaborative effort of 31 Long Island Musicians. 29 of these talented musicians recorded a double-cd each using the same 1961 Gibson J45 Acoustic Guitar. Tickets for the concert are $30 and include a copy of the double-cd.

Vail Leavitt Music Hall is located at 18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.

“The Reconstructed Bra Fashion Show & Auction” will be held on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Social Club. Benefits Lucia’s Angels and the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital.

The bras, designed by generous local artists and worn by local models will all be presented and auctioned off by the husband and wife team, Barbara and Wade West.  Stacy Quarty and Susie Roden run both charities as well as organize the auction. This year they are teaming up with the American Fundraising Foundation. The AFF will bring trips to the auction including: a San Francisco and wine country tour; a Paris excursion; a Greek Island adventure; an African photo safari and a getaway to Italy. The event includes a full open bar and appetizers.

Tickets in advance are $50 and at the door are $60. Tickets can be purchased at or Catena’s Market or the Breast Center at Southampton Hospital.

The Southampton Social Club is located at 256 Elm St, Southampton, NY 11968.

May 29 (Friday)

"Sponsors Cocktail Party for the 6th Annual Tour of Southampton Homes" will be held on Friday, May 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at a private home in Southampton. Benefits the Southampton Historical Museum's Annual House Tour taking place on May 30 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The dinner includes wine donated by Chateau Saint-Maur Cru Classe and is held in honor of the Southampton Historical Museum's 2015 Sponsors. Tickets are $250 and must be purchased in advance. Once you purchase a ticket the Museum will contact you with the location of the party at a private home in Southampton.

Click here to purchase tickets.


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