The celebration not only helped kick-off the summer in the Hamptons, but three weeks from now, on June 16th, is the Retreat’s largest gala of the year; the 17th Annual Artists Against Abuse Benefit. This year, the Benefit will be honoring Joan Hornig by bestowing the Hope Award to Joan for all her work in philanthropy, as well as to Sag Harbor artist Dan Rizzie.
Weekends in the Hamptons are magical as it is but, add in a moving musical performance by a group of talented children from Nazareth and an impressive art show by fine artist Clay Calvert and it’s truly glorious. Philanthropists Joan & George Hornig hosted an afternoon of inspiration which included a concert by Polyphony, a group of young Arab & Jewish musicians from Israel as well as an art show by New York City artist Clay Calvert who also generously donated 30% of proceeds from his sales to the Polyphony Foundation. Polyphony was founded in March of 2011 by Nabeel Abooud-Ashkar (Director & Founder of the Barenboim-Said Conservatories Nazareth & Jaffa), Craig Cogut (Founder & Managing Partner of Pegasus Capital Advisors/Pegasus Sustainable Century MB), Deborah Cogut (Lawyer & Civic Leader) and acclaimed singer, actress & all-around legend, Cher to encourage education in and through music, humanities and the arts, which they collectively believe is essential to creating tolerant, just societies and encouraging dialogue between conflicting communities.