The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons will open its thrift store doors on Saturday night for a preview cocktail party to showcase the work of several prominent New York designers who will transform its inventory of gently used treasures into rooms worthy of a style doyenne.
On Sunday and Monday, the 10 rooms put together by Jeffery Howard Brodersen, Nancy Corzine, Gary Crain and James Alan Smith, Michael Grim, Gigi Mahon, Jeff Pfeifle, Scott Salvator, Rob Southern, and Tony Urrutia will be open to the public for a suggested donation of $10 with children admitted free. Nothing purchased from the rooms will be removed from the store until after the weekend concludes.
The event is chaired by Sandra McConnell, with Peter Hallock and Lisa McCarthy serving as vice chairs. This year’s honorary chairwoman is Betty Sherrill. All proceeds will benefit ARF and its shelter animals.
Almost a fifth of ARF’s annual operating budget comes from money raised by the Sagaponack thrift shop. Last year, the building was renovated and expanded allowing the organization to accept more donations.
Last year’s designer showhouse, which inaugurated the new space, was a great success and the organization plans to continue it as an annual event.
All the designers who are participating are animal lovers who are donating their time and expertise to help the shelter. Each room will feature thrift shop items and pieces donated from the designers’ own collections. Unlike traditional showhouses, every item in the ARF designer showhouse will be for sale.
Over 200 guests drawn from the design world and the South Fork social community are expected to attend the preview cocktail party. Cocktails. including wine, will be donated by Channing Daughters Winery and hors d’oeuvres will be donated by the Dancing Gourmet.
Designers such as Ms. Corzine and Mr. Salvator will design bedrooms and Mr. Brodersen will create a men’s dressing room. There will also be fanciful interpretations such as Ms. Mahon’s animal celebratory tea party and Mr. Pfeifle’s doggie luncheon at the beach. Other rooms and tableaus will feature garden themes.
Special guests will include a number of ARF dogs and cats who are looking for new homes.
A preview hour prior to the cocktail preview begins at 5 p.m. and costs $300. The party begins at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $150. All purchased items will stay in place until Tuesday, at which point they will be available for pickup.