HMI “School’s Out” to Celebrate Benefit in the Hamptons

School's Out HMI 2022 poster promo

After a two-year hiatus, the highly anticipated Hetrick-Martin Institute School’s Out benefit will take place Saturday, July 9th in the Hamptons beginning with cocktails at 5:30pm.

This remarkable summer fundraiser in support of LGBTQIA+ youth will feature a “taste of the Hamptons”. It will include a menu of signature dishes and desserts from notable Hamptons restaurants, bakeries, and farms. In addition, Martha Stewart has created a signature cocktail for the benefit called the “Cointreau Kiss”.

The event’s location is at the Arc House in East Hampton. The Arc House minutes away from East Hampton Airport and within a close proximity to Montauk Highway.



School’s Out Cocktail Reception and Dinner

The benefit cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm will be followed by a dinner from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

The Best of The Hamptons Dinner will feature courses from some of the best restaurants on the East End. These restaurants and dishes include Duryea’s famous Lobster Cobb Salad, Filet Mignon steaks from STK, and assorted side dishes from Almond restaurant like Shawarma Spiced Cauliflower, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, and Sautéed Amagansett Greens. Fresh bread from Carissa’s Bakery will also be served.

The dessert selection will include freshly baked pies from Kerber’s Farm.

In addition to the signature cocktail, there will be wine by Whispering Angel, among a selection of other drinks and spirits.

“We are glad to be participating again in this fundraiser event,” says Erin Johnson, Director of People & Culture at Alchemy Hospitality. “We believe this [HMI] is a beneficial program to help support LGBTQIA+ youth and provide support for those who may face more challenges in receiving the resources they need. HMI was at the forefront to create positive change an make an impact on the lives of many LGBTQIA+ youth, and we recognize that effort.”

Johnson and the team at Duryea’s are proud to showcase their popular Lobster Cobb Salad at the event. “The Lobster Cobb originated at Duryea’s Montauk and is now a fan favorite across our properties. Our hope is that by showcasing this salad, people attending the event will get a little taste of the Duryea’s experience.”

lobster cobb salad on white table water pour
Credit: Duryea’s
STK Steak Filets fire
Credit: STK

“It’s been such a long time since we’ve been able to all get together and in this day and age we are living in, I think it’s more important than ever that we are able to see each other and share our stories,” explains Eric Lemonides, Founder and Co-Owner of Almond Restaurants and L&W Market. “School’s Out has always been a great day of catching up and raising money for such an important organization. The entire crew at Almond is happy & excited to do anything we can to help.”

carissas breads baguettes
Credit: Carissa’s Bakery

The Cointreau Kiss Cocktail by Martha Stewart

Cointreau Kiss Martha Stewart quote

Read the recipe for the Cointreau Kiss and recreate it at home this summer!

Cointreau Kiss

The Cointreau Kiss Martha Stewart

  • 1/3 cup of Cointreau per serving
  • 1 jigger of tequila
Served over a large ice ball with one slice of blood orange and one slice of navel orange. Topped with sparkling water.

School’s Out Co-Chairs and Hosts

This year’s co-chairs are Shelly Brown, Rod Grozier, and Douglas Elliman’s Ben Dixon. Hosts this year include Garrett Neff, Thom Filicia, Timo Weiland, Nick Voulgaris lll, Nate Berkus, and Isaac Boots.

In years past, the event has been co-hosted by Martha Stewart, Andy Cohen, Tracy Anderson, Joseph Altuzarra and Rosanna Scotto at a variety of architecturally significant homes including Grey Gardens.

About the Hetrick-Martin Institute

The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) is the nation’s oldest LGBTQIA+ youth services organization. They provide its youth members between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families with access to mental health services, social services. The organization also offers remote and in-person programming services focused on education, workforce development and arts & culture.

Funds raised from ‘School’s Out’ ensure their young people have the resources they need year-round. The summer months are often difficult for them, as schools are closed and resources scarce.

“Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.”

Click here to learn more about the HMI School’s Out benefit and to purchase tickets.