HMI School’s Out Announces Annual Hamptons Fundraiser to Benefit LGBTQIA+ Youth

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Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) School’s Out benefit will take place Saturday, July 15th in the Hamptons in Water Mill at the home of Jose Castro and Nathan Orsman beginning with cocktails at 5:30pm.

After a record-breaking event last year, Hetrick-Martin Institute has set out to surpass the money raised at its annual Hamptons summer fundraiser the previous year.

HMI's School's Out 2022 tables servers
Credit: Andrew Werner

This summer’s event is being co-chaired by HMI Board Member and founder of Douglas Elliman’s Mackay | Dixon Team, Ben Dixon, Saks Fifth Avenue Capital Projects Development Manager, Alessandro Ford-Rippolone, and The Points Guy founder, Brian Kelly.

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.

HMI School's Out cocktail party guests
Credit: Andrew Werner
HMI's School's Out 2022 guests
Credit: Andrew Werner

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 sit-down 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 in Bridgehampton.

HMI School's Out dinner
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Lobster Cobb salad on the table Hamptons
Credit: Andrew Werner

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

HMI is expecting around 500 guests to attend this year’s Schools Out cocktail party and 150 guests are expected at the “Best of the Hamptons” sit-down dinner.
Cocktail tickets start at $500 and Best of the Hamptons Dinner tickets start at $1,500.

School’s Out Co-Chairs and Hosts

This year’s School’s Out host committee is comprised of new and returning notables including Dennis Basso, Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent, Isaac Boots, Andy Cohen, Thom Filicia, Steven Gambrel, David Kleinberg, and Michael Lorber, among others.

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 and the Arc House.

About the Hetrick-Martin Institute

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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.”

Additional Information | Purchase Tickets

HMI also thanks Nordstrom, United Airlines and Douglas Elliman’s Mackay | Dixon Team for their sponsorships.

Click here to learn more about the HMI School’s Out benefit on Saturday, July 15th and to purchase tickets.

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