SummerFest Benefit Honors Jamee and Peter Gregory with Champion of the Arts Award.

Southampton Arts Center (SAC) is pleased to present its 9th annual SummerFest Gala on Saturday, August 17th on the grounds of the SAC (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton) to benefit their mission to develop community building through the arts. The highly anticipated event will honor Peter and Jamee Gregory with the Champion of the Arts Award in recognition of their leadership in the Southampton community and their dedication to SAC. The gala will be co-chaired by Audrey and Martin Gruss, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Simone and David Levinson and Hilary and Wilbur Ross.

The evening will kick off with a cocktail reception featuring a quartet from The Mannes School of Music and spotlighting tastings from a selection of East End restaurants and shops including Amalfi, Bamboo, Clamman, El Verano, Golden Pear, Hampton Events and Gifts, Hamptons Catered Affairs, Party Perfectionists, Saaz and Shippys. This will be followed by a beautiful, seated dinner catered by Aqualina and dancing with a DJ from the Untouchables and a surprise live performance.

This year’s SummerFest takes place during Couples Squared, the groundbreaking exhibition, which will be guest curated by Phyllis Tuchman and on view from July 27th through September 14th. The exhibition will focus on couples past and present including husbands and wives and partners, who inspire one another. All of the couples presented in this exhibition were brought together by art and chose to join their domestic and family life with their creative output and profession. Examining the influences within these partnerships, differing arrangements can be seen, from deliberately collaborative to unexpectedly subconscious. 

The proceeds of this event allow SAC to provide 4 world-class exhibitions and 150 programs annually. Yearly, SAC welcomes over 45,000 visitors who enjoy film, music, dance, theater, children’s events, talks, wellness programs, and workshops. These programs advance our mission of community building through the arts and support our local businesses, increasing the vitality of our beautiful village.

This year’s SummerFest host committee includes Anne and Keith Barish, Gigi and Harry Benson, April Gornik and Eric Fischl, Kim Heirston, Chris and Richard Mack, Fern Mallis, Mayor Bill Manger, Margo Nederlander, Zibby and Kyle Owens, Nicole and Allen Salmasi, Stefano Tonchi, Helena and Rob Vahradian, and Marcy and Michael Warren.

Media Sponsors for the event include PALMER and Purist.

SummerFest Tables may be purchased at $25,000 and $10,000 and individual tickets for $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. For tickets, tables and business sponsorship opportunities, contact Diana Torres at 631-283-0967 EXT. 12 or General admission tickets can be purchased online at


Southampton Arts Center is committed to community building through the arts. We present and produce inspiring, inclusive, socially and regionally relevant programs across all disciplines – welcoming, connecting, and collaborating with the diverse members of New York’s East End community and beyond. SAC is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.  For more information about Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, visit or call 631.283.0967. Follow SAC on Facebook and Instagram @southamptonartscenter. For press inquiries, contact SAC at


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