The weather was picture perfect on Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge 2009 at Blue Star Jets Field with host sponsor Diamond Teak and between the VIP tent, sponsor tent, and private tailgating tents there was dish galore to report.
Upon my arrival I chatted with racecar driver, and current Social Life magazine cover model, Tim George Jr. The New Yorker, who now resides in Charlotte, NC, grew up splashing around on the Hamptons beaches and now enjoys time off the track with his brother at the Bridgehampton Bath and Tennis Club. Sponsored by Ruby Tuesdays, the smiling racing cutie mingled with the masses looking chic before heading to the Social Life house later that night for his cover party hosted by publisher Justin Mitchell.
In the swank private tailgating tents the ultra-sophisticated Denise Rich was hosting a cocktail smash for friends of her Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Denise is full of life and her generosity is overflowing as evidenced when we spoke about our daughters. She explained that the charity is in remembrance of her daughter Gabrielle who sadly passed away at the very young age of 27 from cancer. Together with her two surviving daughters, Ilona Rich Schachter and Daniella Rich Kilstock, she will host the Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on October 20. The evening will honor Tricia and Thomas Quick and include a star-studded musical extravaganza featuring Estelle. When remembering past galas she laughed that relating that she had once literally "chased after Jennifer Hudson wearing her Manolo Blannik’s," stopping at nothing until the singer agreed to be part of her event. Only in the Hamptons for a brief stay, Denis is headed back to St. Tropez in the South of France to cruise around in her yacht, the “Lady Joy,” as she continues to plan for the Angel Ball.
Also seen in the mix watching the ponies on the field were Alex McCord and Simon Van Kempen of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” celebrity blogger Tia Walker, Heather Mills (as in ex-Mrs. Paul McCartney), and scores of pretty model types.