Hamptons Interactive Brunch: Vanessa Gordon Hosts Fifth Annual Event

Amy Holmwood, Vanessa Gordon, LeeAnne Locken. Photos by Getty Images / JT Santini

Vanessa Gordon is set to host the fifth Annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch at a private estate in Water Mill on Saturday, June 22. The event will raise funds for Francesco’s Foundation, a charity that works to promote hope and prevent teen suicide. Guests can look forward to enjoying gourmet tasting and beverage stations, shopping at designer trunk shows, receiving complimentary beauty and spa treatments, and exploring a curated gifting suite. We chatted with Gordon to get more insights about this year’s event.

This year marks the fifth annual Hamptons Interactive Brunch. Can you tell us about how it all started?

What started as a simple idea in the spring of 2018 for a networking brunch to fill the void of Saturday afternoon events in the Hamptons has turned into the mainstay event it is today. And to see how far we have come since then is quite incredible! I have met so many terrific people from putting this event on over the years, formulated many new friendships, and solidified numerous ongoing business partnerships. It is a true delight to know that so many people look forward to this event year after year. I love nothing more than bringing joy to others and celebrating together in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. I could not be any more grateful!

What can guests expect at this year’s event?

We will have some amazing wellness treatments, including the Endospheres body treatment by Pietro Simone, which I personally swear by. We will have a celebrity tarot card reader, plenty of photo ops, The Vintage Gatherings curating beautiful lounge areas to sip and mingle at, shopping opportunities, and onsite beauty treatments. P.S. You must come hungry!

Can you tell us about Francesco’s Foundation and how the event will raise awareness for this vital cause?

Francesco’s Foundation is a locally-based and newly formed 501(c)(3) founded by my dear friends Diana Cochran and Jennifer Allsop. Francesco’s Foundation’s mission is “to provide a bridge for parents and educators to know what children are experiencing online in order to prevent cyberbullying and harassment leading to the deterioration of mental health, self-harm, or, in extreme cases, suicide.” In addition to our digital marketing initiatives and Francesco Foundation’s fundraising partnerships with local shops, including Veronica Beard, the Hamptons Interactive Brunch is setting the framework for a silent auction and live auction, with all proceeds going directly to the foundation. Examples of items people may bid on include beauty and wellness treatments, shopping experiences, hotel stays, and more. We are extraordinarily appreciative of so many local businesses who have stepped up to the plate to support and donate to the silent auction.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s brunch?

I am looking forward to kicking off the summer season Out East at the beginning of the summer! As always, I love to surprise my guests all throughout the event (last year, I surprised everyone with the arrival of the Buddhaberry frozen yogurt truck and the largest gift bags we ever curated). This year, I am delighted to welcome Cuban-American rising pop star Sasha Prendes as the headlining performer.

A select number of tickets will be available for purchase. 

Jessica Mackin-Cipro


Jessica Mackin-Cipro is an editor and lifestyle writer from the East End of Long Island. She has won NYPA and PCLI awards for journalism and social media. She was previously the Executive Editor of The Independent Newspaper.

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