East Hampton Town Democrats To Hold Gala September 7

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The East Hampton Town Democratic Committee will hold its major campaign fundraising gala at an oceanfront home in East Hampton Village this Saturday, September 7.

The gala, dubbed “Sunset in September,” will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West End Road home of Katharine and William Rayner. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Proceeds are to be used to fund the campaigns of Larry Cantwell for supervisor and Job Potter and Kathee Burke-Gonzalez as council members, as well as the rest of the party ticket.

The Rayner property, known as Woody House, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Georgica Pond and features extensive formal gardens designed by Ryan Gainey; the event will offer self-guided tours.

Parking will be at Georgica Beach with shuttles to and from the property.

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, a Democrat, will be the special guest and keynote speaker, and he is expected to endorse the Democratic slate of candidates that evening, according to Committee Chairwoman Jeanne Frankl. He may also speak about such issues as coastal erosion, the environment and the fishing industry, she said.

Mr. Cantwell, Mr. Potter and Ms. Burke-Gonzalez are also slated to speak.

Tickets are $200 and can be purchased in advance by emailing info@easthamptondemocrats.org or at the door.

“It’s a chance for people to get together in a very lovely setting and really reflect on why they want to elect these fine people to run our government. I think there’s a lot of feeling in East Hampton that the government and the town have been degraded in many ways, and I think the lovely setting will remind us of just what a grand and exquisite place we live in,” Ms. Frankl said. “It will be a reminder of what we have to lose if we’re not proactive in preserving the beauty of the town.”

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