Annual Hetrick-Martin Institute’s School’s Out Benefit Raises Over $600,000 for Charity!


This past weekend, the 2023 Annual Hetrick-Martin Institute’s (HMI) School’s Out benefit raised over $600,000 which is the most money raised in the events history! The money raised at the event ensures that HMI’s young people will have the resources they need through the summer months when schools are closed and resources are scarce.

Event Hosts; Nathan Orsman, Jose Castro

Benjamin Dixon, Jose Castro, Nathan Orsman, Brian Kelly ,Alessandro Ford-Rippolone

KDHamptons’ Writer Nicole Vawter

The Hetrick-Martin Institute has been serving the LGBTQ+ youth for decades. In 1979, life partners and educators on gay and lesbian issues, Dr. Emery Hetrick, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Damien Martin, a professor at New York University, created what was then called the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth (IPLGY) to assist this group of young people who desperately needed support. In 1988, the organization was renamed Hetrick-Martin Institute in honor of its founders and their lifelong commitment to service which continues today.

Dennis Basso, Kelly Rippa

Queer Eye’s – Antoni Porowsk

Event-Co-Chair: Brian Kelly, Alessandro Ford- Rippolone, Benjamin Dixon

Cocktails at the event and the VIP ‘Best of The Hamptons’ Dinner featured courses from Duryea’s STK steak, Almond, Kerber’s Farm and place settings by Christofle. C0-chairs of the event included Benjamin Dixon, Alessandro Ford-Rippolone and Brian Kelly.
Some noted guests at the event were Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Candace Bushnell, Don Lemon, Marci Klien and Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski, Peter Som, Dennis Basso, Thom Filicia, David Kleinberg and DJ Timo Welland among others. The event was hosted at the lovely home of Nathan Orsman and Jose Castro in Water Mill and was sponsored by Nordstrom, United Airlines and Douglas Elliman’s Mackay Dixon Team.Candace Bushnell

Kelly Rippa, Mark Consuelos with WMC Creative Synchronized Swimmers

The event was a huge success and even hosted synchronized swim performances and mermen by WMC Creative sponsored by Douglas Elliman’s Mackay Dixon Team.
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Images: Preston kemp

Written by Nicole Vawter