Gather your best girls and get ready to paint The End pink. The annual Girls Night Out is at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa this Saturday, November 18, to benefit two East End organizations committed to combat women’s cancers.
An annual occurrence for well over a decade, the event significantly benefits the Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Stony Brook Southampton and Lucia’s Angels, two partner organizations paramount in spreading awareness as well as offering programs, services and support for women battling breast and gynecological cancers throughout the eastern Long Island community.
According to Susie Roden, CWC president, Long Island has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the nation.
“This is a local event supporting local women,” says Stacy Quarty, executive director at the CWC and president of Lucia’s Angels. “It supports your friends, your neighbors, your family. People here need it.”
Originally named by founder and former Gurney’s spa director Candice Monte back in 2008, the Girls Night Out event continuously raises tens of thousands of dollars each year. In 2012, Lucia’s Angels and the CWC became the fundraiser recipients, Roden says. About 350 attendees are expected for this year’s Girls Night Out, the three-time breast cancer survivor adds, and tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door.
Saturday night’s festivities will be in the ballroom at Gurney’s. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and dancing while donning their best pink digs. “In all the years, I’ve never seen one person not wearing something pink,” Quarty says, noting there’ll be a prize awarded to the “wildest” one.
Doors open at 7 p.m., where guests are welcome to start bidding on items in the silent auction as well as the chance auction, plus a 50/50 raffle that Quarty notes is already worth “several thousands of dollars.”
A true community effort, prizes were generously donated from dozens of businesses scattered from Montauk to Manorville, any beyond, including half a dozen trips to destinations throughout the continent, as well as Europe and South America, jewelry, spa treatments, and a pink party wagon — a literal pink wagon fully stocked with a bevy of boozy treats.
With music provided by DJ Rah-G-Raj, this year’s host is Montauk’s own Joseph Gaviola, president of the Montauk Historical Society and current lighthouse keeper. Gaviola initiated the Beacon of Hope 5K, a run/walk that directly benefits the CWC and Lucia’s Angels, which just had its second annual race this past June.
“We’ve kept a close relationship for the past few years,” Quarty says of Gaviola. “It was a natural fit.”
General admission to Girls Night Out is $75 in advance or $100 at the door. If you can swing it, sponsor a survivor for $125 and join in the VIP after party (which will include music, food and drinks in the upstairs Regent Lounge from 10 p.m. to midnight) for an additional $100.
In celebration of this gorgeously grand gathering, Hampton Jitney will offer transportation from Hampton Bays to Gurney’s, with stops in Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton. It will depart from Gurney’s when the event ends at 10 p.m. Jitney tickets are $35 and are available here. Special room rates will also be available for Girls Night Out guests.